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Northeast TN AG takes hard line on proposed opioid settlement: “Budget for more body bags”

Barry Staubus On the heels of a $260 million settlement between four drug companies and two Ohio counties, Tennessee attorneys general are considering an $18 billion opioid settlement. Sullivan County’s attorney general, however, says it’s a bad deal. “It’s disappointing to see that a few state officials are more interested in settling with these defendants than in reaching a settlement that will save lives ...

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Northam hosts Amazon on “listening tour” stop in St. Paul

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam hosted a roundtable discussion in St. Paul Oct. 21 with officials from Amazon’s second headquarters, located in Arlington. Held at the Oxbow Center of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the conversation included community and business leaders in Southwest Virginia who spoke about workforce development, economic development, and small business issues. “Workforce dev ...

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LaunchTN partners with Sync.Space for NE TN return

Heath Guinn LaunchTN, the public-private partnership designed to assist entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the Volunteer State is back in business in Northeast Tennessee. LaunchTN is partnering with Kingsport-based Sync.Space with the goal of creating an accelerator/incubator program in Northeast Tennessee. A confluence of events, including the election of a governor whose administration places an emp ...

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Price to succeed retiring Jones as ECU CEO Jan. 1

Olan O. Jones, Jr., Eastman Credit Union’s CEO and president, is announcing his retirement effective January 1, 2020. After 22 years heading ECU, Jones says he is looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife, Sylvia, and their family and friends, as well as pursuing interests and hobbies. Fielding Rolston, ECU’s board chairman says, “Olan came to ECU at an inflection point for the credit unio ...

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Project Oasis to Study Data Center Opportunities in Southwest Virginia

Former mine land could be reclaimed as sites for data centers if a feasibility study shows positive cost-benefit ratios. That was the thrust of the message as the leadership team from InvestSWVA Tuesday outlined its plans for Project Oasis during an afternoon briefing in Wise County. Project Oasis seeks to identify and study data center opportunities across GO Virginia Region One, particularly on previously ...

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Interns featured at United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Leaders’ Breakfast

Students from the inaugural group of Ignite interns spoke during United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Leaders’ Breakfast this morning about their experiences over their four-week Ignite 2019 Summer Internships. Speakers included intern and mentor matches from Universal Fibers, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, Rooftop of Virginia, and LENOWISCO Planning District Commission ...

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TVA Boone Dam Project Earns Nation’s Top Award for Geology in Engineering

Members of the TVA Boone Dam Project Team who took part in the AEG event and gave or assisted with presentations about the Boone Dam project. The Boone Dam project has been selected as the nation’s most outstanding geological engineering project by the nation’s premier professional association for scientists practicing in the fields of environmental and engineering geology. TVA’s Boone Dam Internal Erosion ...

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Costa: Innovation still driving Eastman’s success

by Jeff Keeling A century ago, Northeast Tennessee’s abundant timber resources and the methanol supply they could produce inspired George Eastman to establish what became Eastman Chemical Company. With Eastman entering its second century and the world seeking sustainable economic models, methanol is coming full circle thanks to Eastman’s constant focus on innovation, CEO Mark Costa said. That innovation wil ...

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Reaction to Tennessee Medicaid block grant waiver proposal

Tennessee would become the first state to convert its Medicaid funding into a block grant under a proposal published yesterday by the Lee administration. Reaction was swift but muted from supporters and opponents, with much information yet to be fully vetted. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the health committee in the U.S. Senate, said he has always supported block grants and “Last Congress, I supported ...

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