$500,000 VCEDA grant approved for space-based broadband initiative

$500,000 VCEDA grant approved for space-based broadband initiative

An up-to-$500,000 grant from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) Education and Telehealth Access Fund was closed Thursday with the Appalachian Council for ...

Would we rather fix problems or just keep complaining?

Would we rather fix problems or just keep complaining?

By Scott Robertson The state of Tennessee just did our region an injustice. In a move that’s been in the works long enough to have hired Brad Paisley to record a video hyping it, t ...

Residential Construction

Residential Construction

“If you’re not making money in this market, you’re doing something wrong.” by Don Fenley The local real estate industry has a case of pandemic fatigue. While the rest of the econom ...

TVA not shying from spotlight as power projects ramp up

TVA not shying from spotlight as power projects ramp up

by Scott Robertson Sometime in July, you’ll start seeing stories in the local media about the economic contributions of recreational fishing in northeast Tennessee. They will be ve ...

July issue available now

July issue available now

In this issue: Residential Construction, a TVA for a new time, the Sessions Hotel ribbon-cutting, Lee County hospital and more. Download the July 2021 edition here. ...

Tri-Cities Airport Authority approves Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget

Tri-Cities Airport Authority approves Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget

Above: Rene Weber, director of Finance (standing, at left) goes through the proposed FY 2022 operating budget at the airport authority meeting June 24 at the Gray Fossil Site. The ...

Universal Fibers expands on-site health care

Universal Fibers expands on-site health care

Above: Nurse Practitioner Suzanne Rogers Company hopes move will help attract additional employees Universal Fibers, a Bristol, Va.-based international sustainable solution-dyed fi ...

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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Ballad Health announces Niswonger Children’s Network

Ballad Health has unveiled what it calls, “a massive philanthropic investment,” in child and family health care. Headlined by a $17 million fund-raising effort through the Ballad Health Foundation, the total investment is just shy of $60 million. The Ballad Health Niswonger Children’s Network, announced at a press conference March 4, is a regional system of healthcare and community services across northeast ...

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Tri-Cities Airport Authority, Northeast State seeking work-around for ARC grant headache

Above: Still a work in progress. Executive Director Gene Cossey (left) and Chairman Todd Hensley discuss the Northeast State hangar project in this file photo from the April 2019 TCAA meeting. Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson The Tri-Cities Airport Authority’s (TCAA) regular meeting Feb. 25 featured a parade of projects, programs and in some cases, problems. From finishing restaurant renovations ...

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FoundersForge announces revival of entrepreneurial pitch competition

A Shark Tank-style pitch competition for entrepreneurs in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia will return this spring following a COVID-mandated one-year hiatus. The former Pitches and Pints competition is moving to Cardinal Park in Johnson City. Entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas from the pitcher’s mound at the park to a group of judges stationed at home plate during the rebranded Pitchers and Pit ...

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Hall joins the staff of Business Journal, News & Neighbor

Kirsten Hall has been involved in many forms of media, from television to radio to magazine sales. Now, Hall is bringing her expertise as an account executive to the Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia and the Johnson City News & Neighbor, where she is eager to help businesses accomplish their advertising goals. “I’m glad to be back in it,” said Hall, who worked most recently at VIP Seen M ...

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P&G brings Tide brand sponsorship back to NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Dirt Race with Petty Motorsports and Food City

It seems obvious in retrospect. With the NASCAR Cup Series running a dirt track race for the first time since 1970, a cleaning product would make a perfect sponsor. Proctor & Gamble jumped on the opportunity, announcing plans to sponsor the Petty Motorsports entry into the Bristol Dirt Race with the colors and logo of its Tide brand. Food City, one of the region’s leading sellers of Tide, will also have ...

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Two-year federal grant to fund behavioral health care through Frontier Health

Frontier Health, a mental health services provider in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, has been awarded a two-year, $4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The annual grant is funded from the $4.5 billion allocated to SAMHSA from the COVID-19 relief package passed in December 2020. Frontier Health is one of 134 clinics across the country to re ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: Dr. Scott Fowler

Holston Medical Group (HMG) garnered headlines in the region in 2020 for taking part in the Pfizer COVID vaccine clinical trial. But behind the headlines, HMG was dealing with COVID in its own business model, working to implement a telehealth system in a “build the plane while we’re flying it” environment. At the same time, HMG managed to introduce new service lines and add 15 new providers and 128 new empl ...

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Johnson City mayor: Working with SyncSpace on FoundersForge project makes sense for all

As the March 1 deadline for applications to the FoundersForge entrepreneur bootcamp nears, the partners funding the program are eager to see the benefits it will provide. Under a memorandum of understanding signed by the city of Johnson City and SyncSpace, a Kingsport-based entrepreneurial support organization, both parties are putting $75,000 into Johnson City’s entrepreneurial programs. A third of SyncSpa ...

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