The United Auto Workers union announced plans Thursday to open a local chapter aimed at attracting workers from Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant. The announcement is already generating polarized opinions reminiscent of the initial debate over union involvement at VW.
Governor Bill Haslam hasn't yet given up on his plan for a compromise healthcare measure, and he plans to bring it up when he meets with the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary this week in Nashville.
The National Governors Association meeting opened Thursday in the Music City. Chief executives from the fifty states are in town to exchange ideas on policy and governance. Gov. Haslam planned to sit down with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell for a conversation on the "Tennessee Plan," a compromise measure that Haslam prefers to expanding the state's Medicaid rolls.
The city of Chattanooga has filed a challenge to a judge's ruling on the wording of a contentious ballot measure slated for an August vote.
The referendum will ask Chattanooga voters to decide whether the domestic partners of city employees -- gay or straight -- should be eligible for benefits, as is the case with spouses of city employees. If approved, Chattanooga would be the fourth local-level government in Tennessee to extend benefits to domestic partners.
A report detailing the “worst-case” scenarios finds US Army posts and surrounding communities nationwide would lose up to 80% of military and civilian workforces, including Fort Campbell. The report predicts the effects of maximum cuts in both budget and force size at the end of the decade. The aim is to trim the size of the US military from a 2012 level of 562,000 to 420,000 by 2020.
As of the end of June, regional health departments throughout the state had reported a total of 463 cases, 296 of which originated in East Tennessee. Middle Tennessee reported 131 cases and West Tennessee reported 36.
Tennessee State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak has one bit of advice for the amateur pyro-technicians poised to light those fireworks tonight.
Leave it to the pros.
“We would encourage you to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate our nation’s independence," McPeak says.
McPeak certainly isn’t the first fire marshal to warn amateurs to stay away from fireworks. But she does make her case with a couple of pertinent statistics.