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"I've never had a prouder time serving with an organization than being with the City of Oak Ridge... At some time in the future, I'll turn up again." -Hans Vogel

During his final City Council meeting on June 11, outgoing Council Member Hans Vogel was honored for his dedication and service to the City of Oak Ridge.

Mr. Vogel was elected to City Council in 2016. He has served as the council representative on the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission, advocated for non-profit  organizations and is extremely active in our community.

Mr. Vogel announced his resignation earlier this month to pursue an out-of-state job opportunity. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventure!

The City of Oak Ridge is once again sponsoring a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. The display will be held in A.K. Bissell Park on July 4th and is scheduled to begin at dark, around 9:45 p.m.

The Oak Ridge Community Band, now in their 74th year, will perform prior to the fireworks. The concert is free, but donations are accepted by the band to help cover the cost of equipment and other expenses. The music is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone planning to attend is advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating. A safety zone will be established by the Oak Ridge Fire Department. Please sit only in the designated areas.

Independence Day Concert & Fireworks Display

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Music at 7:30 p.m., Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

WHERE: A.K. Bissell Park
1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Parking will not be allowed along the Oak Ridge Turnpike right of way. Drivers should also not park on private property, unless they have obtained permission from the owner. 

As a reminder, the discharge of fireworks within Oak Ridge city limits is prohibited without a permit.

For more information on this event, visit the City of Oak Ridge Facebook page, @CityofOakRidge, or the City's website. You can also call the Oak Ridge Fire Department for additional information at (865) 425-3520.
stars_stripes_sunglasses.jpg All City of Oak Ridge offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in observance of Independence Day.

Household trash and recycling will be picked up as scheduled.

Have a safe and happy holiday!
YOU'RE INVITED! Stop by Oak Ridge High School on Thursday, June 14, for the American Museum of Science and Energy "Informational Night." 

The Department of Energy, in conjunction with its partners, the AMSE Foundation and the City of Oak Ridge, are hosting the event. It is free and open to the public. 

The session is intended to brief the community about progress made on the new AMSE facility and showcase the layout and design of the exhibits. We hope to see you there!

The American Museum of Science and Energy "Informational Night"

WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Oak Ridge High School
1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830


In partnership with Visit Knoxville, the City of Oak Ridge is proud to host the ITT National Championships on scenic Melton Lake Drive.

On Thursday, June 21, a significant portion of Melton Lake Drive (MLD) will be shut down to through traffic in order to provide a closed-loop course for the ITT.

Melton Lake Drive Impact:
Phase 1 shutdown at 7AM.  A section of MLD will be closed from Amanda Dr. to Emory Valley Rd  to facilitate course setup. At this time, traffic will be able to turn left from Amanda Dr. onto MLD. Traffic will be able to turn right from Emory Valley Rd onto MLD. 

Phase 2 shutdown at 8AM.  Additional sections of MLD along with the east end of Union Valley Rd. will be shut down to complete the closed-course loop. MLD will be closed from Palisades Pkwy to Rolling Links Blvd ( see course map).  Residents may turn left from Palisades Pkwy onto MLD. The Rivers Run Blvd entrance onto MLD will be closed. All residents entering and exiting the Rivers Run neighborhood must use the Rolling Links Blvd entrance.

Emory Valley Road Impact:
Emory Valley Road will not have road closures but traffic will not be able to turn either way onto Melton Lake Dr from Emory Valley Rd.

Reopening of MLD:
Melton Lake Dr. to be completely reopened by 6PM

Spectator Access:
The time trial event is a great way for cycling enthusiasts to see some fantastic racing up close. Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch professional cyclists race this challenging course. 

Event parking is accessible via Emory Valley Rd to the intersection of Emory Valley Road and Melton Lake Dr. Spectators will be directed to cross over the course and into the venue parking area as the opportunity arises between cyclists. This applies to leaving the parking area as well.

For more information, a full schedule of events and course maps CLICK HERE.
The 17th annual Secret City Festival, presented by Celebrate Oak Ridge, is in the books! Attendees e xperienced two days of music, food, history, science and more. The Secret City Festival celebrates the best of our once "Secret City" of Oak Ridge. We hope you enjoyed yourselves at the event. We certainly did!

Check out just a few of the photos from this year below... See if you spot any familiar faces!

The citywide brush pick-up program is now operating on a delayed schedule. Due to unexpected equipment repairs, Waste Connections was forced to halt collection efforts late last month.

Brush pick-up resumed on June 6th and Waste Connections tells our Public Works Department that they will have two trucks working each day until they catch up with the original schedule.

For the latest on brush pick-up and when you can expect collection crews in your neighborhood, please call Waste Connections at (865) 482-3656.

Additional information on the program can be found below. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Tree limbs as well as bagged yard clippings and leaves will be picked up.  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.

(NOTE: This schedule is no longer current, crews are operating on a delay. Please only use this schedule as a guide for the order of streets that will be serviced after approximately May 21 and resuming on or about June 6.)

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

The City Clerk's Office is currently accepting applications from Oak Ridge residents interested in serving as a member of a board or commission. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018.

The city is recruiting membership for the following boards:
  • Convention and Visitors' Bureau (3 vacancies)
  • Environmental Quality Advisory Board (5 vacancies, including 2 youth vacancies)
  • Trade Licensing Board (2 vacancies)
  • Traffic Safety Advisory Board (1 youth vacancy)
Oak Ridge residency is a mandatory qualification for all boards and commissions, with the exception of the Trade Licensing Board. If no Oak Ridge residents apply, non-resident applicants will be considered if they meet certain qualifications.

For boards seeking youth appointments, including the Environmental Quality Advisory Board and Traffic Safety Advisory Board, students must be at the high school level as of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Applicants must also complete a Boards and Commissions application available on the City Clerk's departmental website. Those interested can choose to be considered for one or more board vacancies on their application.

Paper versions of the application are available in the City Clerk's Office located in Room 109 of the Municipal Building at 200 South Tulane Avenue. Applicants may attach additional documents including cover letters, references and resumes.

To be considered, completed applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by the deadline listed above on June 29. Late applications or submissions will not be considered. The election to fill boards and commissions vacancies will take place at the regular Oak Ridge City Council meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018.

For more information, contact Beth Hickman, City Clerk, by phone at (865) 425-3411 or by email at
June 4th marked the kick off of ORNL Federal Credit Union's free summer music series, the Summer Sessions! We saw a great turnout in A.K. Bissell Park. Thanks to all who attended!

The Summer Sessions isn't over yet... Future concerts will be held on the following Saturdays:

  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 8
  • October 6
All concerts will be held outdoors at the pavilion in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, and are free to the public.

Bring your lawn chairs and your friends and family for an evening of free Americana roots music. A special thanks to WDVX for their support of this event and bringing music to Oak Ridge.
Team registration for the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department's 2018 Fall Softball season is now open. Games are scheduled to begin the week of July 30.

Softball leagues for men, women and a co-ed league will be offered during the fall. The Men's League will play on Monday evenings, the Co-Ed League will play on Tuesday evenings and the Women's League will play on Thursday evenings.

All Men's League and Women's League games will be held at Carl Yearwood Park, located at 300 Bus Terminal Road in Oak Ridge. Co-Ed League games will take place at Carl Yearwood or Jefferson Middle School softball field.

Teams must complete registration paperwork and pay the applicable registration fee by July 7, 2018, to qualify for early registration pricing. Teams registering after the early deadline may do so until July 14 and will be subject to an additional late fee of $25. All registration materials are due by the deadlines listed above.

For more information, or to obtain registration paperwork, teams may contact Matt Reece at (865) 425-3440. Players may also inquire at the front desk of the Oak Ridge Civic Center.
golf5.jpg Summer season hours of operation at Tennessee Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge went into effect on Saturday, May 5. The course is now open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day.

The driving range facility follows the same hours as the course during the summer months, with one exception: the range will close at 5:30 p.m. every Monday and reopen at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. This schedule adjustment will allow time for maintenance and mowing.

Opened in 1997, Centennial Golf Course features 18 holes, a large clubhouse, a golf academy, and a driving range situated on roughly 200 acres just off Edgemoor Road in Oak Ridge. The City's Recreation and Parks Department began managing operations at the course in January 2018.

To book a tee time, call Tennessee Centennial Golf Course at (865) 483-2291 or visit the course website. Be sure to follow the course on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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!
The Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool began operating on its summer schedule on June 2.

Events are planned throughout the season, including movie nights, evening swims, swim lessons, Water Safety Day, and the end of season Puppy Pool Party. Additional details can be found on the Recreation and Parks Department's Aquatics page.

The outdoor pool is located at 172 Providence Road. The facility is fed by spring water and considered one of the largest in the nation. Depths range from zero to 13.5 feet. There are 25-meter and 100-meter courses, as well as an offshore island, a shallow water pool with a fountain for young children, and a large grassy beach area. Food and float rental concessions are also available.

If you have any questions about the outdoor pool or other aquatics facilities and programs, contact the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450. See below for the movie night schedule.

On Thursday, May 31, Oak Ridge Police responded to multiple addresses in the Woodland neighborhood regarding burglaries to vehicles, carports and tool sheds. At least seven vehicles and locations had been burglarized over the past few hours. Officers later discovered surveillance video which showed the suspect, Taft Steelman, age 45, of Oak Ridge, taking one victim's property. Additionally, it was determined that Steelman was carrying a white colored bag in w hich he was placing stolen items.

An off-duty ORPD officer noticed the suspect in the area and knew that Steelman had outstanding burglary warrants. Steelman was taken into custody on the outstanding warrants and the white bag, and victims' property, was found a short distance away from the location. Steelman was booked into the Anderson County Detention Facility on the original burglary and theft warrants. He was charged with five additional counts of burglary and one count of going armed/felon in possession of a firearm.

During each of these vehicle burglaries, the suspect simply opened unlocked doors. The community is reminded to lock all vehicles and tool sheds and secure valuables in their carports to prevent becoming victims of theft. If you live in the Woodland community and believe some of your property may have been stolen, contact  ORPD investigators at (865) 304-9145 to report the missing items and find out if they were recovered.

The Power of Public Works was on display last month  at the 2nd Annual Public Works Community Open House, sponsored by LDA Engineering. 

Visitors to the Oak Ridge Central Services Complex learned all about the  contributions of the Oak Ridge Public Works Department... while having some fun at the same time! 

Equipment and vehicles were on display, booths were set up to help explain what the department does for the City and a poster contest brought local students into the mix as they used their artistic talents to express what they've learned about Public Works. All the entries were on display during the open house and the winners were announced during a special ceremony featuring Mayor Warren Gooch.

Public Works is more than just water and sewer services. It is the men and women who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community's health, safety and comfort. Public Works professionals work hard every day serving the citizens and businesses in Oak Ridge. A vast majority of them work outdoors, regardless of weather conditions, to ensure that the water, sewer, public facilities, sidewalks, and streets in the City run and operate smoothly.

The open house was held as part of National Public Works Week, May 20-26. This event was made possible through sponsor donations from LDA Engineering, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Holiday Inn Express/Staybridge Suites - Oak Ridge, Downtown Hardware, and Stowers.
A road reconstruction project affecting Tennessee Avenue is now underway. Adams and Sons, Inc., working under contract for the City of Oak Ridge, is reconstructing a portion of Tennessee Avenue beginning 400 feet east of its intersection with New York Avenue down to its intersection with Michigan Avenue.

The Public Works Department will use this project as an opportunity to replace the existing 1940s-era water main along Tennessee Avenue, in addition to making curb, gutter and sidewalk repairs.

Road reconstruction, as opposed to resurfacing, is required when large portions of the subgrade are known to be substandard. Unfortunately, reconstruction of this roadway will have a direct impact on the businesses and residents along the affected portion of Tennessee Avenue. Some of this impact will include the roadway being reduced to one lane of traffic, the road being closed to through traffic, and/or short-term temporary blockage of driveways. The contractor will make every effort to maintain local access; however, portions of the road will have to be closed and detours will be necessary.

When crews and equipment move from one location to another, the contractor and City personnel onsite will advise local businesses as traffic patterns change. Periodic updates will also be posted in the "City News" section of our website as well as on the City of Oak Ridge Government Facebook page. Once work is complete, the affected portion of Tennessee Avenue will be a smooth surface.

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to use extreme care and caution when traveling in and around these sections of roadway. Public Works strongly recommends that you plan to take alternate routes. We apologize for any inconvenience the closures may cause and appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time. Please note that the entire project is anticipated to last several months, and that all construction work is subject to change based on such unknowns as weather, equipment and access issues.

We request that you communicate any questions or concerns with the contractor's onsite superintendent or foreman, or City personnel onsite. You may also contact Public Works via email at or by calling (865) 425-1875.

The weather held out just long enough for the Oak Ridge High School Class of 2018 to walk across the stage, get their diplomas and toss their graduation caps in the air! Graduation was held at Blankenship Field on May 31st. Good luck to all of the graduates!

Photos from @OakRidgeSchools on Twitter

^ Click the flyer to view a story about the ORPL Seed Library by WVLT Local 8 News! ^
Don't forget to stop by the Oak Ridge Farmers Market this week! 

Vendors will be setting up in historic Jackson Square  every Wednesday from 3pm until 6pm and every Saturday from 8am until noon (weather permitting). 

The market runs through the fall season.

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 second phase of the Turtle Park Sewer Rehabilitation Project began during the first week of October and remains underway. 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. Residents can view updated sewer work areas by looking under the "City News" section of for the most recent Turtle Park Sewer Shed Update.

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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