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  • Out to Lunch: Have your doughnut with your meal at Wendell’s Diner

    I wrote an “Out To Lunch” article on Wendell’s Market & Deli in Oakdale in February 2009. It was a visit my wife, Carol, and I really enjoyed.

    When I saw the Roane County News article announcing the Feb. 3 opening of Wendell’s Diner in Midtown, I was pleased. It’s now the closest restaurant to my house.

    This second operation for Wendell and Debbie Ruppe is in the former location of Good Ole Days Diner at 2807 Roane State Hwy.

  • Zaxby’s opening restaurant in Midtown

    From staff reports

    Zaxby’s, a restaurant chain known for its unique chicken offerings, should be open in Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe Shopping complex this summer.

    “Our expected open date is middle July to early August,” said Jonathan Desilets of Avants Management Group.

    The chain is hiring, and Desilets said Zaxby’s will likely hire 35-40 employees in addition to one general manager and four assistant managers.

    A ground breaking will be soon.

  • Career Coach heading to OR

    Looking for work?

    Need help writing a résumé or filling out online applications?

    afind the most recent job listings?

    The Career Coach, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Employment Security Division, will be at the Oak Ridge Public Library parking lot once a month from April to July.

    The Career Coach will be at the library at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, May 14, June 11 and July 9.

  • VETERANS AND ACTIVE GUARD, RESERVE IN THE WORKPLACE

    Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly recently signed a Statement of Support with the Department of Defense Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve.

    The statement affirms DOE Oak Ridge’s support for its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

    Kelly, along with retired Major Gen. Jack D’Araujo, ESGR Tennessee Area Chair, and retired Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast, vice chairman for Tennessee’s Department of Defense Committee for the ESGR organization, participated in the ceremonial signing.

  • Tennessee designated one of three ‘All Star Vet States’

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips take the state’s focus on veteran employment to a national stage.

    Tennessee, along with Iowa and Michigan, has been designated as an “All Star Vet State.”

    The pilot partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes initiative includes a web-portal which helps veterans and service members all over the country quickly access Volunteer State resources at www.allvet

  • Y-12 graduates third class of apprentices

    The Y-12 Apprentice Program recently celebrated its third graduating class with 27 participants gaining journeyman status.

    Each graduate spent three to four years with a journeyman and attended between 144-246 hours of classroom training each year on his own time, usually in the evenings at area union halls.

    “This program is a great way to transfer knowledge from our highly skilled workers to the new work force,” said National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office Manager Steve Erhart.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Erin go bragh! Try authentic Irish dishes at Flaherty’s

    When I discovered my next “Out to Lunch” article would be published on St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to write about Flaherty’s Irish Pub in Maryville.

    Maryville is a city founded by Scots-Irish.

    My wife, Carol, and I were fortunate to spend some time in Dublin, Ireland, several years ago and have lunch in one of the pubs.

    I asked Jim and Beverly Nall if they would like to join us for this latest adventure. Jim grew up in Kingston and is in our Sunday school class at Kingston First Baptist Church.

  • Last debris hauled from K-25 Bldg.

    The final truckload of debris from the K-25 Building demolition project was shipped from East Tennessee Technology Park last week.

    The K-25 Building at the East Tennessee Technology Park (the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant) was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project.

    At that time, K-25 was the world’s largest building under one roof.

    Demolition of the mile-long, U-shaped structure was completed in December 2013. Since then, workers have focused on removing the resulting demolition debris.

  • Roane project up for kudos

    Roane County’s Paw Paw Creek mitigation, completed by S&ME Inc., is among five Knoxville area projects nominated for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee’s 2014 Tennessee Engineering Excellence Awards.

    The award, one of the highest honors a project team can receive, is considered the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry.”

    S&ME provided compensatory mitigation services for the area of Paw Paw Creek to compensate for environmental impacts on the area.

  • Bright new to Angus group

    Riley Wayne Bright of Rockwood is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

    Junior association members are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

    The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 24,000 active adult and junior members.

    The national association is headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo.