• What’s the SCORE? Increase productivity, focus on activities with best return

    By Dana Peterka

    In last week’s column, we discussed a key productivity improvement tool, the Eisenhower Urgency — Importance Grid.

    In this column, we will discuss time savers and determining what activities to delegate or outsource. In the Roane County Chamber’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop we discuss these topics.

  • Off-road leads to business at Windrock Park

    Four-wheelin’ fun and more. That’s what a trip to Windrock Park near Oliver Springs has to offer.

    “We’re the largest privately-owned off-road park in the country,” Coal Creek Co. Marketing Manager Samantha Collins said. “We have 72,000 acres of land, and a little over 300 miles of trails.”

    The massive trail system offers challenges for all skill levels. The trails are open to ATVs, side-by-sides, Jeeps, buggies, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and even walkers.

  • Tomboy a National Best Brand

    Tomboy Organic Skincare Co., the firm founded and operated by Melissa Kreis-Stephens of Roane State Community College, is the recipient of the American Choice Awards’ National Best Brand Award for Organic Salves and Skin Care.

    More than 1,500 brands are judged by American consumers across 190 categories.

    “We are pleased to welcome Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. into our family of National Brand Winners,” said Jen Johansen, American Choice Awards’ senior vice president of polling and research.

  • What's the SCORE?: Are you managing the work — or is it managing you?

    By Dana Peterka • For Roane County News

    When I hear someone say “I don’t have time for that” before they even understand what the value of “that” is, I feel sorry for them.

    How do they know that “that” isn’t a better use of their time?

    I ask myself whether they recognize that they have let others set their business and life priorities.

  • A Look At Life SOUTH OF THE RIVER: South of the River Dollar General open

    By Penelope Bond

    Several area residents turned out for the official grand opening of the new Dollar General store on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    The cashiers reported that business had been brisk even in the previous week, as the “Now Open” banner was enough to bring in new customers.

    Advertised perks for the first patrons on Saturday had them lined up at the door at opening time.  The store’s regular hours henceforth are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

  • Y-12 Credit Union reaches $1 billion in assets

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has achieved a significant milestone.

    The credit union recently reached $1 billion in assets.

    The credit union was formed in 1950 by a group of five employees at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge.

    In its first month of operation, it claimed 200 members and collected $5,000 in assets.

    Achieving its milestone 67 years later, Y-12 Federal Credit Union now has more than 107,200 members.

    From 1950-61, the credit union operated out of spare space within the Y-12 Plant.

  • Hedrick new to Roane County Family Practice

    Teena Hedrick, a certified nurse practitioner, has joined Roane County Family Practice and is accepting new patients.

    Her clinical interests include women’s health care, pediatric and adult health care.

    Hedrick received both her certification as a family nurse practitioner and master’s degree in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University.

    Roane County Family Practice is at 1855 Tanner Way, Suite 200, in Harriman.

  • Brandon tops at MMC in August

    Amber Brandon, of Kingston, a certified surgical technologist in the Surgery department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named August’s MMCer of the Month.

    In her job, Brandon is a part of a surgical team working with physicians, surgeons, nurses and other staff.

    She helps prepare the operating room for surgery, sterilizes and supplies equipment and helps the surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile equipment.

    She has been with Methodist since August 2007.