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  • Coaker named tops at MMC for November

    Karen Coaker, a chemistry technical specialist in the laboratory at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named MMCer of the Month for November.

    Coaker has been with Methodist since 2000. Prior to her current position, Coaker was the midnight shift supervisor in the lab.

    “I am deeply honored by this award, and I am very proud to work with excellent co-workers who are also my family,” she said.

    In her current position, Coaker leads the chemistry department within the lab.

  • Bear, Young on economic board

    Leaders of two Roane County utilities have been appointed to the board of directors for East Tennessee Economic Development Agency.

    Rockwood Electric Utility general manager Kendall Bear and Harriman Utility Board general manager Bill Young will serve on the board for 2011-12.

    “As a region, we must continue to work together to build on our strengths and appeal to a broader base of businesses,” said Allen Neel, agency president and CEO.

  • Gala grabs big Alliance support

    More than 300 supporters of The Roane Alliance turned out Nov. 4 for its 10th annual Gala, which Alliance officials and supporters are boasting as its “best ever.”

    “One of the most gratifying parts about this year’s Gala is how much support we got, even though times have been tough for many of us,” said Leslie Henderson, president/CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “We had a record number of donors this year and more table sponsors than we’ve had for years,” she added.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Flatwater Grill offers fun lunch adventure

    As chairman of Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee for the classes of 1954, 1955 and 1956, I look to my former classmates to suggest restaurants for our lunch meetings.

    This time I pushed for Flatwater Grill on Melton Lake Peninsula, just off the east end of Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Having grown up in Oak Ridge, Melton Hill Lake Drive will always be River Road to me.

  • 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.”