• Out to Lunch: Connie’s Naturally Gourmet almost like covered-dish meal

    By Bethel Poston

  • VECustomers Share with Midway groups

    Alton Lingerfelt, center, board member with Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share Program, presents a $2,000 grant check to Midway High School Chorus members, from left, April Viar, Brianne Reynolds, Rachel Burgess and Jessica Johnson.

    The chorus is the recipient of the grant VECustomers Share awarded to Midway’s PTO. The Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club also received a $500 grant.

  • DOE cleanup at Oak Ridge moves forward

    Cleanup at the Oak Ridge Reservation took a major leap forward in 2010, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management completing numerous projects that reduced risks, decreased the site’s footprint and paved the way for new development for DOE missions.

    Major accomplishments were completed across the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex and the East Tennessee Technology Park using baseline and Recovery Act funds.

  • Old habits die hard for scammers

    By David Uffington
    King Features Syndicate
    The Better Business Bureau has named the top 10 scams for 2010. Some are surprising, especially since they’ve been around for so long and people are still falling for them.
    Here are a few highlights:
    • Job-hunting scams. What the scammers really want is your Social Security number and personal information such as your bank account number.

  • Pick Up Stix offering something different

    Some businessmen might view an empty building next door as a deterrent.

    Eddie Lee sees it as an opportunity to give Roane County diners something new and different.

    “What have we got around here that’s like it?” he said about Pick Up Stix Habachi Express, the Japanese-style restaurant he’s preparing to open in the former Shack’s Restaurant on Rockwood’s North Gateway Avenue.

    Cleanup is under way of the building that neighbors the flagship of Lee’s Big E’s convenience stores.

  • Ex-SNL scribe to talk on education

    Author and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Leland Gregory will discuss the goals of the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 during the next Roane County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon.

    The luncheon begins at noon in the cafeteria faculty lounge on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

    Space is limited. Call the Chamber at 376-5572 for reservations.

    The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010  is a provocative statewide effort.  

  • Unemployment rate up in all 95 counties

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported increases in their unemployment rates for January, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s rate jumped to 8.5 percent, up 1 percent over the December number.

    That means 25,720 of the county’s 28,110-strong labor force was employed during the month

  • Goody’s interviews for Rockwood store

    Cindy Goodman, right, of Ten Mile interviews for a position at Rockwood Goody’s with Cyndi Latta, store manager in Cookeville, during a recent open interview in Rockwood Community Center. 

    Rockwood’s Brittony Wester, background, also interviews with Sweetwater manager Cathy Myhre.

    The Rockwood store is scheduled to open April 7 in Roane County Center on North Gateway Avenue.

  • Alexander tops at MMC in February

    Sandra Alexander of Kingston, a registered nurse in the surgery department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, was named February’s MMCer of the Month.  

    In her position, Alexander cares for surgery patients, organizes the surgery room and schedule, and provides assistance to her co-workers and surgeons.

    Alexander has been with Methodist since 1991.

    Alexander is described by Mickie White, nurse manager in the surgery department, as “a great employee!”  

  • New VP for RMC parent company Covenant Health

    Larry Kleinman has been named Covenant Health’s executive vice president for human resources.
    Covenant is the parent company of Harriman’s Roane Medical Center.
    Kleinman succeeds the retiring Sam Buscetta.
    He most recently served as senior vice president for global talent management and customer innovation at Kenexa, a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in human resources technology and products.
    Kleinman’s experience in health-care leadership includes serving as chief human resources officer for Providence Health and Services in Seattle.