August 2018 Edition

August 2018 Edition

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Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College has named Francis Canedo as dean of the Humanities division.   Canedo is a tenured associate professor of Spanish, currently serving as chair of t ...

Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

by Scott Robertson Bristol Compressors executives told the company’s 470 employees in Washington County, Va., on July 31 the plant there will close in 60 days. The company was requ ...

Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, World Long Drive bring superstars, family fun

Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, World Long Drive bring superstars, family fun

Smokey Robinson will put on a special performance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Children’s healthcare in our region will soon get a boost in ...

Wize Solutions aims to bring NoVa work to RoVa

Wize Solutions aims to bring NoVa work to RoVa

Wize Solutions executive team (L-R) Mark Eschle, Dario Marquez, Wendy Marquez, Jeff Pittges. Since the tech revolution turned Northern Virginia into the eastern version of Silicon ...

Three VCEDA Region Companies increase Sales and Employment, Graduate from Go Global with Coal and Energy Technology Program

Three VCEDA Region Companies increase Sales and Employment, Graduate from Go Global with Coal and Energy Technology Program

Photo above: Coalfield region companies in the 2016-2018 class of the Go Global with Coal and Energy Technology program, sponsored by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Au ...

Sessions Hotel: Take two

Sessions Hotel: Take two

Photo above: Cornerstone Hospitality CEO Kimberly Christner speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony July 26.   The on-again, off-again Sessions Hotel project in Bristol, Va., is ...

Ignite program receives $250,000 GO Virginia grant: Funds to bridge gap between worlds of education, employment

Photo above: Southwest Virginia teachers spend a day working at Mohawk Industries as part of the Ignite program. Photo courtesy United Way of Southwest Virginia By Scott Robertson The Ignite program of the United Way of Southwest Virginia received a $250,000 grant from Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) April 10 in Richmond. The funds will be used to fund an internship project as part of a co ...

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Choosing the right incubator or accelerator: Business is less daunting when you know where to start

Photo above: Heath Guinn, Mars Reid and John Campbell at Sync.Space. Photo by Anne Newton Part one of a two-part series By Anne Newton From business incubators that help you get started - to business accelerators that identify what you need to go to the next level - to coworker and makerspaces that offer access to equipment, technology and expertise, whatever your needs, the goal is the same: to develop a s ...

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Angela Braan: Exploiting a gap in the market – with care

Photo above: Angela Braan Photo courtesy Cassia’s Salon & Spa By Gabriel Logan In a region with a relatively low percentage of young entrepreneurs, fewer female entrepreneurs, and very few minority entrepreneurs, Angela Braan, who is a U.S. Army veteran to boot, stands out. Those uncommon qualities haven’t driven the growth of her two-and-a half year old business, Cassia’s Salon & Spa, though. That ...

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New River Hardwoods to invest $3.8 million in Carter County facilities

New River Hardwoods, Inc. officials recently announced the lumber company will invest $3.8 million in its operations in Roan Mountain. New River plans to create around 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. The company will install new equipment and convert its Roan Mountain log yard into a lumber manufacturing facility.  “I’d like to thank New River Hardwoods for investing in Roan Mountain ...

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The increasingly senior-centric economy: How professionals are navigating the opportunities and challenges caused by the graying of the region

Second in a two-part series By Don Fenley and Scott Robertson The only major age category that is seeing notable population growth in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is the 65+ category. As was pointed out in this space in the April 2018 issue, by 2028, it is projected that one in every four residents of this region will be over the age of 64. Those numbers do not merely reflect the graying of Am ...

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Lasting impact: McGlothlin unveils latest fundraiser to benefit Mountain Mission School

Photo above: Jim McGlothlin and Tim Finchem Photos by Dave Ongie By Dave Ongie Fifty-four years ago, a young attorney showed up at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va., to help start a basketball team. Jim McGlothlin learned three things that day, and the third lesson has made a lasting impact on countless lives. “First of all, the Mountain Mission kids didn’t know anything about basketball,” McGlothlin s ...

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YWCA honors 2018 Tribute to Women Award recipients

Nine exceptional women who actively better the quality of life for thousands in the region were honored by YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Nominated by area organizations and chosen by an independent panel of judges, the nine award recipients exemplify those working to enrich the region and were honored in categories which reflect the impact of the YWCA in the region: Nurture, Empower, and ...

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About those bills…

By Scott Robertson Back in late February and early March, publications like this one were spilling a lot of ink regarding two bills being considered in the Tennessee General Assembly. The first was a bill put forth in the Senate by District 3 State Senator Rusty Crowe. Senate Bill 2048 (and its House companion legislation, HB 2020) sought to keep the Ballad Health COPA monitor from releasing to the public i ...

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Tennessee unemployment rate remains steady, near historic low

March 2018 Rate Remains at 3.4 Percent Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have announced the March 2018 statewide unemployment rate for Tennessee remained near historic lows and matched the revised rate from the previous month. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for March was 3.4 percent, which mirrored the revised rate for Februar ...

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