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  • CLIFTONS HIT THE FRONTIER

    Casey’s Frontier is now the new face of David Clifton Chevrolet.

    They took over the dealership in May.

    “The biggest thing we are bringing to Rockwood is cars,” said Jim Sibley, general manager for Casey’s Frontier.

    Sibley said they’ve increased inventory on new and used vehicles, and hope customers stay in Roane County “and spend their money in the town and keep the tax dollars in the county.”

    “Our main thing is trying to breathe new life into the community,” said Sibley.

  • Tourism director honored

    Pam May, The Roane Alliance’s director of tourism, is the 2015 recipient of the Chuck Davis Tourism Award.

    The award is given by the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council. It was presented during the 49th annual awards banquet for the East Tennessee Development District and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

  • UGO head state’s top retailer for ’15

    Gary Buchanan of United Grocery Outlet has been named Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association’s 2015 Retailer of the Year.

    The award was presented during a ceremony at TGCSA’s annual convention in Chattanooga.

    United Grocery Outlet has a store at 508 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

  • Workshop to cover accounting for small businesses

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop on accounting for small businesses.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 26 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Topics to be covered include types of financial statements, do’s and don’ts, best practices and resources available.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register.

    Registration is also available online at www.roanestate.edu.tsbdc.

  • Ridgeview opening outpatient clinic

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services is expanding its services to Roane County with the opening of a new outpatient clinic at 307 Devonia St., Harriman.

    The clinic is adjacent to Ridgeview’s Louise Singleton Center at 221 Devonia St.

    “The Harriman clinic also offers same day accessibility to mental-health care with its walk-in clinic,” said Outpatient Facility Director Traci Golbach.

  • Out to Lunch: Hot dog! Grab a frankfurter and ice cream at D&B’s

    “This Saturday, I’m going to have one of those hot dogs that I told you about,” said my former classmate, Jan Harlan, as we were leaving a recent Oak Ridge High School 60th reunion meeting.

    In grade school there were only two houses on the street between my house and Jan’s.

    Readers of my previous articles will understand when I shout, “Hot dog!” That’s because I’ve often written about my fondness of hot dogs.

    I called Jan the next day to ask if my wife, Carol, and I could join her.

  • Tennessee a Gold Shovel state in job creation, investment

    Tennessee is ranked among the best states in economic development by Area Development, a publication focused on site selection and facility planning.

    Tennessee received one of the magazine’s 2015 Gold Shovel Awards in recognition of 2014 projects which created a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investments.

  • Master Donuts opening in Harriman

    The latest in sweet doughy confections will be open in Harriman in the coming weeks.

    Master Donuts will offer a variety of doughnuts and other treats when it opens its doors on Roane Street.

    “We love to make doughnuts, said Sophak Sopheap. “That is why we are here.”

    Harriman is the latest East Tennessee presence for Master Donuts. The Clinton shop opened in December. Another shop is in LaFollette.

    “We are planning to open one more in Lenoir City in July,” Sopheap added.

  • Hook up with right employer at job fair

    Nine more companies have committed to participating in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s job fair on June

    17.

    The event, aimed at recruiting employees for area businesses and industries, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Roane State Exposition Center.

    The center is at 276 Patton Lane, on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “We are here to provide a service to our community – job seekers and employers,” said Allen Lutz, education

  • More Tennesseans employed in April

    More Tennesseans had jobs in April, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County was among the state’s 94 counties that saw improvements over the month.

    The county’s unemployment rate for April was down by 0.6 percent, reflecting a jobless rate of 6.1 overall.

    That means 21,900 workers in the county’s 22,320 labor force were employed during the month.