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  • Out to Lunch: Good Eats' creamed corn is just like Grandma's

    By Bethel Poston

  • Debit card claim option

    Effective Jan. 18, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin offering unemployed workers Visa debit cards and direct deposit for receiving their unemployment benefits.

    The options will be offered to newly unemployed workers as they apply for unemployment benefits.  

    Claimants currently receiving benefits can also enroll for debit cards or direct deposit payments online at https://ui.tn.gov. In the future, all claimants will receive their unemployment benefits electronically.

  • Do lasers play part in forensics?

    Madhavi Martin will discuss the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in forensics applications during the upcoming Friends of ORNL monthly luncheon lecture meeting.

    The talk on Jan. 19.  will focus on LIBS that has been used to detect elements for a variety of samples specifically for forensic applications.  

    The meeting in the UT Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, begins with a social time at 11 a.m.

    Lunch is $7 and starts at 11:30, with the lecture from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Food City on board for Healthy Living

    Food City and the University of Tennessee Medical Center have formed a partnership to expand the educational and informational Healthy Living Kitchen program to reach communities throughout the area.

    Consisting of a registered dietitian, cardiac nurse specialist and senior executive chef from UT Medical Center, the Healthy Living Kitchen team presents healthy cooking classes and provides information on nutrition, label reading and making the right choices while grocery shopping.

  • State bid-calling champ

    Ronnie Colyer of Ronnie Colyer Auction and Realty, Ten Mile, recently won the 2010 Tennessee Auctioneer Bid-Calling Championship in Nashville.

    This was Colyer’s fifth try for the state title.

    He will compete in the International Auctioneer Championship this July in Orlando.
     

  • Haslam touts job creation during Y-12 visit

    Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy Haslam, made one of their final East Tennessee stops before Saturday's inauguration at Y-12 National Security Complex.

    Haslam spoke to an audience about 200 economic development and elected officials about the need for regional cooperation and workforce development, and leveraging each region’s unique capabilities to create jobs. The visit took place last Thursday.

  • Party Animals ready to groom your pet

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce members help Party Animals Pet Salon with its official ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration at its shop at 2923 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, front row from left, Bob Brock, Sue Ward, Betty Ward, Party Animals Pet Salon owners Trampus and Jill Ward, Janice Brock, Terry Ward, Darrell Williams and Tami Wright of the Roane Chamber of Commerce; and back row, Jane Ward, James Ward and Gil Barkley.

  • IRS offers help with payroll tax laws

    The Internal Revenue Service has released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011.

    Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 because the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provides a 2-percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid.

  • Y-12 earns 'Excellent' '10 rating

    B&W Y-12 earned an “Excellent” rating of 94 out of a possible 100 from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its 2010 performance, resulting in a fee award of $45.2 million for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex.

  • Out to Lunch: Luck o' the Irish will be with you at Irish Times

    By Bethel Poston
    Several years ago my wife, Carol, and I qualified for a free trip to England and Ireland by buying a large quantity of appliances to sell at our Poston Furniture & Appliance stores.

    I like to say we won the trip, but my dad said, “You paid for it in the cost of washers, ranges and refrigerators.”

    (We decided to lower our selling prices in order to sell enough to qualify.)

    In our travels, after seeing many recognized attractions, we always left the tourist crowd and mixed with the locals.