Secret City Festival 2018

The Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge is scheduled for June 8th and 9th. It is the 75th anniversary celebration for the city of Oak Ridge and plenty of activities are being held.

Friday June 8th there will be an opening ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Oak Ridge. there will be a Robotics competition, technology exhibition, Tennessee Creates Juried Art Festival,  there will be a main stage with several local acts featured through out the day. also a pavilion stage with other acts for all ages. More activities will be announced as they are added.

The Little River Band will headline the Secret City Festival concert on Friday night. they had multi-platinum albums in the 1970s and 1980s with chart topping hits the include, “Lonesome Loser”, “The Night Owls”, “Take it easy on me”, “Cool Change”, “Reminiscing”, “Help is on the way”. Concert tickets go on sale late April.

Saturday June 9th there will be a 75th anniversary parade, several local artist will be set up selling there art and crafts. there will be bounce houses, face painting, and plenty of food vendors set up with all the festival food you can handle. There will also be more Robotics competitions and Technology exhibitions along with Tennessee Creates Juried Art Festival. A petting zoo will also be available for all the kids and kids at heart. Science trucks with activities for everyone to see and enjoy.

Saturday nights band as not been announced yet but i am sure it will be great. Past performers have been The Charlies Daniels Band, The Black Lillies, Dr Dog, these are just a few of past performers, cant wait to see how the Saturday night performer will be

Don’t forget to see all of Oak Ridge in this years 75th anniversary. Call Oak Ridge Lodging for your lodging needs for this weekends events, we are only 5 miles from all the fun.

Flu Prevention

The Flu is taking its course here in Oak Ridge Tennessee as is it across the country.  We have been lucky that it hasn’t hit here at Oak Ridge Lodging. This years strain is no laughing matter, it has killed over 60 kids across the country. I wonder how many of those could of been prevented if someone would of just took a little prevention. WASH YOUR HANDS as often as possible, use hand sanitizer when possible, also use the face masks that are provided in the hospitals if you have to go to one.

What is the FLU? It is a virus that infects the respiratory tract.

Flu symptoms:  Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle ache, and fatigue

The incubation period for the flu is about one to four days

The flu is contagious and normally last seven to fourteen days.

The flu can be transferred directly or indirectly. Directly is from person to person through airborne droplets from coughing and sneezing nad indirectly from touching something someone has coughed or sneezed on.

The flu could develop into Pneumonia it not treated.

The most harmful strain this year has been the H3N2. If you are getting the flu shot Dr.s are saying that it only covers about 30 percent of this strain.

I recently saw an interview with a Dr and she said for every 5 cases of flu that come into the E.R., 15 cases are leaving. that was staggering news to hear.

So please do a little prevention and wash you hands, use hand sanitizer when you can and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

We look forward to seeing you healthy and happy here at Oak Ridge Lodging in Oak Ridge Tennessee.

Who is Ed Westcott?

A standing-room-only crowd of close to 200 people gathered in the Wildcat Den of the Midtown Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, to attend a 75th Anniversary Event to celebrate Ed Westcott’s 96th birthday. If you missed this, you missed a great event!

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Featured was a 15-minute documentary film, “Ed Westcott — Photographer,” (you can view the documentary online here:, as well as proclamations from the Tennessee Legislature presented by state Rep. John Ragan and from the city of Oak Ridge presented by Mayor Warren Gooch. The day was declared Ed Westcott Day in Oak Ridge!

There were 40 of Ed’s most recognized black-and-white photographs framed with classic black mats and black frames by the Appalachian Frameshop on display on tables covering two of the long walls of the Wildcat Den. For the two hours of the event, those photographs were constantly being viewed by people. Only when the documentary film ran did the viewing pause.

While it is apparent that Ed is an Oak Ridge icon and local celebrity who has national recognition, I was amazed at the number of people desiring to be photographed with Ed or just wanting to shake his hand.

Amazing also were the children who sought him out. He loves to be around children. You can see the delight in his expression and the gleam in his eye when kids are about him.

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