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Business

  • What’s the SCORE? Business relationships — Quantity or Quality?

    By Dana Peterka

    Successful business people know how critical relationships are to success. Quantity or quality of relationships, what is the most effective measurement?

    In today’s social media-driven culture the focus has dramatically shifted to quantity, with people counting the number of friends, followers, likes, etc. This shift is troublesome on several levels. We will discuss two.

  • Roane State Middle College grad wins ADDY Awards

    By Bob Fowler

    Roane State staff writer

    She was in Roane State’s inaugural Middle College class, and now this 20-year-old is making a name for herself in the advertising world.


    Madison Duncan won two coveted ADDY Awards — silver and bronze certificates — in the student category from the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Duncan, who graduated from the University of Tennessee in December, is an intern at Second Mile Marketing in Knoxville.

  • New medical manufacturing jobs coming to Oak Ridge

    A medical manufacturing company has its eyes on Oak Ridge as the site of a new facility that could produce 200 permanent, high paying jobs.

    Coquí Radio Pharmaceuticals Corp. has announced plans to build a dedicated Medical Isotope Production Facility that could be complete by 2025.

    According to a press release from the company, the U.S. Department of Energy transferred land for the facility and provided research support through the national laboratories.

  • Dollar General remodeled in Ten Mile

    Dollar General is excited to announce it recently completed a remodel of its store at 2690 S. Highway 304 in Ten Mile. 

    With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry.

  • Two new members join DOE’s environmental advisory board

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed Nannan Jiang and Harriett McCurdy to its Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s citizen advisory board.

    The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to OREM, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation. The new members were introduced at the board’s February meeting.

  • America’s small businesses win and will thrive under new trade agreement

    By Karen Kerrigan

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed by President Trump and his fellow leaders at the G20 in Argentina.

    The accord modernizes the decades-old NAFTA and is chock full of provisions that will help American small businesses boost exports and safeguard their intellectual property.

    Congress needs to approve this new agreement as soon as possible.

  • Truck driver shortage affecting business

    While traversing the nation’s highways, drivers may not realize they are in the company of people who help keep the country’s economy flowing smoothly.

    The various trucks seen on the roadway are crucial economic components, as are the drivers.

    As vital as they are, truck drivers are now in short supply, with some citing an aging workforce, high turnover rates, increased freight demand, and “lifestyle priorities” that can make other industries seem more attractive to would-be drivers.

  • Shipwreck Ice Cream has landed in Kingston

    From Staff Reports

    Sara and Joey Prinzi are looking for success in the restaurant business on land.

    Shipwreck Ice Cream is now offering their hand made ice cream and a menu with a selection of dinners, salads and burgers like the Skipper, consisting of two patties with chips.

    There’s a cozy spot for customers to relax and hang out.

    They will be starting a program where customers can “Pay It Forward.”

    This will be an opportunity for people to help out others in the community.

  • Tennessee’s unemployment rate hits record low in February

    The statewide unemployment rate in Tennessee dropped to a new historic low in February according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The seasonally adjusted rate of 3.2 percent is 0.1 of a percentage point lower than the previous historic low.

    Tennessee reached its previous record low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in October 2018 and it remained at the level for four consecutive months. The state began tracking unemployment rates in 1976.

  • Several factors to consider before starting a business

    Owning a business is a goal for many professionals.

    Being self-employed and having final say over business decisions can give people a sense of satisfaction and professional accomplishment.

    The small business landscape continues to evolve and expand.

    The Small Business Administration says that more than 50 percent of the working population is employed in a small business.

    There are almost 30 million small businesses in the United States, with roughly 540,000 new start-ups each month.