'Southern Accent Reduction' class cancelled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

'Southern Accent Reduction' class cancelled at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

July 29th, 2014 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

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OAK RIDGE, TN - It's OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab - after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has cancelled plans for a "Southern Accent Reduction" class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said they were offended by the training opportunity.

ORNL's human resources department early last week distributed a registration notice for the six-week course to be taught by Lisa Scott, "a nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer."

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