Tennessee's Knoxville News ran two articles on the status of historic preservation of the Manhattan Project properties in Oak Ridge, TN, this weekend. Atomic Heritage Foundation President Cynthia Kelly was quoted in an article that appeared in the newspaper on June 27, calling the potential National Park designation for Oak Ridge and other former Manhattan Project sites "a golden egg for Oak Ridge and eastern Tennessee" that could be "a great impetus" for funding historic preservation. The full text of the article may be read here.
Also by the Knoxville News's Frank Munger is an update on the status of K-25. Munger reported that West Coast engineering firm Degenkold Engineers has been retained by the Department of Energy (DOE) to consult on options for the preservation of K-25's North End. Another consultant for DOE, Mac West, of Washington D.C.'s Informal Learning Experiences Inc., will turn in his report on options and priorities for telling Oak Ridge's story this week. In the meantime, a temporary "bridge" Memorandum of Agreement will replace an earlier MOA until stakeholders agree on a new plan for the future of Oak Ridge's historic sites.