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  • Regions Bank opens Midtown location this week

    The new Regions Bank branch in Harriman’s Midtown area, is expected to open Monday.

    The branch lobby will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The drive-thru will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6.

    Video banking capabilities will also be available at the drive-thru Video Banking ATM.

    Video Banking ATMs allow customers to choose to connect with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video.

  • Volunteer Electric donations to Roane area organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Youth Development Organization ($225), 30 Plus Club ($250), Midway Hall of Fame ($325), Roane County Youth Leadership ($450), Youth Department of Salem Baptist Church ($500), and Midway Quarterback Club ($750).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Razzleberry’s sure to fill more than your sweet tooth

    For sometime I have overlooked going “Out To Lunch” at Razzleberry’s in Oak Ridge.

    The full name of the café is Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen.

    My wife Carol and I grew up in Oak Ridge and remember Razzleberry’s location, on one corner of historic Jackson Square, was once a hardware store.

    Looking out one Razzleberry window you can see Blankenship Field (where I have many football memories), and the Oak Ridge Playhouse (formerly the Center Theater) looking out the parking lot window.

  • FROMSTARTTOFINISH

    The Kingston McDonald’s was demolished last week to make way for a new building that is expected to open over the summer.

    Owner John Faris said employees won’t be out of a job during construction.

    “The employees we have here have been designated in other locations,” he said. “The Lenoir City location, the Love’s (travel stop) location, Harriman and Rockwood. All the current employees have got a place to work, management and crew.”

  • Nashville attorney takes over as head of Legal Aid Society

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named attorney DarKenya W. Waller as its new executive director.

    Waller, who previously served as managing attorney of the firm’s Nashville office, replaces Gary Housepian, who served as executive director for the last decade.

    Legal Aid Society serves 48 counties, including Roane, from offices in Oak Ridge, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma.

  • ExacCare Chamber’s top April business
  • Taking ice cream on the road? Or is it the river?

    A Kingston family has opened a food truck. Or is it a boat?

    It’s both.

    The clever food truck is a salvaged boat named Shipwreck Ice Cream Co.

    Husband-and-wife team Joey and Sara Prinzi wanted to bring quality ice cream to all of Roane County and decided the best way to get it there was to take it to them.

    The turquoise boat has already been seen around Kingston and had a fundraiser for Midway ath-letics.

    The Prinzis bring homemade ice cream over weekly from The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

  • Making room for more McParking
  • Out to Lunch: Friends bridge the way at Chop House

    Recently I told someone that writing “Out to Lunch” articles is as much about people as it is about the food from unique restaurants. Everyone likes to enjoy good food with friends.

    Most Tuesdays my wife Carol is playing bridge with several varied groups of area ladies. On our most recent adventure I decided to eavesdrop on another bridge group, which Carol is not part of.

    Our friend Luci Bell, who has been mentioned in previous “Out To Lunch” articles, told me about her Wednesday bridge group that plays at different restaurants.

  • Roane jobless rate holds steady in February

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in February, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 1 percent lower than a year ago.

    Roane was among 21 of Tennessee’s 95 counties where unemployment rates remained the same from January to February. Sixty-nine counties saw lower unemployment rates, and five counties had increased rates.