• Shopping small is a big deal for state businesses

    As shoppers prepare for an exciting weekend, Tennessee’s Small Business Advocate Richard Wilson is encouraging customers to join the “shop small” movement.

    Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday.

    “Small businesses create jobs, boost the economy and improve our local communities,” Wilson said.

    “I urge all Tennesseans to show support for the small businesses and entrepreneurs who are vital to our state’s success.”

  • ‘True grit’ keeps Central going for 50 years

    Central Auto Parts and Supplies celebrates 50 years this year.

    The store has sold brand name auto parts for more than half a century.

    “I guess we’re one of the oldest continuing running businesses in Roane County,” said owner Glenn Reynolds.

    What’s enabled them to stay open as small privately owned businesses seem to come and go?

    “It is true grit, I guess would be the word,” Reynolds said. “I have had a lot of obstacles in the way.”

  • Leadership Roane alumni, members meet in park event

    Leadership Roane County Alumni board of directors recently had a social at Roane County Park to introduce members of the class of 2015 to prior graduates.

    The event also gave members of previous classes an opportunity to reconnect with each other.

    The class of 2015 marks the 30th year for Leadership Roane County.

    More than 350 leaders in the county have participated in the program.

  • McKinney marks 50 years at OR post office

    Arkie McKinney started his career as a part-time flexible clerk Post Office Department.

    McKinney was recognized last week in front of his peers and family for his 50 years of service by Oak Ridge Postmaster Clay Hendren at the Main Post Office at 301 S. Tulane Ave.

    “It’s not often we celebrate an employee who has served the Postal Service for 50 years,” said Hendren.

  • Gala goes big, comes home

    The Roane Alliance Gala was held in Roane County for the first time with a record number in attendance.

    “It was a wonderful night that brought people together,” said Wade Creswell, president, The Roane Alliance, “this year’s Gala was a huge celebration of what makes Roane County special. If the record attendance and positive feedback is any indication of the momentum that is building I cannot wait to see what can be accomplished.”

  • Decatur’s Blueberry Pig has more than just barbecue

    Readers of my articles know my wife Carol and I like to invite folks to share our “Out to Lunch” adventures.

    Walking in Kingston First Baptist Church one Sunday morning, I asked longtime friends, Ralph and Jackie Inman, if they would like to go with us to eat at The Blueberry Pig in Decatur.

    “I was born in Ten Mile and went to Meigs County Schools in Decatur, and I’ve never heard of The Blueberry Pig,” Ralph said. “But we’d like to go,” he added.

  • Kimble Chase cited as drug-free workplace

    Kimble Chase in Rockwood received a Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program Award on Nov. 4 during a meeting of the Roane County Industrial Development Board.

    Kimble Chase’s human resources director Tim Williams and several employees accepted the award.

    The award is in recognition of the significant pro-active leadership Kimble Chase has taken to contribute to workplace safety by its implementation of the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program for its entire Rockwood plant workforce.

  • Griffin Insurance recipient of Make It Happen Award

    Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Fort Sanders Foundation and Roane Medical Center.

    The award includes a $3,000 donation from Safeco Insurance for the Fort Sanders Foundation to benefit Roane Medical Center and entry in the Safeco Make More Happen Contest.

    In the contest, the public is encouraged to vote for a favorite charity and leave a virtual cheer for those who make a difference in the community.

  • Sign of business as usual


    The Taco Bell logo had been missing from the Kingston skyline since June, when an EF0 tornado and straight-line winds blew through the city and destroyed the sign. That all changed last week, when the Mexican food chain erected a new sign directing travelers to its site on North Kentucky Street.

  • Rockwood BPW marks 93rd anniversary

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s Organization met at Victorian Square in Rockwood on Oct. 21 to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the city’s longest-existing civic organization.
    The group also met to participate in the observance of National Business Women’s Week.
    Working women have celebrated the specially designated week, the third week in October, since 1928.