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  • Kingston's top worker

    The city of Kingston named water department employee Shawn Clark, center right, as February’s employee of the month.

    The presentation of the honor at last week’s Kingston City Council meeting includes, from left, Mayor Tim Neal, City Manager David Bolling, Clark’s wife Susie, son Jacob and Clark’s supervisor Jimmy Agee.

  • Rockwood’s Tractor Supply pet friendly with donations

    Rockwood’s Tractor Supply Co. store is donating 96 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption.

    Recipients of the donation are Roane County Animal Shelter and Roane County PAWS.

    “More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” said Kristin McPherson, manager of the Rockwood Tractor Supply store.

  • Out to Lunch: We found happiness at Fulin’s

    If you’ve read any of my previous “Out to Lunch” articles, you know that I refer to the food and places that I write about as adventures.

    Our latest adventure again included members of our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee.

    The committee is now planning a June 7 reunion lunch for the classes of 1954, 1955 and 1956 during the Oak Ridge Secret City Festival. The event will be at the former Wildcat Den, on Oak Ridge Turnpike, across from Al Bissell Park.

  • ORUD fundraiser helps Project SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District is gearing up for its annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser for orders of Valentine’s Day gifts, including selections of stuffed animals, sweet treats, flowers and/or balloons.

    Proceeds from the annual February project benefit Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties’ Project SAFE.

    Project SAFE helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

  • RISING STAR

    An Oliver Springs company launched after a successful effort to save a dying dog has gone international and received two awards in celebration of its success.

    Animal Element Equine Inc., founded by Michelle French, recently won the Rising Star award from Roane State Community College’s office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

    The company also received the Tennessee Small Business Exporter of 2017 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Staggs Roane Medical’s first DAISY

    Shelia Staggs, registered nurse and certified case manager, is the first recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Roane Medical Center.

    She was nominated by the family member of a patient who was battling a progressive disease and near the end of her life.

    The patient’s family made the trip from out of town to develop a plan of care for their loved one with Staggs’ help. She kept in close contact, providing extensive research and coordination to help ease the families’ decisions for medical treatment options.

  • A REASON TO SMILE

    A new partnership will allow a longtime Kingston orthodontist to expand on the quality care he’d given for decades.

    Dr. L.R. Fuqua Jr., a Kingston orthodontist specialist for the past 40 years, has merged his practice with Pryse Orthodontics in Anderson County.

    Pryse Orthodontics is a specialty practice owned by Dr. John Pryse since 1977.

  • Unemployment falling in Roane

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate decrease from 3.8 to 3.6 percent from November to December 2017, a .2 percent decline.

    Of the county’s 23,070 workforce, 22,230 were employed.

    County unemployment rates released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the state’s 95 counties during December 2017.

    The latest statistics also highlight how each county had significantly lower unemployment compared to one year ago.

  • VEC helps Midway High programs

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in January.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway High School Band Boosters ($500.00), Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500.00), Midway High Bass Club ($500.00), and Roane County Robotics Team ($1,250.00).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.1 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Shoney’s has all you can eat and so much more

    I hope readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have not concluded that I have quit writing them. My most recent article was published on Dec. 11, 2017.

    Due to enjoying many of our out-of-state grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visiting us during the holidays, plus a long business trip to the Tupelo Furniture Market in early January, I’m now trying to get back on a regular writing schedule.

    I began working on this “Out To Lunch” adventure at Shoney’s in Harriman, on Dec. 19, 2017.