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Business

  • Roane area Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Cory Hines of the Harriman store was honored for his work with the Harriman Fire Department and Roane County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Cory Frye for his work with the Lenoir City Youth Football Organization.
    Megan Webster, an associate at the Oliver Springs store, was honored for her work with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Save room for Rockwood pie at Gallaher Grill

    Many Roane Countians will remember the destination of this “Out to Lunch” visit as the former location of the Huddle House on Gallaher Road, in view of Interstate 40.

    Partners Joel Meza and Dr. Mancel Wakham remodeled the building and last March opened Gallaher Grill.

    As manager, Joel brings his seven-year IHOP experience to the new operation. His wife, Rose, worked as a nurse for Wakham.

  • Mediator Janis Stone moves to Roane with business of PRACTICING PEACE

    Mediator Janis Stone is in the business of practicing peace in the courtroom.

    Stone’s business, Practicing Peace Mediation Services is located above Tom McFarland’s office on 100 E. Race St. in Kingston. Through the business, she offers affordable mediation to her client base.

    Mediators can come into legal matters as a way of cutting costs in a drawn-out situation, whether it be for domestic or substance abuse, divorce or custody arrangements.

  • Grants focus on dodging layoffs

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce has $500,000 in incumbent worker grants is still available to Tennessee employers looking to avoid layoffs.

    The grants are designed to assist employers with the expenses associated with skills upgrade training for the company’s employees or process improvement training of the company, thereby keeping the business competitive.

  • Y-12 site manager retires amid much fanfare

     

  • State enforcing verification laws for legal workers

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis reminds all employers in the state about new requirements to demonstrate that they are hiring and maintaining a legal workforce.

    “This online verification process is designed to be convenient for employers and only takes a few minutes to complete,” Davis said.

    “The department can provide assistance to employers who don’t have Internet access.”

  • 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.