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New school year to begin soon

All students, with the exception of those attending Willow Brook and the Preschool, who are NEW to the Oak Ridge elementary and middle schools, need to register at their respective schools Monday, July 29 through Wednesday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (See page 4 for information about Willow Brook Elementary.) Parents who pre-registered kindergartners in May also need to complete the registration process on those dates.

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Boy Scout creates ‘Kids Kave’

Local leaders recently assembled to thank and congratulate Nick Russell, a Boy Scout from local troop #42. From Dec. 13, 2013 through April 9 of this year, Russell worked to create a Kids Kave for TORCH (Trinity Out-Reach Center of Hope), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless families in the Anderson County area. The Kids Kave is designed as a place for children to play while their parents meet with a case manager.

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Local IT firm celebrates 25 years

Informational International Associates, Inc. (IIa) kicks off its celebration of 25 years in business this week with a recognition of its quarter-century milestone at the July 12 meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC), with other events following this year.

The firm has served as a global pioneer and industry leader, providing information management and information technology solutions for government agencies, private firms, and international organizations.

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Alexander lauded by energy organization, slammed by conservative group

A group called Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions has been running television ads urging Tennesseans to call U.S. Sen. Alexander and “thank him for providing real leadership on energy policy in America.”

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City Council backs Internet tax

By Russel Langley

Oak Ridge City Council took a step to ensuring that main street retailers will have better footing when competing with online retailers Monday night.

The Council voted 6-to-1 to support the Marketplace Fairness Act being considered in the United States House of Representatives. Councilmember Trina Baughn was the lone “no” vote. The act proposes to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes on items sold via the Internet.

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Quilters hold sew-in for Medal of Honor project

Skilled craftsworkers from across Tennessee took out the sewing machines on Sunday in an effort to honor some of our nation’s veterans.

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Nuclear storage legislation proposed

(Editor’s Note: In June, we wrote an article regarding comments made by Oak Ridge City Council Member Charlie Hensley, who told a high-ranking DOE official that he thought Oak Ridge could be a potential candidate to host a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing pilot plant. Hensley’s idea was countered by a column from former Council Member Ellen Smith the week after it came out, but with all the discussion on this possibility we thought it particularly relevant that legislation has been presented that could allow precisely what Hensley wants.)

Recently, four senior U.S. senators introduced a bipartisan, comprehensive plan for safeguarding and permanently disposing of tens of thousands of tons of dangerous radioactive nuclear waste currently accumulating at sites dispersed across the country.

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Clinton lawyer seeks settlement with county or lawsuit threatened

 An outspoken Clinton lawyer handcuffed during a dust-up with a school resource officer is seeking a settlement over the incident from the county — or a lawsuit may be filed.

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City Council takes on large agenda

By Russel Langley

The City Council Meeting on Monday night opened to a room packed with people concerned over recent media stories about Oak Ridge Schools.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 42 were also in the audience to complete a requirement for a merit badge. They were not to be disappointed with the activities at the meeting.

Aside from the appearance of citizens supporting Oak Ridge Schools, several reports were given and resolutions enacted. The meeting lasted for three hours and saw many votes and debates by the Council.

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‘Roadshow’ finds treasures and curiosities in Knoxville

A ventriloquist dummy named Danny visited from Saginaw, Mich. A Gibson bass fiddle arrived from Chicago. A 1930s black-tentacled hair perm machine rolled in from Knoxville.

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