Business Journal Q and A: Physician leaders on Ballad

Business Journal Q and A: Physician leaders on Ballad

by Jeff Keeling The following is the entire Q and A from the Journal’s wide-ranging August 12 meeting with Ballad Health’s seven physician leaders. Business Journal: You’ve got a m ...

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Regional Economic Forum: government, private and social sectors converge

Regional Economic Forum: government, private and social sectors converge

Above: Discussion panelists Alan Levine, Bill Greene, Mark Costa, Jerry Caldwell and Scott Niswonger by Scott Robertson From the outset, the inaugural Regional Economic Forum at th ...

Johnson City preparing to seek state approval for retail tourism district

Johnson City preparing to seek state approval for retail tourism district

By Dave Ongie Last week, the plans for a proposed development that would sit on about 100 acres of land inside a new retail tourism development district saw the light of day. Spear ...

Hot tub maker LPI adding 200 jobs to Johnson City operations

Hot tub maker LPI adding 200 jobs to Johnson City operations

Above: Workers at LPI in Johnson City spray fiberglass onto the shell of a spa. Johnson City-based hot tub and spa manufacturer LPI, Inc. is adding jobs and backfilling a space whe ...

The reality of the Appalachian Highlands

The reality of the Appalachian Highlands

By Mary Trigiani As a two-time transplant to our region – first in 1966 and then in 2016 – I have always felt this is a place of accomplishment. Perhaps, as a child, it was the exp ...

‘Blue Lizard’ maker Crown planning Johnson City expansion Company plans to add manufacturing, backfill former NN Inc. headquarters

‘Blue Lizard’ maker Crown planning Johnson City expansion Company plans to add manufacturing, backfill former NN Inc. headquarters

Crown has invested in some upgraded product lines over the past year, including this one. Photo courtesy Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership The fast-growing company ...

Chinese-born scientist indicted for conspiring to steal secrets from Eastman, others

By Dave Ongie A grand jury in Greeneville, Tenn., recently returned an indictment against a Chinese-born scientist formerly employed by Coca-Cola and Eastman for conspiracy to steal trade secrets related to formulations for BPA-free coatings. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 56, of Lansing, Mich., and Liu Xiangchen, 61, of Shandong Province, China, were named in th ...

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150 organizations form Accountable Care Community

Representatives from Ballad Health, the United Way of Southwest Virginia and Healthy Kingsport led a meeting at Bristol Regional Medical Center Tuesday, including the 24-member leadership council of a new accountable care community in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The Appalachian Highlands community will be the first accountable care community in the U.S. to encompass areas of two states. “Thi ...

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Accountable Care Community comes to forefront as Ballad announces partnerships

By Dave Ongie From a school library in Gate City, Virginia, to the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway to a letter of support for Ballad Health penned by chambers of commerce from around the region, one phrase kept popping up last week: Accountable Care Community. The phrase itself is not new, but according to Ballad Health CEO Allan Levine, the emphasis now being placed on the phrase in our region is packed ...

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Q&A: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Above: Governor Bill Lee and Business Journal Managing Editor Scott Robertson at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Photo courtesy State of Tennessee During his 2018 campaign for governor, Bill Lee repeatedly made the point that Tennessee had done great things to improve college accessibility and graduation rates, but that he was interested in creating new pathways to prosperity for n ...

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Changing of the guard at Frontier Health

Above: Dr. Teresa Kidd and Representative David Hawk The new and former CEOs of Frontier Health are both making news. Kristie Hammonds, the new CEO, has recently overseen the acquisition of the former Johnson City Specialty Hospital building. Her predecessor, Teresa Kidd, has been honored by the state of Tennessee. Kristie Hammonds Hammonds started with Frontier Health back in the late 1990s. She worked her ...

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The Business of Aging… coming in March

The March 2019 issue of The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA takes a deep dive into the business of aging. How is the accelerating demographic shift affecting market sectors from wealth management to health care? And, how will the graying of the region affect businesses that don’t deal directly with the seniors market as the overall economy changes? Reserve your space in this special focus section now. ...

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Crossing the line: Johnson Commercial Development plans to develop Pinnacle property in Virginia

By Scott Robertson It was only a matter of time. When Johnson Commercial Development built the Pinnacle retail development on the Tennessee side of the Virginia state line in 2013, principal Steve Johnson had already bought 350 acres on the Virginia side abutting the Tennessee property. Because Johnson is not known for leaving money on the table, it was assumed by most observers that he’d develop the Virgin ...

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Ballad Health, Lee County Regional Medical Center Authority plan to reopen LCRMC

Alan Levine By Scott Robertson                 In a healthcare economy in which the closure of rural hospitals is becoming more common, Ballad Health plans to partner with a hospital authority to reopen a small rural hospital that has been closed for more than five years.              Lee County Regional Medi ...

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Governor Lee queries commissioners on workforce development efforts

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Tennessee Governor Bill Lee quizzed commissioners of Economic & Community Development, Corrections, Labor & Workforce Development, Education and Health this week regarding their plans to collaborate to improve Tennessee’s workforce, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The queries came during the first round of state budget hearings, during which the new governor spoke ...

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