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  • Working to bring jobs to Roane County

     

    Construction of a $40 million 40,000 square foot Volkswagen plant in East Roane County continues on schedule. The facility is expected to employ at least 45 people. The plant will be a distribution center for auto parts for the Passat, which is made at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.
     

  • Kelly heading DOE’s office in Oak Ridge

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science late last week named Larry Kelly the new manager of the Oak Ridge Office.

    Kelly most recently was acting manager in Oak Ridge and has been acting deputy manager and assistant manager for Environment, Safety and Health.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Yum Yum appropriately named for its good food

    Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant at 1039 Roane St. (Hwy. 27) in Harriman has been on my prospect list of “Out to Lunch” places to visit for some time.

    I moved the trip to the tope of the list when I saw in the Roane County News that Yum Yum was selected as the 2012 Readers Choice for Best Chinese Food.

    Knowing that Earl Duff Subaru was just across Roane Street from Yum Yum, I asked Tim Duff as we left Kingston First Baptist Church one Sunday morning when he and his dad, Earl, could meet me at Yum Yum for lunch.

  • May now tourism, marketing director

    The Roane Alliance has promoted Pam May to director of tourism and marketing.

    “Pam has done a great job as manager of tourism and marketing since she came to the Alliance four years ago,” Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson said. “She not only has grown considerably in her knowledge of tourism development and marketing, but she has also taken on many leadership roles within the Team Alliance. To say she is a key player on our team is an understatement.”

  • Help preserve health care history

    Roane Medical Center continues to seek community input regarding items that should be included in the time capsule that will be installed in the new medical center in Midtown.

    “We really want to make sure we include items that capture the history of Roane Medical Center, as well as the history of health care in our community,” said Gaye Jolly, president and chief administrative officer of the Harriman-based Roane Medical Center.

  • Rockwood Sonic a semifinalist in Dr Pepper Games

    After months of competing against more than 2,500 fellow Sonic Drive-ins across the country, the Rockwood Sonic Drive-In at 1324 N. Gateway Ave. is one of 48 remaining teams in the Dr Pepper Sonic Games.

    The games are a Sonic crewmember competition culminating with a national finals in San Antonio this September.

    The Rockwood drive-in is just one round away from becoming one of 12 finalists and earning an all-expense-paid trip to San Antonio for the finals competition.

  • Harriman’s Pass accepts co-op with Bridgestone plant

    James Houston Pass, a Tennessee Technological University student from Harriman, has been selected for a 14-month cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with Bridgestone Americas Inc. in Morrison, Tenn.

    On an assignment that began in June, Pass works with other mechanical engineers to plan a plant layout as Bridgestone under goes a multi-million dollar expansion.

  • Kudos for Y-12 communications

    The Y-12 National Security Complex received multiple communications awards during two recent events.

    At the annual Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s annual V awards gala, Y-12 products received nine awards, including four first-place honors.

    The 2011 issues of the Y-12 Report, Y-12’s triannual magazine, won first place in government or public service magazines and periodicals.

  • 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.