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Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • Oak Ridge marking famed photog’s birthday

    The city of Oak Ridge welcomes the public to attend a 96th birthday celebration for Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott.

    The celebration event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.

    The celebration provides the public with an opportunity to see 40 of Westcott’s most familar images framed and on display.

  • Resolve to learn for the fun of it in the New Year

    Looking for a way to beat the winter blahs?

    Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning may have the answer.

    The organization opens registration for its winter/spring term on Jan. 2.

    The Institute is a not-for-profit organization offering a full catalog of classes, field trips and other activities for area residents of all backgrounds and education levels.

    All of this is available at a minimum of $100 for full year of three terms beginning in September, $80 for two terms beginning in February, or $45 for the summer term only.

  • Manhattan Project Park plans WWII film fest

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park will present films from a number of national park sites that commemorate events and issues surrounding World War II on Jan. 13 at the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The festival will start at 1 p.m. in the Museum auditorium at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    National parks tell the stories of America’s World War II experience – from Pearl Harbor to the war’s atomic end.

  • Manhattan Project Park teams up with Children’s Museum

    The National Park Service, Department of Energy and Children's Museum of Oak Ridge welcomes the public to an open house celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    Museum admission will be free during this event, which marks the Manhattan Project National Historical Park’s newest location for providing information about the park.

  • Starry Night at the Gala

    Guests will experience a “Starry Night” at the 16th annual Gala benefitting the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The celestial celebration of children, the arts and science will be from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

  • New Legal Aid program helps veterans

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, with an office in Oak Ridge to serve Roane County, has launched a new program with the Nashville Bar Association to support veterans with legal issues.

    The new program, called The Veterans Project, is a partnership among the Association, Veterans Court, Office of the Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville, Metro Homelessness Commission, Operation Stand Down TN and Legal Aid Society’s Volunteer Lawyers Program.

  • MTSU expert to meet with heritage group in Oak Ridge

    Lydia Simpson, programs manager for Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation, will speak during the next meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Heritage and science tourism are extremely important for Oak Ridge. In her job, Simpson manages the department’s public programming and outreach, with particular involvement with CHP digital platform initiatives.

  • Zacharia new ORNL chief

    From staff reports

    Thomas Zacharia has been appointed as the next director of the Oak Ridge National Lab by UT-Battelle.

    He replaces Thom Mason, who is leaving to join Battelle after 10 years leading ORNL.

    Zacharia, who first joined ORNL in 1987, distinguished himself as the leader of the lab’s supercomputing efforts.

    “He has led many of the innovative research and development initiatives that ORNL has successfully pursued over the past decade,” said Joe DiPietro, chair of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors.

  • Manhattan Project park to welcome new U.S. citizens

    The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at 10:30 a.m. June 16 in American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The public is welcome to witness this stirring ceremony.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will preside. Amanda North and Natasha Loyd from Oak Ridge High School will sing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Police Department will provide the presentation of colors.

  • It’s Junior Ranger Day at museum

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park encourages families to visit the park this week as part of National Park Week.

    Children of all ages are welcome to visit the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, on April 15 to hear how to “explore, learn and protect” the park on April 15, and become an official Junior Ranger.

    Visit https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm for a preview of the planned activities.

    All participants will receive Junior Ranger badges or patches and a certificate upon completion of the program.