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Business

  • Y-12 Credit Union reaches $1 billion in assets

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has achieved a significant milestone.

    The credit union recently reached $1 billion in assets.

    The credit union was formed in 1950 by a group of five employees at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge.

    In its first month of operation, it claimed 200 members and collected $5,000 in assets.

    Achieving its milestone 67 years later, Y-12 Federal Credit Union now has more than 107,200 members.

    From 1950-61, the credit union operated out of spare space within the Y-12 Plant.

  • Hedrick new to Roane County Family Practice

    Teena Hedrick, a certified nurse practitioner, has joined Roane County Family Practice and is accepting new patients.

    Her clinical interests include women’s health care, pediatric and adult health care.

    Hedrick received both her certification as a family nurse practitioner and master’s degree in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University.

    Roane County Family Practice is at 1855 Tanner Way, Suite 200, in Harriman.

  • SMILE! Rogers leaves retirement to open Paint Rock Dental

    South Roane County travelers winding through the curvy junction of Hwys. 72 and 322 may wonder how a quiet little community like Paint Rock has its own dental office.

    It has everything to do with a man who has chosen to be a blessing to his neighbors.

    After graduating from University of Tennessee Medical School in 1958, Dr. Frank Rogers practiced dentistry in Washington, D.C., Knoxville, Benton (in Polk County), Jellico and Pigeon Forge for four decades before he and his wife Peggy settled in for a peaceful lakefront retirement in the back end of Paint Rock.

  • Brandon tops at MMC in August

    Amber Brandon, of Kingston, a certified surgical technologist in the Surgery department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named August’s MMCer of the Month.

    In her job, Brandon is a part of a surgical team working with physicians, surgeons, nurses and other staff.

    She helps prepare the operating room for surgery, sterilizes and supplies equipment and helps the surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile equipment.

    She has been with Methodist since August 2007.

  • What’s the SCORE? What are you going to say when you reach prospects?

    By Dana Peterka

    Several years ago, I discovered a business model that clarified something I had been doing intuitively for years.

    Business models, like the Porter 5 Forces Model, are useful tools in understanding how to effectively manage a business.

    The model I discovered is the Customer Value Map. It is a powerful way to analyze and reposition your customer offerings in order to win more sales in your target market niche(s).

    The Customer Value Map model I am referring to is different than those that are identified in a Google search.

  • It's TOMATO season

    You Say Tomato owners Darian Barnett and Jimmy Adkins have certainly gotten a lot of milage from their store’s name.

    Decorative tomatoes large and small fill many of the Rockwood store’s nooks and crannies, along with paintings, posters and even a back wall display of the shop’s name accentuated with whimsical hot-pink stuffed animal heads.

    Adkins says that touch of eclectic fun was the idea behind the moniker, which is a line from the old George and Ira Gershwin song, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

  • Out to Lunch: Food’s good, but finding The Front Porch takes some skill

    “Do you have The Front Porch on your prospective ‘Out to Lunch’ places to visit?” asked my wife, Carol.

    An article she had read about the renovations of historic old building in the Powell community included photos and a mention of The Front Porch restaurant.

    It was on my list, and I knew then, by her question, where our next lunch adventure was going to be.

    The Front Porch at 1509 Emory Road.

  • Patient, Family Council new at hospital

    Harriman’s Roane Medical Center is beginning a new initiative that invites former patients and family members to provide feedback and suggestions related to various aspects of a hospital experience.

    Roane Medical Center Patient and Family Partnership Council will consist of volunteer members from the community and representatives from the hospital staff.

    The council will meet on a regular basis and work together on projects to enhance quality, service and safety at the hospital.

  • ‘MINE ARE THE BEST’

    Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories on the winners of the 19th Annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Griffin Insurance was named Best Insurance Agency in the poll.

    Johnny Griffin knows the secret to success is really no secret.

    “It is good employees,” said the president of Griffin Insurance in Kingston. “And mine are the best.”

    Griffin opened his business in Harriman in 1980. He moved it to Kingston permanently in the late 1990s.

  • What’s the SCORE? Fight fair in business, but never pick a fair fight

    By Dana Peterka

    We discuss improving your competitive strategy in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s “How to Grow Your Business and Enhance Your Competitive Position” workshop.

    The concept is to identify and target niche market segments where your business can prosper.

    A target niche market is a small but specific and well-defined segment where you can address customer needs, wants and requirements more effectively than your competitors.