• DOE award recognizes UCOR for great safety performance

    URS|CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) has been recognized by the Department of Energy for outstanding safety performance in its role as lead cleanup contractor for the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.
    UCOR received the DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star of Excellence at the VPP Participants Association national conference in Nashville.
    This is the second consecutive year UCOR has won the award.

  • VECustomers Share awards Midway funds

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in September.
    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($500), Midway Quarterback Club ($500), Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500), Midway Girls STEM Club ($500) and Midway Youth Development Organization ($500).

  • Need to motivate your team?

    If a leader is responsible for performance — and motivation is correlated to performance — is a leader responsible for motivation?

    Hear Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Eric M. Benson give his take on the question during the Roane County Employers Association luncheon.

    The luncheon presentation, “A Leader’s Role in Motivating Teams and Individuals,” will be on Oct. 9.


    Located in what was previously a medical office next to the McDonald’s on North Kentucky Street in Kingston, Taylor Motor Co. doesn’t look like a typical car dealership.

    Although owner Jason Taylor has decades of experience working at traditional car dealerships such as Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman where he was sales manager, he doesn’t want to operate a typical car dealership.

    “My business style is very personable, very laid back,” he said.

  • Business planning workshop coming to Kingston in Sept.

    The Roane Alliance and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center of Oak Ridge will present a free business planning workshop next month.

    Jutta Bangs, Center director, will lead the session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    This program introduces business owners or managers to the diversity of government purchasing.

    This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a business plan and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment.

  • Have a cuppa and unwind at Our Town

    When Kingston natives Matt and Robin Melton thought about starting a business, they were looking to create something that would be an asset to the town.

    Our Town, a new coffee shop on Race Street across from the Roane County Courthouse, will be a place where the community can gather, Matt said.

    “Hopefully we can have a good effect on the community,” he said.

    Robin said one of their goals is to contribute to the community.

    “I want to give back, to help others,” she said.

  • Business Briefs

    • United Community Banks Inc. recently named H. Lynn Harton as CEO. United Community Banks has an office in Kingston.

    • Life Care Center of Morgan County, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Wartburg, recently welcomed Don Tyndall as its new executive director. He served as director of rehab for more than 12 years and has been with Life Care since 2002. A physical therapist assistant, he has worked in health care for more than 30 years.


    The importance of agriculture to Roane County is undeniable, according to a recent report released by the Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    In the report, agriculture includes crop and livestock production; food and fiber processing, such as ice cream plants and textile mills; farm inputs, such as fertilizer plants and feed mills; and forestry-based products, such as sawmills and paper mills.

    The report, which focused on 2015, estimated total direct agricultural output in Roane County at $36 million.

  • Oak Ridge advisory board hires public affairs specialist

    The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board welcomes Sara McManamy-Johnson as its new public affairs specialist.

    The Board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    McManamy-Johnson, an Oak Ridge native and Oak Ridge High School graduate, previously served as marketing and communication specialist for United Way of Williamson County in Franklin.

  • Free workshops aid business owners

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a number of free workshops to advise and assist entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    All workshops will be in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Registration is required by contacting Jutta Bangs, Center director, at 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

    The workshops include: