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Business

  • Shopping at home pays off

    Kevin Kile, interim general manager of the Roane County News helps Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, draw the winner of the $500 shopping spree. Doug Young of Rockwood is this year’s winner of the drawing, which is part of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Shop Roane First campaign.

  • Info offered on gov’t contracting

    The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services will present a Jan. 25 program designed to introduce the business owner or manager to methods and steps toward doing business with the federal government.

    The session will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant for UT’s Center for Industrial Services, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, will lead the program on U.S.  General Services Administration schedule contract training.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Miss Olivia true treasure on this lunch adventure

    “Out to Lunch” readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to explore unique places for our lunch adventures. Miss Olivia’s Table in Maryville exceeded our expectations with good food and an enjoyable visit with Miss Olivia.

    The restaurant is in a two-story house built in 1900, surrounded by similar large restored homes in the historic district at 1108 W. Broadway. We kept comparing it to Adelaide’s at Pennybacker House on Third Street in Kingston.

  • All in the family: Fraker sees funeral home business as ministry to help through grieving process

    Rebecca Fraker finds it rewarding to work in a field often fraught with emotion.

    “I feel like it's a ministry within itself,” said Fraker, owner and licensed funeral director of Kingston’s Fraker Funeral Home. “I consider it a chance to help the families.”

    Fraker and her family – including husband Ernie, daughters Sunshine Whitus and Phyllis Fraker and son-in-law Matthew Whitius – work to provide a caring family-oriented business to help other families through their grieving periods.

  • Jobless rate still declining: Unemployment down 5% in November

    Roane County’s unemployment rate continued to drop in November, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for November was 7.3 percent, down 0.5 percent from October.

    That means 26,100 workers in the county’s 28,150 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Y-12 has record United Way year

    United Way contributions at the Y-12 National Security Complex reached a record high in 2011, according to the company’s managing and operating contractor, B&W Y-12.

    Contributions from employees, retirees and the corporation totaled $961,225, the highest United Way contribution level ever at the complex.

    The campaign also added 10 Leadership Givers in 2011, bringing the total to 517.  

    More than one out of five employees now are Leadership Givers.

  • Charge up with Cracker Barrel’s Blink

    Harriman’s Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is among 24 in Tennessee offering an electric vehicle charging station with its Blink DC Fast Charging station.

    Cracker Barrel installed electric vehicle chargers as a pilot project at select locations in “The Tennessee Triangle,” the 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

    The Blink EV Level 2 chargers such as the one in Harriman will “top off their tanks” while drivers order, eat a meal and browse in the retail shop.

  • Out to Lunch: Hang out at Sami's, a friendly Knox corner café

    By Bethel Poston
    “Sami’s Café is just like a small-town corner café where you visit with friends and enjoy good food,” Dean Carroll told me when I visited his table during this “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    Dean owns Coachman Clothiers in Knoxville’s Franklin Square, just a few doors away from Sami’s. He tried to convince me the sandwich he was enjoying was called the “Coachman Club.”

  • Williams new Alliance VP of development

    Darrell Williams has been named vice president of business development at The Roane Alliance.

    “Williams has been with the Alliance for nearly two years providing great service to our Chamber members, while working hard to recruit new industry and retail businesses to town,” said Leslie Henderson, President and CEO of The Alliance. “In this new slot, he will begin to use those skills to also help direct our recruiting and sales programs to help the team at the Alliance become even more efficient and effective.”

  • Jan. seminar to address government contracting

    The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services will present a Jan. 12 program designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government purchasing.

    Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant for UT’s Center for Industrial Services, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, will lead the program, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.