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 ...

Business should back the gas tax

It’s not set in stone yet that the Tennessee State Legislature will be asked to approve a hike in the gasoline tax in the coming year, but it should be. While we see most taxes as generally detrimental to business, the Tennessee gas tax is actually in need of being raised or replaced with something more effective for the betterment of business in the volunteer state. And despite the fact that toll roads are ...

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Time for some capital flight – from local governments to the airport

By Jeff Keeling His bosses on the Johnson City Commission were discussing potential shared economic development projects with Washington County, TN last month when City Manager Pete Peterson broadened the scope of the regionalism discussion. The five commissioners, mulling the possibility of an interlocal agreement with Washington County, had mentioned incentivizing retail development in Boones Creek, or po ...

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Rules governing hospital merger published

By Jeff Keeling "It is the policy of this state, in certain instances, to displace competition among hospitals with regulation to the extent set forth in this part and to actively supervise that regulation to the fullest extent required by law, in order to promote cooperation and coordination among hospitals in the provision of health services and to provide state action immunity from federal and state anti ...

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Revised Tennessee Certificate of Public Advantage Law

PUBLIC CHAPTER NO. 464 SENATE BILL NO. 994  By Norris, Crowe, Mr. Speaker Ramsey  Substituted for: House Bill No. 1146 By Eldridge, Harrison, Lundberg, Hulsey, Holsclaw, Hawk AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 68, Chapter 11, Part 13, relative to hospital cooperative agreements. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE: SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-11-1 ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: T.J. Foy, General Manager, Cabela’s, The Falls, Bristol, Va.

Replete with a deli that serves wild game sandwiches, a fudge shop and a full array of powersports offerings, Cabela’s will open the doors of an 82,000-square-foot store at The Falls development in Bristol, Va., Oct. 1. The opening marks the end of a long wait for all involved, from city officials to the store management team. Perhaps no single individual is more eager for the archer to cut the ribbon (yes, ...

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Pinnacle expansion announced

By Scott Robertson With a new two-story Belk store on one side and a movie theatre complex slated to open in October on the other, developer Steve Johnson announced plans Sept. 3 for the next phase of The Pinnacle retail development in Bristol. “Thirty-six months ago, we were standing here in a 300-acre green field, talking about a vision and a dream,” Johnson said. “Today we’re back, talking not about what ...

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Engineering project: Milligan begins to build a program

By Jeff Keeling Two stories below Greg Harrell’s makeshift office, workers are busily transforming the high-ceilinged ground floor of a seminary into a mechanical and electrical engineering laboratory. Biblical scholars pass through the halls in this building on a hill, from which Emmanuel Christian Seminary, now part of Milligan College, has sent God’s emissaries throughout the world for five decades. An e ...

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Haslam calls current infrastructure revenue plan unsustainable

By Scott Robertson Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam brought a road show that included Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer to Kingsport Aug. 17. Haslam invited local government and business leaders, as well as the media, to discuss the problem of funding Tennessee’s road and infrastructure projects under the current formula. “This is not a time when ...

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