• Out to Lunch: Shazam! Food at Scramblez worth the drive

    I’m always looking for different place to go “Out to Lunch.”

    When I heard about a Spring City restaurant called Scramblez, I didn’t know what to expect.

    It is open only from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    Is it a breakfast place featuring varieties of omelets and egg presentations?

    Maybe it’s a burger joint or a sandwich shop? Or a soup and salad specialty tearoom?

    It’s all of that and more.

  • 40 classes offered at TOSHA Safety Fest

    More than 40 free classes, seminars and demonstrations will be available during the fourth annual Safety Fest TN.

    The event will be from Sept. 14-18 in Oak Ridge.

    It is a cooperative effort of Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership.

    Visit www.safetyfesttn.org to register or for more information about the upcoming five-day event.

  • Laxton, Tapp promoted at Fairfield Glade

    Roane County’s Charles Laxton and Baron Tapp have been promoted in their jobs with Fairfield Glade Public Safety.

    Laxton was promoted from sergeant to the rank of lieutenant.

    Tapp, formerly an officer, is now midnight sergeant.

    Both are former law-enforcement officers whose beats were in the Roane County area.

    Laxton began his law enforcement career in 1974, serving in Harriman, Roane and surrounding counties.

    He joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1984 and served in many capacities during his career.




    One of Roane County’s more popular burger joints was closed only for a short while.

    Amanda McCarty recently reopened the Midtown eatery with more tasty treats than ever.

    “I have 17 different flavors of sandwiches and burgers on the menu,” she said.

    “I serve breakfast all day. Everything is made homemade and from scratch except for french fries and corn nuggets.”

    McCarty has had great feedback from the public.

  • Packard’s a game changer in Kingston

    Packard’s in Kingston opened June 6, providing a new source for games and movies in Kingston.

    The original Packard’s opened in Oak Ridge by John Packard and his family and reopened under an investment group in July 2014.

    “We just thought Kingston was a nice spot and far enough away from our Oak Ridge store for there to be a need for it,” he said. “There are other locations in the works, but we can’t say for sure where they are going to be yet until it is time for them to open.”

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  • Time management on workshop agenda

    “Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be on Aug. 27 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m. The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m.

    The workshop will focus on return on time invested, what and how to effectively delegate, and managing paper, work and interruptions.

  • All Sales Vinyl marks first year of Kingston native’s dream come true

    It’s been a big year for Kyle Romine.

    The Kingston native marked the first anniversary of a dream come true over the weekend.

    The dream was to turn a hobby into a full-time business, and he did that on Aug. 1, 2014, when he opened All Sales Vinyl in downtown Rockwood.

    Though the sign shop has stood as a full-time business for a year, All Sales Vinyl actually began 12 years ago in Romine’s home.

    There, he worked on signs, printing and graphics on a part-time basis while holding a full-time job during the day.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Food’s mad delicious at Euchee Marina’s Mad Moose Grille

    “You’ve got a new restaurant to write about at Euchee Marina,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told me at a recent gathering.

    “I believe it’s called The Mad Moose Grille.”

    This attractive location at Euchee Marina has been the home of four of my previous “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    It offers a unique setting, with 180-degree views of beautiful Watts Bar Lake, from the indoor dining room and outdoor patio seating.

  • Crete Roane’s top 2015 industry

    Crete Carrier Corp. has been recognized as Roane County’s 2015 Industry of the Year.

    The award is given annually by the Roane County Industrial Development Board, which also presented Sound Aviation its 2015 Roane Beautification Award.

    Industry of the Year is presented to an industry for providing outstanding leadership in Roane County.

    Crete Carrier Corp., one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, is in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in East Roane County.