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Business

  • Eye Centers of Harriman, Rockwood merge to occupy central office in new facility

    The Eye Center at Harriman and The Eye Center at Rockwood have now merged their offices into one new location, The Eye Center at Midtown.
    “We are in the new Physician’s Plaza, located near exit 350 off I-40, across from the Kroger at Pinnacle Point on Hwy. 70,” said Dr. Scott Baer, one of four optometrists serving patients in the new office.
    “The experienced and friendly staff our patients have come to know is now at The Eye Center of Midtown, too,” he explained.

  • Tackle those fishing needs at new Kingston shop

    New Chamber member The Tackle Box recently had its grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    Among the Chamber members and dignitaries attending are, front row from left, Jenny Tippens, Cassandra Miles, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, Bob Tonachio, The Tackle Box owners Mike and Rachel Ellis, Jonathan Holland, Justin Capps; and back row, Darrell Williams of The Roane Alliance, Kim Ezzell and Preston King.

  • Chamber’s calling card encourages interaction

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce has designed a special “calling card,” encouraging members to do business with other Chamber members.

    The unique 1-by-3 1/2-inch card is smaller than a standard business card. The size makes it easier to carry and helps it stand out among other business cards.

  • Fitzgerald joins Angus Association

    Scott Fitzgerald, Philadelphia, is a new member of the American Angus Association.

    The national breed organization, headquartered in St.
    Joseph, Mo., has nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members.

    It is among the largest beef breed associations in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 19 million registered Angus.

    The association records ancestral information, keeps production records on individual animals, and develops industry-leading selection tools for its members.

  • J.T. Day Insurance a Master Agency

    Terry Day, left, owner of J.T. Day Insurance Agency, receives a Master Agency plaque from Bill Montgomery, president and CEO of Celina Insurance Group.

    The Harriman agency was honored during Celina’s 2011 recognition event at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville.

    The Master Agency designation is awarded to those partners who display exceptional commitment to Celina Insurance Group and achieve superior operational results.

  • Out to Lunch: Spring City Marina’s homemade chips have a crunch

    By Bethel Poston
    I asked Spring City resident and Harriman Fowler’s Furniture salesman Jerry Lyke about the restaurant at Spring City Marina.

    “It’s almost across the street from my house,” he said. “My wife, Pam, and I enjoy walking down for lunch. We’ve tried a bunch of things, and they were all good.”

  • Rockwood Sonic up for national games

    Rockwood’s Sonic-Drive-In crew is one of top 300 stores in the nation in the Dr Pepper Sonic Games, an annual competition recognizing the top Sonic Drive-ins in the country.
    Restaurant workers will learn soon if it is one of the top 48. Those finalists will be whittled down to the coveted top 12, which will participate in September’s Dr Pepper Sonic Games national finals.
    “They announce on a weekly basis through July. They do it zone by  zone,” said manager Dwan Garrett of the announcement of who is on the top 48.

  • Roane jobless rate down, but higher than ’10

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development statistics released last month indicate that Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent in May.
    The 8.3 percent rate, however, is half a percent higher than last year, when the state reported the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent.
    A state ranking of the 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates no longer includes Roane County, although both Washington and Cheatham counties, respectively in the No. 9 and 10 slots, also report an 8.3 percent May jobless rate.

  • Study ranks Tenn. 18th in business appeal

    Tennessee tied for 18th with Florida in CNBC’s latest rankings of the top states for business.
    Three states that border Tennessee — Virginia (No. 1), North Carolina (No. 3) and Georgia (No. 4) ranked in the top 5.
    “We scored all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness,” CNBC senior correspondent Scott Cohn wrote about the rankings.

  • Citifinancial now known as OneMain

    Harriman’s Citifinancial office at 1106 S. Roane St. is now officially OneMain Financial.
    The name change became effective July 1. Branch Manager Rhonda Badger said it will not impact the products and services customers have come to know and appreciate.
    “We’ll continue to work with each customer, one-on-one, to find a loan option that’s right for them and be here when they need us,” she said. “The new name better fits who we are and what we do.”