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Manhattan Project Park signing November 10th, OR events planned

The City of Oak Ridge will hold two community events to celebrate the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The legislation authorizing the Park was signed into law in December 2014, and designated sites in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington as a new three-site national park.
The Park will be officially “established” on November 10th when Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz meet in Washington, D.C. to sign a Memorandum of Agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of the respective agencies in managing and interpreting the assets of the Park. Mayor Warren Gooch, City Manager Mark Watson, and Superintendent of Schools Bruce Borchers will join several other community leaders to represent the City of Oak Ridge at the signing ceremony. For more than a decade, the Department of Energy and the National Park Service, in cooperation with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and stakeholders, have worked to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. On December 19, 2014, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which included provisions authorizing the steps to establish the park. Once signed, the MOA will officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as a unit of the National Park System. The MOA will formally describe how the National Park Service and the Department of Energy will work together to preserve, protect, and provide access to the historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project.
On Thursday, November 12th, two events in Oak Ridge will commemorate the establishment of the new Park. A community celebration with be held at the Oak Ridge High School auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m. Federal, state, and local officials, including, representatives from the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy, will participate in the program. The Oak Ridge High School Choir will perform a selection of Americana music. The event is open to the public.
“This is a special day of recognition not only for the City of Oak Ridge, but for all Tennesseans who served our nation during World War II,” said Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch. “I encourage everyone to come out and join in the event to acknowledge the designation of this unique national park, and Oak Ridge’s significant contributions to American and world history.”
The second event will take place at 4:00 p.m. at Historic Jackson Square. The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at the new Fountain, followed by a “Community Photo” to commemorate the day.
“We are hoping to generate a large crowd to re-create the iconic Ed Westcott photo taken at the end of the war,” said Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson. “Our community worked for nearly a decade on the Park project to help preserve the history of the Manhattan Project. The photo will be a remembrance of this special day that the community can view for years to come.”
For more information about the City of Oak Ridge, please visit the website at www.oakridgetn.gov.

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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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