• Diversity topic for employers

    Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity.

    Roane County Employers Association will delve into the topic during its July 14 meeting.

    Jennifer Henry, president of the Oak Ridge Human Resources Association, will discuss “Diversity: Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities” during the meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

    The meeting will be in the ground floor cafeteria of the Dunbar Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

  • Rockwood officials honor Cliftons, McCrearys

    Rockwood celebrated two businesses recently by honoring the commitment the owners made to the community.

    David Clifton, formerly of David Clifton Chevrolet, and his family, including wife Pat, were touched by the recognition at the start of last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “It has truly been an honor to represent General Motors for the city of Rockwood all these years,” David Clifton said.

    Also recognized were Steve and Earl McCreary, who owned McCreary Auto Parts, or the Rockwood NAPA.


    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.