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  • Trentham credit union’s top staffer

    Jennifer Trentham was recently cited as ORNL Federal Credit Union’s 2010 Employee of the Year.

    Trentham, of Oliver Springs, is the credit union’s training manager.

    She was selected from among the four individuals chosen as Employee of the Quarter throughout the year. Trentham was also named Employee of the Fourth-Quarter.

    “She embodies the values and spirit of ORNL Federal Credit Union and consistently strives to deliver service excellence to her co-workers and credit union members,” one nomination said.

  • Former Clinch Breeder Reactor official to speak

    John Wagoner, former deputy director of Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project in Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker for the Oct. 19 meeting of the Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    He will discuss a new type of nuclear reactor under development at TerraPower, LLC in Bellevue, Wash., and funded by investors without federal government financial support.

  • Roane again posting one of state’s lowest jobless rates

    It’s been a long summer for Roane County when it comes to unemployment figures.

    After more than a year of consistently having one of the 10 lowest jobless rates in Tennessee, the county lost that status in April.

    Four months later, Roane County has rallied and reported the state’s 10th lowest unemployment rate in August, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show Roane County’s rate at 8.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percent over July.

  • CFO to speak at luncheon

    “Breaking the Code: How the Federal Budget Process Works” will be the program topic for the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly luncheon.
    Judith Penry, chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, will be the guest speaker.
    The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel. Lunch for members is $15; non-members pay $16.
    RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Oct. 4.

  • Cash Express appreciates emergency workers
  • 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.