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  • Retiring Roane principals recognized

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Springs Elementary School Principal Gwendolyn Johnson and Midway Middle School Principal Nadine Jackson are retiring at the end of the school year.

    “They’ve been two fixtures in Roane County for a long time,” Aytes said.

    “We’re going to miss them. They’re not only great administrators, but they’re great people.”

    Aytes said the retirements were no surprise.

  • Teachers of year honored
  • Sharp Funeral Home partner with Premier Funeral

    Sharp Funeral Home, an Oliver Springs business founded in 1938, is partners with Midwest-based Premier Funeral Management Group.

    The funeral home will continue to be operated by the same individuals at the business.

    “This is just another evolution in the life of Sharp Funeral Home,” explains co-owner and operator Brenda Smith.

    “My husband and I took over in 1992 and have owned and operated the funeral home for 23 years.”

  • Student says Middle College impacts his class ranking

    Oliver Springs High School student Brandon Buck hopes to become valedictorian one day, but he’s concerned his participation in the middle college program at Roane State Community College may have him at a disadvantage.

    He addressed the issue with the Roane County Board of Education last Thursday.

  • Riverfront fishing dock closed

    The fishing dock at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is closed for now, yellow caution tape warning people away from the bank of the Emory River.

    It has been a concern for years as that bank slowly slips away. Officials are hopeful they’ve found a way to address the erosion.

    “I know we have discussed before putting rock, riprap,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

  • OUT to LUNCH: You-niQue Cuisine has unique fare in downtown Dayton

    Last November on an “Out To Lunch” adventure in Decatur, I visited with Dayton residents George and Becky Arnold.

    They encouraged me to eat at a new restaurant in Dayton — You-niQue Cuisine

    The Arnolds are retired from LaZBoy Furniture in Dayton. George worked in accounting and Becky in human resources. For years I sold LaZBoy recliners in our Poston Furniture stores. I have toured the Dayton plant and perhaps saw them.

  • Protomet awarded training grant

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $24,450 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to Oak Ridge’s Protomet Corporation.

    Incumbent Worker Training grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs.

    “We have to make sure that we have the trained workforce to fill the jobs companies want to create in Tennessee, and these grants are a part of the effort to meet the demands of a very competitive marketplace,” Haslam said.

  • Small business seminars set

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, in partnership with General Services Administration and the Small Busines Administration, will offer a free workshop related to doing business with the U.S. General Services Administration.

    The workshop will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 22, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The topic will be government contracting.

  • Hall named manager at DOE in Oak Ridge

    The U.S. Department of Energy named Kevin Hall the manager of its Oak Ridge Office. He has served as deputy manager since April 2013.

    Hall will now oversee the Oak Ridge Integrated Support Center, which provides critical mission support services in the personnel, finance, budget, procurement, legal, security and emergency management, and employee health and safety on a local and national level.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Happy birthday to my friend Lucille Moore. She celebrated 88 years of life on April 3.

    I hope you will have many more birthdays.

    Barbara Griffin was recently discharged from Oak Ridge’s Methodist Medical Center and is now at home.

    She still needs our prayers for a full recovery.

    Family and Community Education Club’s recognition day was held at the Kingston Community Center on Wednesday, April 15. Eighteen members were present.