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  • Use low-interest rates to get more for your money

    While the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low for at least the next two years might not quickly restore consumer confidence or prompt spending, it does provide an opportunity for consumers to get more for their money.

    “While low-interest rates mean lower returns on savings accounts, it also means lower rates on borrowing money,” said Daru Burdge, regional president for CredAbility. “Consumers can take advantage of low rates to help them save money on planned purchases.”

  • ‘Coming home to Kingston’

    Brothers James and Richard Owens have started Phase 1 construction for their Kingston-based manufacturing company facility, JR Global Manufacturing Inc.

    The 5,000-square-foot building to be erected at 1221 Gallaher Road by Botkin Construction, will house the precision machining and production operations for the company.

    “We are finally coming home to Kingston” said James Owens, company president. 

  • Southern Security on the move

    Southern Security recently marked its 30th year of business and relocated  to Browder’s Ace Hardware, Kingston.

    The new business address is 1100 Ladd Landing Blvd.

    The business, which started in August 1981 in Knoxville, is owned and operated by Randy Register of Kingston.

    Register constructed a new facility in 1983 and moved his business of selling safes, specifically gun safes, to Kingston.

    The facility, at Oak Hills Drive and Hwy. 70 in Kingston, was Southern Security’s home until the most recent move.

  • Boleses now own Kentucky agency

    Thomas “Tommy” and Leslie S. Boles, formerly of Rockwood, recently acquired Main Street Insurance Services Inc. of Middletown, Ky.

    The company was added to the couple’s previous holding, Boles Insurance.

    “By combining resources, Main Street Insurance Services along with Boles Insurance, will now be leading the industry into more innovative insurance policies and procedures — strengths and assets that you won’t find from other insurance firms in the Louisville, Ky., and surrounding areas,” Tommy Boles said.

  • ‘Coming home to Kingston’

    Brothers James and Richard Owens have started Phase 1 construction for their Kingston-based manufacturing company facility, JR Global Manufacturing Inc.

    The 5,000-square-foot building to be erected at 1221 Gallaher Road by Botkin Construction, will house the precision machining and production operations for the company.

    “We are finally coming home to Kingston” said James Owens, company president.  

  • Big cut for K-25 East Wing

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, also known as UCOR, had a literal breakthrough this week when workers completed a cut through the east wing of the K-25 Building.

    The cut segregated the north 16 sections of the structure from the six southernmost
    sections, five of which are contaminated with Technetium-
    99.

    The sections containing Tc-99, a slow-decaying radioactive metal, will require addition-
    al preparation before demolition.

  • Jobless rate down in July

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in July, a decrease of 0.7 percent over the previous month, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That means 26,050 workers in the county’s 28,480 labor force were employed during the month.

    The Roane County rate for July is somewhat higher than the 7.7 percent reported for the same period last year, state statistics show.

  • New photography business open in Rockwood

    Allan Adams has opened his new business, Adams Photography, in Rockwood.

    New clients are now being accepted.

    “We offer portraits, maternity, engagement, baby, school, outdoor, photo restoration, old time, family, friends, anniversary, children, sports, band and custom editing,” Adams said.

    “We can do photo sessions at either your home or a local setting” such as a park or riverfront, he added.

    Adams Photography operates at 103 Meadows Place.

  • Out to Lunch: East Tennessee’s best can be found at Copeland’s

    By Bethel Poston
    I was surprised when our niece, Linda Norman, asked when I was going “Out to Lunch” at Copeland’s. I had to ask where it was, because I’d never heard of it.

    Linda lives on River Road and is a dental hygienist in Rockwood. I’ve always had a problem talking when someone was cleaning my teeth, but evidently her patient mentioned the new Kingston restaurant after a treatment.

    Copeland’s is on Martin Street across from Piggly Wiggly in the former Pizza Hut location.

  • Tennessee treasurer visits Roane County

    David Lillard is no stranger to Roane County.

    “In the 1970s, I used to come up here to Roane State when I was a student leader in Tennessee when I was in college,” he said.

    Since then Lillard has moved up from student leader to state leader. He was elected Tennessee Treasurer by the General Assembly in January 2009 and re-elected to the same position earlier this year. He visited Roane County last Thursday with state Rep. Julia Hurley and state Sen. Ken Yager.