SWVA RISE leadership program prepares for launch

SWVA RISE leadership program prepares for launch

The University of Virginia at Wise is collaborating with several regional partners to launch a new leadership program in Southwest Virginia. SWVA Rise is designed to elevate leader ...

Ballad, Signature cut ribbon on assisted living

Ballad, Signature cut ribbon on assisted living

Above: (L-R) Signature HealthCARE CEO Joe Steier, Johnson City Vice Mayor Joe Wise and Ballad Health Chairman, President and CEO Alan Levine cut the ribbon at Princeton Transitiona ...

Tazewell County firm plans to add up to 28 jobs

Tazewell County firm plans to add up to 28 jobs

Above: (L-R) Eric Young, Tazewell County administrator; Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel; Melanie Protti-Lawrence, Lawrence Brothers Inc. president; Ferna ...

Agribusiness top of mind for region’s governors

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. Virg ...

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Costa shares $500 million goal at Eastman Leaders’ Breakfast

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 compan ...

Thompson & Litton acquires Beeson Lusk & Street

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 & S ...

Washington County wins $2mm rail connectivity grant from TDOT

State Representative Matthew Hill The Washington County Economic Development Council’s grant application for $2 million in rail connectivity funds has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. “This grant will allow East Tennessee Railway to make improvements to their existing rail line along North Broadway Street in Johnson City,” said Mitch Miller, economic development council CEO. “The ...

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Outgoing health commissioner asked Ballad for info he already had

Dr. John Dreyzehner Dr. John Dreyzehner’s last day as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) was Friday. One of his final acts as commissioner was to send a letter dated two days before his departure, asking for details regarding Ballad’s plan to consolidate NICUs operating at Holston Valley Medical Center and the Niswonger Children’s Hospital on the campus of Johnson City Medical Center. ...

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Governor Lee promises workforce development efforts

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee  and First Lady Maria Lee share a moment after Lee was sworn in as Tennesseeís 50th governor last Saturday inside the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Courtesy of Williamson County Herald Tennessee Governor Bill Lee took the oath of office Saturday morning, offering in his remarks a message of unity and commitment, with emphasis on limited government and improved workforce d ...

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Governor Northam, in Southwest Va., talks coding, casinos and more

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Tuesday visited the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in Abingdon to view an exhibition by kindergartners through fifth graders who have been learning coding through the Southwest Virginia STEM Academy, held at the (SVHEC). The children have each learned to use iPads to program drones to autonomously perform a series of tasks. ...

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Johnson begins developing Virginia Pinnacle property

Johnson Commercial Development (JCD), which developed The Pinnacle, a 250+ acre mixed-use shopping and dining center on the Tennessee side of the Virginia border near Bristol, is now ready to develop the 350 acres it owns adjacent to the Pinnacle on the Virginia side. JCD plans to start by building an amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an adventure park with rides and activities, and a hotel and waterpar ...

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Deputy Speaker Hill: backloaded legislative session ahead

The 111th Session of the Tennessee General Assembly will be a creature unlike any before, according to new Deputy Speaker of the House Matthew Hill. Lack of early revenue information and a massive changeover in personnel in both the legislative and executive branches will likely mean a longer session than usual with more key decisions being taken later in the term. More than a quarter of the house members a ...

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TRI receives $1.69 Million TDOT grant for Aerospace Park

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) has been awarded a $1,690,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Aeronautics Economic Development Fund to further the development of Aerospace Park. Aerospace Park is a direct-airfield development. The site offers 21 acres certified for immediate development and an additional 140 acres under development. TDOT’s grant funding should allow TC ...

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Ron Scott, former ACFCU CEO, found dead

Ron Scott, who had announced his resignation from the positions of president and CEO of Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) earlier this week, was found dead Friday morning. Scott had previously announced he would be leaving the credit union in March to spend more time with his family.  “The credit union learned early today of Ron’s passing and has shared this information with ACFCU staf ...

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Tri-Cities Airport Authority offering director post to Cossey

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) is moving forward with the process of hiring Gene Cossey, currently the executive director of the University of Illinois – Willard Airport in Champaign, Ill., to be the next executive director at the TRI. Cossey was one of three executive director candidates interviewed Monday, January 7, by the TCAA. “We interviewed three extraordinarily well-qualified candidates,” T ...

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