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  • Kingston’s United Community Bank one of top in Southeast

    United Community Bank recently honored ten individuals and six branch teams for their outstanding performance during the first quarter of 2016.

    This recognition is part of the bank’s quarterly Sales and Service Champion program.

    The Kingston branch of United Community Bank, on North Third Street, was recognized as one of the bank’s top six performing branch teams throughout the Southeast.

  • Do you know me? Do you really care?

    “Do you know me? Do you really care?”

    I believe that this is one of the basic things that your customers ask themselves every time they interact with your business.

    Most of the time, it is asked subconsciously.

    It is a good way to differentiate your business from competition. I avoid doing business with companies that treat me like an inanimate object on an assembly line.

    For the past eight years, I have been conducting a three-part workshop series titled, “Getting Ahead at Work by Growing Your Value as an Employee.”

  • It was a happy, filling Cinco de Mayo at Los Primos

    In May 2015, my wife, Carol, and I celebrated Cinco De Mayo with our friends, Jimmy and Luci Bell, by having lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

    It was a last-minute idea, and I had previously written an “Out to Lunch” article about the restaurant. So I got to enjoy our lunch on the outdoor patio, under an umbrella, without table-hopping for information to write an article.

    This year I planned ahead and invited the Bells to meet us at Los Primos in Harriman for a Cinco De Mayo “Out to Lunch“ adventure. They have been part of previous articles.

  • Ichiban bringing Japanese cuisine to Roane

    Roane County residents no longer will have to travel to Knoxville for fresh sushi and tasty Japanese cuisine.

    A couple who once operated China Panda Buffett in Spring City is opening Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in the former Cancun Mexican Restaurant at 1889 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    “We’ll have hibachi, steak, chicken and then sushi, hibachi and teriyaki and seafood,” said Sammy Huang.

  • Sosa new to United Way staff

    Joanie Sosa has joined the Roane County United Way staff as the new community impact coordinator.

    The community impact coordinator is responsible for office management as well as furthering the work of community impact by helping those in need. It’s an expansion of the administrative assistant position rather than a newly created post.

    “I’m excited about Joanie joining us and looking forward to working with her,” said Dina Jackson, Roane County United Way executive director.

  • Ridgeview renovates its Harriman facility

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services recently celebrated the renovation of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Peer Support Center at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    “The programs in the newly remodeled facility complete and complement Ridgeview’s continuum of services and promote opportunities for individuals to realize their goals,” said CEO Brian Buuck.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Satisfy your fried green tomato appetite at The Mansion

    “Bethel, I’ve just been to a restaurant I think you’ll want to write about in an ‘Out to Lunch’ article,” Gerald Ross said during a recent telephone call.

    “It’s The Mansion in Sweetwater, upstairs over a flower, home décor and women’s clothing shop.”

    Many of you remember Gerald as the long time band director at Roane County High School. He also spent nine years as Kingston First Baptist Church’s choir director and 32 years as choir director at Caney Ford Baptist Church.

  • FUEL-N-FITNESS: More than just the location changed at Fuel-N-Fitness

    Fuel-N-Fitness is the new incarnation of the former  Elite Performance, and in addition to its new name, it has a new look in a new building.

    The 24-hour fitness facility is now moved down from its old location, into what was once the Kroger complex that also houses the Party Zone, a successful play zone with inflatables.

    “We just decided to move it over here when we bought it,” said Jane Long, who owns the Walden Ridge Shopping Center where everything is housed.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Caramella offers private dining at Kingstons’ waterfront

    My wife Carol normally plays bridge every Tuesday afternoons with some different area ladies bridge groups.

    Early this month, when Carol hosted a group, the ladies at her table discovered two of them, Sue Nunley and Luci Bell, had birthdays the same week in April.  We won’t tell their ages.

    “We need to celebrate with a birthday dinner for them,” Carol said.

    “How about going to Caramella Riverside Bistro & Catering at the city park in Kingston,” Anne Horner chimed in. 

  • Physical therapy makes a difference with how Kincaid lives with Parkinson’s

    By Ashley Hankla

    For Roane Newspapers

    She smiles. She laughs. She walks energetically in the sunshine as she talks about her kids, her husband, her job, and her goals.

    Beth Kincaid, 56, looks and acts like a perfectly healthy person. And yet, she is the face of Parkinson’s disease.

    Kincaid has been successfully treated with therapy at Roane Medical Center’s Patricia Neal Outpatient Therapy Center.