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  • 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.

  • Business Briefs

    • B&W Y-12 recently donated $2,500 to Camp Tanasi, the Girl Scout camp near Andersonville on Norris Lake.

    The contribution will help fund the summer program.

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Restoration Services Inc. of Oak Ridge as 2013 Region  IV Subcontractor of the Year in recognition for their hard work, innovative  ideas and dedication to the community.

  • New TVA credit union now open

    TVA Employees Credit Union opened its newly constructed branch in mid-June with a week of giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The new facilities are at 1916 Roane State Hwy., in the Midtown area of Harriman.

    Hours are from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8 :30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Chamber supports online sales tax

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously last week to support the Marketplace Fairness Act.
    Support for the act comes upon recommendation of the Chamber’s government relations committee.

    The act empowers states to collect sales tax on purchases made from online-only vendors.

  • Changes to aid in unemployment backlogs

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has made organizational changes aimed to improve access to unemployment benefits’ self-service features and reduce a backlog of those who have applied for benefits.

    “Decreasing the backlog means fewer follow-up calls, and opening access to self-service allows callers to directly find the information they need without any delays,”said Employment Security Administrator Linda Davis.

  • Upcoming workshops aim to help small businesses succeed

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering free workshops this week to help small businesses in the area succeed.

    All workshops will be in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The first, Employers vs. Contractors, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25.

    Jeff Ginsburg, director of human resources at Oak Ridge’s LeGacy Resource Corp., will discuss differences between a W2 employee or 1099 contractor, as well as the legalities and costs involved for a business.