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Home sales rebound slightly from April to May, but remain down 22 percent year-to-year

May’s home sales made a slight bounce from April but continue to be gripped by the coronavirus economic fallout. There were 569 closings in May, up 4.7 percent from April, but down 21.7 percent from May last year, according to the Northeast Tennessee Association of REALTORS (NETAR). May’s average sales price was $184,593, up 3.9 percent from May last year. “Market activity is picking up,” NETAR President Kr ...

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2020 Tennessee 1st District U.S. Congressional candidates respond to questionnaire

With the retirement of Dr. Phil Roe from Congress, a field of almost 20 candidates has qualified to run for the seat of 1st District United States Representative from the state of Tennessee. After weeks of campaigning, it has become apparent through polling and campaign finance reports that Dr. Roe’s successor will be one of six candidates: former Kingsport Mayor John Clark, Tennessee State Senator Rusty Cr ...

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Ballad Health, ETSU partner to form Strong BRAIN Institute

Above: Alan Levine listens as Dr. Brian Noland addresses the media. Photo courtesy ETSU Community partners support effort to research and combat adverse childhood experiences Ballad Health and East Tennessee State University announced June 26 a new partnership that will establish a first-of-its-kind institute to promote the awareness and empirical study of adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as A ...

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NETTA announces 2020 Pinnacle Award winners

Above: Kayla Carter holds a trophy presented to organizers of the Meet the Mountains Festival. The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association has announced the 2020 winners of the Pinnacle Awards. Festival or Event of the Year honors went to the Meet the Mountains Festival promoted by the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership and Tell It To Me: The Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Celebration ...

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The DC, United

How Food City pulled together around its Abingdon distribution center to handle the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by Scott Robertson While many of the region’s businesses were deciding whether to find ways for their employees to work from home during mid to late March, grocery stores did not have that option. Business boomed, and because everyone has to eat, grocery stores became the most e ...

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Higher Education 2020

Unprecedented challenges, but surprisingly strong fall enrollment projections After spring break 2020, almost every college and university in America switched from on-campus delivery of classes to online coursework. Students were, in most cases, allowed to watch recordings of individual class meetings if they were unable to attend “in person” via Zoom or other online platform, creating “asynchronous learnin ...

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Local Business Recovery Fund grants awarded

by Scott Robertson Officials representing several Chambers of Commerce in the region as well as the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership and NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership distributed the first round of grant checks from the Local Business Recovery Fund May 29 – June 4. The first grants to regional businesses struggling from the economic fallout of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic were anno ...

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Tennesseans Favor Republican Candidates but are Divided on the Partisan Question of Voting by Mail

The Tennessee Poll, conducted late last month by the Applied Social Research Lab at East Tennessee State University, sought to take a snapshot of the state’s potential voters in advance of the 2020 general election. At this time, it is impossible to predict who will vote in November, but 52.8% of the eligible voting population in Tennessee cast a ballot in 2016, so turnout could be similar in 2020. The Tenn ...

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