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Business

  • Workshops to focus on gov’t work, franchises

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce are offering a couple of free workshops for area business owners.

    The March 14 workshop on government contracting will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A workshop on franchising will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 in the Oak Ridge Chamber.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Don’t forget the bread pudding at all-new Junior’s

    Four years ago, in March 2008, I wrote my first “Out to Lunch” article on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood.

    “Junior’s in Rockwood has been sold, although the name is the same,” wrote Ray Collett, my friend and former Rockwood City Council member, in an email he sent me last November.

    “The new owners are Sam and Anne Seat. They have changed the menu and hours, which offers a delicious pork tenderloin, and pulled pork, cooked behind the restaurant on a large barbecue smoker grill.”

  • OS’s Jordan tops at MMC for February

    Michelle Jordan, licensed physical therapist assistant in the outpatient physical therapy department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named MMCer of the Month for February.

    Jordan works to rehabilitate patients with orthopedic or neurological conditions. She also educates and treats cancer patients of all types and provides lymphedema treatments and education to breast cancer patients.

  • 5,000th shipment of K-25 rubble hauled off

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC has shipped its 5,000th load of K-25 Building demolition rubble since assuming management of the East Tennessee Technology Park cleanup contract on Aug. 1.

    All shipments were completed safely with no injuries, accidents or transportation issues, said Dennis Hill of UCOR’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

  • Law encourages businesses to hire vets

    The Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 amends and expands definitions of the veteran target groups for employers hiring veterans through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.

    “The Vow to Hire Heroes Act provides tax incentives for employers to hire both short-term and long-term unemployed veterans and affords larger tax credits for hiring certain categories of veterans,” said Labor and Workforce Develop-ment Commissioner Karla Davis.

  • VEC presents $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,750 in grants to Roane  County organizations in January.

    Roane groups collecting grants in January include the Midway High School Cheerleading Booster Club, which received a $1,000 grant; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 grant; and the Midway High School PTO garnered a $750 grant.

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4 million to various community-service organizations.

  • Morris at helm of Tech 20/20

    John Morris will guide Tech 20/20 on its new, refocused mission as the organization’s new president and CEO.
    Morris formerly served as vice president of the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth at Tech 20/20. He began his new duties Feb. 1.

    Prior to his taking over Tech 20/20 operations, Morris managed six programs at the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth, which provided mentoring and coaching to start-up companies.

    He has also served on the Tennessee Valley Tech Council and on Tech 20/20’s board of directors.

  • Out to Lunch by Bethel Poston: Plaid Apron off beaten path with offbeat entrées

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I sometimes like to find “off-the-main-road” places to visit for our lunch adventures.

    The Plaid Apron Café, in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood of Knoxville, certainly qualifies. Locals will remember the location as the former Blackbird Café.

    We lived in Knoxville when I attended University of Tennessee and recently worked in Knoxville for 10 years. I never knew there were commercial businesses in Sequoyah Hills.

  • Alliance report: Roane has ‘whole lot to be proud of’

    The Roane Alliance’s 2011 annual report shows that Roane County continued to be cushioned from the worst of the economic downturn with “a whole lot to be proud of and plenty to be thankful for.”

    “The year 2011 began with high hopes and great expectations at the prospect of finally seeing the backside of the global economic downturn that had hung on way too long,” said Leslie Henderson, The Alliance president and CEO. “As the year went on, though, it became clear that this recovery was not going to be a quick and easy one.”

  • Roane Medical aims to mend broken hearts

    Patients recovering from serious cardiac health conditions can take heart at Roane Medical Center’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program in Harriman.

    With personalized rehabilitation and exercise plans and educational courses on healthy heart maintenance, the Take Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation program provides patients a place to mend and strengthen their hearts.

    “Patients have been participating in this program for the past 18 years,” explained Steve Oran, manager of the Roane Medical Center cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department.