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"Southern Accent Reduction" class cancelled at ORNL

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory
OAK RIDGE, TN (News Sentinel) - 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."

Here was the pitch to get employees to sign up for the speech rehab program: "Feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak with a more neutral American accent, and be remembered for what you say and not how you say it."

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