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Business

  • Gloria Jean’s latest restaurant to close its doors

    Gloria Jean’s Fine Southern Provisions in Kingston has closed, despite a denial from owner Robert DeBinder that the business was ending.

    The announcement follows by just a few days news that Casa Don Polos Restaurant on Race St. in Kingston had also closed its doors.

    Knoxville resident DeBinder confirmed Tuesday that the restaurant’s last day of operations was Sunday, Sept. 11. When contacted by the Roane County News a few days prior, he admitted Gloria Jean’s had been having some issues, but at that time, had no plans to close.

  • Oak Ridge group collects food for Second Harvest

    Employees of the National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office have donated 50,177 pounds of food as part of the annual U.S. Department of Energy’s Feds Feed Families campaign.

    The amount of food donated is almost double the amount donated in the 2015 campaign and continues the organization’s tradition as a leader in this campaign among offices across the Enterprise.

  • What’s the SCORE? Increase productivity, focus on activities with best return

    By Dana Peterka

    In last week’s column, we discussed a key productivity improvement tool, the Eisenhower Urgency — Importance Grid.

    In this column, we will discuss time savers and determining what activities to delegate or outsource. In the Roane County Chamber’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop we discuss these topics.

  • Out to Lunch: Doggone good food — and hot dogs — at Country Café

    On a trip to Dr. David Roberts Chiropractic office I asked his chiropractic assistant, Tonya Simmons, if she had a restaurant to recommend for an “Out to Lunch” article.

    “Have you been to Countryside Café on Hwy 58, in Ten Mile?” she asked.

    “I wrote about Countryside in 2012, and have them on my list to revisit,” I replied.

    Then I brought her a copy of the 2012 article on my next chiropractic treatment.

  • Off-road leads to business at Windrock Park

    Four-wheelin’ fun and more. That’s what a trip to Windrock Park near Oliver Springs has to offer.

    “We’re the largest privately-owned off-road park in the country,” Coal Creek Co. Marketing Manager Samantha Collins said. “We have 72,000 acres of land, and a little over 300 miles of trails.”

    The massive trail system offers challenges for all skill levels. The trails are open to ATVs, side-by-sides, Jeeps, buggies, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and even walkers.

  • What's the SCORE?: Are you managing the work — or is it managing you?

    By Dana Peterka • For Roane County News

    When I hear someone say “I don’t have time for that” before they even understand what the value of “that” is, I feel sorry for them.

    How do they know that “that” isn’t a better use of their time?

    I ask myself whether they recognize that they have let others set their business and life priorities.

  • Tomboy a National Best Brand

    Tomboy Organic Skincare Co., the firm founded and operated by Melissa Kreis-Stephens of Roane State Community College, is the recipient of the American Choice Awards’ National Best Brand Award for Organic Salves and Skin Care.

    More than 1,500 brands are judged by American consumers across 190 categories.

    “We are pleased to welcome Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. into our family of National Brand Winners,” said Jen Johansen, American Choice Awards’ senior vice president of polling and research.

  • A Look At Life SOUTH OF THE RIVER: South of the River Dollar General open

    By Penelope Bond

    Several area residents turned out for the official grand opening of the new Dollar General store on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    The cashiers reported that business had been brisk even in the previous week, as the “Now Open” banner was enough to bring in new customers.

    Advertised perks for the first patrons on Saturday had them lined up at the door at opening time.  The store’s regular hours henceforth are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.