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Business

  • 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.

  • Road dept. retirees to be honored at luncheon

    Roane County Highway Department will honor five retiring employees during a luncheon celebration from noon to 3 p.m. June 27 at the Highway Department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his staff will honor retirees Larry Alford, Judy Bensey, Joe Britton, Donna Patterson and Ronnie Turpin.

    A special tribute will be paid to the memory
    of Charles Norman, a former road superintendent who died March 24.
    The band Outta the Blue will take the stage at noon.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Harriman gearing up for Prospect 14 tour

    Harriman City Mayor Chris Mason said he believes this weekend’s Prospect 14 Tour will be just the encouragement needed and the opportunity for interested parties  looking for a places to expand or start up a new business.

    The City, along with the Harriman Industrial Development board, is hosting a tour of the available properties that are for sale in the historic district of the downtown area of Harriman.

  • Volunteer Energy gives grant to Midway PTO

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,000 grant to Midway High School PTO in May.
    The program awarded  $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations during the month. The Tennessee Kidney Foundation received $500; and Roane County United Way was awarded  $250.
    VECustomers Share is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering VEC’s 17-county service area.
    The foundation’s funds come from VEC members who have opted to allow VEC to round their electric bills up to the next whole dollar.

  • Volkswagen’s aim: Eco-friendly

    Volkswagen’s new Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Roane County is looking to do something that none of the car company’s other warehouses have done.    
    “We are going for LEED certification,” said John Kutz, senior manager of the facility.
    “It will be the only Volkswagen LEED certified warehouse in our entire network.”
    LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

  • Businesses give boost to reading
  • Some employers closing job sites for safety talks

    The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a number of construction trade associations are participating in a statewide Caught In/Between Accidents Safety Stand Down today, Monday.

    Participating employers will shut down their jobsites at 7 a.m. June 10 to discuss the prevention of caught/in between injuries.

  • Out to Lunch: Big Dog calling for a return to Jake's Tavern and Grill

    An Oxford dictionary, edited in 1946, describes a tavern as a public house for supply of food and drink.

    More recent editions of Webster’s dictionary expand to include whatever the proprietor wishes to advertise.

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure to Jake’s Tavern and Grill in Rockwood tells about some of the varied lunch items we and other customers enjoyed.

    Jacki Hill and her daughter, Kris, opened Jake’s in March in Shoppes at Walden Ridge, the center next door to Fowler’s Furniture and behind Goodwill Industries.