Santa Train program to distribute in southwest Virginia, but without the train

Santa Train program to distribute in southwest Virginia, but without the train

For decades, business throughout southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee have supported the running of the Santa Train, in which Santa Claus rides from eastern Kentucky through ...

Pal Barger passes away: Founder of Pal’s Sudden Service was 90 years old

Pal Barger passes away: Founder of Pal’s Sudden Service was 90 years old

America’s first restaurateur to earn the nation’s highest honor for quality, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, died Oct. 29 at the age of 90. Barger worked in the restau ...

Northam conducts COVID roundtable with southwest Virginia business, government leaders

Northam conducts COVID roundtable with southwest Virginia business, government leaders

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam kicked off a listening tour of Virginia by taking part in a virtual roundtable with southwest Virginia business, education and local government lead ...

FTDD Foundation reconfiguration continues for potential economic development hub

FTDD Foundation reconfiguration continues for potential economic development hub

By Scott Robertson Legal recommendations have been presented to Mayors Richard Venable of Sullivan County and Joe Grandy regarding potential bylaw changes for the First Tennessee D ...

Food City CEO receives national Employer of the Year award

Food City CEO receives national Employer of the Year award

Steve Smith K-VA-T Food Stores President and CEO Steve Smith received the Employer of the Year award during the Oct. 23 opening ceremonies of the Council for Exceptional Children’s ...

Contura board faces challenge from activist investors

Contura board faces challenge from activist investors

Pictured above, David Stetson Activist investor group MG Capital, which owns 5.8 percent of Contura Energy Inc., is demanding the company replace half of its board of directors. In ...

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership’s October surprise

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership’s October surprise

Pictured above, Mitch Miller (left) and Clay Walker The economic development organization threw out a collaborative document a year in the making in favor of its own brand new plan ...

The Business Journal Q&A: Bart Hove, President & CEO, Wellmont Health System

The Business Journal: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Let’s just begin with an overview of where Wellmont stands in the merger process at this point. Bart Hove: Since our April announcement, a lot of work has taken place. One of the first pieces of business associated with that was to form our joint board task force and our integration council, which you’ve heard a lot of the descriptions of th ...

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Keck: “Newco” to help coordinate community efforts

By Scott Robertson Speaking after the final scheduled community forum regarding the proposed merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System, MSHA Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Tony Keck said the newly formed company (dubbed Newco as a working title until the company name is formally announced) will try to work as a coordinator for other agencies and organizations. ...

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Johnson City’s downtown not yet at ‘critical mass’

By Jeff Keeling Walk around downtown Johnson City and it’s easy to see signs of growth, from new restaurants and a community college campus to a sizeable brewery, a public park and lots of new apartments. Ask Craig Torbett whether Johnson City’s downtown has reached a tipping point signaling smooth sailing ahead for growth and redevelopment, and the longtime Johnson City Development Authority commissioner d ...

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NN Inc. completes $615 million acquisition of Precision Engineered Products

Johnson City -- NN Incorporated has completed its purchase of Precision Engineered Products. The Johnson City-headquartered manufacturer announced it would buy the company in August, at a cost of $615 million. Here is a copy of the full release: NN, Inc. Completes Acquisition Of Precision Engineered Products JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NN, Inc., (NASDAQ: NNBR) a diversified industrial ...

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Coal slowdown leads to Erwin operations shutdown: CSX

CSX will close a locomotive service center, a project shop and a car shop -- and eliminate switching operations -- at its Erwin rail yard, the company announced today (see below). The decision is expected to eliminate around 300 jobs in one of the industries that helped establish the town. The company cited a combination of regulatory restrictions on coal and lower natural gas prices as the proximate causes ...

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Leapin’ lizard: Crown Laboratories revenue jumping

By Jeff Keeling Crown Laboratories is on a roll. The Johnson City-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, best known for its Blue Lizard sunscreen, secured a $20 million credit facility last month that has CEO Jeff Bedard bullish on the future of a company that’s seen its peaks and valleys since its founding 15 years ago. Blue Lizard’s revenues are growing strongly, up 24 percent in the current fiscal year, whic ...

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TCRA projects offer short- and long-term benefits

The Business Journal Q&A Patrick Wilson, Executive Director, Tri-Cities Regional Airport   When one goes to an airport, one’s mind is generally on the skies. Tri-Cities Regional Airport officials, however, have had their minds very much down to earth for the last several months, a trend that will continue for many more months to come. The airport is moving a lot of dirt these days, in two separate ...

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Start me up: Roadside assistance call center tripling in size

By Jeff Keeling  Anthony Royer walked past rows of cubicles at the Borla Enterprises building south of Johnson City, where head-setted employees talked quietly with stranded motorists, technicians, tow operators and other players in the world of roadside assistance. Workers looked up and gave him quick smiles before hunkering back down to the momentary task at hand, and eventually Royer – the CEO of Allied ...

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Buy Local: It applies to the IT suite too

By now you must be familiar with the “Buy Local” campaign. It started with food and has more recently (at least in this area) branched out to craft beer. But there’s a segment of the marketplace that makes just as much sense to buy local that would surprise many consumers: information technology. Chase Boles, co-owner of Bailey Computing Technologies in Gray has watched the local IT scene grow in depth and ...

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