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Business

  • 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.

  • Jobless rate takes turn for the better in Roane, 81 other Tenn. counties

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell in March by 0.5 percent.

    The county’s unemployment rate at 4.0 percent was confirmed late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.9 percent lower that a year ago, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate of 4.9 percent.

    Eighty-two of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment rates when compared to February.

  • Federal regulators give Harriman Care & Rehab top rating

    Federal regulators with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently awarded Harriman Care and Rehabilitation with five stars, its top star rating.

    “Our staff is passionate about providing quality health care, and I am proud to see this exceptional rating from CMS,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO at Harriman Care and Rehab.

  • Cold War Patriots resource fair in Oak Ridge to cater to Y-12, ORNL, K-25 workers

    Cold War Patriots, a community resource and one of the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host a free community resource fair for nuclear weapons workers and their families this month.

    The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    “These events are a lot of fun, while also offering important information and resources for Y-12, X-10/ORNL, and K-25 workers,” said Tim Lerew, Cold War Patriots chairman.

  • Regions Bank opens Midtown location this week

    The new Regions Bank branch in Harriman’s Midtown area, is expected to open Monday.

    The branch lobby will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The drive-thru will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6.

    Video banking capabilities will also be available at the drive-thru Video Banking ATM.

    Video Banking ATMs allow customers to choose to connect with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video.

  • Volunteer Electric donations to Roane area organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Youth Development Organization ($225), 30 Plus Club ($250), Midway Hall of Fame ($325), Roane County Youth Leadership ($450), Youth Department of Salem Baptist Church ($500), and Midway Quarterback Club ($750).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Razzleberry’s sure to fill more than your sweet tooth

    For sometime I have overlooked going “Out To Lunch” at Razzleberry’s in Oak Ridge.

    The full name of the café is Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen.

    My wife Carol and I grew up in Oak Ridge and remember Razzleberry’s location, on one corner of historic Jackson Square, was once a hardware store.

    Looking out one Razzleberry window you can see Blankenship Field (where I have many football memories), and the Oak Ridge Playhouse (formerly the Center Theater) looking out the parking lot window.

  • FROMSTARTTOFINISH

    The Kingston McDonald’s was demolished last week to make way for a new building that is expected to open over the summer.

    Owner John Faris said employees won’t be out of a job during construction.

    “The employees we have here have been designated in other locations,” he said. “The Lenoir City location, the Love’s (travel stop) location, Harriman and Rockwood. All the current employees have got a place to work, management and crew.”

  • Nashville attorney takes over as head of Legal Aid Society

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named attorney DarKenya W. Waller as its new executive director.

    Waller, who previously served as managing attorney of the firm’s Nashville office, replaces Gary Housepian, who served as executive director for the last decade.

    Legal Aid Society serves 48 counties, including Roane, from offices in Oak Ridge, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma.