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  • Comcast now offering Xfinity in Roane County area

    Comcast is now offering Xfinity TV, phone and Internet services in Roane County.

    Xfinity gives Comcast customers more choice and more control over more entertainment.

    It’s also the new brand name for Comcast’s technology platform, products and services, though Comcast remains the name of the company.

    Xfinity expands products and services and offers area Comcast customers more high definition, speed, choice and control over their services.

  • J.R. Global poised to buy armory

    The Harriman Economic Development Board is working to sell the former National Guard Armory to owners of the metal fabrication company presently leasing the facility.

    Board member Donna Demyanovich said they seem to have reached an agreement to sell it for $150,000, with J.R. Global Manufacturing owner J.R. Owens putting down $100,000 and paying the remaining $50,000 over five years.

    Contracts were to be signed last week, but officials could not be reached for comment.

    “We want to work with the people that want to

  • Wilson new to Walmsley’s Kingston dental practice

    Dr. James Walmsley Jr. welcomes an associate, Dr. Bruce Wilson, to his Kingston dental practice to offer full service dentistry in one location.

    Walmsley has focused on restorative and cosmetic dental procedures and has typically referred out most surgical cases to specialists in Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

    “I'm so glad to be able to offer these services to patients here in one office,” he said. “People don't like the drive; it’s so much more convenient to offer most everything right here in our office now.”

  • Out to Lunch: Rockwood’s Pick Up Stix offers a nice change of pace

    By Bethel Poston
    Ray Collett, Rockwood City Councilman, emailed me in March about a new and different restaurant coming to Rockwood. I immediately added Pick Up Stix Habachi Express to my list of “Out to Lunch” places to visit.

    Located in the former Shack’s Restaurant on Rockwood’s North Gateway Avenue, the building has been completely remodeled for originally a Japanese-style restaurant. On my visit, I discovered another cuisine, “Big A’s BBQ,” was added in mid-May.

  • Chamber members toast of the town

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception on June 2 for its long-standing Chamber members.

    “It’s our way of saying thanks for your loyalty to the Chamber,” said Diana Knobloch, Chamber board chairwoman, during the event in The Roane Alliance building in Kingston.

    The reception honored those who have been Chamber members for more than 10 years with special certificates, cake and champagne.

  • Harbacks help hospital help community

    Roane Medical Center’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility has been an important resource for the community for years and generous donations have helped it continue to be so.

    Manager Steve Oran said the facility sees about 500 people a week. It wouldn’t be possible to serve them so well without  generous donations of others, such as a recent one given by Rodney and Kay Harback in memory of Rodney’s late parents, Eddie and Mary Harback.

  • Rewards system to be luncheon topic

    The design and implementation of a nonmonetary reward system will be the topic during the next Roane County Employers’ Association lunch meeting.

    The meeting will start at noon June 14 in the faculty dining room on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

    Lunch is free to those attending for the first time. RSVP by calling 376-1790 by June 10.   

  • June 16 seminar to focus on 30-minute business plan

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present a free June 16 workshop on the 30-minute business.

    The seminar will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    It is geared toward helping those who are currently in business and needing new direction for their company.

    In addition to direction, it can provide information for business owners who need to borrow money in order to achieve desired results.

  • Bridge marks Day of Prayer

    The Bridge at Rockwood participated in a coordinated prayer event on May 5, joining millions of other Americans to recognize what has been designated as the National Day of Prayer.

    The Bridge at Rockwood was among the Signature Healthcare facilities that had a prayer service. Some released biodegradable balloons or carried out other symbolic acts. An event at Signature’s Louisville, Ky., headquarters was transmitted via live webcast.

  • Roane slips from elite jobless rate showing

    What a difference a month makes.
    Roane County’s unemployment rate has consistently been among Tennessee’s five lowest for more than a year.
    That all changed in April, according to statistics released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    Roane County, which held the state’s fourth-lowest jobless rate at 7.7 percent in March, slipped to ninth place last month with an increase of 0.7 to 8.4 percent, the state reported.
    That increase, in fact, is somewhat higher than in April 2010, when the county registered an 8.2 unemployment rate.