• Out to Lunch: Bubba Gump a fun, lively place to visit in Gatlinburg

    During the Christmas season, and on our birthdays/anniversary (all the same day), my wife, Carol, and I like to spend a few days in Gatlinburg. Our getaway place is the Riverhouse Motor Lodge on the river, where we have stayed for many years.

    Our South Knoxville furniture friends, Jerry and Mickey Pease, joined us for our latest visit.

    They looked forward to our “Out to Lunch” visit to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant, on the Parkway at Airport Road, next to the Convention Center.

  • Business tips given on healthcare reform

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center advises and assists entrepreneurs and small business owners in the area at no cost.

    The United States Small Business Association, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and Tennessee Primary Care Association, is offering a free seminar where small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their business and employees.

  • Review continues with Market Street Bistro, Roane Street Grill


    This is the second and final of my “Out to Lunch” reviews on our 2013 adventures. It is not in a rating, but places that made a strong impression for my wife, Carol, and me as we look back on 2013.

    Market Street Bistro is next door to Food City in Kingston’s Ladd Landing. Opened last April by Roy Vomfel, The Bistro’s menu consists of European-style deep-dish pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches.

  • GET FIT ANYTIME: New gym offers convenience, flexibility


    Making time to work out is now easier than ever.

    That’s because Anytime Fitness, a national gym chain known for offering its members 24/7 access to its fitness facilities, opened last week in Harriman.

  • Tennessee ‘State of the Year’

    Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

    Tennessee’s top economic development projects created 6,900 jobs, $3.2 billion in capital investment and included seven expansions and three new recruitments. 

    The magazine picked the state after evaluating the top projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from Oct. 1, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2013.


    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch finished its biggest Gloves of Love campaign ever over the holiday season.

    In the campaign, the public donates new gloves, hats and scarves for area school children.

    “This is the largest donation we have been able to give the schools,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment Roane County Branch manager. “We collected 1,600 items this year.”

    The credit union started the Gloves of Love campaign in 2009 to collect knit winterwear for area students.

  • Record day for power

    Tennessee Valley residents set a single-day record for electricity use while keeping warm during last week’s arctic cold wave, Tennessee Valley Authority representatives said.

    Homes and businesses across TVA’s seven-state region used 703 gigawatt-hours of electricity on Jan. 7, the most ever for a 24-hour, one-day period.

    This came one day after TVA had its fourth-highest “energy day” ever — on Jan. 6, with 678 gigawatt-hours.

    TVA’s previous record was 701 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 8, 2010.

  • 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.