• Closures not always a lack of clientele

    Despite the fact that several businesses – primarily restaurants — have recently closed in Kingston, The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell told Kingston City Council the closures should not be confused with market trends.

    “Closures are typically the result of business decisions, not the ability of the market to support those businesses,” he said.

  • TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 up and running

    The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three weeks.

  • OUT to LUNCH: The secret’s out: Swifty’s has some darned good food

    Readers may remember my comments in previous articles that restaurant locations remain; only the operators change.

    Our most recent “Out to Lunch” adventure features a new Oak Ridge operation, Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill, at 119 S. Illinois Ave. In May of 2010 I wrote about Lincoln’s at this same location.

  • Leadership Roane County: Class of 2016
  • Sacketts now in Angus group

    Sackett & Sons Cattle Co., Kingston, is a new member of the American Angus Association.

    Headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo., the American Angus Association has more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

    One of the largest beef breed associations in the world, its computerized records include information on more than 18 million registered Angus.

    The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members.

  • All Sales Vinyl in new digs

    All Sales Vinyl, Rockwood, is in a new location.

    The full-service sign shop is now at 720 N. Gateway Ave.

    All Sales Vinyl provides an array of other products, including silk-screen T-shirts, business cards, custom license plates and graphics.

    Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Visit www.allsalesvinylsignshop.com or call 466-6896 for details.

  • BPW marking 95th anniversary

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women will celebrate their 95th anniversary with a special dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in Victorian Square at 241 S. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood.

    Reservations are necessary and may be made by contacing Lee Ann Gaddis at 250-8149 or leeann4002@yahoo.com.

  • Premier Sharp supports breast cancer awareness

    This October, Premier Sharp Funeral Home, at 209 Roane St., Oliver Springs, is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a unique way.

    Throughout the month, staff members at the Oliver Springs funeral home will be wearing pink ties and scarves to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.

    Premier Sharp is also making a donation to Susan G. Komen Foundation in Knoxville, located at 318 Nancy Lynn Lane.

  • WHAT'S THE SCORE? Employee fraud prevention basics for all organizations

    By Dana Peterka
    An Association of Certified Fraud Examiners report indicates that small organizations are the most common victims in fraud instances at 31.8 percent.

    The report estimates that the median losses for small organizations, with fewer than 100

    employees that experienced a fraud, were $147,000.

    The goal of this article is to make sure that you are aware of the potential for fraud and that the organizations (businesses, government agencies and nonprofits) you are affiliated with are effectively addressing this issue.

  • Ruffles and Kennedy spur mom’s new venture and aid for Hurler syndrome

    A new clothing business will help young girls be stylish, but, more than that, will hopefully help find a cure for a serious disease.

    KFrances, named in honor of 2-year-old Kennedy Frances Ladd of Rockwood, had its grand opening Sept. 23 in front of Carmella’s in Kingston.

    The shop itself is conveniently mobile. Kennedy’s parents, Allie and Ryan Ladd, own the business.

    Allie Ladd said Ryan ordered a car hauler, and put in the flooring and clothing racks himself.