NN, Inc. to sell Precision Bearing Components Group

NN, Inc. to sell Precision Bearing Components Group

NN Inc., a Johnson City-based industrial parts manufacturing company, announced this week it is selling off its Precision Bearing Components Group, which includes its properties in ...

Eastman, Costa inducted into JA Business Hall of Fame

Eastman, Costa inducted into JA Business Hall of Fame

2017 Laureate: Mark J. Costa Mark J. Costa, chairman and CEO of Eastman, rose from working class, if not humble, beginnings. He was born to Alice and Donald Costa and raised in Sal ...

Miyake Forging to invest $13.7 million in new Phipps Bend plant

Miyake Forging to invest $13.7 million in new Phipps Bend plant

Photo above: The June 7 groundbreaking  Photos courtesy NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership By Scott Roberston Miyake Forging, a Japan-based bearing and parts company, announced in June ...

Pending Kmart closure creates commercial real estate buzz

Pending Kmart closure creates commercial real estate buzz

Photo above: The lot’s ease of access to I-26 and State of Franklin Road will be a unique selling point.  Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson With the June 6 announcement f ...

Laughlin, Mountain States complete merger

Laughlin, Mountain States complete merger

Photo above: Alan Levine of Mountain States and Chuck Whitfield of Laughlin at the November merger announcement (file photo) By Scott Roberson Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Mounta ...

TRI readies for Aerospace Park grant process: Works to replace flight school

TRI readies for Aerospace Park grant process: Works to replace flight school

Photo above: Artist’s rendering of Aerospace Park when grading is complete. Courtesy Tri-Cities Airport By Scott Roberston The next few weeks represent the deep breath before the p ...

Business community backing education, workforce development efforts: Pathways, SCORE and Work Ready Communities

Business community backing education, workforce development efforts: Pathways, SCORE and Work Ready Communities

Photo Above: Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey, surrounded by his fellow county mayors speaks about the region’s Work Ready Community progress. Photo courtesy First Tennessee Devel ...

My apologies for underestimating the Tennessee General Assembly

By Scott Robertson I love it when my natural inclination to be pessimistic turns out to be wrong. In this space in February, I posited the notion that the Tennessee General Assembly might not pass the IMPROVE Act (the acronym is for Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) because the legislative body, “is full of individuals who make decisions by wetting their fingers ...

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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 College and Alexander Whitaker, King University president. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Officials from King University hosted colleagues from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT) March 15 to announce the formati ...

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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 student wore a virtual reality headset, moving his hands to interact with the alternate reality in front of his eyes. Fifty yards away, another student sat in a backhoe training chair, working the controls to produce actions on a vide ...

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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 that became the foundation of what is now Holston Medical Group (HMG), the healthcare landscape was far different than today. Back then, folks went to see their family doctor for check-ups. In some cases, the family doctor still m ...

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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 auction to acquire the assets of Kingsport, Tenn.-based Pure Foods. The maker of the Brim’s brand of snack foods will occupy the building in the Gateway Commerce Park near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 26, employing the re ...

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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 treasurer. By Collin Brooks Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd visited Northeast State Community College March 16 to officially announce his candidacy for governor, a candidacy informed by his time working in the current administration in ...

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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 the new man heading up the state’s efforts in that regard says he’s not about to do anything to slow that trend. Former investment banker Bob Rolfe (he introduces himself as Bobby) told a crowd of economic developers, elected off ...

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