• Roane Medical Center construction: Just the facts

    • The site crew has moved 260,000 cubic yards of earth. Comparatively, nearly 21 feet of dirt covers the University of Tennessee’s Shields-Watkins Field.

    • The campus has 831 tons of structural steel. Elephants average 5 tons, so that’s about 166 elephants.

    • There’s 78,000 square feet of dry wall. About 2 acres, or nearly 16 football fields.

    • The 545,000 feet of light gauge framing is equivalent to 104 miles.

  • Out to Lunch: More than sundae delightful at Angie's Restaurant

    Places we visit for my “Out to Lunch” adventures are usually influenced by recommendations from readers or folks I’ve interviewed for previous articles.

    During a previous “Out to Lunch” visit, I asked Carrie Jones, who lives in Wartburg and works for Tennessee Eye Care Center by Lowe’s in Midtown, about restaurants in Morgan County.

    One she mentioned was on my prospect list: Angie’s Restaurant, on the corner across from the Morgan County Courthouse in Wartburg at 307 N. Kingston Ave.

  • Furry friends run the show at ONE-STOP PET SHOP

    An enthusiastic and furry welcome greets visitors at One- Stop Pet Shop in Rockwood.
    The store at 108 N. Gateway Ave., which had its grand opening on Saturday, has been open several weeks and has a variety of animals, including those they let run the place.

    On one particular visit, store mascot Maggie, a sweet-natured pup, is joined at the door by a peppy little brown-and-white mixed dog that was rescued. Also bounding nearby is a small kitten that doesn’t seem quite sure how to take Maggie’s bouncing cohort.

  • Ayers asst. director at tech center

    Chris Ayers has joined the staff of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman as assistant director.

    He assumed his new position on July 1.

    “I am excited to be coming to Roane County to help become a liaison between technical education and business and industry for this area,” Ayers said.

    Ayers comes to the Harriman center from Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro. He has more than 13 years of technical education experience.

  • Hepler, Stout new to board

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed seven new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    Chris Hepler of Oliver Springs and Scott Stout of Rockwood are among the new members filling vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens’ panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE on its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Hot dog! Servings all good at Jacque’s Café

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure began when my wife, Carol, and I began to make plans to attend the musical production of “Ragtime” at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus.

    We first invited our longtime friends, Jerry and Micky Pease, to join us. Jerry is part of the family that operates Pease Furniture in South Knoxville. They have been included in some of my previous articles.

  • Hazen joins Walmsley’s dental staff

    Dr. Lyndsey Hazen has joined Dr. James D. Walmsley’s Kingston dental practice as an associate in his office.

    Hazen has been a practicing dentist for five years. She has been active in Remote Area Medical, traveled to military bases to treat soldiers before they are deployed, worked in the Health Department with children, and in nursing homes with the elderly.

    Walmsley said he is excited to have Hazen because of her clinical skills, experience and down-to-earth, warm personality and care and attention she gives to each of her patients.

  • A year of cleaning for UCOR

    After one year as the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, known as UCOR, has made tremendous progress in safely cleaning up DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The company’s most high-profile project, demolition of the K-25 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park, has been ahead of schedule. Demolition of the east wing is nearing completion, with the exception of five process cells needing further deactivation.

    UCOR has shipped more than 10,000 loads of K-25 demolition debris for disposal.

  • Give these therapists a hand

    RMC Patricia Neal Outpatient Centers in Roane County are proud to offer advanced rehabilitation and therapy services to patients suffering vestibular disorders, neck or spine injuries and acute hand pain.

    Certified therapists at RMC Patricia Neal offer advanced clinical practice in vestibular therapy, McKenzie spine therapy and hand therapy.

  • Roane, state jobless rates up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up just shy of a point in June, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for the month was 8.2 percent, an increase of 0.8 over May’s 7.4 percent.

    That means 26,090 workers in the county’s 28,430 labor force were employed during June.

    Though on the rise, the county rate in June 2011 was lower, at 8.8 percent, state statistics show.