Lee shifts focus to the post-pandemic world during Elizabethton visit

Lee shifts focus to the post-pandemic world during Elizabethton visit

Above: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks at the Elizabethton/Carter County Legislative Breakfast, which was held at the Elizabethton TCAT campus last Friday morning. Photo by Dave ...

Domtar CEO John Williams leads groundbreaking at Kingsport mill

Domtar CEO John Williams leads groundbreaking at Kingsport mill

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill made its entry into the containerboard market official on Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony held at Cloud Park in Kingsport, Tenn. The event was led by ...

Virtual sixth annual SWVA Economic Forum full agenda set

Virtual sixth annual SWVA Economic Forum full agenda set

The sixth annual Southwest Virginia Economic Forum will be held virtually on May 26-27, 2021. Organizers say the two-day event, which will be streamed live from the University of V ...

Tennessee business groups praise Lee’s action to end participation in federal unemployment program  

Tennessee business groups praise Lee’s action to end participation in federal unemployment program  

Several of Tennessee’s prominent business groups, including the Bristol and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce, issued a statement Tuesday thanking Gov. Bill Lee for addressing the lab ...

Kingsport mill’s refurbishment/reopening plans to be unaffected by Domtar sale

Kingsport mill’s refurbishment/reopening plans to be unaffected by Domtar sale

Above: Domtar Kingsport Mill Manager Troy Wilson. Photo by Earl Neikirk The sale of Domtar to British Columbia-based Paper Excellence will not affect plans to refit the Kingsport D ...

The Business Journal Q&A: State of Franklin Healthcare Associates

The Business Journal Q&A: State of Franklin Healthcare Associates

Rich Panek, CEO and Dr. David Moulton, medical director of quality State of Franklin Healthcare Associates (SoFHA), like most healthcare provider organizations, radically altered i ...

May issue now available

May issue now available

On the Cover: Vet-repreneurs East Tennessee State University has been offering veterans assistance in starting their businesses. Download the May 2021 Edition here ...

Virtual Southwest Virginia Economic Forum set for May 26-27

Stephen Moret, Shannon Blevins and Dr. Donna Henry will all return to the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum. File photos. The sixth annual Southwest Virginia Economic Forum, which annually engages participants through a shared vision of regional collaboration and growth, will be streamed via Facebook Live from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise May 26 and May 27 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The 2 ...

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Virginia first lady joins United Way of Southwest Va., Ballad Health to announce kindergarten readiness initiative

Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam announced Wednesday the creation of a Pre-K program to make around 450 southwest Virginia children better ready for kindergarten. The three-week Kinder Camps program will be funded to the tune of just under $200,000 by Ballad Health and administered by the United Way of Southwest Virginia in 30 locations. “We’ll work with school systems to host the camps for children whose ...

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Ballad Health: current COVID strain affecting younger patients, more likely to be severe

Ballad Health officials Wednesday told reporters that the increase in COVID cases in the region over the last few weeks appears to be at least in part because of the introduction of a more aggressive variant or variants into the region. Eric Deaton “While the situation is not as bad as it was in January, we are seeing a very disturbing trend moving forward,” said Eric Deaton, Ballad Health COO. “The average ...

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Diversification driving growth at Crown Laboratories

by Scott Robertson At a recent local event, the host was speaking in glowing terms about Crown Laboratories’ sharp upturn in growth and hiring. Unfortunately, the host repeatedly referred to the company as “Blue Lizard.” It was an easy mistake to make, as Blue Lizard was the product that put Crown Laboratories on the map over the last decade. But the remarkable growth the company has undergone in the last y ...

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Local health experts advocate vaccination in push for herd immunity

By Dave Ongie Monday, April 5 was a red-letter day in the state of Tennessee as the COVID-19 vaccines became available to everyone 16 years and older. With over a million Tennesseans already vaccinated – the vast majority of them 65 and older – the eyes of medical professionals and health experts now turn toward younger folks who have previously been unable to get one of the three vaccines that have receive ...

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Two sites unveiled at Bristol Business Park

Representatives from Bristol Tennessee Essential Service (BTES) and the city of Bristol, Tenn., broke ground March 24 on two new sites in the Bristol Business Park off Highway 394 near Bristol Motor Speedway. “This is such a beautiful site,” said BTES Board Chair Erin Downs. “When you and I look around, we see the beauty of our region with this park nestled in the hills of northeast Tennessee. But when a fu ...

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Domtar’s Kingsport mill conversion underway

Above: Domtar Kingsport Mill Manager Troy Wilson surveys demolition work. Photo by Scott Robertson New Mill Manager Troy Wilson breaks down the timeline to completion When Troy Wilson was part of a mill start-up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1994, he had no idea he was writing his ticket to Kingsport. But that charter team experience made him the go-to-guy when, in 2020, Domtar decided to convert its Kingsport o ...

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BlueCross BlueShield to provide $500,000 for northeast Tennessee vaccination campaign

Mark Stevans The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation will provide $541,700 to the First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) for a vaccine-related communications campaign. The grant from the foundation will support the organization’s “Take A Shot On Life” communications campaign, encouraging residents of northeast Tennessee communities, including Bristol, Kingsport, Greeneville and Johnson City, t ...

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