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  • Party Animals ready to groom your pet

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce members help Party Animals Pet Salon with its official ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration at its shop at 2923 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, front row from left, Bob Brock, Sue Ward, Betty Ward, Party Animals Pet Salon owners Trampus and Jill Ward, Janice Brock, Terry Ward, Darrell Williams and Tami Wright of the Roane Chamber of Commerce; and back row, Jane Ward, James Ward and Gil Barkley.

  • IRS offers help with payroll tax laws

    The Internal Revenue Service has released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011.

    Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 because the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provides a 2-percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid.

  • Y-12 earns 'Excellent' '10 rating

    B&W Y-12 earned an “Excellent” rating of 94 out of a possible 100 from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its 2010 performance, resulting in a fee award of $45.2 million for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex.

  • Out to Lunch: Luck o' the Irish will be with you at Irish Times

    By Bethel Poston
    Several years ago my wife, Carol, and I qualified for a free trip to England and Ireland by buying a large quantity of appliances to sell at our Poston Furniture & Appliance stores.

    I like to say we won the trip, but my dad said, “You paid for it in the cost of washers, ranges and refrigerators.”

    (We decided to lower our selling prices in order to sell enough to qualify.)

    In our travels, after seeing many recognized attractions, we always left the tourist crowd and mixed with the locals.

  • Jobless rate up, Roane reclaims state’s 4th lowest

    Roane County was among 85 of Tennessee’s 95 counties that experienced a surge in
    its unemployment rate for November, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    Though the county’s 7.6-percent November rate was marginally higher than October’s 7.3 percent, Roane County reclaimed its No. 4 spot among counties with the lowest-ranking unemployment figures across the state.
    The consistent placement of Roane County among those top five counties makes it one of Tennessee’s powerhouse counties on the jobless scale.

  • Contest enables Randolph to do some serious holiday buying

    “I thought someone was playing a trick on me — and I expected to hear it was just a joke.”

    That’s how Mark Randolph, a construction worker from Harriman, described how he felt upon learning that his name had been drawn as the winner of this year’s Roane County Chamber of Commerce Shopping Spree.

    The Chamber and the Roane County News sponsor the annual shopping spree, with the Roane County News providing the $500 cash prize.

  • Solar Innovation Grant application workshop set

    The Tennessee Solar Institute will conduct a workshop in Knoxville this week for its second round of Solar Innovation Grants.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 on the University of Tennessee campus in University Center Room 225 at 1502 W. Cumberland Ave.

    The workshop is designed to walk potential grant applicants through the Solar Innovation Grant application process.

    TSI staff will be available to answer questions applicants may have as they prepare a proposal for submission.

  • Jobless rate up, Roane reclaims state’s 4th lowest

    Roane County was among 85 of Tennessee’s 95 counties that experienced a surge in its unemployment rate for
    November, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Though the county’s 7.6-percent November rate was marginally higher than October’s 7.3 percent, Roane County reclaimed its No. 4 spot among counties with the lowest-ranking unemployment figures across the state.

  • Santa hears Christmas wishes at Harriman Sears

    Four-year-old Amber Bailey demurely approaches Santa Claus during a stop by Sears in Harriman.

    St. Nick took time to visit with the younger sect and hear some last-minute list additions a few days before Christmas.

  • January seminars aimed at business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is planning a couple of free January workshops.

    Both workshops are dedicated to advising and assisting area entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    They will take place in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    In cooperation with the University of Tennessee
    Center for Industrial Services, a free government contracting workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 12.