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  • Play it safe: Putting important papers under lock and key may not be the best protection

    Some natural disasters are more common in the summer. But major events like hurricanes, tornadoes and fires can strike any time.

    “It’s a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster,” said Dan Boone, spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service.

    “You can help make your recovery easier by keeping your tax and financial records safe.”

    Basic steps Boone recommends include:

  • Out to Lunch: Be sure to make time to eat, shop at Country Kinfolk Café

    Thanks to Darlene Brandel for telling me about Country Kinfolk Marketplace and Café in Lenoir City.

    She is a fellow member of Kingston First Baptist Church, and one of my “Out To Lunch” restaurant scouts.

    As you enter the Country Kinfolk Café parking lot, on your left you’ll see a bunch of great garden art and treasures suitable for a porch, garden or hillside.

    The location is the former home of a Loudon sock manufacturer, with lots of additions.

  • Prize funds tinker space for business incubator

     

    The Cumberland Business Incubator, on Roane State Community College’s Cumberland County campus, received a $50,000 prize to create a space where entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into working prototypes.

  • Enrichment growing into Midtown

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union began serving members in Roane County in January 1978.

    In 2012, Enrichment made a new commitment to providing exceptional service to its membership and designed a Service Guarantee.

    The credit union’s goal is to help members save money on their financial services and assist them in using products that will make their lives easier.

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Extraordinary Service Guarantee states:

  • Good food — and lots of it — at Farmers Family Restaurant

    On my trips to the Tupelo, Miss., Furniture Market, my wife, Carol, and I plan ahead for a lunch stop in Dickson at Farmers Family Restaurant.

    “Fresh Country Cooking Buffet Style At Its Best” is its motto.

    It is — and for such a bargain price, you’ll wonder what the catch is. You can’t have a carry-out box for leftovers.

    On a recent Mississippi furniture trip, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, rode with us.

  • Jobless rate down statewide

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported decreased unemployment rates in April, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County, the state and national jobless rates were 5.9 percent in April.

    For the county, that’s a decrease of 1.1 percent.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate was down by 1.2 percent from March, and the U.S. rate was down by 0.9 percent.

  • Goldberg Leadership Institute graduates
  • Government contracting to be workshop topic

    A free workshop addressing U.S. General Services Administration schedule contract training will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 11 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

    The Oak Ridge Chamber is at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The workshop will be presented by The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the GSA.

    GSA purchases a broad range of  goods and services for the federal government.

  • Silver Angels opens to fanfare in Rockwood

     

  • Proton Power Roane’s Industry of the Year

    Proton Power is the 2014 Industry of the Year for Roane County.

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board presented the award last week during the annual Roane County Industry Appreciation Breakfast on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “I have been amazed at just what is being accomplished right here [in Roane County] that is having an enormous impact on the world around us,” said The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell.