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  • Rockwood’s Sherrie Hyle tops at MMC

    Sherrie Hyle, certified nursing assistant on the 5 West pulmonary unit at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, was named MMCer of the Month for July.

    “It was very unexpected,” said Hyle, who lives in Rockwood.

    “I am very thankful to my co-workers for recognizing me, but I have to say there is a lot of team work on 5 West,” she added.

    Hyle has been with Methodist Medical Center since 2012.

  • After 40 years and lots of children, Whaley calls it a career

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    For 40 years, Kay Whaley has cared for area children, starting in her home and expanding to neighboring buildings.

    “It has been rewarding through the years. There has been challenges,” said Whaley, owner and operator of Kay’s Kiddy Land near Kingston.

    Whaley is now in the latter days of her child-care career. She told parents in April that she plans to close her doors for retirement in October.

  • Zaxby’s open in Roane

    Zaxby’s, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, celebrated the grand opening of its first Roane County location last week.

    The restaurant in Pinnacle Pointe in Harriman’s Midtown area celebrated by giving away a year of free meals to the first 100 guests.

    Harriman Zaxby’s restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

    It is the fourth Zaxby’s in Tennessee for licensees Gary and Mary Stuart.

  • Alliance Gala in Roane Nov. 8

    The Roane Alliance is making plans for its annual Gala — this year in Volkswagen Group of America in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    “Be a part of bringing The Roane Alliance’s biggest celebration home to Roane County,” said an Alliance email about this year’s event on Nov. 8.

    The park is in East Roane County off Interstate 40 exit 362.

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur, a top five finalist on “American Idol” in 2013, will perform during the event.

  • Aroma Café a diamond in the rough in nearby Maryville

    Today’s “Out To Lunch” adventure is about Aroma Café ­— Cuban Food & Sandwiches, in Maryville.

    The destination was prompted by a movie, memories and recommendations by our son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Faye Poston.

    My wife, Carol, and I recently saw the movie Chef.

    The enjoyable comedy is about a professional chef who, after a public altercation with a food critic, quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and returns to his hometown of Miami.

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to climb in June, when it reached almost 1 percent over May’s figures to settle at 7.2 percent.

    The trend was not uncommon statewide — according to figures released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counties in Tennessee had increasing unemployment rates during the month.

    Roane County’s rate, however, is still significantly lower than for the same period last year. The county’s rate in June 2013 was 8.7 percent.

  • K-25 demolition work, tasks finished

    Demolition of the K-25 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park ended late last year, but that was not the end of the project.

    Many other tasks had to be accomplished before the project could be officially declared complete.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, popularly known as UCOR, has now completed those tasks safely and ahead of schedule.

  • Efforts expanded to uncover employer fraud

    The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud.

    These types of fraud include intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.”

    These practices are typically used to avoid paying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums.

  • Project deemed ‘excellent’ by nuclear society

    The successful demolition of a former gaseous diffusion facility has been honored by the American Nuclear Society.

    The American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning and Environmental Services Division selected the K-25 demolition project to receive its Project Excellence Award.

    The K-25 building at East Tennessee Technology Park was built as part of the Manhattan Project in the 1940s. As the massive, mile-long building began deteriorating, its demolition was considered one of the highest priorities for the environmental cleanup program in Oak Ridge.

  • Dunn Center honored for paper recycling

    The American Forest & Paper Association recently presented Michael Dunn Center, based in Kingston, with its 2014 Business Recycling Awards for Creativity, Participation and Partnerships.

    The awards recognize outstanding paper recycling programs.

    Michael Dunn Center empowers the people who work in its recycling program and, in turn, the center has made others in the community aware of the importance of recycling.