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Business

  • Celebrating ORNL Credit Union’s new look
  • Grow Bio Plastics A-Sizzle

    State, local and federal agencies are partnering to bring innovative agricultural technology startups to the Sizzle TechStart business incubator at the Roane Industrial Park.

    Representatives of the agencies gathered at the Sizzle TechStart facility in the Industrial Park Thursday.

    Sizzle TechStart joins a group of statewide incubators and accelerators that are collaborating as part of the state-funded AgLaunch initiative to help launch 100 new startup companies related to forestry and agriculture by 2020.

  • Human resource classes offered

    Roane State Community College Workforce Development is offering Society for Human Resource Management course next year on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.
    The course provides training toward certification for both SHRM-Certified Professional and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.
    Those holding SHRM-CP are human resources professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services and perform operational HR functions.

  • Creswell a Postma Young Professional

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, received the Postma Young Professional Medal at the East Tennessee Economic Council’s annual year end celebration earlier this month.

    The award was created by ETEC to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in the region.

  • Windrock opens mountain bike park

    Windrock Park in Oliver Springs is opening a new uplift assisted mountain bike park.

    The bike park features nine trails including a new flow trail and improved intermediate terrain.

    “The terrain at Windrock Park is amazing and anyone who has ridden the mountain bike trails can see that the potential has always been huge,” said Neko Mulally, a professional mountain bike rider who designed and built the park with fellow professional biker Sean Leader.

  • What’s the SCORE?: How can you make next year better?

    By Dana Peterka

    At year end, many people focus on their New Year’s resolutions — specifically, what they want to accomplish in the upcoming year.

    As many of us have experienced, this snap-shot approach often falls short. In this, and the subsequent two columns, we will discuss a process designed to significantly improve a person’s business and personal accomplishments.

    In this column, we will discuss how to better understand where you are and all that you have accomplished.

  • Look who’s new to Roane
  • WELCOME to the FAMILY

    Jerry Duncan Ford Lincoln and Sexton Automotive Group have been competitors for decades.

    All that changed last Monday, when Duncan Family Automotive Group purchased the Sexton GM dealership.

    “We’re excited,” Duncan Family Automotive Group owner Marty Duncan said. “Our business has really been growing, both at our Ford store here in Harriman (Jerry Duncan Ford Lincoln) and our store in Knoxville (Duncan Automotive).

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Alternate currencies a valuable tool in negotiations

    When I conduct the Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, the first thing we address is that people are negotiating all the time.

    In addition to your suppliers and customers, think about your children and other family members, your coworkers and other employees, etc.

    One of the things that workshop participants focus on is the concept of alternate currencies.

    Alternate currencies are those things which cost you little but may have significant value to the buyer.

  • Home Sweet Home: Workers, retirees drawn to Caney Creek RV living

    By Peter Forton

    Caney Creek RV Resort, tucked away along the edge of Watts Bar Lake in Midtown, is a unique community of people who’ve come to the resort for a multitude of reasons.

    The relatively small resort with 178 sites is a short distance from Interstate 40 — and waterfront lifestyle have attracted visitors from around the U.S.