Food City adjusts to strained supply chain, adds employee bonus plan

Food City adjusts to strained supply chain, adds employee bonus plan

Pictured above: Food City President and CEO Steve Smith In a wide-ranging virtual press conference, Food City President and CEO Steve Smith announced Tuesday his company has joined ...

Senator Crowe dedicates office staff to helping constituents navigate COVID-19 resources

Senator Crowe dedicates office staff to helping constituents navigate COVID-19 resources

Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City, pictured above), Chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, announced today that due to the numerous calls and requests coming in regard ...

United Way organizations across Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia initiate joint campaign

United Way organizations across Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia initiate joint campaign

A task force incorporating seven United Way organizations across the region has launched a $1.9 million fund-raising campaign to help address the challenges posed to families and i ...

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First Tennessee Development District planning to use foundation for regional economic development

First Tennessee Development District planning to use foundation for regional economic development

Pictured above: Pat Hardy By Scott Robertson Six individuals representing the governments of the cities, towns and counties of Northeast Tennessee are working on a plan to use the ...

Eastman responding to existing and potential effects of Coronavirus on operations, supply chain and markets

Eastman responding to existing and potential effects of Coronavirus on operations, supply chain and markets

Pictured Above Mark Cox By Scott Robertson Eastman’s approach to the Coronavirus is to be overprepared but to respond proportionately to whatever arises, said Mark Cox, senior vice ...

Continued FTC scrutiny likely despite merger’s proposed structure

By Jeff Keeling If the legal community’s blogosphere is close to being on target, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could exert significant influence as Tennessee and Virginia officials consider the proposed Wellmont Health System-Mountain States Health Alliance merger. Tennessee’s Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) law and its Virginia counterpart are intended to shield the states from federal antitru ...

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New King University study: Transfer payments a large and growing part of SW Va economy

By Scott Robertson  One of the most basic ideas of a capitalist economy is that individuals’ income will come from wages and salaries, paid by employers based on the value of the work the employees do, as determined by the marketplace. In Southwest Virginia today, that capitalist ideal is far from the only reality. In fact, in a region that has lost one of its primary economic drivers, tobacco, and is losin ...

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ETSU’s Noland bullish on FOCUS Act’s potential to unleash change

By Jeff Keeling Brian Noland wants you. East Tennessee State University’s peripatetic president has preached the gospel of community partnerships since he set foot on campus four years ago. For most of that time, the youthful leader has been weaving a subtext into that gospel: public higher education is changing, radically, and institutions and their surrounding communities must change with it or risk stagn ...

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Wellmont CFO Pope to take job in Arizona

Systems' leaders say decision shouldn't impact merger Alice Pope, Wellmont Health System’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, will become the new chief financial officer for HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pope will continue serving in her Wellmont leadership position, which she has held for 3 ½ years, for the next 60 days and will assist in a smooth transition. She has worked for Wel ...

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Pure Foods cuts the ribbon, and the calories: New world headquarters for manufacturer of healthy snacks opens

By Scott Robertson John Frostad, president and CEO of Pure Foods told the crowd at the Jan. 29 ribbon cutting for the company’s new world headquarters in Kingsport, “We’re going to make this the healthiest snack food company in North America.” It was not so long ago that the title of healthiest snack food company in North America would have been faint praise, along the lines of “the best hockey player in Ec ...

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The State of Tennessee

By Scott Robertson Governor Bill Haslam delivered his annual State of the State address the evening of Feb. 1 in Nashville. It was an upbeat message with the theme, “unique opportunity.” Of more substance was the inclusion of details regarding the governor’s proposed budget. Conservatives love the fact that the governor is putting $100 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund. That fund will end the fiscal y ...

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Regulators’ role in proposed merger ramping up

By Jeff Keeling The face of health care in the greater Tri-Cities is taking on a distinctively state-regulated appearance as Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System draw closer to applying to Tennessee and Virginia for approval of their proposed merger. Activity is ramping up at both states’ departments of health and attorney generals’ offices in anticipation of an activist state role in ...

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Holston Medical Group staying patient

By Scott Robertson Holston Medical Group will be impacted greatly by whatever decision the states of Virginia and Tennessee make regarding the Mountain States-Wellmont proposed merger. To date, however, HMG has not spoken with either state formally, choosing to wait and see what the hospital groups will say in their COPA requests. That fact doesn’t mean HMG is unconcerned. “We have the same concerns I think ...

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How NETWORKS networks: It’s who they are and what they do

By Scott Robertson (Editor’s note: When Clay Walker, CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership met with The Business Journal for this article on Jan. 21, there was half a foot of snow on the ground outside the NETWORKS offices and Walker was, in his own words, “eating cough drops like candy.” Shortly thereafter, he entered the hospital, missing the Pure Foods grand opening he’d worked so hard to facilitate, Jan. ...

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The octogenarian on the assembly line: Charles Bowers is celebrating a quarter-century at BTL Industries at the age of 85

By Sarah Colson and Scott Robertson Charles Bowers rises at 3:58 every morning to make it to his manufacturing job by 5 a.m. He works four ten-hour shifts each week and loves his work. The same could be said of all his co-workers. But the difference between Bowers and his colleagues is Charles Bowers is 85 years old. Bowers could teach a master class in work ethic, if there were such a thing, and Greenevill ...

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