• Workshop focuses on how to grow business

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE will have their Lunch and Learn Workshop Series on “How to Grow Your Business” on Sept. 22 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Lunch will be served at 11:50 a.m.; the workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m. The workshop is free for Chamber members, with a maximum of two participants per membership; others pay $35.

    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

  • Out to Lunch: Try some bangers and mash at Rugby’s Harrow Road Café

    Our latest “Out to Lunch” adventure, a day trip to the Harrow Road Café in historic Rugby, offered some interesting sight seeing.

    “You know, I remember the scenic mountain views we’re seeing, and it’s almost as enjoyable as the food,” my wife, Carol, said as we traveled to Rugby. She was referring to “Out to Lunch” article on Harrow Road Café in August 2008.

  • OUT to LUNCH:Burgers still a staple at Bob’s, but new entrées shine, too

    “Burgers, barbecue pork and grilled-chicken sandwiches are the most popular items, plus the fried bologna sandwich,” Bob Alford told me when I was writing an “Out to Lunch” article on Bob’s Burgers in April 2008.

    He started Bob’s Burgers and, in 2008, owned it with his wife, Debbie.

    Gosh, it doesn’t seem like it was seven years ago. On the 2008 visit, I ordered the well-known “Burger.”

    The Alfords decided to hang it up earlier this year. The Midtown restaurant, still bearing the founder’s name, is up and running under new ownership.

  • Payne’s Powersports gets bikes ride ready

    Those passionate about motorcycles for casual riding or even competitively now have a new place for repairs and other needs.

    Travis Payne, an avid racing fan and former competitor, decided to open Payne’s Powersports this summer. They can service and get parts for Motorcross and street bikes, jet skis, all terrain vehicles and UTVs, a utility task vehicle or side by side for 2 or more people that is four wheel and off-road.

    “I had people for years telling me I need to open up a shop. I had everybody wanting me to work on bikes,” said Payne.

  • Dollar daze in Harriman

    Family Dollar in Harriman is progressing steadily with their new building, which will relocate their current location to a new building down the street.

    “This store, located at 945 South Roane Street is slated to open in the first quarter of next year. This location will replace the current store at 1034 South Roane Street,” said Bryn R. Winburn, public and media relations manager at Family Dollar.

  • Y-12 workers help put donation to Harriman food bank on the move

    Those who work for Y‑12 National Security Complex have a reputation of going above and beyond the call of duty in their communities.

    Recently, several Y‑12 employees did just that when they helped co-worker Junior Hendrickson of Logistics fill the need of a community food bank.

  • Out to Lunch: Duke approved and free cookies only two of Annabell’s pluses

    “I’ve got a restaurant you need to visit and write about,” my friend Bo Carey said on my recent visit to his furniture store.

    Bo is owner of Greer’s Furniture in Loudon, and a vice president of the furniture buying group that I head up.

    So we headed out his front door with my son, Buddy, who travels the South as a furniture manufacturers salesman, and walked across the street to Annabell’s Café and Market.

  • Roane Alliance volunteers make a difference

    The Roane Alliance benefits from those who volunteer in its programs.

    They honored those individuals recently with a barbecue cookout.

    Two of those volunteers made a huge difference to Allen Lutz, education & workforce development specialist.

    One of those is Kim Tharp, who volunteers at festivals and other events.

    “She is one of those individuals who takes initiative. She steps up and takes charge,” said Lutz.

  • J. Neal Jewelry a new name for a familiar Harriman business

    Ernie Neal has been doing jewelry repair for 28  years.

    “I was a former Marine. I got out and trained under the GI bill with my uncle,” said Neal.

    He is a third-generation jeweler, with the tradition starting with his grandfather.

    He started out as a boilermaker, which he said was feast or famine — mostly famine.

    “This just seemed the most lucrative easy way to make a living,” he said.

  • Out to Lunch: Shazam! Food at Scramblez worth the drive

    I’m always looking for different place to go “Out to Lunch.”

    When I heard about a Spring City restaurant called Scramblez, I didn’t know what to expect.

    It is open only from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    Is it a breakfast place featuring varieties of omelets and egg presentations?

    Maybe it’s a burger joint or a sandwich shop? Or a soup and salad specialty tearoom?

    It’s all of that and more.