GO Virginia hosts Region One grant workshop

GO Virginia hosts Region One grant workshop

Robyn Lee Parties interested in applying for Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO VA) grants were walked through the process by the regional program director at a Mon ...

Opportunity Knocks: $1 million grant to help ACFCU revitalize neighborhoods

Opportunity Knocks: $1 million grant to help ACFCU revitalize neighborhoods

ACFCU CEO Ron Scott A $1 million grant will help Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) and partners to revitalize neighborhoods and allow more than 100 low and moderat ...

Public forum scheduled for Northeast State presidential search

Public forum scheduled for Northeast State presidential search

The Tennessee Board of Regents is inviting the public to provide input on priorities in selecting Northeast State’s next president. A public forum is scheduled for Aug. 16 from 1 t ...

First job fair held for displaced Bristol Compressors employees

First job fair held for displaced Bristol Compressors employees

The parking lot of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center was full Friday, Aug. 10, as displaced employees of Bristol Compressors met with representatives of 48 employers. ...

August 2018 Edition

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Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College has named Francis Canedo as dean of the Humanities division.   Canedo is a tenured associate professor of Spanish, currently serving as chair of t ...

Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

by Scott Robertson Bristol Compressors executives told the company’s 470 employees in Washington County, Va., on July 31 the plant there will close in 60 days. The company was requ ...

HCA buying Asheville-based Mission Health: Levine predicts little impact on Ballad

By Scott Robertson Mission Health, which operates six hospitals and health facilities in Western North Carolina and competes for medical professionals and patients with Northeast Tennessee-based Ballad Health, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge with Nashville-based HCA. Ballad Chairman and CEO Alan Levine said the day after the announcement he does not anticipate significant changes in the competi ...

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Dang it, we can do this

By Scott Robertson US News & World Report (USN&WR) ran an article recently about Johnson City, Tennessee. The thrust of the piece was that even though the city has high availability of quality health care, it does not crack the list of top 500 healthiest cities in the nation. The same statement could be made in general terms for the entire region. Health care is available, but the population is less ...

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Citizens Bank names Estepp president

Larry R. Estepp has been promoted to president of Citizens Bank, an $825 million (assets) community bank headquartered in East Tennessee. Estepp was previously executive vice president of commercial lending, and has been a business banking officer with Citizens Bank since 2011. Estepp becomes the seventh president of Citizens Bank, and assumes his new position following Bill Dudney’s retirement. Dudney was ...

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HCA buying Asheville-based Mission Health

Mission Health, which operates six hospitals and health facilities in Western North Carolina and competes for medical professionals and patients with Northeast Tennessee-based Ballad Health, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge with Nashville-based HCA. In a letter to Asheville citizens on the newly created missionhealthforward.org website, the Mission Board wrote, “If regulatory requirements are me ...

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Three Northeast Tennessee projects to receive major ECD grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 25 communities will receive more than $9.6 million in Site Development Grants. Three projects in Northeast Tennessee will receive a total of $2 million of that amount. Sullivan County Economic Development Partnership, Inc.: • Partnership Park II - $1,000,000 – Complete site grading improvements to c ...

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Printers and Publishers Unite to Launch Coalition to Stop Baseless Newsprint Tariffs

On March 20, members of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries, which employ more than 600,000 workers, have formed "Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP)", a coalition to fight proposed countervailing duties (CVD) and anti-dumping duties (AD) on imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood papers including newsprint and other papers. These preliminary duties, which were assessed by ...

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Airport gets “good result” on bond sale

Six entities bid Monday on the $8.5 million bond issue to finance work at Tri-Cities Airport's Aerospace Park. The result, said Airport Director Patrick Wilson, was a true interest cost of 3.573 percent. "That came in lower than we had anticipated. We had been expecting a rate of around 3.83 percent." The difference between the actual bid and the expected bid is around $320,000 in lower overall interest cos ...

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Master Tool & Die, Inc. to expand in Kingsport

Master Tool & Die, Inc. officials announced this week that the manufacturer will expand in Kingsport. Master Tool & Die plans to invest $557,500 for facility upgrades and create 25 jobs at its operation in Sullivan County. “I’d like to thank Master Tool & Die for its commitment to create 25 jobs in Sullivan County,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolf ...

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Auto insurance rates climbing

Automobile insurance rates are at an all-time high nationwide. In the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol) metro area, rates are up 34% since 2011. 
A recent study by the website The Zebra revealed current average annual auto insurance premiums for: • Tri cities metro: $1,150 • Virginia: $901 (2nd least expensive state in the U.S.) • Tennessee: $1,315 (29th most expensive state) • U.S.: $1,427 Even ...

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