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  • Jobless numbers improve in April

    Roane County’s employment front improved slightly in April, with the jobless rate at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.3 percent lower than in March. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.3 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Industry Appreciation Breakfast: C.R. Barger & Sons tops, ORNL most beautiful of 2013

    C.R. Barger & Sons, a fifth-generation family company that’s operated for 60 years in Roane County, is Roane County Industrial Development Board’s 2013 Industry of the Year.

    The company received the honor during the recent Industry Appreciation Breakfast on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    The board also recognized Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the 2013 Beautification Award.

  • China New Buffet open in Rockwood

    Rockwood Industrial Board and city officials welcome China New Buffet to Rockwood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that includes, from left, Mary Gail Gallaher, Vickie Watts, China New Buffet owners Jimmy Haung and Jessie Haung, Mayor James Watts, Rockwood City Council member Jane Long, David McLarty and Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    Watts also gave the Huangs a key to the city.

    The Huangs said their goal is to serve fresh and tasty food in the Mandarin style of South China.

  • Duff Subaru Stellar among dealerships

    Earl Duff Subaru, Harriman, has been recognized for excellence in customer service with the prestigious Subaru Stellar Care Award.
    The award, presented by Subaru of America Inc., honors an elite group of dealerships for exemplary customer care and relationships.
    “The Subaru Stellar Care Award is given to top-ranking Subaru dealers who deliver an exceptional ownership experience to our customers,” said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales for Subaru of America.

  • 100,000+ using Jobs4TN

    More than 108,500 job seekers have registered with Jobs4TN Online, Tennessee’s comprehensive jobs database launched by Gov. Bill Haslam last May.
    More than 1 million job searches have been tallied in the year the service has been live, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    Employers and job seekers may visit https://www.jobs4TN.gov to register, post jobs and apply for jobs.

  • Bojangles’ to open Harriman site on May 20

    Bojangles’ will start serving its Southern classics, signature chicken and biscuits, and all-day breakfast items at 5:30 a.m. May 20 in Harriman.

    The more-than-3,800-square-foot restaurant at 1917 Roane State Hwy., Midtown,  will seat more than 75 guests.

    “Bojangles’ is thrilled to open Harriman’s first Bojangles’ and introduce this community to Bojangles’ unique flavors and made from scratch menu items,” said Bojangles’ Regional Vice President, Dion Firooznia.

  • Alliance representatives meet with governor

     

    A delegation from The Roane Alliance recently meeting with Gov. Bill Haslam, center right, at the Tennessee State Capitol are, front row from left, Chris Whaley, state Rep. Kent Calfee, Darrell Williams; and back row, Kathy Parks, Gail Lyke, Brenda Rowe and Teresa Jackson.

  • RSCC’s Harris completes economic development course

    Kim Harris, placement director with Roane State Community College, was one of 46 economic development professionals from Tennessee and other states who recently completed the seventh annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course in Nashville.

    “The interest, engagement and knowledge of the participants made this truly a unique experience,” said Erin Ketelle, course and Tennessee Certified Economic Developer director.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Save room for dessert when you visit Carter’s Restaurant

    Because we have always enjoyed the food, this is the third time I have written an “Out To Lunch” article about eating at this Ten Mile location.

    It was called the Stone Cottage Inn in my June 2008 article. I wrote about it again in Oct. 2010, when it was the Pizza Factory.

    It became Carter’s Restaurant, sometimes referred to as Carter’s Pizza Subs & Grill, in February 2011. This is the restaurant of our most recent adventure.

  • Roane jobless rate up slightly in March

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up a bit for March, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The rate, at 8.1 percent, is 0.2 percent higher than in February. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.6 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,210 workers in Roane County’s 27,430 labor force were employed during the month.