• Lots of unique dishes found on the menu in 2014

    This “Out to Lunch” article is the second of my 2014 Highlight Reviews.

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    The sign at Wendell’s Diner says, “The best of times ... the 1980s.”

    It’s at 2807 Roane State Hwy. in Midtown, between Mike’s Body Shop and the former bread store (known by old-timers as Davis Diner) on Hwy. 70.

    My wife, Carol, studied the menu and suggested I order the Donkey Kong burger.

  • Credit unions launching new title company

    CU Community and Credit Union Services of East Tennessee teamed up to launch CU Community Title Company LLC, effective Jan. 2.

    The joint venture is a groundbreaking collaboration between East Tennessee’s most successful subsidiaries of ORNL Federal Credit Union and Y-12 Federal Credit Union, both headquartered in Oak Ridge.

    “Title companies are a natural extension of the mortgage business,” said Ron Honeycutt, CUSET chairman.

  • Roane jobless rate up slightly in November

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up by 0.1 percent in November, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for November was 6.2 percent.

    That means 24,090 workers in the county’s 25,690 labor force were employed during the month.

    Though on the rise, the county rate was substantially higher in November 2013, state statistics show.

  • Food City shoppers aid hunger relief groups

    Customers of Food City stores in Harriman and Kingston did their part recently in giving assistance to area agencies working toward helping the hungry.

    It was all part of the stores’ annual Race Against Hunger holiday campaign.

    The campaign, in effect since 1992 and a partnership with Kellogg’s, benefits area hunger relief organizations.    

    “Hunger is a serious problem in America,” said Food City President and CEO Steven C. Smith.

  • OUT TO LUNCH: Looking for a good lunch? There were lots to be had in 2014

    Several “Out To Lunch” readers have asked my wife, Carol, and I, “Where’s the best place to eat?”

    After writing 190 articles, we have a bunch of eating adventures that impressed us, but no particular favorites.

    From our 2014 visits, the following are some of the places that come to mind for a return outing.

    My next article will include additional highlights from 2014.

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    “I drove 12,000 miles to enjoy my fourth time to eat at China New Buffet in Rockwood,” Bobbi Abbey said.

  • Willis big winner in Chamber shopping spree

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce received almost 3,000 entries in this year’s Christmas shopping spree.

    During a drawing at The Roane Alliance’s annual Christmas open house, three winners were awarded $1,000.

    Connie Willis of Harriman won $500, while John Baker of Rockwood and Maxine Schuburt of Harriman each received $250.

    “This money will be very helpful to not only finish my Christmas shopping,” said Willis, “but also help pay for a large purchase she made recently at Rocky Top for a family member.”


    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch presented items collected in the sixth year of the Gloves of Love campaign on Dec. 16.

    Gloves, hats and scarves were collected for school children in Roane County.

    Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, said Becky Woody, Roane County senior branch manager.

    That’s why she said the credit union is making it its mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the


  • Zeiger new executive at Ridgeview

    Nathan Zeiger has been named chief operating officer of Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services.

    Zeiger, who holds a master’s degree in social work, began his new post on Dec. 8.

    He previously served as executive director of Bell Therapy Inc. in Milwaukee.

    “He is an accomplished, results-driven executive with 20 years of experience in community-based social services, including integrated care and programming for adults and children and youth with mental illness and substance use disorders,” said Brian Buuck, Ridge View CEO.

  • Weigel’s opening in Midtown next week

    Roane Countians will have a reason to celebrate between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, with the opening of the newest Weigel’s scheduled on New Year’s Eve morning. The new store is next to Bojangles’ on Roane State Hwy. in Harrima’s Midtown area. The grand opening at the new store will be in February.

  • Y-12 aids in fuel creation for NASA long-range missions

    The Y-12 National Security Complex staff members are taking their uranium expertise to the next level — outer


    The National Nuclear Safety Administration Production Office at Y-12 struck an agreement earlier this year with

    NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, to support the design of a small nuclear-powered reactor with potential to lead to small fission power reactors for future space exploration missions.