• School at Maryville College offers women from Appalachia a brand-new beginning

    Women from Appalachia who haven’t had access to higher education or whose personal circumstances have left them in poverty now have hope for a new beginning, thanks to the New Opportunity School at Maryville College.

    The New Opportunity School for Women at Maryville College is accepting applications for its second program July 12-Aug. 1.

  • Midtown Market & Deli makes it official
  • Midtown Weigel’s sports new design, quick food service

    The new Weigel’s at 2001 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman’s Midtown area is a state-of-the art convenience store.

    It’s the 64th store for Weigel’s, one of East Tennessee’s oldest family-owned dairies.

    “We’re all about convenience and saving our customers money,” said Ken McMullen, president of Weigel’s Stores.

  • Workshops to cover gov’t contracts

    Roane State Community College’s Ten-

    nessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer two free workshops this week on government contracting.

    Both workshops will be on Feb. 12 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The first workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

    It will be for small businesses on the basics of government contracting.

  • ORUD Valentines help heat homes

    Oak Ridge Utility District’s annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser allows the public to purchase Valentine’s Day gifts, with proceeds helping needy families stay warm.

    All proceeds from gift purchases go to Project SAFE, an ORUD-sponsored program that helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

    Through the program, ORUD offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts. All proceeds from the purchase of those gifts go to Project SAFE.

  • Roane unemployment rate up in December

    Though Roane County’s unemployment rate ticked up 0.3 percent in December, the number was significantly lower than it was a year ago, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate that the jobless rate for December was 6.5 percent, up from November’s 6.2 percent.

    That’s a 0.8 percent difference from December 2013, when Roane County registered a 7.3 unemployment rate.

  • Covenant Health, BlueCross enter into partnership

    Covenant Health, parent company of Roane Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement that establishes a new level of collaboration between the two organizations.

    The partnership, which is centered around improving patient care, access and cost, went into effect on Jan. 1.

    “BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is only choosing one health-care partner in selected regions,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health.

  • Lions Club honors opticianry professor

    Paulette Bailey, right, vice district governor for Tennessee Lions Club District 12-N, presents the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Roane State Community College’s Sally Stokes, assistant professor in the college’s opticianry program.

    According to Lions Clubs International, the award “is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.”

  • Bookkeeper opens tax office in Harriman

    For more than 30 years, Jane Butler has studied the U.S. Tax Code and worked for clients as both bookkeeper and tax preparer.

    Once she became part of a national tax service, she progressed rapidly and became an area manager in less than six years.

    That led her to open her own office, Taxes Done Right, in Harriman on Jan. 17.

  • Professional group to focus on ‘Myths of Multitasking’

    East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association will meet for its monthly membership luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in Oak Ridge Double Tree Hotel.

    “The Myths of Multitasking” will be the program presented by Kurt K. Weiss.

    Lunch is available for $15 for members, $22 for the general public; RSVP to Vicki Dyer at 865-483-9332 by 11 a.m. Feb. 3.

    Charges for late reservations and walk-ins will be $22.50 for members, $24 for the general public.