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An Appalachian Renaissance

by Mary Trigiani Renaissance is rebirth. Every era of human history labeled as a renaissance shares common hallmarks: essential transition, intellectual flowering, and a questioning of the status quo. The renaissance of most notoriety, from roughly the 14th century through the 17th, gave light to rational thinking grounded in an appreciation of the past while not literally of it. As a result of a rationalit ...

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Price to succeed retiring Jones as ECU CEO Jan. 1

Olan O. Jones, Jr., Eastman Credit Union’s CEO and president, is announcing his retirement effective January 1, 2020. After 22 years heading ECU, Jones says he is looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife, Sylvia, and their family and friends, as well as pursuing interests and hobbies. Fielding Rolston, ECU’s board chairman says, “Olan came to ECU at an inflection point for the credit unio ...

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Project Oasis to Study Data Center Opportunities in Southwest Virginia

Former mine land could be reclaimed as sites for data centers if a feasibility study shows positive cost-benefit ratios. That was the thrust of the message as the leadership team from InvestSWVA Tuesday outlined its plans for Project Oasis during an afternoon briefing in Wise County. Project Oasis seeks to identify and study data center opportunities across GO Virginia Region One, particularly on previously ...

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Interns featured at United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Leaders’ Breakfast

Students from the inaugural group of Ignite interns spoke during United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Leaders’ Breakfast this morning about their experiences over their four-week Ignite 2019 Summer Internships. Speakers included intern and mentor matches from Universal Fibers, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, Rooftop of Virginia, and LENOWISCO Planning District Commission ...

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TVA Boone Dam Project Earns Nation’s Top Award for Geology in Engineering

Members of the TVA Boone Dam Project Team who took part in the AEG event and gave or assisted with presentations about the Boone Dam project. The Boone Dam project has been selected as the nation’s most outstanding geological engineering project by the nation’s premier professional association for scientists practicing in the fields of environmental and engineering geology. TVA’s Boone Dam Internal Erosion ...

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Costa: Innovation still driving Eastman’s success

by Jeff Keeling A century ago, Northeast Tennessee’s abundant timber resources and the methanol supply they could produce inspired George Eastman to establish what became Eastman Chemical Company. With Eastman entering its second century and the world seeking sustainable economic models, methanol is coming full circle thanks to Eastman’s constant focus on innovation, CEO Mark Costa said. That innovation wil ...

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The doctors are in

Above: Ballad Health’s newly named physician leadership team includes (front, l-r) Dr. Mark Patterson, Dr. Chris Metzger, Dr. Shari Rajoo, Dr. Clay Runnels, (back, l-r) Dr. Mark Wilkinson, Dr. Amit Vashist and Dr. Matthew Loos. Photo by Jeff Keeling by Jeff Keeling Editor’s Note: This print article reviews the big picture and background surrounding Ballad Health’s decision to name seven physicians to new, a ...

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Restructuring the economy of the Appalachian Highlands

by Mary Trigiani Strategy. Books have been written about it. Careers have been built upon it. From the time ancient military figures laid plans for vanquishing opponents, to today, when it is a a business necessity, strategy runs the gamut of acceptance to skepticism. The skeptics tell us Strategy is the reason for Analysis Paralysis. Too much navel gazing, too much money spent on plans, not enough acting. ...

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