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Johnson: Ramsey hired to play defense for existing retail

Steve Johnson and Ron Ramsey (Right) Former Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will be back in Nashville this legislative term, lobbying for a regional real estate developer. When Ramsey was Lt. Governor of Tennessee in 2011, he helped push through the Border Region Tourism Development District Act (public chapter 420) that created the tax breaks that incentivized retailers to come to the Pinnacle developmen ...

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Pal’s BEI rebranded as McClaskey Excellence Institute

On Jan. 1, 2020, Pal’s Business Excellence Institute will become McClaskey Excellence Institute. David McClaskey,president and founder of McClaskey Excellence Institute, stressed that mission, classes and consulting will remain the same. McClaskey, David Jones and Katie Wood will remain in place as the institute becomes an independent company with a new name and logo. McClaskey added that significant growth ...

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Foam Products Corporation invests in, expands Erwin operations

Perry Muse, Foam Products Corp., vice president of Manufacturing and general manager Georgia-based Foam Products Corp., cut the ribbon on an expansion to its Erwin, Tenn., manufacturing facility Dec. 6. The company purchased the building which it had been leasing at a price of $5 million, according to Perry Muse, vice president of Manufacturing and general manager. In addition, the company has invested more ...

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Kelly Price to become ECU CEO Jan. 1, 2020

Kelly Price Eastman Credit Union’s board of directors announced in September of 2019 that Kelly Price, current executive vice president, will succeed Olan Jones upon his retirement beginning January 1, 2020, as the next CEO & president of ECU. Fielding Rolston, who served as ECU’s board chairman for 22 years was very supportive of Price, as is current chairman, E. Wayne Kirk. “Kelly has proven herself a ...

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25th KOSBE Awards feature Carmack, Royston, Hillhouse and Kontos

The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) held the 25th Annual KOSBE Awards Dec. 5 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. More than 300 business leaders and entrepreneurs showed up for the awards gala, including all of Pal’s Sudden Service operators. The Pal’s organization was on hand to witness an honored guest, Hal Carmack. Carmack was presente ...

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BTES, NETWORKS earn international honor

Two Northeast Tennessee organizations were honored by a worldwide economic development professional organization recently. NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services won Gold Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN. NETWORKS’ entry, ...

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tnAchieves making last-minute push for mentors

tnAchieves, the local partnering organization for TN Promise, needs volunteers to serve as mentors to local TN Promise students. TN Promise affords any high school graduate the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. Many of the students that participate in the program will be the first in their family to attend college and require some extra support. tnAchieves mentors spend ab ...

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Crown Labs cuts ribbon on new headquarters

Crown Laboratories CEO Jeff Bedard Monday cut the ribbon on Crown’s new corporate headquarters in Johnson City. The global skincare manufacturer plans to create an additional 200+ jobs and investing $27 million in its Johnson City operations by 2024. The fast-growing company – which partnered with private equity firm Hildred Capital Partners in late 2017 – last year became one of just 6 percent of companies ...

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A mall and the right visitors: Hard Rock International plans to run Bristol casino

Hard Rock International, a global leader in the entertainment and hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Bristol Resort & Casino team to create Hard Rock Casino Bristol. Once final approval is received from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of Bristol, Virginia, Hard Rock, working with the local ownership group, will operate the proposed resort and casino. “We ar ...

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