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Business

  • Barger partners with Stone Strong

    Precast concrete business C.R. Barger and Sons Inc. of Roane County recently entered a partnership with Stone Strong Systems.

    A fifth-generation family operation, C.R. Barger and Sons Inc. has been in business since 1947 and is headquartered in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in East Roane County.

  • Website helps with ACA tax provisions

    The IRS has launched a new Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at IRS.gov/aca to educate businesses and individuals on how the health-care law may affect them.

    The new home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers and other organizations.

    Links and information are available for each group.

    The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond.

  • Seminar to assist with startup of new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free seminar for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register or for additional information.

  • Business Brief: ORNL's Jubin recognized with award

    Robert Jubin of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the recipient of the 2013 Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

    Jubin was recognized for his considerable contributions in the areas of nuclear fuel reprocessing and radioactive waste treatment and his chemical engineering achievements in the nuclear industry.

    He works in ORNL’s Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Italian cuisine is as close as Crossville at Genesis Grille

    Today’s “Out to Lunch” adventure is at the Genesis Italian Grille in Crossville.

    From Roane County, head west on Interstate 40, take Exit 320 and go left on Genesis Road. Turn right at the traffic light onto Interstate Drive.

    Italian Grille is a short distance, in a strip mall on the left, across from Crossville Outlet Center.

    I hope that some readers of my articles have noticed that for a few weeks “Out to Lunch” articles have not appeared in the Roane County News.

  • Plan aims to help Cold War workers

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has reintroduced a bipartisan plan to create an independent advisory panel to help Cold War workers from Oak Ridge and other nuclear weapons facilities get the help they need to treat cancer and other illnesses they developed as a result of exposure to radiation.
    The panel would oversee the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which has been plagued by procedural inconsistencies and delays preventing former nuclear workers from accessing the benefits they are owed.

  • Special gift at Love’s grand opening

    The American Truck Historical Society, Smoky Mountain Chapter, donated $1,000 to Michael Dunn Center at the grand-opening celebration of the new Love’s Travel Stop in Lenoir City.
    The donation resulted from the proceeds of the ATHS Southeast Regional Truck Show that took place on April 12-13 at Roane State Community College.
    The ATHS Truck Show has donated proceeds from the show to Michael Dunn Center for the last four years.

  • EDUCATORS IN THE WORKPLACE

    The first day of classes in Roane County Schools is next week, but some teachers spent their break as students in the Educators in the Workplace program.

    The seven “summer school” sessions for educators began June 6 at Dienamic Tooling Systems in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    “This program is beneficial for both the businesses and the teachers,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • 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.