40 Under Forty Honors Business Community’s 2019 Rising Stars

40 Under Forty Honors Business Community’s 2019 Rising Stars

A crowd of around 300 members of the Tri-Cities business community gathered Oct. 4 to fete this year’s class of young professionals at the 27th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Bl ...

Foam Products Corporation invests in, expands Erwin operations

Foam Products Corporation invests in, expands Erwin operations

Perry Muse, Foam Products Corp., vice president of Manufacturing and general manager Georgia-based Foam Products Corp., cut the ribbon on an expansion to its Erwin, Tenn., manufact ...

Kelly Price to become ECU CEO Jan. 1, 2020

Kelly Price to become ECU CEO Jan. 1, 2020

Kelly Price Eastman Credit Union’s board of directors announced in September of 2019 that Kelly Price, current executive vice president, will succeed Olan Jones upon his retirement ...

25th KOSBE Awards feature Carmack, Royston, Hillhouse and Kontos

25th KOSBE Awards feature Carmack, Royston, Hillhouse and Kontos

The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) held the 25th Annual KOSBE Awards Dec. 5 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Cent ...

Dickenson County Named ACT Certified Work Ready Community

Dickenson County Named ACT Certified Work Ready Community

(Left to right): Rita Surratt, President and CEO of Dickenson County Chamber and Tourism Director; Cody Mumpower, representative of 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith's Offic ...

Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

By Dave Ongie On a Tuesday morning in late autumn 2019, Randy Boyd approved significant upgrades to three ballparks occupied by the Appalachian League teams owned an operated by Bo ...

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Heather Cook reinvents herself – again

by Scott Robertson As a college student, Heather Cook was the first Roan Scholar to graduate East Tennessee State University. As executive director of the Foundation for Northeast State Community College, she oversaw an effort that more than doubled annual contributions. As executive director of Healthy Kingsport, she led the effort to have the city earn the Haslam administration’s Healthier City designatio ...

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Crown Labs cuts ribbon on new headquarters

Crown Laboratories CEO Jeff Bedard Monday cut the ribbon on Crown’s new corporate headquarters in Johnson City. The global skincare manufacturer plans to create an additional 200+ jobs and investing $27 million in its Johnson City operations by 2024. The fast-growing company – which partnered with private equity firm Hildred Capital Partners in late 2017 – last year became one of just 6 percent of companies ...

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A mall and the right visitors: Hard Rock International plans to run Bristol casino

Hard Rock International, a global leader in the entertainment and hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Bristol Resort & Casino team to create Hard Rock Casino Bristol. Once final approval is received from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of Bristol, Virginia, Hard Rock, working with the local ownership group, will operate the proposed resort and casino. “We ar ...

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Speedway Children’s Charities announces $900k+ in donations

Children throughout the region will benefit from the most successful fundraising effort by the Bristol Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities since 2016. Executive Director Claudia Byrd announced at the recent Night of Smiles event that BMS’ SCC chapter raised a total of $920,851 during the 2019 calendar year that will be distributed to 103 rural-area child-focused agencies throughout North ...

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Barge acquires Gould Turner Group

Barge Design Solutions, which is based in Nashville, has an office in Kingsport and does significant business in the Tri-Cities region, announced this week it has acquired Nashville-based Gould Turner Group (GTG). “We are thrilled to announce that Gould Turner Group has officially become part of Barge,” said Bob Higgins, CEO of Barge Design Solutions. “GTG has set the standard in the architecture and interi ...

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$5 Million Gift to fund Career Center at Emory & Henry

John van Vlissingen Emory & Henry College announced at its fall Board of Trustees meeting that it received a gift of $5 million from The van Vlissingen Student Foundation to create The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development at Emory & Henry College. The gift will support the College’s new strategic initiatives, “Pivot Toward the Future” 2020-23, that was approved at the meetin ...

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NeTREP luncheon focuses on putting regionalism into action

NeTREP CEO Mitch Miller introduces Mike Brenneman, who was visiting Tannery Knobs Bike Park from his home in Pennsylvania. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie, News Editor The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Parntership (NeTREP) investor update luncheon last Friday offered plenty of opportunity to reflect upon encouraging economic data high atop Tannery Knobs Bike Park, which is a recent success story i ...

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Virginia Business College Receives Provisional Certificate to Operate

The Virginia Business College (VBC), a new college in Bristol, Virginia, was granted a Provisional Certificate to Operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Oct. 29. “This is a significant step forward for the Virginia Business College” says Dr. Gene Couch, President, of the 4-year, private, non-profit college. “This approval will allow us to begin recruitment of the inaugural c ...

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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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