MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2020
VOL. 6, ISSUE 2
What's Happening in Oak Ridge!
4 REASONS AN ACCURATE CENSUS MATTERS TO TN
By Bryce Tuggle; The Sycamore Institute
Tuggle, B. The Sycamore Institue. 2020. 4 Reasons an Accurate Census Matters for Tennessee. Retrieved from https://www.sycamoreinstitutetn.org/accurate-census-tennessee/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Why%20Accuracy%20Matters&utm_campaign=general
LOCAL CENSUS WORKERS NEEDED
The Oak Ridge Public Library will host several job fairs between January and March as the U.S. Census Bureau looks to fill Census Taker positions in Anderson and Roane counties.

The job fairs will be held on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 25
  • March 3
  • March 10

Anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in temporary employment with the U.S. Census Bureau can attend these sessions to learn more about opportunities available in the area. Topics covered will include compensation, scheduling, training, job expectations, and requirements.

The City of Oak Ridge encourages citizens looking for a temporary job or additional income to apply. Schedules are flexible and pay is competitive, ranging from $22 to $26 per hour depending on location.

Working for the Census is a great way to support your community by helping ensure that each person is counted.
UTILITY BUSINESS OFFICE REOPENS FEBRUARY 10!
The City of Oak Ridge Electric Department has announced that its Utilities Business Office (UBO) will return to the Municipal Building following the completion of renovations.

The UBO will reopen in its updated space on February 10, 2020. Customers routinely handle utility and property tax concerns at the UBO, including signing up for new accounts, terminating services, and making payments. Utility and tax bills are also generated in this office.

Although UBO staff will make every effort to ensure quality service, customers may experience delays on Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10. Customers who normally visit the business counter are encouraged to use online or mail payments, if possible, during this period.
Citizens may contact the UBO by calling (865) 425-3400. Questions can also be directed to the Electric Department at (865) 425-1803.

SIGN-UP FOR NATIONAL TREE DAY
SPRING SOFTBALL REGISTRATION
OPENS FEBRUARY 24
Team registration for the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department’s 2020 Spring Softball season opens Monday, February 24. Men’s and women’s leagues will be offered along with a co-ed league.

The men’s league will play on Monday evenings at Carl Yearwood Park. The co-ed league will play on Tuesday evenings at Carl Yearwood Park and/or Jefferson Middle School field. The women’s league will play on Thursday evenings at Carl Yearwood Park.

All teams must complete registration paperwork and pay the applicable registration fee no later than March 21 at 9:30 p.m. Games are scheduled to begin the week of April 6,2020 and schedules will be available on March 27.

For more information or to obtain the registration paperwork, teams may contact Recreation Supervisor of Athletics Matt Reece at (865) 425-3440, visit the league website at http://bit.ly/ORspring or inquire at the front desk of the Oak Ridge Civic Center.
SPRING BREAK ART IN THE PARK WEEK
The City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department is happy to announce our Spring Break, “Bird-Themed” Art in the Park Week, which will be held March 16 - 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day, and is open to students in 2 nd to 5 th grades. Early drop off time begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up time ends at 2:30 p.m.

Instructor, Melissa Bishop, will guide students through creating a variety of bird-themed arts and crafts projects such as a bird feeder, leaf-imprinted t-shirt smocks, bird masks, and colorful, stained glass look, tissue birds! Weather permitting, students will venture into Bissel Park for some local bird habitat exploration. Students will need to pack a lunch. After lunch each day, students will have the opportunity to play some games in the gym or visit the playground for some physical activity and fun!

Registration fee is $100 per student for the week for Oak Ridge residents and $105 for non-residents. Credit card registration is available online at orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov . For more information call the Recreation and Parks Department office at 865-425-3450.
LET'S PAINT THE TOWN
Oak Ridge was not created with one central downtown area as a matter of national security. That is all about to change! Plans are being developed to turn the Main Street & Wilson Street area into a buzzing, active center of town.

So, to help show off that area, the City of Oak Ridge is inviting everyone out to "Paint the Town"! There will be food, entertainment, music, activities and tons of excitement over the future of Oak Ridge.

Save the Date - MAY 9, 2020 - You will not want to miss this unique one of a kind activity!

Where: Wilson Street corridor between Tulane Ave & Rutgers Ave.

What: A street party to help people realize what our downtown could be like, in order to build support and enthusiasm; and to show prospective investors and developers that Oak Ridge will support the kinds of businesses and development we’ve imagined for this district.

This will be the largest example of "Tactical Urbanism" known in the area! We will literally paint the three-block long plan on the ground in 1:1 scale and throw a party in our future downtown!!
Food
Beer and wine vendors
Bands
Dancing
Kid activities
Games
Fun for ALL AGES!
More details will be added as plans are finalized!
NOW HIRING: Find a Job with the City
The City of Oak Ridge is accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Public Safety Dispatcher - Trainee
  • Schools Crossing Guard
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Lifeguard
  • Volunteers in Police Services
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MEET LYNDA
Lynda is your personal link to thousands of tutorials at home.
All you need is your Oak Ridge Public Library card!

Lynda is an online learning resource, offering courses that help you build skills and learn new strategies.
 
With Lynda, you can learn more about:
• Microsoft Office
• Data Management
• Adobe Creative Cloud
• Graphic Design
• Photography
• Business Communication
• Website Development
• Programming
• and many other topics!
 
To access Lynda, please visit orpl.org.
For more information, call us at 865-425-3455.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR APPOINTED TO FEDERAL ADVISORY BOARD
Amy Fitzgerald, Government Affairs and Information Services Director for the City of Oak Ridge, has been appointed by the Secretary of Energy to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB).
The EMAB provides advice and recommendations to DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management on the complex issues facing the program. These include intergovernmental and stakeholder engagement, project management and oversight activities, program performance, cost/benefit analyses, human capital development, and contracts and acquisition strategies.
The EMAB is established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act., and its members serve without compensation.
CITY CLERK AWARDED CERTIFIED
MUNICIPAL CLERK DESIGNATION
We are proud to announce that City Clerk, Mary Beth Hickman, has received the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

According to the IIMC website, "The Certified Municipal Clerk program is designed to enhance the job performance of the Clerk in small and large municipalities. To earn the CMC designation, a Municipal Clerk must attend extensive education programs. The CMC designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality. The CMC program prepares the applicants to meet the challenges of the complex role of the Municipal Clerk by providing them with quality education in partnership with institutions of higher learning, as well as State / Provincial / National Associations." 

Beth Hickman has served as the City Clerk for the City of Oak Ridge since February, 2016. She previously served as a Faculty Assistant at Vanderbilt Law School and as a Field Representative for former Congressman Lincoln Davis. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Emory Valley Center Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Tennessee 5-County Walk. She is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and serves as Vice-President of the local Alpha Parliamentary Unit. She also serves as Secretary of the Knoxville Association of Women Executives and Membership Chair for Altrusa International of Oak Ridge. She obtained her Municipal Clerk certification from the State of Tennessee in 2017.
City of Oak Ridge
200 South Tulane Avenue 
Oak Ridge, TN 37830