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  • ORUD Valentines help heat homes

    Proceeds from Oak Ridge Utility District’s special Valentine’s Day gifts help area families stay warm.

    ORUD’s annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” program raises funds for Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

    Through the program, ORUD offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts. All proceeds from the purchase of those gifts go to Project SAFE.

  • Jones tops at Methodist in ’13

    Darla Jones, nursing supervisor of the Nursing Administration Department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge (MMC), has been named the 2013 MMCer of the Year.

    Hospital employees cast their votes for MMCer of the Year among candidates who received MMCer of the Month during the year.

    Jones, who lives in Kingston, was December MMCer of the Month and received the greatest number of votes to earn this special distinction.

  • Sexton’s Willis National Technician of the Year

    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recently honored Larry Willis as National BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year.

    Willis, an ASE master collision repair and refinish technician from Harriman, was among 45 automotive professionals recognized at the ASE’s fall Board of Governors meeting in the Newport Beach, Calif., Fairmont Hotel.

  • Parachute pants, leg warmers optional: Wendell’s Diner celebrates the iconic 1980s

    The 1980s introduced some of the most iconic cartoons, video games, big hair and fashion styles to pop culture.

    It’s a love for that giddy time that inspired Wendell Ruppe and his family when they decided to open Wendell’s Restaurant in Midtown. It opens for business at 6 a.m. today, Monday.

    “That is when me and my wife were both teenagers,” Ruppe said. “It was a fun time.”

    Not only were Ruppe and his wife Debbie teens in the 1980s, but the couple married in 1989.

  • Umbehagen on co-op at Lennox

    Tennessee Technological University mechanical engineering major Mark Umbehagen of Kingston will spend one year working for Lennox Industries on a co-op, or cooperative education, assignment.

    Umbehagen will maintain factory machines, design new assembly lines and assist on-site engineers in a variety of other tasks.

    “Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers, especially in a tough job market,” said Don Foster, Career Services associate director.

  • Management group to meet on Feb. 5

    Richard Brown of Y-12 Site will give an update on the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 Site during East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association’s luncheon meeting on Feb. 5.

    The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for the general public.

    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Feb. 4.

  • Management group to meet on Feb. 5

    Richard Brown of Y-12 Site will give an update on the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 Site during East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association’s luncheon meeting on Feb. 5.

    The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for the general public.

    Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Feb. 4.

  • Out to Lunch: Bubba Gump a fun, lively place to visit in Gatlinburg

    During the Christmas season, and on our birthdays/anniversary (all the same day), my wife, Carol, and I like to spend a few days in Gatlinburg. Our getaway place is the Riverhouse Motor Lodge on the river, where we have stayed for many years.

    Our South Knoxville furniture friends, Jerry and Mickey Pease, joined us for our latest visit.

    They looked forward to our “Out to Lunch” visit to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant, on the Parkway at Airport Road, next to the Convention Center.

  • Business tips given on healthcare reform

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center advises and assists entrepreneurs and small business owners in the area at no cost.

    The United States Small Business Association, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and Tennessee Primary Care Association, is offering a free seminar where small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their business and employees.

  • Review continues with Market Street Bistro, Roane Street Grill

     

    This is the second and final of my “Out to Lunch” reviews on our 2013 adventures. It is not in a rating, but places that made a strong impression for my wife, Carol, and me as we look back on 2013.

    Market Street Bistro is next door to Food City in Kingston’s Ladd Landing. Opened last April by Roy Vomfel, The Bistro’s menu consists of European-style deep-dish pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches.