Motorsports park will not be built in Oak Ridge

Part of the site where a test track and research facility or motorsports park was proposed on the back side of Horizon Center in west Oak Ridge is pictured above on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)

The proposed motorsports park will not be built in Oak Ridge, the developer announced Tuesday after learning that an environmental impact statement would be required, and that the study could cost several million dollars and take several years.

Rusty Bittle, developer and founding partner of the Oak Ridge Motorsports Park, said he would try to relocate the proposed project.

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Top 10 Theme Park Lands Around the Globe

You may be familiar with a lot of iconic themed lands found throughout many parks in America. Diagon Alley, Cars Land and Pandora are some of the most immersive lands many theme park fans in the nation have experienced. However, there are plenty of great themed areas found across the globe that rival what the US offers. In this list, I’ll be counting down my picks for the top 10 themed lands at international parks. This is a follow-up to the list of top 10 theme park lands in the US, which can be found here. To include as many

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Bison could roam above the Mississippi River in national park vision

The wheels have been quietly turning for years.

On Thursday, the time finally came for Quad-City environmentalist Chad Pregracke to reveal what he’s been working on: A bid for a national park that would place a small herd of bison atop the Interstate 80 bridge.

As Pregracke warned, the Bison Bridge idea is “way outside the box.”

This is not to say it’s a pipe dream.

Behind-the-scenes progress is real. Funding is partly in place. Many of the governmental powers-that-be either endorse the idea or have helped work on it. And the timing is right, they say.

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Pregracke and his team at Living Lands & Waters (along with hundreds of volunteers) have for several years been restoring the natural prairie along this corridor.

While the environment is always at top of mind, his chief goal is to deliver a project that would “put the Quad-Cities on the map.”

A ‘must-stop’ destination

Interstate 80 is the second-longest interstate highway system in the country, stretching nearly 3,000 miles between San Francisco and (just outside) New York City.

“The bridge carries 42,000 vehicles a day, and families remember going over the Mississippi River here, but that’s about it,” Pregracke said

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Park City sees possibility of tapping Olympic-related monies for major transportation upgrades

A sculpture off S.R. 224 commemorates the 2002 Winter Olympics, when the Park City area hosted approximately 50% of the competitions. Park City sees there being possibilities for funding opportunities for transportation projects should another Olympics be awarded to the region.
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Park City leaders twice in the last week spoke of the prospect that a second Winter Olympics could create funding opportunities as City Hall continues to consider what are anticipated to be high-dollar infrastructure projects, particularly transportation improvements.

The recent Olympic mentions are more evidence of the desire of the municipal government to parlay a

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Man Fights Back After Robber Targets His Family’s Car in Golden Gate Park in SF

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A Harvard Professor Called Wartime Sex Slaves ‘Prostitutes.’ One Pushed Back.

SEOUL, South Korea — The students and the survivor were divided by two generations and 7,000 miles, but they met on Zoom to discuss a common goal: turning a Harvard professor’s widely disputed claims about sexual slavery during World War II into a teachable moment. A recent academic journal article by the professor — in which he described as “prostitutes” the Korean and other women forced to serve Japan’s troops — prompted an outcry in South Korea and among scholars in the United States. It

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