• No place like Roane for the holidays—Fran’s brings favorite time of year, only once a year

    Fran Caruthers enjoys the holiday season.

    She enjoys it so much that, for the past 17 years, she has opened her own business, Fran’s Tennessee Christmas, in the weeks and months leading to Christmas Day.

    “I just love Christmas,” she said. “This is the most relaxing thing you can do. I get to do what I want.

    “I had a chiropractic clinic that I ran, but it closed down. I got bored, and my kids talked me into opening a Christmas store and it’s gone from there.”

  • RMC makes top grade in patient safety

    Roane Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score rankings released by The Leapfrog Group.

    The Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

    “Our mission is to provide high quality care to the residents of Roane County each and every day,” said Gaye Jolly, chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.

  • Leadership Roane 2016 class introduced
  • Camping out for Fallout


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    Jacob Harvey, Ryan Fink, Holden Winton, Tyler Koziel, Adam Brock, Andrew Collett, Blayne Crabtree and Tucker Goldston hang outside Gamestop in Rockwood awaiting the midnight release of new video game Fallout 4, a post-apocalyptic game centered on a character trying to survive the devastation left behind decades after a nuclear fallout.

  • Networking tips at seminar

    “Networking Now: The New Way to Develop Business” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.
    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and King University, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.
    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

  • Smokehouse has new look, expanded menu

    The location and management are the same, but the The Smokehouse Bar and Grill sure isn’t.

    What was once a small roadside eatery and tavern, is now a full-sized bar and restaurant, with a variety of meal options and evening activities for an across the board audience.

    Owners Jot and Brenda Raymond decided to completely gut and rebuild The Smokehouse earlier this year.

    They spent three months on the overhaul, which tripled seating - from 40 to about 130 - and expanded its floor space for live music, karaoke and big screen sporting events.

  • Hollywood flair at yearly event

    This year’s Roane Gala returned to the Volkswagen Group of America building in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    This year’s event featured a Hollywood-worthy red carpet, photo booth, disc jockey Sterl the Pearl and many occasions for the selfie stick to be used.

    Once again, the traditional auction was by auctioneer Bear Stephenson after a meal by Gloria Jeans Southern Provisions. Entertainment was provided by Nashville recording artist Chris Hennessee.

  • Dropping anchor: Holloways breathing life into Long Island Marina

    The summer boating season is over, but that doesn’t mean things won’t be going on at Long Island Marina over the next several months.

    The once-dormant facility is being brought back to life by a former prosecutor and her husband.

    “This property is so wonderful — and there’s so much of it,” Marla Holloway said.

    The marina is at 1060 Paint Rock Ferry Road, Kingston.

    Holloway and her husband, Audie, purchased the property in February.

  • McDonald’s dishing up breakfast

    McDonald’s in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood will offer all-day breakfast beginning Oct. 6.

    All-day breakfast has been customers’ No. 1 request, said Diane Washburn, president of the McDonald’s Association of Tri-Cities Inc. 

    She said more than 120,000 people tweeted McDonald’s asking for breakfast throughout the day in the past year alone.

    “We’ve heard their voices and it’s time to make it a reality for them,” Washburn said.

  • Out to Lunch: Bunches of burgers on menu at Ten Mile’s Mr. Twister

    I’m always looking for recommendations of places to eat for my “Out to Lunch” articles.

    Darlene Brandel, as we entered our First Baptist Church Sunday school class one morning, asked if I knew that Mr. Twister at Ten Mile was under new ownership.

    I then added it to my prospect list, finding that I had written about Mr. Twister in October 2008, seven years ago.

    Roy Elwood bought the business last March from Kay Walden, the owner of Mr. Twister when I wrote about it in 2008.