King, SVCC sign dual admission agreement

King, SVCC sign dual admission agreement

King President Alexander W. Whitaker IV and SWCC President Thomas F. Wright, Ed.D. King University and Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) announced a new program agreement ...

Northeast TN AG takes hard line on proposed opioid settlement: “Budget for more body bags”

Northeast TN AG takes hard line on proposed opioid settlement: “Budget for more body bags”

Barry Staubus On the heels of a $260 million settlement between four drug companies and two Ohio counties, Tennessee attorneys general are considering an $18 billion opioid settlem ...

Northam hosts Amazon on “listening tour” stop in St. Paul

Northam hosts Amazon on “listening tour” stop in St. Paul

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam hosted a roundtable discussion in St. Paul Oct. 21 with officials from Amazon’s second headquarters, located in Arlington. Held at the Oxbow Center ...

An Appalachian Renaissance

An Appalachian Renaissance

by Mary Trigiani Renaissance is rebirth. Every era of human history labeled as a renaissance shares common hallmarks: essential transition, intellectual flowering, and a questionin ...

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LaunchTN partners with Sync.Space for NE TN return

LaunchTN partners with Sync.Space for NE TN return

Heath Guinn LaunchTN, the public-private partnership designed to assist entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the Volunteer State is back in business in Northeast Tennessee. Lau ...

Price to succeed retiring Jones as ECU CEO Jan. 1

Price to succeed retiring Jones as ECU CEO Jan. 1

Olan O. Jones, Jr., Eastman Credit Union’s CEO and president, is announcing his retirement effective January 1, 2020. After 22 years heading ECU, Jones says he is looking forward t ...

Costa: Innovation still driving Eastman’s success

by Jeff Keeling A century ago, Northeast Tennessee’s abundant timber resources and the methanol supply they could produce inspired George Eastman to establish what became Eastman Chemical Company. With Eastman entering its second century and the world seeking sustainable economic models, methanol is coming full circle thanks to Eastman’s constant focus on innovation, CEO Mark Costa said. That innovation wil ...

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The doctors are in

Above: Ballad Health’s newly named physician leadership team includes (front, l-r) Dr. Mark Patterson, Dr. Chris Metzger, Dr. Shari Rajoo, Dr. Clay Runnels, (back, l-r) Dr. Mark Wilkinson, Dr. Amit Vashist and Dr. Matthew Loos. Photo by Jeff Keeling by Jeff Keeling Editor’s Note: This print article reviews the big picture and background surrounding Ballad Health’s decision to name seven physicians to new, a ...

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Restructuring the economy of the Appalachian Highlands

by Mary Trigiani Strategy. Books have been written about it. Careers have been built upon it. From the time ancient military figures laid plans for vanquishing opponents, to today, when it is a a business necessity, strategy runs the gamut of acceptance to skepticism. The skeptics tell us Strategy is the reason for Analysis Paralysis. Too much navel gazing, too much money spent on plans, not enough acting. ...

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New “primary economic development organization” plan for Northeast Tennessee made public

By Scott Robertson A document published online as part of the agenda for the Sept. 24 Bristol, Tenn., city council work session includes details of an effort to create a single entity “to serve as the primary economic development organization (EDO) for the eight counties recognized by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as its Northeast Tennessee Region.” The document, a draft of ...

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Reaction to Tennessee Medicaid block grant waiver proposal

Tennessee would become the first state to convert its Medicaid funding into a block grant under a proposal published yesterday by the Lee administration. Reaction was swift but muted from supporters and opponents, with much information yet to be fully vetted. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the health committee in the U.S. Senate, said he has always supported block grants and “Last Congress, I supported ...

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JCDA buys John Sevier Hotel

Diana Cantler By Scott Robertson The John Sevier Hotel building, the largest edifice in downtown Johnson City, is now the property of the Johnson City Development Authority. The JCDA, which closed on the property last week, plans to keep the current property manager, M&M Properties, in place while hiring a developer to build new units for the current residents. The former hotel building is currently a s ...

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Business Journal Q and A: Physician leaders on Ballad

by Jeff Keeling The following is the entire Q and A from the Journal’s wide-ranging August 12 meeting with Ballad Health’s seven physician leaders. Business Journal: You’ve got a mixing of Ballad employee physicians and extenders, and you’ve got independent practitioners – there’s a requirement for an open system – how do you align that and make sure Ballad’s objectives are going to be met without violating ...

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