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  • Volunteer Energy gives to Roane agencies

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program recently awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations.

    Groups recently collecting grants include Midway Elementary School Back to School Bash Club, $1,000; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter Training Program, $500; Midway Middle School’s Beta Club, $500 grant; and South Roane Volunteer Fire Department’s Dry Fork Valley Station 4, $500 grant.

  • Victorian Square welcomes its new executive director

     

    Victorian Square Assisted Living and Memory Care is proud to announce Trudy Smith as new Executive Director.  

    Smith brings 12 years of long-term care experience to the Victorian Square community.  

  • Medical Clinic reopening doors

     

    Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Cole is reopening Coalfield Medical Clinic on Sept. 15. 

    The clinic will be staffed by nurse practitioners Cole and Lynn Craig. Timothy Bell is supervising physician. 

  • 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.

  • 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.