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  • Blame it on the rain

    After a promising sunny launch to last week’s return of the boat races in Kingston, down came the rain and washed the town’s premier Fourth of July festivities out.
    While the holiday itself is a memory, officials still plan to celebrate Independence Day the Kingston way this Saturday.
    Music, children’s games,  food and craft vendors, a car show, watermelon-eating contest and the homemade raft race will be a daylong affair along Kingston’s waterfront, with the traditional fireworks show ending activities with a bang.

  • Rocky changes heart

    Twenty years ago. Maybe even longer.
    That’s how long Knoxville attorney John Eldridge said it’s been since he represented Leon Houston in a civil matter.
    “I didn’t know that,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said. “I apologize.”
    Shirley had asked Eldridge to come to the federal courthouse in Knoxville on Wednesday with the intention of appointing him to represent Leon Houston’s brother, Rocky, who faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

  • EPA steps back from ash spill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to scale back its oversight once the TVA ash spill cleanup is complete.
    “We’ll continue to stay involved, albeit not as much as we are now,” said Craig Zeller, project manager for the EPA. “It won’t be a day-to-day thing.”
    A dike failure at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008 released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Kingston woman charged in rape of child

    Elizabeth Ashley Crisp, a 33-year-old Kingston woman, is accused of child rape.
    The Roane County grand jury indicted her on June 17.
    She was arrested on June 28.
    According to the indictment, the male victim was younger than 13 years old.
    The alleged crime occurred late last year.
    Crisp also faces a theft charge in Roane County General Sessions Court.
    The rape charge was filed in criminal court.
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    Donnie Joe Golden, a 35-year-old Oakdale man, is charged with aggravated sexual battery and child rape.

  • Kingston woman charged in rape of child

    Elizabeth Ashley Crisp, a 33-year-old Kingston woman, is accused of child rape.
    The Roane County grand jury indicted her on June 17.
    She was arrested on June 28.
    According to the indictment, the male victim was younger than 13 years old.
    The alleged crime occurred late last year.
    Crisp also faces a theft charge in Roane County General Sessions Court.
    The rape charge was filed in criminal court.
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    Donnie Joe Golden, a 35-year-old Oakdale man, is charged with aggravated sexual battery and child rape.

  • Giving voice to Kylie

    Kylie Hurst smiles at the two girls at the playground, using American Sign Language to say “baby girl.”
    Her grandmother, Kim Ezell, sees this often as the 2-year-old, who has been deaf since birth, enthusiastically approaches children who do not know what to make of her silence.

    “She’ll run up to these children and she’ll move that mouth 90 miles per hour and nothing will come out. They just look at her and walk off. It is sad, because she doesn’t realize they can’t hear her,” Kim Ezell said.

  • Oakdale men indicted in Roane County burglary

    Two men arrested last October for a Sept. 28, 2012, burglary and robbery at a Roane State Hwy. apartment have now been indicted.
    Gordon Wesley Gillespie, 23, and Sean Thomas Eken, 24, both of Oakdale, were indicted on one count of aggravated robbery, theft of property and aggravated burglary.
    Original police reports said an officer was dispatched to Roane State Highway where Bryan Strand was lying in the bed when two men broke into the apartment.

  • Yager paves way for state capitol documentary

    It has endured an army occupation, the interment of two of its founding fathers, and a car cruising through its hallways.
    The Tennessee State Capitol building has many great stories to tell — and some of those stories were revealed in a documentary about the building that premiered last week.
    The project is a result of the Tennessee General Assembly’s approval of Public Chapter No. 557, sponsored by state Rep Jim Coley and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Kingston fireworks postponed until July 13

    Kingston fireworks have been postponed until Saturday, July 13.

    Though attempts were made to have other events, such as the raft race and watermelon-eating contest, torrential Fourth of July rains forced those to also be postponed until July 13.

    Boat races have to finish today, said Joyce Lewis, executive assistant with the Kingston City Manage's Office.

    "Will try to happen on schedule, but may happen when any breaks in rain occur," she said. "Water needs to be as calm as possible for them to race."

  • Kingston's Wednesday parade canceled; fireworks decision to be made Thursday morning

    Wednesday night's Fourth of July parade in Kingston has been canceled due to rain.

    According to Kingston officials, a decision on the Fourth of July fireworks display will be made at a 7 a.m. meeting Thursday.