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Business

  • Packard’s a game changer in Kingston

    Packard’s in Kingston opened June 6, providing a new source for games and movies in Kingston.

    The original Packard’s opened in Oak Ridge by John Packard and his family and reopened under an investment group in July 2014.

    “We just thought Kingston was a nice spot and far enough away from our Oak Ridge store for there to be a need for it,” he said. “There are other locations in the works, but we can’t say for sure where they are going to be yet until it is time for them to open.”

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  • Time management on workshop agenda

    “Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be on Aug. 27 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m. The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m.

    The workshop will focus on return on time invested, what and how to effectively delegate, and managing paper, work and interruptions.

  • All Sales Vinyl marks first year of Kingston native’s dream come true

    It’s been a big year for Kyle Romine.

    The Kingston native marked the first anniversary of a dream come true over the weekend.

    The dream was to turn a hobby into a full-time business, and he did that on Aug. 1, 2014, when he opened All Sales Vinyl in downtown Rockwood.

    Though the sign shop has stood as a full-time business for a year, All Sales Vinyl actually began 12 years ago in Romine’s home.

    There, he worked on signs, printing and graphics on a part-time basis while holding a full-time job during the day.

  • Crete Roane’s top 2015 industry

    Crete Carrier Corp. has been recognized as Roane County’s 2015 Industry of the Year.

    The award is given annually by the Roane County Industrial Development Board, which also presented Sound Aviation its 2015 Roane Beautification Award.

    Industry of the Year is presented to an industry for providing outstanding leadership in Roane County.

    Crete Carrier Corp., one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, is in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in East Roane County.

  • Treadway a Star at Victorian Square

    Rose Treadway was recently named Victorian Square Assisted Living’s Quarterly Star.

    Treadway has been employed with the Rockwood facility since June 2010.

    “She has proven to be a dedicated and talented employee within the Dietary Department,” said Saundra Bandy, Victorian Square spokeswoman.

    Bandy said Treadway was recognized by her co-workers for this honor for her fun-loving nature, exceeding expectations and working in cooperation with other departments.

  • Gov’t contract strategies to be workshop topic

    A free workshop on government contracts will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    It will cover challenges and potential pitfalls, as well as help companies navigate and leverage strategic alliances to rely on them more effectively to win government contracts.

    Contact 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org, or visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc to register.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Food’s mad delicious at Euchee Marina’s Mad Moose Grille

    “You’ve got a new restaurant to write about at Euchee Marina,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told me at a recent gathering.

    “I believe it’s called The Mad Moose Grille.”

    This attractive location at Euchee Marina has been the home of four of my previous “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    It offers a unique setting, with 180-degree views of beautiful Watts Bar Lake, from the indoor dining room and outdoor patio seating.

  • Out to Lunch: Not Watson’s conjures memories, and the food’s awesome

    It’s been a couple years since my wife, Carol, and I had an “Out to Lunch” adventure in Downtown Knoxville (Old City) and historic Market Square.

    On our latest adventure, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, met us at Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar, 15 Market Square. They have been on several of our “Out To Lunch” adventures.

    All of us remember visiting Watson Department Store, particularly the “bargain basement,” in the late ’50s and ’60s.

  • Out to Lunch: No. 200 calls for a special visit to Miss Lilly’s Café

    It’s hard to believe this is my 200th “Out to Lunch” article.

    The first, on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood, was published on March 17, 2008.

    We invited longtime Kingston friends, Cliff and Sue Nunley, to join us on this special adventure to the “quiet side of the Smokies.”

    The Nunleys have hiked most of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent a few nights in Mount Leconte Lodge. We knew they would be good guides, and probably had eaten at several places in Townsend.