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Business

  • Free workshops aim to assist business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering three free workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshops will be in  Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Two workshops are planned for Sept. 17. The first, from 9 a.m. to noon, focuses on how to do business with the government.

    Women-owned small business certifications will be later, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Laymance joins Roane County Family Practice

    Dr. Jonathan Ben Laymance of Wartburg has joined Roane County Family Practice of Harriman.

    He began on Sept. 1 and is now accepting new patients in offices in Physicians Plaza of Roane County at 1822 Tanner Way, Midtown.

    Call 376-6272 for details.

    Laymance is board certified in family medicine. He was a 2010 graduate of Meharry Medical College, Nashville.

  • Improvements made to Jobs4TN.gov

    Tennessee job seekers and employers now have a more powerful tool in searching for jobs and job candidates as the result of an upgrade to the Jobs4TN.gov website.
    The revisions now allow users to customize their workspaces, expand database searches and how they are saved, and share jobs through email and the Career Network.
    Jobs4TN Online was introduced in May 2012 as Tennessee’s premier job resource. Presently, the site lists 84,969 Tennessee jobs available and 128,888 registered job seekers.

  • Shop Roane First in support of area schools

    In a joint effort, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane County Schools have launched a “Shop Roane First” campaign to aid in supporting both education and area busines-ses.
    “When we spend money at home first, we support local business and education at the same time,” said Gary Aytes, Roane County director of schools.
    Roane County is rich in resources for educational opportunities, Aytes said.

  • Jobless outlook better in July

    Roane County’s unemployment rate went down 0.4 percent in July, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    The rate, at 8.3 percent, is 0.2 percent higher than a year ago, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,250 workers in Roane County’s 27,540 labor force were employed during the month.

  • A THEME THAT’S TRULY MAGIC

    “Magic” is the theme of the 2013 Gala, a major annual fundraising event for The Roane Alliance.
    The Gala will be on Nov. 1.
    “The Roane Alliance Gala is always kind of a magical event,” said Roane Alliance President/CEO Leslie Henderson. “So it just made sense to embrace that as our theme this year.”
    Money raised from the event goes toward funding the many programs The Alliance administers throughout the year to ensure quality growth for Roane County.

  • Unemployment insurance now payable online

    Employers can now pay their unemployment insurance premiums online through ACH bank debit.

    This convenience eliminates the need for paper checks or the necessity for making special arrangements with your bank to pay by ACH credit.

     Employers who use the Tennessee Premium and Wage Reporting System (TNPAWS) already have online access to their unemployment insurance account and now have the option to pay their premiums online.

  • Proton Power brings energy efforts to Rockwood

    Proton Power has its sights on the future of energy, and its continued success has it expanding into a Rockwood facility for its liquid fuel projects.

    The company, focused on using hydrogen for energy, doesn’t just look at their endeavors as environmentally friendly but economically sound as well.

    “It is energy efficient, environmentally attractive and economical. It has to be all of these to be good in the long term,” said co-founder Dr. Sam C. Weaver.

  • Tennessee recognized for lowest state debt

    Fitch Ratings, one of the country’s top bond agencies, has officially named Tennessee the lowest debt state in the nation.

     The news, which was officially released by Fitch earlier this week, is based on an analysis of total debt ratios in all 50 states. The calculation is measured by combining each state’s total debt and unfunded liabilities and measuring them against the state’s average individual income level.

  • GLA Services joins Roane Chamber

    New Chamber member GLA Services held a new member celebration event at The Roane Alliance on Thursday, May 23.

    Owner George Alter took the opportunity to talk about his business – a general contractor for residential/commercial/industrial markets. According to George, he’s basically a professional ‘handy-man’. George and his wife and co-owner Lisa can be reached by calling 201-5547.