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Business

  • Jobless front better in Feb.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell in February, but it was narrowly higher than in 2012, statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show.
    The rate, at 7.9 percent, is 0.2 percent lower than in January. Last February, the county’s jobless rate was at 7.8 percent, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,120 workers in Roane County’s 27,290 labor force were employed during the month.

  • New business startup help at workshop

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register.
    The center offers free advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses.

  • VEC program gives to Midway organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in February.
    Midway Youth League was awarded $1,500, and Midway Teen Baseball Club received $1,250.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.5
    million to various com-
    munity-service organizations.
    VECustomers Share is
    a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service
    area.

  • Kyker tapped for Meet the Mentors post

    Mitchell Kyker, vice president of Kyker Funeral Homes, was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association’s Meet the Mentors program.

    Meet the Mentors, supported by the Funeral Service Foundation, took place March 18-19 in the Emory Conference Center Hotel on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta.

    It brought together young funeral professionals to learn from three of the country’s leading funeral directors and network with like-minded peers.

  • Skidmore certified financial officer

    Harriman City Clerk Angela Skidmore was among the 175 municipal finance officers recently awarded the Certified Municipal Finance Officers certificate Feb. 22 in Nashville.

    The program requirements were completed by 216 finance officers, city recorders, city managers and mayors.

    “MTAS would like to express our sincere congratulations to this class of Certified Municipal Finance Officers,” said Jim Thomas, executive director University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Good friends, good food order of day at Mama Mia’s

    When I was about 12 years old, my parents and I went to eat at my favorite cousins’ house. Both boys were older than me, like big brothers. They were Eagle Scouts, and it was fun being with them.

    Their mother, Aunt Lois Stephens, was the head cook for the schools in Livingston and an excellent cook herself. We all looked forward to eating with them. I have several of her recipes.

  • ORNL up on awake imaging

    A technology being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory promises to provide clear images of the brains of children, the elderly and people with Parkinson's and other diseases without the use of uncomfortable or intrusive restraints.

    Awake imaging provides motion compensation reconstruction, which removes blur caused by motion and allows physicians to get a transparent picture of the brain without anesthetics that can mask conditions and alter results.

  • How Sweet It Is!
  • Leadership Roane County visits state capitol

     

    Members of Leadership Roane County visit with Gov. Bill Haslam and other state lawmakers during a recent trip to the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville. The group includes, front row from left, state Rep. Kent D. Calfee, state Sen. Ken Yager, Suzanne Horsfall, Haslam, Misty Wright, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, state Rep. Ron Travis; second row, Sarah Hooper, Kat Baker, Pam May, Jude Miller, Laura Travis; third row, Jennifer Fugate, David Morgan, Chris Ayers, Danny Wright; and back row, Teresa Duncan, Sonny Hunter, Tony Clower and Ernie Ford.

  • Call soon to make reservations for Chamber banquet

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business awards banquet, set for April 19 in Whitestone Country Inn, looks to be a popular event for both sponsors and attendees.

    “The Chamber’s annual awards banquet at Whitestone has always been considered the social event of the spring,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson, “but this year we’ve already sold more than a quarter of the tickets already — and we haven’t even sent out the invitations yet.”