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Raccoon Road is Now ORAU Way; Oak Ridge Associated Universities Celebrates New Street Name

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2008
FY08-52

Pictured L to R: Oak Ridge City Manager Jim O’Connor; Oak Ridge Director of Community Development Kathryn Baldwin; ORAU President Ron Townsend; U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office Manager Gerald Boyd; and Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan officially dedicate ORAU Way at the corner of Badger Avenue on Tuesday.

Pictured L to R: Oak Ridge City Manager Jim O’Connor; Oak Ridge Director of Community Development Kathryn Baldwin; ORAU President Ron Townsend; U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office Manager Gerald Boyd; and Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan officially dedicate ORAU Way at the corner of Badger Avenue on Tuesday.

OAK RIDGE, TENN.—With the help of Oak Ridge city dignitaries, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) officials gathered to celebrate their new street name—ORAU Way—on Tuesday.

Previously known as Raccoon Road, ORAU Way will help create a new entrance to ORAU’s main campus and the new Center for Science Education, also known as Building MC-100, scheduled to open in February 2009.

“To the City of Oak Ridge, thank you,” ORAU President Ron Townsend said. “This is special to us, and we appreciate all you did to make this happen.”

Following the ceremony, Townsend hosted the attendees on a tour of the Center for Science Education/Building MC-100, which is currently under construction.

New ORAU Way signs can be seen at the corner of Illinois Avenue, Badger Avenue and the Oak Ridge Turnpike.

ORAU is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 99 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry.

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