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Business

  • Workshop focuses on writing contract proposals

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College will give a workshop that covers how to write proposals for government contracts.

    The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 in The Foundry at 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville.

    The workshop is a cooperative effort between the Roane State center and PQC Solutions.

  • Grand opening for Curves of Harriman

     

    Curves of Harriman representatives, area officials and Roane County Chamber of Commerce members participating in the recent grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at Curves of Harriman are, from left, Danice Turpin, Tami Wright of The Roane Alliance, Mary Ann Pugh, Darlene Wright, Faye Abston, Kenyon Mee, Janice Coker,  Johnny Griffin, Kristen Coker, Kent Calfee, Steve Byerly, Janice Hall, Rose Meza, David Webb and Stephanie Ferguson.

  • Workers at DOE unite to feed the hungry

    U.S. Department of Energy employees at Oak Ridge donated 11,437 pounds of food last week to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

    The donation was part of the national Feds Feed Families campaign.

    This is the third year DOE’s Oak Ridge site has participated in the annual summer campaign, which helps replenish food banks and raises awareness about the prevalence of hunger nationally.

  • Oak Ridge retirees coalition set to meet in annual session

    Coalition of Oak Ridge Retirees will have its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Heritage Fellowship Church at 121 N. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge. Parking is available at the church.

    All Oak Ridge retirees, their spouses and surviving spouses are urged to attend and are encouraged to bring other retirees and guests.

  • Out to Lunch: Something fishy’s going on at Captain Ernie’s

    When readers or friends recommend a place for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I immediately add it to my prospect list.

    Several folks mentioned Captain Ernie’s Seafood on Campbell Station Road in Knoxville.

    I noticed last week that the building they occupied was empty. I did a search to see if they had relocated, because I was planning to eat there soon.

    Not only did I discover they had moved to Lenoir City but found numerous online positive comments about the food at the new Captain Ernie’s Seafood Bar and Caribbean Grill.

  • Jobless picture better in August

    After increases in the first two months of summer, Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped in August to 7.8 percent.

    That’s 0.5 percent lower than the July rate of 8.3 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the county’s rate for July was 8.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 over June’s 8.2 percent.

    The number was higher last August, when the state recorded Roane County’s jobless rate at 8.2 percent.

  • Alfords flip ‘Best of Roane’ Bob's Burgers for quarter of a century

    Bob Alford never envisioned himself in the restaurant business, let alone the owner of a burger joint serving Roane Countians for a quarter of a century.

    Bob’s Burgers, which he and his wife Debbie operate in Midtown, celebrated its historic 25-year anniversary earlier this year.

  • Eskridge 1st grant recipient

    Joseph Eskridge of Harriman is the first of six Roane County residents to receive an entrepreneurial grant to start a new business.

    Eskridge’s $1,000 grant will enable him to work toward opening a recording studio and eventually a radio station.

    The grant was presented by Mel Clemmons during a Roane County entrepreneur workshop and motivational seminar at the Princess Theatre in Harriman.

    Clemmons led the free workshop and launched his Superheroes Foundation, which is giving out the six business grants.

  • Class to help you get cooking

    Individuals who use a domestic kitchen to prepare, manufacture and sell food to the public can ensure their facilities meet Tennessee Department of Agriculture regulations through one of two upcoming courses presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Food Science and Technology and UT Extension.

    UT will present Domestic Kitchen: Tennessee Food Safety Certification in Knoxville this fall.

  • Unemployment premiums down for first time in three years

    Tennessee employers will pay unemployment insurance premiums at a lower rate for the first time in more than three years.

    Unemployment insurance premium rates for state employers decreased because the balance of Tennessee’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund on June 30 was more than $568 million, triggering new premium rates.