Tennessee unemployment rate remains steady, near historic low

Tennessee unemployment rate remains steady, near historic low

March 2018 Rate Remains at 3.4 Percent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have announced the March 2018 statew ...

Piney Flats employees let go in Bell layoffs

Piney Flats employees let go in Bell layoffs

Bell (formerly Bell helicopter), a division of Textron, announced Monday it had let 120 employees go. That figure includes an undisclosed number from the Piney Flats, Tenn., facili ...

Square One co-working space opens in Erwin

Square One co-working space opens in Erwin

Photo above: Brian Tapp and Tyler Engle     The town of Erwin Tuesday opened its first co-working space, branded "Square One."     "When you combine Erwin fiber and a really cool w ...

Ballad begins eliminating redundant positions

Ballad begins eliminating redundant positions

Photo above: Ballad Health Chairman Alan Levine   Ballad Health is in the process of eliminating around 150 jobs.  The positions affected by elimination of duplicative jobs in ...

Hall of Fame line-up promised for Mountain Mission School fundraiser

Hall of Fame line-up promised for Mountain Mission School fundraiser

Jim McGlothlin Eight years ago, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player headlined a fund-raiser golf tournament at the Olde Farm that raised $15.1 million for the Mountain Mis ...

United Way of SW Va receives $250,000 from GO Va for IGNITE program

United Way of SW Va receives $250,000 from GO Va for IGNITE program

Southwest Virginia Teachers tour Mohawk Industries as part of the IGNITE program, Oct. 2017, file photo Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Tuesday announced five regional projects fun ...

Washington County, Tenn. Industrial Park gets good news on two fronts

Washington County, Tenn. Industrial Park gets good news on two fronts

ECD Commissioner Robert Rolfe The sale to the county of a 37-acre tract adjacent to the Washington County Industrial Park closed last Thursday, the same day the county received wor ...

Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities Chapter announces Food City 500 Fundraising Events

The Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC-Bristol) is geared up for the upcoming Food City 500 race weekend. SCC-Bristol will hold numerous fundraisers throughout race week to benefit thousands of children in the community. Some of SCC’s opportunities include Track Laps, the annual SCC dinner presented by Tele-Optics, Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic, Bristol Ultimate Experiences Online Auctio ...

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New River Hardwoods to invest $3.8 million in Carter County facilities

New River Hardwoods, Inc. officials recently announced the lumber company will invest $3.8 million in its operations in Roan Mountain. New River plans to create around 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. The company will install new equipment and convert its Roan Mountain log yard into a lumber manufacturing facility. “I’d like to thank New River Hardwoods for investing in Roan Mountain a ...

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Outstanding Branding: What several of the region’s best brands do better than the rest

Photo above: Wynne Tyree, CEO Smarty Pants By Scott Robertson Most people know great branding from merely good branding. And in our media-savvy culture, even kids can tell good branding from bad. The tough part – especially for a business owner trying to brand a product, service or company – is knowing how to create a great brand. For most of us, great branding is analogous to the late U.S. Supreme Court Ju ...

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The increasingly senior-centric economy: What today’s demographics mean for business in the region

First in a two-part series by Don Fenley and Scott Robertson This is not your father’s economy. Well, actually, if your father is a Baby Boomer, it is. It is the economy his generation is about to dominate. And few places in America is that more true than Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In examining demographics and economics, it first must be stated that the population is growing worldwide. The ...

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From outdated to state-of-the-art: Master Precision Machining brings heritage Kingsport tool and die operation up to speed

Photo above: Tim Stanley and Adam Newsome Photos by Gabriel Logan By Gabriel Logan Taking a look at Master Precision Machining (Master) today, it’s hard to recognize the 30-year-old tool and die operation that was slogging along in Kingsport’s Regional Park just a few months ago. “This place has been here since 1988” Tim Stanley, COO says. “We came in last year, bought it, closed in August and made a bunch ...

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Qarni talks workforce development with education, business leaders: New Virginia secretary of education hears success stories, areas of need for greater focus

Photo above: Dr. Brian Ratliff speaks during the roundtable discussion at Food City corporate headquarters. By Scott Robertson Virginia Education Secretary Atif Qarni, a former civics teacher from Prince William County, made his first foray into Southwest Virginia in March, meeting with educators and business leaders. “We want to focus on literacy in general, but on financial literacy – a couple of years ag ...

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Northeast Tennessee projects receive major ECD grants: Bristol, Erwin and Blountville projects to receive a total of $2 million

Photo above: The 30-acre portion of Partnership Park II in Bristol slated for grading work is highlighted in this rendering, courtesy NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership. By Scott Robertson After hosting presentations from NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership (NeTREP) , the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced in March it will awar ...

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HCA buying Asheville-based Mission Health: Levine predicts little impact on Ballad

By Scott Robertson Mission Health, which operates six hospitals and health facilities in Western North Carolina and competes for medical professionals and patients with Northeast Tennessee-based Ballad Health, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge with Nashville-based HCA. Ballad Chairman and CEO Alan Levine said the day after the announcement he does not anticipate significant changes in the competi ...

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Dang it, we can do this

By Scott Robertson US News & World Report (USN&WR) ran an article recently about Johnson City, Tennessee. The thrust of the piece was that even though the city has high availability of quality health care, it does not crack the list of top 500 healthiest cities in the nation. The same statement could be made in general terms for the entire region. Health care is available, but the population is less ...

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