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Business

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to climb in June, when it reached almost 1 percent over May’s figures to settle at 7.2 percent.

    The trend was not uncommon statewide — according to figures released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counties in Tennessee had increasing unemployment rates during the month.

    Roane County’s rate, however, is still significantly lower than for the same period last year. The county’s rate in June 2013 was 8.7 percent.

  • K-25 demolition work, tasks finished

    Demolition of the K-25 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park ended late last year, but that was not the end of the project.

    Many other tasks had to be accomplished before the project could be officially declared complete.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, popularly known as UCOR, has now completed those tasks safely and ahead of schedule.

  • Project deemed ‘excellent’ by nuclear society

    The successful demolition of a former gaseous diffusion facility has been honored by the American Nuclear Society.

    The American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning and Environmental Services Division selected the K-25 demolition project to receive its Project Excellence Award.

    The K-25 building at East Tennessee Technology Park was built as part of the Manhattan Project in the 1940s. As the massive, mile-long building began deteriorating, its demolition was considered one of the highest priorities for the environmental cleanup program in Oak Ridge.

  • Efforts expanded to uncover employer fraud

    The Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud.

    These types of fraud include intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers “under the table.”

    These practices are typically used to avoid paying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums.

  • Dunn Center honored for paper recycling

    The American Forest & Paper Association recently presented Michael Dunn Center, based in Kingston, with its 2014 Business Recycling Awards for Creativity, Participation and Partnerships.

    The awards recognize outstanding paper recycling programs.

    Michael Dunn Center empowers the people who work in its recycling program and, in turn, the center has made others in the community aware of the importance of recycling.

  • Zaxby’s, Weigel’s bringing in jobs

    With construction underway on Zaxby’s and soon to start on Weigel’s, jobs will be opening up for Roane Countians.

    Zaxby’s, a Southern chicken franchise, will open in a few weeks at 2022 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman’s Midtown area, confirmed licensees Gary and Mary Stuart Avants.

    “We see this town as an ideal opportunity to expand the business and create an additional 30-40 jobs for the market,” said Gary Avants.

  • ORNL kicks off United Way drive

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s annual ORNL United Way campaign is now underway.

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Dina Jackson attended this year’s campaign kick-off event.

    Key speakers included radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill and Donnie Tyndall, head basketball coach for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    Ron Crone, associate ORNL cirector for Neutron Sciences, is leading this year’s campaign with co-chairman Phil Britt, who directs the Chemistry Division.

  • Out to Lunch: Lefty’s is the right choice for top-notch barbecue

    It’s been a few years since my wife, Carol, and I had the pleasure of eating at Lefty’ Bar-B-Que on Peavine Road in Crossville, and being entertained by Lefty and his puppets.

    Maurice “Lefty” Sanders and his wife, Nancy, opened the business on July 3, 1982, on Peavine Road.

    The Sanderses are no longer with us, and the original restaurant building was taken by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to expand the highway.

  • Griffin recipient of Goldberg Award

    Johnny Griffin was awarded the 2014 Paul Goldberg Leadership Award at the Leadership Roane County Graduation on June 19.

    Griffin was chosen from several nominations as the fifth recipient of this prestigious award.

    The award was created by the Leadership Roane County Class of 2009 and was presented for its namesake, Paul Goldberg a few weeks before his death.

    Each year a member of the Leadership Roane County Alumni Association is chosen to receive this award based on criteria created by the class:

  • Conner appointed to Tennessee Board of Examiners

    Laura A. Conner, Roane County director for the Tennessee Department of Health, has been appointed by the board of directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence to the 2014 Board of Examiners.

    Each year, the TNCPE award program recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

    As an examiner, Conner is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply for the TNCPE Award.