Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

Ballad Health, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

In a joint release issued late Tuesday afternoon, East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Ballad Health Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Levine announce ...

Roe on board with MSA unification idea

Roe on board with MSA unification idea

Tennessee First District United States Congressman Phil Roe this week said he would support a plan to reunify the Kingsport and Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Roe tol ...

Six from Northeast joining Leadership Tennessee for 2018-19

Six from Northeast joining Leadership Tennessee for 2018-19

Leadership Tennessee this week announced its 2018-19 class, comprised of 45 leaders (including six from the Tri-Cities) who will spend the next year engaging in collaborative, non- ...

Bristol, Va., sets deadline for Economic Development Director applications

Bristol, Va., sets deadline for Economic Development Director applications

The city of Bristol, Va., hopes to have the resume of its new economic development director in hand by June 26. That’s the cut-off date for applications for the position listed on ...

VDOT begins consideration of I-81 improvements

VDOT begins consideration of I-81 improvements

The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted its first public hearing regarding potential improvements to the 325 miles of Interstate 81 in the Commonwealth. The hearing, June ...

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties becoming “College Completion Community”

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties becoming “College Completion Community”

Greene, Hamblen and Washington counties are joining forces to become a single “College Completion Community” by jointly forming one of five “Completion Councils” in the Complete Te ...

TN Promise seeks thousands of mentors for students

TN Promise seeks thousands of mentors for students

TNAchieves has begun recruiting 9,000 volunteer mentors to meet its goal of providing every TN Promise applicant from the class of 2019 with a local support system. TN Promise affo ...

King University issues retail, employment report analyses

KIRES Professors Alexander Brumlik and Sam Evans. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson A pair of reports issued last month by the King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) show the interconnectedness of the two topics in the regional economy. The reports, released around the 10th anniversary of the Great Recession, give room for guarded optimism. Immediately following the recession, there ...

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Immediate distraction: Proprietary information bill mars Ballad Health rollout

Alan Levine, Ballad chairman and CEO. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson When Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine met with The Business Journal in late February, he probably would rather the conversation had centered on plans for a new pediatric trauma center, or a residential addiction treatment facility, or pediatric emergency departments in Kingsport and Bristol. Instead, he opened the co ...

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Opioids: a multi-tiered approach to a multi-faceted problem

By Scott Robertson At some point in the last five to ten years, workforce became the most important factor in business site selection, outpacing location, available infrastructure and incentives. At some point in the last two to three years, opioid-related issues became the most important factor in workforce disqualification, outdistancing education. The effort to stem the opioid crisis, until recently only ...

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Costa: Eastman will only support regional economic development effort

Mark Costa speaks a the Eastman Leaders Breakfast Feb. 22.  Photo by Gabriel Logan By Scott Robertson Several months ago, Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa quietly convened a meeting of the top executives of several of the region’s major employers, including Alan Levine, (CEO of then-Mountain States Health Alliance, now Ballad Health), Scott Niswonger, executive chairman of Landair Transport, Dr. Brian No ...

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“CareerQuest: It’s All About Business” is all about career readiness

Photo above: Preston Conway pitches his business idea, @Home, to the shark tank panel. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson More than 300 students from school systems in eight Northeast Tennessee counties took part March 2 in CareerQuest USA Tennessee’s It’s All About Business event at Northeast State Community College. The event is an outgrowth of CareerQuest USA Tennessee, a career fair that last ...

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Roan Scholars’ first steps toward Pulitzer Prizes

By Scott Robertson A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sit with a group of ETSU Roan Scholars at a speaking engagement by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman defies traditional political labels. He is certainly not a conservative. Liberals loved his recent excoriation of the President of the United States’ unwillingness or inability to stand up to Russia. But conservatives can apprecia ...

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Opportunity Zones data on its way to state capitols

The tax reform package of 2017 included a program allowing governors to establish areas known as Opportunity Zones in their respective states, as a way to encourage private investment in low-income areas. The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing in census tracts where wages are low, but opportunities ...

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Bell rebrands

Bell Helicopter, the Textron Inc. company and major global aircraft manufacturer operating a facility in Piney Flats, revealed this week it has rebranded to be known as simply “Bell.” The new brand strategy and modernized logo are rooted in the company’s focus on innovation and customer experience. Bell will roll out the rebrand over the next year. “Bell has always been about more than just helicopters. Our ...

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Ballad Chairman: Bill imperfectly written, but no ill intent

A Tennessee General Assembly bill that would limit what information is immediately put into the public record as it is reported to the state’s COPA monitor does not – as currently written – accurately reflect the system’s goals, Ballad’s chairman and CEO, Alan Levine allowed Tuesday. However, Levine said, there is no ill intent on the part of Ballad or of the legislators who are carrying the bills in the st ...

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