This is a compilation of Tennessee news and political stories assembled daily by staffers in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office.
Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries is set to move its home office to downtown Chattanooga, triple its corporate staff and begin an aggressive franchising expansion, CEO Allen Corey says. “We’re going to grow all our brands,” the native Chattanoogan said, before rattling off a few of the 16 franchises that he’d like to expand in the next five years.
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is leading an effort to have the staff assigned to assess the impact of Tennessee legislation on state budgeting begin looking at how bills affect businesses. But Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis told The Knoxville News Sentinel that he doesn’t think the Legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee needs to change its process.
The staff assigned to assess the impact of legislation on state budgeting has made some miscalculations in the past, according to recent review of bills dealing with such things as martial arts, liquor licenses and traffic offenses. Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and some other are now proposing that the Fiscal Review Committee begin assessing the impact of bills on business bottom lines, a move that Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle sees as unnecessary and politically motivated.
Emissaries from the state’s judiciary went before the legislature last week in the hopes of calming their critics and quelling a conservative populist uprising. They were brought before an ad hoc oversight committee, then subjected to a parade of witnesses who were outraged by what they claimed was ill-treatment at the hands of judges.
A Tennessee state representative said the lack of auto repossession industry regulations is not only a threat to public safety, but consumers’ wallets are also taking a hit. Earlier this month, the dangers of the auto repo industry played out publicly when Memphis police said Amanda Vaughn shot the man who was trying to repossess her car.
Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles said he expects to start reissuing drivers licenses with photographs to help residents comply with a new Tennessee law requiring a photo ID to vote. “We won’t start until the (Tennessee) Department of Safety gives us the go ahead,” Knowles said Friday.
It was another bustling Thursday at the Tennessee Department of Human Services office in Nashville, with recession victims filling chairs and waiting for two hours or more to see what help they could get. But the day of the week doesn’t matter.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is proposing a jobs plan that he says will help put the country back to work. Fleischmann’s “Less Government, More Jobs” initiative focuses on seven ideas he argues would have the greatest impact on the economy and would help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Tucked into a 10-foot-by-10-foot office in the Cannon County school board office building is an agency that can mean life or death to victims of domestic violence.The office is home to S.A.V.E., the Service and Violence Education program.
A national survey of college admissions directors found their top priority over the next two to three years is the recruitment of out-of-state and international students, who pay higher attendance costs. It was the only strategy that beat out the push to provide more financial aid to needy students.
Spring Hill General Motors employees voted Friday to ratify a four-year contract between the United Auto Workers and the automaker, a deal that includes reopening the idled local assembly plant. The Spring Hill facility is expected to add 1,700 jobs to build two mid-sized vehicles at the facility.
AT&T is contributing $10,000 to each of Tennessee’s community colleges to accelerate students’ progress toward certificates and degrees. Chattanooga State and Cleveland State are among the recipients.
Proposed cuts to a program that has funneled $1.45 billion into electric-vehicle manufacturing in Tennessee are helping delay passage of a bill to fund the government until Nov. 18. The House passed a stopgap spending bill early Friday that would chop $1.5 billion from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, which provides direct loans to auto manufacturers and suppliers to make more fuel-efficient cars.
The Tennessee Valley Authority has installed a new safety warning system at Watauga Dam in Carter County and is changing alerts of water discharges that can cause rising waters below 11 others. The Watauga Dam warning system is to begin operating Monday.
The E.W. Scripps Co. has selected its largest-circulation newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, as a guinea pig market for a paid digital content plan. By the middle of October, subscribers to the printed newspaper – including Sunday-only subscription holders – will receive access to all of The Commercial Appeal’s digital platforms as part of their paid subscription.
Appliance maker Electrolux is set to break ground in early October on a new $190 million factory, which proponents say will be a boon to the local Memphis economy because it is expected to create thousands of jobs. Memphis was able to land Electrolux with an incentive package of local property tax breaks that totaled about $150 million, local officials were told in January.
The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy has a new dean who is the first African-American to be appointed to the position in the college’s 113-year history. Marie Chisholm-Burns was introduced as the new dean on Friday.
Officials in Middle Tennessee are weighing the benefits of placing more new schools in neighborhoods where students could walk to classes. The pace of building new schools has increased the urgency of the issue, according to The Tennessean.
Police responded to a robbery last night that occurred at 7710 East Brainerd Road. According to police, Rolanda Hill, 20, reported the crime afterward to her Facebook friends asking for someone to call the police. According to police, Hill said someone knocked on her apartment door and forced his way inside as soon as she opened it.
Forty-five years to the day since Army Spc. 4 Marvin Phillips was killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam, his family will finally be able to bury his remains in his hometown of Palmer today. Phillips was a 20-year-old door gunner on a UH-1B Huey helicopter that crashed into 9 feet of water off the coast of South Vietnam on Sept. 26, 1966, after the helicopter was struck by small arms fire.
Violence returned over the weekend to a Downtown Memphis club that has been a magnet for confrontations, leaving six people hospitalized with gunshot wounds as officers try to sort out what happened. The incident occurred at about 3a.m. Sunday in a private parking lot just north of the Club Crave nightclub at 380 Beale.
The fact that almost everyone has been in school at one time or another may be why almost everyone has an opinion on how to improve schools. After all, you can probably remember teachers who made a positive difference in your life, and you can probably remember others who were less effective.
With all the seemingly dreadful news about the U.S. economy, the plan to reopen the General Motors Co. Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., and hire more than 1,700 workers will have to rank among the state’s top business stories of the year. The proposed contract between GM and the United Auto Workers union calls for the giant automaker to restart its assembly plant, where it manufactured Saturns until the onset of the Great Recession and then produced the crossover Chevrolet Traverse until June 2009.
Nashville attorney Richard A. Demonbreun’s law license was suspended for four months by the Tennessee Supreme Court last week. The court put out a news release about it, saying he violated disciplinary rules and an order of protection and submitted a false pleading to the court.