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Oak Ridge is a city encompassing Anderson and Roane counties, about 25 miles west of Knoxville. Oak Ridge’s nicknames include the Atomic City, the Secret City, the Ridge, and the City Behind the Fence.Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project—the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb. As it is still the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex, scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city’s economy and culture in general. Melton Hill Dam (along the Clinch near Copper Ridge) in 1963 created Melton Hill Lake, which borders the city along the North-Eastern and Eastern regions. The lakefront on the East side of the city is a popular recreation area, with bicycling trails and picnic areas lining the shore. The lake is also well known as a venue for rowing competitions. Watts Bar Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River which covers the lower 23 miles of the Clinch River, borders Oak Ridge to the South and South-West.

Flagship Neighborhood: Rivers Run

The Neighbors: Families, professional transplants from all areas of the globe

Also Consider: Emory Valley

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