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Tourism: Rocky Mount names new executive director

Cody Boring Cody Boring has been named executive director of the Rocky Mount Historical Association. The association’s Board of Trustees, which sets the direction for Rocky Mount State Historic Site, chose Boring after a national search. He oversees the scenic 37-acre site, its multiple historic structures, a museum and the popular Cotswold sheep, as well as a dedicated team of staff members and volunteers. ...

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StartupTri rebrands as FoundersForge, reprioritizes entrepreneurship support efforts

By Scott Robertson One of the leading entrepreneurial support efforts in the region is making major changes in an effort to gain greater relevance and expand its ability to serve to a regional scale. The former StartupTri announced at a news conference at Spark Plaza in Johnson City Jan. 30 it is rebranding to become FoundersForge (#StartTheForge,, @foundersforge). “Four years ag ...

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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 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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