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  • Tennessee ‘State of the Year’

    Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

    Tennessee’s top economic development projects created 6,900 jobs, $3.2 billion in capital investment and included seven expansions and three new recruitments. 

    The magazine picked the state after evaluating the top projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from Oct. 1, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2013.

  • MORE MITTENS, HODGEPODGE OF HATS

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch finished its biggest Gloves of Love campaign ever over the holiday season.

    In the campaign, the public donates new gloves, hats and scarves for area school children.

    “This is the largest donation we have been able to give the schools,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment Roane County Branch manager. “We collected 1,600 items this year.”

    The credit union started the Gloves of Love campaign in 2009 to collect knit winterwear for area students.

  • Record day for power

    Tennessee Valley residents set a single-day record for electricity use while keeping warm during last week’s arctic cold wave, Tennessee Valley Authority representatives said.

    Homes and businesses across TVA’s seven-state region used 703 gigawatt-hours of electricity on Jan. 7, the most ever for a 24-hour, one-day period.

    This came one day after TVA had its fourth-highest “energy day” ever — on Jan. 6, with 678 gigawatt-hours.

    TVA’s previous record was 701 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 8, 2010.

  • Sustainability to be topic of ORNL Friends session

    Melissa Voss Lapsa, deputy director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buidling Technologies Research and Integration Center, will be the guest speaker at this week’s Friends of ORNL luncheon lecture.

    Lapsa will discuss ORNL’s award-winning sustainability program during the luncheon that begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 in University of Tennessee Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

    The catered luncheon is $8 per person.

  • Historic demolition: Once world’s largest building under one roof, K-25 now only a memory

    While celebrations for the holiday season were underway, the U.S. Department of Energy commemorated a milestone of its own.

    Six days before Christmas, demolition of the K-25 gaseous diffusion building, the largest facility in the DOE complex at the K-25 complex in Roane County, was officially completed.

    “Today marks a tremendous accomplishment for the American people — advancing our commitment to the safe and complete cleanup of former Manhattan Project sites,” said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman at a ceremony marking the occasion.

  • Seminars aim to help area business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a couple of free workshops this month to help area business owners and entrepreneurs.

    The first seminar, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15, will help business owners learn how to do business with the government.

    A small business start-up seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

    Both seminars will be in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Out to Lunch: Jake’s, Gibson Girls among reviews of visits in 2013

    This is the first of two reviews of our 2013 “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    These are places that made a strong impression on my wife, Carol, and me as we look back on the year.

    For more about the places we visit, email me at postonplace@bellsouth.net.

    Jake’s Tavern and Grill opened last March in Rockwood on Hwy. 27 next to Fowler’s Furniture and behind Goodwill Industries.

    We invited Don and Bonita Fowler to join us.

  • Meadows BPW top employer

    Rockwood physician Angela E. Meadows is Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s Employer of the Year.

    “Although a doctor’s office is a different dynamic from a retail operation or an industrial setting, addressing the concerns of women in the workplace remains the same in all settings,” said Meadows’ nomination.

    Meadows practices medicine with Dr. Eric Bowman in Summit Medical Group at 450 S. Chamberlain Ave., Suite 300.

  • RSCC job fair to focus on manufacturers

    Manufacturing employers are welcome to participate in a Jan. 23 job fair for Roane State Community College students training to become manufacturing technicians.

    Roane State offers courses in composite materials, has a one-year mechatronics certificate program, and provides a variety of courses through its Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

  • Out to Lunch: Food not all that’s special at Harriman’s Roane Street Grill

    A telephone call from one of my “Out To Lunch” scouts, Darlene Brandel, prompted me to set a date for my visit to Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

    “My husband, Lee, and I went there for lunch after church Sunday,” she said. “He had the Sunday buffet, and I ordered from the menu. You’ll like it.”

    My wife, Carol, and I became acquainted with Darlene and Lee when they joined Kingston First Baptist Church. Darlene has recommended other places to visit for “Out to Lunch.”