Ballad Health announces fourth-quarter, year-end results

Ballad Health announces fourth-quarter, year-end results

Ballad Health today announced fourth-quarter and year-end results from its 2020 fiscal year, and that report illustrates the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the healthcare ...

ETSU Advancement, Alumni offices to relocate to Model Mill Development

ETSU Advancement, Alumni offices to relocate to Model Mill Development

The ETSU Foundation will lease space at the Model Mill Development that will become the new home for the Office of University Advancement at East Tennessee State University as well ...

HMG Clinical Research participating in late-stage trial of potential COVID-19 vaccine

HMG Clinical Research participating in late-stage trial of potential COVID-19 vaccine

HMG Clinical Research hasannounced plans to participate as study sites for, and begin enrolling participants into, the Phase 2/3 global study sponsored by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech ...

Mountain City receives federal funds to upgrade water lines

Mountain City receives federal funds to upgrade water lines

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $4.4 million in the state of Tennessee to bui ...

VCEDA converts two SRRA loans to grants

VCEDA converts two SRRA loans to grants

Two loans totaling $330,000 to the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (SRRA) were converted into grants recently by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Autho ...

DOMTAR to repurpose Kingsport mill

DOMTAR to repurpose Kingsport mill

To employ 160 making recycled linerboard by 2023 By Scott Robertson Domtar announced August 7 it will cease freesheet production operations at its Kingsport, Tenn., mill and refit ...

One sleepless night generated $250,000+ for struggling small businesses

One sleepless night generated $250,000+ for struggling small businesses

by Scott Robertson “I’m 71 years old and I’ve never lived through anything like the last six months,” says Jim Fisher, a small business owner in Jonesborough, Tenn. Fisher and his ...

What neutrons have to do with it

Eastman adds UT as Innovation Network Partner By Jeff Keeling Eastman Chemical Co. has come in-state for the latest addition to its higher-education based Eastman Innovation Network. Company and University of Tennessee, Knoxville officials announced an initial three-year partnership June 22. UT will benefit from $750,000 in sponsored research endeavors between Eastman scientists and UT faculty and students, ...

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Country Club at Bristol changes hands

By Scott Robertson Country Club at Bristol has been in limbo for the better part of a decade. But after a pair of transactions July 1, members hope a new era of stability is dawning. Local businessmen Roscoe Bowman, Tim Carter and Mitch Walters purchased the club from TruPoint Bank and immediately signed a 10-year lease to Integrity Golf, a management firm based in Orlando, Fla. “Roscoe, Tim and I probably ...

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Reports: NYSE halts Alpha trading, delisting Bristol-based company

            Multiple online reports indicate the New York Stock Exchange has halted all trading of stock for Alpha Natural Resources, the Bristol, Va.-based coal company, and that the exchange has begun the process of delisting Alpha. Alpha was told by NYSE officials in April that it was in a state of non-compliance because it had not traded above $1 a share for more than 30 days. Alpha said at the time it ...

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Corridor Summit shows links between health, wealth and education

By Scott Robertson The 300-plus leaders in the fields of education and business who gathered on the campus of East Tennessee State University May 27 and 28 for the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit heard academicians and healthcare industry experts explain how their education, health and economics affect each other. Dr. Randy Wykoff, founding dean of the ETSU College of Public Health, explained how ...

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Empty glass: Fledgling manufacturer shuts plans, seeks funds

By Jeff Keeling Production shutdowns; unpaid employees; a capital shortage – it wasn’t supposed to be this way when a group of glass industry veterans opened Heritage Glass in Kingsport’s former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass plant. But as the Business Journal prepared to go to print June 5, production at the plant was shut down temporarily as President Eric Kerney and other company directors sought fin ...

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Small businesses and insurance: “Nobody’s happy.”

By Jeff Keeling Jim Green strides through the nearly complete athletic fieldhouse at Johnson City, Tenn.’s Science Hill High School, stopping to check with valued employees of his third-generation contracting business. It’s a family atmosphere even on the job site of a J.E. Green Co. project, and Green is clearly comfortable with his men. Like many other small, family-owned businesses around the Tri-Cities ...

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2015 Laureate: Mitch Walters

There haven’t been too many Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame laureates who’ve had their own catch phrases. But if you show Mitch Walters picture to anyone in the Tri-Cities with a television, they’ll probably say, “Oh yeah, It’s the ‘We’re dealin’ man!” Mitch Walters’ is more than just a face on TV, though. His Friendship family of dealerships today has more than 300 employees, and Friendship has ea ...

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2015 Laureate: Roy L. Harmon, Jr.

Roy L. Harmon, Jr.’s roots in business success stretch much further back than his 1980 initiation into the world of banking. They stretch back even further than involvement with Junior Achievement as a Dobyns-Bennett High School student in the early 1970s. In fact, the son of a Holston Valley nurse and a Mead Paper lab technician says, “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a job. “When I was growing u ...

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Businessmen and women, please show this page to your daughters

By Scott Robertson This message goes out to all the school age girls living in the Tri-Cities: This summer, enjoy your time off from school. Go to the aquatic center. Have friends over and stay up late. Catch fireflies, roast marshmallows, listen to music and eat lots of pie – apple pie, key lime pie, strawberry pie, chocolate cream pie – whatever pie you want. Let everyone know, “I like pie!” Then, once sc ...

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An open letter from the Chambers of Commerce

The Chambers of Commerce of Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County endorse the proposed merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance to an integrated single system.  We believe this offers the best opportunity for the betterment of our region’s healthcare. Each Chamber board met with the individual health systems while Wellmont was pursuing three alternati ...

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