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Business

  • 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.

  • 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

  • What’s the SCORE? Resolutions, the power of goals

    By Dana Peterka

    Yes, it is that time of year when many of us start the new year with resolutions to improve the quality of our lives.

    How long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolutions?

    Surprisingly, 75 percent of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, with 46 percent making it past six months.

    In this column, we will discuss The Power of Goals, a tool that we cover in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop.

  • HOSPITAL HELP

    Roane Medical Center recently received a generous donation from a couple of community partners.

    Alison Savard of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Midtown, in partnership with Thrivent Financial, worked with the hospital to provide new clothing items for patients in their care.

    Many times, patients in the facility are in need of clothing. Depending on their situation, they may not have been prepared for their visit to the hospital, especially if in an emergency, or they just might not have what they need to get discharged and returned home appropriately.

  • Tax credit saves Tenn. employers millions

    The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is on track to issue a record number of Work Opportunity Tax Credits to employers across the state.

    Through the end of October, the Department issued 71,336 Tax Credit certifications. Those certifications represent potential tax savings to Tennessee employers of more than $159 million.

  • Celebrating ORNL Credit Union’s new look
  • Grow Bio Plastics A-Sizzle

    State, local and federal agencies are partnering to bring innovative agricultural technology startups to the Sizzle TechStart business incubator at the Roane Industrial Park.

    Representatives of the agencies gathered at the Sizzle TechStart facility in the Industrial Park Thursday.

    Sizzle TechStart joins a group of statewide incubators and accelerators that are collaborating as part of the state-funded AgLaunch initiative to help launch 100 new startup companies related to forestry and agriculture by 2020.

  • Human resource classes offered

    Roane State Community College Workforce Development is offering Society for Human Resource Management course next year on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.
    The course provides training toward certification for both SHRM-Certified Professional and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.
    Those holding SHRM-CP are human resources professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services and perform operational HR functions.

  • Creswell a Postma Young Professional

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, received the Postma Young Professional Medal at the East Tennessee Economic Council’s annual year end celebration earlier this month.

    The award was created by ETEC to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in the region.