• 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.

  • Beatty heads up credit union member services

    Bill Beatty recently joined the staff of Y-12 Federal Credit Union as director of remote member services and call center.

    His primary responsibilities are to manage the Contact Center and the Personal Teller Machine teams.

    Beatty previously worked for Conduent BPO, Bank of America, and CertusBank. He has more than 20 years of experience in the contact center and financial services industries.

    He holds Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Charter University.

  • It’s Bo Time
  • Fox marks 20 years at The New Brewery

    It’s been 20 years since Linda Fox and her husband Jim bought a small pub and restaurant on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Jim passed away a few years ago, but six days a week Linda can still be found behind the bar at The New Brewery pouring beers and taking orders for handmade burgers.

    She said she likes sharing stories with the patrons, many of whom are regulars.

    “I like the people,” she said.

  • Gunter director at Jamestowne; Jago promoted

    James Gunter is the new executive director at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston.

    He replaces Fay Jago, who has been promoted to clinical operations specialist for parent company Senior Solutions Management Group, with whom she will provide operations leadership and support for 19 communities in Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • What’s the SCORE? Is connectivity destroying your productivity?


    Several months ago, we discussed letting others control our priorities. In the column I wrote that when I see people immediately responding to a phone call, email, instant message or text, I wonder if they are managing themselves or letting others control them.

    I quoted a Microsoft and University of Illinois study which found, when interrupted by an email, instant message or text, it takes a worker an average of 17 minutes to get back to what he was doing.

  • Out to Lunch: No doubt about it: You’ll go back to The Burgers

    Don and Bonita Fowler of Fowler’s Furniture recently invited my wife Carol and me to go “Out to Lunch” with them in Lenoir City at a new restaurant.

    “It’s called The Burgers, and we’ve really enjoyed eating there,” Don said.

    My first thought was, “How could I write about a place that only served burgers?” That is, until I went online to view a menu.

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure, none of the six at our table had a burger.

  • Harriman Sears here to stay

    Despite Sears’ announcement of store closures this past week, Harriman’s Sears Hometown Store on Roane Street is

    staying open to serve their loyal customers.

    The Hometown Store is an owner-run concept from retail stores in malls, where they still sell the Sears brand-name products like the big stores.

    What lots of people do not understand is that the smaller Hometown Store concept seems to be working better than their larger sister operation,” explained Charlie Jones, owner and manager of Harriman Sears Hometown Store.