• 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:

  • Roane Farm Bureau chief in leadership session

    Roane County Farm Bureau President Travis Tilley recently attended the first-ever Tennessee Farm Bureau County Presidents Leadership Investment meeting at the organization’s state headquarters in Columbia.

    Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken congratulated each president on their achievement and challenged them to get out of their comfort zone in engaging others.

    “Our county presidents play an integral role in shaping the future of Farm Bureau and agriculture in their counties,” he said.

  • Jobless rate up all over Tenn.

    The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties increased in June, according to data released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    In Roane County, the unemployment rate ticked up 1.4 percent to end June at 4.8 percent. That’s 0.1 percent higher than in June 2017.

  • Roane State showcases manufacturing

    Representatives of major manufacturers in the region recently received close-up looks at the latest manufacturing technologies and Roane State’s role in teaching the next generation of high-tech industry workers.

    The officials were given an overview of the college’s mechatronics program that’s part of the Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, located in a former National Guard Armory on Nave Street.

  • DOE workers welcome to ice cream social reunion

    U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Facilities workers employed between 1943-2000 are welcome to recoonect with friends and fellow X-10, Y-12 and K-25 workers during an upcoming ice-cream soical reunion.

    Cold War Patriots, a community resource organization that is among the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host the event from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.