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Oak Ridge Schools are closed Thursday, and so is the Y-12 National Security Complex.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office is also closed as are the Oak Ridge Environmental Management Site Office, Nuclear Energy Site Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, and Oak Ridge DOE Inspector General offices. Decisions about reporting instructions for Friday will be made later Thursday or early Friday morning. Employees should check the weather hotline and Facebook later for updates for Friday.
Schools in Clinton and Anderson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Roane counties are also closed. So are Anderson County government offices and courts. And so are many businesses.
City of Oak Ridge offices will open at noon Thursday.
Waste Connections, Inc. will not be picking up refuse or recyclables on Thursday because of the weather conditions. Thursday’s routes will be picked up on Friday, Feb. 14, and Fridays on Saturday, Feb. 15. Please have all refuse and recyclables out by 7 a.m. For additional information you can contact Waste Connections Inc. at (865) 482-3656 or visit www.WasteConnectionsTn.com.
Y-12 employees are asked to call the information line at (865) 241-1212 for more information.
The Anderson County Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m..
More than eight inches of snow fell in Oak Ridge starting Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday morning as a major winter storm hit the Southeast.
In a Wednesday night notice, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department said all roads, including state routes and Interstate 75, are snow-covered and extremely hazardous. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is plowing and salting the roads, but the heavy snowfall was recovering the highways. The Sheriff’s Department is operating on a severe weather plan and will be patrolling in four-drive vehicles.
“We will be responding to emergency calls only,” the department said. The department urged residents to not travel. “Please stay home…and stay safe.”
See this previous story for additional and earlier closings.