• Lee reappoints Bob Rolfe as the TNECD commissioner

    On Thursday, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced the appointment of Bob Rolfe to his cabinet for the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    Rolfe has served as TNECD commissioner since March 1, 2017.

    “As a lifelong Tennessean, it is a great honor to have the opportunity to continue my work in public service along with my colleagues throughout the state,” Rolfe said. “We remain focused on creating a business-friendly environment that gives companies around the globe the confidence to locate, invest and grow here.

  • Lee announces Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner

    Last week, Governor-elect Bill Lee announced Dr. Jeff McCord will be the next Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Dr. McCord is from Sullivan County and currently serves as the Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Northeast State Community College.

    McCord leads Workforce Solutions, a workforce development program that includes the development of registered apprenticeship programs, as well as the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a technical career academy.


    Roane Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

    The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

    Roane Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review last month, November 2018 to receive this certification.

  • Unemployment rates drop for November 2018

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips released unemployment statistics that show the seasonally adjusted statewide jobless rate dropped by 0.1 of a percentage point in November 2018 to 3.6 percent.

    Results on a county-wide basis, including Roane County, were also encouraging. The 3.9 percent unemployment rate for Roane County dropped 0.5 percent for November compared to 4.4 percent in October 2018.

  • It’s important to research charities before making charitable donations

    Kind-hearted Tennesseans will turn to charitable organizations this year to help make a positive impact for those who are less fortunate.

    Unfortunately, charity scammers will use the end-of-year giving surge and take advantage to consumers’ generosity.

    To help consumers avoid charity scams, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs is advising consumers to always research charitable organizations before opening their wallets or entering personal information online.


    A high visibility commercial property on the Kingston waterfront will become home to a new branch of Citizens First Bank.

    Known locally as the former location of Red Bones and several other restaurants, the property had been on the market for several years, according to listing agent Kathy May Martin with Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

    Featuring stunning views of Watts Bar Lake and Kingston City Park, the property sold for about $340,000, May said.

  • Annual Chamber initiative rewards people for shopping at local stores

    Roane County Chamber, a partner of the Roane Alliance, announced the winners of their “Shop Where Your Heart Is” shopping spree contest at their annual Christmas Open House.

    The goal of the contest is to encourage residents to shop locally and offer a potential reward for those who do.

    Individuals were asked to include the name of the store and the amount spent at the location in addition to basic contact information.

  • Environmental board for DOE seeking members

    The Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board provides meaningful opportunity for collaborative dialogue among the diverse communities at the Department of Energy Environmental Management clean-up sites.

    At the request of the Assistant Secretary or the Site Manager/Assistant Manager for Environmental Management, the Board provides advice and recommendations concerning EM site-specific issues.

    The Board’s membership is carefully considered to reflect a full diversity of viewpoints in the affected community and region.

  • SERVPRO First Responder Bowl honors our heroes

    SERVPRO, which has locations in Kingston, recently announced the inaugural SERVPRO First Responder Bowl being played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.

    The newly renamed bowl is designed to honor the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in local communities when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, according to SERVPRO restoration specialists.

    The game kickoff is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, and features the Boston College Eagles and Boise State Broncos.

    It will be televised on ESPN.

  • Workshops teach farmers to develop business plan

    Many farmers may want to start their new year by attending a workshop series designed to teach them how to develop a business plan. “Building a Sustainable Business Workshop Series” will be held in Jackson with satellite locations via web conferencing in Columbia, Knoxville and Memphis.

    The workshop is being conducted by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture in cooperation with UT-Martin, UT Extension, AgLaunch and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation.