• OUT to LUNCH: Barbecue baked beans among the good eats at Smokehouse

    If I told you, “We had a barbecue at Schrock’s Roadside Café,” and you knew where we went – you may be a senior citizen.

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure took place in that same location, 708 W. Race St. in Kingston – now known as Smokehouse Bar & Grill.

    I wrote about Smokehouse in October 2009. At that time, it was still the same size building when Bob and Wilma Schrock operated the Café several years ago.

  • Ham it up the delicious way at Oak Ridge’s HoneyBaked


    “Out to Lunch” readers know that I often mention my Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee members in my articles.

    “Why don’t we have our next committee meeting at the new HoneyBaked Ham Café in Oak Ridge?” Janet Harlan emailed me. 

  • OUT to LUNCH: 2015 offerings left lots to places to revisit in the New Year

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have asked my wife, Carol, and me, “Where’s the best place to eat?”

    After writing more than 200 articles, we have a bunch of eating adventures that impressed us, but no particular favorites.

    From our 2015 visits, the following are some of the places that come to mind for a return outing.

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    Le Noir – A Southern Belgian Bistro, With an American Touch in Lenoir City (Broadway at Kingston Street) was certainly an enjoyable adventure.

  • Roane’s jobless rate down in ’15

    Roane County’s employment front is in much better shape than it was a year ago, according to statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s numbers show that Roane County’s unemployment rate for November was 6 percent. That’s 1 percent less than was reported for the same period in 2014.

    The rate, however, was up a bit over October’s 5.7 percent.

  • Network know-how on tap for discussion

    Samantha Lane of King University will discuss ways to build professional relationships during the next Roane County Employers Association meeting.

    The luncheon session will be from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 12 in the faculty lounge on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Lunch is provided to members and first-time guests of non-member organizations. Non-members pay $15 to attend.

    Lane will discuss using networking to build relationships to genuine, beneficial and lasting career connections.

  • You don’t SAY?!?

    There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. — Colin Powell

    The common question that gets asked in business is, “why?” That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, “why not?” — Jeff Bezos

    There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. —Sam Walton

  • Bouncing good time coming to Rockwood

    The Shoppes of Walden Ridge will have a new business in six weeks and it will be aimed at children, as property owners Larry Allen and Jane Long are opening what will be an 8,000 square foot facility called Party Zone.

    The facility will feature bounce houses, an arcade, six party rooms and a concession stand designed for kids.

    “We’ve found out the kids in this county have nothing to do. They go to Knoxville or Crossville for something like this,” Allen said.

  • DAV puts on show at Victorian Square
  • Victorian Square Thanksgiving feeds community

    Victorian Square Assisted Living Facility celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance on Saturday, Nov. 21.  
    Residents, friends, family and staff members gathered together for an evening of food and fellowship.  
    “Many times, adult children become caregivers of their elderly parents and set aside the roles of being a child, a mother, a son, etc.,” said Saundra Bandy, Victorian Square Marketing Director.  

  • Sizzle to help local business startups

    Proton Power, Inc. has entered into a partnership with the Roane Chamber and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center to create a center to support business startups.  

    Sizzle TechStart is the creation of Dr. Sam Weaver, President/CEO of Proton Power and his wife, Dr. Carol Jane Weaver, President of Sizzle.  Through partnerships with local economic development agencies, Proton Power hopes to duplicate the success it realized by utilizing the space where it began in 2007.