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Business

  • Cracker Barrel’s Employee Food & Fun Day
  • Ribbon-cutting welcome for Humble Bee

     

  • Roane jobless rate at 4.4%

    Roane County was among 90 Tennessee counties who saw a drop in their unemployment rates for April, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s rate was 4.4 percent — a 0.4 percent decrease from March’s 4.8 percent. The numbers are much improved over the same time last year, when Roane County registered a jobless rate of 6.4 percent.

    It’s much the same story with the state rate, which was 3.9 percent in April.

  • Bacon Farms offers rustic event setting

    Rustic country weddings are a popular hit, and there is the perfect setting for such an event now in the neighborhood.

    Bacon Farms Barn, just south of Rockwood on Hwy. 27, already hosted one wedding.

    “Our son got married back in September,” April Gilley said. “We just liked the way it looked.”

    The barn features gleaming white tobacco cloth and white lights, a small dance floor and much more.

  • Kingston’s United Community Bank one of top in Southeast

    United Community Bank recently honored ten individuals and six branch teams for their outstanding performance during the first quarter of 2016.

    This recognition is part of the bank’s quarterly Sales and Service Champion program.

    The Kingston branch of United Community Bank, on North Third Street, was recognized as one of the bank’s top six performing branch teams throughout the Southeast.

  • Do you know me? Do you really care?

    “Do you know me? Do you really care?”

    I believe that this is one of the basic things that your customers ask themselves every time they interact with your business.

    Most of the time, it is asked subconsciously.

    It is a good way to differentiate your business from competition. I avoid doing business with companies that treat me like an inanimate object on an assembly line.

    For the past eight years, I have been conducting a three-part workshop series titled, “Getting Ahead at Work by Growing Your Value as an Employee.”

  • It was a happy, filling Cinco de Mayo at Los Primos

    In May 2015, my wife, Carol, and I celebrated Cinco De Mayo with our friends, Jimmy and Luci Bell, by having lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

    It was a last-minute idea, and I had previously written an “Out to Lunch” article about the restaurant. So I got to enjoy our lunch on the outdoor patio, under an umbrella, without table-hopping for information to write an article.

    This year I planned ahead and invited the Bells to meet us at Los Primos in Harriman for a Cinco De Mayo “Out to Lunch“ adventure. They have been part of previous articles.

  • Ichiban bringing Japanese cuisine to Roane

    Roane County residents no longer will have to travel to Knoxville for fresh sushi and tasty Japanese cuisine.

    A couple who once operated China Panda Buffett in Spring City is opening Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in the former Cancun Mexican Restaurant at 1889 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    “We’ll have hibachi, steak, chicken and then sushi, hibachi and teriyaki and seafood,” said Sammy Huang.

  • Sosa new to United Way staff

    Joanie Sosa has joined the Roane County United Way staff as the new community impact coordinator.

    The community impact coordinator is responsible for office management as well as furthering the work of community impact by helping those in need. It’s an expansion of the administrative assistant position rather than a newly created post.

    “I’m excited about Joanie joining us and looking forward to working with her,” said Dina Jackson, Roane County United Way executive director.

  • Ridgeview renovates its Harriman facility

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services recently celebrated the renovation of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Peer Support Center at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    “The programs in the newly remodeled facility complete and complement Ridgeview’s continuum of services and promote opportunities for individuals to realize their goals,” said CEO Brian Buuck.