Monro completes purchase of Free Service Tire Company

Monro completes purchase of Free Service Tire Company

Photo above:(L-R) Lewis Wexler, Sr. Susan Wexler, Harrison Wexler, Lewis Wexler, Jr. Monro, Inc. (NASD: MNRO), the nation’s largest independently owned and operated auto service ch ...

Virginia governor announces SAIC to open VITA service center in Dickenson County

Virginia governor announces SAIC to open VITA service center in Dickenson County

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced this week that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) w ...

Hawkins County to be home to RMC Advanced Technologies US headquarters

Hawkins County to be home to RMC Advanced Technologies US headquarters

Photo above: Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bobby Rolfe, right, and Sigma Industries, Inc., CEO Denis Bertrand flank an artist’s rendering of the Surg ...

Tri-Cities Airport wins accounting award for 19th year running

Tri-Cities Airport wins accounting award for 19th year running

For the 19th consecutive year, the Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) has been awarded a certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance ...

Tennessee Attorney General files suit against Purdue Pharma

Tennessee Attorney General files suit against Purdue Pharma

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with a bipartisan group of attorneys general, sued Purdue Pharma today for its unlawful marketing and promotion of OxyContin and othe ...

AAA: Expect gas prices to rise on Iran deal concerns

AAA: Expect gas prices to rise on Iran deal concerns

The highest gas prices in Tennessee are found in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, according to AAA monitoring. Now comes word those prices will likely increase nationwide in th ...

PEAK Gubenatorial Debate cancelled

PEAK Gubenatorial Debate cancelled

A Kingsport debate between the leading Tennessee gubernatorial candidates originally set for May 22 has been cancelled by the organization that had scheduled it. The PEAK Young Pro ...

Tennessee furniture company bringing 79 jobs to Lee Co., Va.

England Furniture, a New Tazewell, Tenn.-based manufacturer of upholstered furniture, will establish a manufacturing operation, at the 32,000-square-foot Lee County Industrial Building, in Lee County, Va. The project of the La-Z-Boy affiliated company is expected to create 79 new jobs.  “We are delighted to expand our operations into the great state of Virginia,” said Terry England, president, England, Inc. ...

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Crowe bill to balance proprietary records with open record access and accountability passes committee

NASHVILLE – Legislation which seeks to balance proprietary records with open record access and improved accountability as it addresses the Wellmont–Mountain States merger, was approved by the Senate Health and General Welfare Committee on Wednesday.  Senate Bill 2048, sponsored by Senate Health and General Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), enhances reporting requirements for the compa ...

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Eastman recognized for sustained support of U.S. National Guard and Reserves

From left: Jerry Bush, Northeast Tennessee ESGR Committee Vice Chair; Etta Clark, Eastman Vice President of Global Public Affairs & Policy; Todd Akard, Eastman Recruiter; CeeGee McCord, Eastman Director Global Public & Community Affairs; Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast, ESGR State Chair; Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Brandon Horne, Eastman Operato ...

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Business Journal Market Facts

Welcome to the second edition of Market Facts, the younger sibling of The Business Journal’s Book of Lists. In the following pages, you’ll find facts that define our region, from demographics to wage data to housing and retail information. New this year is a section on data gathered from a 50-mile radius of Tri-Cities Airport, the center of the Tri-Cities region. We often preach that economic developers don ...

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Tri-Cities Airport Authority moves forward on Aerospace Park: Sends letter asking state legislator to stop pushing controversial bill

The hole and the hill. Dirt from the hill that rises above the runway must be moved into the hundred-foot valley next to it. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The Tri-Cities Airport Authority moved forward in February with plans to spend the money necessary to begin site work for the next phase of Aerospace Park, even as a state legislator sought to take over the process. At its Feb. 22 meeting, t ...

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King University issues retail, employment report analyses

KIRES Professors Alexander Brumlik and Sam Evans. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson A pair of reports issued last month by the King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) show the interconnectedness of the two topics in the regional economy. The reports, released around the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession, give room for guarded optimism. Immediately following the recession, there ...

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Immediate distraction: Proprietary information bill mars Ballad Health rollout

Alan Levine, Ballad chairman and CEO. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson When Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine met with The Business Journal in late February, he probably would rather the conversation had centered on plans for a new pediatric trauma center, or a residential addiction treatment facility, or pediatric emergency departments in Kingsport and Bristol. Instead, he opened the co ...

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Opioids: a multi-tiered approach to a multi-faceted problem

By Scott Robertson At some point in the last five to ten years, workforce became the most important factor in business site selection, outpacing location, available infrastructure and incentives. At some point in the last two to three years, opioid-related issues became the most important factor in workforce disqualification, outdistancing education. The effort to stem the opioid crisis, until recently only ...

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Costa: Eastman will only support regional economic development effort

Mark Costa speaks a the Eastman Leaders Breakfast Feb. 22.  Photo by Gabriel Logan By Scott Robertson Several months ago, Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa quietly convened a meeting of the top executives of several of the region’s major employers, including Alan Levine, (CEO of then-Mountain States Health Alliance, now Ballad Health), Scott Niswonger, executive chairman of Landair Transport, Dr. Brian No ...

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“CareerQuest: It’s All About Business” is all about career readiness

Photo above: Preston Conway pitches his business idea, @Home, to the shark tank panel. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson More than 300 students from school systems in eight Northeast Tennessee counties took part March 2 in CareerQuest USA Tennessee’s It’s All About Business event at Northeast State Community College. The event is an outgrowth of CareerQuest USA Tennessee, a career fair that last ...

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