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NETTA announces 2020 Pinnacle Award winners

Above: Kayla Carter holds a trophy presented to organizers of the Meet the Mountains Festival. The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association has announced the 2020 winners of the Pinnacle Awards. Festival or Event of the Year honors went to the Meet the Mountains Festival promoted by the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership and Tell It To Me: The Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Celebration ...

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The DC, United

How Food City pulled together around its Abingdon distribution center to handle the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by Scott Robertson While many of the region’s businesses were deciding whether to find ways for their employees to work from home during mid to late March, grocery stores did not have that option. Business boomed, and because everyone has to eat, grocery stores became the most e ...

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Higher Education 2020

Unprecedented challenges, but surprisingly strong fall enrollment projections After spring break 2020, almost every college and university in America switched from on-campus delivery of classes to online coursework. Students were, in most cases, allowed to watch recordings of individual class meetings if they were unable to attend “in person” via Zoom or other online platform, creating “asynchronous learnin ...

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Local Business Recovery Fund grants awarded

by Scott Robertson Officials representing several Chambers of Commerce in the region as well as the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership and NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership distributed the first round of grant checks from the Local Business Recovery Fund May 29 – June 4. The first grants to regional businesses struggling from the economic fallout of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic were anno ...

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Tennesseans Favor Republican Candidates but are Divided on the Partisan Question of Voting by Mail

The Tennessee Poll, conducted late last month by the Applied Social Research Lab at East Tennessee State University, sought to take a snapshot of the state’s potential voters in advance of the 2020 general election. At this time, it is impossible to predict who will vote in November, but 52.8% of the eligible voting population in Tennessee cast a ballot in 2016, so turnout could be similar in 2020. The Tenn ...

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Asian giant hornet not expected to be in Virginia for the foreseeable future

Pictured above, the Asian Giant Hornet While there have been a couple of sightings of Vespa mandarinia — commonly called the Asian giant hornet — in North America, there have not been any sightings in Virginia or on the East Coast. The hornet was first seen in North America in fall 2019 when it was spotted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and was subsequently destroyed. At the time, no further Asian ...

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Poll Finds That Tennesseeans Are Hesitant To Immediately Return To Normal Day-To-Day Activities

Tennesseans are closely following news about the COVID-19 pandemic. They express concern about themselves or a loved one being infected and they are making choices accordingly, finds the most recent Tennessee Poll. The Applied Social Research Lab (ASRL) at East Tennessee State University surveyed 618 Tennesseans from April 22-May 1, 2020, about their thoughts, concerns and actions related to COVID-19. This ...

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Ensemble to fine-tune Ballad’s revenue cycle management

By Scott Robertson Ballad Health and Ensemble Health Partners announced Thursday morning a partnership that will bring up to 500 new jobs to the region in the next five years. Around 1,100 Ballad employees in the areas of revenue cycle management will become employees of Ensemble, which has committed to building (or occupying an existing property to house) a service hub in which to expand. Ensemble will ass ...

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