VHCC president to retire

VHCC president to retire

Dr. Gene Couch Jr., the president of Virginia Highlands Community College, announced Monday that he will retire, effective June 30, 2019. Couch will remain at the college through t ...

New Unicoi County Hospital to open next week

New Unicoi County Hospital to open next week

Workers begin the process of installing the EMERGENCY sign at the new hospital, which will open its doors Oct. 23. Photos by Scott Robertson In November 2013, when Mountain States ...

Five years later, Creekside Behavioral Health to open

Five years later, Creekside Behavioral Health to open

Federal, state and local elected officials Monday joined leaders from Strategic Behavioral Health (SBH) in Kingsport to celebrate the grand opening of Creekside Behavioral Health, ...

Regionalism’s next step: Sullivan, Washington County Commissions to hold joint workshop

Regionalism’s next step: Sullivan, Washington County Commissions to hold joint workshop

Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable and Washington County, Tenn. Mayor Joe Grandy Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable today sent county commissioners an email formally announci ...

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Milligan, Northeast State renew nursing transfer agreement

Milligan, Northeast State renew nursing transfer agreement

Milligan College President Dr. Bill Greer and Northeast State Community College President Dr. James King renewed an agreement today giving Northeast State students who plan to tran ...

Downtown Kingsport Association hopes chill in the air warms wine lovers’ hearts

Downtown Kingsport Association hopes chill in the air warms wine lovers’ hearts

Melissa Sanders (standing) and Sue Attebery Photo courtesy Downtown Kingsport Association by Dave Ongie Change will be in the air when the Downtown Kingsport Association presents i ...

Crowe bill to balance proprietary records with open record access and accountability passes committee

NASHVILLE – Legislation which seeks to balance proprietary records with open record access and improved accountability as it addresses the Wellmont–Mountain States merger, was approved by the Senate Health and General Welfare Committee on Wednesday.  Senate Bill 2048, sponsored by Senate Health and General Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), enhances reporting requirements for the compa ...

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Eastman recognized for sustained support of U.S. National Guard and Reserves

From left: Jerry Bush, Northeast Tennessee ESGR Committee Vice Chair; Etta Clark, Eastman Vice President of Global Public Affairs & Policy; Todd Akard, Eastman Recruiter; CeeGee McCord, Eastman Director Global Public & Community Affairs; Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast, ESGR State Chair; Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Brandon Horne, Eastman Operato ...

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Business Journal Market Facts

Welcome to the second edition of Market Facts, the younger sibling of The Business Journal’s Book of Lists. In the following pages, you’ll find facts that define our region, from demographics to wage data to housing and retail information. New this year is a section on data gathered from a 50-mile radius of Tri-Cities Airport, the center of the Tri-Cities region. We often preach that economic developers don ...

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Tri-Cities Airport Authority moves forward on Aerospace Park: Sends letter asking state legislator to stop pushing controversial bill

The hole and the hill. Dirt from the hill that rises above the runway must be moved into the hundred-foot valley next to it. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The Tri-Cities Airport Authority moved forward in February with plans to spend the money necessary to begin site work for the next phase of Aerospace Park, even as a state legislator sought to take over the process. At its Feb. 22 meeting, t ...

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King University issues retail, employment report analyses

KIRES Professors Alexander Brumlik and Sam Evans. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson A pair of reports issued last month by the King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) show the interconnectedness of the two topics in the regional economy. The reports, released around the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession, give room for guarded optimism. Immediately following the recession, there ...

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Immediate distraction: Proprietary information bill mars Ballad Health rollout

Alan Levine, Ballad chairman and CEO. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson When Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine met with The Business Journal in late February, he probably would rather the conversation had centered on plans for a new pediatric trauma center, or a residential addiction treatment facility, or pediatric emergency departments in Kingsport and Bristol. Instead, he opened the co ...

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Opioids: a multi-tiered approach to a multi-faceted problem

By Scott Robertson At some point in the last five to ten years, workforce became the most important factor in business site selection, outpacing location, available infrastructure and incentives. At some point in the last two to three years, opioid-related issues became the most important factor in workforce disqualification, outdistancing education. The effort to stem the opioid crisis, until recently only ...

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Costa: Eastman will only support regional economic development effort

Mark Costa speaks a the Eastman Leaders Breakfast Feb. 22.  Photo by Gabriel Logan By Scott Robertson Several months ago, Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa quietly convened a meeting of the top executives of several of the region’s major employers, including Alan Levine, (CEO of then-Mountain States Health Alliance, now Ballad Health), Scott Niswonger, executive chairman of Landair Transport, Dr. Brian No ...

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“CareerQuest: It’s All About Business” is all about career readiness

Photo above: Preston Conway pitches his business idea, @Home, to the shark tank panel. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson More than 300 students from school systems in eight Northeast Tennessee counties took part March 2 in CareerQuest USA Tennessee’s It’s All About Business event at Northeast State Community College. The event is an outgrowth of CareerQuest USA Tennessee, a career fair that last ...

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Roan Scholars’ first steps toward Pulitzer Prizes

By Scott Robertson A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sit with a group of ETSU Roan Scholars at a speaking engagement by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman defies traditional political labels. He is certainly not a conservative. Liberals loved his recent excoriation of the President of the United States’ unwillingness or inability to stand up to Russia. But conservatives can apprecia ...

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