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  • Rotary honors Alliance, Lutz

    Kingston Rotary Club presented its 2011-12 Annual Vocational Service Awards to The Roane Alliance and Allen Lutz, the Alliance’s educational and workforce development specialist.  

    The awards were presented during an Alliance board meeting June 14 by Bobby Davis of the Kingston Rotary Club. The club honors one organization and one individual yearly for exemplary service to the field of education and workforce development.
    Davis said Lutz received the award for demonstrating high ethical standards and values in the performance of his duties.  

  • County’s jobless rate up

    Roane County’s unemployment rate increased marginally in April to 7.5 percent.

    That’s a difference of 0.3 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state reports 25,920 workers in the county’s 28,010 labor force were employed in May.

    In May 2011, the county recorded a jobless rate at 8 percent, 0.5 percent higher than the most recent figures.

  • Tax preparers required to take exam

    More than 16,000 Tennessee tax preparers have now registered with Internal Revenue Service, as required by recent regulations, but about 7,000 of them must take an IRS competency examination by Dec. 31, 2013, or they will not be able to prepare tax returns for compensation.

    So far, 54 tax preparers in Tennessee have passed the competency exam and, as a result, have been given the new credential of Registered Tax Return Preparer.

    Enrolled agents, CPAs and attorneys are not required to take the exam because they already have testing requirements.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Good view, good food make Rickard Ridge ideal

    “BBQ with a View,” is on the front of Rickard Ridge BBQ’s menu.

    The website, www.rickardridgebbq.com, says, “It’s worth the drive! With a gorgeous view of Cove Lake and the Cumberland Mountains. Make sure you bring a big appetite because our goal is to provide you with a truly unique dining experience whether you are BBQ Connoisseur or just want some good eats!”

  • Stay safe from heat at work

    Tennessee OSHA wants workers to be aware of the symptoms of heat illness and heat stroke this summer.

    Every year, thousands of workers are affected by exposure to heat. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Rockwood Hot-N-Ready for Little Caesars

     

    Little Caesars, known for its $5 “Hot-N-Ready” pizzas, will be opening soon on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. Mayor James Watts said the restaurant chain will open in the next couple of weeks if everything goes right with permits. It’s the latest chain to express interest in locating in Rockwood. McDonald’s plans to build a restaurant on a corner lot in front of Walmart Supercenter. Construction scheduled for June was delayed briefly and should be commencing soon.

  • RSI top women owned business

    The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Oak Ridge-based Restoration Services, Inc. as its Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year.

    RSI is an integrated team subcontractor to URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) and has supported the DOE Environmental Management cleanup mission in Oak Ridge, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Paducah, Ky.

    This award recognizes the exceptional performance throughout DOE sites of a woman-owned small business directly contributing to the accomplishments of core DOE mission objectives and requirements.

  • Pro2Serve goes over challenge for books

    The Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has reached and exceeded its goal after just one month.

    Pro2Serve, a Roane County-based technical and engineering services company, established a challenge grant to match dollar-for-dollar the first $5,000 from new contributors and increased contributions from previous contributors.  

    More than $8,700 was donated by 70 contributors.

    Individuals, families and organizations recognized the value of the Roane Imagination Library’s literacy program to the education of local children.  

  • New look for a Harriman car dealership
  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Have a meal fit for The Queen at Paris Apartment

    “You need to write about The Paris Apartment & Tea Room in Sweetwater,” longtime friend Luci Bell told my wife, Carol, and me one Sunday morning at church.

    “I recently went with my Garden Club from Kingston, and everyone really enjoyed the food and the trip,” she added.

    The Paris Apartment was already on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list.

    “When can you and Jimmy (her husband) go with us?” I replied.