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Tri-Cities Airport wins accounting award for 19th year running

For the 19th consecutive year, the Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) has been awarded a certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financ ...

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Tennessee Attorney General files suit against Purdue Pharma

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with a bipartisan group of attorneys general, sued Purdue Pharma today for its unlawful marketing and promotion of OxyContin and other drugs and its role in causing and prolonging the opioid epidemic in Tennessee. The State’s lawsuit, filed in Knox County Circuit Court, alleges Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, violated its 2007 settlement ...

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AAA: Expect gas prices to rise on Iran deal concerns

The highest gas prices in Tennessee are found in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, according to AAA monitoring. Now comes word those prices will likely increase nationwide in the coming weeks. The state average is the same as last week, and 22 cents less than the national average. However, Tennessee motorists are paying 47 cents more per gallon than this time last year. · The most expensive gas price ave ...

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PEAK Gubenatorial Debate cancelled

A Kingsport debate between the leading Tennessee gubernatorial candidates originally set for May 22 has been cancelled by the organization that had scheduled it. The PEAK Young Professionals organization made the announcement via email Monday. “Due to scheduling conflicts that have arisen over the last two weeks with several of the gubernatorial candidates, less than half of the candidates are now confirmed ...

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Kingsport reclaims title of “Home of Long Island Iced Tea”

On the Long Island of the Holston River, 101 years ago, a town was founded. Now, that town has reclaimed its prodigal drink. The Long Island Iced Tea, which has long been a favorite among mixed drinks, was actually first produced on the Long Island in Kingsport during the 1920s. Nearly a century later, Kingsport is reclaiming its rightful place in history as the home of the original Long Island Iced Tea. "W ...

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Judge denies motions to dismiss Sullivan County Baby Doe opioid suit

Lawsuit against prescription opioid producers set to move forward Second Judicial District Chancellor E.G. Moody issued a ruling today on multiple motions filed by prescription opioid producers to dismiss the Sullivan Baby Doe lawsuit. The lawsuit was jointly filed on June 13, 2017, in Sullivan County Circuit Court in Kingsport, Tennessee, by the district attorneys general of Tennessee’s First, Second and T ...

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Contura, Alpha to merge

Contura Energy and Alpha Natural Resources have agreed to merge in an all-stock deal, creating United States’ largest producer of metallurgical coal. The merger brings two companies that split during the settlement of Alpha’s 2015 bankruptcy back together. The newly merged Contura Energy will continue to be led by Contura's existing management team, some of whom, including CEO Kevin Crutchfield were with Al ...

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Microporous to announce $20 million Piney Flats expansion

Photo above: The Microporous executive team credits the rank-and-file employees of the plant for making the planned expansion possible. Photos by Tara Hodges, Sweet Snaps Photography By Scott Robertson Microporous has scheduled groundbreaking for a major plant expansion at its Piney Flats, Tenn., facility June 13. The company plans to invest $20 million in a capital project to triple the facility’s output o ...

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Ignite program receives $250,000 GO Virginia grant: Funds to bridge gap between worlds of education, employment

Photo above: Southwest Virginia teachers spend a day working at Mohawk Industries as part of the Ignite program. Photo courtesy United Way of Southwest Virginia By Scott Robertson The Ignite program of the United Way of Southwest Virginia received a $250,000 grant from Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) April 10 in Richmond. The funds will be used to fund an internship project as part of a co ...

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