More than 400 lose power after car crashes into utility pole on Lafayette

Lafayette Drive Utility Pole Crash

A car crashed into a utility pole on Lafayette Drive early Monday afternoon, knocking out power to 441 customers.

More than 400 customers lost power early Monday afternoon after a car crashed into a utility pole on Lafayette Drive, officials said.

The driver was reportedly taken to a medical center to be examined but appeared to have escaped major injuries, officials said.

The crash, which snapped a utility pole at an intersection with Midway Lane, was reported to the Oak Ridge Electric Department at about 1:20 p.m.

The Electric Department reported that 441 customers lost power. Most were in the Woodland neighborhood along the so-called “P” streets and Quincy Avenue. [Read more...]

ORNL Federal Credit Union appoints marketing, communications VP

Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith

ORNL Federal Credit Union has named a vice president of brand, marketing, and communications strategy.

The new vice president, Tommy Smith, will be responsible for strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the credit union’s branding, marketing, and communications, as well as the enhancement and growth of the ORNL FCU brand, a press release said. Smith will report directly to ORNL FCU’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Melodie Godfrey.

“We are committed to delivering enhanced value to our members, which includes building an internal team of talented, experienced, and caring financial service professionals,” Godfrey said. “Tommy Smith will play a key role in ensuring that ORNL FCU continues to deliver on this promise to our members and the communities we serve.” [Read more...]

ORNL FCU donates sweepstakes winnings to Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. with ORNL Federal Credit Union Sweepstakes Winnings

ORNL Federal Credit Union collected thousands of dollars worth of electronics and household goods during the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Dash sponsored by PSCU,  and the credit union donated its winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge on Thursday, Feb. 6.

PSCU, the nation’s leading Credit Union Service Organization, or CUSO, conceived and fully sponsored the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Sweepstakes as a way to give their member-owner credit unions, including ORNL FCU, the shopping thrill of a lifetime, a press release said.

ORNL FCU members were encouraged to register their contact information on their credit union’s CURewards loyalty program website, the press release said. By using their ORNL FCU credit or debit card during the sweepstakes eligibility period, members’ names were automatically entered in a series of eight weekly drawings. [Read more...]

ORNL Federal Credit Union employees, members sponsor 55 Angel Tree children

ORNL Federal Credit Union and Angel Tree

Pictured above from left to right are Robert Langford, Silas Reynolds, and
Brian Cox of ORNL Federal Credit Union’s Facilities Department, and Jason Long, Oak Ridge branch manager. (Submitted photo)

Each year, employees and members of ORNL Federal Credit Union support the Family Resource Center’s Angel Tree program as one way to give back to the Oak Ridge community, and 2013 was no exception, a press release said.

“Our involvement in the Angel Tree program is truly one of the highlights of each year for many of our employees,” said Jason Long, Oak Ridge branch manager. ”This year, we committed to sponsoring 55 children, and we were fortunate to have gifts donated for each and every one.” [Read more...]

Small business cash mob at Hot Bagel at lunchtime Thursday

Hot Bagel

An Oak Ridge-based credit union is having its next small business cash mob at Hot Bagel Co. at lunchtime Thursday.

An Oak Ridge-based credit union is having its next small business cash mob at Hot Bagel Co. at lunchtime Thursday.

The cash mob is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The first 30 people there will receive a free $20 gift card courtesy of ORNL Federal Credit Union. There is a limit of one per family or couple. Other special offers will also be available.

It’s the credit union’s Small Business Counts Cash Mob, which started in late July, and the first one at lunch.

Hot Bagel Co. was selected thanks to multiple nominations led by ORNL Federal Credit Union member Mark Medley, a press release said. Hot Bagel is located at 1155 Oak Ridge Turnpike in the Manhattan Place shopping center. [Read more...]

ORNL FCU donates $65,000 to United Way, a 65 percent increase

ORNL Federal Credit Union and United Way of Anderson County

Pictured above from left to right are Lisa Thompson and Chris Boler, co-chairs of ORNL Federal Credit Union employee campaign; Leslie Daugherty, ORNL FCU loaned executive; and Edwena and Charles Crowe, 2013 UWAC campaign chair family. (Photo courtesy United Way of Anderson County)

Each fall, ORNL Federal Credit Union employees help raise funds for the United Way of Anderson County, and  donations this year were up more than 65 percent, a press release said.

ORNL FCU raised roughly $66,000, the release said. The money came from employee donations, ORNL FCU’s corporate donation, and an interactive employee auction site. The fundraising total was up significantly from 2012.

The theme of this year’s internal fundraising effort was Uni and Ted Way’s Excellent Adventure, a parody of the movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the release said. [Read more...]

ORNL Federal Credit Union names new assistant VP of mortgage

Cissi Reagan

Cissi Reagan

ORNL Federal Credit Union has announced the leadership transition of Cissi Reagan to the newly created position of assistant vice president of mortgage.

In this new role, Reagan will be primarily responsible for the day to day operations of the overall mortgage department within the credit union’s mortgage lending CUSO–CU Community LLC.

“Cissi Reagan is a passionate employee and an instrumental leader within this organization, and we look forward to her continued development in this new role,” said Larry Jackson, president and chief operating officer of CU Community LLC. [Read more...]

Next Small Business Counts cash mob a ‘double feature’ at Ritz, Hoskins

The next Small Business Counts cash mobs will be in Clinton on Thursday, a “double feature” at two businesses next door to each other: Hoskins Drug Store and the Ritz Theatre.

The cash mobs, which encourage people to meet and spend money at local businesses, are being organized by ORNL Federal Credit Union. [Read more...]

Two Knox robberies solved with arrests of Clinton men

Information from WYSH Radio

Two Clinton men were arrested Wednesday on charges stemming from two, unrelated Knox County bank robberies.

The first robbery occurred Saturday morning at the ORNL Federal Credit Union branch on Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Authorities say that 32-year-old Jason Ronald Brown walked into the branch Saturday morning, said he had a bomb, and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash but left the purported bomb behind. The Knoxville Police Department’s Bomb Squad determined that it was not a real bomb. [Read more...]

Razzleberry’s picked for Small Business Counts cash mob

ORNL Federal Credit Union has picked Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen for its second Small Business Counts “cash mob,” and it’s scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at Razzleberry’s, which is at 201 Jackson Square in Oak Ridge.

The Small Business Counts Cash Mob program was created to recognize and show support for all local merchants in the 16 counties that ORNL Federal Credit Union serves. The program includes the promotion and support of various local businesses each month and will continue throughout the next year.

At the event, the first 30 people will receive a $20 gift card to use on ice cream or any merchandise within the store, courtesy of ORNL Federal Credit Union.

Razzleberry’s picked for Small Business Counts cash mob on Wednesday

John Schroer, Tom Beehan, and Mark Watson at Razzleberry's

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer, left, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, center, and City Manager Mark Watson outside Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen in October 2012.

ORNL Federal Credit Union has picked Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen for its second Small Business Counts “cash mob.”

Razzleberry’s was originally a small ice cream parlor, and it is owned by Waldek and Ilona Kaczocha, who moved their business from Pompano Beach to Jackson Square in Oak Ridge more than seven years ago, a press release said.

“Since then, the little neighborhood spot has slowly grown into a full restaurant serving lunch and desserts daily (and breakfast on Saturdays), while also featuring a number of homemade international food products and unique gift items,” the release said. [Read more...]

ORNL Federal Credit Union launches small business cash mob campaign

ORNL Federal Credit Union recently announced it has launched a Small Business Counts cash mob campaign, and it was scheduled to start this month.

A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases as a gesture of support for that business as well as the overall community, a press release said. The credit union’s grassroots program, Small Business Counts, is designed to help local merchants in the 16 East Tennessee communities that it serves through the use of promotion, social networking, and even direct financial support. [Read more...]