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  • Gas N’ Go on the way to Harriman Food City

     

    Justin Overton works to finish construction on the Gas N’ Go station at Harriman Food City. Representatives on site said Friday they expect the new express fuel center to be completed within the next two weeks.
     

  • Jobless statistics climb slightly

    Roane County experienced a slight increase in its unemployment rate for September, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8.5 percent, an increase of 0.1 percent over August.

    That means 25,940 of the county’s 28,350-strong labor force was employed for the month.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate also experienced a 0.1 percent hike to 9.7 percent in September.

  • ‘Tire boy’ still not tired of Sears

     

    Charlie Jones and his family have owned and operated the Sears in Harriman since 1991, but the tie to the store goes even further back.

    Jones was a recent high school graduate 30 years ago when he started working at the store as a lowly stock boy.

    “Actually, John Collins who works at Pattersons now, was the one that hired me,” he said. “Super guy.”

    Jones worked his way up, his first full-time job in the tire center.

  • Contract management group to discuss outsourcing

    Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee will discuss the university’s research on vested outsourcing during the next monthly meeting of the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.

    The membership luncheon and meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in Oak Ridge’s Double Tree Hotel.
    Lunch for members is $15, non-members pay $16.

    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Nov. 8.

  • Physicians Plaza exceeds expectations

    The Physicians Plaza of Roane County took about a year to construct.

    The developer, tenants and local officials all expressed pleasure with the finished product during an open house last Tuesday.

    “We were super happy,” developer Heath Thorne said. “I think it looks great.”

    The building opened over the summer. Dr. Bradley J. Luttrell of The Eye Center of Midtown said they’ve received a lot of positive feedback about their first floor office.

  • Out to Lunch: Mary and good food are back at Harriman Steak and Diner

    By Bethel Poston
    I get tips on places to go “Out to Lunch” from several people. One of them, Eddie’s Body Shop owner Rodney Harback, told me about Donna’s Diner 18 months ago. I wrote about the diner, a restaurant across from Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman.

    “You need to eat at the new Harriman Steak and Diner,” Rodney told me a couple of weeks ago when I picked up my car at his Harriman shop. “The food is great. It’s at the former Donna’s location, with a new name and new owners.”

  • Under construction

    It may be a while before Roane Medical occupies its new home, but some folks are hard at work to see that the Midtown move is right on schedule.

  • Holiday lighting offered at Gala auction

    The 2011 Roane Alliance Gala on Nov. 4 marks the event’s 10th year  and has some of its more unique auction items ever.

    This year’s Cabaret theme is expected to add to the fun.

    Pam May, The Alliance’s tourism and marketing manager, calls the  registered, breeding-quality female English Bulldog, “appropriately named Roxy, one of the more adorable auction items we have ever had.”

  • MATCH gets national kudos for Ridgeview

    The Modified Assertive Community Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless program Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center Inc. is one of 11 nationwide winners of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2011 Service to Service Award.

    Ridgeview, a provider of mental health and substance abuse services for Roane County and four other East Tennessee counties, represented the only Southeastern state awarded this distinction and was the sole winner nationwide in the Co-Occurring category.

  • ORNL tank to go out

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) is in the midst of offsite shipments of soils excavated from around an underground waste tank at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    This removal action is being performed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and will eliminate a known source of contaminants being released to the groundwater.

    The action includes excavation of Tank W-1A and 355 cubic yards of soil and associated secondary waste. The soils are being packaged in lead-lined boxes and shipped off site for disposal.