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Six from Northeast joining Leadership Tennessee for 2018-19

Leadership Tennessee this week announced its 2018-19 class, comprised of 45 leaders (including six from the Tri-Cities) who will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of statewide importance. Leadership Tennessee is an initiative of Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service. The 45 new class members represent each geographic region of the state, ...

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Bristol, Va., sets deadline for Economic Development Director applications

The city of Bristol, Va., hopes to have the resume of its new economic development director in hand by June 26. That’s the cut-off date for applications for the position listed on the city’s website. The city is seeking a candidate with seven to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in economic development activities required with five years in a supervisory or managerial position. The advertised ...

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VDOT begins consideration of I-81 improvements

The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted its first public hearing regarding potential improvements to the 325 miles of Interstate 81 in the Commonwealth. The hearing, June 6 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, drew around 50 attendees, many with concerns about slow accident removal. In 2017, 30 separate accidents on I-81 took more than six hours each to clear. No numbers w ...

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Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties becoming “College Completion Community”

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties are joining forces to become a single “College Completion Community” by jointly forming one of five “Completion Councils” in the Complete Tennessee program. That statewide program is designed to address challenges to Tennessee residents attaining post-secondary education. Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties will make up a Northeast Tennessee community. Bradley and ...

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TN Promise seeks thousands of mentors for students

TNAchieves has begun recruiting 9,000 volunteer mentors to meet its goal of providing every TN Promise applicant from the class of 2019 with a local support system. TN Promise affords every graduating high school senior in the state the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. Nearly 63,000 students from the Class of 2018 applied for the scholarship, which has a universal accept ...

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NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership releases new regional video

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, the economic development organization for Sullivan County and its cities of Bluff City, Bristol, and Kingsport, and marketing and recruitment arm for Hawkins County, launched the first of a series of promotional videos May 31 to serve as supporting pieces to the community video the organization first made public two years ago. Like the first video, the latest marketing piece w ...

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Northeast Tennessee’s Opportunity Zones announced

The state of Tennessee has announced the location of 176 Opportunity Zones, including several in Northeast Tennessee. Opportunity Zones are a new community development tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This new tool is designed to drive long-term capital to low-income communities. The new law provides a federal tax incentive for investors to re-invest their capital gains int ...

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Bristol Hotel owner, management team offer preview tour

Photo above: (L-R) Marcus McCall, Gavin Philipp and Kevin Kruse atop the Bristol Hotel. The Bristol Hotel, an independent boutique hotel originally slated to open in October, is now scheduled to open in late August, according to its principal owner. Marcus McCall of McCall Capital told reporters during an information session at the hotel May 24 that it would not be open in time for the August races at Brist ...

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Monro completes purchase of Free Service Tire Company

Photo above:(L-R) Lewis Wexler, Sr. Susan Wexler, Harrison Wexler, Lewis Wexler, Jr. Monro, Inc. (NASD: MNRO), the nation’s largest independently owned and operated auto service chain last week closed the purchase of 99-year-old Johnson City, Tenn.-based Free Service Tire Company. Monro will keep the Free Service branding in place along with 96 percent of the existing Free Service employees. The transaction ...

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Virginia governor announces SAIC to open VITA service center in Dickenson County

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced this week that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will create approximately 40 information technology (IT) service desk jobs in Clintwood, Dickenson County, by this fall. “I am pleased that this partnership will create forty new jobs and have a significant economic impact in the r ...

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