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    Kingston will be turning up the music this Fourth of July with a powerful lineup of name brand rock ‘n’ roll, blues and rockabilly bands performing at the “Smokin’ the Water” festival.


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  • Trio indicted on sex-crime charges

    Activity on social media resulted in trouble for a registered sex offender.

    Gary Wayne Pierce was indicted last week for nine sexual offender registration violations.

  • Meeting canceled for lack of interest?

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry planned to ask questions about the proposed 2017-18 budget during a work session last Thursday.

    He didn’t get the chance because the work session didn’t take place.

    “I guess I misunderstood,” Berry said.

  • Roane eligible for storm aid

    From staff reports

    President Donald J. Trump has approved major disaster declaration for Roane and 11 other Tennessee counties as a result of damage that occurred during the storms late last month.

    The storms caused more than $1 million in damage to Roane County, including heavy damage to power lines.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

  • ‘I’d been there long enough’

    Something was markedly different about last week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury. For the first time in decades, Charles Snow was not the foreman.

    “I’d been there long enough,” Snow said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Snow’s tenure as grand jury foreman started in 1987. It lasted until February, when he decided to step down after that month’s grand jury session.

  • Rockwood man hits trouble on water

    The rain-swollen Emory River was a dangerous place to be over the weekend.

    A Rockwood man reportedly was transported to Roane Medical Center Sunday while swimming near Oakdale in Morgan County.

    Carl D. Ooten, 53, was swimming with several others at the Big Burton Hole, around 5 p.m. when the incident occurred.

    Witnesses said he “had jumped in, came up to take a breath, went back under, and they could see him swimming,” according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Woman accused of attempted murder

    Regina Denise Walker, a 55-year-old Rockwood woman, is charged with attempted second-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She’s accused of striking a Kingston woman, Liliane Martorelli, with a Toyota 4Runner on June 24, 2015.

    “Witnesses saw her hit Liliane, back up and try to hit her again,” Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile said.

  • Rogers charged in fatal crash

    A 30-year-old woman is facing charges in connection with a fatal car crash that happened last fall.

    Crystal D. Rogers is charged with vehicular homicide involving intoxication, vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment with a weapon, driving under the influence and child abuse.

    She was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 19.

    The crash occurred South of the River on Dry Fork Valley Road on Oct. 9 around 3:30 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.