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Angel Roundtable announces AI investment

Tony Lettich, pictured above The Angel Roundtable, (ART) the angel investment network of the Appalachian Highlands, is pleased to announce an investment in, a leading national voice solutions-based AI platform with focuses in sales, manufacturing, transportation / supply chain, diagnostics and education. The company, which is based in Indianapolis, IN, offers enterprises and academia voice en ...

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Niswonger College of Optometry at Tusculum attains Stage 2 in accreditation process

Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, pictured above Tusculum University has reached another significant milestone in the accreditation process for the innovative and comprehensive Niswonger College of Optometry. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education has designated the Niswonger College of Optometry as a “Stage-Two Applicant.” This stage is not a pre-accreditation or accreditation status, but rather a step towar ...

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Rural Health Research Center founded at ETSU

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Dr. Brian Noland, Randy Wykoff and Alan Levine Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced July 16 the funding of a new Center for Rural Health Research to be housed at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health and directed by Dr. Randy Wykoff, public health dean. The governor pledged the state budget would include $1.5 million for the first year and $750,000 for the ...

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Former VHCC president to helm VBC rollout

The Virginia Business College Board has named Dr. Gene Couch, Jr as its President. Couch has more than 35 years of higher education experience - as a faculty member, program director, division chair, program developer, chief academic officer, senior administrator for academic and student services, as an executive vice president and most recently as the president of Virginia Highlands Community College. Couc ...

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Tusculum University granted authority to offer doctorates

Dr. James Hurley, Tusculum University’s president, delivers the news that Tusculum is now classified as a Level V higher education institution. Tusculum University has achieved another significant milestone in its vision to develop the Niswonger College of Optometry as a national leader in contemporary eye care with its receipt of the green light to offer doctoral degrees. The Southern Association of Colleg ...

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Downtown Bristol’s First Nationally Branded Hotel Breaks Ground on State Street

Aimbridge Hospitality, the nation’s largest hotel management firm, and Tenneva, a local real estate company, held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 7 for a new Holiday Inn and Suites by IHG. A group of 60 business and community representatives gathered at the construction site for the official launch of the $20 million project, situated directly adjacent to the Bristol Chamber of Commerce near the intersecti ...

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Workforce development a hot topic during Roe’s roundtable discussions

By Dave Ongie Congressman Phil Roe spent most of his day recently listening to the concerns of his constituents during three separate roundtable discussions held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. Roe heard from manufacturers, women in business and construction professionals during the three sessions, and workforce development was a common thread that ran through all three meetings. After opening his ma ...

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NFIB endorses O’Quinn

The NFIB Virginia PAC, the political action committee of the small business advocacy organization, has announced its endorsement of Delegate Israel O’Quinn, who is seeking re-election to Virginia’s 5th House District seat. The NFIB Virginia PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. “Delegate O’Quinn has a proven track record of supporting small businesses,” said Nicole Riley, NFIB’s state director for V ...

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ETSU to host September regional economic forum

By Scott Robertson Regionalism will be top-of-mind when East Tennessee State University hosts an economic forum tentatively scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Millennium Center in Johnson City. Eastman Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer and Corporate Secretary David Golden was the first to confirm plans for the forum, saying several private sector entities have been discussing the poss ...

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Global Entry enrollment center opens at TRI

Customs agents enroll former TRI Customs Port Director George Faron, the first TRI-based traveler in the Global Entry program, May 22. International travelers seeking to take part in the US Customs/TSA Global Entry program can now make their applications at Tri-Cities Airport. Previously, travelers in the region had to drive for hours to make the mandatory in-person application. The closest enrollment cente ...

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