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  • 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.

  • Tax preparers required to take exam

    More than 16,000 Tennessee tax preparers have now registered with Internal Revenue Service, as required by recent regulations, but about 7,000 of them must take an IRS competency examination by Dec. 31, 2013, or they will not be able to prepare tax returns for compensation.

    So far, 54 tax preparers in Tennessee have passed the competency exam and, as a result, have been given the new credential of Registered Tax Return Preparer.

    Enrolled agents, CPAs and attorneys are not required to take the exam because they already have testing requirements.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Good view, good food make Rickard Ridge ideal

    “BBQ with a View,” is on the front of Rickard Ridge BBQ’s menu.

    The website, www.rickardridgebbq.com, says, “It’s worth the drive! With a gorgeous view of Cove Lake and the Cumberland Mountains. Make sure you bring a big appetite because our goal is to provide you with a truly unique dining experience whether you are BBQ Connoisseur or just want some good eats!”

  • Stay safe from heat at work

    Tennessee OSHA wants workers to be aware of the symptoms of heat illness and heat stroke this summer.

    Every year, thousands of workers are affected by exposure to heat. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Rockwood Hot-N-Ready for Little Caesars

     

    Little Caesars, known for its $5 “Hot-N-Ready” pizzas, will be opening soon on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. Mayor James Watts said the restaurant chain will open in the next couple of weeks if everything goes right with permits. It’s the latest chain to express interest in locating in Rockwood. McDonald’s plans to build a restaurant on a corner lot in front of Walmart Supercenter. Construction scheduled for June was delayed briefly and should be commencing soon.