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Business

  • Pick Up Stix offering something different

    Some businessmen might view an empty building next door as a deterrent.

    Eddie Lee sees it as an opportunity to give Roane County diners something new and different.

    “What have we got around here that’s like it?” he said about Pick Up Stix Habachi Express, the Japanese-style restaurant he’s preparing to open in the former Shack’s Restaurant on Rockwood’s North Gateway Avenue.

    Cleanup is under way of the building that neighbors the flagship of Lee’s Big E’s convenience stores.

  • Ex-SNL scribe to talk on education

    Author and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Leland Gregory will discuss the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 during the next Roane County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon.

    The luncheon begins at noon in the cafeteria faculty lounge on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

    Space is limited. Call the Chamber at 376-5572 for reservations.

    The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010  is a provocative statewide effort.  

  • Unemployment rate up in all 95 counties

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported increases in their unemployment rates for January, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s rate jumped to 8.5 percent, up 1 percent over the December number.

    That means 25,720 of the county’s 28,110-strong labor force was employed during the month

  • Goody’s interviews for Rockwood store

    Cindy Goodman, right, of Ten Mile interviews for a position at Rockwood Goody’s with Cyndi Latta, store manager in Cookeville, during a recent open interview in Rockwood Community Center. 

    Rockwood’s Brittony Wester, background, also interviews with Sweetwater manager Cathy Myhre.

    The Rockwood store is scheduled to open April 7 in Roane County Center on North Gateway Avenue.

  • Alexander tops at MMC in February

    Sandra Alexander of Kingston, a registered nurse in the surgery department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, was named February’s MMCer of the Month.  

    In her position, Alexander cares for surgery patients, organizes the surgery room and schedule, and provides assistance to her co-workers and surgeons.

    Alexander has been with Methodist since 1991.

    Alexander is described by Mickie White, nurse manager in the surgery department, as “a great employee!”  

  • New VP for RMC parent company Covenant Health

    Larry Kleinman has been named Covenant Health’s executive vice president for human resources.
    Covenant is the parent company of Harriman’s Roane Medical Center.
    Kleinman succeeds the retiring Sam Buscetta.
    He most recently served as senior vice president for global talent management and customer innovation at Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in human resources technology and products.
    Kleinman’s experience in health-care leadership includes serving as chief human resources officer for Providence Health and Services in Seattle.

  • Brewer, Kerley awarded certification

    Two finance officers from Roane County municipalities were among more than 90 to be awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers certificate recently in Nashville.
    Kingston’s Carolyn Brewer and Harriman’s Charles Kerley were in the class that included 97 individuals representing 86 cities and one utility district.
    They completed a two-year program that consisted of 11 courses and exams covering eight different topics.
    Brewer and Kerley were awarded their CMFO certification by Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury.

  • Out to Lunch: No better 100th celebration than lunching at Newk’s

    Newk’s, my 100th published “Out to Lunch” adventure, came recommended by folks in the medical field.
    I previously mentioned a surprise interview with Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic nurse practitioner Nancy Dusek, who had injected my hip with “WD-40” (steroid).
    I asked her to recommend another place to have lunch when I went back for a refill four months later. She encouraged me to try Newk’s at the west end of Turkey Creek.
    I drove out Turkey Creek on my way home, eyeballed the café and made a mental note to put it on my prospect list.

  • Training program receives grant

    Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
    ORNL recently won a Gordon Battelle Prize for scientific discovery and technology impact.
    As a Gordon Battelle Prize winner, ORNL was given the opportunity to direct a $5,000 education grant to the school (K-12 or higher education) of its choice.

  • Lots of work involved in new catering venture

    Hungarian chef Andras Bartha lays the foundation for his new Kingston business, Caramella Catering.

    The business will be in the former Blue Moon Café near Kingston City Park.

    Bartha plans to set up cooking classes and different events each month.

    He also plans on having a sidewalk bistro during the summer with premade lunches for Watts Bar Lake visitors and a European-style market at Christmas.

    “I think I’m making something really good for the community,” he said.