• That's the Walmart way! Rockwood Supercenter finishes renovations

    Rockwood Walmart Supercenter celebrated the results of a major three-month remodeling project last week with a “grand reopening” celebration and ribbon cutting.

    The store, at 1102 N. Gateway Ave., remained open 24 hours a day during the extensive project.

    The official unveiling of the Rockwood store’s new look generated lots of fanfare from company and community leaders and an appearance from the Rockwood High School marching band.

  • Nekuri leads Roane Medical hospitalists

    Roane Medical Center has named Dr. Suresh K. Nekuri as medical director for the Harriman-based hospital’s evolving hospitalist program.

    As the hospitalist medical director, Nekuri will interact with other hospitalists, the medical staff and hospital leaders to provide care for the increasing number of inpatients assigned to the hospitalist services.

    “I am pleased to offer patients the personalized care that they seek during their time at Roane Medical Center,” Nekuri said.

  • Alliance gears up for Gala Nov. 19

    The Roane Alliance’s annual fund-raising Gala will be “rolling out the red carpet for a night of Hollywood stars this year,” said Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.

    The Alliance Gala is planned for Nov. 19.

    It is one of the county’s premier social events and features a gourmet meal, a wine reception, music and entertainment, live and silent auctions and — new this year — a Hollywood theme.     

  • Skinner invention handy to gardeners

    By Katie Hogin

    Most everyone improvises with resources at hand in order to create a convenient way of completing tasks.

    For Martin Skinner of Kingston, one of those conveniences include the Koil Kaddy, which helps him tote his coil hose while gardening.

    “Most everybody is an inventor,” 87-year-old Skinner said while displaying his patent-pending Koil Kaddy that he has worked on for nearly seven years.

  • Out to Lunch: Pizza Factory the perfect place to break respite

    By Bethel Poston

  • Roane State staffers applauded

    Roane State Community College faculty member Beverly Rogers and staff members Kristi Beason and Peter Souza have been honored for their work.

    Rogers, assistant professor of nursing, received Roane State’s 2010 Sarah Ellen Benroth Award for Outstanding Teaching.

    Beason was named the college’s 2010 outstanding support staff member. She is an administrative assistant.

    Souza, director of networking and technical support, was named the 2010 administrative staff member of the year.

  • NPCA certifies Barger & Sons' Roane operation

    C.R. Barger & Sons Inc. of Roane County has been awarded status as a National Precast Concrete Association-certified plant.

    The designation recognizes the company, which operates in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park, as a precast concrete manufacturing plant operating at the highest standards of production and quality control.

    NPCA established the certification program in 1987 to ensure a consistent industry benchmark and a high degree of excellence among precast operations.

  • Seminar focus is buying a home

    ORNL Federal Credit Union will have a free financial seminar, “Your Guide to Planning for Homeownership,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 in the credit union’s main office at 221 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The open seminar will include information on saving for a down payment and how to prepare consumer credit for maximum borrowing power.

    “You’re a Homeowner, Now What?” a second free financial home-buying seminar, will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14.

  • Roane jobless rate steady at 7.8 percent

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady in August at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the rate, unchanged from July’s showings, is down significantly from a year ago.

    In August 2009, the state reported Roane County had a 9.5 unemployment rate.

    The latest figures also indicate Roane County has the fifth-lowest rate in the state.

  • Well wishes for health department's Baker