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EVC nearing fund-raising goal

Organizers of the massive fund-raising campaign for a new building for the Emory Valley Center in Oak Ridge say their goal is in sight. Begun in 2008, the non-profit group has raised around $2.8 million toward their $3.3 million goal. The Emory Valley Center helps disabled children and adults throughout Anderson County, including job training, day services, transportation and family support programs, and has been in existence for 60 years. Officials announced that they are close to their goal during a ceremony Tuesday during which UCOR—the DOE’s environmental cleanup manager—donated another $20,000 of its total $100,000 five-year pledge to the effort. The new building will help serve the center’s 1300-plus clients with new classroom space, a small gymnasium, a job training area, a room for medical professionals to see clients and a fully-functional kitchen. Currently. The Center is housed in the aging Daniel Arthur Building. In 2008, the Anderson County Commission allocated $160,000 for the Center to purchase a tract of land next to the Arthur building that will be the future site of the new center. Officials began raising funds in earnest in the fall of 2009 and say that their $3.3 million goal should be reached thanks to an Appalachian Regional Commission grant expected to be awarded later this year. A second, smaller fund-raising campaign to come up with $500,000 to equip the new building is also underway. Officials hope to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Emory Valley Center in November with a ground-breaking for the new facility.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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