Golf tournament to benefit Free Medical Clinic

Free Medical Clinic

A golf tournament in August will benefit the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge.

It’s the 16th Annual Summer Golf Challenge for the Free Medical Clinic, and it will be held on Saturday, August 15, at the Oak Ridge Country Club. The tournament has a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start, and it is hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge Hoofers Golf Club, and the Oak Ridge Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The Free Medical Clinic is a nonprofit medical group that provides medical care at no cost to residents of Anderson, Roane, and Morgan Counties who do not have insurance or cannot afford care because of low income. The clinic is staffed primarily by volunteers and relies on donations from individuals, churches, and local organizations for financial support. Although the number of patients seeking care has increased significantly in recent months and donations have not kept pace, the clinic continues to serve as many as possible with the resources at hand. [Read more…]

ORHS golf team has fundraising pancake breakfast on July 18

Oak Ridge High School Golf Team

The Oak Ridge High School golf team is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s on Saturday, July 18, from 8-10 a.m. (Submitted photo)


The Oak Ridge High School golf team is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s on Saturday, July 18, from 8-10 a.m.

Tickets are $5 each.

“Please come and support the team!” organizers said.

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Ex-AC Mav RB to be honored

Oak Ridge Wildcats Alex Alcorn and Adam Manookian

Oak Ridge Wildcats Alex Alcorn (66), a junior defensive end, and Adam Manookian (35), a junior linebacker, close in on senior running back Matt Fox (43) of the Anderson County Mavericks. (File photo by Julio Culiat/Oct. 30, 2014)


Information from WYSH Radio

Recently-graduated Anderson County High School running back Matt Fox, a punishing runner who led the state in rushing each of the past two seasons, is one of six East Tennessee athletes who will be honored on August 4 during the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Fox is one of three Male Athlete of the Year honorees. [Read more…]


ORHS TE commits to Sun Devils

Oak Ridge Wildcats Darel Middleton and Cleveland Blue Raiders

A pass to Darel Middleton (99) in the end zone in double coverage in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Blue Raiders on Nov. 14, 2014, falls incomplete. (File photo by Julio Culiat)


Information from WYSH Radio

Oak Ridge High School tight end Darel Middleton, a highly sought-after recruit, announced on Twitter on Monday that he has committed to play college football at Arizona State University, choosing the Sun Devils over Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Oregon.

Middleton, who also plays defensive end, will be a senior this season and will begin his senior campaign at home against Clinton on August 21. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Municipal Pool hosts swim challenge

The Oak Ridge Municipal Swimming pool is having a swim challenge.

The pool is open 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday through Friday for lap swimming the 100-meter course only, a press release said. If you would like to participate, come swim the 100-meter course and post your mileage.

Last year Claudia and Tom Raudorf, Jim Brant, Christy Buzzard, and Anne Roush all completed the 50-mile-plus swim by posting their laps on the Swimming Down the Clinch poster at the pool.

For more information about this program and others, contact the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450 or

Local rower finishes 6th in nation at USRowing National Championships

Sarah Kate Rogers at USRowing Nationals

Sarah Kate Rogers sprints to a second-place finish in the final 250 meters of the Women’s Youth 1x Semifinal at the 2015 USRowing Southeastern Youth Championships. (Photo courtesy J. Rogers)


By Jim Rogers

Oak Ridge’s Sarah Kate Rogers continued her memorable run to USRowing’s 2015 Youth Nationals, overcoming windy course conditions and formidable talent to reach the Grand Final of the Women’s Youth sculling singles (WY1x). The Youth Nationals were held June 12-14, in Bradenton, Florida.

Rogers qualified for the Youth Nationals as a result of her victory in the USRowing Southeastern Regionals in May.

Her path to the National Grand Finals was not without significant drama. In her opening heat, she tangled with lane buoys early in the race, and despite a ferocious comeback, finished a narrow fourth. This forced her to the repechage, a last chance to qualify for the semifinals. She responded to that challenge, moving through her opponents to grab the lead at the halfway point and holding off a furious challenge from Rachel Pierce of South Jersey Rowing Club. On short rest, Rogers then out-sprinted Shelby Johnson of Capital Rowing Club in the semifinal to finish second and qualify for the Grand Final. [Read more…]

Green named girls basketball coach, one half of husband-wife coaching duo

Paige Green

Paige Green

Paige Green has been named the new girls basketball coach at Oak Ridge High School, making her one half of a husband-wife coaching duo. Green’s husband, Aaron Green, is the boys basketball coach.

The appointment was announced Wednesday and went into effect immediately. Green, who has an impressive résumé as a player and has coached middle school and AAU basketball, will replace David Scott, who announced his decision to resign in late May. Scott cited family reasons after a second stint as coach.

It’s not unprecedented to have a husband-wife coaching duo. Aaron Green said he knows of two other similar coaching couples, the McWilliams at Upperman High School near Cookeville and Keith and Jennifer Galloway at Hardin Valley Academy. [Read more…]

Girls Inc. Elite Awards honors Nikki Caldwell on July 15

Nikki Caldwell

Girls Inc. will honor Nikki Caldwell on Wednesday, July 15. Caldwell is an Oak Ridge native, former University of Tennessee basketball all star, and current women’s basketball head coach at Louisiana State University.

She is also an “elite alumni” of Girls Inc., a press release said. The awards will also honor current elite member Semaj Clark of Oak Ridge, the release said.

The inaugural Girls Inc. Elite Awards ceremony is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville. All proceeds will go directly into expanding current programming to improve program content while increasing the number of girls served, the press release said. [Read more…]

TWRA: Removing white-tailed fawns from wild does more harm than good

White-tailed Deer Fawn

Safe and sound. While many people might consider it abandoned, the mother is nearby nourishing herself while the fawn rests in a safe place in thick cover. (Photo credit: TWRA/Sterling Daniels)


MORRISTOWN—Calls reporting abandoned white-tailed fawns are pouring in, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding people to think twice before removing them from the wild in an attempt to rescue them, even when it seems like they’ve been abandoned.

TWRA Wildlife Biologist Sterling Daniels offers this information to those who may be considering “rescuing” a fawn that in most cases, would have been better left alone: “White-tailed deer have a very effective survival strategy for their offspring that may be misinterpreted by many people and it is very rare for a doe to ever abandon a fawn. Fawns are typically born May through July, with June being the most common month. For the first weeks of a fawn’s life, the mother will keep her distance from the bedded newborn only returning for just a few hours each day for nursing. This survival strategy reduces the chance of leading predators to their location. If someone encounters a fawn, the best thing to do is leave it alone.” [Read more…]

Boys, Girls Club releases football, cheerleading sign-up info

Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge

The Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge have released fall sports sign-up information for youth tackle football, youth cheerleading, and Oak Ridge High School Football Camp.

See this PDF for more information: Boys and Girls Club Fall Sports Sign Up 2015.

Ninja 5K returns to Oak Ridge on Friday

Ninja 5K Start in 2014

The start of the Ninja 5K at Horizon Center in west Oak Ridge in June 2014. (Photo courtesy Ninja 5K via Facebook)


The Second Annual Ninja 5K is at the Horizon Center in west Oak Ridge on Friday, June 19.

Registration and martial arts demonstrations start at 7 p.m. The race begins at 8 p.m.

The 3.1-mile Horizon Center race course is very flat and accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, according to race organizers.

Participants may register online at or on site at the Horizon Center Conference Building on Novus Drive. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for youth ages 17 and under. Participants are encouraged to dress like a ninja and run with a group of friends. [Read more…]

ORHS cheerleaders have pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday

The Oak Ridge High School cheerleaders have a fundraising pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Oak Ridge on Saturday.

The pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, June 20. The cost is $5. Tickets will be sold at the door.