Ray Smith, historian for the City of Oak Ridge and the Y-12 National Security Complex, has been selected to serve on the Tennessee Historical Commission, a press release said.
It’s the first time an Oak Ridger has been selected to serve on the Tennessee Historical Commission, the press release said.
There are 20 members from across the state, and a balanced mix of members is maintained to best represent the entire state on the commission, the release said.
It said Oak Ridge contributes to the State of Tennessee in a number of significant ways, including economic development and heritage and science tourism.
“It’s important, particularly with the establishment of our new national park, for an Oak Ridger to be on our state’s Historical Commission,” said Tennessee Senator Ken Yager, a Kingston Republican who has received credit for helping with the appointment. “The history of Oak Ridge is one of Tennessee’s most important stories, and there is no better person to help tell it than my friend Ray Smith.”
Smith said: “I would like to thank Senator Yager for his initiative and persistent support through the lengthy process of nomination for membership to the commission. It is truly an honor to represent Oak Ridge and help represent the rest of East Tennessee on the Tennessee Historical Commission.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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