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Business

  • Seminar focus is buying a home

    ORNL Federal Credit Union will have a free financial seminar, “Your Guide to Planning for Homeownership,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 in the credit union’s main office at 221 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The open seminar will include information on saving for a down payment and how to prepare consumer credit for maximum borrowing power.

    “You’re a Homeowner, Now What?” a second free financial home-buying seminar, will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14.

  • Roane jobless rate steady at 7.8 percent

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady in August at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the rate, unchanged from July’s showings, is down significantly from a year ago.

    In August 2009, the state reported Roane County had a 9.5 unemployment rate.

    The latest figures also indicate Roane County has the fifth-lowest rate in the state.

  • Well wishes for health department's Baker
  • Free resource fair aimed at DOE workers, retirees in area

    The nonprofit Cold War Patriots organization is planning a Sept. 23 resource fair for nuclear weapons workers and retirees in the East Tennessee area.

    The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    It is for generations of men and women who
    have worked or are currently employed with Y-12, K-25 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory complexes.

  • Yager cited for pro-business stance

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been recognized as one of the eight best pro-business legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly by a key business magazine published by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.

    The publication, “Business TN,” congratulated the Harriman Republican for a “100 percent business-positive, pro-jobs voting record.”  

    “Business TN” annually selects the best state lawmakers based on their efforts in keeping “taxes
    low and regulation minimal.”

  • Kingston’s Turpin a World Class Technician

    Lewis J. Turpin of Kingston is among only 17 professional automotive technicians across the United States this year to achieve a coveted milestone from two industry leaders.

    Turpin tested and obtained National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification in 22 specialty areas to qualify for the World Class Technician Award.

    The prestigious honor
    is given annually by ASE and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

  • Conservation loan available to area farmers

    The USDA Farm Service Agency has launched a conservation loan program that will provide farm owners and farm-related business operators access to credit to implement conservation techniques that will conserve natural resources.

  • Change in store for area Walmart

    Rockwood Walmart Supercenter is getting a facelift.
    Walmart, at 1102 N. Gateway Ave., recently began an extensive renovation.
    The store will receive a full remodel from the inside out to represent the latest in Walmart's store design and customer experience.
    The new design is based on feedback from customers.
    It will feature a clean, open and bright new look in the store with wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme and lighting and easy-to-read signage to help customers find the products they need.

  • Workshop to help with starting up a new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • Oran's Flower Shop now open in Kingston