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  • Martin’s made his last service call

    After 25 years, Bob Martin has decided to retire early from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Manager Kim Ramsey said Martin, 62, was a service worker in the water and sewer departments.

    “We appreciate his years of service with the utilities and his loyalty. He’s been a dependable part of our utilities for a long time,” said Ramsey.

    Martin was among the workers offered early retirement as a money-saving measure for the utilities. It was an opportunity he jumped on.

  • Accolades for three at Roane State

    Roane State Community College faculty member Bruce Fisher and staff members Nichole White and Owen Driskill have been honored for their work.

    Fisher, a biology professor, received the 2011 Sarah Ellen Benroth Award for Outstanding Teaching.
    White, multimedia technician in the college’s Center for Teaching Arts and Technology, was named the college’s 2011 outstanding support staff member.

    Driskill, director of marketing and public relations, was named the 2011 administrative staff member of the year.

  • Use low-interest rates to get more for your money

    While the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for at least the next two years might not quickly restore consumer confidence or prompt spending, it does provide an opportunity for consumers to get more for their money.

    “While low-interest rates mean lower returns on savings accounts, it also means lower rates on borrowing money,” said Daru Burdge, regional president for CredAbility. “Consumers can take advantage of low rates to help them save money on planned purchases.”

  • ‘Coming home to Kingston’

    Brothers James and Richard Owens have started Phase 1 construction for their Kingston-based manufacturing company facility, JR Global Manufacturing Inc.

    The 5,000-square-foot building to be erected at 1221 Gallaher Road by Botkin Construction, will house the precision machining and production operations for the company.

    “We are finally coming home to Kingston” said James Owens, company president. 

  • Southern Security on the move

    Southern Security recently marked its 30th year of business and relocated  to Browder’s Ace Hardware, Kingston.

    The new business address is 1100 Ladd Landing Blvd.

    The business, which started in August 1981 in Knoxville, is owned and operated by Randy Register of Kingston.

    Register constructed a new facility in 1983 and moved his business of selling safes, specifically gun safes, to Kingston.

    The facility, at Oak Hills Drive and Hwy. 70 in Kingston, was Southern Security’s home until the most recent move.

  • Boleses now own Kentucky agency

    Thomas “Tommy” and Leslie S. Boles, formerly of Rockwood, recently acquired Main Street Insurance Services Inc. of Middletown, Ky.

    The company was added to the couple’s previous holding, Boles Insurance.

    “By combining resources, Main Street Insurance Services along with Boles Insurance, will now be leading the industry into more innovative insurance policies and procedures — strengths and assets that you won’t find from other insurance firms in the Louisville, Ky., and surrounding areas,” Tommy Boles said.

  • ‘Coming home to Kingston’

    Brothers James and Richard Owens have started Phase 1 construction for their Kingston-based manufacturing company facility, JR Global Manufacturing Inc.

    The 5,000-square-foot building to be erected at 1221 Gallaher Road by Botkin Construction, will house the precision machining and production operations for the company.

    “We are finally coming home to Kingston” said James Owens, company president.  

  • Big cut for K-25 East Wing

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, also known as UCOR, had a literal breakthrough this week when workers completed a cut through the east wing of the K-25 Building.

    The cut segregated the north 16 sections of the structure from the six southernmost
    sections, five of which are contaminated with Technetium-
    99.

    The sections containing Tc-99, a slow-decaying radioactive metal, will require addition-
    al preparation before demolition.

  • Jobless rate down in July

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in July, a decrease of 0.7 percent over the previous month, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That means 26,050 workers in the county’s 28,480 labor force were employed during the month.

    The Roane County rate for July is somewhat higher than the 7.7 percent reported for the same period last year, state statistics show.

  • New photography business open in Rockwood

    Allan Adams has opened his new business, Adams Photography, in Rockwood.

    New clients are now being accepted.

    “We offer portraits, maternity, engagement, baby, school, outdoor, photo restoration, old time, family, friends, anniversary, children, sports, band and custom editing,” Adams said.

    “We can do photo sessions at either your home or a local setting” such as a park or riverfront, he added.

    Adams Photography operates at 103 Meadows Place.