When you figure out how to turn garbage into gold, get other people to pay you to take their garbage

When you figure out how to turn garbage into gold, get other people to pay you to take their garbage

The phenomenon that is #2020 continues unabated. Massive unemployment. Trillions of dollars of new debt. A pandemic. Racial strife. Murder hornets. Fire tornadoes. Zoom meetings. Z ...

Q&A: Mark Costa, Eastman Board Chair and CEO

Q&A: Mark Costa, Eastman Board Chair and CEO

Over the course of a century, Eastman has been led by men whose focus ranged from visionary to operationally-focused on a granular level. Perley Wilcox, who negotiated the purchase ...

Ernie Rumsby, T-C MAC founder passes away

Ernie Rumsby, T-C MAC founder passes away

Above: Ernie Rumsby, right, during a 2018 presidential visit to Johnson City. The man who has, for most of the last decade, served as the face and voice of veterans in the Tri-Citi ...

The Business Journal Q&A

The Business Journal Q&A

Q&A: Senator Marsha Blackburn Much has been made of the United States’ debt to China, currently around $1.08 trillion. In the few decades since China went from being an entirel ...

Ballad using debt to protect cash reserves into autumn

Ballad using debt to protect cash reserves into autumn

by Scott Robertson The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with the revenue stream at Ballad Health, but administrators are using a pair of no- to low-interest debt instruments to p ...

Saving Jobs: Economic developers say “complex” Domtar deal took teamwork

Saving Jobs: Economic developers say “complex” Domtar deal took teamwork

by Scott Robertson Clay Walker, CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and Lynn Tully, Northeast Tennessee director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development ...

Tri-Cities economy shedding jobs

Tri-Cities economy shedding jobs

More worrying: Labor force participation on decline by Don Fenley WARN Act-mandated layoff notices are piling up in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Utility Trailer in G ...

The Angel Roundtable invests in local entrepreneur

Preston Dishner (left) and Lia Winter The Angel Roundtable (ART), the angel investment network of the Appalachian Highlands, announced this week a new investment in Winter Innovations, Inc., a medical device. Co-founded by Lia Winter and Piney Flats native Preston Dishner, Winter Innovations is currently working to launch its flagship EasyWhip™ product, a two-part suturing needle designed to facilitate the ...

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Hill, Hodges introduce bipartisan insulin price-control bill

State Representatives Matthew Hill (left) and Jason Hodges State Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, and State Rep. Jason Hodges, D-Clarksville, today announced they would join together in sponsoring House Bill 1931, a bipartisan bill that will set a price cap on the cost patients pay for insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply. Each day, Tennesseans are impacted by absurdly high prices of life-saving insulin Hi ...

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Greene County Partnership CEO resigns

Matt Garland The executive board of the Greene County Partnership Monday received and accepted the resignation of CEO Matt Garland. Garland had joined the partnership in late 2016 after serving for eight years in Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Garland told The Business Journal and bjournal.com he is leaving the partnership to take another position in ...

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Noland, Harwell to be nominated to TVA board

Beth Harwell (left), Brian Noland U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, the senior senator from Tennessee, announced Tuesday that East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. President Trump said Tuesday morning he would nominate Noland and former Tennessee State House Speaker Beth Harwell, accor ...

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Mayors’ task force delineates potential benefits of regional economic development

Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable. Photos by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson A Blue Ribbon Task Force formed by the mayors of Sullivan and Washington counties in Northeast Tennessee has identified several areas in which significant gains can be made by taking a regional approach to economic development issues. The task force was formed by Sullivan County Mayor R ...

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ETSU rolls out new need-based scholarship program beginning Fall 2020 

Dr. Brian Noland introduces the ETSU Promise Plus program at a Jan. 17 news conference. Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson East Tennessee State University will begin offering four-year “last-dollar” scholarships and extensive assistance to incoming freshmen this fall. The ETSU Promise Plus program is an attempt to take price out of low-income students’ decision of where to go to college. It is also ...

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Ballad Health plans to open new urgent care centers as part of initiative to increase access, expand network

Ballad Health Tuesday announced plans to add two new urgent care centers to the family of Ballad Health providers in the Appalachian Highlands. Ballad Health said in a press release it will invest in the opening of a new Ballad Health Medical Associates urgent care center, including the addition of primary care and diagnostics, in Kingsport, as well as a new urgent care center in Banner Elk, North Carolina. ...

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General Shale CEO Elected Brick Industry Association Chairman

Charles Smith The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has elected General Shale CEO Charles Smith as chairman effective January 1. Smith succeeds former BIA Chairman Davis Henry, president, Henry Brick, Co, Selma, Alabama, who will remain as past chair. BIA’s membership also elected Joe Rice, CEO of Belden Tri-State Building Materials, New York, New York as vice chair; Jim Stradley, president of Cincinnati-bas ...

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Johnson: Ramsey hired to play defense for existing retail

Steve Johnson and Ron Ramsey (Right) Former Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will be back in Nashville this legislative term, lobbying for a regional real estate developer. When Ramsey was Lt. Governor of Tennessee in 2011, he helped push through the Border Region Tourism Development District Act (public chapter 420) that created the tax breaks that incentivized retailers to come to the Pinnacle developmen ...

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2020 residential real estate outlook: More home sales, increasing affordability concerns

By Karen Randolph Many of the conditions the housing market in the Tri-Cities experienced in 2019 will not change much in 2020, but there are new opportunities and some challenges. New and existing home sales should increase, but do not be surprised if growth rates take a breather from the current pace. Buyers can expect an increase in the number of new homes coming on the market, and the inventory of exist ...

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