• Helping business with festival site
  • Kingston CPAs merge with Nashville firm

    Representatives of Kingston’s Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C. have signed a merger agreement with Collinsworth, Bright and Co., P.C., of Nashville.

    The accounting firms will now operate as Uselton, Clay and Bright, P.C. — or UC&B.

    UC&B is a full-service accounting firm able to provide comprehensive tax, accounting and financial services that encompass nearly every aspect of business and personal finance, including taxation, accounting and auditing, valuation, business management and other such services.

  • TCAT offers staffers’ years of service to school


  • Roane jobless figures steady

    Roane County maintained a 7.2-percent unemployment rate through November and December, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s down from the 7.5-percent rate the county registered in December 2012.

    The latest figures show that 24,500 in the county’s 26,410-strong workforce were employed during December.

    The state rate, at 7.3 percent, and the national 6.5-percent national rate fell 0.1 percent during the month.

  • Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

     Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Charles Tyler Morris of the Harriman store was honored for his work with fire departments in Harriman, Midtown and Rockwood; as well as volunteering with Operation REACH, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Roane County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Devan Franklin for her work with Lenoir City First Baptist Church and South Harriman Baptist Church.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Big-city offerings not as vast as China New Buffet

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

    “I’ve been so impressed with the food and prices.”

    Bobbi grew up in Rockwood and now lives in Wisconsin.

    On our recent “Out to Lunch” adventure, she and her parents, Bob and Jonell Cundiff of Rockwood, were seated in a booth across the aisle from my wife, Carol and me.

    Bob is a retired salesman, who called on East Tennessee auto body shops for their replacement parts needs.

  • ORUD Valentines help heat homes

    Proceeds from Oak Ridge Utility District’s special Valentine’s Day gifts help area families stay warm.

    ORUD’s annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” program raises funds for Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

    Through the program, ORUD offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts. All proceeds from the purchase of those gifts go to Project SAFE.

  • Jones tops at Methodist in ’13

    Darla Jones, nursing supervisor of the Nursing Administration Department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge (MMC), has been named the 2013 MMCer of the Year.

    Hospital employees cast their votes for MMCer of the Year among candidates who received MMCer of the Month during the year.

    Jones, who lives in Kingston, was December MMCer of the Month and received the greatest number of votes to earn this special distinction.

  • Sexton’s Willis National Technician of the Year

    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recently honored Larry Willis as National BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year.

    Willis, an ASE master collision repair and refinish technician from Harriman, was among 45 automotive professionals recognized at the ASE’s fall Board of Governors meeting in the Newport Beach, Calif., Fairmont Hotel.

  • Parachute pants, leg warmers optional: Wendell’s Diner celebrates the iconic 1980s

    The 1980s introduced some of the most iconic cartoons, video games, big hair and fashion styles to pop culture.

    It’s a love for that giddy time that inspired Wendell Ruppe and his family when they decided to open Wendell’s Restaurant in Midtown. It opens for business at 6 a.m. today, Monday.

    “That is when me and my wife were both teenagers,” Ruppe said. “It was a fun time.”

    Not only were Ruppe and his wife Debbie teens in the 1980s, but the couple married in 1989.