Virginia approves Ballad cooperative agreement

Virginia approves Ballad cooperative agreement

Photo above: Mountain States President and CEO Alan Levine addresses the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, Oct. 14. By Scott Robertson Just after 3 p.m., Oct. 30, 2017, Mountain ...

Northeast State will  close Bristol site after current semester: Gray site to be sold, Johnson City and Elizabethton remain in long-range plans

Northeast State will close Bristol site after current semester: Gray site to be sold, Johnson City and Elizabethton remain in long-range plans

By Scott Robertson Northeast State Community College will close its Bristol campus at the end of the fall 2017 semester. The decision is part of the College’s correction action pla ...

Economic Development 101: NETWORKS’ Walker on “Selling Your Site” panel

Economic Development 101: NETWORKS’ Walker on “Selling Your Site” panel

Photo above: (L-R) Panelists Mike Evans, Clay Walker, Brad Maul and Bryan Daniels at the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development Oct. 26 in Gatlinburg.  Photo b ...

Wells Fargo chief economist: Interest hikes coming; willingness to embrace deficits is surprising

Wells Fargo chief economist: Interest hikes coming; willingness to embrace deficits is surprising

Photo above: John Silvia, chief economist, Wells Fargo, at Bristol’s Paramount Center, Oct. 19. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The chief economist for Wells Fargo told ...

Region’s manufacturers announce growth in October

Region’s manufacturers announce growth in October

The region’s manufacturing economy got a boost in October from two expansions and one acquisition. Jarden Zinc will add jobs in Greene County, Techni-Glass will add jobs in Hawkins ...

GO Virginia issues call for projects in need of funding

GO Virginia issues call for projects in need of funding

$500,000 available for projects that fund region’s economy The wait is over for entrepreneurs who believe they have a great idea for a business that could create jobs and economic ...

Faith in the Future honorees named

Faith in the Future honorees named

Photo above: The 2017 class of Faith in the Future award winners is the eighth class of honorees named. Photo by Jeff Derby The winners of the 2017 CenturyLink Faith in the Future ...

Pinnacle expansion announced

By Scott Robertson With a new two-story Belk store on one side and a movie theatre complex slated to open in October on the other, developer Steve Johnson announced plans Sept. 3 for the next phase of The Pinnacle retail development in Bristol. “Thirty-six months ago, we were standing here in a 300-acre green field, talking about a vision and a dream,” Johnson said. “Today we’re back, talking not about what ...

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Engineering project: Milligan begins to build a program

By Jeff Keeling Two stories below Greg Harrell’s makeshift office, workers are busily transforming the high-ceilinged ground floor of a seminary into a mechanical and electrical engineering laboratory. Biblical scholars pass through the halls in this building on a hill, from which Emmanuel Christian Seminary, now part of Milligan College, has sent God’s emissaries throughout the world for five decades. An e ...

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Haslam calls current infrastructure revenue plan unsustainable

By Scott Robertson Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam brought a road show that included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer to Kingsport Aug. 17. Haslam invited local government and business leaders, as well as the media, to discuss the problem of funding Tennessee’s road and infrastructure projects under the current formula. “This is not a time when ...

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Former Bristol Chamber board chair-elect takes over as president and CEOBeth Rhinehart Switches Seats:

By Scott Robertson Beth Rhinehart was in line to become the next chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Instead, she became its next president and CEO. During the entire tenure of the previous president, Joy Madison, and for several years prior, Rhinehart had been involved with the Chamber in several roles while working as director of government relations for Wellmont Health System, lobbying for that org ...

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Alpha Natural Resources files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Scott Robertson Leaving many observers surprised at how quickly the action was taken, Bristol, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aug. 3. As late as four months ago, the coal mining company had reported having $476 million in cash. Immediately after filing, Alpha began assuring customers and vendors it plans to continue to conduct “business as usual” ...

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Food City heads southwest with BI-LO acquisition

By Jeff Keeling To say Food City made a splash last month when it announced its intention to acquire 29 BI-LO supermarkets in the Chattanooga market would be an understatement. The purchase, expected to close this fall (terms are undisclosed), increases the Abingdon, Va.-based company’s store count by nearly a third, from 93 to 122. “Food City has gotten its game pretty sharp,” Progressive Grocer Content Ed ...

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TVA outlines Boone Dam repair plan: Opportunities for local business touted

By Scott Robertson The Tennessee Valley Authority held a series of meetings July 30 to announce its plan to address seepage issues at Boone Dam. After meeting with elected officials and the media, John McCormick, TVA vice president of Safety, River Management and Environment told a crowd of just over 300 at a public information session in Johnson City, “We have benchmarked this project. We have looked at ma ...

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Hard truths about Boone Dam

By Scott Robertson To all the good people who live or work on or around Boone Lake and whose quality of life has been impacted by the lowering of the lake levels for repairs on Boone Dam: It’s sad and unfortunate that you are having to go through this. Please know the rest of us sympathize with you. We hope and pray TVA can beat its projected time frame for repairs. Having said that, there is a very importa ...

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Let’s keep shaking it up in business-education partnerships

By Jeff Keeling I have a young friend who started the 10th grade early this month. I ran into him, and his younger brother who was starting 9th grade, their first morning of school and wound up taking them to lunch that day. Sandwiched around the sandwiches and boneless wings were trips to an out-of-the-way street in a poorer part of Johnson City lined with tiny houses. The boys, along with another brother ...

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