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Volume XII, Issue 1, January 2013
The official newsletter of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce
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In This Issue
Record Number Entries
Legislative Agenda Released
United Way Boosts TN Scholars
Chamber Members Celebrate
Business Briefs
Business Tips

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Chamber at 865-376-5572 
Chamber Happenings
Roane County Employer's Association (RCEA)
Topic: Business and HR Opportunities Using Social Media
Speaker: Anne Scott, Training Program Developer of Sodexo
Tuesday, January 8, noon
Raiders Cafe, RSCC
RSVP by calling 865-376-2093
Likewise Thrift Grand
Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, January 9
8 - 10 am
105 E. Race St, Kingston
Contact 865-717-4399

Chamber Ambassador Meeting  
Tuesday, January 15, noon
The Roane Alliance
Call 865-376-5572 for info 
New Chamber
Elite Performance
Lee Sexton
2305 N. Gateway Ave, Harriman, TN 37748
Community Events

Bluegrass Music
Jammin' Sessions   
Every Tuesday night!
January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
6 - 10 pm
Bradbury Community Center
3343 Buttermilk Rd, Kingston
For info call Visitors Bureau at 865-376-4201

Oak Ridge Kennel Club
Agility Trials
January 4 - 6
8 am - 4pm
Free to spectators
Roane State Expo Center
276 Patton Ln, Harriman

Public Stargazing
Saturday, January 5 & 19, 7 pm
Tamke-Allan Observatory, Harriman
Contact David Fields 865-927-5155

Kingdom Heirs Concert
presented by the Midtown 1st District Volunteer Fire Dept.
Thursday, January 10, 7 pm
Princess Theatre
421 N. Roane St, Harriman
Tickets: 865-882-0356 or 882-3811


National Barrel Horse Race Saturday, January 12

10 am Exhibition | 3 pm Race

Roane State Expo Center 

276 Patton LN, Harriman Mary Cunningham 865-617-8126
Team Roping

Friday, January 18 &

Saturday, January 19

5 - 11 pm

Roane State Expo Center

Free to spectators

Contact Dave Johnson 423-797-0149 

Live Bluegrass Music Show
Saturday, January 19, 7 pm
Bradbury Community Club
3343 Buttermilk Rd, Kingston
For info call Visitors Bureau

Square Dance & Line Dancing

Saturday, January 19, 8 pm
American Legion
624 Morgan St, Harriman
Contact: Connie Williams at

Guided Ghost Hunts

Saturday, January 19
10 pm - 1 am
Historic Temperance Building
330 Roane Street, Harriman
$30/person - Reservations are recommended as space is limited
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  
Call 865-414-1223 or visit
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Show
Saturday, January 26 &
Sunday, January 27
8 am - 6 pm
Roane State Expo Center
Free to spectators
Contact Roger Elder 865-567-2539


Record Number of Entries for
Shop Roane First Shopping Spree

More holiday shoppers than ever entered this year's Annual Shop Roane First Christmas Shopping Spree contest - bringing a record number of customers into participating Chamber members' retailers this holiday season. A record number of 3,564 entries were completed.


"And that's exactly why the Chamber has been partnering with the Roane County News for years to hold this contest," said Chamber Business Development chief Darrell Williams.


But for the lucky winner, Janice Frederick, it was a lot more personal - she said it was an answer to her prayers. The winner said she had "been praying for so long hoping to win this contest," after entering for many years.


This year's contest was kicked off earlier - the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and ran three full weeks. The winning ticket was completed at Valley Farmer's CO-OP, and drawn during a standing-room only crowd at the annual Roane Alliance Christmas Open House. 


The Chamber's Shop Roane First program efforts also included a Chamber Super Saturday shopping day - which was the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Super Saturday was a time when the Chamber asked everyone to spend at least $50 at a local Chamber retailer -- promoting shopping small while also helping out the local economy. The date chosen was the same date pushed nationally as 'Shop Small' day this year to capitalize on the big push nationally.  As part of that effort, specially-designed buttons for employees of Roane Chamber businesses to wear that day were also ordered (cost underwritten by Wal-Mart in Rockwood) and a half page, full-color ad ran in the Roane County News on black Friday listing all the Roane Chamber retailers. 


"The winning entry was completed on Super Saturday, along with hundreds of other entries," said Chamber President Leslie Henderson, "so it looks like the Shop Roane First program did its job to help support Chamber members this Holiday shopping season, after all."


  Annual Chamber 2013 Legislative Agenda Released

The Chamber released its 2013 Legislative Agenda recently, with plans to present it on January 14 during the annual Legislative Breakfast held at The Roane Alliance. This popular event is put on jointly by the Alliance and the Chamber's Legislative Affairs Committee to allow Chamber supporters face-to-face time with the Roane legislative delegation.


The agenda includes recommendations in the areas of economic development and tourism, transportation and infrastructure and education, while providing recommendations on those issues of most importance to the Roane County Chamber business community. 


Prepared by the Chamber's Government Relations Committee - which is chaired by Buddy Bowers - the agenda was adopted by the full Chamber Board in a unanimous vote and will be presented to State Senator Ken Yager and State Representatives Kent Calfee and Ron Travis as they begin the 2013 legislative session in January.


"Since Roane County is now made up of two State Legislative Districts, and both Representatives are newly elected in their respective Districts, this legislative breakfast could not be more important to our Chamber members," said Chamber President Leslie Henderson. "Encouraging support for these initiatives will be at the top of the agenda that morning - one of the first opportunities to get in front of both newly-elected representatives and the newly re-elected State Senator Ken Yager."


Initiatives outlined include:

  • Full funding and support for education needs to make our students more competitive and prepared;
  • Completion of the widening of Highway 70 along with widening of Highway 61 between Harriman and Oliver Springs;
  • Funding to local governments for land acquisition, infrastructure support and building; and
  • Construction to meet industrial development recruitment and retention needs.

To read the complete 2013 Legislative Agenda click here.


United Way Grant Boosts TN Scholars

One of the most well-known, and important programs of the Education Matters! initiative at the Chamber is the Tennessee Scholars program - and this year it received a much-needed boost from United Way.


A Roane Chamber-led partnership between local businesses and the Roane County Schools, the Tennessee Scholars program was adopted to increase the number of students graduating from high school with a rigorous, defined academic course of study that prepares them for higher education, the workforce, or the military. The program requires students to have an overall "C" average, 95% attendance, pass end-of-course tests, have no out-of-school suspensions, and 20 hours of community service during each of the four years of high school. 

"At the end of the 2011-12 school year, there were 117 seniors graduating as Tennessee Scholars," said The Roane Alliance's Workforce and Education development specialist Allen Lutz. "With the current sophomore and junior classes each having more than 200 students qualifying as Tennessee Scholars, we are now on track for the number of students in those classes graduating as Tennessee Scholars will be increasing over the next three years."  

This year to help increase awareness of the program, a grant from the Roane County United Way made it possible for students who meet the criteria be recognized during their current school year instead of only at graduation.  With all five high schools being represented, 223 sophomores received a scholars sport pack during a ceremony on November 13.  In the coming months, 216 juniors will receive a certificate and scholars sport bottle.


Each graduating senior who is a Tennessee Scholar receives a medallion to wear at their graduation ceremony and their diploma carries a gold Tennessee Scholar Seal.  These students are eligible for certain scholarships and other financial assistance because they are Tennessee Scholars.  Employers also are easily able to see that these students would be good potential employees.
 Chamber Members Celebrate  
G&G Enterprises Now Open in Kingston


New Chamber member G&G Enterprises held a grand opening recently and guests were treated to a great assortment of goodies, many of them especially home-made by owner Glenda Johnson.  Co-owner Greg White was also on hand to provide information to guests looking at a collection of guns that would make any enthusiast envious.  The ladies were not forgotten - on hand was a pistol with purple accents housed in a pink trimmed case.  G&G Enterprises is located at 102 Johnson Street in Kingston, 865-376-4500.

L-r: Don Patterson, Allen Brown, Walter Caubough, and Kevin Smith, Browder's Ace Hardware; Fred Borman and Kevin Pierce, Outer Limits Satelites; Mayor Troy Beets, City of Kingston; Monica Pierce, Outer Limits Satelites; Greg White, G&G Enterprises; Emma Diggs, Glenda Johnson, Coldwell Banker; Bill Leggins, Leggins & Associates; Sharon Brackett, Roane County Government; Darrell Williams, Roane Alliance; Kristi Whitehead, Roane County Government; Ted Perry, Coldwell Banker; Phillip Kelly, Tennessee Career Center; Colleen McConnell, US Bank; Jan Trent Williams, Coldwell Banker; Nancy Houston, United Community Bank; Judy Garrell; and Sarah Stewart, United Community Bank.


L-R: Cindy Michalak, Debbie Smith, April Shepherd and Ted Perry, Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates
Coldwell Banker Open House 


The holiday spirit was certainly present at the annual Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates Christmas Open House - merry fellow Chamber members, lots of sweet treats and punch, holiday music, and oh so much more. 


Methodist Medical Center Holds Annual Joint Chamber Breakfast

The Annual Joint Chamber Breakfast at Methodist Medical Center (MMC) of Oak Ridge was held December 11.  The members of the Chambers of Roane, Anderson, and Oak Ridge were all invited, with administrator Mike Belbeck giving a warm welcome to the crowd and thanking the participating Chambers for their work not only in promoting the hospital but also the area's economy.

Caroling Around the Tree
Beginning to End Events held a Caroling Around the Tree event at the Princess Theatre on December 15.  The holiday event was a wonderland of decorated trees, Christmas shopping bargains, kids activities, and of course, a visit with Santa. As part of the admission, a donation of non-perishable canned foods was requested for a local food pantry - and some $4,750 worth of food went to Hands of Mercy just in time for Christmas.
Newly-Elected State Representative Holds
Open House
State Rep. Kent Calfee, Roane County's newly-elected State Representative, held a Christmas Open House on December 14 at his new district office in the historic Temperance Building in Harriman.

Both city and county dignitaries came out to enjoy punch, cake, Christmas music and Christmas cheer.

  Christmas Open House at Roane Realty and Shoppes of Walden Ridge 

Roane Realty and GLJ Enterprises held their Christmas Open House on December 20.  Owners Jane Long and Larry Allen welcomed a big turnout who feasted on an array of delicious food and refreshments.  They also used the opportunity to show off their recently purchased and remodeled shopping center - the Shoppes of Walden Ridge - located at 2305 N. Gateway Avenue between Rockwood and Harriman.  The new shopping center is very quickly filling up with new tenants and the owners wanted to show their appreciation with the holiday event.
  Roane Writer's Group

The Roane Writers' Group held its 4th Annual Student Writing Contest on December 15, at the Roane State Community College Theatre.  More than 700 entries were received in three categories: poetry, essay, and short story. Bill Landry hosted the ceremony in which twenty-four Roane County students in the 4th through 12th grade won writing awards.  The grand prize, a $2,500 scholarship to Roane State Community College, was won by Laci Hixon of Midway High School, shown here receiving the award from Allen Lutz, The Roane Alliance. 



The Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Oak Ridge's Y-12 National Security Complex is slated to be the largest post-war construction project in the state. The $6.5 billion project can mean opportunities for Roane businesses and suppliers as well as many jobs for our local workforce.  The Roane Alliance is working with their Knoxville/Oak Ridge Innovation Valley partners in creating a strategy to help locals get their share of the contracts and jobs, which could mean a financial boon to the area's economies.   More information will follow as plans are finalized.



King College has partnered with Roane State Community College to offer bachelor degree programs on the Roane State Harriman campus.  Beginning in May 2013, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) will be offered; it is a 16-month, one night per week program. The next program to be offered will be the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for Registered Nurses, also a  16-month program.  As the partnership develops with Roane State, King College will be offering additional programs. For more information, contact Jacob Kamer at or 865-690-5803.    



The Roane County News and the Roane Alliance were invited to tour the inside of the new Roane Volkswagen Group of America's (VWGA) Distribution Center.  Located at the Roane Regional Business & Technology Park main entrance, the 400,000 square foot facility is not only 'state of the art' but will also be the largest industrial LEED certified facility of its type in the East Tennessee area.  The majority of the sub-contractors working on the facility are local contractors or suppliers.  The facility is scheduled to open on April 1, 2013 on time and under budget, according to VW officials. 

L-R: Darrell Williams and Leslie Henderson, The Roane Alliance; Cindy Simpson, Roane County News; and Eve Bower, Volkswagen Group of America.


Tennessee Career Ctr/

Dept of Employment Security

Phillip Kelly

1082 N. Gateway Avenue

Rockwood, TN 37854



Buddy's Bar-b-q

Suzanne Lindsey

417 N. Kentucky Street

Kingston, TN 37763



Shoney's Restaurants

Annie LaLonde

1809 S. Roane Street

Harriman, TN 37748



Tennessee Coil Springs

J. V. Conley

765 Gallaher Rd

Kingston, TN 37763



Days Inn Harriman

Sam Patel

120 Childs Rd

Harriman, TN 37748



Kingston Animal Hospital

Dr. Kathryn Simpson

410 East Race Street

Kingston, TN 37763



New Wave Link

Anglea Mynatt

1828 Roane State Highway

Harriman, TN 37748



Hardee's Food Systems, Inc.

Pate Fee

2037 Eliza Glynne Lane

Knoxville, TN 37931



Kingston Church of Christ

Jeff Brown

303 N Kentucky St.

Kingston, TN 37763



Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union

Shelley Jackson

930 W. Race Street

Kingston, TN 37763



Potter's Ace Hardware

Bill Potter

2121 South Roane Street

Harriman, TN 37748



Roane State CC Foundation

Paul Phillips 

276 Patton Lane

Harriman, TN 37748



Perma-Fix Enviromental Services, Inc

Kenyon Mee

657 Gallaher Rd

Kingston, TN 37763



Earl Duff Subaru

Tim Duff

1028 S. Roane Street

Harriman, TN 37748



Express Employment Professionals

Celia Smith

8807 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37923



G & G Enterprises

Greg White

102 Johnson Street

Kingston, TN 37763




Harrison Ready Mix

Doug Brown

730 Gallaher Rd

Kingston, TN 37763



Kingston Chiropractic Center

Dr. Chris Estes

1190 N. Kentucky Street

Kingston, TN 37763




Joe Bracco

1779 Roane State Highway

Harriman, TN 37748



Baggett Pharmacy, Inc.

Ronnie Baggett

133 East Race Street

Kingston, TN 37763



City of Kingston

James Pinkerton

125 W. Cumberland Street

Kingston, TN 37763



Dr. Bert Cunningham

P. O. Box 928

Kingston, TN 37763



Eye Surgery Center of Oak Ridge

Kimberly Southmayd

90 Vermont Avenue

Oak Ridge, TN 37830


Rotary Club of Harriman

Steve Byerly

P.O. Box 633

Harriman, TN 37748



Wellington Place

Tom Robinson

1098 Bradford Way

Kingston, TN 37763



Roane Choral Society

Louanne Bennett

P.O. Box 24

Kingston, TN 37763

Bunch Marine

Curtis Bunch

1640 Roane State Highway

Harriman, TN 37748



Cates Family Dentistry

Darrell Cates

1546 N. Gateway Avenue

Rockwood, TN 37854



Chase Drugs

Larry Hill

319 N. Roane Street

Harriman, TN 37748



Gene Jones Construction

Gene Jones

126 Red Bud Drive

Harriman, TN 37748



H.G. Furniture Company

James "Dub" Harmon

308 Trenton Street

Harriman, TN 37748



Kingston Lions Club

Steve Bates

P.O. Box 325

Kingston, TN 37763



Mid-East Community Action Agency

Jerry Johnson

2919 Roane State Highway

Kingston, TN 37763




Bobby Davis

128 Maple Ln

Kingston, TN 37763



ORNL Federal Credit Union

Deb Hankins

1204 N Kentucky St

Kingston, TN 37763

865-688-9555 ext 1860


Roane Central Utility District

Wendy McElhaney

2727 Roane State Hwy

Harriman, TN 37748



Roane County Farm Bureau

Charlie Daniels

202 S. Kentucky Street

Kingston, TN 37763



Enrichment Federal Credit Union

Becky Woody

1009 Bradford Way

Kingston, TN 37763



Michael Dunn Center

Mike McElhinney

629 Gallaher Road

Kingston, TN 37763

865-376-3416 ext 215


Tennessee Technology Center

Danice Turpin

1745 Harriman Highway

Harriman, TN 37748



William Bennett MD

408 N. Roane St., Ste. 100

Harriman, TN 37748



Operation Reach

Bobby Collier

126 Arsenault Crossing

Kingston, TN 37763



Ken Mynatt

801 Trenton Street

Harriman, TN 37748



Big Lots

Mike Zanie

1426 North Gateway

Rockwood, TN 37854



Roane County Habitat for Humanity

Todd Fisher

P.O. Box 1124

Kingston, TN 37763



Roane Co. Assoc. of Women Executives

Angie Cox

P.O. Box 442

Kingston, TN 37763



Mary Stewart Lewis

1202 Tallan Bldg., 2 Union Square

Chattanooga, TN 37402




Laurie Betts

3114 River Road

Ten Mile, TN 37880



Mama Mia's Pizzeria

Lottie O'Brien

705 West Race Street

Kingston, TN 37763



Outer Limits Satellites

Monica & Kevin Pierce

226 N. Kentucky Street

Kingston, TN 37763



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   Roane County Chamber of Commerce
A Partner of the Roane Alliance
1209 N. Kentucky St, Kingston, TN 37763
(865) 376-5572 | Fax (865) 376-4978 |
Newsletter prepared by The Roane Alliance Staff:
Pam May, Allen Lutz, Tami Wright, Teresa Jackson

and Leslie Henderson