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  • Last debris hauled from K-25 Bldg.

    The final truckload of debris from the K-25 Building demolition project was shipped from East Tennessee Technology Park last week.

    The K-25 Building at the East Tennessee Technology Park (the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant) was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project.

    At that time, K-25 was the world’s largest building under one roof.

    Demolition of the mile-long, U-shaped structure was completed in December 2013. Since then, workers have focused on removing the resulting demolition debris.

  • Roane project up for kudos

    Roane County’s Paw Paw Creek mitigation, completed by S&ME Inc., is among five Knoxville area projects nominated for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee’s 2014 Tennessee Engineering Excellence Awards.

    The award, one of the highest honors a project team can receive, is considered the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry.”

    S&ME provided compensatory mitigation services for the area of Paw Paw Creek to compensate for environmental impacts on the area.

  • Bright new to Angus group

    Riley Wayne Bright of Rockwood is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

    Junior association members are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

    The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 24,000 active adult and junior members.

    The national association is headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo.

  • Work-related fatalities down for second year

    Total fatalities and days away from work as a result of injuries and illnesses were both improved in Tennessee for the second consecutive year, according to a workplace safety report released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Develop-ment.

  • ORNL Friends to hear from 1st ITER speaker

    Brad Nelson will give an overview of the U.S. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during the next Friends of ORNL luncheon lecture.

    Socializing starts at 11 a.m. March 11 in the UT Resource Center, Oak Ridge. A catered lunch will be served at 11:30. The lecture begins at noon.

    Nelson is chief engineer for the ITER Project. He has more than 35 years of experience in the design and analysis of experimental fusion energy research facilities.

  • Looking Good back in business in Rockwood

    Looking Good Hair Salon owner Glenda Copeland didn’t let a fire that burned her Harriman shop take her business aspirations up in smoke.

    Instead, after trying to locate another place in Harriman, she’s found a new facility to rent in Rockwood, the former Nuks Barber Shop on Gateway Avenue.

    “I just thank God I’m here,” Copeland said. “I like the location. Most of my clientèle are from Rockwood, anyway. That helps a lot of people anyway.”

  • Baker heads up Wellington Place

    Wellington Place of Kingston has welcomed Michelle Baker as the facility’s new executive director.

    Baker comes to Wellington Place of Kingston from Wellington Place of Cleveland, where she serviced as community liaison for the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

    She also worked in skilled nursing administration at NHC.

    “I truly love working with senior adults,” Baker said. “I honestly cannot think of anything else that I would love doing.”

  • OUT to LUNCH: Offbeat toppings fit the bill at Oak Ridge’s Pizza Inn

    Readers may remember that I head up the Oak Ridge High School reunion committee for the classes of 1954-56. It’s time to begin planning for our reunion event on June 12 during the Secret City Festival.

    Jan Harlan, our treasurer, lived two houses from mine when we were in grade school. She recommended we have our lunch meeting at the Pizza Inn, 2501 Oak Ridge Turnpike, across from the new Kroger construction site.

    Old timers will remember the site on the corner where Lizz’s Market used to be, and Lizz’s Liquor Store is now next door.

  • Successful ‘Have a Heart’ campaign

     

    Oak Ridge Utility District’s Harrison Arnold, left, Sasha Benjamin, center, and Nikki Bradley celebrate the success of ORUD’s “Have a Heart – Heat a Home” fundraiser to raise money for a program that helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service. Call ORUD at 865-483-1377 for information about contributing to the program.

  • Murray, Williams on bank’s board

    Citizens First Bank has added Vander J. “V.J. Murray of Oliver Springs and Larry D. “Tubby” Williams of Lancing to its board of directors.

    The two will be assets to the bank’s board and management, said Billy M. Rice, Citizens First president and CEO.

    “Both men are very well known and know many citizens in the communities being served by the bank,” Rice said. “Also, both men and their families are very active in serving the communities by being members and supporting social groups and activities in the area.”