Jill Skeans joins The Millennium Centre
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JOHNSON CITY - Jill Skeans has joined The Millennium Centre as a sales representative. She will primarily focus on marketing the new outdoor courtyard and the ballroom as a location for special events such as weddings, anniversary celebrations and receptions. Skeans has several years of sales experience in the Tri-Cities hospitality/tourism markets. Most recently she was the Tennessee representative for Blue Ridge Country magazine and The Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide. She also spent nearly seven years with the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau in various roles, including director of tourism and group sales manager. Skeans lives in Blountville with her husband, Anthony.
Sprint announces plans to cut 5,000 jobs
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RESTON, Va. - Sprint Nextel Corp. reported Monday that its cell phone business suffered a net loss of 300,000 monthly subscribers in the fourth quarter and that the struggling wireless company will cut 5,000 jobs. The company's stock plunged more than 8 percent after the financial update, which included a 2007 outlook shy of many Wall Street forecasts. Sprint said it expects its 2006 results to be in line with its previous guidance, with full-year revenue of $41 billion to $41.5 billion and adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization of $12.6 billion to $12.9 billion. On average, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial are forecasting 2006 earnings of $1.26 per share on sales of $41.53 billion. For 2007, the company now expects operating revenue of $41 billion to $42 billion in 2007. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.32 per share on sales of $42.04 billion.