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Business

  • What’s the SCORE? Exploit your small business strengths

    By Dana Peterka

    Small businesses often have advantages over larger companies. It’s important to recognize these strengths and make the most of them in order to grow your business and profitability.

    Here are seven characteristics that often give small businesses an edge over bigger competitors:

    • Provide a personal touch. Develop face-to-face, person-to-person relationships with prospects and clients.

  • OUT to LUNCH By Bethel Poston: Try the Best Ribs in America at Calhoun’s

    Recently my wife, Carol, asked me, “Why don’t you write about the new Calhoun’s on the River in Oak Ridge? It’s really a fun place, with great food choices.”

    She and 12 of her Oak Ridge High School female classmates had just met for a Monday lunch at Calhoun’s.

    Half of her group had the $5.50 “Monday Only” hamburger special that comes with one side. Of course, I’d want french fries, but most ladies went for a side salad.

  • Chuck’s Delicious ‘just good business’

    To be successful in business, it is said you have to change with the times.

    That’s not true for Chuck’s Deli in Harriman, as owner Sonya Shillings says the longtime business is successful because their formula hasn’t changed.

  • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS 2017

    Guests at the 71st annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet celebrated the presentation of Chamber awards and graduation of the Leadership Roane County class of 2017.

    More than 250 attended the event in Rockwood’s Walden Ridge Event Center.

    The honoring of outstanding Chamber members was the highlight of the night, particularly significant being the Paul Cowell Distinguished Service Award.

  • Ready. Aim. FIRE!

    You never know what life has in store.

    For Brant Williams, his life has taken some turns over the past 25 years that have led to him owning a successful gun store at 1218 Gallaher Road near Kingston.

    “My dad and I had bought the campground in ’91 or ’92 for my brother to run,” Williams said. “He (brother) was getting sick and my parents were getting older so I moved back here (from Atlanta) in 1994. In ’98 my brother died, and I had to take over the campground.”

  • Make note of 11 tips for success in business

    Over my business career, I have identified many things, that when done effectively, can contribute to an individual’s increased success in the business world.

    Unfortunately, some were identified by observing the mistakes that I have seen in my career.

  • Site cleanup: RaceWay corporate makes good on promise

    The old RaceWay gas station in Kingston was the site of a lot of construction work last week.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is related to a pledge the company made when the gas station shut down.

    “When it went out of business, their corporate people promised us they’d come in and take the tanks out and take out the pumps and all that, so that’s what they’re doing now,” he said.

    “We’re glad to see that.”

  • Legal Aid Society in midst of fundraising campaign

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has kicked off its 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice.

    The annual fundraising initiative aims to raise $826,000 to provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

    Robert R. Asbury is the Oak Ridge chairman.

  • Hear how to prevent violence at work

    Roane County Employers’ Association will hear a presentation on “Preventing Violence in the Workplace: Active Threat Awareness, Preparedness and Response” on April 11.

    The luncheon meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Lunch is provided to members and first-time guests of nonmember organizations. RSVP by April 7 at alutz@roanealliance.org or 376-2093.

  • Out to Lunch: Alice’s is Roane’s ‘Cheers’: Everybody knows your name

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have told me they have missed reading my articles in the Roane County News.

    I needed a writing break to devote more time to my job as executive director of Furniture Buying Group.

    In 1987, I convinced four other desperate furniture dealers to join me and form the Tennessee Buying Group (now known as The Buying Giant). Our Group has now grown to more than 300 members and associates in 36 states.