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  • Life-changing therapy retrains the brain

    Parkinson’s disease is a slow progressing, degenerative disease that robs its victims of their vibrancy, causing strong voices to become weak and physical movement to become restricted.

    LSVT BIG and LOUD helps patients regain mobility, balance, and speech, regaining their identity in the process.

    LSVT BIG and LOUD is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but studies indicate the therapy can slow down and even reverse some symptoms.

  • Big & Loud

    Nicole Mailloux, 81, Rockwood, extends her foot in front of her body and gracefully bends forward from the waist.

    “You bow like you are meeting the queen,” she said in her gentle French accent.

    Mailloux is explaining an exercise at Harriman’s Patricia Neal Outpatient Center that’s part of physical therapy designed for patients struggling with the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

    The Lee Silverman Voice Training BIG and LOUD therapy is a life-changing course of treatment for people like Mailloux.

  • Out to Lunch: Old Capital Public House a great place to meet friends

    My “Out to Lunch” articles maybe should just be about food, but I enjoy also writing about the people I get to visit with.

    Previous readers know that I also invite folks to join my wife Carol and me for our adventures.

    I asked Paul Foust and Lisa Stooksbury to meet us for our latest lunch adventure at the new restaurant, Old Capital Public House. It opened on Dec. 15 next door to Kingston Food City at Ladd Landing, in the former Gloria Jean’s location.

  • Buoyed prospects: Roane Alliance marks a stellar year

    Following a strong performance in 2017, Roane County is poised for future success, according to a report from The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance’s 2017 Annual Report released last week highlights achievements that include infrastructure improvements, new marketing materials and a new marketing plan.

    “The county benefitted greatly from our work with the Alliance last year,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Harriman Care and Rockwood Signature Great Places to Work

    Independent analysts at Great Place to Work have crunched the numbers and certified Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center and Signature HealthCare of Rockwood are as Great Places to Work.

    The two facilities in Roane County earned this distinction based on extensive ratings given by its stakeholders in anonymous surveys.

    “It’s a testament to the hard work exhibited by our great team,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center.

    Landy said he is extremely humbled to receive this certification.

  • Kingston's top worker

    The city of Kingston named water department employee Shawn Clark, center right, as February’s employee of the month.

    The presentation of the honor at last week’s Kingston City Council meeting includes, from left, Mayor Tim Neal, City Manager David Bolling, Clark’s wife Susie, son Jacob and Clark’s supervisor Jimmy Agee.

  • Rockwood’s Tractor Supply pet friendly with donations

    Rockwood’s Tractor Supply Co. store is donating 96 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption.

    Recipients of the donation are Roane County Animal Shelter and Roane County PAWS.

    “More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” said Kristin McPherson, manager of the Rockwood Tractor Supply store.

  • Out to Lunch: We found happiness at Fulin’s

    If you’ve read any of my previous “Out to Lunch” articles, you know that I refer to the food and places that I write about as adventures.

    Our latest adventure again included members of our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee.

    The committee is now planning a June 7 reunion lunch for the classes of 1954, 1955 and 1956 during the Oak Ridge Secret City Festival. The event will be at the former Wildcat Den, on Oak Ridge Turnpike, across from Al Bissell Park.

  • ORUD fundraiser helps Project SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District is gearing up for its annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser for orders of Valentine’s Day gifts, including selections of stuffed animals, sweet treats, flowers and/or balloons.

    Proceeds from the annual February project benefit Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties’ Project SAFE.

    Project SAFE helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

  • RISING STAR

    An Oliver Springs company launched after a successful effort to save a dying dog has gone international and received two awards in celebration of its success.

    Animal Element Equine Inc., founded by Michelle French, recently won the Rising Star award from Roane State Community College’s office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

    The company also received the Tennessee Small Business Exporter of 2017 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.