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  • Sustainability to be topic of ORNL Friends session

    Melissa Voss Lapsa, deputy director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buidling Technologies Research and Integration Center, will be the guest speaker at this week’s Friends of ORNL luncheon lecture.

    Lapsa will discuss ORNL’s award-winning sustainability program during the luncheon that begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 in University of Tennessee Resource Center at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

    The catered luncheon is $8 per person.

  • Historic demolition: Once world’s largest building under one roof, K-25 now only a memory

    While celebrations for the holiday season were underway, the U.S. Department of Energy commemorated a milestone of its own.

    Six days before Christmas, demolition of the K-25 gaseous diffusion building, the largest facility in the DOE complex at the K-25 complex in Roane County, was officially completed.

    “Today marks a tremendous accomplishment for the American people — advancing our commitment to the safe and complete cleanup of former Manhattan Project sites,” said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman at a ceremony marking the occasion.

  • Seminars aim to help area business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a couple of free workshops this month to help area business owners and entrepreneurs.

    The first seminar, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15, will help business owners learn how to do business with the government.

    A small business start-up seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

    Both seminars will be in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Out to Lunch: Jake’s, Gibson Girls among reviews of visits in 2013

    This is the first of two reviews of our 2013 “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    These are places that made a strong impression on my wife, Carol, and me as we look back on the year.

    For more about the places we visit, email me at postonplace@bellsouth.net.

    Jake’s Tavern and Grill opened last March in Rockwood on Hwy. 27 next to Fowler’s Furniture and behind Goodwill Industries.

    We invited Don and Bonita Fowler to join us.

  • Meadows BPW top employer

    Rockwood physician Angela E. Meadows is Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s Employer of the Year.

    “Although a doctor’s office is a different dynamic from a retail operation or an industrial setting, addressing the concerns of women in the workplace remains the same in all settings,” said Meadows’ nomination.

    Meadows practices medicine with Dr. Eric Bowman in Summit Medical Group at 450 S. Chamberlain Ave., Suite 300.

  • RSCC job fair to focus on manufacturers

    Manufacturing employers are welcome to participate in a Jan. 23 job fair for Roane State Community College students training to become manufacturing technicians.

    Roane State offers courses in composite materials, has a one-year mechatronics certificate program, and provides a variety of courses through its Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

  • Out to Lunch: Food not all that’s special at Harriman’s Roane Street Grill

    A telephone call from one of my “Out To Lunch” scouts, Darlene Brandel, prompted me to set a date for my visit to Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

    “My husband, Lee, and I went there for lunch after church Sunday,” she said. “He had the Sunday buffet, and I ordered from the menu. You’ll like it.”

    My wife, Carol, and I became acquainted with Darlene and Lee when they joined Kingston First Baptist Church. Darlene has recommended other places to visit for “Out to Lunch.”

  • Alliance gets the silver for sustainability

    The Roane Alliance received a Silver Award on behalf of Roane County at the TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 3 in Nashville.

    The award ceremony honored 13 communities from across the Tennessee Valley.

  • Kingston’s Jones tops at Methodist

    Darla Jones, nursing supervisor in the Nursing Administration department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named December MMCer of the Month.

    In her role, Jones provides support to the nursing staff at Methodist Medical Center, orients new nurses and offers help to experienced staff.

    She is available to help with problem solving, support physicians and address customer service needs for all individuals who utilize Methodist for their care needs.

    Jones has been with Methodist Medical Center and Covenant Health since 1997.

  • Jobless rate up slightly

    Figures released late last month show Roane County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in October.

    The statistics, released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8 percent.

    That’s up from the 7.9 percent reported in September.

    It’s also higher than in October 2012, when Roane County had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

    The latest figures reflect that 24,700 in the county’s 26,840-strong workforce were employed during October.