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Pulaski County United Way and United Way of Southwest Virginia complete merger

Travis Staton, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Virginia, announced the merger Monday, September 10, 2018. Pulaski County United Way along with United Way of Southwest Virginia announced today that they have combined forces as one organization committed to improving lives and creating lasting community-level change across the region. Details of the merger were presented during a news conference ...

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Guest Editorial: History of self-determination illuminates region’s path forward

by Fred McClellan Regionalism is a frequent topic of discussion within our greater Tri-Cities Region. Too often, that discussion is limited by the boundaries that separate us. We must define who we are and share those truths with the world. Among those truths, is that centered within the Tri-Cities Region of Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol we have a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). But, we lost tha ...

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Ballad Health donates EMS property to Greene County

Above, (L-R): T.J. Manis, EMS operations director; Calvin Hawkins, EMS director; Greene County Mayor David Crum; Tammy Albright, Takoma Regional Hospital’s chief executive officer; Rex Johnson, advanced emergency medical technician; and Jeff Johnson, emergency medical technician/paramedic. The Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Service substation building on Coolidge Street has a new owner. Officia ...

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Education to Employment Summit scheduled for today

Students meet employers at the Career Quest event, another education/employment program of the First Tennessee Development District. A regional Education to Employment Summit (E2E) is being held today at Grace Meadows Farm in Washington County, Tenn. The event is designed to bring together k-12 and post-secondary educational leaders, business and industry leaders, economic and workforce development professi ...

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GO Virginia Region One project approved for funding

The GO Virginia State Board at its Aug. 14 meeting, accepted the approval of an enhanced capacity building project that will promote Southwest Virginia’s workforce and bring new jobs to the region. The SWVA Hub Link proposal was recently recommended by the Region One Council for administrative approval to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The proposal was approved for $27,547 in ...

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Northeast State, King University sign dual admission agreement

Northeast State President James King (left) and King President Dr. Alexander Whitaker The presidents of Northeast State Community College and King University  signed an agreement Aug. 21 providing qualified Northeast State students with dual enrollment and guaranteed admission to King. The signing took place on the campus of Northeast State.   “Research has indicated that students who complete an associate’ ...

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ETSU plans to purchase Millennium Centre

The Johnson City Commission this evening will consider ending the city's lease of Millennium Centre from the Johnson City Public Building Authority so the PBA can sell the Millennium Centre and its adjoining properties to the state of Tennessee for $5,824,584. Should the city approve the resolutions this evening, the PBA must still give 90 days notice to Sodexo, which operates the property, before the sale ...

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GO Virginia hosts Region One grant workshop

Robyn Lee Parties interested in applying for Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO VA) grants were walked through the process by the regional program director at a Monday event in Abingdon. Robyn Lee had good news for the gathered individuals, including the fact that this year, more money is available to Region One (Southwest Virginia) than was available last year. There are two main pools of m ...

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Opportunity Knocks: $1 million grant to help ACFCU revitalize neighborhoods

ACFCU CEO Ron Scott A $1 million grant will help Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) and partners to revitalize neighborhoods and allow more than 100 low and moderate-income families to purchase or renovate homes over the next five years in the greater Tri-Cities. The U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund’s “Capital Magnet Fund” award supports affordable housing activities that attract private capital to ...

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