President Barack Obama brings his campaign to boost America’s middle class to East Tennessee today when he speaks with employees at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Chattanooga. The speech follows by one day Amazon’s announcement that it plans to hire 7,000 workers at its fulfillment and customer service centers nationwide. The centers in Chattanooga and Murfreesboro are among those that will be hiring.
The Tennessean newspaper reports that according to that study, the music industry has an annual impact of $9.65 billion on the Nashville region. It also directly supports about 27,000 jobs and indirectly supports another 29,000 jobs.
In her 41 years in the Tennessee House, Representative Lois DeBerry fought many battles. But it was a battle waged within her own body that proved to be the toughest. DeBerry lost her fight with pancreatic cancer on Sunday. She was 68.
This month on The Method, we examine two interesting fields of research - one rooted in the distant past; the other looking to the near future. Chrissy Keuper interviews Dr. Jan Simek about how archaeologists study some of the oldest cave art in North America. In the second portion of the program, Brandon Hollingsworth talks to researcher Joanne Hall about a first-of-a-kind study on end-of-life care for AIDS patients in Appalachia.
The Anderson County man who spearheaded the drive to install “In God We Trust” signs on the county’s courthouse says he believes the man who challenged the signs this week is just trying to “get out of jail free”. Oak Ridge businessman Lynn Byrge was responding to a legal motion by Kenneth Darrin Fisher of Clinton, who claims the signs violate his freedom of worship rights. Fisher, a Cherokee descendent who follows the spiritual path known as the “Red Road”, is currently awaiting trial for allegedly trying to murder his wife.
County unemployment rates for the month of June have been released, and the numbers in many counties are not what you might expect from an economic recovery.
Jobless rates increased in 91 of Tennessee’s 95 counties last month, according to the figures from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There are a couple of major factors that explain the trend. Economists say that as the job market improves, more unemployed Tennesseans jump back into searching for work. The more people are out looking for work, the higher the measured unemployment rate.