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Posts from ‘November, 2008’

Wondering what’s next for the Horizon Center

According to a news story in Thursday’s Knoxville News Sentinel (“Horizon park option runs out”), HN Properties (headed by former auto dealer Herb Newton) was the prospective buyer of the Horizon Center industrial park in west Oak Ridge, and HN’s purchase option has expired. I don’t know what this is going to mean in the […]

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Things are rough all over (loitering dept.)

It seems (according to this article in the New York Times) that Santa Monica, California, has a problem with people conducting fitness classes in traffic medians and other public places. The exercisers make noise and annoy the neighbors, especially when they have outdoor classes during hours when many people are trying to sleep. To control […]

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Next steps for the marina/lakefront

The City Council agenda for the November 17th meeting included a resolution to direct the Oak Ridge Planning Commission to undertake a planning process for the lakefront, with a defined geographic scope (from Elza Gate to the tower at the finish line of the rowing course) and a schedule (finish up in spring 2009). Council […]

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Oak Ridge is receiving a Safe Routes to School grant

There’s some great news this morning! The state has announced that  the city of Oak Ridge will receive a Safe Routes to School grant totaling $239,079 for sidewalk and crosswalk improvements, traffic devices, and signage near the Robertsville Middle School campus. The grant will also fund educational programs and promotional activities for middle school children, […]

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Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

Wonderful things are happening at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Yesterday the museum unveiled the Appalachian Heritage exhibit, an expanded version of the old log cabin exhibit. I’ve been a longtime fan of the Children’s Museum, but I found the quality of this exhibit — both the quality of the items on display and […]

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Autumn means falling leaves — and the annual city leaf collection

The City of Oak Ridge fall leaf collection schedule has been released and is on the City website. Leaf collection is scheduled to start on November 24th in the Scarboro neighborhood, and if all goes well it will finish up on New Year’s Eve (December 31) in Country Club Estates, the Oklahoma Ave-Westover Drive area, […]

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Election results are in… (November 2008 edition)

The election returns are in, and I’m elated by the election of Barack Obama. He will be inheriting a country that has serious problems, but between his pragmatism and his amazing ability to inspire people, I am hopeful that he will provide the leadership America needs. The Oak Ridge City Charter Commission election results are […]

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