The Business Journal Q&A: Brian Noland

The Business Journal Q&A: Brian Noland

Noland walks between the Millennium Centre, which the university is purchasing, and the construction site of the Martin Center for the Arts. Drone photography by Abbie Forrest by S ...

Kingsport among Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award winners

Kingsport among Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award winners

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), announced Tuesday the winners of the 2018 Te ...

Unicoi Announces New Programs under Recently Awarded Rural Business Development Grant

Unicoi Announces New Programs under Recently Awarded Rural Business Development Grant

A northeast Tennessee town is putting federal grant dollars toward entrepreneurial training. The town of Unicoi was awarded a $20,500 grant from USDA Rural Development for entrepre ...

JCDA board votes to purchase John Sevier Building

JCDA board votes to purchase John Sevier Building

Robert Williams, president of the Johnson City Development Authority Board of Directors, announced on Friday that the board had voted to enter into a contract to purchase the John ...

Northeast State, RCAM, manufacturers expanding apprenticeship program

Northeast State, RCAM, manufacturers expanding apprenticeship program

The Northeast State Community College Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) is quickly finding more takers for its apprenticeship program. The program combines on-the-j ...

Miyake opens new 45,000-square-foot plant at Phipps Bend

Miyake opens new 45,000-square-foot plant at Phipps Bend

Miyake Forging North America Corporation held the grand opening of its Surgoinsville, Tenn., plant in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park Friday. Company executives including Chairman ...

The American Legends Golf Tournament Drives $56.6 Million in Donations for Mountain Mission Schoo

The American Legends Golf Tournament Drives $56.6 Million in Donations for Mountain Mission Schoo

Pictured, left to right: Jerry West, Betsy King, Peyton Manning, Lanny Wadkins, Dan Marino, Ted Wood, Marc Eubanks, Lorena Ochoa, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Jim McGlo ...

Pinnacle expansion announced

By Scott Robertson With a new two-story Belk store on one side and a movie theatre complex slated to open in October on the other, developer Steve Johnson announced plans Sept. 3 for the next phase of The Pinnacle retail development in Bristol. “Thirty-six months ago, we were standing here in a 300-acre green field, talking about a vision and a dream,” Johnson said. “Today we’re back, talking not about what ...

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Engineering project: Milligan begins to build a program

By Jeff Keeling Two stories below Greg Harrell’s makeshift office, workers are busily transforming the high-ceilinged ground floor of a seminary into a mechanical and electrical engineering laboratory. Biblical scholars pass through the halls in this building on a hill, from which Emmanuel Christian Seminary, now part of Milligan College, has sent God’s emissaries throughout the world for five decades. An e ...

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Haslam calls current infrastructure revenue plan unsustainable

By Scott Robertson Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam brought a road show that included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer to Kingsport Aug. 17. Haslam invited local government and business leaders, as well as the media, to discuss the problem of funding Tennessee’s road and infrastructure projects under the current formula. “This is not a time when ...

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Former Bristol Chamber board chair-elect takes over as president and CEOBeth Rhinehart Switches Seats:

By Scott Robertson Beth Rhinehart was in line to become the next chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Instead, she became its next president and CEO. During the entire tenure of the previous president, Joy Madison, and for several years prior, Rhinehart had been involved with the Chamber in several roles while working as director of government relations for Wellmont Health System, lobbying for that org ...

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Alpha Natural Resources files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Scott Robertson Leaving many observers surprised at how quickly the action was taken, Bristol, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Aug. 3. As late as four months ago, the coal mining company had reported having $476 million in cash. Immediately after filing, Alpha began assuring customers and vendors it plans to continue to conduct “business as usual” ...

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Food City heads southwest with BI-LO acquisition

By Jeff Keeling To say Food City made a splash last month when it announced its intention to acquire 29 BI-LO supermarkets in the Chattanooga market would be an understatement. The purchase, expected to close this fall (terms are undisclosed), increases the Abingdon, Va.-based company’s store count by nearly a third, from 93 to 122. “Food City has gotten its game pretty sharp,” Progressive Grocer Content Ed ...

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TVA outlines Boone Dam repair plan: Opportunities for local business touted

By Scott Robertson The Tennessee Valley Authority held a series of meetings July 30 to announce its plan to address seepage issues at Boone Dam. After meeting with elected officials and the media, John McCormick, TVA vice president of Safety, River Management and Environment told a crowd of just over 300 at a public information session in Johnson City, “We have benchmarked this project. We have looked at ma ...

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Hard truths about Boone Dam

By Scott Robertson To all the good people who live or work on or around Boone Lake and whose quality of life has been impacted by the lowering of the lake levels for repairs on Boone Dam: It’s sad and unfortunate that you are having to go through this. Please know the rest of us sympathize with you. We hope and pray TVA can beat its projected time frame for repairs. Having said that, there is a very importa ...

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Let’s keep shaking it up in business-education partnerships

By Jeff Keeling I have a young friend who started the 10th grade early this month. I ran into him, and his younger brother who was starting 9th grade, their first morning of school and wound up taking them to lunch that day. Sandwiched around the sandwiches and boneless wings were trips to an out-of-the-way street in a poorer part of Johnson City lined with tiny houses. The boys, along with another brother ...

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