SPIG Industry expands Southwest Virginia operations with 113 jobs and $7.9 million investment

SPIG Industry expands Southwest Virginia operations with 113 jobs and $7.9 million investment

Above: Joshua and Chris Harman, Photo by Earl Neikirk) SPIG Industry, LLC, a Washington County, Va.-based manufacturer of highway guardrail end terminals, will invest just shy of $ ...

Pure Salmon to build aquaculture facility in SW Va

Pure Salmon to build aquaculture facility in SW Va

Above: Delegate Will Morefield sponsored legislation to clear the way for the facility Pure Salmon, an aquaculture company based in Abu Dhabi, plans to build what it calls the worl ...

“The way out of this pandemic is through it.”

“The way out of this pandemic is through it.”

Ballad Health’s Jamie Swift has the not-terribly-surprising roadmap through COVID for your business by Scott Robertson For most Americans, the idea of a pandemic striking during ou ...

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Leton Harding As chairman-elect of the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) for 2020-2021, Leton Harding, president, chairman and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, is acutely aware ...

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BMS, Food City, Bristol Chamber partner to make Speedway in Lights free for Bristol schoolchildren in lieu of Christmas Parade

BMS, Food City, Bristol Chamber partner to make Speedway in Lights free for Bristol schoolchildren in lieu of Christmas Parade

Above: Steve Smith, Beth Rhinehart and Jerry Caldwell by Scott Robertson The COVID crisis will not stop schoolchildren in Bristol and eastern Sullivan County from having a public c ...

ApprenticeshipTN readies for statewide conference

ApprenticeshipTN readies for statewide conference

by Scott Robertson Tyra Copas Tyra Copas has had a full year. When Copas was named state apprenticeship director by the Tennessee Department of Labor in Sept. 2019, she knew she wo ...

LabConnect holds ribbon cutting for new Johnson City corporate HQ

Above: Tom Sellig, LabConnect CEO, addresses a socially distanced crowd of community and business leaders prior to the ribbon-cutting LabConnect has been conducting medical lab work and clinical trials in Johnson City since 2015, and announced it planned to move its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Johnson City in April, 2020. The COVID crisis, however, forced a delay in officially announcing the comp ...

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Harlan named ETSU AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business

Former Eastman Vice President Jim Harlan is the new chairholder of the AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business at East Tennessee State University. Harlan is a member of the ETSU College of Business & Technology Hall of Fame and has received the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Harlan has previously served as executive-in-residence at ETSU. Harlan retired from Eastman in 2015 as vice presiden ...

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Veterans’ secretary uses Johnson City visit to praise VA staff, Roe

Above: Rep. Phil Roe and Robert Wilkie chat after a press conference at Mountain Home last week. Photo by Dave Ongie By Scott Robertson  The United States Secretary for Veterans’ Affairs, Robert Wilkie visited the James H. Quillen VA Healthcare System and National Cemetery at Mountain Home last week, accompanied by U.S. Congressman Dr. Phil Roe of Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. Roe, who is ret ...

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Golden named ETSU Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business

Pictured above: David Golden, ETSU's new Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence, speaks with ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. Business Journal file photo. Former Eastman Vice President David Golden is the new Chairholder of the Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business at East Tennessee State University. Golden will also serve as professor of practice. According to the university, the princip ...

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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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Travel numbers hit new record for economic impact to northeast Tennessee

Recently released numbers from U.S. Travel Association show tourism in Tennessee hit a record $23 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2019, marking a decade of consecutive growth. Locally, all eight counties of in northeast Tennessee generated more than $911 million economic impact to the region from domestic travel, up more than $33 million from the previous year. The counties of Carte ...

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Warner calls for immediate small business assistance from Congress

U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia used a town hall in Abingdon Tuesday to express disappointment that the senate had not passed more aid for small businesses before adjourning for vacation, saying CARES Act funding was not meant to last this long. “Nobody expected this to last six months,” Warner told reporters after the meeting. “We need to come back and put additional money into small business support, ...

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Bristol mayors tout economic progress at first virtual State of the Cities event

Bristol, Tenn., Mayor Mahlon Luttrell and Bristol, Va., Mayor Bill Hartley Bristol, Tenn., Mayor Mahlon Luttrell and Bristol, Va., Mayor Bill Hartley took to the Internet Wednesday to take part in the first virtual State of the Cities event. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce has held a live State of the Cities event for the last seven years at the train station, but was forced into the BTES television studios ...

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Ballad Health announces fourth-quarter, year-end results

Ballad Health today announced fourth-quarter and year-end results from its 2020 fiscal year, and that report illustrates the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the healthcare provider. During the fourth quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, net patient revenue fell $139.1 million, a 26.8 percent decline from the same period during the previous year. Some of those losses were mitigated by $82.5 million in in ...

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ETSU Advancement, Alumni offices to relocate to Model Mill Development

The ETSU Foundation will lease space at the Model Mill Development that will become the new home for the Office of University Advancement at East Tennessee State University as well as the ETSU National Alumni Association. ETSU anticipates relocating the offices to the Model Mill Development sometime in October of this year. “The restoration of the Mill has been a long anticipated project for this region and ...

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