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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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Asian giant hornet not expected to be in Virginia for the foreseeable future

Pictured above, the Asian Giant Hornet While there have been a couple of sightings of Vespa mandarinia — commonly called the Asian giant hornet — in North America, there have not been any sightings in Virginia or on the East Coast. The hornet was first seen in North America in fall 2019 when it was spotted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and was subsequently destroyed. At the time, no further Asian ...

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Poll Finds That Tennesseeans Are Hesitant To Immediately Return To Normal Day-To-Day Activities

Tennesseans are closely following news about the COVID-19 pandemic. They express concern about themselves or a loved one being infected and they are making choices accordingly, finds the most recent Tennessee Poll. The Applied Social Research Lab (ASRL) at East Tennessee State University surveyed 618 Tennesseans from April 22-May 1, 2020, about their thoughts, concerns and actions related to COVID-19. This ...

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Ensemble to fine-tune Ballad’s revenue cycle management

By Scott Robertson Ballad Health and Ensemble Health Partners announced Thursday morning a partnership that will bring up to 500 new jobs to the region in the next five years. Around 1,100 Ballad employees in the areas of revenue cycle management will become employees of Ensemble, which has committed to building (or occupying an existing property to house) a service hub in which to expand. Ensemble will ass ...

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Ballad Health, Ensemble Health Partners Announce Strategic Partnership to Leverage Innovation, Bringing Up to 500 New Jobs to Appalachian Highlands

Partnership will locate a regional service center in the area for the nation’s “Best in KLAS” revenue cycle innovator recently recognized with “Top Workplace” designation Leaders from Ballad Health and Ensemble Health Partners (“Ensemble”), with the unanimous approval of the Ballad Health Board of Directors, today announced a historic strategic partnership which will result in the placement of a new regiona ...

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Passenger count down 91 percent, TRI hopes for $10 million in federal aid

Above: The main concourse at Tri-Cities Airport stands deserted at midday. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) Executive Director Gene Cossey began his April 23 COVID-19 crisis update for the Airport Authority with a sentence of understatement. “There’s a lot to talk about here,” Cossey said, before adding, “We could possibly be here for several hours talking about everythi ...

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Business re-opens in the region

Virginia exercises abundance of caution; Tennessee moves ahead with new rules By Scott Robertson For decades, the double yellow line in the middle of State Street in Bristol has been the demarcation that most visibly defined the Tennessee-Virginia state line. Today that line neatly marks the ideological gap between two different approaches state governments in America are taking in allowing the re-opening o ...

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Tennessee Valley Corridor shifts annual conference to virtual summit series

As large summer conferences and mass gatherings remain in doubt amidst continued social distancing recommendations from public health officials, the Tennessee Valley Corridor announced March 7 it is shifting its Annual Summit and 25th anniversary celebration to a series of special online events this summer. Originally scheduled to be held July 15-16 at Milligan College, the Corridor’s Annual Summit will ins ...

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