Oak Ridge rail museum plans dropped

Plans for an Oak Ridge railroad museum are in doubt after officials announced that bids for the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum building came in higher than expected, at nearly $1 million. Members of the railway museum organization, said the facility had a planned maximum cost of $860,000.

Most of that funding was awarded more than 10 years ago to the city of Oak Ridge as a state grant of $460,000. City Manager Mark Watson said the grant money will now go back to the state.