Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

In a joint release issued late Tuesday afternoon, East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Ballad Health Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Levine announce ...

Roe on board with MSA unification idea

Roe on board with MSA unification idea

Tennessee First District United States Congressman Phil Roe this week said he would support a plan to reunify the Kingsport and Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Roe tol ...

Six from Northeast joining Leadership Tennessee for 2018-19

Six from Northeast joining Leadership Tennessee for 2018-19

Leadership Tennessee this week announced its 2018-19 class, comprised of 45 leaders (including six from the Tri-Cities) who will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non- ...

Bristol, Va., sets deadline for Economic Development Director applications

Bristol, Va., sets deadline for Economic Development Director applications

The city of Bristol, Va., hopes to have the resume of its new economic development director in hand by June 26. That’s the cut-off date for applications for the position listed on ...

VDOT begins consideration of I-81 improvements

VDOT begins consideration of I-81 improvements

The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted its first public hearing regarding potential improvements to the 325 miles of Interstate 81 in the Commonwealth. The hearing, June ...

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties becoming “College Completion Community”

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties becoming “College Completion Community”

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties are joining forces to become a single “College Completion Community” by jointly forming one of five “Completion Councils” in the Complete Te ...

TN Promise seeks thousands of mentors for students

TN Promise seeks thousands of mentors for students

TNAchieves has begun recruiting 9,000 volunteer mentors to meet its goal of providing every TN Promise applicant from the class of 2019 with a local support system. TN Promise affo ...

Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez: The surprisingly social social media consultant

Photo above: Escobar-Gonzalez  Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson When one thinks of using social media, one generally imagines oneself staring into a monitor, tablet or smartphone. But for Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez, founder of Beyond Engagement, being a social media consultant is all about face-to-face connections. It may seem ironic, but Beyond Engagement was built on offline networking. Escobar ...

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The Un-career fair career fair

Photo above: Wynne Tyree By Scott Robertson CareerQuestTn, which held a career fair for 5,000 Northeast Tennessee high school students last year and plans to invite 6,000 this year, will first hold a smaller event targeted at white collar careers called “CareerQuestTN: It’s All About Business.” Some 500 high school juniors and seniors from 25 schools will attend the March 2 event at Northeast State Communit ...

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Tennessee finally addresses opioids

By Scott Robertson When it comes to economic development, the topic of opioids is dull and depressing. It just is. Nobody wants to talk about it. But talk we should and talk we must. And talk should be just the beginning. One of the most disappointing moments for me last year came when I asked Tennessee’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Bobby Rolfe, how the Volunteer state was faring in ...

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Setting the record straight on tax reform

By Congressman Phil Roe My top priority in Congress is working to grow our economy, create jobs and increase prosperity for working families. For my first four terms in Congress, I saw a federal government that discouraged private business and set up unnecessary roadblocks for job creation. When President Trump was elected, I was excited to work on getting the economy moving again, which is why I was proud ...

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Tennessee Issues Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States to Become Ballad Health

Merger Approved after Deliberate and Thorough Public Process NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH today announced the state is officially allowing a merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance by issuing a Certificate of Public Advantage or COPA to their parent company, Ballad Health. An official announcement is expected from the tw ...

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Corker, Mnuchin discuss Fannie, Freddie

During a hearing today to receive the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s annual report from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, questioned the sustainability of government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and emphasized the opportunity for congressional action on housing finance reform. Excerpts follow. ...

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Ron Ramsey hired to lobby for Aerospace Park

Ramsey in the Senate chamber. File photo WCEDC hires former Lt. Gov. to help secure legislative appropriation By Scott Robertson In the gig economy, everybody’s got a side hustle, even former lieutenant governors. Ron Ramsey, the Blountville-based auctioneer who represented Northeast Tennessee in both the State House and Senate before retiring from the position of lieutenant governor last year, has been hir ...

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BrightRidge board votes to seek regulatory approval for high speed broadband project

BrightRidge Board Chair Dr. B.J. King and CEO Jeff Dykes JOHNSON CITY -- BrightRidge Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to seek regulatory approval for a phased, 8-year roll out of high-speed internet, television and phone services to its 78,000-customer service area. 
 “There is no doubt that the essential utility of the 21st century is high-speed internet,” BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said. “Howe ...

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Tennessee Governor announces plan to address opioid epidemic

Joined by leadership from the State House and Senate and Tennessee Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Gov. Bill Haslam Monday announced what his office called, “an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee.” The plan centers on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement. TN Together is a multi-faceted initiative that addresses the issue of opioid addiction thro ...

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2017 saw gas price swings, 2018 starting off in the middle

Tennessee's gas prices swung 61 cents per gallon in 2017, from a low under $2.00 a gallon in July to a high of $2.60 in the fall. The low price of $1.99 was recorded July 5, while the high happened Sept. 10. Gas prices currently hang between those two marks, with Tri-Cities motorists paying the highest prices in the state.. Tennessee gas prices increased 6 cents during the past week. The state average of $2 ...

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