• Unemployment rate takes big jump

    Roane County’s unemployment rate increased by 1.1 percent in January, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The county’s jobless rate for January was 8.0 percent, state statistics show.

    That means 20,920 workers in the county’s 22,740 labor force were employed during the month.

    The increase was a big blow to county statistics, which had been reflecting decreases over the past few months, both on a monthly basis and from figures reported a year ago.

  • ORUD raises $4,700-plus to benefit SAFE

    Oak Ridge Utility District raised $4,714.69 during its recent “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser that helps people pay their utility bills.

    The fundraiser offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts in February, and the money raised this year “is a significant increase over 2014,” said Nikki Bradley, ORUD’s customer development and marketing manager.

    All proceeds from the sales benefit Project SAFE, which helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

  • Griffin Makes More Happen for RMC

    Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Fort Sanders Foundation and Roane Medical Center.

    The check was presented at the Rotary Club of Harriman meeting on Thursday, March 5.

  • Using social media in marketing to be focus of workshop

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will offer a seminar about social media marketing March 24.

    Jen Dangelo, director of the center, will lead “Social Media Marketing – the Smart Way,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT in Johnson Hall 401. Dangelo will talk about different sites, tricks and tools to manage them, and how social media can complement a business’ existing web presence.

  • Fossil Plant gives $5,000 for DAV van

    Employees at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant answered the call for financial support from the Disabled American Veterans Post 86.

    The Post recently replaced its van that takes area veterans to doctor appointments at Veterans Medical Centers at Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Kingston Plant Manager Doug Keeling presented a $5,000 check to John Maliskey, van rider coordinator, and van drivers J.D. Tedder, Donald Carter and Keith Goldston.

    Carter is also a scrubber board operator, and Goldson is a pipefitter at the plant.

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  • New ride for The Bridge at Rockwood

    Residents of The Bridge at Rockwood have a new van, which was delivered to the facility last week. The van will be used for resident outings, including those planned to The Dixie Stampede, Tennessee Aquarium at Chattanooga, Tennessee Smokies Baseball, monthly lake outings from April through September and a community service project serving a meal at the Love Kitchen. Call 354-3366 for more about how to volunteer at the facility.

  • Save the date for awards banquet

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce will bestow four prestigious business awards during its annual banquet on May 1.

    The banquet begins at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and silent auction n Whitestone Country Inn. A gourmet dinner will follow.

    Honors to be given during the event are for Distinguished Service, Business of the Year, Woman of the Year and the Paul Goldberg Young Professional Award.

    Nominations of Chamber members for the award are being accepted through April 10.

  • Tennova, BlueCross sign agreement

    Tennova Healthcare and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have finalized a multi-year agreement that became effective March 1.

    The agreement provides Blue Network SSM (“Network S”) members access to services at Tennova’s Physicians Regional Medical Center, North Knoxville Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center and their employed physician practices.

    With the addition of these hospitals, Network S members now have access to all seven Tennova facilities.


    Roane State Community College’s Kirk Harris believes details save lives.

    Harris, director of continuing health care and safety education, recently started offering a course on tactical combat casualty care/tactical emergency casualty care.

    The course applies lessons learned from the experiences of U.S. soldiers and the latest research on combat care in Iraq and Afghanistan to situations first responders could face.