Norris Dam swimming pool will not re-open

The pool at Norris Dam State Park is pictured above. (Submitted photo)

Tennessee State Parks announced in December that the swimming pool at Norris Dam State Park will not re-open as major maintenance upgrades are required and the use of the pool has declined.

The swimming pool was closed in 2020 and 2021 due to complications related to COVID-19.

“Reopening the pool is unfeasible due to aging facilities, declining visitation pre-COVID 19, and high expenses,” a press release said.

The pool is 45 years old, and visitation was down 29 percent, the press release said.

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Free Zoom presentation about conservation fisheries on Jan. 25

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The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning have a free Zoom presentation about conservation fisheries on Tuesday, January 25.

The presentation is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and it will feature Conservation Fisheries, Inc., a nonprofit organization preserving the Southeast’s aquatic biodiversity, a press release said. The presenter, Pat Rakes, is co-director of Conservation Fisheries.

“He will explain the role and mission of CFI as well as its history, pictures of the hatchery, field work, and fish as well as cooperators in this important effort,” the press release said.

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Centennial Golf Course to remain closed Saturday

Part of Tennessee Centennial Golf Course in east Oak Ridge is pictured above on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (File photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)

The Centennial Golf Course and range will remain closed on Saturday due to snow and ice.

Course crews will reassess conditions on Saturday to determine if there is a possibility of opening on Sunday for regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a press release said.

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Cummings named football coach

Scott Cummings, who led West to a Class 5A state championship in 2014, has been named head football coach at Oak Ridge High School.

Joe Gaddis announced his retirement as Oak Ridge football coach in November. He has been named interim athletic director.

Oak Ridge Schools announced the appointment of Cummings, who will replace Gaddis as football coach, on Monday.

A press release said Cummings was named head football coach at Knoxville West High School in 2002.

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