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  • Roane State’s Keeling earns national award

    Roane State Community College’s Amy Keeling has won a national award from an 11,000-member academic advising organization for doing what she loves: helping students chart their paths.

    Keeling, the college’s director of Curriculum, Program Planning and Advising, is the only community college official in the United States to receive the recognition.

    She received the Outstanding Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association, also known as the Global Community for Academic Advising.

  • Pierce tackles working women’s issues in China

    Pat Pierce of Harriman made a presentation last month in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai Women’s Federation conference, the International Forum for Women’s Development — International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility.

    Pierce, a retired Vanderbilt University administrator, discussed “Barriers Facing Working Women,” a topic she researched both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Surf’s Up Car Wash opening celebrated in Harriman

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opening of Surf’s Up Car Wash at 1821 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.

  • What’s the SCORE? Planning: It’s a key part of successful negotiations

    When I conduct the “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, I emphasize the importance of planning.

    Yes, planning.

    Do you plan your negotiations? Have you identified your potential minor concessions and major concessions? Determined the management of time so that it favors you?

    If you are a real estate agent, have you developed a negotiation plan with your buyer or seller at the beginning of the process? Are they prepared for a challenging negotiation?

  • What a difference a week makes

    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Construction is progressing quickly on the Oasis gas station in the Walnut Hill area of Harriman. The estimated 1,500-square-foot station will be much smaller than the original complex that included a gas station, adjacent apartments, laundromat and a hardware store. Those buildings were destroyed by an April fire that took the life of a woman living in one of the apartments.

  • Enrichment glove drive underway

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch is embarking on the eighth year of its Gloves of Love campaign.

    Through Dec. 9, Enrichment is collecting gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County.

    “Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, and the Credit Union is making it their mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment’s Roane County senior branch manager.

  • Harriman shop’s pretty as a Tattered Peacock

    Lovers of vintage looks, from clothing to furniture, now have a perfect place to load up on lovelies in downtown Harriman.

    The Tattered Peacock is a new store opened by Pat and Ken Mynatt. It features home décor, clothes and jewelry. Not only does Pat Mynatt find some of her own merchandise, she also has vendors bringing an eclectic mix of items.

  • Midway schools’ organizations beneficiaries of VEC benevolence

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in combined grants to Roane County organizations in October.

    Groups receiving grants were Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization, $250; Midway Middle School Football Booster Club, $250; Midway Quarterback Club, $250; Midway High School Band Boosters, $600; Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club, $700; and Midway Middle School Beta Club, $700.

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY

    By Peter Forton

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Tradition is an important part of Zac Gronda’s life.

    It has led him to a successful business career, provided financial security for his family and helped him develop life long friendships in his community.

    Gronda is a third-generation barber, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Clifford who owned and operated a barber shop in Grosse Isle, Mich., on the shore of Lake Erie.

  • Closures not always a lack of clientele

    Despite the fact that several businesses – primarily restaurants — have recently closed in Kingston, The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell told Kingston City Council the closures should not be confused with market trends.

    “Closures are typically the result of business decisions, not the ability of the market to support those businesses,” he said.