Oak Ridge/National Lab

  • Y-12 reaches goal on refurbishing strategic nuclear weapon system

    The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

    The first production unit for the B61-12 was certified at Y-12 on Dec. 6, 2018.

    This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can be carried on several types of military aircraft.

    The B61 LEP will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years.

  • Manhattan Project park rangers discuss: Secrecy, Security and Spies

    Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join Manhattan Project National Historical Park park rangers at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Turnpike Gatehouse for a discussion of what life was like during the Manhattan Project with the overwhelming need for secrecy, security and the worry of spies.

    This program is free and open to the public; parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

    The Gatehouse is located at 2900 Oak Ridge Turnpike, just past the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Westover Drive in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

  • ORICL announces classes for 2019

    Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning has opened online registration for its winter/spring term.

    A total of 82 classes and seven trips are being offered for the winter/spring term running from Feb. 4 through April 26, 2019.

    For those unfamiliar with ORICL, it is a not-for-profit organization offering classes, field trips, and other opportunities for area residents of all backgrounds and educational levels.

    ORICL is sponsored by Roane State Community College and located at the Oak Ridge campus of RSCC.

  • DOE plans burns at the reservation

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office will initiate controlled burns of woodland areas on the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation within the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement East Tract and Parcel ED-6 along North Boundary Road and Wisconsin Avenue off of Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Firebreak installation activities supporting these burns will begin in the near future with ignitions taking place as soon thereafter as weather conditions permit and continuing through December.

  • Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board seeking members

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management invites nominations to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.

    The 22-member board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel launched in 1995 to provide recommendations to the agency regarding cleanup activities across the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 16.

  • 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.