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Crowe: State, Ballad in talks regarding proprietary information

Above: District 3 State Senator Rusty Crowe (File photo) By Scott Robertson Representatives of Ballad Health are in "constructive talks" with the Tennessee Attorney General's office and the Department of Health regarding an amendment or amendments to a bill that aims to remove many Ballad Health documents from the public record. District 3 State Senator Rusty Crowe sponsored Senate Bill 2048, which removes ...

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Tennessee Issues Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States to Become Ballad Health

Merger Approved after Deliberate and Thorough Public Process NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH today announced the state is officially allowing a merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance by issuing a Certificate of Public Advantage or COPA to their parent company, Ballad Health. An official announcement is expected from the tw ...

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Ron Ramsey hired to lobby for Aerospace Park

Ramsey in the Senate chamber. File photo WCEDC hires former Lt. Gov. to help secure legislative appropriation By Scott Robertson In the gig economy, everybody’s got a side hustle, even former lieutenant governors. Ron Ramsey, the Blountville-based auctioneer who represented Northeast Tennessee in both the State House and Senate before retiring from the position of lieutenant governor last year, has been hir ...

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BrightRidge board votes to seek regulatory approval for high speed broadband project

BrightRidge Board Chair Dr. B.J. King and CEO Jeff Dykes JOHNSON CITY -- BrightRidge Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to seek regulatory approval for a phased, 8-year roll out of high-speed internet, television and phone services to its 78,000-customer service area. 
 “There is no doubt that the essential utility of the 21st century is high-speed internet,” BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said. “Howe ...

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AGC Glass North America to expand operations in Church Hill

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and AGC Glass North America officials announced today that the company will expand its operations Church Hill. The glass manufacturer will invest $40.6 million and create 85 new jobs in Hawkins County. “I want to thank AGC for creating more than 80 new jobs and investing over $40 million in Hawkins County,” Rolfe said. “AGC is ...

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TDOT grants $4.1 million to Aerospace Park

Above: Rendering of completed Aerospace Park courtesy Tri-Cities Airport Authority By Scott Robertson Tri-Cities Airport’s Aerospace Park project will receive a $4.1 million grant from the the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Aeronautics Economic Development Fund. “We are extraordinarily pleased to receive this grant,” said Jon Smith, chairman of the Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA). “We b ...

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Virginia Says “Yes” – Mountain States, Wellmont merger approved with conditions

The Virginia Department of Health has given its blessing to the proposed merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System - with conditions. The letter to the two systems from Virginia Health Commissioner Marissa Levine was published on the VDH website: "I find that by a ...

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Tri-Cities Entrepreneurs: Big ideas, willingness to take risks and can-do attitudes drive the next generation of job creators

Photo above: The participants in the Pitches and Pints event hosted by Start-Up Tri-Cities May 4: Luke Champouillon, Paul Champion, Michael Rice, Ben Collins, grand prize winner John Cowan, Kingsport Mayor John Clark, who presented the check to Cowan, Charles Kunene and James Eaton. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Aspiring entrepreneurs presented ideas, gathered feedback, and in some cases, took ...

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Ballad is back on the clock, but what has changed?

By Jeff Keeling Zero hour is back on the horizon for a state decision on Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance’s proposal to merge. More than four months after an unexpected delay in the process, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) announced May 22 it had deemed the systems’ application for a “Certificate of Public Advantage” (COPA) complete. TDH announced on its initial deadline f ...

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Northeast State/RCAM to launch registered apprenticeship program

Kingsport’s Silgan Closures has partnered with Northeast State to launch a registered apprenticeship program that provides a paycheck and job training at the same time. Four Silgan employees will participate in the four-year program, receiving classroom instruction from the College’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) and on-the-job training from Silgan.  At the end of the program, the worker ...

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