• What’s the SCORE?: How can you make next year better?

    By Dana Peterka

    At year end, many people focus on their New Year’s resolutions — specifically, what they want to accomplish in the upcoming year.

    As many of us have experienced, this snap-shot approach often falls short. In this, and the subsequent two columns, we will discuss a process designed to significantly improve a person’s business and personal accomplishments.

    In this column, we will discuss how to better understand where you are and all that you have accomplished.

  • Look who’s new to Roane

    Jerry Duncan Ford Lincoln and Sexton Automotive Group have been competitors for decades.

    All that changed last Monday, when Duncan Family Automotive Group purchased the Sexton GM dealership.

    “We’re excited,” Duncan Family Automotive Group owner Marty Duncan said. “Our business has really been growing, both at our Ford store here in Harriman (Jerry Duncan Ford Lincoln) and our store in Knoxville (Duncan Automotive).

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Alternate currencies a valuable tool in negotiations

    When I conduct the Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, the first thing we address is that people are negotiating all the time.

    In addition to your suppliers and customers, think about your children and other family members, your coworkers and other employees, etc.

    One of the things that workshop participants focus on is the concept of alternate currencies.

    Alternate currencies are those things which cost you little but may have significant value to the buyer.

  • Home Sweet Home: Workers, retirees drawn to Caney Creek RV living

    By Peter Forton

    Caney Creek RV Resort, tucked away along the edge of Watts Bar Lake in Midtown, is a unique community of people who’ve come to the resort for a multitude of reasons.

    The relatively small resort with 178 sites is a short distance from Interstate 40 — and waterfront lifestyle have attracted visitors from around the U.S.

  • Roane State’s Keeling earns national award

    Roane State Community College’s Amy Keeling has won a national award from an 11,000-member academic advising organization for doing what she loves: helping students chart their paths.

    Keeling, the college’s director of Curriculum, Program Planning and Advising, is the only community college official in the United States to receive the recognition.

    She received the Outstanding Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association, also known as the Global Community for Academic Advising.

  • Pierce tackles working women’s issues in China

    Pat Pierce of Harriman made a presentation last month in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai Women’s Federation conference, the International Forum for Women’s Development — International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility.

    Pierce, a retired Vanderbilt University administrator, discussed “Barriers Facing Working Women,” a topic she researched both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Surf’s Up Car Wash opening celebrated in Harriman

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opening of Surf’s Up Car Wash at 1821 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.

  • What’s the SCORE? Planning: It’s a key part of successful negotiations

    When I conduct the “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, I emphasize the importance of planning.

    Yes, planning.

    Do you plan your negotiations? Have you identified your potential minor concessions and major concessions? Determined the management of time so that it favors you?

    If you are a real estate agent, have you developed a negotiation plan with your buyer or seller at the beginning of the process? Are they prepared for a challenging negotiation?

  • What a difference a week makes

    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Construction is progressing quickly on the Oasis gas station in the Walnut Hill area of Harriman. The estimated 1,500-square-foot station will be much smaller than the original complex that included a gas station, adjacent apartments, laundromat and a hardware store. Those buildings were destroyed by an April fire that took the life of a woman living in one of the apartments.