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Business

  • Employers may claim health care tax credit

    Small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees are encouraged by the IRS to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify.

    The recently-revamped Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page on IRS.gov is packed with information and resources designed to help small employers see if they qualify for the credit and then figure it correctly.

  • Three appointed to OR environmental board

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office has appointed three new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    The new members will fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE about its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The board has 20 members.

    The new members — Jacqueline Hagy, Corkie Staley and Robert Stansfield — were introduced during the board’s February meeting.

  • ID system takes in more than 60,000 shipments since ’09

    The Radio Frequency Identification Transportation System Project has supported more than 60,000 waste shipments and more than 10,000 clean-fill shipments from the East Tennessee Technology Park to the Environmental Management Waste Management Facility since becoming operational in March 2009.

    The system has demonstrated that the concept for electronically tracked shipments of hazardous materials is a viable concept in supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s waste operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • ORNL tank sent offsite for disposal

    Tank W-1A, an underground liquid waste storage tank at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been shipped off site for disposal, completing a process that began when the tank was removed from service after it was discovered it was leaking.

    The tank and contaminated soil together were the single biggest source of groundwater contamination at ORNL.
    URS-CH2M Oak Ridge excavated and removed the tank on Jan. 6.

    The tank was packaged and sent to Philotechnics and Impact Services at the East Tennessee Technology Park for size reduction.

  • Workshops to focus on gov’t work, franchises

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce are offering a couple of free workshops for area business owners.

    The March 14 workshop on government contracting will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A workshop on franchising will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Don’t forget the bread pudding at all-new Junior’s

    Four years ago, in March 2008, I wrote my first “Out to Lunch” article on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood.

    “Junior’s in Rockwood has been sold, although the name is the same,” wrote Ray Collett, my friend and former Rockwood City Council member, in an email he sent me last November.

    “The new owners are Sam and Anne Seat. They have changed the menu and hours, which offers a delicious pork tenderloin, and pulled pork, cooked behind the restaurant on a large barbecue smoker grill.”

  • OS’s Jordan tops at MMC for February

    Michelle Jordan, licensed physical therapist assistant in the outpatient physical therapy department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named MMCer of the Month for February.

    Jordan works to rehabilitate patients with orthopedic or neurological conditions. She also educates and treats cancer patients of all types and provides lymphedema treatments and education to breast cancer patients.

  • 5,000th shipment of K-25 rubble hauled off

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC has shipped its 5,000th load of K-25 Building demolition rubble since assuming management of the East Tennessee Technology Park cleanup contract on Aug. 1.

    All shipments were completed safely with no injuries, accidents or transportation issues, said Dennis Hill of UCOR’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

  • Law encourages businesses to hire vets

    The Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 amends and expands definitions of the veteran target groups for employers hiring veterans through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.

    “The Vow to Hire Heroes Act provides tax incentives for employers to hire both short-term and long-term unemployed veterans and affords larger tax credits for hiring certain categories of veterans,” said Labor and Workforce Develop-ment Commissioner Karla Davis.

  • VEC presents $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,750 in grants to Roane  County organizations in January.

    Roane groups collecting grants in January include the Midway High School Cheerleading Booster Club, which received a $1,000 grant; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 grant; and the Midway High School PTO garnered a $750 grant.

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4 million to various community-service organizations.