• Roane unemployment rate up in December

    Though Roane County’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.3 percent in December, the number was significantly lower than it was a year ago, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for December was 6.5 percent, up from November’s 6.2 percent.

    That’s a 0.8 percent difference from December 2013, when Roane County registered a 7.3 unemployment rate.

  • Covenant Health, BlueCross enter into partnership

    Covenant Health, parent company of Roane Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement that establishes a new level of collaboration between the two organizations.

    The partnership, which is centered around improving patient care, access and cost, went into effect on Jan. 1.

    “BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is only choosing one health-care partner in selected regions,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health.

  • Lions Club honors opticianry professor

    Paulette Bailey, right, vice district governor for Tennessee Lions Club District 12-N, presents the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Roane State Community College’s Sally Stokes, assistant professor in the college’s opticianry program.

    According to Lions Clubs International, the award “is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.”

  • Bookkeeper opens tax office in Harriman

    For more than 30 years, Jane Butler has studied the U.S. Tax Code and worked for clients as both bookkeeper and tax preparer.

    Once she became part of a national tax service, she progressed rapidly and became an area manager in less than six years.

    That led her to open her own office, Taxes Done Right, in Harriman on Jan. 17.

  • Professional group to focus on ‘Myths of Multitasking’

    East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will meet for its monthly membership luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel.

    “The Myths of Multitasking” will be the program presented by Kurt K. Weiss.

    Lunch is available for $15 for members, $22 for the general public; RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Feb. 3.

    Charges for late reservations and walk-ins will be $22.50 for members, $24 for the general public.

  • Lots of business celebrations around Roane
  • All in the family at Midtown Market, Deli



    Midtown Market and Deli is a father-and-son endeavor now open at Hwy. 70 and Ruritan Road in Roane County.

    Gerald Miller and son Merle decided to open a deli and store with Amish brands like Amish Wedding jams, jellies, candy, soup and cake mixes, Troyer brand cheese and Yoder’s Country Market bread.

  • Lots of unique dishes found on the menu in 2014

    This “Out to Lunch” article is the second of my 2014 Highlight Reviews.

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    The sign at Wendell’s Diner says, “The best of times ... the 1980s.”

    It’s at 2807 Roane State Hwy. in Midtown, between Mike’s Body Shop and the former bread store (known by old-timers as Davis Diner) on Hwy. 70.

    My wife, Carol, studied the menu and suggested I order the Donkey Kong burger.

  • Credit unions launching new title company

    CU Community and Credit Union Services of East Tennessee teamed up to launch CU Community Title Company LLC, effective Jan. 2.

    The joint venture is a groundbreaking collaboration between East Tennessee’s most successful subsidiaries of ORNL Federal Credit Union and Y-12 Federal Credit Union, both headquartered in Oak Ridge.

    “Title companies are a natural extension of the mortgage business,” said Ron Honeycutt, CUSET chairman.

  • Roane jobless rate up slightly in November

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up by 0.1 percent in November, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for November was 6.2 percent.

    That means 24,090 workers in the county’s 25,690 labor force were employed during the month.

    Though on the rise, the county rate was substantially higher in November 2013, state statistics show.