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  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up 0.5 percent in June, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The rate, at 8.7 percent, is 0.5 percent higher than a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,240 workers in Roane County’s 27,630 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Ahler leading Chamber of Commerce board

    Harriman business owner Chris Ahler is chairman of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce board for 2013-14.

    Ahler sits on Harriman City Council.

    He took over July 1 from Kenyon Mee, another sitting Harriman City Council member.

    Mee is facility manager of Diversified Scientific Services, a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

    Mee will continue to serve on the board as chairman of the economic and community development committee.

  • Simply Sweet gesture

    Kathy Borman devotedly follows the ups and downs of a little Georgia tyke tragically injured when a tree limb fell on him at daycare, blamed on the winds from Hurricane Sandy.

    When she learned charity Sunshine on a Ranney Day was renovating the Halstead’s home for the brain damaged Tripp Halstead, she wanted to be part of the home reveal and turned to son Mike Borman, who owns Simply Sweet Bakery in Rockwood. He designed a car-themed cake that suited Tripp’s love of the movie “Cars,” and took it to the big reveal party earlier this month.

  • Perma-Fix names Macon Vice Pres.

    Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. has announced the promotion of Richard Macon to Vice President of Nuclear Services Business Development. In this role, Macon will be responsible for pursuing opportunities, developing proposal win themes, and forming strategic partnerships to further company growth.  Macon will continue to cultivate relationships with Perma Fix’s new and existing clients including the DOE and DOD, commercial nuclear industry and Canada.

  • ORNL recognized for innovation in technology

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, presented each year by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s most significant technological innovations.

  • DarkHorse Design

    Colorful artwork depicting a post-apocalyptic world sit in the work space of Dark Horse Design.
    The scenes will soon be displayed at Battlefield Knoxville, a laser tag facility.
    Lars Paulson has done projects for various establishments, from a plane for Dollywood’s Barnstormer, the anchor outside the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, working Batmobiles for stunt shows and much more.
    Lars and Barrie Paulson moved here about nine years ago for a change in pace after working successfully in Florida.

  • CHRISTMAS in July

    Christmas Lumber Co. opened its doors in 1926.
    It was a time of prosperity in Harriman, with a number of industries along the Emory River.
    That would change a few years later. A couple of devastating events, namely the flood of 1929 and the subsequent stock market crash that led to the Great Depression, wiped out a number of businesses.
    But Christmas Lumber, a family-owned and -operated business, weathered through it all with dedicated employees and customers.

  • Whitestone Country Inn on elite Southern Living listing

    The Whitestone Country Inn of Kingston has been named a charter member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection.

    The collection is a small, curated group of independent four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality.

    “The 15 charter members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are made up of iconic Southern resorts, historic Southern hotels and newly discovered Southern inns,” said Southern Living Publisher Greg Schumann.

  • Highway department retirees honored at picnic

    Roane County Highway Department honored five retiring workers last week with a picnic and ceremony at the department’s headquarters in Midtown.

    “Our five retirees have worked 46,022 days and an amazing 1,104,528 hours, not including overtime hours, for Roane County,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    Retirees honored include Larry Alford, 23 years; Judy Bensey, 16 years; Joe Britton, 39 years; Donna Patterson, 15 years; and Ronnie Turpin, 32 years.

  • Fewer on the job in May

    Roane County’s employment went up a bit in May to 8.2 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.4 percent higher than in April. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.5 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.