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  • Renfro executive resident for state pharmacy assn.

    The Tennessee Pharmacists Association has selected a former Harriman resident as its sixth conscutive executive resident.

    Zac Renfro, a graduate of the inaugural class of the Belmont University College of Pharmacy of 2012, began his residency during the summer.

    He is the son of Lee and Mike Renfro of Harriman. His grandparents are Grace Crabtree of Harriman and Louise Renfro of Rockwood.

  • Leadership Roane County Alumni social slated Oct. 10

    Johnny Griffin, Leslie Henderson and Mike Albertson are among those who might be at the annual Leadership Roane County Alumni Association social event from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Roane County Park shed 2.

    The new 2013 Leadership Roane County class will be in attendance.

    In addition to entertainment, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and other picnic-style food.

    It is a great opportunity for alumni to meet the new class.

  • Take job, or get the benefits boot

    Claimants of unemployment benefits can be disqualified from receiving further benefits if they refuse to accept a suitable job offer, according to a statement last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Recent changes to Employment Security Law redefine what is considered suitable and revise the standard based on the length of time unemployment benefits are receiv-ed.

    If the agency finds a claimant has refused otherwise suitable work based solely upon the rate of pay, then his claim is stopped for refusing such work.

  • Workshop focuses on writing contract proposals

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College will give a workshop that covers how to write proposals for government contracts.

    The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 in The Foundry at 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville.

    The workshop is a cooperative effort between the Roane State center and PQC Solutions.

  • Grand opening for Curves of Harriman

     

    Curves of Harriman representatives, area officials and Roane County Chamber of Commerce members participating in the recent grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at Curves of Harriman are, from left, Danice Turpin, Tami Wright of The Roane Alliance, Mary Ann Pugh, Darlene Wright, Faye Abston, Kenyon Mee, Janice Coker,  Johnny Griffin, Kristen Coker, Kent Calfee, Steve Byerly, Janice Hall, Rose Meza, David Webb and Stephanie Ferguson.

  • Workers at DOE unite to feed the hungry

    U.S. Department of Energy employees at Oak Ridge donated 11,437 pounds of food last week to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

    The donation was part of the national Feds Feed Families campaign.

    This is the third year DOE’s Oak Ridge site has participated in the annual summer campaign, which helps replenish food banks and raises awareness about the prevalence of hunger nationally.

  • Oak Ridge retirees coalition set to meet in annual session

    Coalition of Oak Ridge Retirees will have its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Heritage Fellowship Church at 121 N. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Parking is available at the church.

    All Oak Ridge retirees, their spouses and surviving spouses are urged to attend and are encouraged to bring other retirees and guests.

  • Out to Lunch: Something fishy’s going on at Captain Ernie’s

    When readers or friends recommend a place for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I immediately add it to my prospect list.

    Several folks mentioned Captain Ernie’s Seafood on Campbell Station Road in Knoxville.

    I noticed last week that the building they occupied was empty. I did a search to see if they had relocated, because I was planning to eat there soon.

    Not only did I discover they had moved to Lenoir City but found numerous online positive comments about the food at the new Captain Ernie’s Seafood Bar and Caribbean Grill.

  • Jobless picture better in August

    After increases in the first two months of summer, Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped in August to 7.8 percent.

    That’s 0.5 percent lower than the July rate of 8.3 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for July was 8.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 over June’s 8.2 percent.

    The number was higher last August, when the state recorded Roane County’s jobless rate at 8.2 percent.

  • Alfords flip ‘Best of Roane’ Bob's Burgers for quarter of a century

    Bob Alford never envisioned himself in the restaurant business, let alone the owner of a burger joint serving Roane Countians for a quarter of a century.

    Bob’s Burgers, which he and his wife Debbie operate in Midtown, celebrated its historic 25-year anniversary earlier this year.