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Business community backing education, workforce development efforts: Pathways, SCORE and Work Ready Communities

Photo Above: Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey, surrounded by his fellow county mayors speaks about the region’s Work Ready Community progress. Photo courtesy First Tennessee Development District By Scott Roberston Within a 30-day span in June, regional business, government and education leaders heard about and/or took part in the development of three different workforce-development related initiatives affe ...

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Not your grandmother’s yarn factory: Universal Fibers defies outdated expectations

Photo above: Tim Lawson The second in a series of “Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce” articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia Brandon Turner grew up hearing about the local yarn factory, but never really having any idea what those words meant. “I’m from this area and I went to school with someone for years whose dad worked at ‘the yarn factory’ – that’s what he called Universal Fibers. Every time he t ...

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We’re number one through 50!

By Scott Roberston You may have noticed the trend in journalism over the last few years of publishing lists where articles used to be. In the old days, we journalists had a very specific term for our colleagues who slapped together lists instead of taking the time to craft an article or column: lazy. These, however, are not the old days. I attended a journalism conference in May in which “list-icles” were d ...

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Susan Reid, executive director of the First Tennessee Development District retires

Susan Reid has dedicated her professional career to people and programs she dearly loves. The results of that career span 44 years of multiple successes. She is now spending her last few months in the transition process with her replacement Chris Craig. The information under Susan’s Science Hill High School class of ’65 annual photo reads… “Good nature is the sign of a large and generous soul.” I am lucky t ...

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Tri-Cities Entrepreneurs: Big ideas, willingness to take risks and can-do attitudes drive the next generation of job creators

Photo above: The participants in the Pitches and Pints event hosted by Start-Up Tri-Cities May 4: Luke Champouillon, Paul Champion, Michael Rice, Ben Collins, grand prize winner John Cowan, Kingsport Mayor John Clark, who presented the check to Cowan, Charles Kunene and James Eaton. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Aspiring entrepreneurs presented ideas, gathered feedback, and in some cases, took ...

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Ballad is back on the clock, but what has changed?

By Jeff Keeling Zero hour is back on the horizon for a state decision on Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance’s proposal to merge. More than four months after an unexpected delay in the process, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) announced May 22 it had deemed the systems’ application for a “Certificate of Public Advantage” (COPA) complete. TDH announced on its initial deadline f ...

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Northeast State/RCAM to launch registered apprenticeship program

Kingsport’s Silgan Closures has partnered with Northeast State to launch a registered apprenticeship program that provides a paycheck and job training at the same time. Four Silgan employees will participate in the four-year program, receiving classroom instruction from the College’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) and on-the-job training from Silgan.  At the end of the program, the worker ...

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