• Decatur’s Blueberry Pig has more than just barbecue

    Readers of my articles know my wife Carol and I like to invite folks to share our “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    Walking in Kingston First Baptist Church one Sunday morning, I asked longtime friends, Ralph and Jackie Inman, if they would like to go with us to eat at The Blueberry Pig in Decatur.

    “I was born in Ten Mile and went to Meigs County Schools in Decatur, and I’ve never heard of The Blueberry Pig,” Ralph said. “But we’d like to go,” he added.

  • Kimble Chase cited as drug-free workplace

    Kimble Chase in Rockwood received a Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program Award on Nov. 4 during a meeting of the Roane County Industrial Development Board.

    Kimble Chase’s human resources director Tim Williams and several employees accepted the award.

    The award is in recognition of the significant pro-active leadership Kimble Chase has taken to contribute to workplace safety by its implementation of the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program for its entire Rockwood plant workforce.

  • Griffin Insurance recipient of Make It Happen Award

    Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Fort Sanders Foundation and Roane Medical Center.

    The award includes a $3,000 donation from Safeco Insurance for the Fort Sanders Foundation to benefit Roane Medical Center and entry in the Safeco Make More Happen Contest.

    In the contest, the public is encouraged to vote for a favorite charity and leave a virtual cheer for those who make a difference in the community.

  • Sign of business as usual


    The Taco Bell logo had been missing from the Kingston skyline since June, when an EF0 tornado and straight-line winds blew through the city and destroyed the sign. That all changed last week, when the Mexican food chain erected a new sign directing travelers to its site on North Kentucky Street.

  • Rockwood BPW marks 93rd anniversary

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s Organization met at Victorian Square in Rockwood on Oct. 21 to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the city’s longest-existing civic organization.
    The group also met to participate in the observance of National Business Women’s Week.
    Working women have celebrated the specially designated week, the third week in October, since 1928.

  • Kingston native a Certified Financial Planner

    Kingston native Mary L. Beets has earned distinction as Certified Financial Planner professional as authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

    Beets, vice president/investment officer with the Myrtle Beach, S.C., office of Wells Fargo Advisors, has lived in Myrtle Beach since 1989.

    The certification identifies individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning course work and who have passed the 10-hour certification examination.

  • Roane celebrates Sauter Timber expansion



    Officials celebrated Sauter Timber’s recent expansion on Friday.

    The company, which specializes in making wood components, is in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    President Reinhard Sauter said the expansion started in May.

    “We needed extra space, so we built a new shop,” he said.

    Wood components manufactured at Sauter include trusses, log home parts, brackets, beams and frames.

  • Lots of coincidences and good food at The Other One

    The irony of this “Out to Lunch” adventure is that a Knoxville minister at the church where my daughter-in-law, Faye, works recommended that I visit his favorite restaurant: The Other One – Diner-Deli-Dive in Oak Ridge.

    In the Grove Center shopping area at 178 Randolph Road, it’s just across the road from the swimming pool, which was virtually my back yard as I grew up in Oak Ridge.

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