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Wellmont's leaders expound on search process By Jeff Keeling Wellmont Health System made it official Jan. 9: To prepare for a successful future in “the rapidly changing healthcare industry,” the not-for-profit provider would spend 2014 “evaluating strategic options,” including the possibility of aligning with another system. Under board of directors guidance and led by a strategic options committee, that pr ...

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Big month for Bristol: Pinnacle names 13 new tenants, Falls gets contract relief

Retail picture brightening along state line By Scott Robertson, Tammy Childress and Jeff Keeling The retail picture in Bristol continues to brighten. The Pinnacle retail development in Bristol, Tennessee now has signed lease agreements with DICK’S Sporting Goods and Bed, Bath and Beyond to become its first Power Shop tenants, joining anchor tenants Bass Pro Shops and Belk. Steve Johnson, The Pinnacle’s deve ...

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Calling future corporate leaders: UT to conduct leadership development series in Kingsport

"Emerging leaders series" kicks off in August By Jeff Keeling So your company has checked off all the right boxes. Supply chain management, purchasing management, lean principles – pick a road to more effective operations, and you've taken it. Not so fast, say the folks at the Graduate and Executive Education Program in the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration. The people you're rely ...

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Bank of America sells Tri-Cities branches to First Tennessee

First Tennessee Bank has boosted its state-leading market share with a new deal to purchase 13 branches and four remote ATMs from Bank of America in Tennessee. The banks expect the purchase of the branches, including those in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and Greeneville to close later this year, pending regulatory approval. The Memphis-based bank will add approximately $660 million of deposits. First Te ...

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May 2014 Issue

The May issue begins The Business Journal's look at summer seasonal business with a feature on fly-fishing guides and retailers. The combination of mountain streams, TVA lakes and multiple rivers means outdoorsmen (and women) have ample opportunities to wet a line. In addition, you'll read about how a group of former AFG employees are re-opening the old AFG plant in Kingsport under the Heritage Glass banner ...

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Glass half full again at 94-year-old Kingsport plant

Heritage Glass to begin production by July By Jeff Keeling State and local officials made the announcement April 29: Local investors are purchasing and restarting the Blue Ridge glass plant that AGC North America mothballed in late 2012. The move by the newly formed “Heritage Glass Co.” could create 120 jobs by mid-summer and nearly 250 within five years. Ten private investors, the majority of them former A ...

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Lords of Fly Tying

By Scott Robertson Randy Ratliff runs a guide service called East Tennessee on the Fly. He guides trout fishing expeditions on the Watauga and South Holston Rivers and smallmouth bass fishing expeditions on the Holston River west of Church Hill. “I’ve built up my client base since I was guiding part-time,” he says. “I started guiding full-time in 2000.” Those clients range from businesses that bring teams o ...

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MSHA moving strategically in choppy health care waters

By Jeff Keeling Medicare drives the train of hospital system finance, but Mountain States Health Alliance continues looking for innovative ways to control cost and create revenue streams outside the Medicare piece, CEO Alan Levine said. In last month’s issue, we relayed part of a conversation with Levine and Chief Financial Officer Marvin Eichorn about issues facing the hospital system. Discussion points in ...

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Enthusiasm, caution mix as Tennessee Promise looms

By Jeff Keeling Bill Haslam’s unveiling of the “Tennessee Promise” proposal during his Feb. 3 State of the State address drew broad attention for its boldness, but it wasn’t a shock to Northeast State Community College President Dr. Janice Gilliam. “I was excited that it was as far-reaching as it was,” Gilliam said of the proposal to make community college tuition-free for Tennesseans coming directly out of ...

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