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  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: You’ll have trouble choosing from Picante’s vast menu

    While working on an “Out to Lunch” article at a Rockwood restaurant, Jonathan Johnson, a U.S. Food Service salesman, asked me if I knew about a new restaurant in Oliver Springs.

    “Picante Mexican Grill has just opened in the previous location of Choice’s Café,” he said. I wrote about Choice’s in October 2008.

  • Sweet and tasty celebrations galore!
  • RMC cited as top performer

    The Joint Commission recently named Roane Medical Center as one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures.

    The Harriman hospital was the only Knoxville-area hospital to receive the prestigious recognition.

    More than 3,000 hospitals submitted accountability measure data to the Joint Commission, and Roane Medical Center is one of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical-care hospitals to earn the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence of accountability performance.  

  • Out to lunch by Bethel Poston: Sam & Andy’s second only to Vols for Big Orange

    It’s football time in Tennessee!

    It’s also time for our son Barry and his wife, Judy Staff Poston, to visit with us when the University of Tennessee plays a home football game in Knoxville. They live in Charlotte, a round trip of more than 565 miles.

    Both are UT graduates and began eating at Sam & Andy’s Deli as UT students in the mid- to late ’70s, when the deli was on Cumberland Strip near the Knoxville campus. It has become their ritual to eat there on these football weekends.

  • Harriman dialysis facility a center of excellence

    Fresenius Medical Care of Harriman, at 1662 Roane State Hwy., has been named a Center of Excellence for achieving high  standards in patient care in 2010.

    The award, presented by Fresenius Medical Care North America, one of the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, recognizes facilities that perform the best, based on multiple objective measures of dialysis clinical quality.

  • Martin’s made his last service call

     

    After 25 years, Bob Martin has decided to retire early from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Manager Kim Ramsey said Martin, 62, was a service worker in the water and sewer departments.

    “We appreciate his years of service with the utilities and his loyalty. He’s been a dependable part of our utilities for a long time,” said Ramsey.

    Martin was among the workers offered early retirement as a money-saving measure for the utilities. It was an opportunity he jumped on.

  • Barger tops as office chief

    The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts has recognized Pat Barger of Watts Bar Utility District as Office Manager of the Year.

    Barger has been office manager of Watts Bar Utility District for 22 years. She oversees scheduling, billing, customer complaints, adjustments, and receiving and posting of payments.

    She was nominated by her son, Eric, who works closely with her and respects her leadership within the utility.

  • Martin’s made his last service call

    After 25 years, Bob Martin has decided to retire early from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Manager Kim Ramsey said Martin, 62, was a service worker in the water and sewer departments.

    “We appreciate his years of service with the utilities and his loyalty. He’s been a dependable part of our utilities for a long time,” said Ramsey.

    Martin was among the workers offered early retirement as a money-saving measure for the utilities. It was an opportunity he jumped on.

  • Accolades for three at Roane State

    Roane State Community College faculty member Bruce Fisher and staff members Nichole White and Owen Driskill have been honored for their work.

    Fisher, a biology professor, received the 2011 Sarah Ellen Benroth Award for Outstanding Teaching.
    White, multimedia technician in the college’s Center for Teaching Arts and Technology, was named the college’s 2011 outstanding support staff member.

    Driskill, director of marketing and public relations, was named the 2011 administrative staff member of the year.

  • Use low-interest rates to get more for your money

    While the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for at least the next two years might not quickly restore consumer confidence or prompt spending, it does provide an opportunity for consumers to get more for their money.

    “While low-interest rates mean lower returns on savings accounts, it also means lower rates on borrowing money,” said Daru Burdge, regional president for CredAbility. “Consumers can take advantage of low rates to help them save money on planned purchases.”