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Business

  • Time for coffee and networking at credit union

     

    A Roane County Chamber of Commerce coffee at Y-12 Federal Credit Union recently had a big showing of folks representing Chamber members. They include Carrie Fickey, Amber Price, Janie Flick, Michelle Byrd, Jenny Grant, Jane Lavender, Amber Wyrick, Kayla Gunter, Gerry Raines, state Rep.-elect Kent Calfee, state Sen. Ken Yager, Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Stephanie Ferguson, Brenda Murphy, Phillip Kelly, Kim Harris, Amy Rector, Ann Davis, Andras Bartha, Melissa Jarfi and Rose Meza.

  • Lending to be emphasis of workshop

    Small-business owners have an opportunity this month to take advantage of a free workshop that teaches about business lending.

    “Getting Ready to Go to the Bank” will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Jutta Bangs, director and senior business specialist with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, will lead the workshop.

  • Spend $50 in Roane on Super Saturday

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Super Saturday on Nov. 24 will tie into a nationally promoted “Shop Small” campaign that promotes the support of small businesses.

    Chamber President Leslie Henderson calls Super Saturday “a special day for everyone to spend at least $50 at a Chamber member’s business.”

    She said, “If everyone did this, we could have a huge effect on our local economy and really help our community.”

  • Have you driven a Ford lately?

    Detroit’s a long way from Roane County, but a Harriman auto dealership served as a conduit last week to boost contributions from one of the Big Three automakers to a beloved charity.

    Operation REACH is poised to receive up to $500 from Ford Night Out, a national charitable campaign in which Jerry Duncan Ford participated last week.

  • BenchMark to open PT clinic in Harriman

    BenchMark Physical Therapy is opening a new clinic at 2497 S. Roane St., Suite 220, Harriman.
    Director Hemal Patel said it’s his goal to offer access to advanced skills in physical therapy.

    Patel has a doctorate of physical therapy and is residency trained in orthopedics.

    “Residency is about developing a sound and up-to-date knowledge base and then applying it to patient care,” said David Harris, regional director.

  • Out to Lunch: Riverside Grille proof that change is a good thing

    You may think of this “Out to Lunch” article as déjà vu (French for already seen).

    One year ago, I wrote about this restaurant location, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, in Oak Ridge when it was called Flatwater Grille. Locals may remember it was originally called Gregory’s.

    In February of this year, it became Riverside Grille, managed by the Knoxville folks who operate Lakeside Tavern on Concord Park Drive and Parkside Grille on Peters Road.

  • Employers hiring vets may earn tax credit

    Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS.

    Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year.

    Here are six key facts about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit as expanded by VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011:

  • Business is booming for Shoppes at Walden Ridge

    A new sports bar and restaurant, physician’s office and a bevy of small storefronts have opened up at Rockwood’s Shoppes at Walden Ridge.

    “We’ve got this whole side filled. It has been unreal to see we could do that in such a short time,” said Jane Long, who moved her longtime business Roane Realty into the complex.

    She, along with other partners, closed on the shopping complex in January.

  • Beginning 2 End Events now open in Kingston

    Beginning 2 End Events celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting event at The Roane Alliance to provide a chance to hear about their new event-planning business in Kingston.

    Taking part in the celebration are, from left, Paulette Ray, Kim Harris, Beginning 2 End Events owners Christina Branham and Jennifer Tipton, Nikki Bradley, Darrell Williams of The Roane Alliance, Marilyn McCormick and Jan Treadway.

    Branham and Tipton also discussed how they can help throw a wonderful event from beginning to end.

  • Enrichment credit union kicking off Gloves of Love

     Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch will soon begin collecting gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County through its annual Gloves of Love campaign.

    Many children go to school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, and the credit union aims to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year.