Tannery Knobs one step closer to opening after Commission vote

Tannery Knobs one step closer to opening after Commission vote

Grant Summers (right) receives a souvenir from Abraham McIntyre during a SORBA Summit event atop Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park last Friday. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE  B ...

Klososky points SWVA Economic Forum toward “digital transformation”

Klososky points SWVA Economic Forum toward “digital transformation”

Technology expert Scott Koslosky used the keynote address at the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum at the University of Virginia – Wise to encourage attendees to move toward earlie ...

Merj Enters CBD Arena, Bringing Large-Scale Industrial Hemp Cultivation  and Processing to Northeast Tennessee

Merj Enters CBD Arena, Bringing Large-Scale Industrial Hemp Cultivation and Processing to Northeast Tennessee

A transformation is taking place in northeast Tennessee, one that could propel the region to being recognized as the hub of hemp production for the Southeast and beyond. For many y ...

ebm-papst to bring 175-200 jobs to Washington County

ebm-papst to bring 175-200 jobs to Washington County

(L-R) Allen Borden, Bobby Rolfe, Joe Grandy, Alicia Summers, Joe Wise, Mark Shiring, Michael Wackenhut, Mitch Miller. Photo courtesy NeTREP by Scott Robertson A Germany-based elect ...

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Cantler named president and CEO of Johnson City Chamber

Cantler named president and CEO of Johnson City Chamber

Above: Bob Cantler with Gary Mabrey Bob Cantler was introduced this morning as president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City, Jonesborough, Washington County, a ...

NN Inc will pay taxes in Johnson City despite departure

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 falli ...

Governor Lee queries commissioners on workforce development efforts

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Tennessee Governor Bill Lee quizzed commissioners of Economic & Community Development, Corrections, Labor & Workforce Development, Education and Health this week regarding their plans to collaborate to improve Tennessee’s workforce, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The queries came during the first round of state budget hearings, during which the new governor spoke ...

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Inaugural Class of “Leadership Tennessee Next” announced

Bo Wilkes III and Dana Glenn Leadership Tennessee, the state’s leadership education organization, this week announced the first class of Leadership Tennessee NEXT, its program offering early-to-mid career professionals in-depth personal and career development while fostering a better understanding of Tennessee. Leadership Tennessee NEXT is the state’s only statewide leadership program focusing on Tennessee’ ...

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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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