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Business

  • Unemployment rate continues downward tick

    Roane County’s November unemployment continues to inch downward.

    The rate, 5.4 percent, is 0.1 percent lower than in October, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County jobless rate was recorded at 6.0 percent in November 2016.

    The downward trend also continues statewide and nationally. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 4.6 percent; the U.S. rate was 4.4 percent.

  • Business of the Month

    Roane Veterinary Hospital is the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s January Business of the Month.

    The presentation includes, from left, Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance; Marilyn Calfee, Chamber board chairwoman; Dr. Wes Cook, Roane Veterinary Hospital; Greg White and Glenda Johnson, G&G Gun Shop; Sandy Johnson and Ashley Whitson, Roane Veterinary Hospital.

    The full-service veterinary medical facility is at 300 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    It’s open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

  • DOE board seeks members

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.

    The board is a federally chartered citizens panel that provides recommendations to the agency regarding cleanup activities across the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 31.

  • KUDOSTOVOLUNTEERS

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Keyona Dickens of the Harriman store was honored for her work with Second Harvest, a hunger-relief charity.

    The Kingston store applauded Emily Clark, who volunteers her time as a cheerleading coach.

    Teresa Hall, an associate at the Oliver Springs store, was honored for working with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • What’s the SCORE?: What are your 2017 objectives?

    By Dana Peterka

    In the previous column, we talked about a process for effectively setting your long term business and personal goals.

    This column addresses how to turn your goals into objectives for the new year. Moving from a strategic level to the tactical.

    Here is a positive, motivating way to view the objective setting process. Translate your dream that makes you smile into work and life actions that cause the same smile.

  • Fresh look, new management for Long John Silver’s
  • UCOR head awarded national trade honor

    Kenneth J. Rueter, president and project manager of URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC — known locally as UCOR — is the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ prestigious 2016 Management Division Award.

    Rueter will receive the honor during AIChE annual meeting in San Francisco.

    Rueter has led his company’s success in providing positive solutions for large-scale nuclear environmental cleanup, restoring once-contaminated land for future economic development purposes.

  • New report details high-demand jobs in Volunteer State

    There is a high demand for workers in engineering, health care, information technology and production jobs throughout Tennessee, according to a new report released by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

    The state’s annual Labor and Education Alignment Program report is a regional study of occupations in high demand among employers throughout Tennessee.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Alice’s is Roane’s ‘Cheers’: Everybody knows your name

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have told me they have missed reading my articles in the Roane County News.

    I needed a writing break to devote more time to my job as executive director of Furniture Buying Group.

    In 1987, I convinced four other desperate furniture dealers to join me and form the Tennessee Buying Group (now known as The Buying Giant).

    Our Group has now grown to more than 300 members and associates in 36 states.

  • Customer service to be focus of Academy

    SCORE will present a three-session Customer Service Academy at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The three sessions, free for up to two employees registered by Chamber members, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. A $50 fee will be charged to others wishing to attend.

    The Academy is designed to help employees in several ways:

    • Understand how job performance impacts quality of life

    • Develop skills that enhance customer satisfaction scores