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Business

  • What’s the SCORE? Planning: It’s a key part of successful negotiations

    When I conduct the “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, I emphasize the importance of planning.

    Yes, planning.

    Do you plan your negotiations? Have you identified your potential minor concessions and major concessions? Determined the management of time so that it favors you?

    If you are a real estate agent, have you developed a negotiation plan with your buyer or seller at the beginning of the process? Are they prepared for a challenging negotiation?

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY

    By Peter Forton

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Tradition is an important part of Zac Gronda’s life.

    It has led him to a successful business career, provided financial security for his family and helped him develop life long friendships in his community.

    Gronda is a third-generation barber, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Clifford who owned and operated a barber shop in Grosse Isle, Mich., on the shore of Lake Erie.

  • Midway schools’ organizations beneficiaries of VEC benevolence

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

    Groups receiving grants were Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization, $250; Midway Middle School Football Booster Club, $250; Midway Quarterback Club, $250; Midway High School Band Boosters, $600; Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club, $700; and Midway Middle School Beta Club, $700.

  • Closures not always a lack of clientele

    Despite the fact that several businesses – primarily restaurants — have recently closed in Kingston, The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell told Kingston City Council the closures should not be confused with market trends.

    “Closures are typically the result of business decisions, not the ability of the market to support those businesses,” he said.

  • TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 up and running

    The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three weeks.

  • OUT to LUNCH: The secret’s out: Swifty’s has some darned good food

    Readers may remember my comments in previous articles that restaurant locations remain; only the operators change.

    Our most recent “Out to Lunch” adventure features a new Oak Ridge operation, Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill, at 119 S. Illinois Ave. In May of 2010 I wrote about Lincoln’s at this same location.

  • Leadership Roane County: Class of 2016
  • Sacketts now in Angus group

    Sackett & Sons Cattle Co., Kingston, is a new member of the American Angus Association.

    Headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo., the American Angus Association has more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

    One of the largest beef breed associations in the world, its computerized records include information on more than 18 million registered Angus.

    The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members.

  • All Sales Vinyl in new digs

    All Sales Vinyl, Rockwood, is in a new location.

    The full-service sign shop is now at 720 N. Gateway Ave.

    All Sales Vinyl provides an array of other products, including silk-screen T-shirts, business cards, custom license plates and graphics.

    Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Visit www.allsalesvinylsignshop.com or call 466-6896 for details.

  • BPW marking 95th anniversary

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women will celebrate their 95th anniversary with a special dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in Victorian Square at 241 S. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood.

    Reservations are necessary and may be made by contacing Lee Ann Gaddis at 250-8149 or leeann4002@yahoo.com.