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  • 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.

  • How will the new tax law affect YOU?

    The Internal Revenue Service has released updates for income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month.

    This is the first in a series of steps that IRS will take to help improve the accuracy of withholding following major changes made by the new tax law.

    The updated withholding information, posted on IRS.gov, shows new rates for employers to use during 2018.

    Employers should begin using the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but not later than Feb. 15.

  • Jobless numbers still low

    Even though Roane and 89 other Tennessee counties saw slight increases in unemployment rates in November, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said rates remain low across the state.

    The vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent.

    “The economy remains strong in Tennessee, but we are not going to let up on our Drive to 55 to ensure our workforce is ready for the demands of employers in the years to come,” Haslam said.

  • ROLE REVERSAL

    Dressed in full-body sterile protection affectionately called a “bunny suit,” Roane Medical Center pharmacy technician Cotton Tucker, 59, was busy at work in late July 2017.

    One of Tucker’s duties at the Harriman hospital is to fill and deliver prescription medicine carts that physicians need during surgery, and she carefully put everything in its place.

    “You take your [prescription medicine] fill to each room. Anesthesia has six carts, and I did the first one; I remember that. But that’s all I remember,” she said.