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As businesses reopen, northeast Tennessee mayors urge citizens to take responsibility for their own health

On April 28, the mayors of Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport and all of Carter, Sullivan and Washington counties in Tennessee published a joint letter asking citizens to assist in a “responsible reopening of business in their communities. The text follows: April 28, 2020  Citizens of Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport and all of Carter, Sullivan and Washington counties:   As our cit ...

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RCAM apprentices stay on pace with proctored online testing

Above: RCAM and Northeast State Testing Services moved proctored testing online for students. Photo courtesy Northeast State As Coronavirus/COVID-19 forced a national shutdown, colleges sought new ways to engage students and deliver content online. The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) of Northeast State partnered with the college’s Office of Testing Services to keep apprentice students on t ...

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Tennessee issues guidelines for limited economic re-opening

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Friday a set of guidelines by which Tennessee businesses may begin the process of re-opening. “Like the rest of the country, Tennessee has taken an unprecedented economic hit with families and small businesses feeling the most pain,” Lee said. “We must stay vigilant as a state, continue to practice social distancing, and engage in best practices at our businesses s ...

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New fund announced to support regional small businesses impacted by COVID crisis

By Scott Robertson Small businesses in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia that are worried about how to keep the doors open as the COVID-19 crisis continues have a new potential source of funding. Several regional organizations and businesses Friday launched the Local Business Recovery Fund. The fund will raise money over the next month and distribute those funds to businesses with 50 or fewer emplo ...

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Greeneville Community Hospital announces changes to cardiac care

A significant drop in elective procedures at the interventional cardiology program at Greeneville Community Hospital has led Ballad Health System administrators to push forward the timeline of changes to cardiac care there. “As we were planning for the future growth of our cardiology program, the issues presented by the pandemic have caused us to accelerate certain plans in the interest of good patient care ...

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Ballad Health to furlough 1,300; hopes to bring all back after crisis ends

Above: Alan Levine, Ballad Health Chairman and CEO By Scott Robertson Ballad Health will begin implementing furloughs Friday for around 1,300 employees, Chairman and CEO Alan Levine said Wednesday. Levine said the system had considered several models regarding crisis staffing levels and had chosen to furlough some workers so those workers could collect the extra unemployment benefits offered through the CAR ...

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A note to our readers, advertisers and subscribers

While we must grudgingly accept the new normal within the business community for at least the next few weeks, we don’t have to like it. So, please be aware that The Business Journal and maintain our commitment to providing you with news and information to help you do business, even if you (and we) are doing it from remote locations. We are fortunate that if this pandemic had to hit, it hit in a ...

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Mayors’ task force delineates potential benefits of regional economic development

Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable. Photos by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson A Blue Ribbon Task Force formed by the mayors of Sullivan and Washington counties in Northeast Tennessee has identified several areas in which significant gains can be made by taking a regional approach to economic development issues. The task force was formed by Sullivan County Mayor R ...

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ETSU rolls out new need-based scholarship program beginning Fall 2020 

Dr. Brian Noland introduces the ETSU Promise Plus program at a Jan. 17 news conference. Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson East Tennessee State University will begin offering four-year “last-dollar” scholarships and extensive assistance to incoming freshmen this fall. The ETSU Promise Plus program is an attempt to take price out of low-income students’ decision of where to go to college. It is also ...

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