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Business

  • Clay marks 20 years at accounting firm

    Suzanne Clay recently celebrated more than 20 years of service with Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C., an accounting firm headquartered in Kingston.

    “We are extremely proud of Suzie’s years of service,” said Keith Uselton, president of Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C. “She is extremely knowledgable about financial and tax issues and is a true asset to our clients and firm.”

  • E-Response assists in reducing overpayment of Unemployment Insurance

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has an electronic separation process to help reduce overpayment of unemployment insurance.

    State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) E-Response is a website through which employers submit electronic responses to unemployment insurance information requests.

    The voluntary system was introduced in April 2012, but currently only 13% of employers are taking advantage of the system.

  • Chamber takes a break at Jake’s Tavern & Grill

    One of Roane County’s newest restaurants, Jake’s Tavern & Grill of Rockwood, celebrates its grand opening with a Roane County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.

  • Former Harriman newspaper publisher honored by college

    Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate recently dedicated The Walter T. and Julia Pulliam Historic Newspaper Collection and unveiled a special exhibit featuring some of the most prized pieces of the collection.

    An archives room at the college was also named in honor of Pulliam, retired Harriman newspaper publisher, and his wife, Julia.

    Pulliam was publisher and editor of The Harriman Record and Today’s News. He is also author of “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built.”

  • Out to Lunch: Gourmét and Southern goodness meet at Bistro at Bijou

    My wife, Carol, and I both worked on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville while I attended the University of Tennessee in the late 1950s. We always enjoy “stepping back to the past” in this historic area and reviving pleasant memories.

    We visited the historic Bijou Theater last year with our longtime Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease.  Still laughing after the performance of “Menopause the Musical,” we decided to go back another day to eat at Bistro at the Bijou.

  • Cowell, Foust, Rivers, Lyke, Meza honored

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious annual business awards for 2013 before a crowd of community and business leaders attending the Chamber’s 67th annual banquet at Whitestone Country Inn on April 19.

    Honorees this year include Rose Meza of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation, Chamber Ambassador of the Year; Foust Family Fitness, Business of the Year; Brantley Rivers of Acme Brick and Block, Paul E. Goldberg Young Professional Award; and Gail Lyke of First Bank of Tennessee, Roane Chamber Woman of the Year.

  • Jobless front better in Feb.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell in February, but it was narrowly higher than in 2012, statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.
    The rate, at 7.9 percent, is 0.2 percent lower than in January. Last February, the county’s jobless rate was at 7.8 percent, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,120 workers in Roane County’s 27,290 labor force were employed during the month.

  • New business startup help at workshop

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register.
    The center offers free advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses.

  • VEC program gives to Midway organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in February.
    Midway Youth League was awarded $1,500, and Midway Teen Baseball Club received $1,250.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.5
    million to various com-
    munity-service organizations.
    VECustomers Share is
    a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service
    area.

  • Kyker tapped for Meet the Mentors post

    Mitchell Kyker, vice president of Kyker Funeral Homes, was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association’s Meet the Mentors program.

    Meet the Mentors, supported by the Funeral Service Foundation, took place March 18-19 in the Emory Conference Center Hotel on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta.

    It brought together young funeral professionals to learn from three of the country’s leading funeral directors and network with like-minded peers.