Oak Ridge Public Library is pleased to announce that beginning May 18, the library will offer curbside pickup of library materials.  

Curbside pickup will take place Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

As a reminder, the library will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.
1)     Place It!
In order to place holds on materials, patrons will need to go to orpl.org and click on the Catalog tab. From there, patrons may search for and place holds on books, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs. Patrons will be notified via text, email, or phone call when their materials are ready to be picked up.
2)     Park It!
Please park in one of the parking spaces designated for library pickup and call the number on the sign. You will be asked for your name and the last four digits of your library card, as well as the number of your parking space.
3)     Pop It!
Once you have spoken with a library staff member, please open your trunk or car door. Library staff will bring your materials out and place them in your car. 
As a way to recognize our 2020 graduates, who crossed the stage and accepted their diplomas in front of a much-smaller audience this year, a digital billboard is now up in Solway.

COVID-19 has affected life for everyone in different ways and we wanted to to congratulate our graduates despite the change in graduation plans this year.

We hope this small gesture goes a long way.

Go Wildcats!
The annual Graduation Celebration put on by the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department and the City’s Youth Advisory Board will look a little different this year due to COVID-19. In order to show these graduates the same level of support, several projects are in the works and the community’s support is needed to make it all happen.

For the last 23 years, we have hosted a big, free party for the new graduates on the night of graduation to show our support for these students. Unfortunately, this year, we will not be able to have a physical party on the night of graduation.

One of the projects is to give every student a graduation gift bag. If you’d like to help with this, you can donate gift cards (in increments of $10), cash or check. You can also donate via credit card at  graduationcelebration.org/donate .
The City of Oak Ridge is currently accepting applications for board members of the  Youth Advisory Board  (YAB) for the 2020-21 school year. The selection of board members will take place during the July City Council meeting.

Sixteen applicants will be confirmed and appointed by City Council to serve a one-year term of office that commences on August 1, 2020. To be considered, applicants must be residents of Oak Ridge and entering grade levels 8 through 12.

Participation on the YAB requires attendance at bi-monthly meetings on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., as well as special events that are held throughout the year.

All interested students are encouraged to  fill out the online application  on the City Clerk’s page on  OakRidgeTN.gov . Current terms end May 31, 2020. Paper copies of the application are available at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. To obtain a paper copy, please call (865) 425-3450 anytime Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to arrange pick-up or to receive one by mail.

Applications and online submissions are due on Monday, June 15, 2020, by 5 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. Late applications will not be considered.

The purpose of the YAB is to serve as a liaison between City Council and the youth of the community for issues that affect them. The Board's function is to encourage the positive growth and development of youth by involving them in social, cultural, recreational, and other drug-free and alcohol-free activities.

For more information, contact Recreation Manager Matt Reedy at (865) 425-3450 or by e-mail at  mreedy@oakridgetn.gov  or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (865) 425-3411.
Once a year, Oak Ridge Electric linemen re-certify in 'Pole Top Rescue' and 'Bucket Rescue'. On Tuesday, May 12, linemen put their skills to the test at the Central Service Complex.

From time-to-time, accidents happen and a lineman can get injured, shocked and/or trapped at the top of an electric pole so other linemen need to step in to rescue them.

At this training, linemen practiced climbing up the pole and rescuing a dummy from the top and safely bringing them back down. They also practiced the same thing but with a bucket.

Thank you to our linemen who work hard to keep your power running, especially during this time when many people are working from home and are dependent on their power now, more than ever.
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available at the Anderson County Health Department located at 710 N. Main Street in Clinton. 

Testing takes place Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Free masks are also available for pickup at the health department. 

Call (865) 425-8801 with questions or visit the  Anderson County Health Department website.

For more information on COVID-19,  click here.
REMINDERS!
It's not too late to complete the 2020 Census!
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Starting on May 4, the Waste Connections’ Convenience Center on Warehouse Road began accepting bulk items and metal. It will begin accepting brush and yard waste on May 18, 2020.