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  • Behind the fireworks: July 4th year-round event for Kingston parks crew

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    For Kingston parks and recreation director Rick Ross and his crew, the July 4 holiday begins on July 6.
    July 6 of the preceding year, that is.
    Once the curtain dropped and the din faded on Independence Day 2011, Ross and his staff set out in earnest planning this year’s celebration.
    “We’re always tweaking,” Ross said.
    “How can we make little improvements? More parking? Can we put pesticides in the places where people sit?”

  • Tea Party forum to feature Mayfield

    Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield is scheduled to speak to the Roane County Tea Party on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.
    Tea Party media director Chuck Smith said questions will be allowed.
    “The (Tea Party) board is going to ask questions first,” Smith said. “They’re going to be drawn from a hat of questions that we have pre-written.”

  • Child starvation, Morris murder among indictments

    Several people are facing murder charges following this week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Shawn Smoot was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Morris.
    Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October. Morris, 23, was shot to death.
    Authorities quickly named Smoot, a Knoxville insurance agent, as a person of interest.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities took their time in the investigation to make sure “we cover all our bases.”

  • Rocky Houston no-show for grand jury

    Judicial officials planned to allow Rocky Houston to present evidence on his conspiracy and corruption theories to the Roane County grand jury on Tuesday, but he was a no-show for his morning appointment at the courthouse.
    Rocky and his brother, Leon Houston, have long complained about conspiracies and corruption that supposedly involved officials in Kingston, Nashville and even Washington, D.C.
    Both Houstons were accused in 2006 of killing a Roane County deputy and his friend outside Leon’s home, but neither was convicted.

  • Underaged drinking alleged at candidate’s lakefront home

    Darrin Mossing, the husband of Roane County Board of Education candidate Rhonda Mossing, managed to avoid even a slap on the wrist for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
    According to court records, the charge against him was dismissed on June 11. He paid $387 in court costs a few days later, records show.  
    Rhonda Mossing, who is seeking a school board seat in District 5/6, declined to comment on the matter, but court and sheriff’s office records said the case against her husband involved underage drinking.

  • McClure DUI hearing set for late summer

    The first court appearance for a Kingston City Councilman charged with driving under the influence won’t be until August.
    “It has been put off,” said Tom McFarland, who represents Kevin McClure. His new court date is 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20.
    McClure was taken into custody late on May 22 and released a few hours later on May 23.

  • HPD drug dog retires, new dog arrives

    Harriman Police Department said goodbye formally to longtime drug dog Dugan at the Harriman City Council meeting recently.
    Officers also welcomed a new dual-purpose dog,  Maxx.
    “We’re very thankful for agencies like K9s4Cops,” said handler Patrolman Brian Turner.
    The nonprofit organization funded the purchase of the department’s new animal after the decision was made to retire Dugan, who is about 11 years old.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason thanked K9s4Cops and gave some encouraging words to Maxx.

  • Car-surfing dog video bites state rep

    STAFF REPORTS
    State Rep. Julia Hurley is again being hounded over a dog issue.
    This one involves a video that was posted on her YouTube Internet channel.
    The video showed a car driving down the road and the passenger dangling a dog out of the car.
    The video was removed after word of its existence began to spread.
    It was still available on Tuesday on another YouTube channel.
    Calls to Hurley’s cell phone went unanswered and messages were not returned.

  • Agency forces action after Watts Bar Unit 2 falsification

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to TVA, which agreed to a series of corrective actions regarding the falsification of work records at the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction project in 2010.

    An NRC investigation concluded that two subcontractor employees deliberately falsified documents indicating required work had been done when in fact it had not been. Both subcontractor employees were prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

  • Parents in custody

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death are in police custody.

    Officers escorted Matthew Dotson into the Roane County Jail around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said Amanda Dotson was picked up in Cocke County. She was booked into the Roane County Jail around 10 p.m.

    The Dotsons were indicted for first-degree murder by the Roane County grand jury.

    Authorities said their son, Clifford, died of severe malnutrition.