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Eastman Credit Union members receive $14 Million extraordinary dividend

Olan Jones Eastman Credit Union announced Sunday its board of directors has voted to return to members the largest extraordinary dividend in its history, $14 million. That brings the total extraordinary dividend returned since 1998 to more than $132 million, according to Olan Jones, CEO and president. “I appreciate the board of directors for their continued support of the Extraordinary Dividend. The fact th ...

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Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center breaks ground on expansion, announces new Radford University master’s program

It’s been a busy week at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Not only did the center break ground on a $2.6 million expansion of its facility, it also announced it would host a new master’s degree program for Radford University. The expansion, funded by the Virginia General Assembly, will include expansion of the existing testing center, as well as new classrooms and meeting space, a ...

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40 Under Forty Honors Business Community’s 2019 Rising Stars

A crowd of around 300 members of the Tri-Cities business community gathered Oct. 4 to fete this year’s class of young professionals at the 27th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough. “These remarkable young individuals have distinguished themselves not only with their business acumen, but also with their drive to lead, and their commitment to serve the communities in which they l ...

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Dickenson County Named ACT Certified Work Ready Community

(Left to right): Rita Surratt, President and CEO of Dickenson County Chamber and Tourism Director; Cody Mumpower, representative of 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith's Office; Meagan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor for Governor Ralph Northam; Larry Yates, Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority; Denechia Edwards, Director of Special Education, Career and Technical Education at Di ...

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Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

By Dave Ongie On a Tuesday morning in late autumn 2019, Randy Boyd approved significant upgrades to three ballparks occupied by the Appalachian League teams owned an operated by Boyd Sports, LLC. The Greeneville Reds would get a new video board, while the parks the Johnson City Cardinals and Elizabethton Twins call home were in line for major improvements as well. Two days later, a letter arrived from Minor ...

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Region’s bankers are cautiously optimistic heading into 2020

by Scott Robertson Bankers who are stuck in old ways of thinking are as irrelevant as free toasters and Christmas clubs. Twenty years ago, no one would have predicted Dodd-Frank level regulation or the rise of fintech (financial technology) much less the questions regarding banking cannabis-based businesses. Clearly, this is not your father’s banking industry. The last two weeks of October are lobbying seas ...

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Heather Cook reinvents herself – again

by Scott Robertson As a college student, Heather Cook was the first Roan Scholar to graduate East Tennessee State University. As executive director of the Foundation for Northeast State Community College, she oversaw an effort that more than doubled annual contributions. As executive director of Healthy Kingsport, she led the effort to have the city earn the Haslam administration’s Healthier City designatio ...

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Speedway Children’s Charities announces $900k+ in donations

Children throughout the region will benefit from the most successful fundraising effort by the Bristol Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities since 2016. Executive Director Claudia Byrd announced at the recent Night of Smiles event that BMS’ SCC chapter raised a total of $920,851 during the 2019 calendar year that will be distributed to 103 rural-area child-focused agencies throughout North ...

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$5 Million Gift to fund Career Center at Emory & Henry

John van Vlissingen Emory & Henry College announced at its fall Board of Trustees meeting that it received a gift of $5 million from The van Vlissingen Student Foundation to create The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development at Emory & Henry College. The gift will support the College’s new strategic initiatives, “Pivot Toward the Future” 2020-23, that was approved at the meetin ...

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NeTREP luncheon focuses on putting regionalism into action

NeTREP CEO Mitch Miller introduces Mike Brenneman, who was visiting Tannery Knobs Bike Park from his home in Pennsylvania. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie, News Editor The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Parntership (NeTREP) investor update luncheon last Friday offered plenty of opportunity to reflect upon encouraging economic data high atop Tannery Knobs Bike Park, which is a recent success story i ...

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