Virginia approves Ballad cooperative agreement

Virginia approves Ballad cooperative agreement

Photo above: Mountain States President and CEO Alan Levine addresses the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, Oct. 14. By Scott Robertson Just after 3 p.m., Oct. 30, 2017, Mountain ...

Northeast State will  close Bristol site after current semester: Gray site to be sold, Johnson City and Elizabethton remain in long-range plans

Northeast State will close Bristol site after current semester: Gray site to be sold, Johnson City and Elizabethton remain in long-range plans

By Scott Robertson Northeast State Community College will close its Bristol campus at the end of the fall 2017 semester. The decision is part of the College’s correction action pla ...

Economic Development 101: NETWORKS’ Walker on “Selling Your Site” panel

Economic Development 101: NETWORKS’ Walker on “Selling Your Site” panel

Photo above: (L-R) Panelists Mike Evans, Clay Walker, Brad Maul and Bryan Daniels at the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development Oct. 26 in Gatlinburg.  Photo b ...

Wells Fargo chief economist: Interest hikes coming; willingness to embrace deficits is surprising

Wells Fargo chief economist: Interest hikes coming; willingness to embrace deficits is surprising

Photo above: John Silvia, chief economist, Wells Fargo, at Bristol’s Paramount Center, Oct. 19. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The chief economist for Wells Fargo told ...

Region’s manufacturers announce growth in October

Region’s manufacturers announce growth in October

The region’s manufacturing economy got a boost in October from two expansions and one acquisition. Jarden Zinc will add jobs in Greene County, Techni-Glass will add jobs in Hawkins ...

GO Virginia issues call for projects in need of funding

GO Virginia issues call for projects in need of funding

$500,000 available for projects that fund region’s economy The wait is over for entrepreneurs who believe they have a great idea for a business that could create jobs and economic ...

Faith in the Future honorees named

Faith in the Future honorees named

Photo above: The 2017 class of Faith in the Future award winners is the eighth class of honorees named. Photo by Jeff Derby The winners of the 2017 CenturyLink Faith in the Future ...

Pies in the sky: Cootie Brown’s Internet gambit

Photo above: Tony Vella poses with Cootie Brown’s key lime pie delivery container at Lot 8 on State of Franklin Road in Johnson City. Photo by Collin Brooks By Scott Robertson and Collin Brooks On April 26, as the Johnson City Public Building Authority was considering whether to enter into negotiations with one of three entities (the Chamber of Commerce Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington Coun ...

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Aerospace Park continues ascent

Photo above: Patrick Wilson and David Jones discuss runway repair work. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The Tri-Cities Airport Authority continues to move ahead with its plan to create a business/industrial park for aeronautical companies. In its April 20 meeting, the authority unanimously voted to approve the expenditure of $82,000 to conduct a federally mandated environmental assessment of the ...

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Emory & Henry receives $1 million business chair endowment: College announces $80 million fundraising campaign

Photo above: James Curtis Hughes, donor Representative and family member and Emory & Henry President Jake Schrum shake hands after signing the Kathryn Burke Greever endowment agreement. By Scott Robertson One never knows how long one’s impact on others will last. The inspiration for gifts of more than $1 million to Emory & Henry College, for instance, began over 100 years ago, said James Curtis “Cur ...

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Milligan dedicates engineering college facilities

Photo Above: Bob Hart, Etta Clark, Dr. Bill Greer, Chrissy Idlette and CeeGee McCord commemorate the opening of the Eastman engineering lab on the campus of Milligan College April 28. By Scott Robertson Area business leaders joined the Milligan College community April 28 for the dedication of the college’s new engineering facilities, a major component of the college’s recent efforts to expand its academic o ...

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Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce

Photo above: Steve Smith, Travis Staton, and Alan Levine By Scott Robertson The relationship between the United Way and the business community in America has generally followed a simple model: businesses support the United Way, through encouraging employees to contribute to fund drives and through allowing employees to take time away from the office to volunteer. The United Way of Southwest Virginia is addi ...

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My apologies for underestimating the Tennessee General Assembly

By Scott Robertson I love it when my natural inclination to be pessimistic turns out to be wrong. In this space in February, I posited the notion that the Tennessee General Assembly might not pass the IMPROVE Act (the acronym is for Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) because the legislative body, “is full of individuals who make decisions by wetting their fingers ...

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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 College and Alexander Whitaker, King University president. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Officials from King University hosted colleagues from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT) March 15 to announce the formati ...

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