• Harriman stuck in a hole over drainage issue

    By Richard Evans

    A problem with a collapsed water drains is causing a headache for at least one Harriman business.

    Arlene Carr said her beauty shop is prone to flooding and has asked the city for help, but so far she said the only assistance she has received from Harriman officials has been in the form of sandbags to help keep water out of her business.

    City Manager Kevin Helms explained the problem, like the solution, is complex.

  • Browders Ace Hardware closing

    Browders Ace Hardware located at Ladd Landing in Kingston will be closing its doors on May 27, according to posts on the store’s Facebook page.

    “We have loved serving our customers and friends in Kingston and Roane County. Thank you,” the post said.

    Signs posted on the door of the store announced that the store will be keeping new hours as of May 1. The store will now be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m -5 p.m.

  • State dairies benefit from Weigel’s

    Weigel’s, one of East Tennessee’s largest milk processors, has committed to using milk produced exclusively in Tennessee.

    “Wiegel’s has a history of being innovative with industry-leading decisions, and their choice to use only Tennessee-produced milk is a great example of that,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said.

    “We are thankful that Weigel’s is choosing to support Tennessee agriculture. This commitment will truly impact and benefit the bottom line for dairy farmers.”

  • Pros and cons to early retirement

    A lifetime of working compels many people to look forward to their retirement. Some people even work to retire early.

    But what are the advantages of early retirement beyond starting a life of leisure? And are there any detriments to this plan?

    A 2014 survey by the financial services provider TIAA-CREF found that 37 percent of Americans plan to retire before age 65.

    However, many of them will not have control over the matter. Those who do may want to consider the pros and cons of early retirement.

  • TVA affirms its commitment to small and diverse suppliers across the valley

    The Tennessee Valley Authority recognized the importance of small and diverse businesses to its mission of service at the 7th Annual TVA Supplier Diversity Outreach Summit in Knoxville on April 16.

    In the past five years, TVA has increased its annual spend with diverse suppliers by 65 percent from $269 million to $445 million.

    TVA’s total Valley business spend in fiscal year 2018 was more than $2 billion. Full supplier diversity performance details are available on TVA’s web site.

  • ‘Dentistry from the Heart’ will be April 26

    Dr. James Walmsley and his office at LakeView Dental Arts is hosting their third annual “Dentistry from the Heart” event Friday, April 26.

    The event is to help adults in Roane County who do not have access to quality dental care.

    Untreated decay and abscesses can lead to serious, even life threatening complications and are linked to many serious diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, even some cancers. Unfortunately, most emergency rooms are not able to treat dental conditions.

  • Food City Career Fair Wednesday, April 24

    Food City will be hosting a company-wide career fair to include hiring for both full-time and part-time positions. Wednesday, April 24.

    Food City plans to hire over 750 additional friendly, smiling faces to work in key customer and food service positions at store locations throughout our market area.

    The positions include both entry-level and experienced/skilled positions, such as meat cutter, cake decorator and retail management.

  • College majors that can lead to higher earnings

    Choosing a college major is an important decision that many students delay making until their sophomore or even junior years.

    While men often lean toward majors like engineering and computer science that have traditionally been linked to high earnings, women have historically gravitated to lower-paying specialties like education and social sciences. But in recent years a shift has occurred, and more women have begun to choose majors associated with higher post-graduate salaries.

  • Historic low unemployment continues

    Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for March 2019 remains at the historic low of 3.2 percent according to the latest statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    March is the second consecutive month the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sits at the all-time low. When compared to March 2018, unemployment in Tennessee is down by 0.4 of a percentage point.