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  • Three named to Oak Ridge board

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management recently appointed three new members to its advisory board.

    The agency appointed Wanda Smith, Noel Berry and Mary Hatcher to two-year terms to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a federally chartered citizens panel that provides independent advice and recommendations about cleanup conducted throughout the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • HUB appreciates customers

    Steven Roberts gets some treats at the Harriman Utility Board customer appreciation day last week.

    Giveaways, one-on-one discussions with customers and a grand prize of a Kindle Fire was among the activities at the event.

  • 3rd industrial site certified by SelectTN

    A third prime industrial site in Roane County — the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park —  has successfully been certified through the SelectTN state program.   
    “In the industrial recruiting world, a certified site is the cream of the crop,” said Leslie Henderson, President/CEO of The Roane Alliance, which includes the Roane County Industrial Development Board.
    The Jones Road site is the county’s latest to achieve the coveted certification in Roane County.

  • Tractor Supply opening PetVet Clinic

    As part of a continued commitment toward catering to all customers’ pet needs, Tractor Supply Co. is launching a PetVet Clinic to protect pets by providing all of their vaccination needs.
    Tractor Supply’s PetVet Clinic, operated by PawsPlus, will be available beginning this month at the Rockwood store at 1494 N. Gateway Ave.
    For information about clinic dates and times, call Rockwood’s Tractor Supply Co. at 354-0446 or visit www.petvet.pawsplus.com.

  • Feds cutting unemployment compensation by 4.4 percent

    Tennesseans receiving benefits through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program will see a 4.4 percent reduction in their benefits starting this week.
    Benefits received under the state’s unemployment compensation program, generally the first 26 weeks (maximum) of available benefits, will not be reduced.
    The reduction is required through the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as “sequestration.”

  • ORNL Friends to hear from Warmack

    Bruce Warmack of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s measurement science and systems engineering division will give a presentation during the next luncheon lecture meeting of the Friends of ORNL.
    “Making Machines Sense Our World” will be the topic of the Oct. 8 presentation.
    The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in the UT Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Warmack, a physicist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, has worked at ORNL in a variety of research areas since the 1970s.

  • Digital driving out Midtown Drive-In

    Midtown Drive-In’s owner Doug Freeman announced on the website of his theaters that the Midtown location likely had its last season in the spring and summer of 2013.

    The film industry’s decision to stop making 35mm film is cited as the reason for the likely closure.

    Freeman writes at www.bluemoontheatres.com that Midtown may operate on a  limited schedule in the summer of 2014 — depending on whether any films are distributed on film next year.

  • ‘America’s Best Ribs’ await you at Lenoir City Calhoun’s

    Today’s “Out To Lunch” adventure is also a family celebration.
    Many of you know my wife, Carol, and I share the same birth date, Sept. 15. (I’m 1 year older.)
    Some are also aware that, now 58 years ago, we ran off to Ringgold, Ga., to get married.
    Since we secretly got married, we didn’t have a honeymoon. We’ve tried to get-away for a honeymoon each year since then. This year was in Gatlinburg.

  • State aims to protect construction workers

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is taking new measures to ensure employers in the construction industry are protecting workers injured on the job or in need of unemployment benefits.
    Legislation effective July 1 gives the state the authority to issue civil penalties against construction service providers who have avoided workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums.

  • Marston new chief operating officer

    Matt Marston has been selected as the new chief operating officer for URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, known as UCOR.

    He will fill the position vacated by Kenneth Rueter, who recently was announced as the new president and project manager at the Savannah River Remediation Project.

    UCOR is in the midst of deactivating and demolishing the final section of the vast K-25 building at East Tennessee Technology Park, formerly known as the Manhattan Project’s K-25 Site in Roane County.