Former Bristol Chamber board chair-elect takes over as president and CEOBeth Rhinehart Switches Seats:

Former Bristol Chamber board chair-elect takes over as president and CEOBeth Rhinehart Switches Seats:

By Scott Robertson Beth Rhinehart was in line to become the next chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Instead, she became its next president and CEO. During the entire tenure ...

Alpha Natural Resources files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Alpha Natural Resources files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Scott Robertson Leaving many observers surprised at how quickly the action was taken, Bristol, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy prot ...

Food City heads southwest with BI-LO acquisition

Food City heads southwest with BI-LO acquisition

By Jeff Keeling To say Food City made a splash last month when it announced its intention to acquire 29 BI-LO supermarkets in the Chattanooga market would be an understatement. The ...

TVA outlines Boone Dam repair plan: Opportunities for local business touted

TVA outlines Boone Dam repair plan: Opportunities for local business touted

By Scott Robertson The Tennessee Valley Authority held a series of meetings July 30 to announce its plan to address seepage issues at Boone Dam. After meeting with elected official ...

Hard truths about Boone Dam

Hard truths about Boone Dam

By Scott Robertson To all the good people who live or work on or around Boone Lake and whose quality of life has been impacted by the lowering of the lake levels for repairs on Boo ...

Let’s keep shaking it up in business-education partnerships

Let’s keep shaking it up in business-education partnerships

By Jeff Keeling I have a young friend who started the 10th grade early this month. I ran into him, and his younger brother who was starting 9th grade, their first morning of school ...

Former Bristol Chamber board chair-elect takes over as president and CEOBeth Rhinehart Switches Seats:

By Scott Robertson Beth Rhinehart was in line to become the next chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Instead, she became its next president and CEO. During the entire tenure of the previous president, Joy Madison, and for several years prior, Rhinehart had been involved with the Chamber in several roles while working as director of government relations for Wellmont Health System, lobbying for that org ...

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Alpha Natural Resources files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Scott Robertson Leaving many observers surprised at how quickly the action was taken, Bristol, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aug. 3. As late as four months ago, the coal mining company had reported having $476 million in cash. Immediately after filing, Alpha began assuring customers and vendors it plans to continue to conduct “business as usual” ...

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Food City heads southwest with BI-LO acquisition

By Jeff Keeling To say Food City made a splash last month when it announced its intention to acquire 29 BI-LO supermarkets in the Chattanooga market would be an understatement. The purchase, expected to close this fall (terms are undisclosed), increases the Abingdon, Va.-based company’s store count by nearly a third, from 93 to 122. “Food City has gotten its game pretty sharp,” Progressive Grocer Content Ed ...

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TVA outlines Boone Dam repair plan: Opportunities for local business touted

By Scott Robertson The Tennessee Valley Authority held a series of meetings July 30 to announce its plan to address seepage issues at Boone Dam. After meeting with elected officials and the media, John McCormick, TVA vice president of Safety, River Management and Environment told a crowd of just over 300 at a public information session in Johnson City, “We have benchmarked this project. We have looked at ma ...

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Hard truths about Boone Dam

By Scott Robertson To all the good people who live or work on or around Boone Lake and whose quality of life has been impacted by the lowering of the lake levels for repairs on Boone Dam: It’s sad and unfortunate that you are having to go through this. Please know the rest of us sympathize with you. We hope and pray TVA can beat its projected time frame for repairs. Having said that, there is a very importa ...

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Let’s keep shaking it up in business-education partnerships

By Jeff Keeling I have a young friend who started the 10th grade early this month. I ran into him, and his younger brother who was starting 9th grade, their first morning of school and wound up taking them to lunch that day. Sandwiched around the sandwiches and boneless wings were trips to an out-of-the-way street in a poorer part of Johnson City lined with tiny houses. The boys, along with another brother ...

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Would you like kale chips with that? Pure Foods moving toward production

By Jeff Keeling As Kingsport aims to radically improve its community health status, it is set to become home to a leading healthy snack producer. Vancouver, B.C.-based Pure Foods announced in March it would locate production, along with research and development, at a new plant in Kingsport’s Gateway Commerce Park. Likely before year’s end, employees will begin making the likes of cheese puffs with 50 percen ...

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The newest oxymoron: Greek discipline

“Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.” -  Epictetus Perhaps the citizens of Greece should brush up on the writings of one of their venerable philosophers. Epictetus knew about discipline. So why has his country forgotten it? You could call the Greek voters the Oxi morons. The electorate of Greece voted overwhelmingly to reject a European Union bailou ...

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Moving the Needle on Health

Healthy Kingsport looks to decrease rates of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease By Sarah Colson, Jeff Keeling and Scott Robertson Numbers don’t lie, and when those numbers pertain to the health of Tennesseans – and particularly to East Tennesseans – they aren’t kind. Alarmingly high rates of adult-onset diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other chronic, largely preventable maladies cost the ...

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