87-year-old retired Oak Ridge chemist honored

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- A man described as "the face of Oak Ridge" has become the East Tennessee Economic Council's latest "Muddy Boot" inductee.

Eighty-seven-year-old William Jenkins Wilcox Jr. is a retired chemist at the Y-12 National Security Complex. According to The Oak Ridger newspaper, he has devoted his last 10 years to helping tell the story of Oak Ridge and its role in World War II.

The Muddy Boot Award is named after the sea of mud that was Oak Ridge in its very early construction years from 1942 to 1945. The award honors individuals who make East Tennessee a stronger region through their work and community activities.

Oak Ridge is where the atomic bomb was manufactured.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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