Next City Blueprint meeting is Thursday

Preserve at Clinch River Invitation The Oak Ridge Community Development Department is continuing the Oak Ridge City Blueprint effort with a discussion focused on the Preserve at Clinch River neighborhood. An open house will be held between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, at The Discovery Center on Broadberry Avenue. Families living in this subarea are encouraged to attend and provide ideas and suggestions for possible neighborhood improvements, a press release said. “Please note that no formal presentation is planned for these events,” the release said. “Attendees can come and go anytime during the open house to meet, ask questions, and provide feedback to city staff and board representatives.” [Read more…]

City Council, School Board candidates at ‘meet and greet’ tonight

Candidates for Oak Ridge City Council and Board of Education have been invited to a “meet and greet” at the Preserve at Clinch River in west Oak Ridge this evening.

All eight candidates plan to attend, organizers said.

The Preserve at Clinch River is the former Rarity Ridge residential development off Highway 58 across the Clinch River from the Heritage Center, the former K-25 site.

The meet-and-greet is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. It’s at the Preserve at Clinch River Discovery Center.

The candidates for Oak Ridge City Council include the three incumbents—Charlie Hensley, Chuck Hope, and Ellen Smith—and two challengers, Trina Baughn and Kelly Callison.

The candidates for Oak Ridge Board of Education include the two incumbents, Angi Agle and Keys Filauer, and challenger Leonard Abbatiello.

The election is Nov. 6. Early voting started Wednesday and ends Nov. 1.

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