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Fire damages former Manhattan Project headquarters

Firefighters in Oak Ridge are investigating what led to a fire at the former Manhattan Project headquarters.

Firefighters say occupants at the home returned to a house filled with smoke and a fire in the kitchen early Monday morning.

Anderson County Ambulance Service extinguished the fire, and the American Red Cross helped take care of the residents.

The one-story home is known as the Luther Brannon house. It housed General Leslie Groves and other top officials during World War II.

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Three injured in collision including Oak Ridge officer

(WBIR- Oak Ridge) The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle accident that sent an Oak Ridge Police Department officer and two others to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

According to the Oak Ridge Police Department, the collision happened at the intersection of Rutgers Avenue and Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge around 2:12 p.m.

The officer was alone in the police car. He was taken to UT Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Anvil Shoot brings a Big Bang on the 4th of July

When making plans for the 4th of July, you might want to consider the Museum of Appalachia's annual Anvil Shoot.

Long ago, many would celebrate special occasions by placing an anvil on top of another anvil with a bed of black powder in between.

They would then light the powder causing the top anvil to shoot close to one hundred feet in the air.

Signs of change in Rocky Top


An East Tennessee city hopes a name change will improve its future.

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Funeral set for 8-year-old boy who died after near drowning

Update 1:10 am:

Funeral arrangements have been made for an 8-year-old boy who died in the hospital after he nearly drowned in Melton Hill Lake last weekend.

Brayden Keith Pearson nearly drowned while snorkeling in Clark Park in Oak Ridge Saturday, according to a press release sent by the family on Wednesday. Friends and family pulled the boy from the lake, called 911, and gave Brayden CPR until firefighters arrived.

Man arrested after car nearly crashes into building and runs away

Update 12:17 pm:

Officials arrested and charged a man who nearly crashed a car into a building in Oak Ridge early Tuesday morning.

Suspect surrenders to Oak Ridge PD after an hour of negotiations

(WBIR) Two people are facing charges after they holed themselves up in an Oak Ridge apartment Monday night.

At about 7:40 p.m., Oak Ridge police responded to a disturbance among several people in the parking lot of an apartment building at 105 Wakefield Road. During the argument, witnesses told police that Abacuc Vazquez, 52, shot one round from a pistol before going into an apartment. Witnesses also said Vazquez had a second firearm with him inside the apartment, according to an Oak Ridge Police Department press release.