25th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala

25th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala

The 1,000th member of the Tri-Cities’ class of 40 Under Forty honorees was named at the 25th Annual 40 Under Forty gala Oct. 6 at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. “The 40 Und ...

Region’s governments unite behind Aerospace Park: Up next: TDOT grant application

Region’s governments unite behind Aerospace Park: Up next: TDOT grant application

Photo above: Bristol Mayor Jack Young, Johnson City Mayor David Tomita, Kingsport Mayor John Clark, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge and ...

BTES wins Baldrige Award

BTES wins Baldrige Award

Photo above: (L-R top row): Supervisor of Customer Service Diane Smith, Supervisor of Networks Michael Parker, System Engineer Chris De Troye, Supervisor of Electric Engineering Da ...

KIA dealership the first confirmed tenant at Tri-Cities Crossing

KIA dealership the first confirmed tenant at Tri-Cities Crossing

By Scott Robertson The long-awaited first tenant in the Tri-Cities Crossing development at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 81 has been announced. Local automobile dealer Cha ...

Financial Empowerment Network making $2.25 million investment in Southwest Virginia

Financial Empowerment Network making $2.25 million investment in Southwest Virginia

By Scott Robertson In Southwest Virginia, nearly 59 percent of the population does not have high enough income to afford a basic household budget that includes housing, child care, ...

This was the year that was…

This was the year that was…

By Scott Robertson One nice thing about The Business Journal is that we don’t exist merely as what comedian Flip Wilson once referred to as a “church of what’s happening now.” The ...

December 2017 – Full Edition

December 2017 – Full Edition

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Hospital systems clear preliminary merger hurdle

Southwest Virginia Health Authority deems merger application complete Process ongoing in Tennessee Story and photos by Jeff Keeling ABINGDON, Va. – Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System reached a milestone Friday in their effort to gain approval to become one system as the Southwest Virginia Health Authority (SVHA) deemed the hospital systems’ application for a “cooperative agreement” c ...

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Southwest Virginia group deems hospital merger application complete

The Southwest Virginia Health Authority has deemed complete Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance's application for a cooperative agreement that would allow them to merge. The group unanimously approved a motion to deem the application complete after a two-hour meeting and despite opposition from the Virginia Association of Health Plans, which said more information should be sought and ...

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$3 million in ARC funds to help Southwest Virginia

Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded nearly $3 million in funds to two organizations in Southwest Virginia to create and train workers for jobs in new sectors of the region’s economy. The funding comes as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a multi-age ...

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Payment reform:‘Right thing to do,’ but ‘devil is in the details’

By Jeff Keeling Second in a two-part series. Read the first story at bjournal.com/payment-reform-spurring-sea-change-at-clinical-level. “I really believe Dr. Dykes saved my life,” Mary Snyder says. Mary Snyder wasn’t just sick late last fall. She was really sick. The Jonesborough resident’s congestive heart failure (CHF) had hit her with a vengeance. She had fluid on her lungs (pulmonary edema), a common si ...

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Teleperformance to add 500 jobs at Bristol call center

The expansion will keep Teleperformance recruiter Melanie Setterhoff busy for some time. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Teleperformance has committed to creating approximately 500 new full-time jobs at its Bristol, Tenn., call center over the next five years. The center currently has between 700 and 800 employees. The company has also committed to investing $800,000 in new equipment for the fa ...

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Due diligence proceeding as Summers-Taylor looks to buy Model Mill

By Jeff Keeling See the original article from when the contract on the Model Mill was announced at jcnewsandneighbor.com/model-mill-sale. By the end of July, just a few weeks after announcing his family company would purchase and renovate Johnson City’s historic Model Mill, Summers-Taylor Inc. President Grant Summers said good progress was being made in the due diligence process. As crews from Burleson Cons ...

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Site selection specialist assesses Unicoi County’s industrial development prospects

By Scott Robertson If there is a silver lining to the cloud CSX Railways’ departure left over Unicoi County, it is that the county’s application to the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP) has been accepted, creating opportunities the county otherwise would not have had. PEP is a relatively new program developed by the Department of Economic and Community Development in Nashville. Its stated g ...

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Smith & Wesson purchases Taylor Brands for $85 million

By Scott Robertson Smith & Wesson is best known as a manufacturer of firearms, but Kingsport, Tenn.-based Taylor Brands is bringing a knife to a gun company. The local knife maker has long been licensed to produce product lines under the Smith & Wesson brand. When the sale of Taylor Brands to Smith & Wesson Holding Company (SWHC)’s Battenfield Technologies Division closes later this month, $85 m ...

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Alpha Natural Resources emerges from Chapter 11 as Contura Energy begins operations

By Scott Robertson Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) is back and Contura Energy has arrived. Alpha issued a statement announcing it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy July 26, the same day Contura announced it had completed the acquisition of what had been Alpha’s key assets. Formed and majority-owned by a group of Alpha’s former first lien lenders, Contura was created to acquire and operate what had been A ...

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The BJ Proust Kobayashi Maru

S ince you are reading a business publication, let us, for the purposes of this column, assume you own or manage a business – or are working toward that end, and therefore are already aware of the difficulties involved in finding, hiring and keeping a qualified workforce. In recent years we have written about local employers’ difficulties finding workers who check several boxes: communication and other soft ...

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