In first vote this month, Council rejects schools request for tax increase

Oak Ridge City Council Budget Meeting

The Oak Ridge City Council rejected the school system’s request for a 37-cent tax rate increase on Monday, instead voting in the first of two votes this month to keep the tax rate steady for the seventh year in a row.

Note: This story was last updated at 9:55 a.m. June 10.

In the first of two votes this month, the Oak Ridge City Council on Monday rejected a request from school officials for a 37-cent tax rate increase that would, among other things, help fund a technology initiative meant to eventually provide an electronic learning device or tablet to all students.

Council member Charlie Hensley said the tax increase would be the largest in the city’s history, and it came in late in the budget process.

The property tax rate is now $2.39 per $100 of assessed value. The increase would push it to $2.76, and it could cost the owner of a $200,000 home another $15 per month.

“I was looking to support a tax increase, but the one that we got asked for is really, really high,” Hensley said.

There was a two-part vote on the budget on Monday. The first reduced the amount transferred to the schools to roughly $14.6 million, which was about $3.3 million less than the school board had requested, and it kept the tax rate steady for the seventh year in a row. The vote on that amendment was 5-2, with Hensley and Council member Chuck Hope voting no. [Read more…]

Soulfinger plays free Secret City Sounds concert on Friday

Soulfinger

Funk and soul band Soulfinger will play a free show at the Oak Ridge Civic Center Pavilion on Friday. (Submitted photo)

A band that plays funk, soul, and R&B will play a free concert at the Oak Ridge Civic Center Pavilion on Friday.

It’s part of the Secret City Sounds Summer Concert Series. Friday’s show starts at 7 p.m. at the pavilion at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

A press release said Soulfinger is “spearheading a neo-classic funk and soul movement” and “bringing the ‘original’ funk and soul sound and influence back to today’s live music scene.” [Read more…]

Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam play free concert on Friday

Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam

Twelve-piece Knoxville band Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam plays a free concert Friday evening in Oak Ridge. (Photo by J.L. Kirk)

Secret City Sounds continues their Summer Concert Series with Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam on Friday, Aug. 9. This concert replaces Dishwater Blonde, who had to cancel do to unforeseen circumstances. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center Pavilion located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

“What do you get when you mix one smokin’ hot horn section, a hard-drivin’ funky rhythm section, and three talented and energetic female singers with musical theater experience?” a press release said. “You get Knoxville’s own Soul Candy and The Traffic Jam!” [Read more…]

Red Hot Horn Dawgs play at Secret City Sounds on Friday

The Red Hot Horn Dawgs

The Red Hot Horn Dawgs will play at a Secret City Sounds concert on Friday, July 19. (Submitted photo)

Secret City Sounds continues its Summer Concert Series with The Red Hot Horn Dawgs on Friday, July 19. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center Pavilion located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

The Red Hot Horn Dawgs are a nine-piece band with a full horn section and extroverted showmen, and the group’s musical library spans the best years of American popular music, from Otis Redding and Elvis Presley to Billy Joel, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Kid Rock, and Toby Keith, a press release said. [Read more…]

Freight Hoppers play at Secret City Sounds on Friday

The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers play old-time string band music, and they will perform at Secret City Sounds in Oak Ridge on Friday. (Submitted photo)

Secret City Sounds continues its Summer Concert Series with The Freight Hoppers at 7 p.m. Friday at A.K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge.

It’s the second show in the 2013 series, and it’s presented by the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and the City of Oak Ridge.

The Freight Hoppers have been presenting old-time string band music for more than 20 years, a press release said. [Read more…]

Secret City Sounds concert features The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers

The second show in this year’s Secret City Sounds concert series features The Freight Hoppers, a band that plays old-time string music.

The free concert starts at 7 p.m. today at the pavilion at Alvin K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge.

A press release said The Freight Hoppers have been playing old-time string band music for more than 20 years. [Read more…]

Secret City Sounds begins Friday with The Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

The 2013 Secret City Sounds concert series starts Friday with The Breakfast Club.

Friday’s free concert starts at 7 p.m. at the pavilion at A.K. Bissell Park.

The Breakfast Club was formed in 1993, and it is a 1980s tribute band. A press release said the group, a longtime local favorite, has shared the stage with numerous music legends, including Whitesnake, The Romantics, Poison, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Hootie and The Blowfish, White Lion, The Smithereens, and Edwin McCain. [Read more…]

Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam plays free concert Friday

Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam

Twelve-piece Knoxville band Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam plays a free concert Friday evening in Oak Ridge. (Photo by J.L. Kirk)

Knoxville’s Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam will play a free concert Friday evening at A.K. Bissell Park.

The band, which has horn and rhythm sections and three female singers, was scheduled to be the last in this year’s Secret City Sounds series, but last week’s concert was rescheduled due to rain.

The Traffic Jam consists of 12 musicians, including some who have played in other successful groups such as Wayne Cochran and The CC Riders, The Atomic Horns, and KnoxVegas.

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Natti Love Joys show rescheduled for Aug. 24

A concert that was scheduled for tonight and expected to feature East Tennessee reggae band the Natti Love Joys has been rescheduled for Aug. 24, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan said.

The free shows are at A.K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge.

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Jenn Cristy plays music in Oak Ridge

Jenn Cristy

Singer and songwriter Jenn Cristy, front center, performs at A.K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge on Friday night with guitarist Christopher McConnell, left, drummer Dave Dwinell, and bass player Allen Parauzas.

Singer and songwriter Jenn Cristy, who graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1997, played soul-infused pop rock during a Friday night concert at A.K. Bissell Park.

Cristy’s band, based in Bloomington, Ind., played mostly original songs, but also played some covers.

It was the fourth free concert in this year’s Secret City Sounds concert series, presented by the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and sponsored by the City of Oak Ridge.

[Read more…]

Jenn Cristy plays July 27 Secret City concert

Jenn Cristy

Jenn Cristy

Oak Ridge native and singer/songwriter Jenn Cristy will play at the next Secret City Sounds concert, this one scheduled for 7 p.m. July 27.

Food and refreshments will be available, and organizers recommend that concertgoers bring blankets or chairs for seating, said a press release from the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.

[Read more…]

U.S. Air Force Band to perform Saturday

Secret City Sounds presents the return of the United States Air Force Band of Mid America on Saturday.

This year, they will perform with their ensemble, Starlifter. This seven-member group will play a variety of songs from rock, pop, and jazz to contemporary and traditional patriotic songs.

[Read more…]