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Business

  • Bowers heading up The Bridge at Rockwood

    Jonathan Bowers is the new administrator of The Bridge at Rockwood.

    Bowers assumed the position on April 10.

    He made a transition in his career in 1998 after earning a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

    “I look forward to what the future holds for The Bridge at Rockwood and what we can do for our community,” he said.

    Bowers transferred from a regional executive director position for Genesis Healthcare in LaFollette.

  • Covenant demonstrates WeCare to Long family

    Roane Medical Center has been a part of Vicky Long’s family as far back as she can remember.

    “I am biased since I’m a long-time employee and my mother was a 30-year employee of Roane Medical Center and retired from there,” she said.

    “I grew up with Roane Medical Center; my kids used to go trick-o-treating there.”

  • Roane Medical provides expertise and caring support for employee’s family

    Vicky Long had just gone to bed last Oct. 1 when her cell phone rang.

    “I looked over and saw it was my son – I always answer for my kids no matter when it is,” she said.

    Long heard a tone that “a Mom knows is not a good thing” in her son’s voice.

    Her instincts were correct.

    The next words she heard from her 22-year-old son, Ryan, gripped her with fear:

    “Mom, I’m hurt,” he said. “I need you to come and take me to the hospital.”

  • What’s the SCORE? Exploit your small business strengths

    By Dana Peterka

    Small businesses often have advantages over larger companies. It’s important to recognize these strengths and make the most of them in order to grow your business and profitability.

    Here are seven characteristics that often give small businesses an edge over bigger competitors:

    • Provide a personal touch. Develop face-to-face, person-to-person relationships with prospects and clients.

  • OUT to LUNCH By Bethel Poston: Try the Best Ribs in America at Calhoun’s

    Recently my wife, Carol, asked me, “Why don’t you write about the new Calhoun’s on the River in Oak Ridge? It’s really a fun place, with great food choices.”

    She and 12 of her Oak Ridge High School female classmates had just met for a Monday lunch at Calhoun’s.

    Half of her group had the $5.50 “Monday Only” hamburger special that comes with one side. Of course, I’d want french fries, but most ladies went for a side salad.

  • Chuck’s Delicious ‘just good business’

    To be successful in business, it is said you have to change with the times.

    That’s not true for Chuck’s Deli in Harriman, as owner Sonya Shillings says the longtime business is successful because their formula hasn’t changed.

  • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS 2017

    Guests at the 71st annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet celebrated the presentation of Chamber awards and graduation of the Leadership Roane County class of 2017.

    More than 250 attended the event in Rockwood’s Walden Ridge Event Center.

    The honoring of outstanding Chamber members was the highlight of the night, particularly significant being the Paul Cowell Distinguished Service Award.

  • Ready. Aim. FIRE!

    You never know what life has in store.

    For Brant Williams, his life has taken some turns over the past 25 years that have led to him owning a successful gun store at 1218 Gallaher Road near Kingston.

    “My dad and I had bought the campground in ’91 or ’92 for my brother to run,” Williams said. “He (brother) was getting sick and my parents were getting older so I moved back here (from Atlanta) in 1994. In ’98 my brother died, and I had to take over the campground.”

  • Make note of 11 tips for success in business

    Over my business career, I have identified many things, that when done effectively, can contribute to an individual’s increased success in the business world.

    Unfortunately, some were identified by observing the mistakes that I have seen in my career.

  • Site cleanup: RaceWay corporate makes good on promise

    The old RaceWay gas station in Kingston was the site of a lot of construction work last week.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is related to a pledge the company made when the gas station shut down.

    “When it went out of business, their corporate people promised us they’d come in and take the tanks out and take out the pumps and all that, so that’s what they’re doing now,” he said.

    “We’re glad to see that.”