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Tennessee Recognized Nationally for Effective Use of Data

Tennessee was listed this week among five states that are leading the way in the use of data to create evidence-based results for citizens, in a report issued by the national nonprofit organization Results for America. Tennessee joined Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota and Washington as states recognized for outstanding performance. The recognition was announced at an event today in Washington hosted by the Natio ...

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British kayak maker to open distribution center in Unicoi County

Pyranha, a maker of roto-molded canoes and kayaks based in the United Kingdom, has announced the relocation of its North American distribution facility to Erwin. Pyranha has led the research and development of composite and polymer kayaks since the early 1970s. The company has chosen a site along the Nolichucky River as a North American distribution center. Headquartered in the United Kingdom near Liverpool ...

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Northeast State names Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs

Northeast State Community College has named Dr. Sam Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs. Rowell has served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs since January 2017. Prior to that he served as interim dean of the Advanced Technologies division before being named full-time dean of that division in 2012. “I expected this job would be demanding and it has exceeded my expectations,” Rowell said. ...

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Covenant Transportation Group completes acquisition of Landair

It was announced on Thursday morning that Covenant Transportation Group has completed its acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, CTG purchased all of Landair’s outstanding stock in exchange for approximately $83 million in cash. Landair was founded in 1981 by Scott Niswonger and Ed Sayler. Presently, Landair operates approximately 430 trucks and 900 trailers and manages 12 d ...

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Bringing Back Bentonville’s Biking Buzz: Arkansas seminar on mountain biking and economic development draws attendees from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

Photo above: (L-R) Kayla Carter, Emily Mayo, Katie Dunn, Idalina Walker and Jenny Brock in front of a mountain bike jump near Bentonville. By Scott Robertson     The idea that outdoor recreation can be a beneficial tool for economic development, especially in rural areas, is not new. For the last few years, young professionals have been making decisions about where to live and work based more and more on th ...

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Bucs announce historic multimedia rights agreement

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced an unprecedented multimedia rights agreement with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment’s collegiate services division last Thursday. The 10-year deal grants Van Wagner exclusive rights to represent ETSU as the rights holder for the program’s sponsorship and media sales, as well as on- and off-campus marketing promotions for the Buccaneers’ brand. I ...

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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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