Honors: Oak Ridge company wins Telly Award for video production

M&M Productions USA Telly Award

Mike Brown, M&M Productions USA president and CEO, left, presents the Texas Telly Award at DECA’s Chartered Association Management Conference to his clients, Sandra Hinesly, Texas DECA executive director; Erica Marshall, Texas DECA board member; and Leo Saenz, Texas DECA board member. (Submitted photo)


The Telly Awards has selected M&M Productions USA, a full-service event planning and production company based in Oak Ridge, as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for its production of “The Stars of Texas DECA” promotional video, a press release said.

With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this recognition establishes M&M Productions as an industry leader in video production, a press release said.

“The Stars of Texas DECA” video features the story of five DECA alumni who credit their success to their experience in DECA. The video motivates Texas students to participate in the organization, which prepares high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. [Read more...]


Come watch artists chalk the walks Saturday

Street Painting Festival Einstein

Sidewalk chalk painting of Einstein by a high school student at last year’s Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival at Roane State Community College. (Submitted photo)

The 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (rain day on Sunday) at the Oak Ridge Campus of Roane State Community College.

Dozens of artists will be brushing up on their skills as they transform concrete sidewalk squares into colorful chalk paintings. The public is invited to this free festival organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.

While would-be Rembrandts are chalking the walks, young children will enjoy face painting, chalking, and other free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kid Zone.

Music will be provided by the Roane State Celebration Singers at 9 a.m. [Read more...]

Award-winning author of ‘Bomb’ to visit Oak Ridge, stop at AMSE


By Scot Smith

The American Museum of Science and Energy will host award-winning author Steve Sheinkin on Tuesday, October 7. Among other books, Sheinkin has written “Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.”

Sheinkin’s presentation at AMSE is scheduled for 6 p.m. October 7. His other public presentation will be for the University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. That lecture will take place on Monday, October 6, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium on the UT campus, a press release said. Books will be available for purchase and signing at both events.

During his stay in East Tennessee, Sheinkin will also present programs for students at Oak Ridge School and Jefferson and Robertsville Middle Schools, the Webb School, and the Episcopal School of Knoxville. [Read more...]

Children’s Museum offers Day of Play

Kids Go Green! Environmental Center and Gardens

Photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge


The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will join in Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play with children’s activities throughout the afternoon Wednesday, September 24. Children may join in the following activities:

  • Scavenger Hunts in the Kids Go Green! Environmental Center & Garden, 3-3:30 p.m., for ages 6-10.
  • Pumpkin Relay, 3-3:15 p.m. for ages 3-5, and 4-4:15 p.m. for ages 5-8.
  • Parachute Game, 3:30-3:50 p.m. for ages 3-5, and 4:20-4:40 p.m. for ages 5-8.

While visiting exhibits, children may count the scarecrows and report back to the front desk how many they found. [Read more...]

Today: Mutt Strutt, Treasure Hunt, Taste of Oak Ridge, Mark O’Connor concert

There is a lot happening in Oak Ridge Today.

The events include a treasure hunt at the Oak Ridge outdoor pool on Providence Road from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., a Mutt Strutt at PetSafe Dog Park (at Big Turtle Park) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Taste of Oak Ridge from 4-10 p.m. at the new Oak Ridge Universalist Church on Oak Ridge Turnpike, and a concert featuring Mark O’Connor and the Oak Ridge Symphony at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge High School.

There’s also a pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s for ORHS Cross Country Boosters, a Community Mediation Services garage sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Eagle building on Oak Ridge Turnpike, and Tennessee Promise signup event for high school seniors from 10 a.m-2 p.m. at the Roane State Community College campus in Oak Ridge.

Please see the events calendar on Oak Ridge Today for more information.

Street painting festival needs artists, sponsors

2013 Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival

Winning chalk painting from the 2013 Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. (Submitted photo)


Artists of all ages will “paint” sidewalk squares with chalk after community supporters “buy” squares by writing checks. In these ways, the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival can be a big fundraising success, organizers say.

In addition, participants in this event can help improve East Tennessee’s economy by giving students the chance to learn valuable technical skills that companies require.

Artists and sponsors are needed for the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. It will be held Saturday, October 4 (the rain day is on Sunday, Oct. 5), at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus of Roane State Community College, 701 Briarcliff Avenue.

The purpose of the festival, organized and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, is to raise funds for scholarships for Roane State students. The festival is also a competition for the artists; first-prize winners in a variety of categories and the People’s Choice award winner will get $50 cash awards. [Read more...]

Updated: What’s happening in Oak Ridge from Sept. 18-24

Note: This story has been updated to correct the opponent in and location of the Oak Ridge Wildcats football game on Friday, September 19.

Here is a summary of events happening in Oak Ridge from Thursday, September 18, and continuing through September 24.

This weekly listing of events is compiled by the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau: [Read more...]

Food, music at Taste of Oak Ridge to benefit Free Medical Clinic

Taste of Oak Ridge


The format will be the same, but this year’s Taste of Oak Ridge will be held at the new Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church on Oak Ridge Turnpike—instead of in Jackson Square. It was moved because organizers weren’t sure when construction work might start on a revitalization project at Jackson Square.

Taste of Oak Ridge features food from Oak Ridge restaurants and performances by local musicians.

The sixth annual festival, scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, will raise money to benefit the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge. The Free Medical Clinic provides free medical care to residents of Anderson, Roane, and Morgan counties who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay for care.

Area restaurants will showcase some of their finest food in small portions. The price range for the “tastes” from each vendor will be $1 to $4 per item. Tickets will be available for purchase at entrances to the event. Attendees can buy as many tickets as they want for $1 each. In addition, beer and wine will be available to buy.

This year’s Taste of Oak Ridge will be held in the parking lot of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at its new address at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, north of the Joe L. Evins Federal Building. [Read more...]

Church Women United has lunchtime book review on Friday

Church Women United resumes its lunchtime series of programs on Friday, September 5, with a book review of “Year of Plenty” by Craig L. Goodwin. The program will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church at 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The hall is most easily accessed from the Vienna Road entrance.

Fellowship begins at 11:30 a.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief meeting and program at noon. The public is welcome to attend, a press release said.

Church Women United is a national volunteer ecumenical women’s movement that brings together women of diverse races, cultures, and traditions in closer Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy, and action for peace with justice in the world. For more information, contact Gay Marie Logsdon at (865) 483-7940.

Concert debut: Lefkowitz conducts ORCO in Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Sibelius

Gabriel Lefkowitz

Gabriel Lefkowitz

New Music Director Gabriel Lefkowitz will conduct the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra in September performances of compositions by Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, and Sibelius.

During the September 13 concert, the orchestra will play the “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” by Tchaikovsky, “Adagio from Spartacus” by Khachaturian, and “The Karelia Suite” by Sibelius, a press release said.

“This is some of the finest orchestra music one can listen to,” the release said.

The free ORCO concert will be performed in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 13. It will be Lefkowitz’s debut with the ORCO as music director and conductor. [Read more...]