• Out to Lunch: Second visit to 2 Chef’s too good to pass up

    “Alice Sweeney and Barbara Carmack Plemons asked me today why you haven’t written about 2 Chef’s Deli in Kingston.”

    My wife, Carol, confronted me with those words after she had returned from playing cards with one of her bridge groups that includes Alice and Barbara.

    “They eat there often and say the food is really good,” Carol added, even though she knew I had written about 2 Chef’s some time ago.

  • Y-12 Credit Union’s Coppinger honored

    Financial adviser Ellen Coppinger, a Certified Financial Planner at Y-12 Federal Credit Union, registered through CUNA Brokerage Services Inc., has received the 2015 Women of Distinction Award.

    Coppinger received the honor in recognition of her superior performance, value and overall contribution to the financial services industry.

    Women of Distinction is an award presented by CUNA Brokerage Services Inc.

    It recognizes the top female financial advisers throughout the nation within their broker/dealer operation.

  • Out to Lunch: Take your palate international with a short drive to Le Noir

    Readers of my “Out to Lunch” articles know that I always refer to them as adventures.

    “Le Noir – A Southern Belgian Bistro, With an American Touch” in Lenoir City was certainly an enjoyable adventure.

    My wife, Carol, and I invited our Midtown Heights “down-the-road” neighbors, Leroy and Louise Turbyville Shipwash, to enjoy this adventure with us.

  • Hook up with right employer at job fair

    Nine more companies have committed to participating in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s job fair on June


    The event, aimed at recruiting employees for area businesses and industries, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Roane State Exposition Center.

    The center is at 276 Patton Lane, on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “We are here to provide a service to our community – job seekers and employers,” said Allen Lutz, education

  • Whaley honored for Distinguished Service

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce honored some of its best during the 69th annual Awards Banquet on May 1.

    Roane State Community College President Chris Whaley received the Distinguished Service Award.

    Teresa Duncan, Roane State vice president, was named Woman of the Year.

    Browder’s Ace Hardware owners Teresa and Brad Taylor were honored as Business of the Year.

    Kim Nelson received the Paul E. Goldberg Young Professional Award.

    Stephanie Ferguson was named Ambassador of the Year.

  • Out to Lunch: Lakeside Tavern offers delicious food and beautiful view

    Some time ago Kingston First Baptist Sunday school class member Ray Padgett told me he and his wife Marie enjoyed eating at the Lakeside Tavern, on the lake at Concord Park in Knoxville.

    “You should write about an “Out to Lunch” adventure there,” he told me.

    With days getting warmer and having eaten on Lakeside’s outdoor patio previously, we made plans to meet our son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Faye, at Lakeside for lunch.

  • Dianna loves glass and Roane County too

    Brightly colored fragments of glass adorn the windows and fill the shelves of a new store in Midtown.

    Dianna Love’s Glass, a stained glass maker, supply store and studio on Ruritan Road, opens today, Monday, May 4.

    “We sell hobby supplies so if you need some glass for a project we have that. We have all the foils, lead came ―everything you need to do a project,” said Diana Love.

    Love has been doing stained glass projects for 16 years professionally for different studios.

  • Small business seminars set

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, in partnership with General Services Administration and the Small Busines Administration, will offer a free workshop related to doing business with the U.S. General Services Administration.

    The workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 22, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The topic will be government contracting.

  • Protomet awarded training grant

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $24,450 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to Oak Ridge’s Protomet Corporation.

    Incumbent Worker Training grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs.

    “We have to make sure that we have the trained workforce to fill the jobs companies want to create in Tennessee, and these grants are a part of the effort to meet the demands of a very competitive marketplace,” Haslam said.

  • You-niQue Cuisine has unique fare in downtown Dayton

    Last November on an “Out To Lunch” adventure in Decatur, I visited with Dayton residents George and Becky Arnold.

    They encouraged me to eat at a new restaurant in Dayton — You-niQue Cuisine

    The Arnolds are retired from LaZBoy Furniture in Dayton. George worked in accounting and Becky in human resources. For years I sold LaZBoy recliners in our Poston Furniture stores. I have toured the Dayton plant and perhaps saw them.