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Community News

  • Oak Ridge celebrating 70 years as Secret City of World War II

    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.

  • Military Matters: Joshua S. Boles

    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.

  • OS offering free smoke detectors

    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.

    Call 435-7722 to request a free smoke detector.

  • Bridge inspection to close one lane across Fort Loudoun dam

    Traffic across Fort Loudoun Dam on U.S. Hwy. 321 near Lenoir City will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Sept. 12.

    In the event of inclement weather, the work may be extended or rescheduled.

    Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider another route.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average.

  • Thirty-four attend Lands reunion

    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.

  • The Garden Gate: Flower fashion once a trend

    The idea of incorporating the use of light into garden planning is not as new as you might think. It is merely the updating of an ancient idea.

    Many centuries ago, the Chinese placed sculptured stone lanterns in their gardens. The Japanese hung painted paper ones in the trees in their gardens to add glamour and mystery to the shadows.

    In Europe, flaming torches were used to light the gardens and courtyards of medieval castles and manor houses, as well as the interiors of many buildings.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 12

    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.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Happenings: Sept. 10

    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.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Sept. 10

    Mr. and Mrs. Matt Dukes welcomed a new daughter, Ava Claire Dukes, 6 pounds, 10 ounces on Aug. 27. She is my great-granddaughter.

    Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ellison went to Morehead, Ky., where they visited their son, Matt and Katie Ellison over the weekend.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McKinney and Nathan, Abbie and Ben, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mc-Kinney over the week. They enjoyed boating and fishing on Watts Bar Lake.

    I enjoyed visiting with Elinor Crabtree this week. We enjoyed discussing family and friends.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21.