Photos: Oak Ridge, Maryville football scrimmage

Oak Ridge Wildcats Ted Mitchell Catch

Oak Ridge Wildcats senior receiver Ted Mitchell (Photos by Tim Waddell)


The Oak Ridge Wildcats played their first scrimmage of the season against the Maryville Rebels on Friday night at Blankenship Field. The Wildcats struggled on offense against a tough Maryville defense. The final score was 28-3.

The Rebels, the defending state Class 6A champions, were playing their third scrimmage, and they have eight returning starters on defense from last year’s 15-0 team. But the Class 5A Wildcats has two interceptions against the Rebels.

Oak Ridge opens the regular season at home against Farragut on August 29.

Here are pictures from the Friday night scrimmage by Tim Waddell of the Wildcats Football Booster Club. [Read more...]

ORCA wraps up summer swim season in style

Oak Ridge City Aquatic Swim Team

ORCA’s 11-12 Boy’s Medley Relay Team, which placed fifth overall with a time of 2:15.53 at the annual GKAISA City Meet Knoxville 2014. Pictured left to right are Harrison Whitson, Jake Cheney, Vidar Hondorf, and Ethan Chou. (Submitted photo)

By Erik Groscost

The Oak Ridge City Aquatic summer league swim team finished its 2014 campaign on July 27 with a two-win, two-loss dual meet record and many smiling faces at the conclusion of City Meet. Wins over Beaver Brook Country Club and University Swim Club balanced losses to a very strong Northside YMCA team and Cherokee Country Club over the course of the Greater Knoxville Area Intersquad Swim Association (GKAISA) summer league season, which runs annually from early June through the end of July.

Two thousand and three hundred swimmers representing 33 summer league teams converged on the Allan Jones Aquatic Center on campus at the University of Tennessee from July 25-27. By the end of Sunday’s Finals, close to 10,000 races had been entered into the books. It is one of the largest swim meets held annually in the United States.

Eighteen ORCA swimmers—along with coaches Lars Hondorf, Betsy Hondorf, Luke Johnson, and Kathleen O’Neal—competed in Sunday’s finals going stroke for stroke with some of the finest young athletes in the Knoxville area. Top ORCA point scorers included: [Read more...]

Fired football coach files $1.1 million lawsuit

Don Colquitt

Don Colquitt

A former football coach and teaching assistant has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against Oak Ridge school officials alleging that his firing in February was based upon a single “false complaint” from a student who alleged inappropriate contact—and he never had a chance to respond to the charges.

Coach Donald Colquitt suggested his reputation has been sullied by the unspecified complaint of “inappropriate contact with an Oak Ridge High School student,” and his local football career has been ruined. He filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Anderson County Circuit Court on August 4.

“The ‘unanswered’ cloud of secrecy over the vague complaint allegedly filed against the plaintiff by an Oak Ridge High School student has caused him to effectively lose his career as a football coach in the Oak Ridge community, where he has engaged in that activity for some 19 years, and has further affected his reputation and character as a civic leader and football coach in the Oak Ridge school system,” the lawsuit said. “He will be unable to engage in such activity in the future and has sustained damages for loss of his career and future as a football coach, with damages resulting from the adverse imputation to his name, as well as his reputation in the community.”

The defendants are Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers and the Oak Ridge Board of Education.

Colquitt said he has never acted inappropriately or made any inappropriate contact with an ORHS student while employed by Oak Ridge Schools, but both the superintendent and school board have denied his right to be heard, including through a grievance hearing before the board. [Read more...]

Collins, recreation and parks director, to retire Oct. 1

Melton Lake Greenway Ribbon Cutting

Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Director Josh Collins, right, who is retiring October 1, is pictured above at Solway Park East during a May 2012 ribbon-cutting for a 2.4-mile extension of the Melton Lake Greenway.


Josh Collins, Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department director, will retire October 1, City Manager Mark Watson said Friday.

Collins has worked for the city for nearly 30 years. He started in 1985 and now manages a department with more than 80 full-time and seasonal personnel, a press release said. Collins oversees the city’s park system, greenways, recreational programs, the Senior Center, and activities ranging from summer camps, aquatics, and the Secret City Festival.

Collins also serves as the staff liaison to the city’s Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, which has been instrumental in completing projects such as the Pavilion on Melton Lake, the release said. [Read more...]

Wildcats have scrimmage against Maryville tonight

Oak Ridge Wildcats Football Helmet

The Oak Ridge Wildcats have a scrimmage against the Maryville Rebels at 7 p.m. today (Friday, August 8) at Blankenship Field.

Admission is $3 per person.

If there is lightning or enough rain to damage the field, the scrimmage will be postponed to Monday night. More information should be available by 5:15 p.m. today.

The football season starts at home against Farragut on August 29.

See the Oak Ridge Wildcats football website or Facebook page for more information.

AYSO Region 390 has last-chance registration for fall soccer

AYSO Registration


AYSO Region 390 will have one last registration event for the fall soccer season. The registration is from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday, August 7) at 1998 Oak Ridge Turnpike, next to United Grocery Outlet.

“If a player is not registered and does not get registered at this event, the player will not be able to play for the fall season,” AYSO Region 390 said.

AYSO Region 390 serves Oak Ridge, Clinton, Oliver Springs, and surrounding areas.

See the ad on Oak Ridge Today for more information or visit the organization’s website or Facebook page.

Fitness expert to lead ‘Hike and Bike’ at Haw Ridge on Aug. 15

Covenant Health Missy Kane

Missy Kane

A Covenant Health fitness expert will lead a “Hike and Bike” at Haw Ridge on Friday, August 15.

“Get ready to hit the trail for fitness,” a press release said.

The “Hike and Bike” will be led by fitness expert Missy Kane. Participants will enjoy a three- to five-mile hike with different length options. They can drive or ride bikes to Riverside Grille afterward for an optional lunch.

During that lunch, Kane will share personal tips for health and fitness. She will be joined by Karen Lacey, a registered dietitian for Methodist Medical Center. Lacey will discuss healthy eating and how to fuel your body for exercise.

[Read more...]

MMC offers classes for expectant parents, getting in shape, improving health


From classes for expectant parents to getting in shape and improving your health, Methodist can help you keep your cool as the summer heats up!

Classes will be held at the hospital, located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, unless otherwise noted. For more information and registration, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767. [Read more...]

Enrollment open for fall swimming lessons

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department fall swimming lessons will begin August 19. This session will be on Tuesdays each week and will end on October 7.

The classes include Preschool Aquatics, which will allow children to start developing good attitudes and safe practices around the water and separate from their parents; Parent-Child, which is for children six months to three years with their parents; and additional levels of 1-4 and adult.

The fall session consists of eight classes, and each class is 30 minutes. The fee is $65, with a $10 non-resident fee for children who reside outside Oak Ridge. Registration is at the Civic Center front desk, with payment due at the time of registration. [Read more...]

Results announced for fundraising 5k run honoring Colton Stout

Colton Alexander Stout

Colton Alexander Stout

Results are now available for a fundraising 5k run held at the Oak Ridge Marina Saturday morning in honor of a young firefighter and emergency medical technician who died in a car crash in January.

See the results here: Buy the Ticket Results.

The new Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride 5K Run honors the memory of Colton Stout, an EMT-IV/firefighter. It raises money for the nonprofit Colton Stout Scholarship Fund Inc.

Organizers said this year’s event proceeds will be used for two EMT or paramedic certification scholarships to help selected candidates follow their dream and pursue a career in the first responder field. [Read more...]

ORHS Boys Basketball Boosters have fundraising golf tournament in Sept.

The Oak Ridge High School Boys Basketball Boosters will have their 17th annual golf tournament in September.

This year’s event—a four-man scramble format—will be held September 13 at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge. The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Sponsored by BSN Sports, the tournament costs just $75 per person, a press release said. [Read more...]

ORHS Football Boosters have Aug. 16 auction to support team

The Oak Ridge High School Football Boosters is having an auction on Saturday, August 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center.

This will be a community event, and admission is free. There will be food, fun, and fantastic items to bid on such as Dollywood tickets, spa items, golfing gear, autographed collectables, and much, much, more, a press release said.

“This is a chance to meet the players and the coaching staff and bid on cool stuff,” the release said. “Please come and support the 2014 Oak Ridge High School football team…’Roll Cats, Roll!’”