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First job fair held for displaced Bristol Compressors employees

The parking lot of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center was full Friday, Aug. 10, as displaced employees of Bristol Compressors met with representatives of 48 employers. Bristol Compressors announced July 31 it would close its Washington County, Tenn., plant, eliminating 470 jobs. The Aug. 10 job fair, which was sponsored by the Virginia Employment Commission, Washington County Virginia, the New R ...

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Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College has named Francis Canedo as dean of the Humanities division.   Canedo is a tenured associate professor of Spanish, currently serving as chair of the Foreign Languages Department. She succeeds outgoing dean William Wilson, who retired in June.   “I’m ecstatic to lead the faculty of the Humanities division,” said Canedo. “I feel our faculty is the absolute best on campus.”   ...

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Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

by Scott Robertson Bristol Compressors executives told the company’s 470 employees in Washington County, Va., on July 31 the plant there will close in 60 days. The company was required by The U.S. Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act to notify to Washington County government of its plans. Whitney Bonham Czelusniak, economic development director for the county said t ...

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Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, World Long Drive bring superstars, family fun

Smokey Robinson will put on a special performance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Children’s healthcare in our region will soon get a boost in the form of championship golf, a legendary singer – and a lot of family fun. The World Long Drive event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, with the Tennessee Big Shots men’s preliminary rounds at Cattails at Meadowview in Kin ...

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Wize Solutions aims to bring NoVa work to RoVa

Wize Solutions executive team (L-R) Mark Eschle, Dario Marquez, Wendy Marquez, Jeff Pittges. Since the tech revolution turned Northern Virginia into the eastern version of Silicon Valley, the Commonwealth has often been referred to as NoVa (Northern Virginia) and RoVa (the rest of Virginia). Now a NoVa couple is aiming to bring work from NoVa to RoVa, specifically, Abingdon. "We don't need any more people i ...

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Covenant Transportation Group completes acquisition of Landair

It was announced on Thursday morning that Covenant Transportation Group has completed its acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, CTG purchased all of Landair’s outstanding stock in exchange for approximately $83 million in cash. Landair was founded in 1981 by Scott Niswonger and Ed Sayler. Presently, Landair operates approximately 430 trucks and 900 trailers and manages 12 d ...

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Hall of Fame line-up promised for Mountain Mission School fundraiser

Jim McGlothlin Eight years ago, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player headlined a fund-raiser golf tournament at the Olde Farm that raised $15.1 million for the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va. Round two is upcoming. A tournament that organizer and long-time Mountain Mission School supporter Jim McGlothlin says will feature 10 Hall of Famers from several sports will be held on the same course S ...

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United Way of SW Va receives $250,000 from GO Va for IGNITE program

Southwest Virginia Teachers tour Mohawk Industries as part of the IGNITE program, Oct. 2017, file photo Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Tuesday announced five regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $1,115,300, including $250,000 for Region 1. Those funds will go to the United Way of Southwest Virginia to help expand the IGNITE program. The Ignite P ...

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Washington County, Tenn. Industrial Park gets good news on two fronts

ECD Commissioner Robert Rolfe The sale to the county of a 37-acre tract adjacent to the Washington County Industrial Park closed last Thursday, the same day the county received word the smaller of two existing tracts in the park had received Select Tennessee Certified Site status from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The new land will grow the park to greater than 100 acres. T ...

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