40 Under Forty Honors Business Community’s 2019 Rising Stars

40 Under Forty Honors Business Community’s 2019 Rising Stars

A crowd of around 300 members of the Tri-Cities business community gathered Oct. 4 to fete this year’s class of young professionals at the 27th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Bl ...

Foam Products Corporation invests in, expands Erwin operations

Foam Products Corporation invests in, expands Erwin operations

Perry Muse, Foam Products Corp., vice president of Manufacturing and general manager Georgia-based Foam Products Corp., cut the ribbon on an expansion to its Erwin, Tenn., manufact ...

Kelly Price to become ECU CEO Jan. 1, 2020

Kelly Price to become ECU CEO Jan. 1, 2020

Kelly Price Eastman Credit Union’s board of directors announced in September of 2019 that Kelly Price, current executive vice president, will succeed Olan Jones upon his retirement ...

25th KOSBE Awards feature Carmack, Royston, Hillhouse and Kontos

25th KOSBE Awards feature Carmack, Royston, Hillhouse and Kontos

The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) held the 25th Annual KOSBE Awards Dec. 5 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Cent ...

Dickenson County Named ACT Certified Work Ready Community

Dickenson County Named ACT Certified Work Ready Community

(Left to right): Rita Surratt, President and CEO of Dickenson County Chamber and Tourism Director; Cody Mumpower, representative of 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith's Offic ...

Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

By Dave Ongie On a Tuesday morning in late autumn 2019, Randy Boyd approved significant upgrades to three ballparks occupied by the Appalachian League teams owned an operated by Bo ...

December 2019 Edition Available Now

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Interns featured at United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Leaders’ Breakfast

Students from the inaugural group of Ignite interns spoke during United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce Leaders’ Breakfast this morning about their experiences over their four-week Ignite 2019 Summer Internships. Speakers included intern and mentor matches from Universal Fibers, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, Rooftop of Virginia, and LENOWISCO Planning District Commission ...

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TVA Boone Dam Project Earns Nation’s Top Award for Geology in Engineering

Members of the TVA Boone Dam Project Team who took part in the AEG event and gave or assisted with presentations about the Boone Dam project. The Boone Dam project has been selected as the nation’s most outstanding geological engineering project by the nation’s premier professional association for scientists practicing in the fields of environmental and engineering geology. TVA’s Boone Dam Internal Erosion ...

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Costa: Innovation still driving Eastman’s success

by Jeff Keeling A century ago, Northeast Tennessee’s abundant timber resources and the methanol supply they could produce inspired George Eastman to establish what became Eastman Chemical Company. With Eastman entering its second century and the world seeking sustainable economic models, methanol is coming full circle thanks to Eastman’s constant focus on innovation, CEO Mark Costa said. That innovation wil ...

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The doctors are in

Above: Ballad Health’s newly named physician leadership team includes (front, l-r) Dr. Mark Patterson, Dr. Chris Metzger, Dr. Shari Rajoo, Dr. Clay Runnels, (back, l-r) Dr. Mark Wilkinson, Dr. Amit Vashist and Dr. Matthew Loos. Photo by Jeff Keeling by Jeff Keeling Editor’s Note: This print article reviews the big picture and background surrounding Ballad Health’s decision to name seven physicians to new, a ...

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Restructuring the economy of the Appalachian Highlands

by Mary Trigiani Strategy. Books have been written about it. Careers have been built upon it. From the time ancient military figures laid plans for vanquishing opponents, to today, when it is a a business necessity, strategy runs the gamut of acceptance to skepticism. The skeptics tell us Strategy is the reason for Analysis Paralysis. Too much navel gazing, too much money spent on plans, not enough acting. ...

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New “primary economic development organization” plan for Northeast Tennessee made public

By Scott Robertson A document published online as part of the agenda for the Sept. 24 Bristol, Tenn., city council work session includes details of an effort to create a single entity “to serve as the primary economic development organization (EDO) for the eight counties recognized by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as its Northeast Tennessee Region.” The document, a draft of ...

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Reaction to Tennessee Medicaid block grant waiver proposal

Tennessee would become the first state to convert its Medicaid funding into a block grant under a proposal published yesterday by the Lee administration. Reaction was swift but muted from supporters and opponents, with much information yet to be fully vetted. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the health committee in the U.S. Senate, said he has always supported block grants and “Last Congress, I supported ...

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JCDA buys John Sevier Hotel

Diana Cantler By Scott Robertson The John Sevier Hotel building, the largest edifice in downtown Johnson City, is now the property of the Johnson City Development Authority. The JCDA, which closed on the property last week, plans to keep the current property manager, M&M Properties, in place while hiring a developer to build new units for the current residents. The former hotel building is currently a s ...

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