Special Report: Atomic City
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:23 PM EDT
An Asheville author hits it big with a New York Times best-selling book, "The Girls Of Atomic City".
It's the true story of a group of young women who worked during the early 1940's, in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, at a place called Oak Ridge. They were recruited only on the promise that they could come there for good paying jobs, that would help in the effort to win WWII.
Thousands found themselves living and working behind the barbed wire fences of a heavily guarded complex. They were given tasks that were never explained to them. They were told never to share any information about what they saw or heard at Oak Ridge with anyone, that what they were doing was Top-Secret. Only when the U.S. bombed Japan, on August 6, 1945, did most employees learn what they had been doing there.
This News 13 Special Report includes an interview with the author, Denise Kiernan, who talks about how she came upon this remarkable piece of history. And we meet one of the real "Girls Of Atomic City", Colleen Black, to talk about the job she could not talk about almost 70-years-ago.
By Frank Kracher
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