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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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Ramsey Agriculture Center opens for business

Photo above: Ron Ramsey poses in front of the newly opened center, May 20. A new meeting facility available to businesses and organizations began operations last month, bearing a familiar name. Before a crowd of nearly 300 people, the Ron Ramsey Agriculture Center near the Tri-Cities airport officially opened its doors May 20. “For many years, I served not only the people of Sullivan County, but also the ci ...

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Moret pitches a new vision for Southwest Virginia: “We must succeed where other states have failed.”

Stephen Moret outlines his economic agenda for Southwest Virginia at the SWVA Economic Forum, May 10. Photos by Tim Cox Photo/Graphics By Scott Robertson Stephen Moret brought a simple message to the SWVA Economic Forum at UVa-Wise May 10: Southwest Virginia no longer ends at Roanoke in the minds of the Commonwealth’s economic development partnership. Moret, who was named the VEDP’s CEO last November, outli ...

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Emory & Henry launches unique PA program

Photo above: Ryan Short receives his white coat at the Lincoln Theatre ceremony May 22. Photo courtesy Emory & Henry College By Scott Robertson Thirty first-year students donned white coats for the first time to inaugurate a one-of-a-kind program at Emory & Henry May 22. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies’ first class will center its studies at the Marion, Va., campus once owned by Mounta ...

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VCEDA: Sykes acquisition of Frontier Secure will not affect VCEDA loan payment

Photo above: Officials with Frontier Secure, the Wise County IDA and the Virginia Coalfields Economic Development Authority pose with a $5.6 million check last June in Wise. Photo by Tim Cox Photo/Graphics By Scott Robertson Sykes Enterprises acquisition of Frontier Secure, formerly a division of Frontier Communications, will not affect the repayment of the $5.6 million Virginia Coalfield Economic Developme ...

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Micronic Technologies creating a ripple effect in Southwest Virginia’s workforce

Photo above: The Micronic Technologies team The second in a series of articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia Necessity is the mother of invention, and fewer needs are greater than the need for clean water. That need inspired Karen Sorber and her husband Kelly Rock to start Micronic Technologies in 2008. Sorber said, “In 2007, a year prior to marrying my husband, I was in Peru on a humanitarian vis ...

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Writer’s legacy isn’t what it should be, and it’s our fault

By Scott Robertson I noticed something unusual during Memorial Day lunch. On the TV in the corner of the restaurant, ESPN was running a “breaking news” crawl in the holiday baseball game, and giving credit to another media outlet for the story. There were a couple of things unusual about that. First, ESPN is infamous in media circles for stealing other people’s stories and attributing the news to “sources.” ...

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Frontier Secure’s sale to SYKES will not affect VCEDA loan payments: Belcher

Officials with Frontier Secure, VCEDA and the Wise County IDA pose with a $5.6 million check, June 29, 2016. Thursday, May 25, 4:30 p.m. – The anticipated sale of Frontier Communications’ subsidiary Frontier Secure to Sykes Enterprises will not affect the repayment of a $5.6 million Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority loan that had paved the way for Frontier Secure to open its Wise, Va., facil ...

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Brimhall to occupy Pure Foods building, produce snack foods

Photo: It’s out with the Pure Foods chickpea cheezpuffs and in with the Brim’s pork rinds in Kingsport. By Scott Robertson Brimhall Foods, Inc., of Bartlett, Tenn., won a March 7 auction to acquire the assets of Kingsport, Tenn.-based Pure Foods. The maker of the Brim’s brand of snack foods will occupy the building in the Gateway Commerce Park near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 26, employing the re ...

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Aggressive approach: Bobby Rolfe wants to keep the good times rolling

Photo: Bobby Rolfe addresses the crowd at a town hall meeting in Kingsport March 15. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Economic development in Tennessee is on a roll, and the new man heading up the state’s efforts in that regard says he’s not about to do anything to slow that trend. Former investment banker Bob Rolfe (he introduces himself as Bobby) told a crowd of economic developers, elected off ...

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