WECO News: Wednesday, Aug. 15th – Shooting In Lancing Leaves One Man Dead

A shooting occurred at a residence on Nashville Highway near Lancing this morning. Morgan County Chief Deputy Steve Cochran confirmed that one person is dead.

Investigators from the Morgan County Sheriffs Department and the  Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are currently on the scene. Morgan County Medical Examiner Doctor Bennett was on scene earlier but has since left.

No further details have yet been made available. WECO will have updates on the four o’clock and five o’clock newscasts today.

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An elderly man, who was found dead in his home on Hart Orchard Road in Kingston on Sunday afternoon, was apparently shot to death.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson shares the cause of death.

JOHNSON: “The autopsy was conducted on Monday at the UT Forensics Center and was attended by one of the investigators from the Roane County Sheriff’s Department. The examination revealed that the cause of death was from multiple gunshot wounds.”

Russel C. Blevins is described as an 84-year-old retiree who lived alone in rural Roane County along Watts Bar Lake. A family member discovered his body Sunday afternoon.

Johnson says a team of investigators from his office and the TBI are assisting Roane County Sheriff’s investigators in the case and that it is too early to speculate on a motive for the shooting.

Several people have been interviewed and evidence has been collected.

JOHNSON: “They have sent bullets or rounds that they retrieved from the body and possibly elsewhere in the house to the forensics lab in Nashville for TBI for further testing as well as other evidence collected at the scene.”


For 30 years the Shannon Family has held an annual gospel singing in the Mill Creek community of Sunbright.

Ronnie Hamby, who is married to the only daughter of the original Shannon Family singers, shares some background on the event.

HAMBY: “Down through the years, they had this annual singing on Labor Day weekend at Mill Creek over at the old school house/old church house. Then in recent years, we’ve purchased this property out next to the Shannon Family home place and made this little singing park out of it. And of course in the meantime through the years, there’s five of them passed away and three of them left and it’s something they’ve dedicated their lives to and they enjoy doing it and now they want to continue doing it and bring in other singers and share it with the community and church family.”

This year’s singing will be held Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 and several groups will be singing each night.

HAMBY: “On Friday night, Aug. 31st, we’ve got The Spencers, The Shireys, Justified and the hosts The Shannon Family. Coming up on Saturday night, Sept. 1st we’ve got Ernie Dawson and Heirline, Soul Vision, The Jenkins Family, The Woosley Family and The Shannon Family. Then on Sunday night, Sept. 2nd we’ve got The Primitive Quartet, Lakeside Bluegrass, Walking by Faith and The Shannon Family.”

Tickets are $12 for each night or $30 for a weekend pass. You are asked to bring your own chair and camping is available. More information about the singing may be found online at shannonfamilysinging.com.


According to Morgan County E-911 dispatch things were relatively quiet in the county overnight but Old Mill Road was blocked for about an hour.

At about 9:00 a tree was reported down that blocked both lanes of traffic. City road crews had it cleared up by 10 p.m.


There won’t be a Relay for Life in Morgan County this year to benefit the American Cancer Society but there will still be a special event on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Survivors and one caregiver are invited to attend a 6:30 dinner in the fellowship hall at Liberty Baptist Church followed by an evening of entertainment, fellowship and a silent auction.

Mary Simpson has been involved with the Survivor’s Banquet for several years and she has helped organize this year’s Survivor’s Night.

SIMPSON: “I hope this is going to turn out to be a very special occasion. It is all about the survivors.”

Survivors are encouraged to pre-register for the dinner by calling Simpson at 346-6286.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m., the survivor ceremony and dinner will begin at 6:30. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. featuring Eternal Vision. There is no cost for admission to the concert but a $5 donation is requested and tickets are available in advance.

The evening will conclude with the luminaria ceremony and sky lantern release at 9:30. Luminaria and sky lanterns may be purchased in advance or at the event for $5 and $10. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help fund research.


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