American now booking TRI-DFW passage for September flights

American now booking TRI-DFW passage for September flights

Above: TRI Executive Director Gene Cossey announces new service to DFW. American Airlines is now selling seats on the recently announced twice-daily flights between Tri-Cities Airp ...

Women in Manufacturing seminar focuses on challenges, opportunities

Women in Manufacturing seminar focuses on challenges, opportunities

Above: Carolyn Powers, IPN Packaging; Carol Blankenship, ABB Bland; Christa Glassburn, PBE Group. Back row: Megan Pack, Woodgrain Millworks; Nichole Manz-Young, Northeast State. Ph ...

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Inaugural Regional Business Excellence Awards

Inaugural Regional Business Excellence Awards

By Dave Ongie You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with as much faith in the future as Ballad Health Chief Experience Officer Tom Tull, who served as the keynote speaker of the ina ...

Anita’s breaks ground on 40,000-square-foot Kingsport plant expansion

Anita’s breaks ground on 40,000-square-foot Kingsport plant expansion

Above: Ricardo Alvarez and Jim Street at the Anita’s groundbreaking March 29 When the building that currently houses Anita’s Snack Foods in Kingsport opened under the ownership of ...

Thirty-five businesses to offer IGNITE internships

Thirty-five businesses to offer IGNITE internships

Above: Travis Staton United Way of Southwest Virginia CEO Addressing the gap between the worlds of education and employment in Southwest Virginia, the United Way of Southwest Virgi ...

Bridging the gap from education to employment

Bridging the gap from education to employment

BTES CEO Mike Browder welcomes teachers and employers to the March 25 event. More than 70 teachers from the Bristol Tennessee School System were paired with 21 local industries Mar ...

Agribusiness top of mind for region’s governors

Above: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee The governors of Tennessee and Virginia are both making the case for increased funding for agribusiness. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam last week announced GO Virginia funding in the amount of more than $310,000 for an effort in Lee, Scott and Wise counties is far Southwest Virginia. Under the auspices of the Smart Farming at the Center ...

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Costa shares $500 million goal at Eastman Leaders’ Breakfast

Photo courtesy Eastman by Scott Robertson Despite a challenging fourth quarter of 2018, Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa has doubled down on a year-old statement that the company plans to have $500 million in new revenue growth from innovation in 2020. The 2018 figure was $360 million. “Three-hundred-sixty million dollars in new revenue growth from innovation for our portfolio is actually pretty good,” C ...

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Thompson & Litton acquires Beeson Lusk & Street

Two of the region's oldest and best known architecture and civil engineering firms have merged. Thompson & Litton (T&L) has announced the acquisition of Beeson Lusk & Street (BLS). Both firms have been in existence for more than 60 years. BLS employees have joined Thompson & Litton’s employee-owned operation, which is now doing business as BLS Thompson & Litton. The firm will retain its ...

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Crown Laboratories announces upgrade of Johnson City manufacturing facility

Above: Jeff Bedard, Crown Laboratories president and CEO Crown Laboratories, Inc. announced this week it will be embarking on a three-year capital improvement plan aimed at upgrading and enhancing its manufacturing capabilities in Johnson City, Tenn. Crown, which is headquartered in Johnson City, is investing in new capital equipment to accommodate current and future expansion opportunities, including a sta ...

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Gov. Bill Lee to Repeal the Gym Tax in the Upcoming Budget

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Tuesday announced his plans to repeal the amusement tax on gym memberships in his upcoming budget. “I’m pleased to be able to include a tax cut in my first budget,” said Lee. “Repealing the gym tax is an important step in reducing the burdens on small businesses in our state.” The nearly 10 percent amusement tax is placed on memberships to gyms, fitness centers and health club ...

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Chinese-born scientist indicted for conspiring to steal secrets from Eastman, others

By Dave Ongie A grand jury in Greeneville, Tenn., recently returned an indictment against a Chinese-born scientist formerly employed by Coca-Cola and Eastman for conspiracy to steal trade secrets related to formulations for BPA-free coatings. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 56, of Lansing, Mich., and Liu Xiangchen, 61, of Shandong Province, China, were named in th ...

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150 organizations form Accountable Care Community

Representatives from Ballad Health, the United Way of Southwest Virginia and Healthy Kingsport led a meeting at Bristol Regional Medical Center Tuesday, including the 24-member leadership council of a new accountable care community in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The Appalachian Highlands community will be the first accountable care community in the U.S. to encompass areas of two states. “Thi ...

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Accountable Care Community comes to forefront as Ballad announces partnerships

By Dave Ongie From a school library in Gate City, Virginia, to the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway to a letter of support for Ballad Health penned by chambers of commerce from around the region, one phrase kept popping up last week: Accountable Care Community. The phrase itself is not new, but according to Ballad Health CEO Allan Levine, the emphasis now being placed on the phrase in our region is packed ...

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Q&A: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Above: Governor Bill Lee and Business Journal Managing Editor Scott Robertson at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Photo courtesy State of Tennessee During his 2018 campaign for governor, Bill Lee repeatedly made the point that Tennessee had done great things to improve college accessibility and graduation rates, but that he was interested in creating new pathways to prosperity for n ...

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