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  • Alliance gears up for Gala Nov. 19

    The Roane Alliance’s annual fund-raising Gala will be “rolling out the red carpet for a night of Hollywood stars this year,” said Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.

    The Alliance Gala is planned for Nov. 19.

    It is one of the county’s premier social events and features a gourmet meal, a wine reception, music and entertainment, live and silent auctions and — new this year — a Hollywood theme.     

  • Skinner invention handy to gardeners

    By Katie Hogin

    Most everyone improvises with resources at hand in order to create a convenient way of completing tasks.

    For Martin Skinner of Kingston, one of those conveniences include the Koil Kaddy, which helps him tote his coil hose while gardening.

    “Most everybody is an inventor,” 87-year-old Skinner said while displaying his patent-pending Koil Kaddy that he has worked on for nearly seven years.

  • Out to Lunch: Pizza Factory the perfect place to break respite

    By Bethel Poston

  • Roane State staffers applauded

    Roane State Community College faculty member Beverly Rogers and staff members Kristi Beason and Peter Souza have been honored for their work.

    Rogers, assistant professor of nursing, received Roane State’s 2010 Sarah Ellen Benroth Award for Outstanding Teaching.

    Beason was named the college’s 2010 outstanding support staff member. She is an administrative assistant.

    Souza, director of networking and technical support, was named the 2010 administrative staff member of the year.

  • NPCA certifies Barger & Sons' Roane operation

    C.R. Barger & Sons Inc. of Roane County has been awarded status as a National Precast Concrete Association-certified plant.

    The designation recognizes the company, which operates in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park, as a precast concrete manufacturing plant operating at the highest standards of production and quality control.

    NPCA established the certification program in 1987 to ensure a consistent industry benchmark and a high degree of excellence among precast operations.

  • Seminar focus is buying a home

    ORNL Federal Credit Union will have a free financial seminar, “Your Guide to Planning for Homeownership,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 in the credit union’s main office at 221 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The open seminar will include information on saving for a down payment and how to prepare consumer credit for maximum borrowing power.

    “You’re a Homeowner, Now What?” a second free financial home-buying seminar, will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14.

  • Roane jobless rate steady at 7.8 percent

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady in August at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the rate, unchanged from July’s showings, is down significantly from a year ago.

    In August 2009, the state reported Roane County had a 9.5 unemployment rate.

    The latest figures also indicate Roane County has the fifth-lowest rate in the state.

  • Well wishes for health department's Baker
  • Free resource fair aimed at DOE workers, retirees in area

    The nonprofit Cold War Patriots organization is planning a Sept. 23 resource fair for nuclear weapons workers and retirees in the East Tennessee area.

    The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    It is for generations of men and women who
    have worked or are currently employed with Y-12, K-25 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory complexes.

  • Yager cited for pro-business stance

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been recognized as one of the eight best pro-business legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly by a key business magazine published by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.

    The publication, “Business TN,” congratulated the Harriman Republican for a “100 percent business-positive, pro-jobs voting record.”  

    “Business TN” annually selects the best state lawmakers based on their efforts in keeping “taxes
    low and regulation minimal.”