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  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Zaxby's exZactly the choice for four generations

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure at Zaxby’s in Midtown involves four generations of the Poston family.

    My wife Carol and I live in Midtown Heights. We pass Zaxby’s every time we go to Kroger, Lowe’s, church, Kingston, Harriman, Interstate 40, Knoxville and other places going east.

    I’ve had Zaxby’s on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list for some time, waiting for an opportunity to pop up.

    We were excited when our grandson Brady, wife Toni and our 8-month-old great-grandson Benjamin, said they would like to spend their vacation at our house.

  • Queue in line worth it at Oren’s Orchard Café

    Last week, my wife Carol and I had two different folks ask if we knew that there was a new café at Wooden’s Apple Orchard House in Pikeville.

    On an October 2011 “Out to Lunch” adventure to the Cookie Jar near Dunlap, we decided to stop at Wooden’s for dessert on the way home (no café then).

    With my memory of the delicious apple dumplings, we set up a trip to check out the new café. We invited our Midtown Heights neighbors, Leroy and Louise Turbyville Shipwash, to enjoy this adventure with us.

  • Third time's the charm

    Unemployment rates in Tennessee decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

    The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: It’s a Cauley family affair at Terrace View

    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article about the restaurant at Terrace View Marina in 2008.

    When I recently found out that Mark and Heather Cauley bought Terrace View in June 2016, I immediately put it on my list to visit again.

    My source on the ownership change came from a business associate who, along with myself and three other desperate Tennessee furniture dealers, in 1987 put together a Furniture Buying Group, of which I now serve as executive director.

  • 35 YEARS: Enrichment manager celebrates milestone

    Becky Woody has reason to celebrate.

    Woody, who oversees operations at Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s two Roane County offices, marked her 35th anniversary with the financial institution.

    She joins an elite group of employees who have achieved that milestone.

    Woody began her career with Enrichment as a teller at the Kingston Branch on Aug. 23, 1982.

    She was promoted to loan officer in 1985 and to senior loan officer just two years later.  

  • LEADERSHIP Roane County
  • Rhino detailed in detailing your vehicle

    Kingston native Michael Jackson — owner of Rhino Auto Detailers — likes to keep things neat and clean.
    “I’m very detail oriented,” he said.

    Attention to detail is a characteristic that shows up in a lot of the businesses he’s owned over the years, including lawn services and auto-detail shops .

    Jackson said he keeps his new detail shop on Race Street in Kingston as clean and shiny as his customers’ vehicles.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: More on millenials in the workplace

    In a previous column, we discussed millennial workplace expectations. In this column, we will focus on connecting with millennials.

    Previously, we separated millennials into two groups: early millennials aged 30-37 (born 1980-87) and recessionist millennials aged 22-29 (born 1988-95). I like this differentiation because there are significant differences that were experienced in each group’s formative years.

  • HAIR today; gone for SCHOOL

    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers

    Michael Kerns enjoys the free haircut he received from Stephanie Oakes at Cliff Barber Shop in Harriman. Cliff Barber Shop offered free haircuts in conjunction with Tthe start of school in Roane County.
     

  • OUT to LUNCH By Bethel Poston: Want food like Mom’s? Head over to Mama’s

    My wife, Carol, and I, sometimes travel through Harriman and Oliver Springs when going to Oak Ridge.
    Heading to Oak Ridge on Tri-County Boulevard, we’ve been noticing a Mama’s Diner sign on an empty building next door to Food City.

    When we discovered that Mama’s Diner had opened in June, we immediately scheduled it for an “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    I asked my former Oak Ridge High School classmate, Mimi Brock, to meet us at Mama’s for lunch. She lives in Oliver Springs and is a former school librarian there.