• OS shopper wins Food City Ultimate Battle package

    Kenneth Bunch of Oliver Springs was selected as the winner of Food City’s grand-prize package from its Ultimate Battle Pass sweepstakes.

    Bunch shops at the Oliver Springs Food City at 508 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Food City officials presented him with his prize package on Sept. 6 at the Deane Hill Food City in Knoxville.

    The contest ran Aug. 3-30 in all Food City locations.

    Customers gained automatic entry each time they purchased five participating items, using their Food City ValuCard. Mail-in entries were also accepted.

  • Kimsey calls it a career after 31 years

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation Department had a party for Ellen Kimsey, front row in center, Rockwood Community Center director, who worked her last day Aug. 19.

    Kimsey worked for the department for 31 years, said Chase Clem, Rockwood Parks and Recreation Department director.

    “She has been a great servant to the community and will be greatly missed,” he added.

  • August jobless rate up

    Roane County’s unemployment rate climbed to 5.9 percent in August, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s up 0.3 percent from the July rate. It’s an improvement over the August 2015 jobless rate of 6.2 percent.

    Both Tennessee and the U.S. unemployment rates were 5.0 percent for August. That’s a 0.1 decrease for the U.S. figures and a 0.1 percent increase for the state.

  • State seeing spike in workplace fatalities

    The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 22 Tennessee workers suffered fatal job-related injuries since January.

    “In the month of July alone, 10 Tennessee workers lost their lives in workplace accidents, devastating families, friends, co-workers and businesses,” said Steve Hawkins, TOSHA administrator.

    “Most all of these could have been prevented.”

  • Out to Lunch: Doggone good food — and hot dogs — at Country Café

    On a trip to Dr. David Roberts Chiropractic office I asked his chiropractic assistant, Tonya Simmons, if she had a restaurant to recommend for an “Out to Lunch” article.

    “Have you been to Countryside Café on Hwy 58, in Ten Mile?” she asked.

    “I wrote about Countryside in 2012, and have them on my list to revisit,” I replied.

    Then I brought her a copy of the 2012 article on my next chiropractic treatment.

  • Gloria Jean’s latest restaurant to close its doors

    Gloria Jean’s Fine Southern Provisions in Kingston has closed, despite a denial from owner Robert DeBinder that the business was ending.

    The announcement follows by just a few days news that Casa Don Polos Restaurant on Race St. in Kingston had also closed its doors.

    Knoxville resident DeBinder confirmed Tuesday that the restaurant’s last day of operations was Sunday, Sept. 11. When contacted by the Roane County News a few days prior, he admitted Gloria Jean’s had been having some issues, but at that time, had no plans to close.

  • Oak Ridge group collects food for Second Harvest

    Employees of the National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office have donated 50,177 pounds of food as part of the annual U.S. Department of Energy’s Feds Feed Families campaign.

    The amount of food donated is almost double the amount donated in the 2015 campaign and continues the organization’s tradition as a leader in this campaign among offices across the Enterprise.

  • What’s the SCORE? Increase productivity, focus on activities with best return

    By Dana Peterka

    In last week’s column, we discussed a key productivity improvement tool, the Eisenhower Urgency — Importance Grid.

    In this column, we will discuss time savers and determining what activities to delegate or outsource. In the Roane County Chamber’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop we discuss these topics.

  • Off-road leads to business at Windrock Park

    Four-wheelin’ fun and more. That’s what a trip to Windrock Park near Oliver Springs has to offer.

    “We’re the largest privately-owned off-road park in the country,” Coal Creek Co. Marketing Manager Samantha Collins said. “We have 72,000 acres of land, and a little over 300 miles of trails.”

    The massive trail system offers challenges for all skill levels. The trails are open to ATVs, side-by-sides, Jeeps, buggies, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and even walkers.

  • Tomboy a National Best Brand

    Tomboy Organic Skincare Co., the firm founded and operated by Melissa Kreis-Stephens of Roane State Community College, is the recipient of the American Choice Awards’ National Best Brand Award for Organic Salves and Skin Care.

    More than 1,500 brands are judged by American consumers across 190 categories.

    “We are pleased to welcome Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. into our family of National Brand Winners,” said Jen Johansen, American Choice Awards’ senior vice president of polling and research.