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2015 Laureate: Roy L. Harmon, Jr.

Roy L. Harmon, Jr.’s roots in business success stretch much further back than his 1980 initiation into the world of banking. They stretch back even further than involvement with Junior Achievement as a Dobyns-Bennett High School student in the early 1970s. In fact, the son of a Holston Valley nurse and a Mead Paper lab technician says, “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a job. “When I was growing u ...

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Businessmen and women, please show this page to your daughters

By Scott Robertson This message goes out to all the school age girls living in the Tri-Cities: This summer, enjoy your time off from school. Go to the aquatic center. Have friends over and stay up late. Catch fireflies, roast marshmallows, listen to music and eat lots of pie – apple pie, key lime pie, strawberry pie, chocolate cream pie – whatever pie you want. Let everyone know, “I like pie!” Then, once sc ...

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An open letter from the Chambers of Commerce

The Chambers of Commerce of Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County endorse the proposed merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance to an integrated single system.  We believe this offers the best opportunity for the betterment of our region’s healthcare. Each Chamber board met with the individual health systems while Wellmont was pursuing three alternati ...

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Physicians address merger’s impact on clinicians

By Jeff Keeling When he spoke at the Wellmont Health System-Mountain States Health Alliance merger announcement April 2, Dr. Jeff Farrow was effusive in his praise of the proposed deal’s benefits for physicians.  Farrow, a pulmonologist and Mountain States board member, said a combined system could, “help us attract the best and brightest physicians to our region.” He added that a goal for the combined syst ...

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Hospital merger details: Read our full April issue here

This month's Business Journal, which should reach subscribers in print early next week, covers in great depth the April 2 announcement that Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance plan to merge. While you wait for your hard copies, we encourage you to flip through a virtual issue by clicking here: April 2015 Business Journal.   ...

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Read our full March issue here

 Full format Business Journal now online   Readers can now flip through our full magazine, page by page, with the latest addition to our website. Click the cover photo at left to begin reading, or click here: March 2015. In addition to articles on multi-family and commercial real estate development, this month's issue features a story on a new craft brewery opening in Johnson City, a piece on moves tow ...

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TMA President: Insure Tennessee’s stillbirth masks bigger issue of TennCare payment reform

  By Jeff Keeling The Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) supports increased access to medical care for Tennesseans, its president, Kingsport gastroenterologist Dr. Doug Springer, told the Business Journal Jan. 23. That fact, though, didn’t keep the state’s largest professional organization for physicians from initially balking at endorsing Gov. Bill Haslam’s now-dead plan to extend Medicaid (TennCare) ...

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Area business leaders weigh in on cheap oil

  It has been short and very sharp, so crude oil’s plummeting price has had little time to impact industries that rely indirectly on the stuff. But surprised as they may have been by the pace and duration of the decline, many analysts now predict a protracted period of cheap oil. The World Bank’s latest forecast predicts years of prices well below the $100-plus per barrel levels that persisted for more ...

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Server 2003 Sunset Likely to Cause HIPAA Headaches, other problems

By Scott Robertson  When Microsoft announced it would end support for its Windows XP operating system effective April 8, 2014, it caused a flurry of upgrading in the consumer market. Now Microsoft has announced it will end support for its Windows Server 2003 software effective July 14, 2015. The Server 2003 software includes some code that was written as early as 1999. At the time the software was introduce ...

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Legislature to consider Insure Tennessee

By Scott Robertson Before the Tennessee General Assembly gets down to regular business this year, it will already have debated what is likely to be one of the most contentious issues it will face. Governor Bill Haslam has called a special session during which no other issues may be discussed in order to vote his Insure Tennessee plan up or down. That session is slated to begin at 4 p.m., Feb.2. “If you had ...

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