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Business

  • What's the SCORE?: Are you managing the work — or is it managing you?

    By Dana Peterka • For Roane County News

    When I hear someone say “I don’t have time for that” before they even understand what the value of “that” is, I feel sorry for them.

    How do they know that “that” isn’t a better use of their time?

    I ask myself whether they recognize that they have let others set their business and life priorities.

  • Tomboy a National Best Brand

    Tomboy Organic Skincare Co., the firm founded and operated by Melissa Kreis-Stephens of Roane State Community College, is the recipient of the American Choice Awards’ National Best Brand Award for Organic Salves and Skin Care.

    More than 1,500 brands are judged by American consumers across 190 categories.

    “We are pleased to welcome Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. into our family of National Brand Winners,” said Jen Johansen, American Choice Awards’ senior vice president of polling and research.

  • A Look At Life SOUTH OF THE RIVER: South of the River Dollar General open

    By Penelope Bond

    Several area residents turned out for the official grand opening of the new Dollar General store on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    The cashiers reported that business had been brisk even in the previous week, as the “Now Open” banner was enough to bring in new customers.

    Advertised perks for the first patrons on Saturday had them lined up at the door at opening time.  The store’s regular hours henceforth are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.