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Business

  • 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.

  • Kroger pharmacy improves drive-through

    Workers prepare the new drive-through lane at Krogers Pharmacy in Harriman. The new lane will have a pneumatic tube to allow customers to place their prescription orders.

  • Unemployment continues drop this November

    Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis announced Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November fell to 9.1 percent, down from the October revised rate of 9.5. The national unemployment rate for November 2011 was 8.6 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage point from the October rate.

  • Roane State helps Y-12 workers go back to school

    B&W Y-12 announced an agreement today with Roane State Community College that gives employees who want to return to college more scheduling options for classes, and college credit for work and apprenticeship experience.

    B&W Y-12 President and General Manager Darrel Kohlhorst and Roane State President Dr. Gary Goff announced the new Memorandum of Understanding at today’s weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council.

  • Ecological health of East Fork Poplar Creek continues to improve

    Aquatic biologists have continued to document long-term improvement in the ecological health of East Fork Poplar Creek. The stream originates within the Y‑12 National Security Complex and flows through the City of Oak Ridge.  During the Cold War era, it sustained substantial contamination as a result of nuclear weapons production at Y-12.

  • Jones retiring after 36 years at ORNL

    ORNL Federal Credit Union announced the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer Larry Jones, a 36-year veteran of the credit union, effective December 30, 2011.

    Jones is a recognized pioneer in credit union marketing and business development. He was the first full-time credit union marketing professional in the state of Tennessee when he joined ORNL Federal Credit Union in 1975 and among the first in that profession nationally. In his time at ORNL Federal Credit Union he was instrumental in the development of the credit union’s digital and electronic services.

  • ORNL credit union helping kids read

    ORNL Federal Credit Union in Kingston is teaming up with the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley to collect and “recycle” used children’s books for other children to read. ORNL Federal Credit Union employees, front row from left, Debbie Hankins, Tiffany Tilley, Eleda Burgess and Judy Long; and back row, Jim Leitnaker and Ralph Best of the Children’s Reading Foundation show off some of the books contributed by credit union customers to be distributed to Roane County children and their parents. Books may be dropped off at the credit union at 1204 N. Kentucky St.

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.8% in Oct.

    Roane County was among 92 Tennessee counties experiencing a decrease in its unemployment rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent over September.
    That means 26,010 of the county’s 28,220-strong labor force was employed for the month.

  • Meghabghab developer of decade

    Roane State Community College computer science professor George Meghabghab was recently named Course Developer of the Decade by the Regents Online Campus Collaborative.

    The collaborative provides comprehensive educational programs and courses through a coordinated network of colleges, universities and technology centers across the state. Roane State is part of the collaborative.

    Meghabghab developed three online computer science courses in 2001 that are still being taught through the collaborative.

  • Out to Lunch with Bethel Poston: Ruby Tuesday’s a great place to meet good friends

    Don and Bonita Fowler asked us to join them for dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Harriman while recently in Roane County. It didn’t take my wife, Carol, and me long to change our sweat shirts for a nicer look, but we stayed with our jeans.

    Previous readers may know I worked for Fowler’s Furniture for 10 years as a buyer and advertising director.

    Although I retired four years ago, Don and I still talk on the telephone regularly.

    Carol set up the Harriman Fowler’s store and managed it for several years.