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Business

  • State may break employer tax credits record

    The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development marked a milestone in June after issuing more than $215 million of Work Opportunity Tax Credits to employers across the state.

    The 2017 year is on pace to be a record-breaking year for the tax credits program in Tennessee.

    During the first six months of 2017, the state received 162,795 tax credit applications and approved 83,385 of them, totaling $215,445,800 in tax credits for employers.

  • Ribbon cutting for Superlative Harriman shop

    Superlative Vintage, a shop that specializes in vintage and retro merchandise at 426 N. Roane St. in downtown Harriman, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently with the Roane County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Free business-planning workshop set later this month at Roane Alliance

    A free business planning workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Jutta Bangs, director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center of Oak Ridge, will be the speaker.

    This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a business plan and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment.

    The workshop will also be useful for existing businesses who are looking into obtaining financing. Business plans are required by lenders.

  • Conner a master examiner

    Laura A. Conner, county director for the Roane and Morgan County Health Department District, has been appointed by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence board of directors as a master examiner on the 2017 Board of Examiners.

    As a member of the Board of Examiners, Conner is responsible for reviewing and evaluating organizations that apply to the Center’s Award Program. The program recognizes local, regional and statewide organizations that demonstrate excellence in business operations and results.

  • RSCC’s Wurth draws employees to GIS

    When it comes to her expertise, Roane State Community College’s Pat Wurth occupies a unique niche in Tennessee, and she has won a first-ever award for it.

    Wurth, an associate professor at the college for nearly 19 years, recently received the accolade of appreciation for her “distinguished career developing GIS professionals.”

    That’s what it says on the plaque she received during an April conference of the 500-member Tennessee Geographic Information Council. “It was quite an honor,” Wurth said.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: SWOT can be a useful business tool

    I recently conducted a half day strategic planning workshop in a nearby county.

    A key step in the planning process is a SWOT analysis session by carefully selected participants.

    SWOT analysis is a powerful business tool that can be used on a regular basis to increase your organization’s effectiveness.

    In other words, it can be a powerful tactical tool in addition to its strategic use. It can be used personally on a routine basis. Before we get into examples, let’s discuss the traditional strategic use of SWOT analysis.

  • Unemployment down for May

    Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017 have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in 1, according to data released last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate is 3.4, down from 4.3 in April, with 22,030 of the 22,800 workforce employed.

    Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.1 percent, a decline from 2.7 percent during the prior month.

  • Harbor Freight now open in Rockwood
  • Kimble Chase changes name to DWK

    Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products LLC of Rockwood has officially changed its name to DWK Life Sciences LLC.

    DWK stands for Duran, Wheaton and Kimble, which are among the strongest brands in the world’s laboratories for decades, the company said at a breakfast event held last week at Roane State Community College.

    The three brands have different regional strengths.

    While Duran is better known in Europe, Wheaton and Kimble are more famous in North America.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Seafood feasts and more a treat at Euchee Marina

    As I’ve mentioned in previous “Out To Lunch” articles, restaurant locations remain, only the names and owner’s change.

    Evidently at this time of the year I’m drawn to the many places to eat along Watts Bar Lake. This will be my fifth “Out To Lunch” adventure at the Euchee Marina. The first article was written in June of 2009. We enjoyed the food on all visits.

    My son Bryan wanted to celebrate Father’s Day this year with me at the Euchee Grille & Brewhouse off River Road at 200 Euchee Lane, Ten Mile.