Several Anderson County Commissioners recently gathered at the International Friendship Bell in Oak Ridge to present a $10,000 check for the new Peace Pavilion that will become the Bellâ€™s new home in Bissell Park.
The Commission voted unanimously earlier this year to allocate $10,000 to help replace the pavilion housing the Bell after structural beams in the original pavilion deteriorated and the structure had to be demolished in 2014.
â€œWe have to preserve the Bell,â€ said County Commission Chair Steve Emert. â€œIt is important for tourism, for history, and especially for its message of friendship.â€
â€œThe Bell will be a key part of the story that the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is going to tell. This benefits the whole county, not just Oak Ridge,â€ added County Commissioner Myron Iwanski. [Read more…]