City of Kingston Cancels 2020 Smokin’ the Water 4th of July Celebration

In a statement made on the City of Kingston’s Facebook page, the 2020 Smokin’ the Water 4th of July Celebration has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The City of Kingston regrets to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Smokin’ The Water 4th of July celebration. First of all, given the size of the crowd, there was simply no way to hold the event and maintain any degree of social distancing. As much as we wanted to do it, the public health concerns were just too great. Secondly, our fireworks are funded by donations and we didn’t feel that it was appropriate to ask businesses and individuals to contribute at a time when so many are struggling. We’re all disappointed but feel this is the right thing to do. Thank you for understanding and please know that we’ll be back next year bigger and better than ever!

The Kingston City Council Discusses the Cancellation of Smokin’ the Water 2020

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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