• Workshop gives small biz finance tips

    On Saturday, April 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE will host a free workshop on financial assistance options for small businesses.

    Come learn about SBA and USDA loan programs to assist in starting, operating, maintaining, or expanding a small business.

    The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at The Roane Alliance.

    For more information and to register, please access: http://ow.ly/w1rx30nYgL6

  • Y-12 shows engineering is for girls

    The Y-12 National Security Complex is helping to open doors and close the gender gap in engineering fields.

    Y-12 recently hosted its eighth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering (IGTE) at the site’s New Hope Center.

    The one-day event, held in conjunction with Engineers Week, gave young female students an opportunity to discover and explore science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) careers alongside Y-12 and Uranium Processing Facility Project scientists and engineers.


    A recent study shows the most successful women surround themselves with other women, and a program coordinated by the Roane Chamber is doing just that.

    The Chamber held its first session of the 2019 Women’s Executive Program at Greenwood School last week.

    The first speaker to present a talk was Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman, who spoke on the importance of mentors and mentoring others.

  • Roane Chamber Banquet coming to Noah’s Event Center on April 12

    The 2019 Roane Chamber Banquet and Leadership Roane County graduation is quickly approaching. Tickets and sponsorships are already available.

    This year’s event is 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Noah’s Event Center. Tickets are $100 each. Tables of 10 are available for $1,000.

    Don’t miss the chance to join this unforgettable evening celebrating the achievements of Chamber members as well as the Leadership Roane County Class of 2019.

    Last year, tickets sold out prior to the event, and they’re projected to do the same this year.

  • Blue Springs Boat Company best in show

    The 2019 “Best in Show” winner at this year’s Downtown Knoxville Boat Show was Blue Springs Boat Company of Kingston.

    Blue Springs Boat Company specializes in Bennington pontoon boats and was recognized for having the best display in the event.

    This is a true accomplishment considering the other dealers and brands that were on display at the show.

    The Downtown Knoxville Boat Show was held Feb. 14-17.

    This annual event hosts 17 boat dealers from all over East Tennessee.


    The 2018 Roane Alliance Annual Report will be released this week.

    The report provides details on the impact the Alliance, which serves as the umbrella over the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Roane County, made in Roane County in 2018.

    The Alliance became official in 2001 and nearly two decades later the 2018 report shows the organization is as strong as ever and still making an impact, according to Interim President Pam May.

  • What’s the SCORE? Focus on employee retention

    By Dana Peterka

    Why is employee retention important?

    Two key points come to mind.

    First, is worker availability. Unemployment rates are hovering below 4 percent, a 49-year low, making it difficult to find replacement workers.

    The second is the cost of hiring an employee. Do you know what the cost is in your organization? The average cost-per-hire is $4,129, while the average time it takes to fill a given position is 42 days, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  • Pantex, Y-12’s contributions to United Way topped $1 million

    Pantex and Y-12 contributions to the United Way topped $1 million in 2018 in donations gathered from employees, retirees, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, the sites’ managing and operating contractor, announced.

    The sites engaged in yearlong campaigns to generate money for the United Way, raising funds through silent auctions and various jewelry, book and food sales at the sites as well as employee contributions.

    A $150,000 donation from CNS’ parent companies also was included in the total.

  • Lee freezes new business regulations

    Earlier this month Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order to halt new regulations for the next 90 days across all state executive branch departments.

    “As part of our efforts to limit the size of state government, we are taking a close look at the regulations we are imposing on citizens and businesses in Tennessee,” said Lee.

    “Our goal is to make Tennessee the most job-friendly state in the country and we are working to promote job creation and a commonsense regulatory approach.”

  • Fishing for his dreams in Florida

    Less than two years after finishing high school, Cameron Hardin is living his dream.

    Not in college, but in Destin, Fla., operating a charter boat fishing business.

    “We’re obviously excited,” father Dave Hardin said.

    “It’s exciting to have a Tennessee boy live his

    dream in salt water.”

    Cameron graduated from Roane County High School in 2017.

    The name of his fishing business is Cuttin’ Up Fishing.