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Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • Program focuses on trio of Manhattan Project workers

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge will have a free program Saturday about three employees of the Manhattan Project and their impact within the project and otherwise.

    The program will start at 2 p.m. in the historic Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Those to be discussed include:

    • Leona Woods’ contribution as one of the few female scientists

    • Ed Westcott’s influential photography as the Manhattan Project’s only official photographer

  • Park cleaning up wisteria for Lands Day

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning are joining forces on National Public Lands Day to eradicate wisteria from Worthington Cemetery and privet and other invasive exotics from the Ecological Study Area on Melton Hill Reservoir in Oak Ridge.

    The work session will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 in Elza Gate Park, 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, and end around noon with a pizza lunch provided by the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

  • Chalk it up at street painting festival

    Oak Ridge Rotary Club’s annual street painting festival will, for the first time, be at Jackson Square.

    “We’re excited to bring the Street Painting Festival to the historic heart of Oak Ridge on its 75th anniversary,” said Leslie England, president of Oak Ridge’s first Rotary club.

    “The event is a celebration of the arts and education, and holding it in Jackson Square will give people an opportunity to shop, have a bite to eat, and watch the artists’ creativity in action.”

  • 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.