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Pending Kmart closure creates commercial real estate buzz

Photo above: The lot’s ease of access to I-26 and State of Franklin Road will be a unique selling point.  Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson With the June 6 announcement from Sears/Kmart corporate headquarters that Kmart store 7353 in Johnson City would be shuttered, a new excitement surrounding the future of that piece of land has arisen. If, as the old joke goes, the three most important factors ...

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Laughlin, Mountain States complete merger

Photo above: Alan Levine of Mountain States and Chuck Whitfield of Laughlin at the November merger announcement (file photo) By Scott Roberson Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Mountain States Health Alliance officially joined Mountain States Health Alliance June 30, completing a merger that had been announced last November. “This historic step will help preserve and strengthen Laughlin Memorial Hospital,” sai ...

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TRI readies for Aerospace Park grant process: Works to replace flight school

Photo above: Artist’s rendering of Aerospace Park when grading is complete. Courtesy Tri-Cities Airport By Scott Roberston The next few weeks represent the deep breath before the plunge for Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) officials working to obtain state funding for the Aerospace Park project. The Tennessee state government budget includes $30 million in grant funding through the Department of Transportation for ...

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Business community backing education, workforce development efforts: Pathways, SCORE and Work Ready Communities

Photo Above: Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey, surrounded by his fellow county mayors speaks about the region’s Work Ready Community progress. Photo courtesy First Tennessee Development District By Scott Roberston Within a 30-day span in June, regional business, government and education leaders heard about and/or took part in the development of three different workforce-development related initiatives affe ...

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Not your grandmother’s yarn factory: Universal Fibers defies outdated expectations

Photo above: Tim Lawson The second in a series of “Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce” articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia Brandon Turner grew up hearing about the local yarn factory, but never really having any idea what those words meant. “I’m from this area and I went to school with someone for years whose dad worked at ‘the yarn factory’ – that’s what he called Universal Fibers. Every time he t ...

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We’re number one through 50!

By Scott Roberston You may have noticed the trend in journalism over the last few years of publishing lists where articles used to be. In the old days, we journalists had a very specific term for our colleagues who slapped together lists instead of taking the time to craft an article or column: lazy. These, however, are not the old days. I attended a journalism conference in May in which “list-icles” were d ...

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Susan Reid, executive director of the First Tennessee Development District retires

Susan Reid has dedicated her professional career to people and programs she dearly loves. The results of that career span 44 years of multiple successes. She is now spending her last few months in the transition process with her replacement Chris Craig. The information under Susan’s Science Hill High School class of ’65 annual photo reads… “Good nature is the sign of a large and generous soul.” I am lucky t ...

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