Long-serving Tennessee public servant, Lamar Alexander, retired in January. Starting his career in 1967 as an aide to Senator Howard Baker, he returned home to Tennessee to successfully run for Governor in 1978 and was re-elected for a second term. His long career included serving as President of the University of Tennessee, Chair of the National Governor’s Association, U.S. Secretary of Education, and as a U.S. Senator from 2003 – 2021. He served on several powerful Senate committees, including as Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Committee on Appropriations.
Kairos Power announced at the 2020 East Tennessee Economic Council Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration its plans to deploy a test reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, pending completion of due diligence and the results of discussions with state and local officials.
Part of the decision to locate in Oak Ridge was the available infrastructure at ETTP and its proximity to ORNL. A press release from Kairos said that the successful commissioning of the Hermes reactor builds on their current technology development programs and extensive engagement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ultimately, Hermes will prove that Kairos Power can deliver real systems at their cost targets to make advanced nuclear a competitive source of clean energy in the United States. Kairos Power has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with Heritage Center, LLC, to acquire the former K-33 gaseous diffusion plant site at ETTP, subject to ongoing due diligence evaluation
Kairos Power is a nuclear energy technology and engineering company whose mission is to enable the world’s transition to clean energy with the ultimate goal of dramatically improving people’s quality of life while protecting the environment. This goal will be accomplished through the commercialization of the Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) that can be deployed with robust safety and at affordable cost.
SASEF-UT Virtual Science Club
Each year, Strata-G supports the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF), and this year, we’re pleased to support the SASEF-UT Virtual Science Club https://sasef.utk.edu/virtual-science-club/ The VSC is designed to provide free virtual programming to assist students and teachers in the development of scientific skills and to motivate them to enter the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF)! The club is a joint venture between SASEF and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Pre-College Research Excellence Programs.
Strata-G Practices ALARA During the Pandemic
Strata-G practices ALARA, “as low as reasonably achievable,” as we work to keep our employees safe. This principle means that even if it is a small dose, if receiving that dose has no direct benefit, people should try to avoid it. To do this, we use three basic protective measures employed in radiation safety – time, distance, and shielding – to protect ourselves during the pandemic when we need or have to be around people outside the home. Limit the time spent around others, maintain 6’ distance from others, wear a mask.
Congratulations to Strata-G’s Linda Lawhorn on Prestigious Award!
The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) has awarded Linda Lawhorn, CHMM, CDGP, with the Pete Cook Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in support of AHMP. Linda is a Strata-G radioactive and hazardous waste shipper and has served for 20 years in the East TN Chapter of AHMP before serving on the AHMP national Board of Directors. During her service to the national Board, she coordinated the review and update of the AHMP Desk Reference, Fourth Edition, that was unveiled at the 2020 annual AHMP conference. Congratulations, Linda
2020 Strata-G Scholarship Winners are Announced!
Each year, Strata-G is honored to award our employees’ graduating high school seniors with scholarships based on academic performance and community service. This year’s impressive recipients are Julia Mitchell, daughter of Kevin and Camille Mitchell, and Treston Thomas, son of Mack and Venita Thomas. Julia graduated from Oxford (Mississippi) High School and is headed to Belmont University in Nashville. Treston graduated from Hardin Valley Academy and will be a freshman at the University of Tennessee. Both of these deserving graduates represent the latest among the impressive young people who have taken home Strata-G scholarships. Congratulations, Julia and Treston!
Strata-G Has 1st Virtual Intern.
Strata-G welcomed Katherine Glass as its 2020 summer intern, a rising senior chemical engineering major with an honors concentration and a minor in materials science and engineering and reliability and maintainability engineering. Katherine is involved in the community by serving as president of Knoxville Elementary Outreach, in which volunteers from UT lead clubs at local inner city schools. She loves mentoring a 7-year old girl through the Amachi program; and in her spare time, she enjoys her two cats, hiking and cooking, especially hummus. Katherine is Strata-G’s first virtual intern.
Strata-G Reminds Employees to Be Careful!
Strata-G reminds employees about CDC COVID guidance in an ongoing effort to keep employees vigilant and practicing stringent safety measures. • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: » Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). » Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. » Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Strata-G Thanks Mack and Venita Thomas for their Service
Mack and Venita Thomas’ paths converged in South Carolina, shaped by strong families who taught them the value of hard work and the rewards of a positive approach to life. Passionate about their jobs (Venita, a Safety Specialist assigned to UCOR; Mack, the Operational Emergency Drill Coordinator for UCOR for all 4 enterprises) they are dedicated parents to Tyra, a 2019 Strata-G summer intern and student at UT-Chattanooga, and Treston, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy. Mack and Venita adhere to the spiritual guidance of “Do to others as you would have them do to you,” and “I can do all things through Him that gives me strength.” They are stellar members of the Strata-G team.
Strata-G Judges First Virtual Science Fair!
A Strata-G team of 9 science and engineering staff members participated as judges in the 2020 Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair usually held at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena. This was the 1st virtual SASEF Science Fair, and the Strata-G team judged 36 junior projects and 26 senior. A virtual awards ceremony will be held next week. Congratulations to SASEF for the successful event and to all who participated, especially the students. Thank you, Strata-G team, for applying your expertise as judges again this year.