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  • FASTTRACK: Governor’s bill aims to create jobs, help local governments

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation last week to expand the state’s FastTrack program to specifically support economic development in rural communities and for exceptional projects.

    The governor proposed the legislation in January to create the FastTrack Economic Development Fund, an expansion of the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s current infrastructure and job training program.

  • Ware new Wellington sales, marketing head

    Terri Ware has been named the new sales and marketing manager at Wellington Place of Kingston.

    A native of Oak Ridge, Ware has 13 years of sales and marketing experience.

    She said she believes that the key to success is understanding peoples’ needs with compassion, respect and integrity.

    Wellington Place of Kingston, at 1098 Bradford Way, is a Brookdale Senior Living assisted living community.

    Brookdale Senior Living communities provide active retirement living for thousands of residents, serving seniors and their families since 1978.

  • Out to Lunch: Save room for dessert at Westel’s Mountain Top Inn

    Dane Kable, known as CB Man, recently emailed me about a new restaurant opening in Westel at exit 338 off Interstate 40.

    You’ve probably noticed, in view from the interstate at Westel, all the motor homes at the Boat-N-RV Superstore that began developing in 2008.

    Mountain Top Inn opened in late February as an addition to Boat-N-RV. It faces the interstate, on the left as you travel toward Nashville from Roane County.

  • Landfill adjacent to K-25 safely cleaned up ahead of schedule

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC recently completed a three-year landfill cleanup project on schedule, under budget and without a single work-related injury, not even a first-aid case.

    Workers cleaning up the 6.5-acre K-1070B burial ground adjacent to the K-25 demolition project worked 205,800 accident-free hours while excavating 100,200 cubic yards of soil and debris.

    “This is proof that the goal of zero accidents on a project can be achieved,” said UCOR President and Project Manager Leo Sain.

  • Friends of ORNL to meet

    Gene Ice will discuss “X-ray and Neutron Optics for Spatially-Resolved Characterization of Materials” during the May 16 luncheon meeting of Friends of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    Ice is director of the Materials Science and Technology Division, an ORNL Corporate Fellow, a fellow of the American Physical Society and an ASM International Fellow.

  • Job workshop, fair aiming to help veterans

    A two-day employment assistance workshop for Tennessee National Guard members, Reservists and veterans is planned this week in Chattanooga.

    Military spouses may also take advantage of the May 16-18 event, which is completely free to participants in the Army Reserve Center at 6503 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga.

    Seats are limited. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Joe Thomas at joseph.c.thomas2@us.army.mil or 615-313-0752.

  • Kingston’s Bloom honored by alma mater

    The College of Engineering at Tennessee Technological University recently honored  Aleisa Cummins Bloom as the 2012 Technologist of Distinction.

    Bloom, of Kingston, is a graduate of Tennessee Tech. She was honored during this year’s Engineers Week at the Cooke-ville-based university.

    Bloom is a group leader for sustainability and technology deployment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division.

  • Network of contacts a strength of Roane State’s AMTEC

    When the phone stopped ringing, Mark Boody knew hard times were coming.

    Boody had his own home-remodeling business. In good years, he would get 20 calls a month, give 10 estimates and land five projects.

    Then, the economic downturn hit, and the housing market weakened.

    The calls dropped to three or four a month. The projects slumped to one a month.

  • ORNL safety concerns removed

    U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Safety and Ecology Corp. recently removed four structures as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project.

    The structures, which once processed radioisotopes, have been a safety concern for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the building’s outer structure was removed in 2010.

  • 2012 Roane County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious annual business awards last month during its annual springtime banquet in Whitestone Country Inn.

    The awards were presented, along with recognition of Chamber board members, before a capacity crowd of community and business leaders from all across Roane County.