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 http://orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov 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.

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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.

Reminder: Today is the last regular registration date for AYSO fall soccer

Fall Soccer Registrations

Today (Thursday, August 6) is the last regular registration date for the fall soccer season of AYSO Region 390.

“If you have kids wanting to play soccer, sign them up,” organizers said. “Everyone plays in the Secret City AYSO!”

The registration is from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday, August 6) at the region office, next to United Grocery Outlet, or UGO, on Oak Ridge Turnpike on the west side of town.

Visit www.aysoregion390.org for more information and to begin registration.

After closing day early, city pool tests negative for cryptosporidium

Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool

Hundreds of swimmers enjoy the Oak Ridge Outdoor Pool on Providence Road on Memorial Day 2012. (File photo)


As a precaution, the Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool closed for the season a day early this year after a parent reported that their child had been diagnosed with cryptosporidium, a germ that causes intestinal tract problems.

But a test for cryptosporidium in water samples taken from the pool on Monday came back negative on Wednesday, Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Director Jon Hetrick said. The results were negative both on the pool itself and on the spring that feeds it.

Hetrick said cryptosporidium occurs naturally in bodies of water, and it is chlorine-resistant. The child who was diagnosed with it had been at the Oak Ridge pool a few days earlier, Hetrick said.

“So, as a precaution, we chose to close the pool on Sunday just to make sure no one else was exposed if that was the source,” he said. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge: Rudolph birdies final hole to claim first AJGA victory

Oak Ridge Country Club (July 27-30, 2015)

Olivia Cason of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Goodman Rudolph of Cordova, Tennessee, take home their first AJGA titles after being crowned champions at Oak Ridge Country Club. (Photo courtesy American Junior Golf Association)


Cason tops Girls Division in final AJGA tournament

By American Junior Golf Association

Goodman Rudolph of Cordova, Tennessee, tapped in for birdie on the par-5 18th hole to secure the victory with a final-round 5-under-par 67 at the Under Armour/Scott Stallings Championship, which was in Oak Ridge from July 27-30.

Olivia Cason of Owensboro, Kentucky, finished her AJGA career in style at Oak Ridge Country Club, getting up-and-down on No. 18 to win her first AJGA tournament.

Rudolph, the grandson of five-time PGA TOUR winner Mason Rudolph, carded seven birdies during the final round to win the tournament by one stroke. The rising high school junior finished with a tournament total of 11-under-par 205 over a contested Boys Division leaderboard. [Read more…]

Photos: Oak Ridge Velo Classic bike races, bike rodeo

Oak Ridge Velo Classic Men Pro/I Race 2015

Organizers of the annual Oak Ridge Velo Classic describe the criterium races as being like NASCAR on bikes. Above is the Men Pro/I race on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Horizon Center. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)


A bicycle racing event in Oak Ridge this past weekend (July 25 and 26) featured three types of races, a Family Wellness Festival, and a Kids Bike Rodeo. It was the URS-CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) Oak Ridge Velo Classic.

There were three types of races that included 13 categories of competitors. Road races and time trials were staged from the parking area of the East Tennessee Technology Park on Saturday, July 25, and the criterium races were held at the Horizon Center on Sunday. This year’s criterium races—which are very much like “NASCAR on bikes”—were designated the state championships by the Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association.

The race promoters expected almost 400 competitors for the two-day event. Riders came from as far away as Florida and Ohio.

The Velo Classic also featured a Family Wellness Festival at the Horizon Center that kicked off with a noncompetitive Family Fun Ride on Sunday morning. The Wellness Festival included a Kids Bike Rodeo. [Read more…]

Civic Center Recreation Building to be temporarily closed for floor maintenance

Oak Ridge Civic Center Gym

Pictured above is a basketball game in the Oak Ridge Civic Center gym. (Photo courtesy City of Oak Ridge)


The Oak Ridge Civic Center Recreation Building will be closed Saturday, August 1, through Tuesday, August 4, for gym floor refinishing. This will include the gymnasium, the game room, all meeting rooms, and the indoor swimming pool.

The indoor swimming pool will reopen on Wednesday, August 5. The offices, meeting rooms, and game room will reopen on Thursday, August 6, at 8 a.m. The gym will remain closed until Monday, August 10.

During this time, visitors to the Civic Center Recreation Building will need to use the main entrance that faces the fountain. Staff will be available at both the Scarboro Community Center at (865) 425-3950 and the Oak Ridge Senior Center at (865) 425-3999.