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Officials: Cigarette may have sparked fire in Oak Ridge duplex


Firefighters believe a discarded cigarette sparked a fire that damaged an Oak Ridge duplex.

Officials evacuated the duplex on Hillside Road at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, according a City of Oak Ridge press release. A father and son safely escaped the fire, and firefighters were able to rescue a pet cat during the response.

In 15 minutes, crews quickly extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to adjacent residence. The fire significantly damaged one of the units in the duplex.

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Oak Ridge police search for attempted first degree murder suspect


Oak Ridge police are searching for a man wanted on attempted first-degree murder charges.

According to a police department release, Asante Harris, 33, of Oak Ridge is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said based on evidence at the crime scene, Harris fired several shots at a person on the 200 block of S. Dillard Avenue shortly before 9:45 a.m. Monday.

Developer plans to break ground on former Oak Ridge Mall in June


A North Carolina developer could soon breathe new life into the site of the former Oak Ridge Mall.

Crosland Southeast told 10News that it plans to redevelop the vacant site, breaking ground by late June and have the site up and running by fall 2016.

Oak Ridge police see decrease in drug crimes


ID=3777217Oak Ridge Police say they've seen a drop in drug crimes over the past five years.

Since 2010, those numbers have dropped each year, with 561 cases in 2010 down to 393 cases in 2014. That's a 30 percent decrease.

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Major milestone reached in creation of new uranium processing facility


Officials broke ground in Oak Ridge Friday on a multi-billion dollar facility that will eventually house the nationa's nuclear stockpile.

The Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) will provide a new place for repairs and maintenance on the county's nuclear weapons. The current facility, the aging 9212 building on the Y-12 complex, is seventy years old and needs to be replaced.

The $6.5 million dollar UPF could take up to ten years to complete, but the the prep work for the project is now complete.

Violent sex offender accused of stealing church mail


A violent sex offender has returned to jail after police say he stole mail from an Oak Ridge church, which also serves as a daycare.

Heritage Fellowship Church told Oak Ridge police Tuesday morning that Gregory Scott Tyree, 47, was stealing the church's mail.

Two men arrested for sexually abusing children


The Anderson County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men on separate cases of sexually abusing children.