AC Events: Pickin’ in the Park, Wheelers for the Wounded, David Hall Cabin open house

Here are three events happening in Anderson County this weekend:

Pickin’ in the Park Concert—Friday, October 2, at Norris Dam State Park

Join the Friends of Norris Dam State Park for the annual Pickin’ in the Park Concert held the first Friday of October from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event is an evening full of bluegrass music, barbecue, local craft vendors, laughter, and fun, organizers said.

The event is located at the historic amphitheater and tearoom on the east side of Norris Dam State Park. There is no entrance fee, but donations to the Friends of Norris Dam are strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions, call the park office at (865) 426-7461.

Wheelers for the Wounded—October 3 at Windrock Park [Read more…]

Harvest Hike on Saturday postponed due to weather

Wet Days Oct. 2, 2015

Image courtesy National Weather Service in Morristown


The Harvest Hike scheduled for Saturday, October 3, on Melton Lake Greenway has been postponed due to weather.

Officials said the National Weather Service in Morristown has issued flood advisories for East Tennessee starting Saturday morning with a 90 percent chance of heavy rain throughout the day and Sunday.

“We are postponing the Harvest Hike and will set a reschedule date next week,” officials said.

The hike is sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge Wellness Committee and Oak Ridge Schools Coordinated Health.

Harvest Hike on Melton Lake Greenway on Oct. 3

City of Oak Ridge Harvest Hike

A Harvest Hike on Melton Lake Greenway on October 3 will feature a 4.2-mile “out and back” walk with optional trail hiking.

The hike is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 3 at Melton Lake Greenway, Phase 4.

The walk path has varied elevations and can accommodate bicycles and strollers.

The hike will start from the Haw Ridge parking area on Edgemoor Road promptly at 9 a.m., organizers said. The hike is sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge Wellness Committee and Oak Ridge Schools Coordinated Health.

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Support the Wildcats at ORHS Boys Basketball Golf Classic on Sept. 26

Oak Ridge Wildcat Basketball Golf Tournament 2015

The Oak Ridge High School Boys Basketball Golf Classic is Saturday, September 26, at Centennial Golf Course. At left above is Wildcats basketball coach Aaron Green. (Photo by Oak Ridge Wildcats Basketball via Facebook)


You can support the 2015-2016 Oak Ridge High School basketball team in a fundraising golf tournament on Saturday, September 26, at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge.

Here are details about the ORHS Boys Basketball Golf Classic:

  • Saturday, September 26 at Centennial Golf Course
  • 8 a.m. Shot Gun Start
  • Four-person scramble
  • $75 per player (includes breakfast, lunch, and sleeve of ProV1 Golf Balls)

[Read more…]

UT Arboretum Society presents Moonlight Hike on Sept. 26

University of Tennessee Arboretum Society Logo

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society is offering a Moonlight Hike on Saturday, September 26. The hike is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the UT Arboretum at 901 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

“Join us as we walk Arboretum trails by the light of the silvery moon,” a press release said.

The hike will begin at the Visitors Center near the parking lot at 7:30 p.m. The 1.5-mile hike will be led by experienced volunteers.

The full moon is Sunday, September 27. The walk was scheduled a day early so that older schoolchildren could participate on a non-school night. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Fall Basketball League available for boys, girls grades 1-6

The Second Annual Oak Ridge Fall Basketball League is available for boys and girls from first to sixth grade.

Evaluations are Wednesday, September 16, or Saturday, September 19.

The Fall League starts October 31 and ends December 12.

The cost is $70 per player. [Read more…]

Appalachian Toyota Roundup is Sept. 4-7 at Windrock Park

Windrock Park

The Appalachian Toyota Round-Up will be held at Windrock Park on Labor Day weekend September 4-7.

Featuring the FJ Cruiser, Tacomo, 4Runner, and more, this event is open to all Toyota vehicles.

“There will be catered food, live music, and of course, wheeling,” a press release said.

The event kicks off Friday night with a meet and greet, along with dinner and live entertainment. [Read more…]

Man walking across America treks through Oak Ridge

Ryan Ray Walk Across America Oak Ridge Sign

Ryan Ray, left, is walking across America from Los Angeles to New York, and he passed through Oak Ridge on Monday. Pictured above with Ryan on Monday morning on North Illinois Avenue are Hazel Carroll, Jana Walker, and Carla Brooks, all of Wartburg. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)


Note: This story was last updated at 6:21 p.m.

He’s walked more than 2,300 miles and posed for thousands of selfies with people he’s met along the way. On Monday, he passed through Oak Ridge, trekking from Oliver Springs to Powell.

Ryan Ray is walking across America from Los Angeles to New York City. It’s a 3,050-mile journey that will include a stop at the White House and is expected to end in Times Square on October 10.

Ray said he is following his passions: speaking, traveling, and writing.

“Follow your dreams,” he said during a 90-minute walk from a welcome sign at the north end of Oak Ridge on North Illinois Avenue to the intersection of South Illinois Avenue and Lafayette Drive on the south side of town. “Nothing is impossible.” [Read more…]

City creates co-ed adult dodgeball league

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department has created a co-ed adult dodgeball league that will start in fall 2015.

“This pilot program offers adult teams of eight players the chance to participate in an exciting, entertaining, and low-cost team sport to be played at the Oak Ridge Civic Center gymnasium,” a press release said.

Cost for participating in this new and exciting league is $150 per team, and all non-resident participants will be subject to a $20 non-resident fee, the press release said. Teams must consist of a minimum of eight players, and at least two of those players must be women.

There will be an organizational meeting and organized free play night on Monday, August 31, at 6 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. [Read more…]

Swimming lessons begin Aug. 11

The next session of the swimming lessons offered by the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department starts Tuesday, August 11.

This session’s classes are on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These classes include Preschool Aquatics (for children to start developing good attitudes and safe practices around the water and to be able to separate from their parents), Parent-Child (for children 6 months to 3 years with their parent), and additional levels of 1-6 and adult.

There are eight classes, each 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. Cash and checks are accepted. Enrollment is limited.

Visit or call (865) 425-3450 for more information about this or others programs offered by the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department.

Council to consider contract for eighth rowing lane

Oak Ridge Rowing Lane Announcement

Tennessee Rep. John Ragan, an Oak Ridge Republican, announces a $250,000 state grant for an eighth rowing lane at the Oak Ridge rowing course on Sunday, April 19, 2015. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)


The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday will consider a $50,000 contract for design and survey work, among other tasks, for an eighth rowing lane at the city’s rowing course.

The eighth lane has been on the city’s wish list for years. It’s been in the Oak Ridge Capital Improvement Plan since 2005.

Officials announced a $250,000 state grant for the extra lane in April. They said it will allow the Oak Ridge Rowing Association to compete for bigger races and international regattas at the Oak Ridge Rowing Course, keep the site a top-tier rowing venue, and provide more on-water capacity, allowing more competitors in events. It’s also expected to significantly increase the economic impact of rowing races, or regattas.

[Read more…]

Southern Rock Racing Series at Windrock Park this weekend

The Southern Rock Racing Series –is at Windrock Park –north of Oliver Springs this weekend, Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8.

This is an off-road hill climb and rock crawling event, according to the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, visit the Windrock Park website or the Southern Rock Racing Series website.