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Wellmont, MSHA sign term sheet

Wellmont, MSHA sign term sheet

April 2nd, 2015 11:01 am by Hank Hayes

KINGSPORT - In advance of a 2 p.m. news briefing to be held today, both Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) announced their boards have signed a "term sheet" outlining a merger agreement.

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Kingsport woman gives up Facebook 'habit' for Lent

Kingsport woman gives up Facebook 'habit' for Lent

April 1st, 2015 7:30 am by Marci Gore

Eva Pearson, a wife and mother of two young children, said she saw a friend's Facebook post back in February that simply read, "See you in April." Just that one sentence resonated with Pearson.

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Judge denies open records lawsuit against Haslam

Judge denies open records lawsuit against Haslam

April 1st, 2015 6:17 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

A tax attorney who sued for the release of records from Gov. Bill Haslam's administration related to a $350,000 analysis of business tax collections in Tennessee said Tuesday that he likely will appeal a judge's denial of his lawsuit.

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Update: Mountain States CEO confirms Wellmont merger in email to employees

Update: Mountain States CEO confirms Wellmont merger in email to employees

March 31st, 2015 6:49 pm by NATHAN BAKER, NET News Service

"An agreement has not yet been signed, but we anticipate that will happen in the next 24 hours," wrote Alan Levine.

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Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

March 31st, 2015 6:18 pm by Associated Press

Mines built the company town of Seco, Ky. Jack and Sandra Looney hope vines - the wine grapes growing on a former strip mine in the hills above - will help to draw visitors here.

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Ex-Walmart CEO praises pay hike

Ex-Walmart CEO praises pay hike

March 31st, 2015 8:12 am by Hank Hayes

Walmart has pledged to give approximately 500,000 full-time and part-time associates at Walmart U.S. stores and Sam's Clubs pay raises in the first half of its current fiscal year.

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Reports: MSHA, Wellmont to announce merger on Thursday

Reports: MSHA, Wellmont to announce merger on Thursday

March 30th, 2015 9:07 pm by Rick Wagner

KINGSPORT - Wellmont Health System is set to announce a merger with Mountain States Health Alliance on Thursday, according to broadcast reports citing no source within either system.

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Kingsport pitches state legislation to help bring dead properties alive

Kingsport pitches state legislation to help bring dead properties alive

March 30th, 2015 8:47 am by Hank Hayes

While the method varies, land banks acquire properties through tax foreclosure, intergovernmental transfers and open market purchases.

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New business focus: Factory Direct opens new store

New business focus: Factory Direct opens new store

March 28th, 2015 8:00 pm by Hank Hayes

"We sell a lot of Ashley (Furniture) products on the floor," said business owner Paul Bellamy, who also has downtown furniture outlets. "We also have other brands. We have Catnapper (Furniture). It's living room and sectional recliners."

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Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure

Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure

March 28th, 2015 4:00 pm by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press; DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Despite its own warnings about such vulnerabilities two decades ago, the federal government has taken no steps to require Internet companies to have backup systems.

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