• Hollywood flair at yearly event

    This year’s Roane Gala returned to the Volkswagen Group of America building in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    This year’s event featured a Hollywood-worthy red carpet, photo booth, disc jockey Sterl the Pearl and many occasions for the selfie stick to be used.

    Once again, the traditional auction was by auctioneer Bear Stephenson after a meal by Gloria Jeans Southern Provisions. Entertainment was provided by Nashville recording artist Chris Hennessee.

  • Dropping anchor: Holloways breathing life into Long Island Marina

    The summer boating season is over, but that doesn’t mean things won’t be going on at Long Island Marina over the next several months.

    The once-dormant facility is being brought back to life by a former prosecutor and her husband.

    “This property is so wonderful — and there’s so much of it,” Marla Holloway said.

    The marina is at 1060 Paint Rock Ferry Road, Kingston.

    Holloway and her husband, Audie, purchased the property in February.

  • McDonald’s dishing up breakfast

    McDonald’s in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood will offer all-day breakfast beginning Oct. 6.

    All-day breakfast has been customers’ No. 1 request, said Diane Washburn, president of the McDonald’s Association of Tri-Cities Inc. 

    She said more than 120,000 people tweeted McDonald’s asking for breakfast throughout the day in the past year alone.

    “We’ve heard their voices and it’s time to make it a reality for them,” Washburn said.

  • Out to Lunch: Bunches of burgers on menu at Ten Mile’s Mr. Twister

    I’m always looking for recommendations of places to eat for my “Out to Lunch” articles.

    Darlene Brandel, as we entered our First Baptist Church Sunday school class one morning, asked if I knew that Mr. Twister at Ten Mile was under new ownership.

    I then added it to my prospect list, finding that I had written about Mr. Twister in October 2008, seven years ago.

    Roy Elwood bought the business last March from Kay Walden, the owner of Mr. Twister when I wrote about it in 2008.

  • Chilly weather heats up business for Starnes

    Roane Countians who depend on wood stoves for heat and the chimneys they’re connected to now have a place to turn to for service, products and answers — and just in time for cold weather.

    Jody Starnes turned his passion for wood stoves and chimneys into a career, opening Starnes Chimney Sweeps Woodstoves and Patio Store in Kingston.

    He’s a chimney sweep who sells and installs chimney inserts and wood stoves.

  • Wendell’s Diner fare tops in magazine guide

    It’s no secret to folks in Roane County that Wendell’s Diner in Midtown has some of the best burgers around.

    Now people outside of Roane County are finding out. Wendell’s Diner was recently tabbed in Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Guide to the South’s Best Burgers.”

    “We’re very proud of this,” owner Wendell Ruppe said. “We don’t even know how we got nominated. We don’t know if they had someone come in or if someone nominated us, but this is great.

  • Chamber unveils new Web presence

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce has worked for many years to offer new ways to grow area businesses.

    One of those ways is through a newly designed, more interactive website that provides more opportunity for members and the community to engage in ways never before possible.

    The website — www.RoaneChamber.com — is now up and running.

    “With the dependence our society has on digital communication, the way the Chamber serves its members must also change,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • The Bridge at Rockwood earns national accreditation

    The Bridge at Rockwood has achieved 2015 accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

    “We couldn’t be prouder of our team of caregivers for the compassionate, quality care they work so hard to offer, which is reflected by this accreditation,” said Kathy Owens, chief nursing officer for Signature HealthCare, parent company of The Bridge at Rockwood.

  • Earl Duff Subaru gives Stellar Care

    Earl Duff Subaru in Harriman has been in business for more than 40 years.

    A big reason why is how they treat their customers.

    That customer service was recognized recently when the dealership received Subaru’s Stellar Care Award for a fourth straight year.

    “It’s the biggest goal I set for us every year,” Earl Duff Subaru Dealer Principal Tim Duff said. “In my opinion, it’s the biggest award given by Subaru because it’s based on how you treat the customer.”

  • Poor Boys opens in Kingston

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently had a ribbon-cutting celebration for Poor Boys Towing & Auto Repair at 2379 Kingston Hwy., Kingston.

    Taking part in the celebration are, front row from left, Christy Brown, Madison Stout, owner Greg Rose, Melissa Rose, Marcus Mendoza, Saundra Bandy, Paulette Ray of The Roane Alliance; and back row, Joe Barr, Roger Parker, Matthew Libby, Rose Meza and Tudd Barr.