King University, University of Tennessee announce dual enrollment engineering degree

King University, University of Tennessee announce dual enrollment engineering degree

Photo: Dr. Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs at King; John Tickle namesake of the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering; Dr. Wayne Davis, dean of the Tickle Co ...

CareerQuest Tennessee puts students on the road to careers

CareerQuest Tennessee puts students on the road to careers

Photo: Northeast State’s Ron Broadwater instructs a student in the finer points of welding. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson In one quarter of the ETSU mini-dome, a stud ...

Holston Medical Group coming full circle

Holston Medical Group coming full circle

Photo: The only CEOs in Holston Medical Group’s 40-year history, Drs. Jerry Miller and Scott Fowler. By Scott Robertson Forty years ago, when Dr. Jerry Miller founded the practice ...

Brimhall to occupy Pure Foods building, produce snack foods

Brimhall to occupy Pure Foods building, produce snack foods

Photo: It’s out with the Pure Foods chickpea cheezpuffs and in with the Brim’s pork rinds in Kingsport. By Scott Robertson Brimhall Foods, Inc., of Bartlett, Tenn., won a March 7 a ...

From Education to Economic Development to the Governor’s Mansion?

From Education to Economic Development to the Governor’s Mansion?

Photo: Randy Boyd speaks at the announcement of Forward Air’s corporate headquarters expansion in Greene County, Nov. 16, 2016. Scott Niswonger, left, is the Boyd campaign’s treasu ...

Aggressive approach: Bobby Rolfe wants to keep the good times rolling

Aggressive approach: Bobby Rolfe wants to keep the good times rolling

Photo: Bobby Rolfe addresses the crowd at a town hall meeting in Kingsport March 15. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Economic development in Tennessee is on a roll, and ...

April 2017 – Full Issue

April 2017 – Full Issue

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Overcoming observation frustration: Wellmont’s new strategy paying $700,000 a month dividend

By Jeff Keeling Whatever one might choose to call it – a burr in the saddle, a thorn in the side or something else – Wellmont Health System has felt the irritating effects of a growth in “observation” patients for several years. Until the latest fiscal quarter, that is. Following a thorough assessment of the factors behind its rising ratio of admitted patients who were given observation rather than traditio ...

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Revised commitments of hospital systems to Southwest Va. Health Authority

COMMITMENTS CHART   Commitment: In order to ensure pricing is not increased as a result of the elimination of inpatient competition for the majority of consumers covered by third party commercial insurance, pricing will increase by less with the merger than if the merger were not to occur. For all Principal Payers1, the New Health System will reduce existing commercial contracting for fixed rate increa ...

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Grading set to begin at Washington County, Tenn., industrial park

Photo above: Geotech studies occurred at the industrial park site this summer. Photo by Scott Robertson By Jeff Keeling The Washington County Economic Development Council (EDC) is on the cusp of two significant achievements that have been a while in coming – one organizational, the other developmental. At the EDC’s Oct. 20 board meeting, members heard updates on both. A partially grant-funded project to gra ...

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Garland goes Greene: Former Tennessee economic developer settles in as Greene County Partnership CEO

Photo above: Garland at his desk.  Photos by Scott Robertson Matt Garland has hit the ground running as the new president/CEO of the Greene County Partnership. Garland, who has worked in Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for the last eight years, already knows the people, places and things that will make the difference in Greene County’s efforts to attrac ...

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Work Ready Communities program expands

Photo above: Mayors Dan Eldridge of Washington County and Richard Venable of Sullivan County announce the eight-county Work Ready Community effort at the headquarters of the First Tennessee Development District. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson In a moment months in the making, the mayors of Washington and Sullivan counties stood together in the First Tennessee Development District rose garden Oc ...

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“Antsy” lenders create opportunity for Emory & Henry: College breaks ground on apartment-style community

Photo above: Rick Gaumer, vice president for Business and Finance speaks at the Oct. 7 groundbreaking as President Jake Schrum looks on. By Scott Robertson Emory & Henry College broke ground Oct. 7 on a $12.5 million residence hall construction project to create 197 more beds for on-campus student living. Eight small residence halls, including six apartment-style halls, and a community center will be ad ...

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Hospital merger process kicks into high gear in Virginia

Photo above: SVHA board members Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, Dr. Sue Cantrell and Dr. Donna Henry listen during the board’s Oct. 27 meeting.  Photos by Jeff Keeling   By Jeff Keeling We are well aware of the economic and healthcare challenges facing this region. The question for us, and more importantly the question for the Authority, is whether this merger is the only way to address the issues at the cost ...

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First Bank & Trust honored for Agribusiness support

Photo above: Jamie Whitacre, Keith Phillips, William Hayter and Gene Copenhaver accept the Agribusiness of the Year Award Oct. 17.   First Bank & Trust Company was recently awarded the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s 2016 Agribusiness of the Year Award. Council Chair Lynn Graves presented the award during the Council’s Annual Membership Meeting in Winchester. The recognition is presented annually t ...

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