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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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JCDA buys John Sevier Hotel

Diana Cantler By Scott Robertson The John Sevier Hotel building, the largest edifice in downtown Johnson City, is now the property of the Johnson City Development Authority. The JCDA, which closed on the property last week, plans to keep the current property manager, M&M Properties, in place while hiring a developer to build new units for the current residents. The former hotel building is currently a s ...

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Johnson City preparing to seek state approval for retail tourism district

By Dave Ongie Last week, the plans for a proposed development that would sit on about 100 acres of land inside a new retail tourism development district saw the light of day. Spearheaded by a group including Mark Larkey, Joe Wilson, Bryan Sangid, Bucky Mabe and Clarance Mabe, the development would include a mix of retail and residential space on property located just off Exit 17 of Interstate 26 between Boo ...

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‘Blue Lizard’ maker Crown planning Johnson City expansion Company plans to add manufacturing, backfill former NN Inc. headquarters

Crown has invested in some upgraded product lines over the past year, including this one. Photo courtesy Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership 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 to spend six consecutive years on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list of the nation’s fastest-grow ...

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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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