APRIL 2021


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Warmer weather is on the way! Here's a look at what's happening around Oak Ridge this month!


COVID-19 Vaccine

Distribution Continues

All Tennessee adults are now eligible for the vaccine. Click here to find a location distributing the vaccine near you.

The public health situation is rapidly changing, here are the latest updates affecting City facilities.

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City Offices and Facilities Closed for Good Friday

City offices will be closed on Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. Click here to view a full list of City holidays.


2021 Annual Household Trash Pickup Schedule Released


The citywide household trash pickup program is underway. Household rubbish, old appliances, and minor remodeling materials will be picked up. Residents should place all materials near, but not beyond the curb. There is a limit of one truckload of material per residence. Items that have or had Freon in them will not be accepted.

Find the guidelines and collection schedule at: bit.ly/ORtrashpickup2021

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.

All materials must be in place no later than 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled pickup day. Any materials put out after 7:30 a.m. may not be picked up.

Brush collection is scheduled to begin on May 10, 2021. A new schedule will be posted on OakRidgeTN.gov in advance of the start date. For more information, please contact Waste Connections of Tennessee at (865) 482-3656.


Phased Reopening at the Oak Ridge Public Library

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After a long year of coronavirus and renovations, the Oak Ridge Public Library is back open! Phase one is set to last through May 29. During this phase, patrons can browse the main library, Children’s Room, and use public computers. 

Library hours will be limited to Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Curbside pickup will continue but curbside hours, however, will change to Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Oak Ridge Room is open by appointment and all programming remains virtual. The auditorium remains closed to the public. Public restrooms are open, but water fountains are not available.

Masks are required and COVID-19 temperature checks, health screenings, and social distancing measures will be in place.

If COVID cases continue to decline and access to vaccines becomes widespread, the second phase of reopening will begin June 1. More information on phase 2 can be found at OakRidgeTN.gov.


UT-Battelle Development Corporation contributes $500,000 to City for proposed airport project


The City of Oak Ridge received a $500,000 contribution from the UT-Battelle Development Corporation (UTBDC) to assist with the planned airport project at East Tennessee Technology Park.

The intent of the contribution is to provide funding to secure state and/or federal grants that require local matching dollars. 

Dr. Thomas Zacharia, president and CEO of UT-Battelle and director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Jeff Smith, president of UTBDC, presented the contribution to Oak Ridge City Council at its March 8 meeting. 

“I believe the presence of a new airport will be a key differentiator for this community because it supports existing trends so clearly: The airport will make Oak Ridge more attractive to companies and professionals interested in low-cost, high-quality communities with easy access to other cities,” Dr. Zacharia said.

“The planned airport project at East Tennessee Technology Park is an essential component in the future economic growth of the region and an important feature for potential business development,” said Smith. “Many businesses or projects that could be positively impacted by the construction of the airport have ongoing research partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.”

At the City Council meeting, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch shared his appreciation for the contribution: “I’d like to express sincere thanks to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, its collective commitment to the best interest and promotion of our City, and particularly to Dr. Zacharia and Mr. Smith, for their personal involvement and commitment to our City. This contribution toward the airport can certainly be a true incentive and motivator and help us move toward the finish line.”

If the airport project doesn’t move forward, the funds will be returned to UTBDC.

“The City hopes this will create more national infrastructure opportunities for the City to get this project completed and the overall matching funds will be used to make this project happen,” said Oak Ridge City Manager Dr. Mark Watson. “We appreciate all of the help and support Smith and Dr. Zacharia have given the City and this planned airport project, and we look forward to seeing it through.”

The airport project discussion is now ongoing and centered in the Oak Ridge City Manager’s Office. 


New Historical Marker Erected


The new historical marker located in front of the Turnpike Gatehouse gives a brief history of our community including interesting facts about the original architects, the population of 75,000, and our incorporation as a municipality in 1959.


CityView is coming in May


The Community Development Department is excited to announce that it will be launching its CityView Portal for building, planning, and code enforcement this May. Residents and builders can submit building and land disturbance permits, trades permits including mechanical, plumbing, and electric, code complaints, and Planning and Zoning requests like plats and site plans through the online portal.

For questions, customers can contact the Community Development office at codes@oakridgetn.gov or by calling (865) 425-3532 for Codes or (865) 425-3531 for Planning any time during normal business hours.  

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Want to enroll your 3- or 4-year-old child in preschool?

Oak Ridge Schools’ Preschool is taking appointments for its upcoming Child Find Developmental Screening/Pre-K Round-Up enrollment event for new students in the upcoming 2021-22 school year. For an appointment, call (865) 425-9122. For more information visit ORTN.edu/preschool or follow @ORSPFamilyServices on Facebook.  




You can help others in your community by signing up for the Round-Up Program. This program rounds your utility bill up to the nearest dollar with the extra change funding Project SAFE (Special Assistance Fund for Energy). 100% of the donations to Project SAFE go to help our neighbors in need. To ensure fair distribution, Aid to Distressed Families for Appalachian Counties (ADFAC) reviews each request.

Instructions to sign up are located on the back of your utility statement or give one of my friends at the Utility Business Office a call at (865) 425-3400.

If you are in need of emergency assistance and live in Anderson or Roane County, please contact ADFAC at (865) 483-6028.

Remember: A little change can make a big change for someone in need.



April is Fair Housing Month


If you feel you have experienced housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and family status, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at 1-800-667-9777 (voice), 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay), online at HUD.gov/fairhousing, or your local fair housing organization. 


Earth Day is April 22

With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to brush up on how to make your home more energy-efficient. Don’t miss TVA EnergyRight's special workshops for kids and adults on April 22nd by registering at EnergyRight.com/residential/workshops


Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17


The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service says that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year has been extended to May 17, 2021.

This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax. Penalties, interest, and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by May 17.

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