The reality of the Appalachian Highlands

The reality of the Appalachian Highlands

By Mary Trigiani As a two-time transplant to our region – first in 1966 and then in 2016 – I have always felt this is a place of accomplishment. Perhaps, as a child, it was the exp ...

‘Blue Lizard’ maker Crown planning Johnson City expansion Company plans to add manufacturing, backfill former NN Inc. headquarters

‘Blue Lizard’ maker Crown planning Johnson City expansion Company plans to add manufacturing, backfill former NN Inc. headquarters

Crown has invested in some upgraded product lines over the past year, including this one. Photo courtesy Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership The fast-growing company ...

Ballad Health operating income almost quadruples, patient service revenue up $26.5M

Ballad Health operating income almost quadruples, patient service revenue up $26.5M

By Jeff Keeling Ballad Health’s operating income nearly quadrupled in its first full fiscal year after the Wellmont Health System-Mountain States Health Alliance merger following a ...

Richmond Fed president seeks workforce answers in SW Va

Richmond Fed president seeks workforce answers in SW Va

Above: Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin. PHOTO BY KERI STEGALL Most people know the Federal Reserve Bank only as the “up-a-quarter-point, down-a quarter-point” institution. But, a ...

Ballad announces executive team changes with emphasis on physican leadership, innovation

Ballad announces executive team changes with emphasis on physican leadership, innovation

Left to right: Eric Deaton, Marvin Eichorn, Taylor Hamilton, Dr. Matthew Loos, Dr. Clay Runnels and Dr. Amit Vashist Three Ballad Health executives are taking on new titles and res ...

Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation Donates to Blackjewel Miner Relief

Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation Donates to Blackjewel Miner Relief

The Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation, which drew national headlines by donating more than $1 million directly to miners laid off by Blackjewel last month, presented the Southw ...

ETSU to house Center for Rural Health Research

ETSU to house Center for Rural Health Research

Above: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announces the state will fund $8.25 million for the Center over the next 10 years. PHOTO COURTESY ETSU By Scott Robertson Tennessee Governor Bill ...

NN Inc will pay taxes in Johnson City despite departure

Above: Richard Holder, NN president and CEO NN Inc. will pay 67 percent of 2019 property taxes due on its former headquarters in north Johnson City – rather than zero – after falling 107 jobs short of a tax incentive-related requirement. That will amount to approximately $113,000 and includes assessments on real estate and personal property. The company recently announced it would eliminate its remaining Jo ...

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The 2019 MATE International ROV Competition

Direct economic impact and long-term workforce development promise make upcoming event a win for all involved by Scott Robertson This summer, around 1,500 of the brightest young minds in the world will congregate at the Kingsport Aquatic Center for an international robotics competition. They will have designed and built underwater remote operated vehicles (ROVs). They will have mastered the mechanics, physi ...

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Johnson City Center taking shape

A worker helps raise the the new Johnson City Center sign on the former K-Mart property on Peoples Street last week. The new Johnson City Center will be anchored by Hobby Lobby, At Home and a third occupant that has yet to be named. PHOTOS BY DAVE ONGIE Chase Buchanan, manager of Batteries Plus Bulbs, expects the redevelopment of the K-Mart property to have a positive impact on all the businesses located on ...

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Johnson City backs Crown Labs expansion plan

Jeff Bedard, Crown Laboratories president and CEO The Johnson City Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to sign a letter of support to authorize a $450,000 grant to Crown Laboratories to help the company expand its Johnson City operations. Crown says it will create more than 200 new jobs, more than doubling its Johnson City workforce, and will invest around $27 million in the project. In addition the ...

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Ballad Health announces pay raises for nurse

Ballad CEO Alan Levine Ballad Health announced plans on Monday to invest $10 million annually to increase the wages of nurses employed by the healthcare provider. The pay increase for existing employees will take effect on June 23, and higher starting rates for new hires will also begin on that date. Ballad CEO Alan Levine announced the move in an internal email on Monday morning, which coincided with the s ...

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Bill paves way for major development in North Johnson City

State Senator Rusty Crowe (above) and State Representative Matthew Hill (below) were instrumental in pushing the Regional Retail Development District Act through Tennessee’s General Assembly last week. As State Senator Rusty Crowe reflected on the passage of a bill that may ignite major development around Exit 17 of Interstate 26, he summed the Regional Retail Development District Act that passed both ...

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Ballad, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, SCC launch new regional initiative

Representatives from Ballad Health, Speedway Children's Charities and Niswonger Children's Hospital announced a new regional initiative called STRONG Kids last Wednesday in Bristol. From left, BMS vice-president Julie Bennett, Speedway Children's Charities director Claudia Byrd, Balla Health vice-president Paula Masters and Niswonger Children's Hospital CEO Lisa Carter. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie, Ne ...

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Washington County, Tenn., wooing German HVAC manufacturer

Alicia Summers Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson Economic developers in Washington County, Tenn., are hoping to lure a German company that manufactures fans, motors and other components for the heating and air conditioning units in the automotive and other sectors. The county is competing with one other location in Tennessee and one site in Texas for the business, according to Alicia Summers of th ...

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Aundrea Wilcox earns economic developer certification

Aundrea Wilcox Aundrea Wilcox, CEcD, Executive Director of The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), at the Kingsport Chamber, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  The CEcD exam ...

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American now booking TRI-DFW passage for September flights

Above: TRI Executive Director Gene Cossey announces new service to DFW. American Airlines is now selling seats on the recently announced twice-daily flights between Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). Those flights begin Sept.4, 2019. The TRI-DFW flights were announced by Gene Cossey, TRI executive director April 11. The airline began booking passage April 15. “Our passengers will now have ...

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