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Today's News

  • Man’s death appears to be accidental

    The death of a 50-year-old man on Monday may have been the result of a gun-cleaning accident.
    “It appeared that he was cleaning his shotgun and shot himself in the chest,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The incident happened at 810 Dogwood Valley Road in East Roane County.
    Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Russell responded and reported finding Ronnie Jaynes in the basement laying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Kingston explores solar energy

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Mayor Troy Beets has a vision for Kingston to enter the farming business, but it won’t require any gardening tools or a green thumb.
    At a recent meeting of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council in Cookeville — Beets is on the council’s board — members heard a presentation from a company that builds solar farms, or clusters of electricity-producing solar farms, on public lands or on building tops.

  • 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.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaney 50th

    Allen and Glenna Chaney will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

    They will be honored by their children with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 in Sunbright Community Center.

    No invitations will be sent; the couple requests no gifts.

  • Ingram-Curtis

    Amy Georgina Ingram and Robin T. Curtis announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in front of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, New Orleans.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Cathie Ingram of Harriman and Bill Ingram of Oliver Springs.

    She graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Tennessee Technology Center. She is employed with Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, and is owner of Bella Photographs of Tennessee.

  • Whittenbarger-Miller

    Ashley Whittenbarger and T.J. Miller, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in North Rockwood Baptist Church.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Bill and Shelia Whittenbarger of Harriman.

    The prospective groom’s parents are George and Lolita Miller of Harriman.

  • Kelsey Rae Smith

    Kelsey Rae Smith was born at 12:36 p.m. July 7 in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Will and Kristy Smith of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Steve and Mona Bolden of Harriman, and Diana Smith of Oakdale.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Oran and Ruth Headrick.

    Kelsey has a brother, Liam, 4, and a sister, Taylor, 5.

  • 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.