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  • Deputy manager environmental cleanup named

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of Laura Wilkerson as the deputy manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.

    Previously, Wilkerson served as the director of the organization’s Planning and Execution Division. She brings more than 25 years of federal service to the position.

    OREM is responsible for environmental cleanup across the 32,400-acre Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • CHUCK’S WILL BE BACK

    By Richard Evans

    Chuck’s Deli is currently down, but they are not out.

    “We’re optimistic [to reopen] in about six weeks. I’m thinking it will be March if there’s no hold up,” said Jason Shillings. He and his wife Sonya own the business.

    “The whole time we’ve been planning to rebuild. We’re just thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to rebuild,” he said.

    The Harriman landmark, which has been open for decades, was heavily damaged by fire on Dec. 28.

  • What’s the SCORE? Ways to improve performance appraisals

    By Dana Peterka

    For many people managers, this is the time of year for annual performance appraisals of subordinates.

    For subordinates, this is one of the most important professional development discussions of the year.

    Too often managers rush through the process. They don’t invest the time needed to maximize the effectiveness of the appraisal. What does poor preparation communicate to the subordinate? “I don’t have time to tell you how I think you’re doing at your job.”

  • Lee reappoints Bob Rolfe as the TNECD commissioner

    On Thursday, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced the appointment of Bob Rolfe to his cabinet for the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    Rolfe has served as TNECD commissioner since March 1, 2017.

    “As a lifelong Tennessean, it is a great honor to have the opportunity to continue my work in public service along with my colleagues throughout the state,” Rolfe said. “We remain focused on creating a business-friendly environment that gives companies around the globe the confidence to locate, invest and grow here.

  • Lee announces Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner

    Last week, Governor-elect Bill Lee announced Dr. Jeff McCord will be the next Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Dr. McCord is from Sullivan County and currently serves as the Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Northeast State Community College.

    McCord leads Workforce Solutions, a workforce development program that includes the development of registered apprenticeship programs, as well as the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a technical career academy.

  • STOKED TO FIGHT STROKES

    Roane Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

    The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

    Roane Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review last month, November 2018 to receive this certification.

  • Unemployment rates drop for November 2018

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips released unemployment statistics that show the seasonally adjusted statewide jobless rate dropped by 0.1 of a percentage point in November 2018 to 3.6 percent.

    Results on a county-wide basis, including Roane County, were also encouraging. The 3.9 percent unemployment rate for Roane County dropped 0.5 percent for November compared to 4.4 percent in October 2018.

  • It’s important to research charities before making charitable donations

    Kind-hearted Tennesseans will turn to charitable organizations this year to help make a positive impact for those who are less fortunate.

    Unfortunately, charity scammers will use the end-of-year giving surge and take advantage to consumers’ generosity.

    To help consumers avoid charity scams, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs is advising consumers to always research charitable organizations before opening their wallets or entering personal information online.

  • RED BONES GETS NEW LIFE AS BANK

    A high visibility commercial property on the Kingston waterfront will become home to a new branch of Citizens First Bank.

    Known locally as the former location of Red Bones and several other restaurants, the property had been on the market for several years, according to listing agent Kathy May Martin with Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

    Featuring stunning views of Watts Bar Lake and Kingston City Park, the property sold for about $340,000, May said.

  • Environmental board for DOE seeking members

    The Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board provides meaningful opportunity for collaborative dialogue among the diverse communities at the Department of Energy Environmental Management clean-up sites.

    At the request of the Assistant Secretary or the Site Manager/Assistant Manager for Environmental Management, the Board provides advice and recommendations concerning EM site-specific issues.

    The Board’s membership is carefully considered to reflect a full diversity of viewpoints in the affected community and region.