• What’s the SCORE? Giving to effectively help others

    Now is the annual time for two important charitable activities: finalizing your donations for the year and for making new year’s resolutions, which hopefully include planning how you will invest your time, talent and treasure to help others.

    Are you making the most effective choices?

    In this column, I will provide some personal background and then share my key learnings, which influenced me to make major changes in how I invest my volunteer time and dollars.

    When I fully retired in 2001, I became involved with local nonprofit activities.

  • Grounded Aerial Bungee new way to stay in shape and have fun, too

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

    No … it’s just folks enjoying a fun, new way to exercise and stay in shape.

    If you are looking for a new way to add fun and variety to your workouts, Grounded Aerial Bungee Fitness Classes might be just what you’re looking for!

    The class is a mashup of Yoga, Dance, Pilates and Aerobics. Participants are fitted with a rock climbing harness and attached to a Bungee secured to the ceiling.

  • United Community Bank names president

    United Community Bank is pleased to announce Jack Keener has been promoted to State President for North Georgia and Tennessee. Keener, who has over 25 years of professional banking experience, joined United in 2005 and has steadily led efforts in Hall, Dawson, Rabun, Habersham, Jackson, White and Lumpkin counties in the North Georgia area during that time. In this expanded role, he will now lead 28 offices throughout North Georgia and nine offices in Tennessee.

  • Vetter praised for ORNL work

    Jeffrey S. Vetter of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate has received the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.

    The Director’s Awards were presented by ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia during the annual Awards Night event hosted by UT-Battelle, the management and operating contractor of ORNL for the Department of Energy.

  • Coffee while you shop? No problem at Harriman store

    By Richard Evans

    Looking for a warm beverage, comfort food and a unique shopping experience?

    Look no further than the Rusted Roots Café and Market, located on Roane Street in Harriman.

    The business opened Friday, Nov. 16, and the response has been wonderful, said owner Rheanna Garcia.

  • Unemployment rate in Roane sees slight rise

    Roane County unemployment rate inched up slightly from 4.3 percent in September to an estimated 4.4 in October.

    The county’s unemployment rate was an estimated 3.7 percent in October 2017.

    Neighboring Anderson County had a rate of 4.2 percent for October, up slightly from 4 percent.

    Loudon County’s rate for October is estimated at 3.7 percent, up slightly from 3.6 percent last month.

  • For fifth year Gala held at Volkswagen

    The Roane Alliance celebrated it largest annual gala in November 2018.

    The fundraiser has been held since 2002, following the formation of the Roane Alliance in 2001 to celebrate Roane County and its residents and businesses.

    The Roane Alliance 2018 Gala was the fifth year the event was held at Volkswagen Group of America.

    “It was an unforgettable evening, with more sponsors and tables purchased than ever and the largest crowd ever,” said Pam May, Interim President, the Roane Alliance.

  • VEC gives 2k to groups in Roane County

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,000 in grants to Roane County organizations in November.

    Local groups receiving grants include The Stitch Angels ($200), Midway Quarterback Club ($300), Midway Soccer Club ($500), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($500), and Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • Juice and smoothie bar opens near RSCC

    Jolly Bowl Juice and Smoothie Bar, located at 4331 Roane State Hwy., offers a delicious juicy alternative for those looking to eat healthier.

    The store, which opened in October, was the brainchild of Kaylah Gronda, who was inspired by the decision in her own life to eat better.

    When Gronda had her first child in 2012 she decided to be healthier for her son, so she set out in the kitchen to experiment with various combinations of flavors and tastes.

    Through this trial and error, the menu for her shop evolved.

  • Ramey doesn’t just capture images, she provides wardrobes and props

    Photographer Lindsey Ramey uses costumes and props on her sets, but she believes the focus should be on her subjects.

    The Kingston native recently began to set up her own studio at 350 East Race St.

    She plans to start her first sessions on Nov. 24, just in time for the Christmas season.

    Ramey said she never took formal training on photography but “just picked up a camera and started shooting pictures.”

    After receiving good feedback from friends and relatives she decided to get serious.