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Business

  • Eastwood CEO at First Bank

    Terry Eastwood was recently promoted to chief executive officer of First Bank of Tennessee.

    The bank has six branches in three counties, including at 996 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood; and 1031 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    Eastwood has been with First Bank for more than 15 years, with a career in banking that spans 32 years and includes various senior-level positions.

    He holds a degree in business management from the University of Tennessee. He is also a graduate of the School for Executive Development/Banking at the University of Georgia.

  • Watch time go by at You Say Tomato

    A new gift shop has opened in downtown Rockwood, brimming with cute odds and ends to make a house a home.

    “I like cozy,” said You Say Tomato co-owner Jimmy Adkins. “I like things that make me smile.”

    Clocks are among his interests, and the shop has a large collection.

    There is also an array of figurines, ornaments, decorations and more.

    “I do love it,” said friend and customer Beverly Powers. She had just bought crystal antique perfume bottles, a Christmas ornament and a large wooden statue.

  • Keeping you connected: Visit Roane? There's an app for that

    The Roane County Visitors Bureau is introducing a new mobile app – Visit Roane County TN.

    The app, available now for the iPhone and iPad on Apple’s app store, provides visitors “their own private tour guide 24/7,” said Pam May, director of tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “By downloading the free app, a visitor — and even locals — will learn what to do, where to eat and where to stay while here,” she said.

  • Keeping you connected: State takes job openings, more to the Twitterverse

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched a network of social media sites dedicated to quickly informing job seekers of local jobs, workshops and job fairs.

    In a constant search for new avenues to inform Tennesseans about new job opportunities, the department joins the conversation 140 characters at a time to disseminate new jobs directly and instantly via Twitter.

  • Signature again cited as one of ‘Best Places to Work’

    Signature Healthcare, parent company of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center and The Bridge at Rockwood, recently accepted the Best Places to Work Award from Modern Healthcare.

    This is the third time Signature has received the honor from Modern Healthcare, widely considered one of the nation’s preeminent media outlets for news about the health-care industry.

  • AMTEC details available at meetings

    Anyone interested in Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center — a no-cost, high-tech job training program for those who are unemployed or underemployed — is welcome to attend upcoming meetings at the college’s Clinton location and on the Oak Ridge campus.

    The meeting in Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, 214 Nave St., will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

    The meeting at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave., will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the back room inside Anderson’s Grille.

  • OR city manager to speak to association

    Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson will be the guest speaker at the next East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association monthly membership luncheon.

    The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in Oak Ridge DoubleTree Hotel.

    Watson will discuss “Negotiating with Large Corporations: City of Oak Ridge and Major Retail Developments.”

    Lunch for members is $15; interested members of the public wishing to attend pay $20.

    RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Dec. 3.

  • ‘That is like blogging gold’

    Finding and sharing do it yourself projects, fixes and solutions are a fun hobby turned career for a Harriman woman and her daughter.

    They turned that hobby into a business when daughter, Lesley Clavijo, discovered a moleskin solution to poking underwire bras.

    Clavijo and her mother, Denise Iroler, also are getting sponsors for their blog postings at Chaotically Creative.

    Clavijo, who blogs as Lesley Warren, went into her toolbox at home and found the moleskin to put on her bra, and her mother recommended she put it on the blog.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Oodles Uncorked nice way to usher in the holiday season

    “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go,” the song says.

    It definitely was in downtown Knoxville (Old City) and Market Square for this “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    Knoxville’s annual Christmas in the City celebration runs through Dec. 31. This year’s theme is “A White Christmas in Knoxville.”

  • More choosing a career in nursing

    Enrollment is up — and programs are expanding in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Tech University.

    The nursing program’s expansion is in response to the increased demand for health-care professionals across the country.

    The school admits students to its bachelor’s degree program twice a year and will increase admissions by 25 percent after the second round at the end of the fall semester.