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World’s brightest robotics students descend on Kingsport

More than 1,200 college and high school students from around the world gathered at the Kingsport Aquatic Center last week for the 18th MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) International ROV Competition. Seventy teams took part in a multi-tasked competition in which they designed, built and operated robots to perform a series of tasks simulating actions that would be taken by underwater dam repair rob ...

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Tusculum University granted authority to offer doctorates

Dr. James Hurley, Tusculum University’s president, delivers the news that Tusculum is now classified as a Level V higher education institution. Tusculum University has achieved another significant milestone in its vision to develop the Niswonger College of Optometry as a national leader in contemporary eye care with its receipt of the green light to offer doctoral degrees. The Southern Association of Colleg ...

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Ballad takes center stage at FTC COPA workshop in Washington

Above: Janet Kleinfelter of the Tennessee Attorney General’s office and Scott Fowler, CEO of Holston Medical Group By Jeff Keeling Editor’s note: The July Business Journal’s print edition will feature a deeper dive on the FTC’s June 18 workshop on the impact of COPAs in healthcare markets. Bjournal.com will have the most comprehensive coverage once the July print edition is released. Replacing health care c ...

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Downtown Bristol’s First Nationally Branded Hotel Breaks Ground on State Street

Aimbridge Hospitality, the nation’s largest hotel management firm, and Tenneva, a local real estate company, held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 7 for a new Holiday Inn and Suites by IHG. A group of 60 business and community representatives gathered at the construction site for the official launch of the $20 million project, situated directly adjacent to the Bristol Chamber of Commerce near the intersecti ...

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Workforce development a hot topic during Roe’s roundtable discussions

By Dave Ongie Congressman Phil Roe spent most of his day recently listening to the concerns of his constituents during three separate roundtable discussions held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. Roe heard from manufacturers, women in business and construction professionals during the three sessions, and workforce development was a common thread that ran through all three meetings. After opening his ma ...

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NFIB endorses O’Quinn

The NFIB Virginia PAC, the political action committee of the small business advocacy organization, has announced its endorsement of Delegate Israel O’Quinn, who is seeking re-election to Virginia’s 5th House District seat. The NFIB Virginia PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. “Delegate O’Quinn has a proven track record of supporting small businesses,” said Nicole Riley, NFIB’s state director for V ...

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ETSU to host September regional economic forum

By Scott Robertson Regionalism will be top-of-mind when East Tennessee State University hosts an economic forum tentatively scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Millennium Center in Johnson City. Eastman Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer and Corporate Secretary David Golden was the first to confirm plans for the forum, saying several private sector entities have been discussing the poss ...

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