• Dianna loves glass and Roane County too

    Brightly colored fragments of glass adorn the windows and fill the shelves of a new store in Midtown.

    Dianna Love’s Glass, a stained glass maker, supply store and studio on Ruritan Road, opens today, Monday, May 4.

    “We sell hobby supplies so if you need some glass for a project we have that. We have all the foils, lead came ―everything you need to do a project,” said Diana Love.

    Love has been doing stained glass projects for 16 years professionally for different studios.

  • Small business seminars set

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, in partnership with General Services Administration and the Small Busines Administration, will offer a free workshop related to doing business with the U.S. General Services Administration.

    The workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 22, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The topic will be government contracting.

  • Protomet awarded training grant

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $24,450 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to Oak Ridge’s Protomet Corporation.

    Incumbent Worker Training grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs.

    “We have to make sure that we have the trained workforce to fill the jobs companies want to create in Tennessee, and these grants are a part of the effort to meet the demands of a very competitive marketplace,” Haslam said.

  • You-niQue Cuisine has unique fare in downtown Dayton

    Last November on an “Out To Lunch” adventure in Decatur, I visited with Dayton residents George and Becky Arnold.

    They encouraged me to eat at a new restaurant in Dayton — You-niQue Cuisine

    The Arnolds are retired from LaZBoy Furniture in Dayton. George worked in accounting and Becky in human resources. For years I sold LaZBoy recliners in our Poston Furniture stores. I have toured the Dayton plant and perhaps saw them.

  • Out to Lunch: Simply Sweet Bakery a dandy way to spend a lunch hour

    The name – Simply Sweet Bakery – doesn’t sound like a place I would normally go to write an “Out To Lunch” article.

    Several folks have told me recently they enjoyed eating sandwiches, soups and salads (in addition to bakery items) at Simply Sweet Bakery’s new location in Harriman.

    Owners Mike Borman and Brad Jones moved their bakery-eatery to the 431 N. Roane St. last November. The previous location was in Rockwood’s Gateway Center, near the driver’s license office.

  • New clinic opening on Devonia Street



    Harriman’s Devonia Street was once bustling with health-care providers who wanted their practices close to the hospital.

    That all changed when Covenant Health built a new facility for Roane Medical Center. While others abandoned offices to again be near the hospital, a pair of Harriman women are taking advantage of one of the empty buildings to realize a longtime dream.

  • Maker Space Incubator’s latest add-on

    The Cumberland Business Incubator on Roane State Community College’s Cumberland County campus will have a grand opening for its new Maker Space from 10 a.m. to noon CDT April 8.

    The campus and Incubator are at 2569 Cook Road, Crossville.

    A Maker Space provides the equipment and tools entrepreneurs need to develop prototype products.

    The incubator received a $50,000 prize last fall to create the space. The prize was awarded through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

  • Businesses urged to go purple to fight cancer

    The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Roane County is offering an opportunity for businesses and communities to show their awareness and support in the fight against cancer.

    The community is urged to Paint the Town Purple on April 6-10 by decorating businesses purple, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping out white bulbs for purple bulbs, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school.

    Businesses can also ask for donations for purple items sold in their stores.

  • Huge drop in unemployment in Roane, state

    What goes up must come down.

    Unemployment rates that took drastic jumps in January took big dips in February, according to the numbers released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell by 0.8 percent to reflect a jobless rate of 7.2 percent in February.

    That means 21,200 workers in the county’s 22,830 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Copeland’s of Kingston in new book

    Copeland’s of Kingston is one of more than 125 restaurants throughout the state that has been chosen for “Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes,” the third in a series by Anita Musgrove.

    Owner Jeremy Copeland shared his recipe for bacon-stuffed mushrooms to be included in the third of the State Back Roads Restaurants cookbook series.

    “Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes” is a cookbook and restaurant guide featuring every-

    thing from restaurant

    signature recipes to fam-

    ily favorite recipes the