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First Tennessee Development District marks 50 years of service

Photo above: Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter, FTDD Director Susan Reid, Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey, Mosheim Mayor Thomas Gregg and Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones Photos by Bill Derby By Scott Robertson For the last 50 years the First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) has shied away from making headlines, choosing instead to make a difference. When local officials needed federal funding to bring ...

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Clearing the Air at the EPA

By Morgan Griffith President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is welcome news. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt has strongly pushed back against many rules and regulations coming from Washington, D.C. In particular, he has led states in suing to block the EPA’s overreaching policies. Many in the media report this news with shock. They w ...

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40 Under Forty Gala Honors Rising Stars in Business

All photos by Tara Hodges, Sweet Snaps Photography The 40 young professionals that make up the 2016 class of 40 Under Forty were joined by more than 200 friends, colleagues and well-wishers Oct. 14 at the 24th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. “For the better part of a quarter century, The Business Journal has showcased the rising stars of the business community as members ...

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Greene County’s hospitals join their voices to the Ballad: Laughlin to merge with Mountain States, Takoma to go from Adventist to Wellmont

Photo above: Mountain States President and CEO Alan Levine, left, and Laughlin President and CEO Chuck Whitfield share a handshake before their Nov. 1 press conference. By Scott Robertson In the space of 24 hours last month, the two hospitals serving Greene County, Tenn., greatly strengthened their ties to the two health systems that have long managed the rest of the hospitals in Northeast Tennessee. On Nov ...

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Investing in the future

By Scott Robertson Irecently had one of those life-affirming experiences that can make one square one’s shoulders against life’s winds and move forward with a renewed sense of faith and confidence. I served as a regional selection committee member for the Roan Scholars program at East Tennessee State University. The Roan is a rare, and in my opinion, wonderful program that fills an important niche in the ma ...

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Region’s businesses offer aid to Sevier County fire victims

Photo above: Logan McCabe of Bristol Motor Speedway and Steve Smith of K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City) announced a campaign to raise funds for Sevier County disaster relief. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The wildfires that swept through areas of Sevier County, Tenn., including parts of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park took a tremendous toll in terms of lives ...

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Forward Air cuts ribbon on new corporate headquarters

Photo above: Cutting the ribbon – (L to R) Chairman Emeritus Scott Niswonger,  State Representative David Hawk, Sr. Vice President Rodney Bell, and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson In early 2015, Greeneville, Tenn.-based Forward Air had outgrown its corporate headquarters at the Greeneville – Greene County Municipal Airport. When the ...

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Overcoming observation frustration: Wellmont’s new strategy paying $700,000 a month dividend

By Jeff Keeling Whatever one might choose to call it – a burr in the saddle, a thorn in the side or something else – Wellmont Health System has felt the irritating effects of a growth in “observation” patients for several years. Until the latest fiscal quarter, that is. Following a thorough assessment of the factors behind its rising ratio of admitted patients who were given observation rather than traditio ...

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Revised commitments of hospital systems to Southwest Va. Health Authority

COMMITMENTS CHART   Commitment: In order to ensure pricing is not increased as a result of the elimination of inpatient competition for the majority of consumers covered by third party commercial insurance, pricing will increase by less with the merger than if the merger were not to occur. For all Principal Payers1, the New Health System will reduce existing commercial contracting for fixed rate increa ...

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