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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Tennessee, Virginia

The week of Christmas brought fresh hope to Tennessee and Virginia as the newest approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19 arrived in both states. The Moderna vaccine was delivered on the heels of the Pfizer vaccine and is already being administered at sites throughout Tennessee and Virginia. Tennessee was slated to receive an initial allocation of a total of 115,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine while V ...

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The end of the beginning: Ballad nurse becomes first in region to receive COVID vaccine

Above: Nurse Terese Castle immunizes Emily Boucher as Ballad executives Eric Deaton and Alan Levine look on. Emily Boucher, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., became the first individual in the region (outside of clinical trials) to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine Tuesday afternoon. Immediately afterward, other high-risk, frontline healthcare provi ...

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BrightRidge partnering with Silicon Ranch, TVA for new 9 MW Solar Farm

BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes discussed the creation of solar power options for BrightRidge customers in the August issue of The Business Journal, saying, “We’re working on some solar options for the two school systems and the large university on our system. We’re very close to having that put together.” Now it’s together. BrightRidge announced Tuesday it is partnering with Silicon Ranch to build a new 9 MW so ...

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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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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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As businesses reopen, northeast Tennessee mayors urge citizens to take responsibility for their own health

On April 28, the mayors of Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport and all of Carter, Sullivan and Washington counties in Tennessee published a joint letter asking citizens to assist in a “responsible reopening of business in their communities. The text follows: April 28, 2020  Citizens of Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport and all of Carter, Sullivan and Washington counties:   As our cit ...

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Ballad announces new initiatives to protect team members, patients

Pictured Above, CEO of Ballad Health Alan Levine By Dave Ongie At a time when public health officials are urging people to stay apart, Alan Levine claimed during his Tuesday media briefing that medical professionals at Ballad Health are finding out they are indeed “better together” as they address the COVID-19 outbreak in our region. “I cannot imagine what it would be like right now if we were still Mountai ...

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Eastman responding to existing and potential effects of Coronavirus on operations, supply chain and markets

Pictured Above Mark Cox By Scott Robertson Eastman’s approach to the Coronavirus is to be overprepared but to respond proportionately to whatever arises, said Mark Cox, senior vice president, chief manufacturing, supply chain and engineering officer. Cox is heading up Eastman’s task force responding to Coronavirus concerns. Cox spoke with bjournal.com recently about the company’s response to the crisis in t ...

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On-again, off-again Northeast State hangar project at TRI is on again

Executive Director Gene Cossey (center) reports on the proposed memorandum of understanding between the airport, Northeast State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents. PHOTOS BY SCOTT ROBERTSON Northeast State Community College and Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) are back in the workforce development business together. A project in which the college and airport will work together to create a space f ...

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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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