King University, University of Tennessee announce dual enrollment engineering degree

King University, University of Tennessee announce dual enrollment engineering degree

Photo: Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs at King; John Tickle namesake of the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering; Dr. Wayne Davis, dean of the Tickle Co ...

CareerQuest Tennessee puts students on the road to careers

CareerQuest Tennessee puts students on the road to careers

Photo: Northeast State’s Ron Broadwater instructs a student in the finer points of welding. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson In one quarter of the ETSU mini-dome, a stud ...

Holston Medical Group coming full circle

Holston Medical Group coming full circle

Photo: The only CEOs in Holston Medical Group’s 40-year history, Drs. Jerry Miller and Scott Fowler. By Scott Robertson Forty years ago, when Dr. Jerry Miller founded the practice ...

Brimhall to occupy Pure Foods building, produce snack foods

Brimhall to occupy Pure Foods building, produce snack foods

Photo: It’s out with the Pure Foods chickpea cheezpuffs and in with the Brim’s pork rinds in Kingsport. By Scott Robertson Brimhall Foods, Inc., of Bartlett, Tenn., won a March 7 a ...

From Education to Economic Development to the Governor’s Mansion?

From Education to Economic Development to the Governor’s Mansion?

Photo: Randy Boyd speaks at the announcement of Forward Air’s corporate headquarters expansion in Greene County, Nov. 16, 2016. Scott Niswonger, left, is the Boyd campaign’s treasu ...

Aggressive approach: Bobby Rolfe wants to keep the good times rolling

Aggressive approach: Bobby Rolfe wants to keep the good times rolling

Photo: Bobby Rolfe addresses the crowd at a town hall meeting in Kingsport March 15. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Economic development in Tennessee is on a roll, and ...

April 2017 – Full Issue

April 2017 – Full Issue

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MSHA moving strategically in choppy health care waters

By Jeff Keeling Medicare drives the train of hospital system finance, but Mountain States Health Alliance continues looking for innovative ways to control cost and create revenue streams outside the Medicare piece, CEO Alan Levine said. In last month’s issue, we relayed part of a conversation with Levine and Chief Financial Officer Marvin Eichorn about issues facing the hospital system. Discussion points in ...

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Enthusiasm, caution mix as Tennessee Promise looms

By Jeff Keeling Bill Haslam’s unveiling of the “Tennessee Promise” proposal during his Feb. 3 State of the State address drew broad attention for its boldness, but it wasn’t a shock to Northeast State Community College President Dr. Janice Gilliam. “I was excited that it was as far-reaching as it was,” Gilliam said of the proposal to make community college tuition-free for Tennesseans coming directly out of ...

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Mark Costa Q&A

Business is very good at Eastman Chemical Co., CEO Mark Costa told a capacity crowd gathered March 5 at Meadowview Convention Center for Eastman’s annual Regional Leaders Breakfast. He warned against complacency, though, and exhorted the area’s political and business leaders to work at maintaining and enhancing the Tri-Cities’ quality of life so Eastman can continue to attract and retain top talent from aro ...

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Levine, Eichorn discuss MSHA strategies

By Jeff Keeling Judging from a wide-ranging interview on just his 86th day on the job, Alan Levine doesn’t appear to have wasted any time in his first 90 days as CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA). Then again, with hospital systems facing the twin challenges of declining admissions and reimbursement cuts as the full weight of healthcare reform bears down, Levine does not enjoy the luxury of a len ...

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Wellmont selling its share of Greeneville hospital — Adventist System to resume full ownership of Takoma

From Wellmont Health System GREENEVILLE – (May 9)A thorough strategic assessment and review of the nation’s changing healthcare environment has led Wellmont Health System and Adventist Health System to conclude ownership of Takoma Regional Hospital would best be placed with one organization. The two health systems have reached agreement to return Takoma Regional to AHS’ full ownership. Wellmont and AHS, whi ...

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Grow it here: Demand for local goods helping agriculture

By Jeff Keeling It’s 8:30 on a crisp, late February morning. Under a brilliant blue sky, large fans hum gently, competing with the chirping of songbirds in the middle of a 250-acre tract of land in rural Stanley Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee. In a four-acre section of land sit 40 greenhouses covering 4,320 square feet each. Inside the warm, humid houses, hanging from the ceilings and on platforms severa ...

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Quiet Leadership

Dr. Richard Ray, interim president, King University Following the weeks of growing rancor that led to the resignation of Dr. Greg Jordan as King University president, the King Board of Trustees has gone in a completely different direction in naming the interim president. Jordan’s hallmark was aggressive action. He often spoke as an eager salesman, whether pushing a medical school, an increased online presen ...

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The Governor of Southwest Virginia

In the span of a few hours, Terry McAuliffe received both support from healthcare executives for his Medicaid stance and a big legislative win for his Bristol retail legislation By Scott Robertson and Tammy Childress On March 4, which saw his first visit to Southwest Virginia since becoming governor, Terry McAuliffe had a very good day. It began with a roundtable discussion with Wise County Chamber of Comme ...

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