NN, Inc. to sell Precision Bearing Components Group

NN, Inc. to sell Precision Bearing Components Group

NN Inc., a Johnson City-based industrial parts manufacturing company, announced this week it is selling off its Precision Bearing Components Group, which includes its properties in ...

Eastman, Costa inducted into JA Business Hall of Fame

Eastman, Costa inducted into JA Business Hall of Fame

2017 Laureate: Mark J. Costa Mark J. Costa, chairman and CEO of Eastman, rose from working class, if not humble, beginnings. He was born to Alice and Donald Costa and raised in Sal ...

Miyake Forging to invest $13.7 million in new Phipps Bend plant

Miyake Forging to invest $13.7 million in new Phipps Bend plant

Photo above: The June 7 groundbreaking  Photos courtesy NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership By Scott Roberston Miyake Forging, a Japan-based bearing and parts company, announced in June ...

Pending Kmart closure creates commercial real estate buzz

Pending Kmart closure creates commercial real estate buzz

Photo above: The lot’s ease of access to I-26 and State of Franklin Road will be a unique selling point.  Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson With the June 6 announcement f ...

Laughlin, Mountain States complete merger

Laughlin, Mountain States complete merger

Photo above: Alan Levine of Mountain States and Chuck Whitfield of Laughlin at the November merger announcement (file photo) By Scott Roberson Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Mounta ...

TRI readies for Aerospace Park grant process: Works to replace flight school

TRI readies for Aerospace Park grant process: Works to replace flight school

Photo above: Artist’s rendering of Aerospace Park when grading is complete. Courtesy Tri-Cities Airport By Scott Roberston The next few weeks represent the deep breath before the p ...

Business community backing education, workforce development efforts: Pathways, SCORE and Work Ready Communities

Business community backing education, workforce development efforts: Pathways, SCORE and Work Ready Communities

Photo Above: Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey, surrounded by his fellow county mayors speaks about the region’s Work Ready Community progress. Photo courtesy First Tennessee Devel ...

From the Editor: Kingsport 100

By Scott Robertson Congratulations are due the city of Kingsport, particularly its business community, on the centennial of the city charter, signed by Governor Tom C. Rye on March 2, 1917. We specify the business community because Kingsport is a city created by businessmen with specific community aims and goals in mind. Between 1910 and 1915, executives of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway had the ...

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Supporting Work Ready Communities is free, easy and beneficial to business

By Jeff McCord In Northeast Tennessee, we have long understood that the prosperity of a region lies in the capability of its people. We have a history of innovative educational initiatives and have lived on the forefront of workforce development efforts that become models for others to follow. Still, it hasn’t gotten any easier. In the face of a demographic bubble that finds baby-boomers retiring while need ...

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Breaking News: City will have to weigh in on oversight in tax abatement resolution for NN Inc.

Photo above:Washington County Economic Development Council CEO Mitch Miller, right, and NN Inc. President and CEO Richard Holder By Collin Brooks An oversight in a resolution that was passed by the Johnson City Commission in 2014 that allowed the Industrial Development Board of Johnson City to grant tax abates to then “Project Stone” will need to be amended by the city commission in the coming months. Durin ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: The Changing Face of Health Care with Dr. Phil Roe, United States Congressman (R-TN)

By Scott Robertson Congressman Phil Roe is a founding father of the “repeal and replace” movement regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He wrote the House’s first Obamacare replacement legislation bill four years ago, having been tasked with creating a bill that would increase coverage, decrease costs and not increase entitlements. Now, with President Donald Trum ...

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NeTREP comes to fruition: Carter, Unicoi and Washington counties unite economic development efforts

Photo above: Ron Scott, photo courtesy of NeTREP By Scott Robertson Three Northeast Tennessee counties that have traditionally been rivals in everything from high school football to economic development officially set aside the “Friday night football mentality” last month to partner in a new economic development organization. The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership (NeTREP) unifies economic de ...

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CareerQuest to bring students, businesses, educators together in a big way

By Scott Roberston Working under the name CareerQuest, the First Tennessee Development District will bring 5,000 students in grades 8-12 from nine Northeast Tennessee counties and Bristol, Va., to a massive career fair March 21-22 in the Minidome on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. The district’s director of Workforce Initiatives, Lottie Ryans, attended a similar event attended ...

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Bellafina Chocolates: Combining charity and ministry while staying all-business

By Scott Robertson If you’ve recently received a box of chocolates with a company or organization logo in full color on every individual truffle, it probably came from the kitchen of Bellafina Chocolates in Kingsport. The small business founded by Brenda Barnicki has been putting out corporate-gift quality chocolates for just over six years now with an all-volunteer workforce and a policy of giving 100 perc ...

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From the Editor: Is Haslam being led down primrose path on roads?

By Scott Roberston Last year, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam dipped a toe in the water to see whether he could gain any traction on the idea of a gas tax hike to pay for highway fund increases. Tennessee’s highways have for the last couple of decades been among America’s best, and they are built and maintained on a pay-as-you-go basis, rather than through issuance of debt. But prices of labor and materials ...

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The Last Word: Dr. John’s COPA time blues

By Jeff Keeling Dr. John Dreyzehner’s role in the Mountain States Health Alliance-Wellmont Health System merger application process emerged front and center Jan. 13. Someday, history will judge the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) commissioner’s involvement. I hope when that day comes, Dreyzehner won’t have just cause to channel another Dr. John (musician “Dr. John” Rebennack) and say, “I been in the ri ...

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