It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.

COLUMBIA — Later this month and in February, the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, in cooperation with the Tenn. Dept. of Agriculture, and Tenn. Farm Winegrowers Alliance, will offer workshops for farmers interested in producing grapes.

Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? When many of us make these promises, we focus on ways we can improve some form of our health. We vow to get more physically healthy by going to the gym, or we promise to improve our mental health by learning a new language or instr…

NASHVILLE — More Tennesseans took home paychecks in November, leading to a slight drop in statewide unemployment. New data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows a 0.1 of a percentage point decrease in unemployment when compared to the previous month, setting …

KINGSPORT — Eastman Credit Union discovered that Church Hill Middle School library needed new and relevant reading material for students and stepped up to donate $2,500 for the purchase of books the students would enjoy.

You’ve probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it’s also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some …

You’ve probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it’s also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some …

ROGERSVILLE — Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your famil…

If you’re fairly new to investing, you might be wondering what sort of rules you should follow or moves you should make. And while everyone’s situation is different, there are indeed guidelines that make sense for all investors. Here are some to consider:

ROGERSVILLE — Business owners, staff, members of the Chamber of Commerce and the community gathered on Nov. 14, 2019 for an official ribbon cutting to welcome Revive Therapeutic Massage and Reflexology to Rogersville. Owned by Debra DeWitt, the new business is located at 850 West Main Street…

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s meaningful to reflect on the origin of the holiday. Native Americans and pilgrims sharing their bounty of food with each other. As you gather with your loved ones this year, perhaps you can think of ways to share not only your dinner, but also your financial bounty.

ROGERSVILLE — Employees at Luttrell Staffing stand alongside owner David Luttrell and members of the Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. The business is located at 952 West Broadway Street in Rogersville and takes applications Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Hawkins County was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities. The annual summit, which brings together e…

Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country. But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives? For example, consider the following tr…

ROGERSVILLE — If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar plan, you’ve got a powerful retirement-savings tool at your disposal. And yet, how well you do with your 401(k) depends greatly on your choices and actions. What steps can you take to maximize the benefits of your plan?

ROGERSVILLE — First Tennessee became unified under the new name of First Horizon Bank on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, under the holding company, First Horizon National Corp.

ROGERSVILLE – In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, First Community Bank of East Tennessee and the Independent Community Bankers of America® are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smar…

You may know you want to leave something behind for the next generation, but, if you’re like many people, you’re less sure about how to do it. Simply put, you need an estate plan. But who can help you create one?

ROGERSVILLE — HDK Industries Inc., a non-woven textiles manufacturer located in the Rogersville Industrial Park, is pleased to announce they have been awarded ISO 9001 certification.

ROGERSVILLE – Like many people, you may spend decades putting money into your IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. But eventually you will want to take this money out – if you must start withdrawing some of it. How can you make the best use of these funds?

ROGERSVILLE — HolstonConnect, a subsidiary of Holston Electric Cooperative that aims to bring gigabit Internet to thousands of unserved residents in rural East Tennessee, has been awarded a $862,017 Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the Holston Electric Cooperative Rural Broadband project.

We’ve still got a couple of months until 2019 draws to a close, but it’s not too early to make some end-of-the-year financial moves. In fact, it may be a good idea to take some of these steps sooner rather than later.

It’s a fairly predictable pattern: When the stock market rises, more people invest, but after a large-scale drop, many of these same people head for the exits. But by staying out of the financial markets, and only putting their money in “safe” vehicles that offer few or no growth prospects, …

KNOXVILLE – Apex Bank has been recognized by the Institute of Extraordinary Banking with the Thought Leader Banky™ Award for Extraordinary Bank Practices, raising the standards of banking with excellence in unique and cutting-edge practices while achieving exemplary financial results.

It’s probably safe to say that many of us are concerned about having enough money to cover our retirement years. In fact, some surveys have shown that we are more frightened of running out of money than we are of dying. What can you do to help alleviate these fears?

ROGERSVILLE — A hayfield, a more than century-old spring house, an iconic barn and two nearby homes have been transformed into a brand-new event venue for people looking for “a different kind of place” to hold wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, company picnics, family reunions or …

For the past several years, artificial intelligence – or AI – has increasingly found a place in many walks of life. Almost certainly, you use some form of AI, whether it’s your time on social media, your use of mobile banking, the navigation system you rely on for directions, or any of the m…

ROGERSVILLE — On Sept. 11, 2019, members of the Rogersville/Hawkins Co. Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to commemorate Allure Spa and Salon joining the Chamber. The salon, which officially opened several months ago, is owned and operated by Kayla Harrell, with Morgan Linkous servin…

MORRISTOWN — First Tennessee Bank, a member of the First Horizon National Corp. family of companies, which also includes Capital Bank, announced this week that Tim Coley has been promoted to community bank president for the Morristown and Greeneville, markets. He will report to Kevin Hefner,…

ROGERSVILLE — What does investing mean to you? If the word makes you think of transactions – buying or selling stocks and bonds – you’re looking at just part of the picture. To work toward all your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need a comprehensive financial strategy. And for …

If you’re in the early stages of your working life – or even in the not-so-early ones – the chances are pretty good that you will change jobs at some point. When that happens, you’ll probably leave a few things behind – but will one of them be your 401(k)?

ROGERSVILLE — Through the generosity of Southside Restaurant, Evangelist D.R. Harrison invited pastors to breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 24, where he was able to share his vision and purpose for the ongoing East Tennessee Awakening tent revival with about 50 attending ministers from Hawkins and…

Between your 401(k) or pension, your IRA and Social Security, you hope to have enough to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle. Yet, you may want, or need, to find other financial resources – one of which might be a fixed annuity, which offers a guaranteed interest rate and can be structu…

Now that summer is winding down, it will soon be “back-to-school” time. When children are young, your logistics for the new academic year may involve little more than a trip to buy school supplies. But if you’d like to send your kids (or grandkids) to college someday, you need to plan far ah…

As a business owner, you can’t afford to ignore your competition. You can’t afford to miss out on the trends affecting your industry. You can’t afford to alienate customers. And here’s one more item to add to the list: You can’t afford not to create a retirement plan for yourself.

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