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  • Y-12 aids in fuel creation for NASA long-range missions

    The Y-12 National Security Complex staff members are taking their uranium expertise to the next level — outer

    space.

    The National Nuclear Safety Administration Production Office at Y-12 struck an agreement earlier this year with

    NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to support the design of a small nuclear-powered reactor with potential to lead to small fission power reactors for future space exploration missions.

  • Out to Lunch: Applewood Restaurant’s fritters, soup a meal by itself

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure is part of a Christmas gift my wife, Carol, and I are giving each other.

    “I’d like to go see the ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ production in Pigeon Forge,” Carol told me.

    The production of singers, comedians, dancers, ice skaters and animals includes many traditional facets of the holiday season, including sugar plum fairies, angels, elves, Santa Claus and, most importantly, the celebration of the birth of Christ in a living nativity.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Alice’s Restaurant newest Rockwood locale for good eats

    Last week when we passed Alice’s Restaurant in Rockwood, just after 11 a.m., we knew folks had discovered this new good place to eat because of the full parking lot.

    I’ve mentioned in my previous “Out To Lunch” articles that I’ve found some eating locations change names and owners. Today’s adventure at Alice’s, 114 N. Gateway Ave., in Rockwood, is the third time I have written about a restaurant at this site.

  • ORISE looking for students for DOE Scholars program

    Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is currently accepting applications for the summer 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Scholars Program, which offers unique opportunities that introduce students, post-graduates and now veterans to DOE’s mission and operations. ORAU manages the program for DOE, through its Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

  • Shopping small is a big deal for state businesses

    As shoppers prepare for an exciting weekend, Tennessee’s Small Business Advocate Richard Wilson is encouraging customers to join the “shop small” movement.

    Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday.

    “Small businesses create jobs, boost the economy and improve our local communities,” Wilson said.

    “I urge all Tennesseans to show support for the small businesses and entrepreneurs who are vital to our state’s success.”

  • ‘True grit’ keeps Central going for 50 years

    Central Auto Parts and Supplies celebrates 50 years this year.

    The store has sold brand name auto parts for more than half a century.

    “I guess we’re one of the oldest continuing running businesses in Roane County,” said owner Glenn Reynolds.

    What’s enabled them to stay open as small privately owned businesses seem to come and go?

    “It is true grit, I guess would be the word,” Reynolds said. “I have had a lot of obstacles in the way.”

  • Leadership Roane alumni, members meet in park event

    Leadership Roane County Alumni board of directors recently had a social at Roane County Park to introduce members of the class of 2015 to prior graduates.

    The event also gave members of previous classes an opportunity to reconnect with each other.

    The class of 2015 marks the 30th year for Leadership Roane County.

    More than 350 leaders in the county have participated in the program.

  • McKinney marks 50 years at OR post office

    Arkie McKinney started his career as a part-time flexible clerk Post Office Department.

    McKinney was recognized last week in front of his peers and family for his 50 years of service by Oak Ridge Postmaster Clay Hendren at the Main Post Office at 301 S. Tulane Ave.

    “It’s not often we celebrate an employee who has served the Postal Service for 50 years,” said Hendren.

  • Gala goes big, comes home

    The Roane Alliance Gala was held in Roane County for the first time with a record number in attendance.

    “It was a wonderful night that brought people together,” said Wade Creswell, president, The Roane Alliance, “this year’s Gala was a huge celebration of what makes Roane County special. If the record attendance and positive feedback is any indication of the momentum that is building I cannot wait to see what can be accomplished.”

  • Decatur’s Blueberry Pig has more than just barbecue

    Readers of my articles know my wife Carol and I like to invite folks to share our “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    Walking in Kingston First Baptist Church one Sunday morning, I asked longtime friends, Ralph and Jackie Inman, if they would like to go with us to eat at The Blueberry Pig in Decatur.

    “I was born in Ten Mile and went to Meigs County Schools in Decatur, and I’ve never heard of The Blueberry Pig,” Ralph said. “But we’d like to go,” he added.