• Out to Lunch: Friends bridge the way at Chop House

    Recently I told someone that writing “Out to Lunch” articles is as much about people as it is about the food from unique restaurants. Everyone likes to enjoy good food with friends.

    Most Tuesdays my wife Carol is playing bridge with several varied groups of area ladies. On our most recent adventure I decided to eavesdrop on another bridge group, which Carol is not part of.

    Our friend Luci Bell, who has been mentioned in previous “Out To Lunch” articles, told me about her Wednesday bridge group that plays at different restaurants.

  • Roane jobless rate holds steady in February

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in February, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 1 percent lower than a year ago.

    Roane was among 21 of Tennessee’s 95 counties where unemployment rates remained the same from January to February. Sixty-nine counties saw lower unemployment rates, and five counties had increased rates.

  • Seminar shows social media use in marketing

    The Roane Alliance and Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College will give a free seminar for business owners on April 19.

    The seminar, Social Media Marketing, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Center Director Jutta Bangs will present the seminar that’s described as ideal for both future and existing entrepreneurs.

  • Negotiating basics at next Lunch and Learn

    “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” is the topic of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch and Learn series.

    The program presented by SCORE will be from noon to 2 p.m. April 24 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Critical factors for successful negotiations

    • Negotiation gambits — how and when to use them

    • The three stages of a negotiation

  • TNComp handles contested filings

    The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation now uses an innovative new system that allows attorneys and self-represented litigants to file documents without printing copies or traveling to Bureau offices across the state.
    The new TNComp electronic filing system allows all parties to file contested case pleadings in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

  • Out to Lunch: Ratchet's: Some things never change

    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article in 2008 on Ratchet’s Bar & Grill in Rockwood.

    I’m repeating the comments below from that almost-10-year-old article about the location,

    “Unless you’ve played golf at the Rockwood Golf Course, someone would have to tell you about the restaurant at the clubhouse.

    “I’ve noticed the sign for Ratchet’s east of Rockwood on Hwy 70, at the road leading to the golf course.”

  • Meetings to assist nuclear workers

    Nuclear workers at Oak Ridge’s Y-12, X-10/Oak Ridge National Laboratory and K-25 Plants are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Cold War Patriots meetings for customized information about government compensation and health-care benefits they have earned.

    The first meeting will be on March 19 in Kingston’s Noah’s Event Venue at 1200 Ladd Landing.

    Subsequent meetings will be March 20 at Oak Ridge Double Tree, March 21 at Clinton Community Center, and March 22 at The Venue at Lenoir City.

  • Sears Chamber’s top business in March
  • Has credit card DEBT gotten out of HAND?

    U.S. consumers racked up $92.2 billion in credit card debt during 2017, pushing outstanding balances past $1 trillion for the first time ever, according to WalletHub’s latest Credit Card Debt Study, based on Federal Reserve data released last week.

    Only four times in the past 30 years have Americans spent so much in a year, the WalletHub study revealed. And in each of those prior cases, the charge-off rate – currently hovering near historical lows – rose the following year.

  • 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.