• Meadows now VP at First Farmers and Commercial Bank

    Banker Darryl Meadows has a new home.

    He’s now working as the vice president at First Farmers and Commercial Bank in Crossville after having spent 17 years at United Community Bank in Kingston.

    Meadows started his new job last month.

    “My office is in Crossville, but I cover Roane County,” Meadows said.

    Meadows also had a message for his old customers.

    “I’m open for business and ready to meet their lending and deposit needs,” he said.

  • Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Hatcher meets with Roane County Farm Bureau leaders

    Newly appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher met with Gary Lands, Vice-President of the Roane County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and Rusty Byrd, Agency Manager of the Roane County Farm Bureau,  in a small group setting recently.

    “There is immeasurable value in being able to shake a farmer’s hand and personally hear about their successes and challenges,” said Hatcher.

  • Y-12 honors innovators with Tech Transfer Awards

    The Y-12 National Security Complex recently honored 21 innovators for their fiscal year 2018 accomplishments at the site’s 15th annual Technology Transfer awards ceremony in Knoxville.

    The group’s innovations garnered nine patents in areas including radiation area monitors, ergonomic glovebox workspaces and a sensor and methods of detecting target materials. Of the nine patents, many were developed from Plant Directed Research and Development-funded projects.

  • Genera Energy recognized at 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony

    Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources, recently hosted its 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards.

    The ceremony was held in Nashville and presented 17 awards to recipients from all corners of the state, including two area residents and two locally based organizations.

  • Legal options for former Harriman Hosiery workers

    Plant workers employed before 1981 diagnosed with various cancers are entitled to special benefits.

    Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure.

    Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at Harriman Hosiery. Neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk.

    Asbestos is a mineral that in its natural state is harmless.

    It becomes harmful when it is pulled apart or ground up into flexible fibers.

  • Shriners paper sale starts Wednesday

    The Kerbela Shriners are holding their annual paper sale on May 15-19, a fundraiser for the organization’s Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

    Club Vice President Dennis Ferguson says that they will be reaching out to businesses in the county to collect donations.

    The Shriners are instrumental in helping children in the county who are burned or crippled, and offer assistance to them and their families with treatment and transportation to and from the hospitals in Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Ky.

  • ARS International LLC honored

    Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, the managing operator of the Y-12 National Security Complex, announced on May 7, that ARS International LLC, is the Y-12 Small Business of the Year and Karen Prillhart, as the Y-12 Small Business Advocate.

    The announcements were part of a combined ceremony with the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The three organizations honor outstanding small businesses and local leaders annually at the “Celebrate Oak Ridge Business” breakfast at the Double Tree Hotel.

  • DOE awards new contract to support clean up in Oak Ridge

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management announced five small business awardees for its Characterization, Deactivation/Demolition, and Remediation Services contract.

    Through this arrangement, each company has a five-year Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract where OREM can issue Firm-Fixed-Price task orders. The maximum value for services is $24.9 million.

    The five awardees include:

    • Aerostar SES LLC, based in Oak Ridge

  • Dai elected Materials Research Society fellow

    Sheng Dai, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the Materials Research Society.

    MRS fellows are noted for their “distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.”

  • Preparing student loan borrowers for repayment

    Students who have borrowed federal loans to help pay for college and are finishing their schooling must take exit counseling to prepare for repaying those loans.

    That goes for student borrowers who are completing degrees, diplomas and certificates, according to KHEAA.

    During exit counseling, students learn about their repayment options, about deferments and forbearances, and about what might happen if they don’t repay their loans.