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Oak Ridge moves into new digs

Oak Ridge moves into new digs

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Oak Ridge town officials moved in to the new T own H all at 8315 Linville Road on Friday.

“We’ll be conducting all of our business out of the new T own H all as of Monday,” said Bruce Oakley, town administrator.

But he said the grand opening is still on for 6 p.m. Thursday, followed at 7 p.m. by the T own C ouncil meeting in the new council chambers.

As he walked through the new T own H all, Oakley made a note of other unfinished business.

“The next step will be to get some new furniture for our offices, possibly in July,” Oakley said to Larry Harvell, town clerk.

“We’ve been packing up for the last week and moving over here, so it’s just wonderful to finally be here,” said Brenda Bishop, deputy clerk.

“There’s actually an echo,” commented Harvell, asked how he felt about moving in to the 9,000-square-foot structure from the Oak Ridge Business Center, where the town conducted business for more than three years. The new T own H all is complete with a reception area, conference rooms, office and storage spaces, council chambers and a room loosely referred to as the community policing room.

Oak Ridge town staff, which includes Harvell, Oakley and Bishop, have already began making themselves at home in their new offices, but most of the additional office space has not officially been designated for any specific purpose.

“The T own H all has a lot of room and was built to serve the community well into the future,” said Oakley.

Thursday’s grand opening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Contact Adria Hairston at 412-5929 or ahairston@

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