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  • Network of contacts a strength of Roane State’s AMTEC

    When the phone stopped ringing, Mark Boody knew hard times were coming.

    Boody had his own home-remodeling business. In good years, he would get 20 calls a month, give 10 estimates and land five projects.

    Then, the economic downturn hit, and the housing market weakened.

    The calls dropped to three or four a month. The projects slumped to one a month.

  • ORNL safety concerns removed

    U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Safety and Ecology Corp. recently removed four structures as part of the Building 3026 C/D Hot Cells Project.

    The structures, which once processed radioisotopes, have been a safety concern for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the building’s outer structure was removed in 2010.

  • 2012 Roane County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious annual business awards last month during its annual springtime banquet in Whitestone Country Inn.

    The awards were presented, along with recognition of Chamber board members, before a capacity crowd of community and business leaders from all across Roane County.

  • Roane’s job figures still looking good

    Statistics released late last week indicate that Roane County’s employment situation continues to look better.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports the county’s March unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

    That means 25,620 workers in the county’s 27,700 labor force were employed last month.

    Those numbers are also better than the same period last year, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate at 7.9 percent.

  • UCOR on luncheon program

    Tony Fountain of URS/CH2MHill Oak Ridge, LLC, will be the guest speaker during the next East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly membership luncheon.

    Fountain will discuss UCOR and the East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly K-25 Plant) during the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. May 2 in Double Tree Hotel, Oak Ridge.

    Lunch is $15 for members; those who are not members of the organization pay $20 each.

    RSVP by contacting Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 no later than 10 a.m. May 1.

  • ACE helps area companies grow

    Roane State Community College’s new Advanced Composites Employment accelerator is more than a training program.

    The grant-funded program also teaches companies, including small businesses, how they can utilize breakthroughs in the composites industry to grow and create jobs.

    “It’s an economic development opportunity with a training component to it,” ACE director Mike Farmer said during the recent kickoff meeting for the program at Tech 20/20. “That’s the purpose of what we are doing.”

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Archer’s brings Memphis-style barbecue to Farragut

    When my longtime friend, Nick Drewry, suggested Archer’s BBQ for an “Out to Lunch” visit, I had to ask where it was.

    Nick lives in Farragut, where you’ll find Archer’s. He’s the former publisher of the Roane County News, and a member of my Kingston First Baptist Sunday school class.

  • Opening grand for Peoples Home Equity

     

  • Chamber banquet
  • Keep track of unemployment info being sent

    New federal requirements to the unemployment insurance system require in-person case management meetings and documented work searches, and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making several recommendations to help claimants.

    “We’re encouraging everyone to pay attention to the information we send in the mail and attend these case management courses,” Commissioner Karla Davis said.