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Hard truths about Boone Dam

By Scott Robertson To all the good people who live or work on or around Boone Lake and whose quality of life has been impacted by the lowering of the lake levels for repairs on Boone Dam: It’s sad and unfortunate that you are having to go through this. Please know the rest of us sympathize with you. We hope and pray TVA can beat its projected time frame for repairs. Having said that, there is a very importa ...

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Let’s keep shaking it up in business-education partnerships

By Jeff Keeling I have a young friend who started the 10th grade early this month. I ran into him, and his younger brother who was starting 9th grade, their first morning of school and wound up taking them to lunch that day. Sandwiched around the sandwiches and boneless wings were trips to an out-of-the-way street in a poorer part of Johnson City lined with tiny houses. The boys, along with another brother ...

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Would you like kale chips with that? Pure Foods moving toward production

By Jeff Keeling As Kingsport aims to radically improve its community health status, it is set to become home to a leading healthy snack producer. Vancouver, B.C.-based Pure Foods announced in March it would locate production, along with research and development, at a new plant in Kingsport’s Gateway Commerce Park. Likely before year’s end, employees will begin making the likes of cheese puffs with 50 percen ...

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The newest oxymoron: Greek discipline

“Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.” -  Epictetus Perhaps the citizens of Greece should brush up on the writings of one of their venerable philosophers. Epictetus knew about discipline. So why has his country forgotten it? You could call the Greek voters the Oxi morons. The electorate of Greece voted overwhelmingly to reject a European Union bailou ...

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Moving the Needle on Health

Healthy Kingsport looks to decrease rates of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease By Sarah Colson, Jeff Keeling and Scott Robertson Numbers don’t lie, and when those numbers pertain to the health of Tennesseans – and particularly to East Tennesseans – they aren’t kind. Alarmingly high rates of adult-onset diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other chronic, largely preventable maladies cost the ...

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Country Club at Bristol changes hands

By Scott Robertson Country Club at Bristol has been in limbo for the better part of a decade. But after a pair of transactions July 1, members hope a new era of stability is dawning. Local businessmen Roscoe Bowman, Tim Carter and Mitch Walters purchased the club from TruPoint Bank and immediately signed a 10-year lease to Integrity Golf, a management firm based in Orlando, Fla. “Roscoe, Tim and I probably ...

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Corridor Summit shows links between health, wealth and education

By Scott Robertson The 300-plus leaders in the fields of education and business who gathered on the campus of East Tennessee State University May 27 and 28 for the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit heard academicians and healthcare industry experts explain how their education, health and economics affect each other. Dr. Randy Wykoff, founding dean of the ETSU College of Public Health, explained how ...

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Empty glass: Fledgling manufacturer shuts plans, seeks funds

By Jeff Keeling Production shutdowns; unpaid employees; a capital shortage – it wasn’t supposed to be this way when a group of glass industry veterans opened Heritage Glass in Kingsport’s former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass plant. But as the Business Journal prepared to go to print June 5, production at the plant was shut down temporarily as President Eric Kerney and other company directors sought fin ...

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Small businesses and insurance: “Nobody’s happy.”

By Jeff Keeling Jim Green strides through the nearly complete athletic fieldhouse at Johnson City, Tenn.’s Science Hill High School, stopping to check with valued employees of his third-generation contracting business. It’s a family atmosphere even on the job site of a J.E. Green Co. project, and Green is clearly comfortable with his men. Like many other small, family-owned businesses around the Tri-Cities ...

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