Basketball was big in Oak Ridge during the 1940s. In fact, my mother, who worked for the Parks and Recreation Department during the World War II Manhattan Project, said she first saw my father at a basketball game in Oak Ridge. “He had nice legs,” she said. In this Dec. 28, 1947 photograph, the Oak Ridge Elks Club is playing a team from Maryville. (Department of Energy archives/Ed Westcott photo)
Decades after discharges from the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant polluted local waterways, the state has decided to post a do-not-eat-the-fish advisory on Bear Creek because of increasing public access to a lower stretch of the creek.
“Eating fish with elevated levels of mercury and PCBs is a risk Tennesseans can avoid,” Tisha Calabrese-Benton of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said in a statement released by the state agency. Continue reading
With K-27, the last of five gaseous diffusion plants, coming down quicker than expected and likely to be demolished before the year-end target date, the U.S. Department of Energy has started making preparations to tear down a bunch of other old buildings that once supported the nuclear program.
URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, DOE’s cleanup manager, has taken advantage of favorable weather conditions to accelerate the demolition of K-27, which ceased operations in 1964. The four-story, 383,000-square foot building is highly contaminated and equally deteriorated. Continue reading
The early nuclear operations at X-10, which later became Oak Ridge National Laboratory, generated a lot of highly radioactive wastes. This July 7, 1943 photograph shows the construction of huge gunite tanks that were used for storage of those wastes. (Department of Energy archives/Ed Westcott photo)
Physicists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted a final series of experiments at the Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator earlier this spring, and Bill Cabage of lab’s public affairs staff summed up the event nicely with a bit of history and a report from the concluding ceremony.
It appears that President Obama’s planned trip to Hiroshima, Japan, is garnering support in Oak Ridge, where Manhattan Project facilities produced the enriched uranium for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War II.
News Sentinel reporter Bob Fowler has the story.
The information attached to this photograph says it’s a recreation dancing class at Cedar Hill School in Oak Ridge. But it looks to me like a strange kind of sorority ritual, gymnasium hide-and-seek or something like that. Maybe readers can better inform me. Anyway, the photo was taken on Aug. 5, 1948. Double-click on pic to enlarge. (Department of Energy archives/ Lillian Stokes photo)
Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will be the guest speaker at the May 3 meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association. The meeting gets started at 7 p.m. at the Midtown Community Center, 103 Robertsville Rd., in Oak Ridge. Continue reading