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  • Premier Sharp supports breast cancer awareness

    This October, Premier Sharp Funeral Home, at 209 Roane St., Oliver Springs, is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a unique way.

    Throughout the month, staff members at the Oliver Springs funeral home will be wearing pink ties and scarves to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.

    Premier Sharp is also making a donation to Susan G. Komen Foundation in Knoxville, located at 318 Nancy Lynn Lane.

  • WHAT'S THE SCORE? Employee fraud prevention basics for all organizations

    By Dana Peterka
    An Association of Certified Fraud Examiners report indicates that small organizations are the most common victims in fraud instances at 31.8 percent.

    The report estimates that the median losses for small organizations, with fewer than 100

    employees that experienced a fraud, were $147,000.

    The goal of this article is to make sure that you are aware of the potential for fraud and that the organizations (businesses, government agencies and nonprofits) you are affiliated with are effectively addressing this issue.

  • Ruffles and Kennedy spur mom’s new venture and aid for Hurler syndrome

    A new clothing business will help young girls be stylish, but, more than that, will hopefully help find a cure for a serious disease.

    KFrances, named in honor of 2-year-old Kennedy Frances Ladd of Rockwood, had its grand opening Sept. 23 in front of Carmella’s in Kingston.

    The shop itself is conveniently mobile. Kennedy’s parents, Allie and Ryan Ladd, own the business.

    Allie Ladd said Ryan ordered a car hauler, and put in the flooring and clothing racks himself.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts opening this week

    The wait is almost over.

    Tuesday marks the opening of the Dunkin’ Donuts in the Midtown area of Harriman.

    “We’re thrilled to be here,” store owner Dave Baumgartner said on Friday.

    “We expect this to be a great location. We want to supply travelers and local customers with the sweet nectar of Dunkin’ Donuts.

    “We’re really excited.”

    Baumgartner’s company, Bluemont Group, owns 25 Dunkin’ Donuts stores.

  • What’s the SCORE? By Dana Peterka: Are you using the rearview mirror to run your business?

    First, let’s start with some definitions.

    Custodial or financial accounting is precise and must adhere to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and other regulations.

    Custodial accounting reports are prepared to present the past financial performance of an organization to external parties.

    These may include the board of directors, stockholders, financial institutions and government agencies.

  • Almost time to make the doughnuts

    Dunkin’ Donuts nears completion of its store in Harriman’s Midtown area.

    City officials said they’ve heard the store, popular for its coffee as well as its sweet treats, is set to open the first of October.

    One of the features is a drive-thru window for customer convenience.

    The store is in a new development, which will also reportedly include a Great Clips hair salon.

  • OS shopper wins Food City Ultimate Battle package

    Kenneth Bunch of Oliver Springs was selected as the winner of Food City’s grand-prize package from its Ultimate Battle Pass sweepstakes.

    Bunch shops at the Oliver Springs Food City at 508 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Food City officials presented him with his prize package on Sept. 6 at the Deane Hill Food City in Knoxville.

    The contest ran Aug. 3-30 in all Food City locations.

    Customers gained automatic entry each time they purchased five participating items, using their Food City ValuCard. Mail-in entries were also accepted.

  • Kimsey calls it a career after 31 years

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation Department had a party for Ellen Kimsey, front row in center, Rockwood Community Center director, who worked her last day Aug. 19.

    Kimsey worked for the department for 31 years, said Chase Clem, Rockwood Parks and Recreation Department director.

    “She has been a great servant to the community and will be greatly missed,” he added.

  • August jobless rate up

    Roane County’s unemployment rate climbed to 5.9 percent in August, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s up 0.3 percent from the July rate. It’s an improvement over the August 2015 jobless rate of 6.2 percent.

    Both Tennessee and the U.S. unemployment rates were 5.0 percent for August. That’s a 0.1 decrease for the U.S. figures and a 0.1 percent increase for the state.

  • State seeing spike in workplace fatalities

    The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 22 Tennessee workers suffered fatal job-related injuries since January.

    “In the month of July alone, 10 Tennessee workers lost their lives in workplace accidents, devastating families, friends, co-workers and businesses,” said Steve Hawkins, TOSHA administrator.

    “Most all of these could have been prevented.”