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  • Oak Ridge retirees coalition set to meet in annual session

    Coalition of Oak Ridge Retirees will have its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Heritage Fellowship Church at 121 N. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Parking is available at the church.

    All Oak Ridge retirees, their spouses and surviving spouses are urged to attend and are encouraged to bring other retirees and guests.

  • Out to Lunch: Something fishy’s going on at Captain Ernie’s

    When readers or friends recommend a place for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I immediately add it to my prospect list.

    Several folks mentioned Captain Ernie’s Seafood on Campbell Station Road in Knoxville.

    I noticed last week that the building they occupied was empty. I did a search to see if they had relocated, because I was planning to eat there soon.

    Not only did I discover they had moved to Lenoir City but found numerous online positive comments about the food at the new Captain Ernie’s Seafood Bar and Caribbean Grill.

  • Jobless picture better in August

    After increases in the first two months of summer, Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped in August to 7.8 percent.

    That’s 0.5 percent lower than the July rate of 8.3 percent, 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.

    The number was higher last August, when the state recorded Roane County’s jobless rate at 8.2 percent.

  • Alfords flip ‘Best of Roane’ Bob's Burgers for quarter of a century

    Bob Alford never envisioned himself in the restaurant business, let alone the owner of a burger joint serving Roane Countians for a quarter of a century.

    Bob’s Burgers, which he and his wife Debbie operate in Midtown, celebrated its historic 25-year anniversary earlier this year.

  • Eskridge 1st grant recipient

    Joseph Eskridge of Harriman is the first of six Roane County residents to receive an entrepreneurial grant to start a new business.

    Eskridge’s $1,000 grant will enable him to work toward opening a recording studio and eventually a radio station.

    The grant was presented by Mel Clemmons during a Roane County entrepreneur workshop and motivational seminar at the Princess Theatre in Harriman.

    Clemmons led the free workshop and launched his Superheroes Foundation, which is giving out the six business grants.

  • Class to help you get cooking

    Individuals who use a domestic kitchen to prepare, manufacture and sell food to the public can ensure their facilities meet Tennessee Department of Agriculture regulations through one of two upcoming courses presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Food Science and Technology and UT Extension.

    UT will present Domestic Kitchen: Tennessee Food Safety Certification in Knoxville this fall.

  • Unemployment premiums down for first time in three years

    Tennessee employers will pay unemployment insurance premiums at a lower rate for the first time in more than three years.

    Unemployment insurance premium rates for state employers decreased because the balance of Tennessee’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund on June 30 was more than $568 million, triggering new premium rates.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Bush’s proves it knows beans about good food

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure is filled with scenic countryside travel, a museum visit, educational films, shopping at an “old time” general store and, of course, outstanding food.

    You might even enjoy getting to know more about TV personality Duke the dog, famous for being denied his attempts to sell the secret family recipe for Bush’s Baked Beans.

  • Love means living healthy

    The latest store to open under the cheerful red awning on Rockwood’s South Front Avenue carries an array of products for health and well being.

    Ross and Linda Cole, of Cole's Health Essentials at 119 S. Front Ave., have a variety of health foods and other products. They range from gluten-free foods, protein and energy bars, vitamins and minerals to soy candles.

    The focus is particularly on alternative medicine.  

  • Food City company gets kudos from state

    K-VA-T Food Stores, parent company of Food City, is the recipient of one of Tennessee’s 2012 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The Abington, Va.-based company, which operates Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs, was cited for Excellence in Sustainable Performances.

    The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.