• ORISE contract awarded

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science recently awarded a $1.4 billion contract to Oak Ridge Associated Universities to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    The initial contract term will be through Sept. 30, 2020.

    The department recognizes superior performance through phased extensions beyond the initial term of the contract for up to a total of five additional years, if the contractor meets performance criteria developed by DOE.

  • More than lunch special at Twelve Oaks

    Readers may remember that Pennybacker House Restaurant was my wife Carol’s brainchild in 1996.

    She presented her ideas to potential investors and spearheaded the effort to buy the house and create the restaurant.

    After five years of successful operation, Pennybacker House Restaurant closed because it was unable to find key employees.

    Gibson Girls later operated there until the owner passed away.

    The Pennybacker family built the original house. Augusta Neergaard, daughter of a Danish nobleman, purchased the mansion in 1869.

  • Pioneer Realty part of Jim Henry & Associates

    Real estate firm Pioneer Realty has recently joined the offices of Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    “Matt has been serving the real estate community for 40 years, and we look forward to bringing his knowledge and expertise of both commercial and residential real estate to our organization,” said Kathy May-Martin, principal broker at Coldwell Banker Jim Henry and Associates.

    Pioneer Realty is owned by Roane County businessman and developer Matt Caldwell.

  • Jobless rate down statewide

    Roane County’s unemployment rate for February was 5.3 percent — half a percent lower than the previous month, according to statistics released in late March by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That trend was common statewide, with all but two of Tennessee’s 95 counties reporting a decrease for the month.

    The only increase was in Middle Tennessee’s Jackson County. Its 6.9 percent rate increased by 0.1 percent.

    Smith County’s rate held steady at 4.7 percent. It is also in Middle Tennessee.

  • Hall a Star at Victorian Square

    Ashante Hall was recently named Quarterly Star at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood.

    Hall has been employed at Victorian Square since October 2014.

    “She was recognized by her co-workers for this honor because of her loving and compassionate approach to caregiving,” said Victorian Square spokeswoman Saundra Bandy.

    “The residents and staff have been blessed not only by her warm smile, but with her musical talents as well.”

  • Hospital applauds certified nurses

    Roane Medical Center observed Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring six board-certified nurses who work at the Harriman hospital.

    Board certification of nurses plays an important role in assuring high standards of patient care.

    “Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly complex,” said Janice McKinley, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Covenant Health, parent company of Roane Medical Center.

  • Joint Commission reaccredits Ridgeview

    The Joint Commission concluded their reaccreditation of Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services earlier this year.

    “We’re delighted to once again meet the high-quality standards of care set forth by The Joint Commission, and we are confident that by doing so, it ultimately benefits the people we serve,” said Brian Buuck, Ridgeview CEO.

    As an independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

  • Out to Lunch: Good Italian, Greek cuisine at Bella Roma

    Today’s “Out to Lunch” adventure is at Bella Roma, an Italian and Greek cuisine restaurant in Oliver Springs.

    Bella Roma broad menu selection will certainly appeal to a bunch of area folks.

    The location at 7073 Old Knoxville Hwy. is actually in Morgan County. It’s within walking distance of Roane County.

    From Harriman, head north on Highway 27/61, following Highway 61 to Oliver Springs. Turn left at the first traffic light, and Bella Roma is in a strip mall on the right.

  • 'It's a godsend': OS firm gives woman needed pool heater — and a job

    By Joe King • jking@morgancountynews.net

    An Oliver Springs business owner has come to the aid of a young Morgan County woman — in more ways than one.

    John VanZyll, co-owner of Diversified Product Inspections LLC, used money from his own pocket to buy a pool heater allowing Storm Jackson some much-needed exercise for dermatomyositis, a rare muscle disease that affects her ability to walk.

  • Z Fish is ‘z place’ to go for delicious, fresh seafood

    “Why don’t your write about Z Fish House in Loudon?” Suzanne Dorosz asked during one of my previous “Out To Lunch” adventures. She is a retired teacher, living in Tellico Village in Loudon County.

    I then called to ask Bo and Lisette Carey, owners of Greer’s Furniture in Loudon, to join my wife, Carol, and me for lunch at Z Fish House.

    Readers may remember from previous articles that Greer’s is member of the furniture-buying group I manage. Bo is a past president who is now a director of the group.