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  • Ten Mile’s safe letter carriers

     

    U.S. Postal Service rural letter carriers at the Ten Mile post office who recently received National Safety Council Safe Driver Awards for their commitment to safety and defensive driving are, from left, Kathy Lawson, Scott Klecha, Tresa Lee, Barb Evans and officer in charge Shirley Goolesby. The honored letter carriers represent a combined 53 years of accident-free driving while serving the Postal Service and their customers. Evans also received a commendation for her service and dedication throughout her career, which began in 1984.

  • Miles among employees promoted at Citizens Bank

    Cassandra Miles, a former teller at Citizens National Bank’s Kingston office, has been promoted to banking officer at the Oak Ridge office.

    Miles’ promotion was among those recently announced by Citizens National Bank President Jack B. Allen.

    Miles has been with Citizens National Bank for nine years and was a teller at the Kingston office for eight and a half years before transferring to the Oak Ridge branch.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Excellent food, scenery will draw you to Caramella

    If you were in the area in 1960, you may remember seeing Larry and Tway Oran building a small concrete structure at the entrance of Kingston City Park, next door to the white, two-story Oran family home.

    Their mother operated Lakeside Grill in the building for a short time. Over the years, several other businesses have occupied the building, most recently the Blue Moon café.

    In February 2011, Hungarian chef Andras Bartha began adding the foundation for a sidewalk bistro to the building.

  • Chamber means business in ’12 drive

    September brings to mind the smell of fresh-cut football fields and the excitement of team spirit.
    In keeping with that spirit, Roane County Chamber of Commerce officials are making plans to kick off the “We Mean Business” annual membership drive for 2012.

    “This will definitely be a fun time for existing Chamber members to call on new ones and to network and compete with their Chamber counterparts,” said Darrell Williams, vice president of business development. “So, don’t fumble the opportunity to become a part of it.”

  • Jobless rate up in Roane for 2nd month

    Roane County’s unemployment rate climbed for the second consecutive month, but the July jump wasn’t nearly as drastic, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for July was 8.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 over June’s 8.2 percent.

    Roane County’s jobless figures were identical a year ago. The state showed the county’s jobless rate at 8.3 percent in July 2011.

  • Bunch Marine donates Fishing Rodeo prize

     

    Bunch Marine, Midtown, donated a Lowe Boats 14’ Delta Jon and Karavan trailer to be given as the grand prize during the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids. Winner Autumn Parks, right, recently picked up her winnings with her mother, Tonda Parks, and their friend, Butch. Bunch Marine is at 1640 Roane State Hwy. Call 376-7227 for details.

  • TVA honored for support of Guard, Reserve employees

    Tennessee Valley Authority has been selected to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

    The honor is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition to employers for exceptional support of U.S. Armed Forces Guard and Reserve employees.

    TVA is one of 15 recipients chosen from 3,236 nominated employers this year.

    The awards were announced July 20 during a ceremony in Arlington, Va., by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency.

  • Celina Insurance awards J.T. Day Master Agency

    Celina Insurance Group recently named Harriman’s J.T. Day Insurance Agency as one of its Master Agencies.

    The Master Agency designation is awarded to partners who display exceptional commitment to Celina Insurance Group and achieve superior operational results.

    J.T. Day Insurance Agency, at 244 S. Roane St., Harriman, has been serving clients in the area for 33 years.

    Owner J. Terry Day and his staff strive to ofer one-stop shopping for a full range of products, including home, renters, auto, business, farm and life insurance.

  • Hospital six months away from finish

    Roane Medical Center now is only six months away from completing construction on its new 155,000-square-foot medical center campus that will include a state-of-the-art hospital and a professional office building.

    Roane Medical Center first received approval in April 2011 from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to build the new medical complex.

    The 64-acre campus is under construction on Roane State Hwy. in Midtown near Pinnacle Pointe, a commercial shopping center just off the Harriman/Midtown exit of Interstate 40.

  • Roane Medical Center construction: Just the facts

    • The site crew has moved 260,000 cubic yards of earth. Comparatively, nearly 21 feet of dirt covers the University of Tennessee’s Shields-Watkins Field.

    • The campus has 831 tons of structural steel. Elephants average 5 tons, so that’s about 166 elephants.

    • There’s 78,000 square feet of dry wall. About 2 acres, or nearly 16 football fields.

    • The 545,000 feet of light gauge framing is equivalent to 104 miles.