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Carrico, Q’Quinn to carry casino referendum legislation

Delegate Israel O’Quinn listens as State Senator Bill Carrico briefs reporters on plans for the bills to authorize a referendum in Bristol on the casino. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Calling themselves the two least likely Virginia state legislators to carry gambling legislation, Delegate Israel O’Quinn and State Senator Bill Carrico announced they would, nevertheless, do just that. At a news ...

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The Bloom Farm, LLC Receives VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant

Above: Mitzi Sykes, economic development director, Dickenson County; Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel; Steven Baker, owner, The Bloom Farm; Geena Phipps, The Bloom Farm; and Tim Blankenbecler, director of the Small Business Development Center, Mountain Empire Community College. A veteran of the coal and oil industries is trading in his energy career for an entrepreneurial venture i ...

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Regional ACOs generate cumulative $100+ million in Medicare savings

Above: Rich Panek Since 2012, Qualuable and AnewCare, two Accountable Care Organizations in the region,  have generated more than $100 million in Medicare savings between them. Recently, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released performance year 2017 results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). 472 MSSP Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) across the country participated and 159 (or 34 p ...

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Ballad Health creating regional trauma system, adding pediatric emergency and trauma services

By Scott Robertson The Ballad Health board unanimously approved plans to create a trauma and emergency care system designed to improve the overall access to services system-wide through realignment of resources. Concurrently, Ballad will offer a new range of pediatric services at Johnson City Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.                   Alan Levine, Ba ...

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State green lights new surgery center for Holston Medical Group

by Jeff Keeling A large physician practice group has won state permission to build a $10 million ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in Kingsport. Meadowview Surgery Center will compete directly with Ballad Health, which is sharply limited in its ability to oppose such endeavors. A new company representing Holston Medical Group received a certificate of need (CON) Oct. 24 for the center, in which it expects to ...

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McCord honored by Leadership Kingsport

The Kingsport Chamber’s Leadership Kingsport program is proud to honor business leader and community volunteer CeeGee McCord as the newest recipient of the Distinguished Leadership award.  A native of Kingsport, past Kingsport Chamber chair, a 1999 graduate of Leadership Kingsport, McCord is the global public and community affairs director at Eastman. “CeeGee McCord means so much to this community,” city of ...

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Bristol2040 visioning process underway

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol2040 Steering Committee, together with partners in government, education, healthcare and business have embarked upon a long-term strategic community and economic development planning process in order to create a shared vision for Bristol’s future growth and an action and implementation plan to achieve it. Bristol2040 has hired Market Street Services, Inc., a co ...

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Washington, Sullivan mayors form joint task force to promote cooperation

Above: Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable (Contributed) Noting the successful joint local government management of Tri-Cities Airport and freshly broken ground on Aerospace Park, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable and Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy are establishing a working committee to explore new areas for regional cooperation. As a fresh step in fostering ...

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Centerra awarded security contract at Nuclear Fuel Services

(Photo contributed) Constellis, a leading provider of operational support and risk management services, announced on Tuesday that Centerra (a Constellis company) has been selected to provide physical security for Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS) in Erwin, Tennessee. This contract has a five-year base followed by three-year and two-year options. “Centerra is proud to be awarded this important contract to sa ...

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