• ORNL aids emergency responders with novel computing

    As hurricanes barrel toward the coastlines and wildfires rage in arid regions of the United States, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are providing critical geospatial data to support first responders as they work to save lives and property.

  • Recovered Relics

    If it’s interesting, odd, unique or vintage, Domenic Parisella either has it on the shelf at Recovered Relics at 710 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston, or he’s looking to buy it.

    Parisella and his sister Deanna Parisella-Sacket relocated from Rhode Island, bringing their love for antiques and collectibles with them.

    Their shop in Kingston is crammed full of interesting things ranging from old cameras, toys and furniture to books, pocket knives and old sewing machines.

  • Tennessee Promise needs 4,500 volunteers

    With only seven weeks remaining, tnAchieves, the partnering organization that administers Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, needs 4,500 more mentors to meet its goal of providing every applicant from the class of 2019 with a local support system. 

    Roane County needs 16 more mentors to meet student demand.

    Each TN Promise applicant is assigned a volunteer mentor who assists the student in eliminating the barriers associated with college access and success.



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    The Bettye Rose Bakery is opening soon at 105 E. Race St. in Kingston next to the Humble Bee flower shop. The store is among several new businesses opening on Race Street, including a coffee shop called Our Town Coffee Shop. Soon Kingston residents

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Cost of not quality work

    During a recent meeting with education leaders in an area county, we discussed how their four K-14 education institutions could better meet the worker skill needs of local employers.

    They discussed a common employer complaint, which can be summarized as follows: “Workers do not care about doing their jobs in a quality manner. Why don’t you teach your students the importance of doing their jobs right the first time?”

    This immediately reminded me of the teachings of a guru of Quality Management, Philip B. Crosby.

  • 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).


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.