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 ...

It’s December. Do you know what your tax laws are?

Accountants had to wait more than 11 months before Washington could agree on its filing rules for 2014 By Scott Robertson As of Dec. 31, 2013, some 55 tax breaks that had been part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 had expired. As of Dec. 1, 2014, Congress had yet to act on whether to retroactively reinstate any or all of them. That news was disappointing, but not necessarily surprising for those ...

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Wellmont: Decision on strategic options/merger unlikely before January

 KINGSPORT – Meaningful work by Wellmont Health System’s board of directors is enabling the group to fully explore the best path forward for the organization. Roger Leonard, the board’s chairman, said the panel continues its examination of Wellmont’s options, a process that will likely extend into the new year. With the holiday season in full swing and the need for the board to further review information it ...

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Gerald O’Connor and Impact Plastics: The American Manufacturer and the Impact of Vision

By Scott Robertson Where there is no vision, the people perish… - Proverbs 29:18 A little over a year ago, while some were still bemoaning the death of American manufacturing, Gerald O’Connor, founder of Impact Plastics in Unicoi County, Tenn., announced plans to expand his local operations to the tune of $1.3 million. That expansion, O’Connor said at the time, would result in the creation of 83 new jobs an ...

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Inside the numbers: Wellmont Health System

In introducing a new department this month, we decided to hone in on some data that is certain to be in the sights of at least three other entities – the finalists for alignment in Wellmont Health System’s strategic options process. Wellmont leaders have said recently they hope to announce a decision about an alignment by sometime late this year. The system provides quarterly and annual financial informatio ...

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For the love of peat

Agriculture's role in economy bigger than many realize Story and photos by Jeff Keeling I love to watch stuff grow. When things are going good, there's just nothing like it. I couldn't see myself doing anything else other than what I'm doing.           Wesley Squibb I love what I do. I love working the land. Nothing makes me happier than to climb on a tractor for 12 or 14 hours a day.          Jeff Aiken As ...

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Bristol, VA provides update on purported Cabela’s downsizing

City provides letter after breaking several scheduled interviews By Scott Robertson and Tammy Childress Note: Shortly after this story went to press, Bristol ,Va. officials sent the Business Journal a letter from Cabela's Steven Krajewski, Cabela's real estate director, dated Nov. 10. The letter states that Cabela's plans to build an 82,003-square-foot store in Bristol. That is smaller than the size repeate ...

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Hospital systems’ future top of mind throughout region

Growing array of outside voices weighs in By Jeff Keeling “We’re talking about things in this region that we never thought possible. We’re having these conversations because there was the disruption of Wellmont saying, ‘we really need to ask difficult questions.’ I applaud Wellmont’s board for the conversation that has begun because they had the wherewithal to say ‘we have to do something differently.’”     ...

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ETSU Quietly Seeking Business Support for Football Program

By Scott Robertson Kick-off is less than a year away for ETSU football, a program rebooting after an 11-year hiatus. The Buccaneers are schedule to play Kennesaw State Sept. 3, 2015 on Steve Spurrier Field at Kermit Tipton Stadium on the campus of Science Hill High School. Tipton Stadium will serve as the temporary home of the Bucs until a new on-campus stadium can be built. Current plans call for the Bucs ...

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OnePartner Signs Mountain States, Optimistic on Wellmont

Health Information Exchange Growth Continues By Scott Robertson What we’re being asked to do by the government and everybody else, quite frankly, is prove that we’re providing quality. If they’re going to pay us a dollar they want to know if they got a dollar’s worth of quality out of this.                                                                                                                        ...

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Jammin Butter having fun making money

Five years in, Internet marketer well past startup status By Jeff Keeling “Bargain hunters. The people who like to grab stuff off the impulsive section in the checkout line. Those are the customers that shop with us.” Vantha Chhoun, Jammin Butter co-owner  “We still maintain a little bit of goofiness. Every website you go to is, ‘here’s this, buy this, ok.’ We would go insane if we had to act like that all ...

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