President Barack Obama

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

(NOTE:  This story was updated on 6/4/14  to include revised debt figures)

For the second time in as many years, President Barack Obama’s budget contains a suggestion that the federal government rid itself of the Tennessee Valley Authority and its $26.3 billion debt.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama brings his campaign to boost America’s middle class to East Tennessee today when he speaks with employees at the 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.