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What's Happening in Oak Ridge!?

City of Oak Ridge facilities will continue to be operated as detailed in the link below for the safety of our employees and social distancing for our customers. Visitors may receive a temperature scan and inquiry about their current health. Please call the City Manager’s office or department offices on the City’s website for further information.


A message from City of Oak Ridge Electric Director Jack Suggs ahead of Winter Weather


The local weather forecast for Oak Ridge includes a winter storm warning this evening (Wednesday) and into tomorrow (Thursday). In response, City crews, including those in the Electric Department, are preparing for the worst. We are fueling trucks and chainsaws, arranging for extra crews, and handling the hundreds of other tasks necessary for us to mount a rapid, coordinated response.

The power Oak Ridge provides to you is generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. As a long-term partner of TVA, we have placed our faith in that organization to supply the power we use to keep your homes warm and your business and industry moving. TVA has a robust and resilient generation and transmission fleet and I am confident that our faith is well justified.

During winter storms, it is the local distribution systems that take the most damage. It is possible that trees may fall and break poles which we will need to replace, wires may be torn down, or that any of tens of thousands of electrical connections might prove to be the feared “weakest link.” As a result, it is possible you may lose power until repairs are made.

I encourage you to be prepared for this eventuality. Find your flashlight batteries, pull out the extra blankets and think about what foods you can prepare and eat with little preparation. It’s a good idea to keep a small stock of essential medications and other necessities. During these kinds of storms, it is generally best to hunker down and stay home.

Should your lights go out, rest assured, that your energy is provided by organizations that are prepared for emergencies and which are fully committed to our City. Our crews will be responding with a passion and personal commitment to getting your power restored as quickly as possible.

We are your friends and neighbors and keeping your lights on is our mission and one we take very seriously.

For updates, follow the City of Oak Ridge Government on social media.

Share input on the Oak Ridge Gateway sign designs

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The City of Oak Ridge invites the public to participate in a virtual public input session on the design of a new Oak Ridge Gateway monument that visitors and residents will pass on their way into the City.

The sign will be placed on the island between South Illinois Avenue (TN-62) and Bethel Valley Road as drivers come in off the Solway Bridge heading toward the City and the exit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12.

The first meeting took place Wednesday morning. You can rewatch the presentation and leave your feedback in the comments here.

The second meeting, where people can join and view the designs, ask questions and leave their feedback verbally or in the chat is set for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The recording will be published on the City’s website and captured on Facebook. The Facebook livestream will allow people to comment in real-time and the video can also be rewatched following the initial stream and additional comments can continue to be made.

Information on how to access the Zoom meetings can be found at OakRidgeTN.gov

Questions, comments and feedback can also be submitted via email to lgray@oakridgetn.gov by Thursday, February 18. For more information, contact Lauren Gray in the Oak Ridge City Manager’s Office at (865) 425-3576.


What's happening with the proposed motorsports park?


The Planning Commission will consider the Special Recreation District at its February business meeting on February 18, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be virtual-only. Access to view the live stream can be found at: oakridgetn.gov/online/streaming

The Court Room will not be open for members of the public to attend in person.

Citizens who would like to speak on a particular agenda item during the business meeting may register with their name, address, phone number, and email at commdev@oakridgetn.gov by Noon on Thursday, February 18. In the email, please specify the agenda item they would like to speak about. A link to the meeting along with log-in information will be provided to each registered citizen prior to the meeting. Additionally, written public comments regarding agenda items, including the sender’s name and address, may be submitted by email to commdev@oakridgetn.gov, or by post to City of Oak Ridge – Planning Commission, PO Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 – and will be provided to the Planning Commission for their consideration.

Contact the Community Development office for more information at (865) 425-3531.

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Lifeguards needed!

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department invites those qualified to apply now for summer jobs!!

Click link below for job description and application:


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Tennessee Tree Day Set For March 20

Tennessee residents are invited to beautify their properties and their communities by planting trees on “Tennessee Tree Day” on March 20, 2021, and the Healthy Waters Program would like to help Oak Ridgers get involved.

Reserve your seedlings online at:

 https://www.tectn.org/tennesseetreeday2021.html now until March 7.

Trees are available on a donation basis of $1.99/tree. Tree pickup is set for Friday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Your local pickup site is located at the Oak Ridge Central Services Complex, 100 Woodbury Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

Everyone is encouraged to plant their tree on their property on Saturday, March 20, as part of America’s largest single-day tree planting event.

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Kelly Kilowatt here! DID YOU KNOW you can track your usage on the new Utility Billing System?


While the usage graphs on your utility bill represent your historic utility usage patterns in a general way, exact data on historical usage is available through your online portal. To reach your portal, go to https://payment.oakridgetn.gov/. After logging into your account, follow the links for “Account Detail” and then “View Consumption” under location service. For questions or more information, call my friends over at the Utility Business Office at (865) 425-3400.




If you're looking for full-time or seasonal employment, the City of Oak Ridge is accepting online applications!

Visit OakRidgeTN.gov and click the tab at the top right that says EMPLOYMENT.



Click here to view the City meeting schedule. To find February meetings, make sure you select February and 2021 and click select month on the right of the page.

If a meeting is virtual, it will be streamed at: http://oakridgetn.gov/online/streaming.

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