Clinton Homecoming highlighted by Wall of Fame inductions

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Information from WYSH Radio

Tonight (Friday, September 26) is Homecoming at Clinton High School, and among the festivities taking place this evening will be the induction of four new members into the school’s Wall of Fame.

Thomas Underwood graduated from CHS in the late ’30s after playing football and later served in World War II, where he was shot down during combat and earned a Purple Heart, among other medals, for his service. Underwood also served in the Korean conflict before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. [Read more...]

Sponsored: Locally Grown Gallery has meet-the-artists event Saturday


Locally Grown Gallery Meet the Artists Oak Ridge, TN

Locally Grown Gallery invites you to meet some of their newest members and see them demonstrating their art at a special event on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Becky Ramsey will be demonstrating wood carving with her power tools; Andy Lyle will be weaving; and Leslie Busing will have her latest embroidery project.

As a special treat to the children and the young at heart, Tom Fuhrman will be teaching people to tie-dye with sharpies. If you bring your own T-shirt or Onesie the cost is $3. The Gallery will have men’s medium, large, and extra large T-shirts. If they provide the shirt, the total cost is $6. You can reserve your T-shirt by calling or visiting the Gallery any time before the event. [Read more...]

Lady Wildcats roll over Central in district volleyball match; Senior Night tonight

Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats Volleyball Timeout

The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats Volleyball team during a timeout last week against Central. (Submitted photo)


By Head Coach Carmen Foster and Assistant Coach Greg Livengood

Last Thursday, the Oak Ridge High School Lady Wildcats and Baby Cats (as we fondly refer to our junior varsity team) took on district rival Central High School. The Lady Cats (both JV and varsity) won in straight sets.

That left both teams undefeated in the district at 6-0.

The Baby Cats came out strong and won in two straight sets: 25-7 and 25-20. [Read more...]

Former Council member Smith running for City Council

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith

Ellen Smith, who served on Oak Ridge City Council from 2007 to 2012, has announced that she is a candidate for City Council in the November 4 election.

Smith is a 33-year resident of Oak Ridge who describes herself as “an Oak Ridger by choice.” As newcomers to East Tennessee in 1981, she and her husband Rich Norby looked around the area and then chose to buy in Oak Ridge and make this city their home, a press release said.

Both have made their careers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where Ellen is a research staff scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division and Rich is a corporate fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute. Their adult son Karl was born here and attended school at Linden Elementary School, Robertsville Middle School, and Oak Ridge High School.

Smith said she decided to run for City Council this year after many citizens from diverse sectors of the city urged her to do so, the press release said. People tell her they value her knowledge of Oak Ridge, its history, and city government; her thoughtful analysis of issues and proposed solutions; and her responsiveness to citizens who contacted her with concerns, the release said. Smith said she is committed to working for the community and all of its citizens. [Read more...]

Oak Ridge mall to have new name, banks considering financing

Oak Ridge Village Area Rendering


Tim Sittema

Tim Sittema

The redeveloped Oak Ridge mall will have a new name, and local banks and credit unions are considering helping with project financing, executives said Tuesday.

The redeveloped mixed-use property will be known as Main Street—Oak Ridge, said Crosland Southeast, the North Carolina development firm that has been working with the city of Oak Ridge to redevelop the site, including through significant demolition and new construction. The name was chosen after long consideration of a new brand identity for the development, including involvement by Oak Ridge High School students.

“Most everyone we talked to in Oak Ridge was positive about creating a downtown destination for the community—something that says this place is the heart of the city,” said Crosland Southeast partner Tim Sittema. “The site already has Main Street running through it; so Main Street—Oak Ridge is the obvious choice.”

David Bradshaw

David Bradshaw

Construction is expected to begin in early 2015, with an opening anticipated in the third quarter of 2016, based upon completion of the financial arrangements.

In a press release, Crosland Southeast said a consortium of local financial institutions, led by CapitalMark Bank and Trust of Oak Ridge, is considering substantial involvement in the financing of the redevelopment “due to the transformative nature of this project in the city core.”

“In addition to our bank, ORNL Federal Credit Union and others have held discussions together about providing lending support to the mall project,” said David Bradshaw, executive vice president of CapitalMark. “Although details have not been finalized and commitments have not yet been made, there is very strong interest among our local banks and credit unions to be engaged in this important long-term investment in the Oak Ridge community.” [Read more...]

PTA-PTO Council has City Council, school board candidate forums

David Bradshaw

David Bradshaw

The Oak Ridge parent-teacher associations and parent-teacher organizations have scheduled two candidate forums, which will focus on questions related to education.

The Oak Ridge Board of Education candidate forum will be held on Wednesday, October 1. The City Council candidate forum will be held on Wednesday, October 8.

Both forums will be held at the Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In each case, there will be a candidate meet and greet at 5:30 pm, and visitors will also have a chance to directly 
speak with candidates from 7:30 to 8 p.m., a press release said.

For more information, contact moderator David Bradshaw at [email protected].

Pet of the Day: Flower

Pet of the Day: Flower



Adorable little Flower was returned by her owner Thursday. The return was not due to a problem with Flower, and we need to get her placed quickly in a good home. She is so sweet and cute.

My name is Flower, and even though I’m not Bambi’s little skunk, I know you’ll just get twitterpated over me! (That’s what everyone does in the spring, but summer is good, too!)

I’m a beautiful little girl Chihuahua mix with the personality of an angel. And I’m about five years smarter than the pups! I’m just as cute, sweet and cuddly as can be! [Read more...]

Pet of the Day: Moustachio

Pet of the Day: MoustachioSubmitted

Moustachio is also an adorable little girl. Love that stash! She too is available for adoption now.

All adoptions are only $55 for a limited time, which includes all vetting, shots, microchip, and instant antidepressant.

Please come down and see Moustachio on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The shelter is full and busting at the seams…adoptions save lives! [Read more...]

Pet of the Day: Marsei

Pet of the Day Marsei


I wasn’t feeling well so mommy took me to the vet. I feel much better now but I found out my siblings are gone, so I am so very alone.

I loved it when she picked me up and talked to me so very sweet and cuddled me up real tight in her arms. I need a home please.

The shelter is busting at the seams and help is desperately needed! All adoption fees are only $55! Please come down and visit me today! [Read more...]

Clinton schools director honored by peers

Vicki Violette

Vicki Violette

Information from WYSH Radio

Earlier this month, Vicki Violette, the director of the Clinton city school system, was named the 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents for the Eastern District during a ceremony held in Pigeon Forge.

This is the second time that Violette has been recognized by her peers with this award, which she also won in 2012. Violette gave the credit for her honor to the hard work of the students, teachers, school board members, and central office staff as well as to the support of the entire community.

CASA’s Evening with the Arts to help abused, neglected children

An October fundraiser will feature food and music, and it will benefit the work of CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, which works with abused and neglected children.

It’s CASA’s fifth annual Evening with the Arts, and it’s scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Friday, October 10, in a beautiful lighted tent at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, a press release said. Tickets include wine and New Orleans-style food.

“Enjoy listening and hitting the dance floor with an amazing NOLA jazz quartet,” the press release said.

A silent auction will feature local art pieces, including a Bill Capshaw raku vase, locally created jewelry, and unique photography pieces. [Read more...]

NNSA names chief of defense nuclear security

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Nuclear Security Administration has named Jeffrey Johnson the chief of defense nuclear security and associate administrator for the NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security. The announcement was effective Monday.

In this role, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of security programs for the NNSA, a press release said.

“Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience to NNSA and is eminently qualified to take on the challenges of his new position,” said DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz. “I am pleased he will serve our nation in this new role, and I am confident that he will use his expertise to ensure that the security is maintained at all NNSA facilities.” [Read more...]