Community organizers will commemorate Oak Ridge’s anniversary through a heritage celebration planned for Sept. 19, the 70th anniversary of the creation of the World War II Secret City, and the first site of the Manhattan Project.
On Sept. 19, 1942, Lt. Gen. Leslie R. Groves of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision to acquire 90 square miles of East Tennessee farmland to be the location for the first site of the Manhattan Project facilities.
Army Reserve Pvt. Joshua S. Boles recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
A 2011 graduate of Rockwood High School, the soldier is the son of Beth Mitchell of Harriman and Scottie Boles of Rockwood.
During the nine weeks of training, Boles received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
Oliver Springs Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors to residents of the town.
These smoke detectors are made available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant’s goal is to meet firefighting and emergency response needs.
Thirty-four relatives and friends attended the
recent Lands family reunion in the fellowship hall of
North Rockwood Baptist Church on North Gateway Avenue.
Those attending from out of town were Roger and Linda Lands and Jason, Mandy, Addison and Judah Lands, all of Cookeville; Donna, Rachel and Jacob Townsend and Ryan Austin, all of Big Stone Gap, Va.; Rhonda, Albert and Casey Whittenburg of Murfreesboro; Robert and Kathleen Lands of Dayton; and Loretta and Randy Lands and Raynce of Knoxville.
25 Years Ago
Adopt-A-School, an incentive program for academic achievement, enjoyed a high rate of success in Roane County. The program was a partnership between an organization or business and a selected school, program or class; a sharing of time, talent and expertise. The ways in which the adopter can help are limited only by the imagination of both parties.
Ceola Lawrence spent two weeks in Texas with her son, Shannon, his wife and daughter. They took her to Johnson Space Center. They went bowling, to the movies and attended church on Sunday. Ceola said she really had a great time.
Shannon's son, Shannon Jr., who lives in Cookeville, drove out to Texas to visit with them. The name of the church they attended was Wheeler Baptist Church. The Rev. Colry is pastor there. The church is so large they have to have four services.