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  • ROLE REVERSAL

    Dressed in full-body sterile protection affectionately called a “bunny suit,” Roane Medical Center pharmacy technician Cotton Tucker, 59, was busy at work in late July 2017.

    One of Tucker’s duties at the Harriman hospital is to fill and deliver prescription medicine carts that physicians need during surgery, and she carefully put everything in its place.

    “You take your [prescription medicine] fill to each room. Anesthesia has six carts, and I did the first one; I remember that. But that’s all I remember,” she said.

  • Jobless numbers still low

    Even though Roane and 89 other Tennessee counties saw slight increases in unemployment rates in November, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said rates remain low across the state.

    The vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent.

    “The economy remains strong in Tennessee, but we are not going to let up on our Drive to 55 to ensure our workforce is ready for the demands of employers in the years to come,” Haslam said.

  • What are you going to do with your life?

    It’s the time of year when many of us start the new year with resolutions to improve the quality of our lives.

    How long does the average person keep New Year’s resolutions? Surprisingly, 75 percent of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46 percent make it past six months.

    In this column, we will discuss The Power of Goals, a tool we cover in the Roane Chamber’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop.

    But first, let’s reflect on how we manage our time.

  • Fast Pace Clinic to open in Rockwood

    Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic is close to opening a new state-of-the-art walk-in clinic in Rockwood.

    The tentative opening date is Feb 17 at 1118 N. Gateway Ave.

    “We consider it a true blessing to aid people in a time of need and help get them on the road to health,” said Stan Bevis, family nurse practitioner.

    “Our hope is that offering patients the convenience of short wait times and the ability to be seen by a provider without an appointment will make it easier for folks to feel better faster.”

  • Employers group to tackle problem solving

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce aims to take area employers Beyond Brainstorming during the next Employers Association meeting.

    Leah Graves, senior trainer of employee and organizational development at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will discuss Beyond Brainstorming: Creative Problem-Solving during the Jan. 9 luncheon meeting on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    The meeting in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge of the Dunbar Building is from noon to 1 p.m.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Screen Door Café sure to wow you

    I’m always looking for unique places for my “Out to Lunch” articles. You’ll want to plan to visit the latest unique restaurant we selected.

    “You guys ought to eat at the Screen Door Café, in Dayton,” Louise Turbyville Shipwash told my wife Carol, during a recent bridge group gathering they have regularly.

    “I’ve enjoyed eating there twice, and the food is great.”

  • Out to Lunch: Burger Station's the right lunch track

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure to Burger Station 120 in Midtown, owner Kosta Angelos told me to save room for their special Calisto dessert.

    “It’s like a homemade half funnel cake, half doughnut called a crazy cake,” he explained. “The crazy cake is covered with cream cheese icing, then topped with blueberries and strawberries and decorated with whipped cream.”

    I asked for a serving, with five spoons, encouraging each in our group to have a few bites.

  • Enrichment annual glove drive underway

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch is embarking on the ninth year of the Gloves of Love campaign.

    Offices in Kingston and Midtown are collecting gloves, hats and scarves for Roane County school children through Dec. 9.

    Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands and the credit union is making it their mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year.

  • Roane County registers 3.3% jobless rate in September

    Tennessee is breaking records, and Roane County is in on the action.

    September’s unemployment rate was below 5 percent in every county across the state, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    It is, the Department reported, the first time the rate has ever been that low across the state.

  • Out to Lunch: Go wild for the fare at Wild Plum Tea Room

    It’s that time of the year when we get to enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves in our area, and particularly in the Smoky Mountains.

    My wife Carol, and I, decided to invite some long-time friends to join us for this “Out To Lunch” adventure in Gatlinburg.

    Going with us on this adventure were Jimmy and Luci Bell; plus Cliff and Sue Nunley. We’ve known them for over 35 years, and readers may remember they have been included in previous “Out To Lunch” articles.