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Rules governing hospital merger published

By Jeff Keeling "It is the policy of this state, in certain instances, to displace competition among hospitals with regulation to the extent set forth in this part and to actively supervise that regulation to the fullest extent required by law, in order to promote cooperation and coordination among hospitals in the provision of health services and to provide state action immunity from federal and state anti ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: T.J. Foy, General Manager, Cabela’s, The Falls, Bristol, Va.

Replete with a deli that serves wild game sandwiches, a fudge shop and a full array of powersports offerings, Cabela’s will open the doors of an 82,000-square-foot store at The Falls development in Bristol, Va., Oct. 1. The opening marks the end of a long wait for all involved, from city officials to the store management team. Perhaps no single individual is more eager for the archer to cut the ribbon (yes, ...

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Pinnacle expansion announced

By Scott Robertson With a new two-story Belk store on one side and a movie theatre complex slated to open in October on the other, developer Steve Johnson announced plans Sept. 3 for the next phase of The Pinnacle retail development in Bristol. “Thirty-six months ago, we were standing here in a 300-acre green field, talking about a vision and a dream,” Johnson said. “Today we’re back, talking not about what ...

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Engineering project: Milligan begins to build a program

By Jeff Keeling Two stories below Greg Harrell’s makeshift office, workers are busily transforming the high-ceilinged ground floor of a seminary into a mechanical and electrical engineering laboratory. Biblical scholars pass through the halls in this building on a hill, from which Emmanuel Christian Seminary, now part of Milligan College, has sent God’s emissaries throughout the world for five decades. An e ...

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Haslam calls current infrastructure revenue plan unsustainable

By Scott Robertson Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam brought a road show that included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer to Kingsport Aug. 17. Haslam invited local government and business leaders, as well as the media, to discuss the problem of funding Tennessee’s road and infrastructure projects under the current formula. “This is not a time when ...

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Former Bristol Chamber board chair-elect takes over as president and CEOBeth Rhinehart Switches Seats:

By Scott Robertson Beth Rhinehart was in line to become the next chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Instead, she became its next president and CEO. During the entire tenure of the previous president, Joy Madison, and for several years prior, Rhinehart had been involved with the Chamber in several roles while working as director of government relations for Wellmont Health System, lobbying for that org ...

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Alpha Natural Resources files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Scott Robertson Leaving many observers surprised at how quickly the action was taken, Bristol, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aug. 3. As late as four months ago, the coal mining company had reported having $476 million in cash. Immediately after filing, Alpha began assuring customers and vendors it plans to continue to conduct “business as usual” ...

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Food City heads southwest with BI-LO acquisition

By Jeff Keeling To say Food City made a splash last month when it announced its intention to acquire 29 BI-LO supermarkets in the Chattanooga market would be an understatement. The purchase, expected to close this fall (terms are undisclosed), increases the Abingdon, Va.-based company’s store count by nearly a third, from 93 to 122. “Food City has gotten its game pretty sharp,” Progressive Grocer Content Ed ...

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TVA outlines Boone Dam repair plan: Opportunities for local business touted

By Scott Robertson The Tennessee Valley Authority held a series of meetings July 30 to announce its plan to address seepage issues at Boone Dam. After meeting with elected officials and the media, John McCormick, TVA vice president of Safety, River Management and Environment told a crowd of just over 300 at a public information session in Johnson City, “We have benchmarked this project. We have looked at ma ...

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