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Business

  • Out to Lunch: No doubt about it: You’ll go back to The Burgers

    Don and Bonita Fowler of Fowler’s Furniture recently invited my wife Carol and me to go “Out to Lunch” with them in Lenoir City at a new restaurant.

    “It’s called The Burgers, and we’ve really enjoyed eating there,” Don said.

    My first thought was, “How could I write about a place that only served burgers?” That is, until I went online to view a menu.

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure, none of the six at our table had a burger.

  • Harriman Sears here to stay

    Despite Sears’ announcement of store closures this past week, Harriman’s Sears Hometown Store on Roane Street is

    staying open to serve their loyal customers.

    The Hometown Store is an owner-run concept from retail stores in malls, where they still sell the Sears brand-name products like the big stores.

    What lots of people do not understand is that the smaller Hometown Store concept seems to be working better than their larger sister operation,” explained Charlie Jones, owner and manager of Harriman Sears Hometown Store.

  • Cash Saver now closed

    Meat cases sit empty Thursday on the last day of business at Cash Saver supermarket on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Prices on a number of products were slashed that morning in anticipation of liquidating stock before the 9 p.m. closing.

  • Jobless rates down statewide

    County unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April, and all counties are at or below 5 percent.

    Roane County’s rate at 3.3 percent was down 0.7 percent from March, according to statistics released last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest level of unemployment with a rate of 2 percent in April. Davidson County had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.1 percent.

  • Out to Lunch: Wendell's success continues at MeMe's

    I hope that some previous readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have recently missed not seeing them in the Roane County News.

    My wife, Carol, fell and broke her left shoulder a few weeks ago. She has not felt up to going “Out to Lunch,” and I have devoted much of my time to being a cook and housekeeper.

    She got out of her arm sling last week and said she was ready to join me on an “Out to Lunch” adventure to the new MeMe’s Restaurant at 423 N. Gateway Ave., in Rockwood. Our daughter-in-law, Faye Poston, also joined us.

  • Workshop prepares employers in event of active shooter

    Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident.

    That’s why the Roane County Employers Association is planning active-shooter preparedness training for its next lunch meeting.

    “We must be vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves and others,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance. “This requires preparation.”

  • Business Briefs

    • Kim Jarrard and Erik Garkovich have been named new private client relationship managers for First Tennessee Bank branches in the Knoxville area.

    In their new roles, Jarrard and Garkovich will work to provide an elevated level of personal attention to

    their clients’ banking needs by delivering professional insight into the services right for their financial

    goals. First Tennessee has a branch at 616 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • New Regions combines Harriman, Kingston branches

    Regions Bank has cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of its modern Harriman facility designed to serve the people and businesses of Roane County.

    The new branch, at 2018 Roane State Hwy. in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center in Midtown, replaces two older Regions facilities in Harriman and Kingston, incorporating both operations under one roof.

  • Coaching for better performance

    In a recent column, we discussed the positive impact on employees when a manager focuses on the their individually tailored, professional development.

    My advice was simple: Make it a priority to look for things that you can do for your people, that they can’t do for themselves, with a focus on professional development.

    Of the other things, that employees can’t do for themselves, is a key one which is a major responsibility of any people manager.

  • Alice’s to be MeMe’s

    The era of Alice’s Restaurant in Rockwood is coming to an end.

    Alice Langley moved her tiny Westel eatery to Gateway Avenue in 2014. After a move across the street a year later, she’s offered customers home-cooked meals, dessert, coffee and her signature fried pies.

    In a letter to customers, Langley said she closed Alice’s on April 21 for the last time.

    “Unfortunately, this past year has brought me lots of health issues with myself and my husband and the passing of my last sister,” Langley explained.