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Labor
6:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Five Months After Defeat, UAW Plans Chattanooga Chapter

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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.

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Tennessee Transportation
4:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

TDOT Projects In Limbo

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Unless Congress replenishes the Federal Highway Trust Fund, it will become insolvent on August 1st.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer spoke in Bradley County yesterday.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Haslam Plans Another Try For "Tennessee Plan" Healthcare Deal

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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.

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Marble Alley Lofts
3:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Officials Break Ground On Downtown Apartments

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The patch of land known as Marble Alley in downtown Knoxville was once held up by the city’s detractors as an example of its ineptitude when it came to downtown development.

Today, it serves as an example of how far downtown Knoxville has come.   

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Elections
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Chattanooga Appeals Judge's Decision On Referendum Language

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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.

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Tennessee Business
4:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Report Shows Increase In Number Of Tennessee's Women-Owned Businesses

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A new study on businesses owned by women shows major growth in Tennessee since the late 1990s.

The number of Tennessee’s women-owned firms grew by 65% between 1997 and 2013, but employment at the state’s women-owned businesses declined by more than 17% during that time.

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East TN jobs
4:14 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

East TN Employers Demanding More STEM Skills

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  If you’re interested in doing sales in East Tennessee, there are still plenty of opportunities.  At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. 

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Tennessee Military
3:30 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Fort Campbell Predicted To Lose Big In US Army Budget Cuts

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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.

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
4:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Majority Of State’s NAS Cases Originate In East TN

A WUOT News analysis of Tennessee Department of Health data on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) shows a large majority of the cases reported in Tennessee so far this year have come from the east side of the state.

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.

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Independence Day
4:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Fire Marshal's Advice: Leave The Fireworks To The Pros

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 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. 

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