• VEC gives $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Groups receiving grants include Midway Soccer Club ($250), Roane County Lady Knights Lacrosse ($250), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($250), Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club ($500), Midway Middle School Football Booster Club ($500), Midway Elementary STEM Club ($500), and the Midway Softball Club ($500).

  • Master still on track to bring doughnut shop to Kingston

    Master Donuts’ new Kingston location has suffered several setbacks, but owners say the shop is now on track to open by the second week of May.

    Sophea Sopheap manages the Harriman Master Donuts shop and operates the business along with his brother, Sophal.

    They began talking with Kingston officials in September about opening a shop in the city limits, and quickly found a location on West Race Street.

    Remodeling began earlier this year, but the first contractor hired did not work out, according to Sopheap.

  • Duff Subaru Shares the Love with CASA

    CASA of the 9th Judicial District holds a special place in the heart of Earl Duff owner/general manager Tim Duff.

    That was evident Thursday morning, when Duff presented CASA with a check for more than $7,500 through Subaru of America’s Share the Love program.

    “I’m big on any cause that aids children,” Duff said at the Harriman dealership. “CASA’s mission is to help kids that are in the court system for no cause of their own.

  • 'Lives are changed here' at Holy Rollers

    The business name may be a play on words, but Holy Rollers’ employees are very serious about their ministry.

    Tammy Lowe, Nikki Conley and Stephanie Lewis operate the shop on East Race Street in Kingston. But it’s not really work for the trio as much as it is a blessing for them and their clientele.

    “We don’t push Christianity or our lifestyle,” said Lowe. “We wait for people to talk to us, And you know who to minister to, and who needs it by talking to them.

  • 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.