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UCOR announces $40K in mini-grants for local STEM educators

(UCOR press release) United Cleanup Oak Ridge (UCOR) has awarded $40,000 in mini-grants to East Tennessee teachers in 28 schools. The grants will fund K-12 school projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as related classes. This is UCOR’s first round of mini-grant awards under its new Oak …

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State tourism revenue sets record

(Information from TN state government) State and local tourism leaders announced new milestones today in Pigeon Forge, including a record $27.5 billion in travel spending in 2022, according to preliminary data from U.S. Travel and Tourism Economics. Among the top 25 states, Tennessee is the fastest-growing state in travel spending since 2018 …

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Victims of Oak Ridge crash identified

Oak Ridge Police have identified the two people killed in a Saturday evening traffic accident as two Clinton residents. As we reported Monday, the crash happened at around 7:15 pm Saturday when a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Teagan Robinson of Clinton had been headed east on the Turnpike. For reasons …

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Deadline approaching for scholarships through Roane State Foundation

(RSCC press release) The deadline to apply for student scholarships through Roane State Foundation is fast approaching. Students must have all information submitted by May 31 in order to qualify for awards that will apply to the 2023-2024 academic year. By applying for a scholarship through the Foundation, students have …

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Lee calls for special legislative session dealing with ‘public safety and…Constitutional rights’

Monday, Governor Bill Lee announced that he will call for the Tennessee General Assembly to convene a special legislative session on August 21st to “strengthen public safety and preserve constitutional rights” in the wake of the deadly Covenant School shooting in April. Last month, Governor Lee proposed legislation to create …

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Crash in Oak Ridge kills two Saturday

A single-vehicle accident killed two people in Oak Ridge on Saturday. According to an Oak Ridge PD press release, the crash happened at around 7:15 pm when a vehicle had been headed east on the Turnpike. For reasons that remain under investigation, the vehicle left the side of the road …

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NASCAR: Hamlin moves Larson for last-lap win, Enfinger cruises in Kansas

(Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service/NASCAR.com) Denny Hamlin didn’t tap-dance around the tap that helped him to a much-needed victory at Kyle Larson’s expense in Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. After an intense chase that began with a restart on Lap 221 of 267, Hamlin closed …

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ORNL computing pioneer Dongarra elected to National Academy of Sciences

(ORNL press release) Computing pioneer Jack Dongarra has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.Dongarra is an R&D staff member in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division and professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, …

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State shows strength on key measure of service for foster youth transitioning to adulthood

(Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth) On Monday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Fostering Youth Transitions 2023: State and National Data to Drive Foster Care Advocacy. This new report evaluates national and state-level efforts to support youth aging out of foster care. Data from all 50 states shed light on …

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Military Veterans Appreciation Breakfast is Saturday

(Submitted) Military veterans from Anderson County are once again invited to come together for a community Veterans Breakfast to honor veterans. The breakfast, hosted by Anderson County citizens, is locally sponsored this month by Anderson County American Legion Post #172 and American Legion Riders Post #172. The breakfast will be …

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