Mayors’ task force delineates potential benefits of regional economic development

Mayors’ task force delineates potential benefits of regional economic development

Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable. Photos by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson A Blue Ribbon Task Force formed by the mayors of Sullivan ...

ETSU rolls out new need-based scholarship program beginning Fall 2020 

ETSU rolls out new need-based scholarship program beginning Fall 2020 

Dr. Brian Noland introduces the ETSU Promise Plus program at a Jan. 17 news conference. Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson East Tennessee State University will begin offer ...

Ballad Health plans to open new urgent care centers as part of initiative to increase access, expand network

Ballad Health plans to open new urgent care centers as part of initiative to increase access, expand network

Ballad Health Tuesday announced plans to add two new urgent care centers to the family of Ballad Health providers in the Appalachian Highlands. Ballad Health said in a press releas ...

General Shale CEO Elected Brick Industry Association Chairman

General Shale CEO Elected Brick Industry Association Chairman

Charles Smith The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has elected General Shale CEO Charles Smith as chairman effective January 1. Smith succeeds former BIA Chairman Davis Henry, pres ...

Johnson: Ramsey hired to play defense for existing retail

Johnson: Ramsey hired to play defense for existing retail

Steve Johnson and Ron Ramsey (Right) Former Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will be back in Nashville this legislative term, lobbying for a regional real estate developer. When R ...

2020 residential real estate outlook: More home sales, increasing affordability concerns

2020 residential real estate outlook: More home sales, increasing affordability concerns

By Karen Randolph Many of the conditions the housing market in the Tri-Cities experienced in 2019 will not change much in 2020, but there are new opportunities and some challenges. ...

Ballad COPA compliance officer to retire

Ballad COPA compliance officer to retire

Ballad Health Executive Chairman and CEO Alan Levine Wednesday announced to employees the retirement of the man responsible for insuring internal compliance with the Certificate of ...

Restructuring the economy of the Appalachian Highlands

by Mary Trigiani Strategy. Books have been written about it. Careers have been built upon it. From the time ancient military figures laid plans for vanquishing opponents, to today, when it is a a business necessity, strategy runs the gamut of acceptance to skepticism. The skeptics tell us Strategy is the reason for Analysis Paralysis. Too much navel gazing, too much money spent on plans, not enough acting. ...

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New “primary economic development organization” plan for Northeast Tennessee made public

By Scott Robertson A document published online as part of the agenda for the Sept. 24 Bristol, Tenn., city council work session includes details of an effort to create a single entity “to serve as the primary economic development organization (EDO) for the eight counties recognized by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as its Northeast Tennessee Region.” The document, a draft of ...

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Reaction to Tennessee Medicaid block grant waiver proposal

Tennessee would become the first state to convert its Medicaid funding into a block grant under a proposal published yesterday by the Lee administration. Reaction was swift but muted from supporters and opponents, with much information yet to be fully vetted. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the health committee in the U.S. Senate, said he has always supported block grants and “Last Congress, I supported ...

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JCDA buys John Sevier Hotel

Diana Cantler By Scott Robertson The John Sevier Hotel building, the largest edifice in downtown Johnson City, is now the property of the Johnson City Development Authority. The JCDA, which closed on the property last week, plans to keep the current property manager, M&M Properties, in place while hiring a developer to build new units for the current residents. The former hotel building is currently a s ...

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Business Journal Q and A: Physician leaders on Ballad

by Jeff Keeling The following is the entire Q and A from the Journal’s wide-ranging August 12 meeting with Ballad Health’s seven physician leaders. Business Journal: You’ve got a mixing of Ballad employee physicians and extenders, and you’ve got independent practitioners – there’s a requirement for an open system – how do you align that and make sure Ballad’s objectives are going to be met without violating ...

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Regional Economic Forum: government, private and social sectors converge

Above: Discussion panelists Alan Levine, Bill Greene, Mark Costa, Jerry Caldwell and Scott Niswonger by Scott Robertson From the outset, the inaugural Regional Economic Forum at the Millennium Center in Johnson City Sept. 10 focused on a single message: Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s economy has not kept up with the national economy for the last decade, and though it may prove painful at times ...

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Johnson City preparing to seek state approval for retail tourism district

By Dave Ongie Last week, the plans for a proposed development that would sit on about 100 acres of land inside a new retail tourism development district saw the light of day. Spearheaded by a group including Mark Larkey, Joe Wilson, Bryan Sangid, Bucky Mabe and Clarance Mabe, the development would include a mix of retail and residential space on property located just off Exit 17 of Interstate 26 between Boo ...

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