• Unemployment rate in Roane sees slight rise

    Roane County unemployment rate inched up slightly from 4.3 percent in September to an estimated 4.4 in October.

    The county’s unemployment rate was an estimated 3.7 percent in October 2017.

    Neighboring Anderson County had a rate of 4.2 percent for October, up slightly from 4 percent.

    Loudon County’s rate for October is estimated at 3.7 percent, up slightly from 3.6 percent last month.

  • For fifth year Gala held at Volkswagen

    The Roane Alliance celebrated it largest annual gala in November 2018.

    The fundraiser has been held since 2002, following the formation of the Roane Alliance in 2001 to celebrate Roane County and its residents and businesses.

    The Roane Alliance 2018 Gala was the fifth year the event was held at Volkswagen Group of America.

    “It was an unforgettable evening, with more sponsors and tables purchased than ever and the largest crowd ever,” said Pam May, Interim President, the Roane Alliance.

  • VEC gives 2k to groups in Roane County

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,000 in grants to Roane County organizations in November.

    Local groups receiving grants include The Stitch Angels ($200), Midway Quarterback Club ($300), Midway Soccer Club ($500), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($500), and Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • Juice and smoothie bar opens near RSCC

    Jolly Bowl Juice and Smoothie Bar, located at 4331 Roane State Hwy., offers a delicious juicy alternative for those looking to eat healthier.

    The store, which opened in October, was the brainchild of Kaylah Gronda, who was inspired by the decision in her own life to eat better.

    When Gronda had her first child in 2012 she decided to be healthier for her son, so she set out in the kitchen to experiment with various combinations of flavors and tastes.

    Through this trial and error, the menu for her shop evolved.

  • Ramey doesn’t just capture images, she provides wardrobes and props

    Photographer Lindsey Ramey uses costumes and props on her sets, but she believes the focus should be on her subjects.

    The Kingston native recently began to set up her own studio at 350 East Race St.

    She plans to start her first sessions on Nov. 24, just in time for the Christmas season.

    Ramey said she never took formal training on photography but “just picked up a camera and started shooting pictures.”

    After receiving good feedback from friends and relatives she decided to get serious.

  • What’s the SCORE? Productivity: Surveys say

    By Dana Peterka

    I recently read a summary of several surveys on the various things that negatively impact our individual productivity.

    In this column, I will highlight and comment on several of them. The goal is to increase your awareness of these negative influences so that you can take actions to improve your productivity.

    The top two productivity killers are cell phones and the internet.

    No surprise! I have written about these before.

    They are powerful tools that can have both a positive impact or negative impact.

  • Food City starts holiday food collection

    This holiday season, Food City is launching a new program — the Holiday Friends in Need Food Drive.

    “Hunger is a serious problem throughout our region. Food City is proud to introduce what we hope will be an annual program — the Holiday Friends in Need Food Drive. This much needed food drive will benefit local hunger relief organizations throughout our area,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City’s president and chief executive officer.

  • Meilleur named NSSA secretary

    Flora Meilleur, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected by her peers to be secretary of the Neutron Scattering Society of America.

    Meilleur is a structural biologist specializing in protein chemistry and neutron crystallography and serves as an instrument scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor.

    Her term as NSSA secretary begins Jan. 1.

  • Tourism commissioner visits Roane

    Commissioner Kevin Triplett of the Department of Tourist Development made a recent visit to discuss tourism and its impact on the state and Roane County in particular.

    Meeting with members of the Roane Alliance Board of Directors, Triplett reiterated the importance of tourism not only as a revenue source but as a platform to create a quality of life attractive not only to visitors but citizens alike. That, said Triplett, is a key component in driving economic development.

  • Roane County’s Armes joining Jason Hines & Associates firm

    The Law Office of Jason R. Hines & Associates announce the addition to its staff of Nick Armes, a general practice attorney from Oak Ridge.

    Armes will provide clients throughout Roane, Morgan, Anderson, Knox and surrounding counties with representation and a variety of legal services.

    Nick brings more than five years of legal experience to the firm as well as strong knowledge in the legal practice areas of family law, estate planning, divorce and separation, child custody and support, adoption, civil and criminal law.