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Business

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.1% in Sept.

    Statistics released late last week indicate things are looking up on the employment front both in the area and across the country.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports Roane County’s unemployment rate for September continued to decrease.

    The rate, at 7.1 percent, is 0.7 percent lower than in August. It’s considerably lower than in September 2011, when the county recorded a jobless rate of 8 percent.

  • Kingston Gold Buyers now open

    Kingston Gold Buyers LLC is now open at 207 E. Race St.

    “We are a locally owned gold and silver buyer and case knife retailer,” said owner Bobby Cox, who serves as buyer with Max Cronan.

    “We specialize in gold, silver, jewelry or coins, also sterling flatware,” Cox added.

    Pepper spray is also available for sale.

    Cox said offering different brands of knives and collectible coins are avenues he’s eyeing for future expansion.

  • Opening celebration for Hair & Body Image

     

    Hair & Body Image Salon of Kingston recently had a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration. Taking part in the festivities are, from left, Stephanie Ferguson, state Sen. Ken Yager, Kent Calfee, Ann Green, Kenyon Mee, Michelle Love, Amanda Monroe, Mayor Troy Beets, Stephanie Cofer, Nikki Conley, Tammy Love, Nikki Bradley, Janice Coker, Jan Treadway, Rose Meza, Kim Harris, Phillip Kelly and Judy Garrell. The salon is at 321 E. Race St. Call 376-0017 for details.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Let’s be frank: You’ll eat like a bow-wow at Double Dogs

    I’ve often mentioned my fondness of hot dogs. So when friends in Knoxville mentioned Double Dogs on Hardin Valley Road, it immediately stimulated my taste buds for a hot dog.

    Computer research told me the place is named for actual canines — Bo, a yellow Lab, and Chancey, a black Lab — but it didn’t affect my desire for a visit.

    Try www.doubledogs.com or call 865-470-4447, for more information and history.

  • Owner buzzed about new electrical repair enterprise in Roane County

    Memphis native Joseph Dickerson says he can fix any wiring problem thrown at him. In fact, he calls himself a wiring guru.

    Dickerson recently opened J.D. Automotive, Marine and Equipment Electrical System Specialists in Roane County.

    The new business is located on Hwy. 70 near the intersection with Patton Lane.

    “I do the mechanical work that comes with solving a problem, but electrical is my specialty,” said Dickerson.

  • Trio of new businesses now open in Rockwood
  • OUT to LUNCH: ‘Grand Canyon’ view at McCloud Mountain

    “Out To Lunch” readers know that my articles are about food, people, and sightseeing. Today’s adventure qualifies in every area.

    Over two years ago our Knoxville furniture friends, Jerry and Mickey Pease, invited us to go eat with them at McCloud Mountain Restaurant, near LaFollette, TN.

    “I’ve got to come back here in the fall, when the leaves are changing and write about McCloud’s,” I told our group.

  • Alliance Gala planned for next month

    Mission Possible! The Roane Alliance believes so, and so goes the theme for this year’s annual Gala on Nov. 9.

    Planned as a night of celebrating The Alliance’s successes, it is also an opportunity to go as a favorite “secret agent” — anyone from James Bond to The Pink Panther. Or not, as costumes are optional.

    This year will be remembered as one that continued to bring many challenges to The Alliance and its partners.

  • Volunteer Energy supports agencies
  • Renfro executive resident for state pharmacy assn.

    The Tennessee Pharmacists Association has selected a former Harriman resident as its sixth conscutive executive resident.

    Zac Renfro, a graduate of the inaugural class of the Belmont University College of Pharmacy of 2012, began his residency during the summer.

    He is the son of Lee and Mike Renfro of Harriman. His grandparents are Grace Crabtree of Harriman and Louise Renfro of Rockwood.