NGA Summer Meeting 2014
9:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

National Governors Association Wraps Up 2014 Meeting

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The annual three-day meeting of the National Governors Association ended yesterday.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted governors from all over the nation. The focus of discussions was limited to collecting state taxes on Internet sales; the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s pending before Congress would authorize states to collect sales tax on online sales. Tennessee US Senator Lamar Alexander said the issue is expected in the US House in the next few weeks.

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Wine in Stores
4:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

East Tennessee Communities Lead Wine Charge

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Six Tennessee communities have collected enough petition signatures to place wine referenda on their respective ballots in November.

All six are in East Tennessee.

According to the advocacy group Red, White and Food, residents of Clinton, Morristown, Church Hill, Rogersville, Loudon and Newport have all collected the minimum number of signatures required to force a ballot referendum on whether their local grocery stores should be able to offer wine. 

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Special Events
7:37 am
Fri July 11, 2014

National Senior Spelling Bee In Knoxville

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This weekend, Knoxville will host the National Senior Spelling Bee

The National Senior Spelling Bee was held for 18 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but the competition is now coming to Knoxville. More than 20 people will compete tomorrow at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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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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