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The Business Journal Q&A: Brian Noland

Noland walks between the Millennium Centre, which the university is purchasing, and the construction site of the Martin Center for the Arts. Drone photography by Abbie Forrest by Scott Robertson East Tennessee State University is the largest institution of higher education in the region, and has been so for more than a century. Founded in 1911 to train teachers to educate the citizens of Northeast Tennessee ...

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Kingsport among Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award winners

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), announced Tuesday the winners of the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards. The fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum and Expo is being held at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville. “Sustainable transportation is an important factor in public ...

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Unicoi Announces New Programs under Recently Awarded Rural Business Development Grant

A northeast Tennessee town is putting federal grant dollars toward entrepreneurial training. The town of Unicoi was awarded a $20,500 grant from USDA Rural Development for entrepreneurial training programs for food-related businesses. The town has scheduled a series of workshops for food-based business owners beginning this fall at the Mountain Harvest Kitchen and continue through the spring of 2019. The Mo ...

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JCDA board votes to purchase John Sevier Building

Robert Williams, president of the Johnson City Development Authority Board of Directors, announced on Friday that the board had voted to enter into a contract to purchase the John Sevier Building, which can be seen over Williams' right shoulder. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie When the Hotel John Sevier opened its doors back in August of 1924, the building quickly became the hub of a thriving downtown. It ...

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Northeast State, RCAM, manufacturers expanding apprenticeship program

The Northeast State Community College Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) is quickly finding more takers for its apprenticeship program. The program combines on-the-job training at the facilities of a partnering employer along with classroom-based related technical instruction at the RCAM in downtown Kingsport. Currently, the RCAM is offering apprenticeship programs for mechatronics technician ...

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Miyake opens new 45,000-square-foot plant at Phipps Bend

Miyake Forging North America Corporation held the grand opening of its Surgoinsville, Tenn., plant in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park Friday. Company executives including Chairman Kazuhito Fukui and President Akitoshi Fujikawa expressed excitement, while dignitaries from local governments, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations pledged to do whatever they could to ensure Miyake’s succes ...

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The American Legends Golf Tournament Drives $56.6 Million in Donations for Mountain Mission Schoo

Pictured, left to right: Jerry West, Betsy King, Peyton Manning, Lanny Wadkins, Dan Marino, Ted Wood, Marc Eubanks, Lorena Ochoa, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Jim McGlothlin, Fran McGlothlin and Tim Finchem. One legendary day just generated a century’s worth of good. The American Legends for Mountain Mission Kids, an all-star charitable golf tournament held today at The Olde Farm in Bristol, Vir ...

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Pulaski County United Way and United Way of Southwest Virginia complete merger

Travis Staton, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, announced the merger Monday, September 10, 2018. Pulaski County United Way along with United Way of Southwest Virginia announced today that they have combined forces as one organization committed to improving lives and creating lasting community-level change across the region. Details of the merger were presented during a news conference ...

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Guest Editorial: History of self-determination illuminates region’s path forward

by Fred McClellan Regionalism is a frequent topic of discussion within our greater Tri-Cities Region. Too often, that discussion is limited by the boundaries that separate us. We must define who we are and share those truths with the world. Among those truths, is that centered within the Tri-Cities Region of Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol we have a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). But, we lost tha ...

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