Allen Russell recently relocated his used-car business from Oliver Springs to Midtown but his mission to help others remains the same.

    Integrity Auto Sales was founded to help support family missions and offer customers an alternative to large dealerships.

    “We are a family-oriented father-and-son dealership who strives to provide people with quality vehicles at an affordable price,” Russell said.

  • Calfee boosts Freedom to Prosper Act

    Throughout his time in the Tennessee General Assembly, state Rep. Kent Calfee has worked to enhance employment opportunities and create new jobs for Tennesseans.

    During the 2017 legislative session, the Kingston Republican sponsored passage of the Freedom to Prosper Act. This initiative stops local governments from creating new occupational licenses and encourages new business opportunities for those already licensed to work in their respective professions.

  • Out to Lunch: Corner 16 delivers an experience

    “I’ve never heard of Corner 16 in Knoxville,” I told Jan Harlan when she recommended I go there for an “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    Jan and I lived two houses apart when we were growing up and going to school in Oak Ridge. She has been a lunch scout for me for some time.

    “Corner 16 is a new part of the Copper Cellar Family Restaurants. It’s just over six months old,” she replied.

  • Queue in line worth it at Oren’s Orchard Café

    Last week, my wife Carol and I had two different folks ask if we knew that there was a new café at Wooden’s Apple Orchard House in Pikeville.

    On an October 2011 “Out to Lunch” adventure to the Cookie Jar near Dunlap, we decided to stop at Wooden’s for dessert on the way home (no café then).

    With my memory of the delicious apple dumplings, we set up a trip to check out the new café. We invited our Midtown Heights neighbors, Leroy and Louise Turbyville Shipwash, to enjoy this adventure with us.

  • What’s the SCORE? Easy for employer to flub job interview, too

    By Dana Peterka

    In previous columns, we have discussed what to look for and how to surface needed information when conducting an employment interview.

    In this column, we will discuss common interviewer mistakes and things that the interviewer can do to increase the openness and frankness of the discussion with the job applicant.

    We will start with the top four common mistakes that employment interviewers make. Excluded from this discussion are questions such as age, marital status and religion that are illegal in an interview.

  • Get a SmartStart

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has introduced an innovative online tool, Tennessee SmartStart, which guides Tennessee entrepreneurs through the process of establishing their business.

    Tennessee SmartStart provides resources through an interactive, step-by-step guide designed to assist early stage business owners establish a business in Tennessee and navigate rules and regulations. SmartStart also offers existing business owners with resources to help grow their business.

  • You don’t SAY?!?

    Don’t worry about failure. You only have to be right once. — Drew Houston, Dropbox co-founder and CEO

    Any time is a good time to start a company. — Ron Conway, startup investor, SV Angel

    Done is better than perfect. — Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operations officer

    Business opportunities are like buses: There’s always another one coming. — Richard Branson, Virgin Group chairman and founder

  • Out to Lunch: Honeymooners dine on Market Square munchies

    This “Out to Lunch” article is about an adventure my wife Carol and I enjoyed at the Market Square and downtown Knoxville.

    Some readers know that Carol and I ran off to Georgia to get married on my 18th birthday and her 17th birthday – Sept. 15.

    We didn’t have any money for a honeymoon.  Every year since then, we have got away for a day or two, to have belated honeymoons.

  • Third time's the charm

    Unemployment rates in Tennessee decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

    The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Zaxby's exZactly the choice for four generations

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure at Zaxby’s in Midtown involves four generations of the Poston family.

    My wife Carol and I live in Midtown Heights. We pass Zaxby’s every time we go to Kroger, Lowe’s, church, Kingston, Harriman, Interstate 40, Knoxville and other places going east.

    I’ve had Zaxby’s on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list for some time, waiting for an opportunity to pop up.

    We were excited when our grandson Brady, wife Toni and our 8-month-old great-grandson Benjamin, said they would like to spend their vacation at our house.