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Did you miss out on last year's Public Works Community Open House? Don't worry! It's back and looking even better for its second year. 2018's theme is "The Power of Public Works."

The open house is part of Public Works Week, a local and nationwide initiative to better inform communities about all aspects of Public Works. You can expect lots of fun and educational activities for the whole family.

Add the open house to your calendar now and keep your eyes open for more announcements as the date draws closer! We'll see you there!

The citywide household trash pick-up program is underway. Household rubbish, old appliances and minor remodeling materials will be picked up. City collection efforts will follow the proposed schedule as closely as possible.

Residents have always been very cooperative and we ask for their continued cooperation this year by following a few guidelines:
  • Residents should place all materials near, but not beyond the curb. Keep materials off sidewalks and out of parking areas and gutters.
  • There is a limit of one truckload of material per residence. A truckload is defined as one pickup truck or approximately 3' high x 4' wide x 8' long, approximately 100 cubic feet maximum.
  • Crews will not pick up hazardous items, paint, tires, or piles of rubbish that are mixed with brush or limbs. Compressors must be removed from refrigerators and air conditioners before collection by crews.
  • All materials must be in place no later than 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day. Any materials put out after 7:30 a.m. may not be picked up.
The household trash pick-up schedule can be found on the City of Oak Ridge website. Please note that the schedule is a general guide and can vary considerably from the actual schedule due to weather conditions and/or the amount of participation by residents.


Spring brush collection is scheduled to begin on April 30, 2018.  Brush and bagged leaves/yard clippings will be picked up.  It should be noted that bagged yard waste will be collected with the regularly scheduled refuse collection throughout the year. 

For more information on annual collection programs, please contact Waste Connections of Tennessee at (865) 482-3656.
The City of Oak Ridge contracts with Waste Connections of Tennessee for the weekly collection and disposal of household trash and recycling. In an effort to keep residents informed and up-to-date, the Public Works Department would like to remind residents of this important information regarding household trash and recycling services.

Valuable information every resident should know about trash and recycling:
  • Household trash is picked up once a week at the backdoor in trash cans supplied by the resident. Residents are allowed up to four 32-gallon cans with lids.
  • Recyclable items are picked up once a week curbside in the brown recycling bin with wheels that are supplied by Waste Connections.
  • Trash and recycling needs to be put out by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled pick-up days to ensure pick-up. Items placed out after 7:00 a.m. may not be picked up that day.
  • Trash and recycling should not be placed in the roadway, on the sidewalk, over water meters, or in on-street parking areas.
  • If there is household trash or unacceptable items in the brown recycle bin, Waste Connections will not pick-up the recycling that day. If household trash gets mixed into the recyclable items, it will contaminate the entire load and it will have to be taken to the landfill instead of being recycled.
  • Glass is no longer accepted curbside and can no longer be put in the brown recycling bin; however, you can put glass in your household trash or you can take any unbroken glass to be recycled at the Convenience Center located at 400 Warehouse Road.
  • Even though trash and recycling are picked up on the same day, they are not picked up at the same time by the same truck.
  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are the only two observed holidays that trash and recycling are not collected. All other holidays do not interfere with the regular schedule.
  • Collection services include an annual household trash pick-up and a brush pick-up, both in the spring, as well as a leaf pick-up in late fall. Public Works will post the schedule two weeks prior to the beginning of each scheduled pick-up.
  • More information about household trash and recycling, including weekly trash and recycling routes by day, can be found on the Public Works pages of the City's website.
For household trash and recycling questions, including pick-up issues, call Waste Connections of Tennessee at (865) 482-3656.
The City of Oak Ridge is currently accepting applications for board members of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the 2018-2019 school year. The selection of board members will take place during the July meeting of City Council.

Sixteen applicants will be confirmed and appointed by City Council to serve a one-year term of office that commences on August 1, 2018. To be considered, applicants must be residents of Oak Ridge and entering grade levels 8 through 12.

Participation on the YAB requires attendance at bi-monthly meetings on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., as well as special events that are held throughout the year.

All interested students are encouraged to fill out the online application. A limited number of paper copies of the application are available in the guidance offices at Jefferson Middle School and Robertsville Middle School, the Student Affairs Office at Oak Ridge High School and at the front desk of the Civic Center.

Applications and online submissions are due on Friday, May 18, 2018, by 5 p.m. in the City Clerk's Office. Late applications will not be considered.

The purpose of the YAB is to serve as a liaison between City Council and the youth of the community for issues that affect them. The Board's function is to encourage the positive growth and development of youth by involving them in social, cultural, recreational, and other drug-free and alcohol-free activities.

For more information, contact Recreation Manager Matt Reedy at (865) 425-3450 or by e-mail at or contact the City Clerk's Office at (865) 425-3411.
The City of Oak Ridge's Community Development Department has provided an updated open house schedule for the Oak Ridge City Blueprint project, including revised meeting dates and additional opportunities for members of the community to join the discussion. The next event is set for April 26.

Earlier this year, the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission approved several modifications to the Blueprint open house schedule in an effort to balance the calendar, avoid conflicts and potentially increase attendance. 

The updated schedule is as follows:

   April 26:
City Parks & Open Space, TVA, Horizon Center, Bionomics, Heritage Center, Rocks & Flowers, City Water Plant
   May 10:
Planning Commission Work Session with DOE Reservation Subarea Discussion
   May 31:
Main Commercial Core
   June 14:
Planning Commission Work Session with Blueprint Summary Progress Report
   June 28:
Blueprint Summary Report: Public Review and Input
   July 12:
Planning Commission Work Session: Blueprint Results and Wrap-Up Discussion

Families and local business representatives are invited to attend meetings and share ideas for possible neighborhood improvements. While the meeting focused on the subarea where residents live or work may have the most relevant information for them, every citizen is encouraged to engage in the Blueprint process at each meeting. Citizens can also  submit feedback via email .

Meeting dates, times and locations are  posted online . Residents can view subarea plans, maps and comments using  the City Blueprint online resource page . The Community Development Department recently finished a midpoint report on the Blueprint process, highlighting significant findings and outlining a plan for moving forward. The report is  available online  along with a  public survey .

For more information on the Oak Ridge City Blueprint effort, contact the Community Development Department at (865) 425-3531.
The City of Oak Ridge Wellness Committee and Oak Ridge Schools Coordinated School Health are teaming up to host a Community Wellness Fair. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Civic Center. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

The Civic Center is located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Demonstrations, informational booths and health screenings will be set up inside the gymnasium. 

Topics to be covered include:
  • Mammograms*
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Chiropractic care
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Nutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Medic Regional Blood Center donations
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hearing loss
  • Financial wellness
  • Neighborhood watch
  • Shingles vaccines
  • Recreational activities
  • Skin care
  • And much, much more!
*Mammograms with UT Medical Center's Mobile Mammography Unit will be provided at the event by appointment only. Anyone interested in scheduling a screening should call the UT Breast Health Outreach Program at (865) 305-9753 prior to the Wellness Fair.

For more information about this event, contact the City of Oak Ridge Wellness Committee at (865) 425-3559.
Don't forget to stop by the Oak Ridge Farmers Market this Saturday as vendors set up for the first summer market of 2018! 

April 14 is opening day for the farmers market in historic Jackson Square. After that, they'll be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon (weather permitting). 

They'll also open up on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. beginning on June 6. The market runs through the fall.

The farmers market offers sustainably produced grass-fed meat, hand-picked produce, farm fresh eggs, artisan bread and cheese, local honey, flowers and farm-based crafts. The vendors are 100% local.

The market is put on by the East Tennessee Farmers Association for Retail Marketing (FARM).
During the regular meeting of Oak Ridge City Council on April 9, 2018, several proclamations were presented for consideration.

Left to right, top to bottom:
  • Council Member Jim Dodson honors the Oak Ridge High School Science Bowl Team with a proclamation for placing first in the Tennessee Science Bowl. The team will now advance to the National Science Bowl held April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.
  • Mayor Warren Gooch presents a proclamation designating April 15, 2018, as Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Oak Ridge. The Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge (JCOR) is partnering with Unitarian Universalist Church to hold a Holocaust Remembrance Service on Sunday, April 15, at JCOR. The service is an annual event that is open to the public.
  • Mayor Pro Tem Rick Chinn presents a proclamation designating April 16-20 as "The Week of the Young Child" to Oak Ridge Preschool principal Lisa Downard. This is a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Council Member Ellen Smith presents a proclamation to Susan Moore, Regional Program Manager of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Read the full proclamations included in the April 9th City Council meeting agenda online here.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is excited to announce a special premiere showing of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site film, Beneath the Plains, on Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m.  

The 30 minute film gives visitors a glimpse of how 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert. Hidden in plain sight during the Cold War, these nuclear weapons stood as a deterrent against a nuclear attack to the United States and its allies. 

Admission to the program and the American Museum of Science and Energy is free to the public on April 21.   Help us celebrate National Park Week, April 21-29, with this special showing of the brand new movie, Beneath the Plains .

The American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 South Tulane Avenue. Visitors are encouraged to bring a friend and enjoy the museum after the film. For more information, visit the National Park Service visitor desk inside the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge or call (865) 482-1942.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the website for more information on the park at

From Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Secret City Wildbots (Team 4265) competed at the Smoky Mountains Regional competition at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. After completing 10 qualification matches, Team 4265 ranked eighth in a field of 51 teams. Mars (Team 2614), the number one seated alliance captain, chose Team 4265 and the RoboKomodos (Team 4306) from Franklin, TN, to compete with them in the playoffs, where they went undefeated. Team 4265 finished the competition with a 14-2 record, winning the Smoky Mountain Regional with their alliance partners and earning an invitation to the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas, April 18-21, 2018.

For the third time, the Secret City Wildbots won the Engineering Inspiration award and $5,000 from NASA to cover their entry fee to the competition. This award celebrates Team 4265's outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within our school and community. The judges cited as evidence the Robotics Lab-in-a-Box partnership with Roane State Foundation, which has placed nine Lab-in-a-Box kits in the hands of middle school teachers in rural East Tennessee counties as well as their collaborative organization of the Robo Rodeo at the TN Valley Fair in September. This event allowed FIRST Robotics teams to compete in the off-season with the year's challenges.

Eric Thornton, a junior at Oak Ridge High School for Team 4265, was a Dean's List Finalist. Eric will compete at the championships with other regional winners for the FIRST Dean's List award. This award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. This is the third Dean's List Finalist to come from Team 4265 in seven years.

The Secret City Wildbots have been working to build their robot Mantis and prepare for their regional competitions since January 6, 2018. It is evident from the accomplishments that their hard work has paid off. In addition to students from Oak Ridge High School, two students from Oliver Springs High School joined Team 4265 this year. Please join us in congratulating our seniors: Andrew Chan, Eli Charles, Ruth Hammond, Olivia Mahathy, Connor Shelander, Caden Webb, Dalton Wilson, and underclassmen members: Brennan Brooks, Ty Dahl, Dalton Davis, Faith Guzman, Blake Norris, Levi Parish, Mack Patrick, Julia Steele, Eric Thornton, and Matthew Wood.

The team is grateful for the support of many sponsors including: Bechtel, UT-Battelle, Roane State Foundation, Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, Leidos, Baird & Wilson Sheet Metal, Oak Ridge Tool-Engineering, Inc., RT Coatings, Axis Fabrication and Machine Co., CNS Y-12, SAIC, Centrus, Navarro, ESG, MS Technology, Navarro, Fastenal, First Place Finish, Mr. & Mrs. Groff, Seward Norris Construction Co., UCOR, Arconic Foundation, Volunteer Case & Container, The Buckner Family, Spectrum Techniques, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, The Schramm Family, The Chan Family, C & D Tire Service, Ashley Parks, Tag Groff, and for Oak Ridge Schools Carl Perkins and Bill Haslam CTE equipment grants.

Submitted by: Lisa Buckner

Three robotics teams from Jefferson Middle School competed in the FIRST Lego League East Tennessee State Championship at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville on February 10. The Atomic Eagles qualified to represent Jefferson Middle School and Tennessee at the FIRST LEGO World Championships in Houston later this month. 

The Atomic Eagles (team #336) with team members Ben Dallas, Aaron Fiscor, Lindsey Fiscor, Aaliyah Herron, Marissa Kenworthy, Amelie Nagle, Brian Qu, and Alex Shanafield, finished the robot challenge game with a high score of 145 and won the first place overall Champions Award. The team coaches are Janie Shanafield and David Hundermark and the team mentor is Harold Shanafield. 

On the morning of Monday, March 12, 2018, 31 cadets, 3 parent chaperones and Chief Ryan Nicholls, the ORHS Naval Science Instructor, boarded a charter bus and headed to Pensacola, Florida, for five days. The group checked into their hotel to unpack before heading to the Navy Exchange, the Navy's department store, for some time to shop and purchase snacks and souvenirs. 

For the next four days, the cadets visited several commands onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL. The group visited the Air Traffic Control Tower where one cadet was able to overcome his personal fear of heights and climbed the seven flights of stairs to the top of the Air Traffic Control Tower. They also visited the Naval Aviation Technical Training Command to learn about the various aviation careers in the Navy and Marine Corps. The group toured the U.S. Coast Guard Station where they learned about the history of the Coast Guard and the various types of vessels and missions of the Coast Guard. They also learned line-tossing techniques from the Coast Guardsmen. 

The group toured Training Air Wing Six (TRAWING), the Naval Air Museum, the USS Alabama, Fort Pickens and the Navy's Rescue Swimmer School. Cadets enjoyed some fun as well, including two hours of cosmic bowling, go-kart riding and dinner at Lambert's CafĂ©, home of the thrown rolls. The servers complemented the Cadets for how respectful they  were and thanked them for their kindness.

Upon arriving in Oak Ridge mid-evening on Friday, March 16, exhausted cadets and chaperones reflected on a very exciting and eventful trip. When asked what they enjoyed the most, Austin McLaughlin said, "Fort Pickens because of the history." He really enjoyed the fact that it was fun, there was a lot to do, and there was no time to be bored. "I am 100% ready to do more trips like this in the future," he said. Sam Boley enjoyed the USS Alabama most on the trip. When asked why, Sam said, "I want to be in the Navy and stationed onboard a ship and by visiting the USS Alabama, it gave me an idea of what that would be like." He was also amazed at all the different schools and commands within the Navy and really enjoyed visiting the Coast Guard station as well. When asked, "Would you like to participate in future trips like this?" Sam said without hesitation, "definitely!"

Chief Nicholls and his cadets would like to thank the Oak Ridge Community for their continued support of the Oak Ridge High School Navy Junior ROTC program, "without you all, these cadets could not have had the career experience that they just had." Fundraising has already begun to fund more educational orientation trips for next year. For information about the Oak Ridge High School NJROTC program, please visit their website at

Submitted by Chief Ryan Nicholls
Joseph Andress placed 2nd and Olivia Milloway placed 3rd at the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on March 9, 2018. Joseph Andress created a computer program that is able to identify desired regions of an image. The program integrated into a GUI that biologists could use to identify quickly and accurately mitochondria in microscopy image volumes for disease analysis. Joseph worked with Dr. Eicholtz at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a part of the Thesis course at Oak Ridge High School. Olivia Milloway worked with Dr. Gray at The University of Tennessee to evaluate three wetlands at The University of Tennessee Cherokee Woodlot. Olivia tested the water quality, characterized the plant composition and documented the amphibian and macroinvertebrate community. Olivia participates in the Oak Ridge High School Experimental Scientific Research course that provides students with research opportunities through The University of Tennessee.

Other ORHS students who presented their research at TJSHS were Radha Awasthi, Sarah Roth, and Jas Jakowski.

TJSHS is an annual scientific research competition that gives high school students the opportunity to present original research in a public forum. There were 14 students that presented oral talks and 10 students who presented posters at the 53rd annual TJSHS competition this year. As one of the top winners, Joseph Andress received a scholarship and will also receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the national JSHS in early May and compete for additional military sponsored scholarships. Olivia Milloway will also travel to nationals to present a poster.

Joseph Andress said, "I enjoyed the opportunity JSHS gave me to present my research and to hear what other students are doing in STEM." Jessica Williams, ORHS teacher advisor for the Thesis course said, "Conducting research, writing a high-quality paper, and preparing a professional level presentation is a lot of work. Even if they weren't recognized by TJSHS, having the opportunity to present to scientists in and around our community is a wonderful experience for all of our students."

Pictured from left to right: Klara Proffen, Havah Anovitz, & Candace Pang

Three Oak Ridge High School students won state honors Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women and Technology (NCWIT). The award honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees were selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. 

The three ORHS students were among 11 state winners from Tennessee. The Oak Ridge students are Havah Anovitz, Candace Pang, and Klara Proffen. The awardees were honored by NCWIT at a banquet at Tennessee Technical University on March 17.

Want to play a free round of 18 holes (with golf cart) at Tennessee Centennial -- all for free? All you have to do is like the course's Facebook page ( @CentennialOR) between now and when they reach 100 likes and you'll be entered into a random drawing for a free round of golf for two players. We hope to see you on the course soon!

Also, be sure to visit their website for special offers and events: 
The City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department hosted the 2018 Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24. Hundreds of children and their families participated in the annual spring event, despite the threat of rain forcing the event to move indoors. 

Here's a look at some of the prize winners! See you all next year!

The City is currently accepting applications for Web and Database Developer. This position b uilds and maintains all pages for the City website, City intranet and other special event web sites using various content and desktop publishing software, assists departments with developing content for departmental web pages, and performs database administration including configuration, report writing, backups, and optimization. The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, April 27. 

The City is also looking to fill a  Library Page position.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old, able to work 10-20 hours per week, and have some flexibility in arranging school and/or personal schedule during summer months and school year. Applications must be received by noon on Wednesday, April 25.

The City is also still recruiting for 2018 Summer Camp and Swimming Pool positions.  For lifeguard positions, applicants must be at least 16 years old and certified as a lifeguard. For summer camp positions, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have completed one year of college.  All applicants are subject to drug screening, background investigation and driver license check.

View all current job openings and find out how to apply by visiting the  Employment section of our website .

The Oak Ridge Public Library is recognizing long-time volunteer Buford Carter as part of National Library Week, April 8-14. 

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Carter graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was drafted by the Army as part of the Special Engineer Detachment unit to work at K-25. However, Carter was inducted into the Army before K-25 was ready for employees, so he worked at Columbia University as a chemical engineer for a few months until K-25 was ready. After completing his time in the Army, Union Carbide hired him as an employee at K-25. When Carter retired, he was just two months shy of having 50 years of continuous service.

Shortly after his retirement, Carter began volunteering at the Oak Ridge Public Library in 1993. Library staffers say he has done and continues to do a little bit of everything, including:
  • Writing, maintaining and revising most of the pre-programmed instructions the library uses to print spine labels, overdue notices, inventory reports, purchase orders, circulation reports, and other materials.
  • Laminating all book jackets and maintaining the obituary file.
  • Checking audiovisual materials for needed repairs and repairing what is salvageable - he has done this for years, all the way back to cassette tapes and videotapes that had to be spliced when broken.
  • Together, Carter and library staff developed the volunteer and organization list databases, which are still in use today. Staffers say they spent what felt like hundreds of hours getting those forms, formulas, queries, and reports just right.
  • When the retrospective conversion from the City's homegrown computer system to Sirsi and MARC records left the library with thousands of items with incorrect bibliographic records or no records at all, Carter jumped in and plowed through many pages of printouts, helping the library get the job done in a matter of months instead of years.
  • Indexing Dorathy Moneymaker's book We'll Call It Wheat and Martha Cardwell Sparrow's book The Oak Ridgers to make them easily accessible for local history buffs.
  • For years, Carter toted every box of tax forms that came into the library, replenished supplies every morning, and let staff know when they needed to order more. Back when the library carried many different forms, this was a formidable task - and the staff could not have done without him.
"We can't thank Buford enough for his past accomplishments and contributions," Oak Ridge Public Library Director Kathy McNeilly said. "We are so grateful for is his continued service over 25 years. Buford is quickly approaching 20,000 volunteer hours - that is really something!"

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The second phase of the Turtle Park Sewer Rehabilitation Project began during the first week of October. Hurst Excavating, LLC, is working under contract for the City of Oak Ridge to rehabilitate sewer collection pipes within City easements as well as in yards and roadways.

Work will be performed in the Turtle Park Sewer Shed (click to see full size map), located west of Highland Avenue, east of Newport Drive, north of Vanderbilt Drive, and south of West Outer Drive. Residents in the area should have received door hangers on orange paper providing general project details and contact information for Hurst Excavating, LLC.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are urged to use extreme care and caution when traveling on streets within the sewer work area. Temporary road repairs will be made and loose gravel should be expected until the patches are permanently paved. 

The estimated completion date for the project is June 2018. All construction work is subject to change and is based on such unknowns as the weather, equipment availability and access issues.

Questions or comments can be directed to the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department at (865) 425-1875 or via email:

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