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Business

  • Zaxby’s, Weigel’s bringing in jobs

    With construction underway on Zaxby’s and soon to start on Weigel’s, jobs will be opening up for Roane Countians.

    Zaxby’s, a Southern chicken franchise, will open in a few weeks at 2022 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman’s Midtown area, confirmed licensees Gary and Mary Stuart Avants.

    “We see this town as an ideal opportunity to expand the business and create an additional 30-40 jobs for the market,” said Gary Avants.

  • Out to Lunch: Lefty’s is the right choice for top-notch barbecue

    It’s been a few years since my wife, Carol, and I had the pleasure of eating at Lefty’ Bar-B-Que on Peavine Road in Crossville, and being entertained by Lefty and his puppets.

    Maurice “Lefty” Sanders and his wife, Nancy, opened the business on July 3, 1982, on Peavine Road.

    The Sanderses are no longer with us, and the original restaurant building was taken by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to expand the highway.

  • Griffin recipient of Goldberg Award

    Johnny Griffin was awarded the 2014 Paul Goldberg Leadership Award at the Leadership Roane County Graduation on June 19.

    Griffin was chosen from several nominations as the fifth recipient of this prestigious award.

    The award was created by the Leadership Roane County Class of 2009 and was presented for its namesake, Paul Goldberg a few weeks before his death.

    Each year a member of the Leadership Roane County Alumni Association is chosen to receive this award based on criteria created by the class:

  • Conner appointed to Tennessee Board of Examiners

    Laura A. Conner, Roane County director for the Tennessee Department of Health, has been appointed by the board of directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence to the 2014 Board of Examiners.

    Each year, the TNCPE award program recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

    As an examiner, Conner is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply for the TNCPE Award.

  • Enrichment growing into Midtown

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union began serving members in Roane County in January 1978.

    In 2012, Enrichment made a new commitment to providing exceptional service to its membership and designed a Service Guarantee.

    The credit union’s goal is to help members save money on their financial services and assist them in using products that will make their lives easier.

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Extraordinary Service Guarantee states:

  • Out to Lunch: Chandler’s is good for lunch, or coffee and dessert

    In June five years ago, I wrote, “It’s time to again go ‘Out to Lunch’ on the water. We even traveled by water on our visit to Papa Joe’s On the Water restaurant, at Euchee Marina.”

    In June three years ago, we traveled by car to go “Out to Lunch” at Euchee Marina, but the restaurant was now Land’s End Southern Seafood and Steak.

  • $2,500 in grants awarded

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

    Groups collecting grants in May include South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, which received a $1,500 grant; Roane County Youth Leadership was awarded a $500 grant; and Roane County Imagination Library/Mid-East Community Action Agency collected a $500 grant.

  • Enrichment growing into Midtown

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union began serving members in Roane County in January 1978.

    In 2012, Enrichment made a new commitment to providing exceptional service to its membership and designed a Service Guarantee.

    The credit union’s goal is to help members save money on their financial services and assist them in using products that will make their lives easier.

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Extraordinary Service Guarantee states:

  • Out to Lunch: Be sure to make time to eat, shop at Country Kinfolk Café

    Thanks to Darlene Brandel for telling me about Country Kinfolk Marketplace and Café in Lenoir City.

    She is a fellow member of Kingston First Baptist Church, and one of my “Out To Lunch” restaurant scouts.

    As you enter the Country Kinfolk Café parking lot, on your left you’ll see a bunch of great garden art and treasures suitable for a porch, garden or hillside.

    The location is the former home of a Loudon sock manufacturer, with lots of additions.

  • Play it safe: Putting important papers under lock and key may not be the best protection

    Some natural disasters are more common in the summer. But major events like hurricanes, tornadoes and fires can strike any time.

    “It’s a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster,” said Dan Boone, spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service.

    “You can help make your recovery easier by keeping your tax and financial records safe.”

    Basic steps Boone recommends include: