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Business

  • Pros and cons to early retirement

    A lifetime of working compels many people to look forward to their retirement. Some people even work to retire early.

    But what are the advantages of early retirement beyond starting a life of leisure? And are there any detriments to this plan?

    A 2014 survey by the financial services provider TIAA-CREF found that 37 percent of Americans plan to retire before age 65.

    However, many of them will not have control over the matter. Those who do may want to consider the pros and cons of early retirement.

  • TVA affirms its commitment to small and diverse suppliers across the valley

    The Tennessee Valley Authority recognized the importance of small and diverse businesses to its mission of service at the 7th Annual TVA Supplier Diversity Outreach Summit in Knoxville on April 16.

    In the past five years, TVA has increased its annual spend with diverse suppliers by 65 percent from $269 million to $445 million.

    TVA’s total Valley business spend in fiscal year 2018 was more than $2 billion. Full supplier diversity performance details are available on TVA’s web site.

  • ‘Dentistry from the Heart’ will be April 26

    Dr. James Walmsley and his office at LakeView Dental Arts is hosting their third annual “Dentistry from the Heart” event Friday, April 26.

    The event is to help adults in Roane County who do not have access to quality dental care.

    Untreated decay and abscesses can lead to serious, even life threatening complications and are linked to many serious diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, even some cancers. Unfortunately, most emergency rooms are not able to treat dental conditions.

  • Food City Career Fair Wednesday, April 24

    Food City will be hosting a company-wide career fair to include hiring for both full-time and part-time positions. Wednesday, April 24.

    Food City plans to hire over 750 additional friendly, smiling faces to work in key customer and food service positions at store locations throughout our market area.

    The positions include both entry-level and experienced/skilled positions, such as meat cutter, cake decorator and retail management.

  • College majors that can lead to higher earnings

    Choosing a college major is an important decision that many students delay making until their sophomore or even junior years.

    While men often lean toward majors like engineering and computer science that have traditionally been linked to high earnings, women have historically gravitated to lower-paying specialties like education and social sciences. But in recent years a shift has occurred, and more women have begun to choose majors associated with higher post-graduate salaries.

  • Historic low unemployment continues

    Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate for March 2019 remains at the historic low of 3.2 percent according to the latest statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    March is the second consecutive month the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sits at the all-time low. When compared to March 2018, unemployment in Tennessee is down by 0.4 of a percentage point.

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  • 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.