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  • Lowe’s deal to protect from lead pollution

    Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its more than 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.

    The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency reported the company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty, which is the largest ever for violations of the RRP Rule.

  • Employment outlook continues to brighten

    The job front continues to look better in Roane County and the state.
    Both posted a 7 percent unemployment rate in March, a decrease of 0.3 points, according to statistics recently released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    In Roane County, that means 24,070 workers in the county’s 25,900 labor force were employed during the month.

    Things were bleaker last March. In 2013, both the county and state had jobless rates of 8.4 percent.

    The U.S. unemployment rate in March was 6.8 percent, down 0.2 percent.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Chomp on gator, other Cajun goodies at Bayou Bay

    I called to ask our Pease Furniture friends to join us for an “Out to Lunch” adventure at Bayou Bay Seafood House.

    “That’s one of Jerry’s favorite South Knoxville places to eat,” Mickey Pease said. “He really like their gumbo.”

    Bayou Bay is at 7117 Chapman Hwy. in a colorful blue building.

    Gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. It’s made with strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener and seasoning vegetables.

  • ORAU session gauges nuclear energy rebirth

    Declines in new construction, evolving safe-ty regulations, and building the next generation of nuclear engineers and researchers are among the challenges facing the future of nuclear energy.

    But there is hope, according to a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official.

  • New Alliance head meets county leaders

     

    Wade Creswell, the new president of The Roane Alliance, introduces himself to Roane County Commission members, including Copper Bacon, right, during the commission’s April meeting last week. Creswell took the reins of The Alliance earlier this year.     The Roane Alliance is Roane County’s economic development organization and consists of both public and private organizations, including the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, the Roane County Industrial Development Board and the Roane County Visitors Bureau.

  • NNSA up for support honor

    Oak Ridge’s National Nuclear Security Administration and its Office of Secure Transportation are among the 58 employers that Tennessee National Guard and Reserve members nominated for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

    The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

    Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored at the Pentagon in September at the 19th annual Freedom Award ceremony.

  • Veterans, business startup focus of seminars

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a couple of free workshops this month to help area business owners and entrepreneurs.

    “Veterans and Franchising: A Perfect Fit” isthe first seminar.

    The seminar, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23, will discuss misconceptions about franchising, as well as programs and incentives available to veterans.
    It is in partnership with FranNet.

    A small business start-up seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25.

  • Y-12 cited as Fit-Friendly Worksite

    For the third year, the B&W Y-12 site in Oak Ridge has been recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite.

    The Fit-Friendly Companies program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

  • OUT to LUNCH: The Cabin back on list, and the eating there is fantastic

    When the well-known Log Cabin BBQ & Restaurant at Loudon burned in August 2010, I removed it from my list of “Out to Lunch” possible places to visit.

    The location, just off Interstate 75 at 10058 Hwy. 72 heading toward Loudon, is now occupied by The Cabin Restaurant.

    It went back on my list last December, when I was told Wade Morris became owner-operator of the restaurant.

  • Dunn Center job a joy to Butler

    Micheale Butler is passionate about the work at Michael Dunn Center to serve people with intellectual disabilities.

    “I’ve never found so much joy in a job,” she said.

    She is looking forward to sharing and spreading that passion through her new role as vice president of development, public relations and quality assurance.

    “When this position became available, I immediately wanted to work at Michael Dunn Center in this capacity,” Butler said.