• Dunkin’ Donuts opening this week

    The wait is almost over.

    Tuesday marks the opening of the Dunkin’ Donuts in the Midtown area of Harriman.

    “We’re thrilled to be here,” store owner Dave Baumgartner said on Friday.

    “We expect this to be a great location. We want to supply travelers and local customers with the sweet nectar of Dunkin’ Donuts.

    “We’re really excited.”

    Baumgartner’s company, Bluemont Group, owns 25 Dunkin’ Donuts stores.

  • What’s the SCORE? By Dana Peterka: Are you using the rearview mirror to run your business?

    First, let’s start with some definitions.

    Custodial or financial accounting is precise and must adhere to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and other regulations.

    Custodial accounting reports are prepared to present the past financial performance of an organization to external parties.

    These may include the board of directors, stockholders, financial institutions and government agencies.

  • Almost time to make the doughnuts

    Dunkin’ Donuts nears completion of its store in Harriman’s Midtown area.

    City officials said they’ve heard the store, popular for its coffee as well as its sweet treats, is set to open the first of October.

    One of the features is a drive-thru window for customer convenience.

    The store is in a new development, which will also reportedly include a Great Clips hair salon.

  • 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.