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Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

By Dave Ongie On a Tuesday morning in late autumn 2019, Randy Boyd approved significant upgrades to three ballparks occupied by the Appalachian League teams owned an operated by Boyd Sports, LLC. The Greeneville Reds would get a new video board, while the parks the Johnson City Cardinals and Elizabethton Twins call home were in line for major improvements as well. Two days later, a letter arrived from Minor ...

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Region’s bankers are cautiously optimistic heading into 2020

by Scott Robertson Bankers who are stuck in old ways of thinking are as irrelevant as free toasters and Christmas clubs. Twenty years ago, no one would have predicted Dodd-Frank level regulation or the rise of fintech (financial technology) much less the questions regarding banking cannabis-based businesses. Clearly, this is not your father’s banking industry. The last two weeks of October are lobbying seas ...

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BTES, NETWORKS earn international honor

Two Northeast Tennessee organizations were honored by a worldwide economic development professional organization recently. NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services won Gold Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN. NETWORKS’ entry, ...

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tnAchieves making last-minute push for mentors

tnAchieves, the local partnering organization for TN Promise, needs volunteers to serve as mentors to local TN Promise students. TN Promise affords any high school graduate the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. Many of the students that participate in the program will be the first in their family to attend college and require some extra support. tnAchieves mentors spend ab ...

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Heather Cook reinvents herself – again

by Scott Robertson As a college student, Heather Cook was the first Roan Scholar to graduate East Tennessee State University. As executive director of the Foundation for Northeast State Community College, she oversaw an effort that more than doubled annual contributions. As executive director of Healthy Kingsport, she led the effort to have the city earn the Haslam administration’s Healthier City designatio ...

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Crown Labs cuts ribbon on new headquarters

Crown Laboratories CEO Jeff Bedard Monday cut the ribbon on Crown’s new corporate headquarters in Johnson City. The global skincare manufacturer plans to create an additional 200+ jobs and investing $27 million in its Johnson City operations by 2024. The fast-growing company – which partnered with private equity firm Hildred Capital Partners in late 2017 – last year became one of just 6 percent of companies ...

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A mall and the right visitors: Hard Rock International plans to run Bristol casino

Hard Rock International, a global leader in the entertainment and hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Bristol Resort & Casino team to create Hard Rock Casino Bristol. Once final approval is received from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of Bristol, Virginia, Hard Rock, working with the local ownership group, will operate the proposed resort and casino. “We ar ...

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Speedway Children’s Charities announces $900k+ in donations

Children throughout the region will benefit from the most successful fundraising effort by the Bristol Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities since 2016. Executive Director Claudia Byrd announced at the recent Night of Smiles event that BMS’ SCC chapter raised a total of $920,851 during the 2019 calendar year that will be distributed to 103 rural-area child-focused agencies throughout North ...

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Barge acquires Gould Turner Group

Barge Design Solutions, which is based in Nashville, has an office in Kingsport and does significant business in the Tri-Cities region, announced this week it has acquired Nashville-based Gould Turner Group (GTG). “We are thrilled to announce that Gould Turner Group has officially become part of Barge,” said Bob Higgins, CEO of Barge Design Solutions. “GTG has set the standard in the architecture and interi ...

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