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  • Ready. Aim. FIRE!

    You never know what life has in store.

    For Brant Williams, his life has taken some turns over the past 25 years that have led to him owning a successful gun store at 1218 Gallaher Road near Kingston.

    “My dad and I had bought the campground in ’91 or ’92 for my brother to run,” Williams said. “He (brother) was getting sick and my parents were getting older so I moved back here (from Atlanta) in 1994. In ’98 my brother died, and I had to take over the campground.”

  • Make note of 11 tips for success in business

    Over my business career, I have identified many things, that when done effectively, can contribute to an individual’s increased success in the business world.

    Unfortunately, some were identified by observing the mistakes that I have seen in my career.

  • Site cleanup: RaceWay corporate makes good on promise

    The old RaceWay gas station in Kingston was the site of a lot of construction work last week.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is related to a pledge the company made when the gas station shut down.

    “When it went out of business, their corporate people promised us they’d come in and take the tanks out and take out the pumps and all that, so that’s what they’re doing now,” he said.

    “We’re glad to see that.”

  • Legal Aid Society in midst of fundraising campaign

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has kicked off its 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice.

    The annual fundraising initiative aims to raise $826,000 to provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

    Robert R. Asbury is the Oak Ridge chairman.

  • Hear how to prevent violence at work

    Roane County Employers’ Association will hear a presentation on “Preventing Violence in the Workplace: Active Threat Awareness, Preparedness and Response” on April 11.

    The luncheon meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Lunch is provided to members and first-time guests of nonmember organizations. RSVP by April 7 at alutz@roanealliance.org or 376-2093.

  • Out to Lunch: Alice’s is Roane’s ‘Cheers’: Everybody knows your name

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have told me they have missed reading my articles in the Roane County News.

    I needed a writing break to devote more time to my job as executive director of Furniture Buying Group.

    In 1987, I convinced four other desperate furniture dealers to join me and form the Tennessee Buying Group (now known as The Buying Giant). Our Group has now grown to more than 300 members and associates in 36 states.

  • Driskill heads up Roane State campus

    Owen Driskill has been named Roane State Community College’s executive director for the Oak Ridge Campus and Community Relations.

    Driskill joined Roane State’s staff in 2007 after a 10-year career in journalism as a reporter and editor.

    He served as Roane State’s news coordinator until 2011, when he became the college’s director of marketing and public relations.

  • Ethics bill to look at licensed professions

    Legislation has been introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding “guides to practice” for all licensed professions in Tennessee.

    Guides to practice include the professions’ codes of ethics, voluntary certification programs and other professional measures that establish service quality standards.

  • ROANE MEDICAL CENTER: New council works with patients, families

    In July of last year, Roane Medical Center announced a new initiative that invited former patients and family members to provide feedback and suggestions related to various aspects of a hospital experience.

    The hospital sought out applicants for volunteer members from the community, and representatives from the hospital staff for its Patient and Family Partnership Council.

  • Accreditation in nuclear medicine awarded

    Roane Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

    Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

    The College’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.