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The City of Oak Ridge will welcome state and local leaders on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. for a special dedication of the new 8th rowing lane that will help kick off one of the biggest rowing weekends of the season. 

Attendees will gather in Melton Lake Park at the pavilion across from the Oak Ridge Rowing Association and then take a short walk on Melton Lake Greenway to the new overlook for the 8th rowing lane. Once the group is gathered together, we will ceremoniously cut a ribbon for the 8th lane and thank those who were crucial to making the project a reality, including Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, State Representative John Ragan and others who have given their unwavering support. 

Major  rowing events  scheduled for the weekend include the Dogwood Juniors Regatta on Saturday, April 29, and the Governor's Cup and Mayor's Cup races on Sunday, April 30. 

First Place Finish, Inc., was the contractor selected to carry out the project in September of 2016. The $548,350 contract was awarded to the company during a meeting of City Council. The  8th lane was completed on schedule and under budget  earlier this year, in time to accommodate spring training and regattas at the Melton Lake rowing venue. 

Previously, the course utilized seven rowing lanes, taking Oak Ridge out of the running for any event requiring eight lanes for competition. Part of the waterway was widened and a retaining wall installed in order to create the additional lane. 

Construction of the 8th lane was funded by a combination of state appropriations ($250,000 from the State of Tennessee), City Capital Improvement funds and a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The Oak Ridge Rowing Association (ORRA), Explore Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge Economic Development Initiative, and Visit Knoxville also contributed funds to the project. 

Rowing activities have an estimated annual economic impact of more than $2 million for Oak Ridge and surrounding communities.

Four regattas remain on the spring event schedule:

  • Dogwood Junior Championship
    • April 29-30
  • Big 12 Championship
    • May 14-15
  • Dogwood Masters Classic
    • May 20
  • USRowing Masters Nationals
    • August 17-20
The Dogwood Juniors are expected to bring in 50+ teams. Another two-day event held over Easter weekend, the  SIRA (the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association) regatta, featured similar participation

The Fall 2017 schedule consists of one head race regatta in October called the Secret City Head Race.

For more information on the 8th rowing lane, contact the Recreation & Parks Department at (865) 425-3450.
Oak Ridge City Council voted during a special-called meeting on March 27, 2017, to select the Scarboro Park site as the location for a new Oak Ridge Preschool. As part of the ongoing dialogue with the community about this future facility,  City leaders hosted another public forum-style meeting at the Scarboro Community Center on Thursday, April 20.

A previous community meeting was held at the same venue on March 23 to discuss site selection for the preschool. More than 100 people attended that gathering to see preliminary concepts, ask questions and provide input on the decision. Oak Ridge City Council had chosen to delay the vote on a new preschool location at their regular meeting on March 13 in order to allow for further discussion.

More than 50 members of the community attend the April 20th public meeting to discuss plans for the future Oak Ridge Preschool.

The City of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Schools have been working to choose a site for the new preschool for approximately two years. Once the building is complete, the preschool will relocate from the school administration building on New York Avenue. Members of a committee formed to recommend possible sites looked at city-owned properties and a multitude of factors that would impact future students, their families and the community as a whole. Scarboro Park, the site ultimately selected by City Council and the Board of Education, is across the street from the Scarboro Community Center on Carver Avenue.

Scarboro Park

Members of City Council and the Oak Ridge Board of Education were present at the most recent community meeting, along with City staff members and Jacene Phillips, Senior Project Manager at Studio Four Design, the architectural firm selected for the project.

Jacene Phillips and City Manager Mark Watson answered questions about amenities at the preschool and the park and encouraged residents to continue coming to the meetings so they can provide feedback about what they want to see with the project. Several excellent suggestions were brought up at the meeting, including one about possibly including some type of display inside the new preschool that honors the history of the neighborhood.

The date for another community meeting focused on plans for the preschool will be announced soon. Studio Four Design will be working on a new spatial representation of the preschool that will hopefully be presented at the next meeting for further feedback.
A team of graduate students from the University of Tennessee's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will present recommendations to the City of Oak Ridge from a recent "Innovations in Practice" project focused on ways the City can use Centennial Golf Course for more than just golf. 

The presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building Courtroom, is open to the public.

The City of Oak Ridge has been working with the Haslam College of Business at UT for several years. The partnership helps the City assess key projects and needs within the community, while also helping students complete a core requirement for their master's degree in business administration.

The study of Centennial Golf Course took the group of four MBA students approximately seven weeks to complete. The collaboration was born from the City's desire to expand activities, broaden participation and increase non-golf revenue at the city-owned golf course.

UT MBA Innovations in Practice:
Using the Golf Course for More than Just Golf
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Municipal Building Courtroom
200 South Tulane Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

The City of Oak Ridge invites the public to attend this special presentation. No RSVP is required. The student report will be made available at a later date.

For additional information, contact the City Manager's office at (865) 425-3550.
City of Oak Ridge leadership and members of the Recreation and Parks Department are proud to announce that one of our own, Recreation Manager Matt Reedy, has been selected by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) as a 2017 Community Hero, one of just ten people chosen from across the country.

The honor is part of an ICMA initiative called "Life, Well Run," which aims to raise awareness of and appreciation for the value professional managers bring to build ethical, efficient, effective local government and great communities we're proud to call home.

Matt was surprised with the announcement and a presentation of a certificate from ICMA at the regular city council meeting on Monday, April 10. City Manager Mark Watson spoke about Matt's devotion to the City and its people, in particular its youth.

In fact, an Oak Ridge High School student and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) member contributed a glowing summary of the impact Matt makes on the community. Portions of that letter were used in the nomination form, including: "As a mentor, Matt believes in each board member more than they believe in themselves... he is always eager to turn the hushed, half-hearted suggestion of a quiet student into action."

Matt has been with the City of Oak Ridge for 11 years. As Recreation Manager of Centers, Camps, Programs, and YAB, Matt ensures that our community's youth learns about governmental processes through participation and service. By working with local private and non-profit groups, the Youth Advisory Board has learned about its capacity to serve and improve our City.

ICMA will soon make a visit to Oak Ridge to record a special video about Matt Reedy and his Community Hero recognition. The video will be posted on their website, along with videos of the nine other award recipients. You can read more about the Community Heroes and the Life, Well Run initiative at ICMA's website: .
The citywide brush pick-up program will begin Monday, April 24, 2017. Tree limbs as well as bagged yard clippings and leaves 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:
  • All limbs should be placed near, but not beyond the curb. The butt end of the limb should be near the street. Keep materials off sidewalks and out of parking areas and gutters.
  • Residents are asked to not place any brush at the curb more than one (1) week prior to the scheduled pick-up day in order to maintain the cleanliness of our City.
  • Limb diameter should be no larger than three (3) inches at any point.
  • Yard clippings and leaves must be in plastic bags. It should be noted that yard waste will be collected with the regularly scheduled refuse collection throughout the year.
  • There is a limit of one (1) truckload of material per residence. A truckload is defined as one (1) pickup truck or approximately 3' high x 4' wide x 8' long; approximately 100 cubic feet maximum.
  • Crews will not pick up piles that have brush or limbs mixed with rubbish or trash. 
  • 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. on the scheduled pick-up day may not be picked up.

Please note that the proposed 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. The first week's schedule is listed below...


1st Week
Monday, April 24
Tusculum Drive and side streets, Tempura Drive and side streets, Tuskegee Drive extension, Tiffin Drive and side streets, Scarboro Neighborhood
Tuesday, April 25
North Purdue Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to Manhattan Avenue, Piedmont Road, Parsons Road, Newberry Circle, Nevada Circle, Marshall Circle, Niagara Lane, West Gettysburg Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to Northwestern Avenue, Northwestern Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to North Purdue Avenue

Wednesday, April 26 Morris Lane, Manhattan Avenue from Rutgers Avenue to Manchester Road, Northwestern Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to South Purdue Avenue, Potomac Circle, Princeton Avenue, Paine Lane, Nasson Lane, Pembroke Road, Phillips Lane, Quincy Avenue, Queens Road, Paris Lane, Pratt Lane, Park Lane, South Purdue Avenue

Thursday, April 27 Hendrix Creek Subdivision, North Purdue Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to Marquette Road, Marquette Road, Maryville Circle, Liberty Court, Goucher Circle, Graham Place, Marietta Circle, Manchester Road, Manhattan Avenue from North Purdue Avenue to Manchester Road

Friday, April 28 Baypath Drive and side streets, Briarcliff Avenue and side streets, Elmhurst Drive and side streets, Stonebridge

For more information, please contact Waste Connections of Tennessee at (865) 482-3656.


Beginning on Monday, April 24, 2017, and continuing through mid-June, the Oak Ridge Public Works Department will be cleaning sewer lines throughout the City. This may cause traffic delays as roads and intersections could be temporarily closed during the cleaning process. 

Crews will be focusing on the area above Oak Ridge Turnpike and below West Outer Drive, concentrating mainly on Louisiana Avenue, Robertsville Road and side streets. 

Please use extreme care and caution, and be sure to allow extra time when driving in areas of the City where crews are working.

Questions can be directed to the Public Works information line at (865) 425-3619 or submitted via email at .
Another new store sign went up this week at Main Street Oak Ridge: Dick's Sporting Goods. Crews used a crane to lift the sign into place ( see video!) on the afternoon of Thursday, April 20.

This is the second sign to go up in Main Street - the first being T.J.Maxx, which crews installed on both entrances for the store in late March. T.J.Maxx and Dick's Sporting Goods are expected to be the first stores to open later in the spring or early summer.

Workers are also continuing to make progress on the buildings that will house six other new stores: four of them ( Ulta, Rack Room Shoes, Rue 21, and Maurice's) will be located next-door to Belk.  Construction on PetSmart and Electronic Express began in February. Crews are still working on the exterior of that building, which is located opposite of Belk. Preliminary and framing work on some additional retail space is also underway.

Vertical construction began earlier this year with the T.J.Maxx and Dick's Sporting Goods complex near Walmart.  We've kept you updated all along the way as new milestones are met every few weeks. You may remember the  groundbreaking ceremony we held on July 20, 2016, just as demolition started to get underway. Belk, along with JCPenney, has remained open throughout the demolition and construction process.
A detailed map provided by RealtyLink (below) shows what the project is expected to look like once it's finished. More updates are expected as the project moves forward. Visit our City of Oak Ridge Facebook page to see updated photos and videos  of the Main Street project, as well as many other events happening around town. 

"LOI" stands for Letter of Intent. For a larger and clearer image, visit RealtyLink's website.
The Oak Ridge Farmers Market is open for business!  The market kicked off the spring season on Saturday, April 15, in historic Jackson Square. Vendors will be set up every Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon until later in the year.  They'll also be open on Wednesdays in Jackson Square beginning on June 7.

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).
The 6th  annual Oak Ridge Junior Police Academy will be held this summer from June 11 through June 29, 2017. The Junior Police Academy will be using an age appropriate format this year, which will allow three separate sessions. Sessions will be based on the grade that is obtained for the 2017 through 2018 school year.
  • 7th grade through graduating seniors: This session will be a Junior Police Forensic Academy, an intensive week of forensic training in crime scene investigation and the science involved. It is targeted toward those who may be interested in a career in forensic science. The training environment will be classroom and lab setting.
  • 8th grade through graduating seniors: This session will target students who may be interested in a law enforcement career. Training will focus on basic policing and law enforcement techniques.
  • 5th grade through 7th grade: This session will be a junior police camp with a police theme and will focus on group activities and team building exercises.
Are you right for the Junior Police Academy?  Answer these questions: Have you thought about what you are going to do after school? Have you ever wondered exactly what a police officer does? Are you interested in a career in law or paralegal? Would you be interested in learning more about law enforcement? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you are a great candidate for the Oak Ridge Junior Police Academy.

For one week this summer, students will learn about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. We will have guest speakers from different fields, including patrol officers, detectives, crime scene investigators, K9 officers, and more. Participants will also tour the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Knox County Regional Medical Examiner's office.

Applications will be available on the  Oak Ridge Police Department website  and links provided on the  ORPD Facebook page  and the ORPD Twitter feed,  @OakRidgePolice . Applications must be returned to the Oak Ridge Police Department Records Office or mailed to: ORPD Junior Police Academy, Attn: Officer Barry Bunch, P.O. Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-0001.

ORPD's Junior Police Academy Cadets, Class of 2015.

Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.  Class size is limited. All applications must be received or postmarked by June 1, 2017. A letter of acceptance with instructions will be sent to each cadet selected for the program via email and traditional mail.

All academy classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Oak Ridge High School (1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike). The designated room will be announced prior to the start of the session and is subject to change. This will be drop off and pick up for cadets each day. Cadets may be transported to other venues for field trips and training. Parents will be notified of trips that require additional permission slips. All cadets will be issued an academy T-shirt and a cadet handbook.

For additional information on the Oak Ridge Junior Police Academy, contact the Oak Ridge Police Department at (865) 425-3504.
The Oak Ridge City Clerk's office is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on the  Youth Advisory Board

As a requirement, all applicants must be a student at Oak Ridge High School as of the 2017-2018 school year, as well as an Oak Ridge resident. 

Interested students must complete a Boards and Commissions Application available on the City Clerk's departmental website . Applicants may also attach additional documents that includes cover letters, references, and resumes.  Paper editions of the online application are also available in the City Clerk's Office located in Room 109 of the Municipal Building.

Completed applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Hickman, City Clerk, at (865) 425-3411 or by e-mail at .

The Secret City Wildbots are competing at the 2017 FIRST Robotics Championship in Houston, Texas.

The Wildbots have been assigned to the "Roebling" division, one of six qualifying divisions.  All winning division alliances will advance to the Einstein Field championship round on April 22, 2017.

The Master Builders (seen below) are representing Jefferson Middle School and Oak Ridge  after finishing 1st at an earlier event in Cookeville, TN. They received the Global Innovation Award from the East Tennessee FIRST LEGO League Championship. 

Find more information about FIRST Lego League at  


Seven research students from ORHS competed in the 66th Annual Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair hosted at the University of Tennessee. The competition was held March 27-30 with the awards ceremony on Thursday evening. There were 55 Senior Division projects in competition.

Five of the students were part of a Math, Science, and Computer Science Thesis course at ORHS, advised by Tammy Carneim and Jessica Williams. The remaining two did their research independently with the help of teachers Deni Sobek and Sharon Thomas.

Ryan Armstrong (seen above) earned second place for his project titled "Quantifying the Evolution of Gas from Li-ion Battery Materials" under the mentorship of Dr. Gabriel Veith, at Oak Ridge National Lab. Along with a $750 scholarship and trophy, Ryan will travel to Los Angeles, California in May to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Jasleen Narula earned fourth place and $100 for her project titled "Rapid High-Throughput Toxicity Screening of East Tennessee Water Samples Using Auto-bio-luminescent Yeast Assay" under the mentorship of Steven Ripp.

Wilson Huang earned fifth place and $75 for his project titled "Designing Acoustically-Driven Microrobots to Simulate Active Matter" under the mentorship of Dr. Bradley Lokitz and Dr. Nickolay Lavrik from the Center for Nanophase Materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dylan Payne, mentored by Richard Archibald, Lara Blokland and Michael Ma, mentored by Dr. Laura Pullum, and Tyr Hondorf, mentored by Vig Sherrill, also competed and won various special awards for their projects. Logan Rumbaugh also competed. 

JMS students Amelia Thomson and Alexandra Shanafield.
In total, the students earned $1400 in prizes for placement and special awards.

Jefferson Middle School students, Kayla King, Alexandra Shanafield and Amelia Thomson also participated in the SASEF on Tuesday. Their mentors are John Beard and Jim Franklin.

Amelia Thomson earned 3rd Place Junior Division, Certificate of excellence from SASEF, and a nomination to compete in the 2017 Broadcom Masters. Alex Shanafield received Honorable Mention, with an award from the Society of Women Engineers.
The Oak Ridge Police Department is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project with a badge commemorating the department's initial service to secure the Manhattan Project site, which would eventually become the City of Oak Ridge in 1959. 

The commemorative badge features the Manhattan Project symbol centered in the middle of a circular design. The badg e features a subdued finish of antique bronze and black enamel. The officer's rank is on the top rocker panel, and the bottom panel displays either the officer's radio number or an "operator number." 

The operator number is a tribute to how officers identified themselves on the radio during the Manhattan Project and the early days of the police department. 

You'll be seeing many ORPD officers proudly displaying the badge on their uniforms throughout the rest of 2017.
The  Oak Ridge Police DepartmentOak Ridge Fire Department and  East Tennessee Children's Hospital Safe Travels program program are hosting Child Passenger Seat Checkpoints in 2017.

These events are held for parents and caregivers to receive education material about car seats, have their car seats checked for any manufacturer recalls and also have the seats examined for proper installation. The Child Passenger Seat Checkpoint is open to the public and it is free to attend.

All events will be held at Oak Ridge Fire Station #2, 609 Oak Ridge Turnpike (near Home Depot), from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The remaining dates are as follows:
  • May 13th
  • July 8th
  • September 9th
  • November 11th
East Tennessee Children's Hospital advises anyone planning to attend a car seat inspection to be sure to bring your child restraint seat instructions and vehicle owner's manual. Also, to make the process more efficient, please install your child restraint seat to the best of your ability before attending the inspection. You can find more child passenger safety information on the  Safe Travels section of their website.

The first checkpoint of the year, on January 14, was a big success. Oak Ridge Police and Fire Department personnel, along with representatives from East Tennessee Children's Hospital, were able to check 24 car seats in just three hours. Of the 24 car seats they inspected, ten of them had to be replaced because of a defect, expiration or recall.
National Library Week may have already passed, but the Oak Ridge Public Library will be celebrating by accepting donations for ADFAC (Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties) and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the whole month of April.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries today are no longer just a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where patrons can get individual help with an online job application or listen to a story with their toddler.

"Service to the community has always been the focus of the library," Kathy McNeilly, Oak Ridge Public Library Director, said. "Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life."

During the library's month-long donation drive, you can help restock ADFAC's Crisis Pantry with personal items like shampoo, bath soap, lotion, paper products, bath soap, detergents and diapers (adult and baby). New school supplies, like backpacks, pencils, notebook paper, and crayons, are needed for ADFAC's regular distribution this summer.

CASA will accept donations for children from 0-18 years of age. Coloring books, markers, small toys, duffel bags and $5 McDonald's gift cards are especially needed. Donations will be taken for the whole month of April, not just during National Library Week. 

For more information, visit Oak Ridge Public Library at the Civic Center, call (865) 425-3455 or visit the library's web site at .


The art exhibit at Oak Ridge Public Library for the months of April and May consist of a variety of works done by The Arty Group. 

The original group began in 1968, when several members were taking art lessons at the YWCA. They decided to continue meeting and painting together. The main goal of The Arty Group is to paint, inspire, and encourage each artist.
Past projects of the group include a nine block quilt to commemorate Oak Ridge's 50th anniversary in 1992 and an appointment calendar featuring original paintings. 

The Arty Group continues to meet in private homes or they travel to paint on location. They have ventured to Nashville, Chattanooga, the Blue Ridge Parkway and other local areas for artistic inspiration.  Exhibiting this year are Ouita Northcutt, Betty Waters, Nancy Fox and Polly Keck. Each artist works in a different medium and with a distinctive style.
Landscapes, portraits, and flowers are featured subjects of this exhibit. The works are created in acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastels, and colorful collages.
One piece is an award-winning oil painting, entitled, Shells, by Polly Keck. This painting won 2nd place at the Anderson County Fair and is a stunning three-dimensional nature study.
Please come and enjoy this exciting Art Show at Oak Ridge Public Library during the months of April and May.

Need to polish your resume, complete an online job application or find the jobs that match your skill set? Mark your calendars! 

The Career Coach, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Employment Security Division, will be coming to the Oak Ridge Public Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the following dates:  May 18, June 15, and July 20.

Come by anytime during those hours and receive job assistance. For more information on the Career Coach,  check out their websiteThis is a free service for the public, and library memberships are not required for participants.


Oak Ridge Public Library announces a new series of programs on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. 

World Wise Wednesdays are open to the public and will offer discussions on a variety of topics from gardening and seed swapping to how to get the most for your vacation money by cruising, to the natural history of hummingbirds. 
  • May 17: Cruising 101 - Muffett Grub of Cruise Holidays will present hints for how to get the most out of your holiday cruise.
For a full schedule, visit the library's website at or call (865) 425-3455. All events are open to the public and begin at 10:30 in the library auditorium.
The Oak Ridge Police Department is recruiting Police Officer and Police Officer Trainee candidates

Individuals who desire to participate in the selection process by taking the written and physical agility tests must have a completed application on file in the Personnel Department by noon on Thursday, May 11. Applicants meeting all of the mandatory qualifications are eligible to take the written test that will be given on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

The City is also looking for a  School Crossing Guard.  Applicants m ust be at least 18 years old and able to work 10 hours per week (Morning & afternoon shifts).

For more details on job requirements and instructions for how to apply to any of these openings, visit the City's website and click on Employment.
Fire Marshal Travis Solomon
Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced this week that Travis Solomon ,  Fire Marshal for the City of Oak Ridge Fire Department (pictured at right), has received his professional designation as "Chief Fire Officer"  (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

The designation is part of a national program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in seven measured components: experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association memberships, community involvement, and technical competencies.

Mr. Solomon came to Oak Ridge from the Tennessee Fire Marshal's office where he served as the Deputy State Fire Marshal in charge of Fire and Life Safety codes for the buildings and facilities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for the past 13 years. Last year, he received his Fire Marshal (FM) designation through CPSE.

"We are delighted to have received this notification as we continue to strive for excellence within our organization," Chief Kerley said.

With the addition of Marshal Solomon's CFO designation, all three staff officers are now credentialed as Chief Fire Officers through CPSE. Chief Kerley became credentialed in 2003 and Assistant Chief Jody Durham became credentialed in 2016. 

Chief Darryl Kerley
Asst. Chief Jody Durham

The officers must go through a peer review process every three years to maintain their credentials. 

The Fire Department also has seven Fire Captains who have achieved a Fire Officer (FO) Designation from CPSE.
City of Oak Ridge officials joined the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board (EQAB) at Oak Ridge's 32nd Annual Arbor Day Observance on Friday, March 3, at St. Mary's School. The ceremony also marks the 29th year that the City of Oak Ridge has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

At the ceremony, District Foresters with the Tennessee Department of Forestry presented the Tree City USA and Tree Line USA awards to Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch. Tree City USA, a National Arbor Day Foundation program, recognizes U.S. towns and cities that develop comprehensive urban forestry programs.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: 
  1. a legally constituted tree board; 
  2. a community tree ordinance; 
  3. a comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita; 
  4. and an Arbor Day proclamation and public tree planting ceremony.

Communities must reapply for the Tree City USA designation annually.

The Arbor Day ceremony concluded with the planting of a Southern Red Oak tree, donated by the City of Oak Ridge and SiteOne Landscape Supply. St. Mary's School students, along with Cub Scouts from Troop 329, participated in the program. 

Previous Arbor Day observances have been held at numerous locations throughout the city, including the Oak Ridge Civic Center, the Senior Citizens Center, the U.T. Arboretum, Cedar Hill Park, and at Glenwood, Woodland, Linden, and Willow Brook Elementary Schools.


The City's Healthy Waters Program conducted an invasive plant removal on Melton Lake Greenway on Sunday, March 5. 

The project is an effort to restore a wetland along the greenway by removing non-native invasive plants, cleaning up trash and planting native trees, grasses and flowers.

Tina Ball and Caitlin Craighead, the AmeriCorps members serving in Oak Ridge with the Public Works Department's Stormwater Management Program, received a grant through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) that made this project possible.

The Healthy Waters Program is an outreach program within the  Stormwater Division of the  City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department. The program aims to educate the community on how to enhance the quality of our local waterways, address water quantity issues in our city and enrich natural habitat in our urban area.

If you have questions about this project, please contact our Healthy Waters Program by email at .


We would like to extend a giant thank you to the   University of Tennessee Arboretum Society (UTAS)   that held their first Adopt-A-Stream trash cleanup at Scarboro Creek that runs through the UT Arboretum. 

The team consisted of UT Arboretum Society Members: David Alspaugh, Chuck Haynes and Lynda Haynes. 

This was the first Adopt-A-Stream cleanup of 2017 and they did an amazing job!
Adopt-A-Stream is a great organization facilitated by the Healthy Waters program where a small, dedicated group of individuals can "adopt" an area of stream they would like to clean up. 

This is an awesome way to get involved in your local community and really help the streams in Oak Ridge be the best they can be! It's super easy to sign up, all ages are welcome, and we are always accepting new teams. 

If you are interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Stream program, you can find out more information on our webpage.
"A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure." -Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
The City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board hosted the 6th annual Spring Youth Dodgeball Tournament at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on April 1, 2017. A team dubbed "The Chiefs" won the championship by defeating "The McGhees" in the final match with a score of 3-1.

2017 YAB Dodgeball Champions, The Chiefs (L to R):  Mark Haste with Catalaya, Kevin Reedy, Brett Blair, Carson Payne, Maci Giles, Connor Haste, Samantha Haste, Kolton Reedy, Shawna Haste, Quinton Viau, and Jeremiah Haste.

The event was created to offer local teens the chance to compete in the unique and fast-paced team sport of dodgeball. The round robin co-ed tournament hosted dozens of local youth with ten teams signing up for the event.

"Thanks to all the volunteer coaches, players and fans who made this a fun, successful event for students," Recreation Manager Matt Reedy said of the tournament. 

The Chiefs, a ten-member team coached by Mark Haste, received championship t-shirts after their win.

For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, or other events for local youth, contact the Oak Ridge Civic Center at (865) 425-3450 or visit .

For more information about Oak Ridge Athletics, including Adult League Dodgeball, contact John Harris with the Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3440.

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