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Business

  • Change in store for area Walmart

    Rockwood Walmart Supercenter is getting a facelift.
    Walmart, at 1102 N. Gateway Ave., recently began an extensive renovation.
    The store will receive a full remodel from the inside out to represent the latest in Walmart's store design and customer experience.
    The new design is based on feedback from customers.
    It will feature a clean, open and bright new look in the store with wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme and lighting and easy-to-read signage to help customers find the products they need.

  • Workshop to help with starting up a new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • Oran's Flower Shop now open in Kingston
  • Management group to meet

    The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will have its monthly membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 in the Double Tree Hotel, Oak Ridge.
    Barbara Jackson of the U.S. Department of Energy will be the guest speaker.
    Lunch for members is $15, nonmembers pay $16.
    Those planning to attend should RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Sept. 7.
    Charges for late reservations or walk-ins are $22.50 for members; non-members pay $24.00

  • OUT TO LUNCH: Going out to Mike’s Smokehouse BBQ a tasty venture

    By Bethel Poston, For Roane Newspapers

  • Williams gets promotion at Roane Alliance

    Darrell Williams has been named director of business development for The Roane Alliance.
    “Williams has only been with the Alliance for seven months, but he has proven to be a valuable employee for a whole range of reasons — not the least of which is his sales skills,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Alliance.
    “In this new slot, he will begin to use those skills to recruit new businesses — to town, as well as to continue to build up and serve membership for the Roane Chamber.”

  • Sign of things to come in Rockwood

    Roane County residents got the sign last week they were waiting for — the official signs at Rockwood’s Roane County Center designating one of its anchor stores as a Big Lots discount retailer.

    Officials with the Columbus, Ohio-based discount department store chain estimate the Rockwood store will open for customers on Oct. 29, just in time for Roane Countians to get in some holiday shopping without straying far from home.

  • Course helps HR certification

    Human resources professionals who want to review before taking the Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams can take advantage of a class offered at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    The college’s Office of Community Outreach and Professional Training is presenting a course that utilizes the SHRM Learning System, the most widely used tool available to prepare for the certification exams.

  • Volunteer Energy helps service groups
  • Roane reclaims place at No. 4

    Roane County has become one of Tennessee’s powerhouses when it comes to low unemployment rates.
    Though it slipped a bit in the past few months, the county has consistently had one of the state’s lowest jobless rate. But a drop of 0.5 percent in July led Roane County to reclaim its No. 4 position in the hierarchy.
    Statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development revealed Roane County’s unemployment rate at 7.8 percent, right behind Lincoln, Williamson and Knox counties.