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NFIB honors three Northeast Tennessee legislators

The Tennessee office of NFIB, the state’s leading small business advocacy organization, Monday presented its Guardian of Small Business award to state Sen. Rusty Crowe (District 3) and state Rep. John Holsclaw (District 4). NFIB made the presentations at the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. The organization awarded the same recognition to District 9 State Representative Gary Hicks at Mohawk M ...

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Milligan College to become Milligan University in 2020

by Dave Ongie Before Milligan College president Dr. Bill Greer made a major announcement regarding the future of the school, he took some time to draw a thumbnail sketch of Milligan’s history for those gathered inside the Gregory Center last Friday morning. Greer retraced the steps that led to the founding of the school over 150 years ago. He spoke of Milligan’s struggle to stay open during World War II, wh ...

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Bank of Tennessee announces new executive appointments

William B. Greene Jr, Chairman of BancTenn Corp, and the Board of Directors of Bank of Tennessee enthusiastically announce the appointment of a new CEO and the promotion of several key employees. On October 21, 2019 the Board named Dale Fair as the new Chief Executive Officer for Bank of Tennessee and divisions, Carter County Bank and Mountain Community Bank. With Fair’s vast experience in the financial sec ...

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King, SVCC sign dual admission agreement

King President Alexander W. Whitaker IV and SWCC President Thomas F. Wright, Ed.D. King University and Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) announced a new program agreement Tuesday that will provide qualifying SWCC students with dual admission and guaranteed acceptance to King. King President Alexander W. Whitaker IV and SWCC President Thomas F. Wright, Ed.D., signed the agreement during a news conf ...

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Northeast TN AG takes hard line on proposed opioid settlement: “Budget for more body bags”

Barry Staubus On the heels of a $260 million settlement between four drug companies and two Ohio counties, Tennessee attorneys general are considering an $18 billion opioid settlement. Sullivan County’s attorney general, however, says it’s a bad deal. “It’s disappointing to see that a few state officials are more interested in settling with these defendants than in reaching a settlement that will save lives ...

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Northam hosts Amazon on “listening tour” stop in St. Paul

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam hosted a roundtable discussion in St. Paul Oct. 21 with officials from Amazon’s second headquarters, located in Arlington. Held at the Oxbow Center of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the conversation included community and business leaders in Southwest Virginia who spoke about workforce development, economic development, and small business issues. “Workforce dev ...

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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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