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Mayor Warren Gooch, Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Smith, Greg LeMond, Councilmember Kelly Callison, and City Manager Mark Watson together at the LeMond Composites Welcome Reception.
The City of Oak Ridge is proud to support the recent announcement that LeMond Composites, a new company in Oak Ridge offering solutions for high-volume and low-cost carbon fiber, has secured a licensing agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The news was made public on August 29 in a  release from LeMond Composites . The company, founded earlier this year by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, focuses on making carbon fiber composites with global applications. The agreement with ORNL will make LeMond Composites the first company to offer these newly developed products to the transportation, renewable energy and infrastructure markets.
LeMond Composites building on Palladium Way in Oak Ridge. (September 29)
LeMond Composites plans to build their first carbon fiber production line at their recently purchased facility on Palladium Way in Oak Ridge. Their first commercially available product is expected to be ready in early 2018.

"I am ecstatic about this unique technological application for carbon fiber in our community," Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch said. "We look forward to working with LeMond Composites to create jobs and further investment in Oak Ridge."

"The City of Oak Ridge is proud to see the new, low-cost carbon fiber technology by ORNL be recognized and incorporated into products developed by LeMond Composites," Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said. "We welcome LeMond to our community and are pleased they will be partnering with leading scientists bringing this next generation technology to the marketplace. We are excited about their new carbon fiber products, including bicycles, which will be available in the United States and around the world."

Carbon fiber research/production
at ORNL (Photo courtesy: ORNL)
"ORNL has been the driving force for new company locations in our area for some time," President of the Roane Alliance Wade Creswell said. "We are incredibly fortunate and thankful that ORNL has licensed this new technology and is transferring it to the private sector. Having LeMond Composites locate in Roane County and Oak Ridge is an incredible opportunity to bolster our local economy through good paying jobs. We are excited to work with Connie Jackson, a Roane County native, to help make LeMond Composites the leader in the world of carbon fiber production."

ORNL's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, located right next-door to
LeMond Composites.
Connie Jackson and a team of researchers at ORNL's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility helped invent a new process that reduces the production cost of industrial grade carbon fiber by more than half. Jackson and several others joined LeMond Composites this year.

"These are exciting times for Oak Ridge and the surrounding area and LeMond Composites exemplifies the kind of cutting edge industries we're working with," added Steve Jones, Economic Development Consultant for the City of Oak Ridge. "Mr. LeMond is putting together a great team, and I think we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg with regard to the potential impact to our local economy and our standing in the growing advanced composites sector.  LeMond Composites was being recruited by other parts of the country and I'm pleased they made the decision to come here. Many folks made this possible and I'm very grateful for all their efforts."

Greg LeMond (above), Connie Jackson and City Manager Mark Watson (below) were all interviewed by WBIR Channel 10 last month for a feature story on the future of carbon fiber in Oak Ridge.

New rope rescue equipment has been used to save two lives in Oak Ridge, the separate incidents happening just days apart in September. 

The equipment was recently purchased for each Oak Ridge Fire Department engine and crews just started training in August. The quick deployment 3-to-1 rope haul system is designed to move injured people up steep slopes or through confined spaces where it is difficult to lift or carry a person.

On September 5, firefighters were dispatched to an unconscious person in an attic of a house. On arrival, the fire crew found a man lying in the 120 degree attic, disoriented and unable to move. He had been there for several hours before his wife discovered him in distress. The emergency crew rigged the rapid deployment rope system and, in a matter of minutes, was able to move him through the roof trusses and down the attic access opening to the waiting ambulance crew. 

The man recovered and says he has no memory of the rescue itself. He did want to express his gratitude to the firefighters that helped save his life. He also thanked his wife for calling 911.

Photo from scene of rope rescue. (September 17)
On September 17, the department was dispatched to help a woman with serious injuries who had fallen from a retaining wall in a back yard. First responders found the woman lying 60 feet down a slope in a wooded area. The quick deployment of the rope system helped the fire crew and Oak Ridge police officers move the injured woman up the steep slope to the ambulance. 

Tennessee Army National Guard's Blackhawk Medevac helicopter.

Late last month, the Tennessee Army National Guard  deployed their Blackhawk Medevac Helicopter to Oak Ridge for three days of joint training with firefighters. The Blackhawk hoisting helicopter is stationed at McGhee-Tyson Air Base and is available to the community through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency for extreme rescue situations.

The Oak Ridge Fire Department continues to train in specialized rescue areas, such as trench, collapse and confined space rescue. The fire department provides dedicated standbys upon request for contractors preforming high risk work in the area.
October is designated as National Fire Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about safety and what each person or family can do to prevent a fire.

The Oak Ridge Fire Department will be holding various activities in schools once students return from fall break. Firefighters will visit St. Mary's, Glenwood, Linden, Willow Brook, Jefferson, Woodland, and Robertsville between October 17th and 21st to talk about important fire safety issues. 

Check the smoke alarms in your home regularly and make sure your family has an escape plan in case of a fire. Remember: fire is fast and every second counts. If an alarm goes off or you smell smoke, get to safety as quickly as you can.
Haw Ridge Park, North Boundary Greenway and Gallaher Bend Greenway will be closed periodically for Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area managed quota hunts this fall.

The closure on Haw Ridge includes the portion of Melton Lake Greenway adjacent to the park, from the lake to the parking lot on Edgemoor Road.

The hunts, which are open only to those pre-selected in a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) quota drawing, will take place on the following dates:
  • October 29 - 30 (Sat-Sun)
  • November 12 - 13 (Sat-Sun)
  • December 10 - 11 (Sat-Sun)
Additionally, these areas will be closed for scout days on October 22, November 5 and December 3. Anyone who does not possess a quota hunt permit is asked to stay out of these areas during the hunt dates and from 7am to 4:30pm on scout dates.

Signs will be posted in the affected areas to notify the public of the closure. Oak Ridge Police Department officers will also assist in keeping non-hunters off the greenways on the morning of each hunt.
For additional information, contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450 or Aubrey Deck with TWRA at (865) 576-2380. 
During the first week of September, Oak Ridge City Council voted to approve a contract for construction of an 8th rowing lane on Melton Hill Lake.

Rowing teams practice on Melton Hill Lake.
First Place Finish, Inc., was selected after submitting the lowest bid for the project. Work is expected to begin at the site soon. Crews will start by installing erosion control measures. After that, they'll begin working on the bank of the waterway.

The 7-lane course already attracts several regattas and rowing team training excursions every year, but this expansion means Oak Ridge will attract even more events in the future. The USRowing Masters Nationals just announced last month that they would be returning to Oak Ridge to hold their championship event in August of 2017.

Tennessee's Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced $40,000 in Tourism Enhancement Grant funds for Anderson County over the summer. That money has helped make the 8th rowing lane project a reality. 

State grants, along with funding from the City and several other sources,  have  nearly covered the expected cost of the project.  The new lane is expected to be complete by the 2017 spring rowing season. 
You can let your voice be heard as the National Park Service and the Department of Energy draft a "Foundation Document" for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Both agencies are seeking public review and comments until October 10th.

In a news release in late September, the National Park Service said the document is "designed to affirm the park's core mission and significance, key resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell its stories."

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was established last November and includes DOE locations in three states: New Mexico, Washington and Tennessee.

You can read the current draft for yourself and submit comments until the deadline on October 10. Just visit the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment webpage. 

The final document is expected to be complete by later this year.
Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Halloween? The City's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is hosting a "Glow Room for Halloween Safety" at the City Halloween Party on Thursday night, October 27th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

Kids enjoy face-painting and other activities at last year's Halloween celebration.

The event is hosted annually at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on the Thursday before Halloween. Children in grades four and below are invited to attend with their families.

A (blurry) look inside last year's glow room.
The "YAB Glow Room" will have a "Fall Tornado" activity and glow sales with all proceeds going to benefit a youth-led project for the upcoming holidays. Recent holiday projects have included Mission of Hope Shopping and Salvation Army Angel Tree. 

The YAB will also support food sales at the Halloween party with proceeds benefiting the ORHS Key Club program. 

For questions or info, contact Matt Reedy at or at (865) 425-3442.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Halloween, October 31, falls on a Monday this year. For any f amilies choosing to take part in trick-or-treating, the City is not designating any other day for Halloween activities. 

Changing the day or time people traditionally plan their Halloween festivities can cause confusion, creating two groups of trick-or-treaters: one on the altered date and another on October 31st. 

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.
undefinedMain Street Oak Ridge is looking a little different every day. For those that have been following the demolition progress closely, you've likely noticed some major changes.

Back on July 20, the City held a special event to break ground on the Main Street project and kick off demolition. Since then, we've seen entire buildings brought down and massive piles of rubble sorted and hauled away.

The building once housing the Oak Ridge Mall is now demolished, leaving an open space that will soon provide ample parking for new stores. (September 30)

Work continues today, mostly situated between the Tinseltown movie theater and JCPenney. A detailed map provided by RealtyLink shows what the project is expected to look like once it's finished. You can see where seven of the eight new businesses are going to be located. 

The first stores are set to open in 2017. More updates are expected as the project moves forward. Visit our City of Oak Ridge Facebook page to see updated photos and videos of the Main Street project, as well as many other events happening around town. 
"LOI" stands for Letter of Intent.
For a larger and clearer image, visit RealtyLink's website.
The City of Oak Ridge wishes to express their support for members of the National Guard and Reserve. 

National Guard and Reserve forces comprise nearly half of our nation's military strength and are essential to  America's national security.  Members demonstrate the dignity and selflessness that are at the core of the American spirit. 

Employers across America, including the City of Oak Ridge, are fostering a culture of military support in the workplace by  hiring and retaining members, ensuring that our men and women in uniform get the flexibility and care they need during deployment.

The City pledges to fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve; appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce; encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists, transitioning Service members and veterans; and continually recognize and support our country's Service members and their families in peace, in crisis and in war.

This month, the Mayor will sign a proclamation that serves as an official statement of support by the City for members the National Guard and Reserve.

On Monday, August 22, President Barack Obama named more than 200 teachers from around the country who would be receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of those teachers is our own Elaine Vaughan of  Oak Ridge High School .

The award is given to outstanding K-12  science  and mathematics teachers from across the country, according to a  release from the White House . The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators  following an initial selection process at the state level.
Elaine Vaughan, Oak Ridge High School teacher

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the Natio nal   Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They are also invited to Washington, D.C., for an  awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.
"The Presidential Award is the greatest honor that a mathematics educator could receive," Vaughan said. "I am grateful for the recognition of what I love to do every day when working with young people. Throughout my professional and teaching career, I have been blessed with colleagues who serve as mentors and collaborators. I am also thankful for the opportunities provided to motivate, inspire, and engage students in striving for excellence to obtain their goals for success."

Ms. Vaughan is a math teacher and has been at Oak Ridge High School for 20 years.
computer_sky.jpg The Oak Ridge Senior Center is now offering free classes for area seniors to get assistance with personal electronic devices such as tablets, laptops and smart phones.

There are two programs that will be offered: 
  • Tech Savvy Saturdays, a drop-in program staffed by local students
  • an individual class offered through the East Tennessee Human Resources Agency (ETHRA)
Tech Savvy Saturdays will provide area seniors a chance to meet with high school students who will be available for questions and advice on a variety of topics. That program is offered on Saturdays at the Oak Ridge Senior Center from noon to 1pm.

The individual class offered in conjunction with ETHRA will provide each registered participant with four weekly, one hour sessions that will cover basic computing skills. Topics will include email, navigating the Internet and using a touch screen enabled device. Class times are available on Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning October 4, 2016. Space is extremely limited.   

To register or find out which program is the best fit for you, please call the Senior Center at (865) 425-3999. 
The art display at  Oak Ridge Public Library  for September is continuing for the month of October. It's a collection of illustrations created by art students of Jim Dodson from Jefferson Middle School. 

These nineteen tempera paintings were inspired by Ed Westcott's photographs of early Oak Ridge. Some of the paintings were submitted as entries for the 2015 Congressional Medal of Honor Student Art Exhibit held at the Tennessee Valley Fair.

Painted in black, white and gray tones, the images reflect the black and white photographs of the famed Manhattan Engineer District's photographer. Although the pictures depict the somber time period of World War II, youthful energy and movement can be seen in the artwork. 

Several pictures are recreations of signs and billboards that were posted in Oak  Ridge during the 1940s, encouraging security and labor for victory in World War II. Some of the pieces have QR codes which allow the viewer equipped with a QR code scanner  app on a smart phone to view a video of the students describing their artwork.

Please visit Oak Ridge Public Library to view the historic paintings created by Oak Ridge's youth. You can also visit the Municipal Building on S. Tulane Avenue during business hours to see a collection of student art on the walls. 
On October 12th from 3 to 4pm, come to the Oak Ridge Public Library Auditorium and enjoy "Blues in the Schools." 

The program, created by the Smoky Mountain Blues Society, seeks to educate students about the blues genre through a mixture of information and performance. 

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the Blues Foundation. Through its Blues in the Schools program, the group teaches the history of Blues, from its roots in the Mississippi Delta to its migration to various regions in the U.S.


From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, trained federal navigators will be available at a table in the Main Library to provide one-on-one assistance for those signing up for health insurance under the ACA Exchanges. 

Local help is available and 4 in 5 Tennesseans who got covered also received financial assistance. 

Call (844) 644-5443 or visit to book an appointment with your navigator at your Library.  


The Library Writes: Want to meet other writers,  read and critique their stories, while getting honest  feedback? There's a special workshop that may be just right for you.

Our band of authors share their work for enjoyment and to improve their craft. Bring your stories and join them in the Auditorium on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m


All library events are free to the public and do not require library membership. 

For additional questions on any of these programs or other activities scheduled by the library, call (865) 425-3455 or send an email to
The City of Oak Ridge is currently looking for an Electric Line Technician (Lineman). Primary job tasks include w orking with various electric department crews installing or repairing high voltage electrical distribution system components, electrical meters, traffic signals and controllers, and electric fixtures in City facilities. This position will perform both underground and overhead work.

The City is also looking for a Code Enforcement Inspector. Under general supervision by the Code Enforcement Supervisor, this position will perform technical field inspection and investigation work in the enforcement of the City's Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical and International Property Maintenance Codes.

For more details on job requirements and instructions for how to apply, visit the City's website and click on Employment.
The Oak Ridge High School Student Council Flea Market is celebrating roughly 40 years of fundraising.

The event is organized by student council members and is held every Saturday between March and October in the parking lot next to Oak Ridge Turnpike.

The flea market was almost dissolved in the mid-70s when organizers were struggling to come up with a better location. It moved to the high school parking lot when Susan Raridon Lambreth, then president of the ORHS student council, pitched the idea to hold it as a fundraising activity for the group.

"It gave us something besides bake sales as a way to raise money," Lambreth said. "The flea market helped support many student council activities."

School clubs sign up to collect money from the vendors and each club receives a portion of the money they collect each weekend. Funds raised by student council go toward scholarships, Second Harvest, compassion week activities, homecoming activities, and many other causes.

"The Flea Market is a great service to the community and to our clubs here at Oak Ridge High School," said Diana Horman, Math teacher and student council sponsor. "There are many vendors who have been a part of the Flea Market for many years. We appreciate them and all the vendors who come out to support us and I believe they appreciate the opportunity we provide them as well."

The cost to vendors at the flea market is between $10 and $12, depending on the type of business license (permanent or temporary) they posses. Temporary licenses can be purchased on-site for $5 per month. Two parking spaces are included per vendor, one for selling and another for parking a vehicle. You can learn more about the flea market and vendor regulations online.
A unique weekly class will be offered at the Oak Ridge Civic Center's indoor pool this month: Paddleboard Yoga.

The first class will be held on Thursday, October 13, and will continue each week on Thursdays. 

The one-hour class is also offered at two different times to accommodate various schedules: 
  • Thursday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. 
  • Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The fee is $15 per class and will be paid to the instructor. Standup paddleboards are provided. 

No prior Yoga experience is needed to take part in the class, but basic swimming skills are required. The number of boards are limited.   

For more information, please contact Vonda Wooten, Recreation Manager - Aquatics, by emailing
The  Make Oak Ridge Energy Efficient (MORE2) program is hosting classes aimed at educating homeowners on cost effective ways they can make energy-saving improvements to their homes.

Two events are scheduled during the month of October: a class on the 13th and a public meeting on the 20th.

Classes will be held in the Oak Ridge Civic Center Recreation Building from 5:30-6:30pm in the Craft Room.  Attendees will get an overview of the MORE2 program and how to register as well as a look at ways to lower energy consumption at zero cost to the homeowner. It will also cover "invisible" areas of the home that may need energy efficiency upgrades.

Those interested in applying can bring the following items with them to the class:
  • The first two pages of the application, fully filled out
  • Proof of current total monthly household income from occupants age 18 and older
  • Proof of payment of previous year's City and County property tax
  • Photo identification for homeowner and all household members above 15 years of age
  • Most recent electric bill
  • Last three months of bank statements

The public meeting for October is scheduled for Thursday the 20th at 4pm. It's being held at the Scarboro Community Center and is expected to last about 90 minutes.


A schedule of other upcoming MORE2 classes and public meetings can be found  online. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is also available on the website.
A new Civil War Trails marker is now standing outside the Municipal Building on S. Tulane Avenue.

It was installed in late August and details how our area, specifically Anderson County, was involved with violent clashes during the Civil War.

There's a special section at the bottom concerning Oak Ridge. It reads: "In 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers began acquiring land around Oak Ridge for the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. Many communities that had survived the Civil War, such as Wheat, Scarboro and Robertsville, were moved or demolished. A small slave cemetery in the Wheat community (believed to be part of the Gallaher-Stone Plantation), remains nearby and contains 90 marked graves with no inscriptions."

The red, white and blue sign along S. Tulane lets drivers know there's a special marker on site. You've probably noticed them before.  This is the 374th sign placed in the state of Tennessee by Civil War Trails, Inc. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

The  Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department  sponsored the 11th Annual Memory Magic Scrapbook event at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on September 30 & October 1.

Crafting enthusiasts attend the 11th Annual Memory Magic Scrapbook event at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. (September 30)

You may have noticed the Civic Center parking lot was full of cars. The scrapbooking event was a big hit as always, with nearly 500 people registered a few days beforehand.

Vendors open for business by 9 o'clock each morning. They include home party businesses, scrapbook stores and general craft stores from all over the region. The vendor area also opens to the general public for shopping during certain times.

For details on more events like this one, you can contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450 or email

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