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Johnson begins developing Virginia Pinnacle property

Johnson Commercial Development (JCD), which developed The Pinnacle, a 250+ acre mixed-use shopping and dining center on the Tennessee side of the Virginia border near Bristol, is now ready to develop the 350 acres it owns adjacent to the Pinnacle on the Virginia side. JCD plans to start by building an amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an adventure park with rides and activities, and a hotel and waterpar ...

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Deputy Speaker Hill: backloaded legislative session ahead

The 111th Session of the Tennessee General Assembly will be a creature unlike any before, according to new Deputy Speaker of the House Matthew Hill. Lack of early revenue information and a massive changeover in personnel in both the legislative and executive branches will likely mean a longer session than usual with more key decisions being taken later in the term. More than a quarter of the house members a ...

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TRI receives $1.69 Million TDOT grant for Aerospace Park

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) has been awarded a $1,690,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Aeronautics Economic Development Fund to further the development of Aerospace Park. Aerospace Park is a direct-airfield development. The site offers 21 acres certified for immediate development and an additional 140 acres under development. TDOT’s grant funding should allow TC ...

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Ron Scott, former ACFCU CEO, found dead

Ron Scott, who had announced his resignation from the positions of president and CEO of Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) earlier this week, was found dead Friday morning. Scott had previously announced he would be leaving the credit union in March to spend more time with his family.  “The credit union learned early today of Ron’s passing and has shared this information with ACFCU staf ...

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Tri-Cities Airport Authority offering director post to Cossey

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) is moving forward with the process of hiring Gene Cossey, currently the executive director of the University of Illinois – Willard Airport in Champaign, Ill., to be the next executive director at the TRI. Cossey was one of three executive director candidates interviewed Monday, January 7, by the TCAA. “We interviewed three extraordinarily well-qualified candidates,” T ...

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Tri-Cities Airport Authority narrows search for executive director to three

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) has released the names of the executive director candidates who will be interviewed on Monday, January 7. The finalists being interviewed are Gene Cossey, executive director of the University of Illinois – Willard Airport, Champaign, Ill.; Rick Feltner, airport director, Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D.; and Shaun Germolus, executive director, Chisholm-Hibbing ...

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Three regional Chambers sign regionalism resolution

The 2018 and 2019 chairs of the Chamber of the Chamber of Commerce Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County; the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce have joined the presidents/CEOs of those organizations in signing a resolution to establish a committee to foster regional cooperation. The resolution says the committee will, “determine how to ask the hard que ...

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2018 KOSBE Award winners announced

Thirteen local small business award winners were announced at the 2018 KOSBE Awards at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport on December 13th. · 2018 Food Business Excellence – Santa Fe Mexican Grill · 2018 Franchise Business Excellence – Stanley Steemer · 2018 New Business Excellence – Taylor’s Martial Arts Academy · 2018 Retail Business Excellence – Just Dandy Boutique · 2018 Woman-Owned Business Excellence – ...

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Bristolians hear good and bad news regarding passenger rail

Consultant Rich Sampson speaks in Bristol, Va. The good news is: there is a financial justification for extending Amtrak passenger service from Roanoke to Bristol. The bad news is: the railway that owns the tracks will have to be heavily incentivized to come to the table. That was the word from Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Communications Director Richard Sampson and his team at a p ...

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Johnson City Chamber plans move to Mill; Mabrey to move on

Owner Grant Summers explains renovation details during a November 2018 tour of the former Model Mill building. Photo by Bill Derby, publisher. The Board of Directors of the Chamber of the Chamber of Commerce Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County announced a pair of planned changes for 2019. The Chamber plans to move its headquarters to the newly renovated former Model Mill at some point i ...

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