• SMILE! Rogers leaves retirement to open Paint Rock Dental

    South Roane County travelers winding through the curvy junction of Hwys. 72 and 322 may wonder how a quiet little community like Paint Rock has its own dental office.

    It has everything to do with a man who has chosen to be a blessing to his neighbors.

    After graduating from University of Tennessee Medical School in 1958, Dr. Frank Rogers practiced dentistry in Washington, D.C., Knoxville, Benton (in Polk County), Jellico and Pigeon Forge for four decades before he and his wife Peggy settled in for a peaceful lakefront retirement in the back end of Paint Rock.

  • What’s the SCORE? What are you going to say when you reach prospects?

    By Dana Peterka

    Several years ago, I discovered a business model that clarified something I had been doing intuitively for years.

    Business models, like the Porter 5 Forces Model, are useful tools in understanding how to effectively manage a business.

    The model I discovered is the Customer Value Map. It is a powerful way to analyze and reposition your customer offerings in order to win more sales in your target market niche(s).

    The Customer Value Map model I am referring to is different than those that are identified in a Google search.

  • Out to Lunch: Food’s good, but finding The Front Porch takes some skill

    “Do you have The Front Porch on your prospective ‘Out to Lunch’ places to visit?” asked my wife, Carol.

    An article she had read about the renovations of historic old building in the Powell community included photos and a mention of The Front Porch restaurant.

    It was on my list, and I knew then, by her question, where our next lunch adventure was going to be.

    The Front Porch at 1509 Emory Road.

  • It's TOMATO season

    You Say Tomato owners Darian Barnett and Jimmy Adkins have certainly gotten a lot of milage from their store’s name.

    Decorative tomatoes large and small fill many of the Rockwood store’s nooks and crannies, along with paintings, posters and even a back wall display of the shop’s name accentuated with whimsical hot-pink stuffed animal heads.

    Adkins says that touch of eclectic fun was the idea behind the moniker, which is a line from the old George and Ira Gershwin song, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

  • What’s the SCORE? Fight fair in business, but never pick a fair fight

    By Dana Peterka

    We discuss improving your competitive strategy in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s “How to Grow Your Business and Enhance Your Competitive Position” workshop.

    The concept is to identify and target niche market segments where your business can prosper.

    A target niche market is a small but specific and well-defined segment where you can address customer needs, wants and requirements more effectively than your competitors.


    Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories on the winners of the 19th Annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Griffin Insurance was named Best Insurance Agency in the poll.

    Johnny Griffin knows the secret to success is really no secret.

    “It is good employees,” said the president of Griffin Insurance in Kingston. “And mine are the best.”

    Griffin opened his business in Harriman in 1980. He moved it to Kingston permanently in the late 1990s.

  • Patient, Family Council new at hospital

    Harriman’s Roane Medical Center is beginning a new initiative that invites former patients and family members to provide feedback and suggestions related to various aspects of a hospital experience.

    Roane Medical Center Patient and Family Partnership Council will consist of volunteer members from the community and representatives from the hospital staff.

    The council will meet on a regular basis and work together on projects to enhance quality, service and safety at the hospital.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Be sure to take a big appetite to the Meat House

    Are you a longtime fan of hamburgers from the recently closed Bob’s Burgers in Midtown?

    Well, you’re in for a treat when you visit the new occupant of Bob’s former location, Meat House BBQ & More.

    “From a home recipe, we hand pat a half pound of fresh ground beef for every hamburger patty,” owner Navardo “Tony” Exparza told me.

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure to Meat House BBQ & More in Midtown, our longtime friends, Wayne and Sydney Woodlee, joined my wife, Carol, and me.

  • Brookdale makes residents feel right at home

    Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of stories on businesses that were voted No. 1 in the 19th annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Brookdale Kingston was voted the top Assisted Living Facility in the contest.

    From staff reports
    Brookdale Kingston offers a homey environment for its residents who find themselves needing a little help with everyday activities.

    The facility, in Bradford Way, currently has 39 residents who live in comfortable, roomy and secure apartment-like settings.

  • What’s the SCORE? The unexpected could destroy your financial stability

    By Dana Peterka

    When I mention “disaster planning” in the Strategic Planning workshop I conduct for rural nonprofits in the greater Knoxville area, I get puzzled looks from the participants.

    I have found that the best way to make the concept understandable is by use of an example.

    I have a friend — and SCORE client — who operates a massage therapy business in Knoxville. A few years ago, he moved to a larger facility.