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  • MR. CLEAN

    Most people remember their first job as a stepping stone for later in life.

    For Harriman’s Brian Frost, his first job is his life. He and his wife, Rechelle, own Mr. Clean Car Wash in Harriman.

    “I started washing cars when I was 14 years old,” Frost said. “When I was 16, I went to work at Morgan County Ford, then I went to Southern Auto Sales, and then I went to Eddie’s [Body Shop]. Now I’m here.”

    Frost learned the trade working for others, but then the opportunity came to run his own business.

  • What’s the SCORE? Networking effective toward achieving goals

    By Dana Peterka

    In the last two columns, we discussed setting longterm goals and objectives for the new year.

    Networking can be an effective tool for achieving both your longterm and shortterm goals.

    What is networking?

    It is cultivating ongoing, informal relationships with an eye toward sharing information that can ultimately benefit you and your business.

    Yes, there are many people ready to provide advice, information, brainstorming help and professional guidance.

  • Y-12 Federal Credit Union promotes 4

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has promoted four employees, including a regional branch manager overseeing the Roane County Branch.

    Rusty Curtis was promoted to the position after serving as branch manager in Sevier County.

    Curtis started working for Y-12 Federal Credit Union 11 years ago as an assistant manager. He has been in the banking industry for 23

    years.

    In addition to Roane County, he will oversee branches in Sevierville and Clinton.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • all sales FINAL

    Rocky Top General Store in Harriman had a final sale on Jan. 7.

    The walls and shelves of the iconic store are getting bare as the last of the merchandise is sold off.

  • 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.

  • Fresh look, new management for Long John Silver’s
  • 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.

  • 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.