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A.Y. McDonald breaks ground on new 100,000 square foot expansion

A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Co., a leading producer of water works, plumbing, pumps and natural gas products, broke ground Monday on an $8 million expansion that will double the size of its Elizabethton operation and create 36 new jobs. The Dubuque, Iowa-based company began operating in Elizabethton 19 years ago and employs 144 full-time workers in a 99,000-square-foot facility. Company officials said the p ...

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Eastman Board elects new director

The Board of Directors of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has elected Kim Ann Mink as a director. Dr. Mink is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innophos Holdings, Inc., a leading international producer of performance-critical and nutritional functional ingredients, with applications in food, health and industrial specialties markets. “We are pleased to welcome Kim Ann to Eastman’s Board ...

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BWXT Names John A. Stewart President of Nuclear Fuel Services

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) recently announced that John A. Stewart has been named president of Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS). The move became effective on July 1. “John’s impressive history with BWXT and the U.S. Navy make him uniquely suited for this leadership role at NFS,” BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (NOG) President Joel W. Duling said. “NFS is important not only to the company as one ...

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Haslam, Tennessee’s education innovation recognized with two national awards

Tennessee was honored last week with two national awards for education innovation from the Education Commission of the States at its annual National Forum on Education Policy in Washington, D.C. The 2018 James Bryant Conant Award was formally presented to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today. The 2018 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation was awarded to Tennessee for the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Lear ...

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Berkshire Hathaway newspapers under new management effective Monday

Lee Enterprises Inc. has joined with BH Media Group Inc. in an agreement for Lee to manage Berkshire Hathaway’s newspaper and digital operations in 30 markets, beginning July 2. The agreement provides Lee with flexibility to implement revenue initiatives and business transformation consistent with how it manages its own newspaper and digital operations in 49 markets, while Berkshire Hathaway continues as ow ...

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Food City awards $100,000 to charity in centennial celebration

In commemoration of its 100th Anniversary, Food City recently donated more than $100,000 to charitable organizations throughout its market area. “In today’s competitive market place, it’s very rare to see a company celebrating their 100th Anniversary,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “Food City is extremely proud to have served our friends and neighbors for the past 10 ...

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VCEDA Provides Seed Capital Matching Grant to IMPERFKT

Photo above: IMPERFKT, an on-line clothing brand based in Wise, Va., was the recipient of a recent VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant. Pictured, from left are IMPERFKT Owner Holly Kiser; IMPERFKT Model Meagan Caldwell; Wise County Industrial Development Authority Director Carl Snodgrass; and Small Business Development Center Director Tim Blankenbecler. What’s in a word? Even more important, however is what’s ...

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Supreme Court says ‘Add (sales tax) to Cart’

The Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly sided with South Dakota in a case that will have massive implications for the retail industry, online shoppers and state governments. Research done by Barclays indicates that Tennessee is one of five states in the nation positioned to benefit most from Thursday’s ruling. By a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that states have the right to collect sales taxes from retailers ...

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Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

In a joint release issued late Tuesday afternoon, East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Ballad Health Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Levine announced today a partnership through which ETSU will apply to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to create a new fellowship program in addiction medicine. As part of its commitment to expand education and training i ...

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Roe on board with MSA unification idea

Tennessee First District United States Congressman Phil Roe this week said he would support a plan to reunify the Kingsport and Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Roe told The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA and the Johnson City News & Neighbor, “I wouldn’t know why we wouldn’t do it.” “It has never made any sense to me to have Kingsport – a nine-iron from here – to be in a different MSA ...

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