YWCA Emerge Event Sept. 29

YWCA Emerge Event Sept. 29

YWCA Bristol’s  Emerge women's professional development series continues this week with an event Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. Cata ...

NN Inc. relocating corporate HQ from Johnson City to Charlotte

NN Inc. relocating corporate HQ from Johnson City to Charlotte

NN, Inc., (NNBR) a diversified industrial company that grew from a northeast Tennessee bearing and roller business to an international supplier of multiple industries today announc ...

Tennessee grants certificate of public advantage for Wellmont and MSHA

Tennessee grants certificate of public advantage for Wellmont and MSHA

From the TN Department of Health: www.tn.gov/health/news/53364 Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, today announced the request for a Certificate o ...

NETEDC, local banks initiate new downtown loan program

NETEDC, local banks initiate new downtown loan program

Photo above: Business owner Jason Gilliland accepts the first check from the new downtown loan program. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Bank of Tennessee, First Tenness ...

United Way of Southwest Virginia to host  Career Expo, Leaders Breakfast

United Way of Southwest Virginia to host Career Expo, Leaders Breakfast

Photo above: Travis Staton and Brianna Morris Fillers at the offices of the United Way of Southwest Virginia in Abingdon. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Imagine if the ...

United Way of Bristol initiates “Jobs for Life” program

United Way of Bristol initiates “Jobs for Life” program

Photo above: Jobs for Life Director or Training & Leadership Development Shay Bethea teaches Bristol Jobs for Life volunteers about relational poverty. Photo courtesy JFL By Sc ...

GO VA Region 1 plan headed to GO Board

GO VA Region 1 plan headed to GO Board

Photo Above: Melinda Thayer Leland of Virginia Highlands Community College outlines recommendations during the Aug. 3 stakeholder meetingin Marion.  Photos by Scott Robertson By Sc ...

Empty glass: Fledgling manufacturer shuts plans, seeks funds

By Jeff Keeling Production shutdowns; unpaid employees; a capital shortage – it wasn’t supposed to be this way when a group of glass industry veterans opened Heritage Glass in Kingsport’s former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass plant. But as the Business Journal prepared to go to print June 5, production at the plant was shut down temporarily as President Eric Kerney and other company directors sought fin ...

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Small businesses and insurance: “Nobody’s happy.”

By Jeff Keeling Jim Green strides through the nearly complete athletic fieldhouse at Johnson City, Tenn.’s Science Hill High School, stopping to check with valued employees of his third-generation contracting business. It’s a family atmosphere even on the job site of a J.E. Green Co. project, and Green is clearly comfortable with his men. Like many other small, family-owned businesses around the Tri-Cities ...

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2015 Laureate: Mitch Walters

There haven’t been too many Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame laureates who’ve had their own catch phrases. But if you show Mitch Walters picture to anyone in the Tri-Cities with a television, they’ll probably say, “Oh yeah, It’s the ‘We’re dealin’ man!” Mitch Walters’ is more than just a face on TV, though. His Friendship family of dealerships today has more than 300 employees, and Friendship has ea ...

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2015 Laureate: Roy L. Harmon, Jr.

Roy L. Harmon, Jr.’s roots in business success stretch much further back than his 1980 initiation into the world of banking. They stretch back even further than involvement with Junior Achievement as a Dobyns-Bennett High School student in the early 1970s. In fact, the son of a Holston Valley nurse and a Mead Paper lab technician says, “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a job. “When I was growing u ...

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Businessmen and women, please show this page to your daughters

By Scott Robertson This message goes out to all the school age girls living in the Tri-Cities: This summer, enjoy your time off from school. Go to the aquatic center. Have friends over and stay up late. Catch fireflies, roast marshmallows, listen to music and eat lots of pie – apple pie, key lime pie, strawberry pie, chocolate cream pie – whatever pie you want. Let everyone know, “I like pie!” Then, once sc ...

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An open letter from the Chambers of Commerce

The Chambers of Commerce of Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County endorse the proposed merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance to an integrated single system.  We believe this offers the best opportunity for the betterment of our region’s healthcare. Each Chamber board met with the individual health systems while Wellmont was pursuing three alternati ...

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Physicians address merger’s impact on clinicians

By Jeff Keeling When he spoke at the Wellmont Health System-Mountain States Health Alliance merger announcement April 2, Dr. Jeff Farrow was effusive in his praise of the proposed deal’s benefits for physicians.  Farrow, a pulmonologist and Mountain States board member, said a combined system could, “help us attract the best and brightest physicians to our region.” He added that a goal for the combined syst ...

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This month's Business Journal, which should reach subscribers in print early next week, hits a number of high points, starting with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's last-dollar coverage plan for adults attending Tennessee colleges of applied technology. We also ask physicians about the proposed hospital system merger, report some good news on Bristol Compressors and report on consultants' recommendations that m ...

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Bell Helicopter cutting global workforce; layoffs possible at Piney Flats manufacturing site

By Jeff Keeling Bell Helicopter is in the throes of what its CEO mentioned in January would be “another difficult year,” and the company announced Tuesday it plans to shed around 1,100 workers worldwide, with the possibility of some layoffs at its Piney Flats facility. Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell employs about 500 people in Piney Flats. The company plans to get as many eligible workers as possible to take ...

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Bristol compressors to add 110 permanent jobs

BRISTOL, Va. – Bristol Compressors International, Inc., a leading global producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems, is planning to add 110 full-time jobs this spring. The company will first move 50 seasonal workers into permanent positions. Another 60 jobs will be added by the end of April, bringing the number of full-time positions to 738 at the Bristol site. ...

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