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Business

  • Employers group to tackle problem solving

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce aims to take area employers Beyond Brainstorming during the next Employers Association meeting.

    Leah Graves, senior trainer of employee and organizational development at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will discuss Beyond Brainstorming: Creative Problem-Solving during the Jan. 9 luncheon meeting on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    The meeting in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge of the Dunbar Building is from noon to 1 p.m.

  • What are you going to do with your life?

    It’s the time of year when many of us start the new year with resolutions to improve the quality of our lives.

    How long does the average person keep New Year’s resolutions? Surprisingly, 75 percent of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46 percent make it past six months.

    In this column, we will discuss The Power of Goals, a tool we cover in the Roane Chamber’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop.

    But first, let’s reflect on how we manage our time.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Screen Door Café sure to wow you

    I’m always looking for unique places for my “Out to Lunch” articles. You’ll want to plan to visit the latest unique restaurant we selected.

    “You guys ought to eat at the Screen Door Café, in Dayton,” Louise Turbyville Shipwash told my wife Carol, during a recent bridge group gathering they have regularly.

    “I’ve enjoyed eating there twice, and the food is great.”

  • Out to Lunch: Burger Station's the right lunch track

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure to Burger Station 120 in Midtown, owner Kosta Angelos told me to save room for their special Calisto dessert.

    “It’s like a homemade half funnel cake, half doughnut called a crazy cake,” he explained. “The crazy cake is covered with cream cheese icing, then topped with blueberries and strawberries and decorated with whipped cream.”

    I asked for a serving, with five spoons, encouraging each in our group to have a few bites.

  • Enrichment annual glove drive underway

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch is embarking on the ninth year of the Gloves of Love campaign.

    Offices in Kingston and Midtown are collecting gloves, hats and scarves for Roane County school children through Dec. 9.

    Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands and the credit union is making it their mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year.

  • Roane County registers 3.3% jobless rate in September

    Tennessee is breaking records, and Roane County is in on the action.

    September’s unemployment rate was below 5 percent in every county across the state, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    It is, the Department reported, the first time the rate has ever been that low across the state.

  • Out to Lunch: Go wild for the fare at Wild Plum Tea Room

    It’s that time of the year when we get to enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves in our area, and particularly in the Smoky Mountains.

    My wife Carol, and I, decided to invite some long-time friends to join us for this “Out To Lunch” adventure in Gatlinburg.

    Going with us on this adventure were Jimmy and Luci Bell; plus Cliff and Sue Nunley. We’ve known them for over 35 years, and readers may remember they have been included in previous “Out To Lunch” articles.

  • AUTO SALES WITH INTEGRITY

    Allen Russell recently relocated his used-car business from Oliver Springs to Midtown but his mission to help others remains the same.

    Integrity Auto Sales was founded to help support family missions and offer customers an alternative to large dealerships.

    “We are a family-oriented father-and-son dealership who strives to provide people with quality vehicles at an affordable price,” Russell said.

  • Calfee boosts Freedom to Prosper Act

    Throughout his time in the Tennessee General Assembly, state Rep. Kent Calfee has worked to enhance employment opportunities and create new jobs for Tennesseans.

    During the 2017 legislative session, the Kingston Republican sponsored passage of the Freedom to Prosper Act. This initiative stops local governments from creating new occupational licenses and encourages new business opportunities for those already licensed to work in their respective professions.

  • Out to Lunch: Corner 16 delivers an experience

    “I’ve never heard of Corner 16 in Knoxville,” I told Jan Harlan when she recommended I go there for an “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    Jan and I lived two houses apart when we were growing up and going to school in Oak Ridge. She has been a lunch scout for me for some time.

    “Corner 16 is a new part of the Copper Cellar Family Restaurants. It’s just over six months old,” she replied.