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The White House budget plan for fiscal 2015 includes no money to maintain or replace the crumbling Chickamauga Lock, threatening to further delay river transportation in East Tennessee.

Work may be halted at the Chickamauga Lock for lack of money, but the stalled project is energizing a GOP rival to Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who is being criticized for his "ultra partisanship."

The biggest government utility could shift from federal to state control if Congress goes along with a proposal from the Obama administration to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Radio Shack announced today that it will close 1,100 of its underperforming stores after the electronics retailer said holiday sales last year "were driven by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics and a very soft mobility marketplace."

U.S Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the UAW's challenge of last month's vote against unionization of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga is "an unprecedented assault on free speech."

America's biggest federal utility could come under state and local ownership if Congress goes along with a plan proposed today by the Obama administration.

President Obama is recommending that the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina be shut down and the government look for another way to dispose of radioactive plutonium from disassembled nuclear bombs.

Chattanooga's primary job development agency is looking to fill its own top job.

The share of Tennessee adults with jobs fell last year by the biggest amount of any state in the country, according to a new federal report.

The states with the biggest decline in share of adults working.

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Ron Harr to retire

CEO cites health reasons for job exit

Ron Harr announced today that he will retire as president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, effective July 1, at the advisement of his doctor.

Sales of the Chattanooga-built Passat in February were 19.3 percent below year-ago levels, Volkswagen said today.

Friday marked the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Chattanooga if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

As a fifth generation insurance broker, selling insurance is in Bobby Huffaker's DNA.

Southerners enjoy cheaper power rates and milder climates than most of the country, but they still spend a bigger share of their income for electricity, according to a study released Thursday.

A supplier of car sunroofs announced today that it will expand its production plant in Cherokee County, Ga., and add another 100 jobs.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., fired back at his union critics Tuesday, accusing the United Auto Workers of trying to unfairly limit what state and federal lawmakers said about organized labor during the recent unionization election at Volkswagen.

Despite the rocky political road ahead for a new highway funding bill in Congress, America's biggest paving equipment maker boosted profits from ongoing operations by 51 percent in the fourth quarter and appears poised for further gains in 2014.

Chattanooga's biggest independent bank returned to profitability last year after outside investors pumped $91.1 million of new capital into the struggling bank.

Five Chattanooga Volkswagen workers filed a motion today with the National Labor Relations Board to challenge claims by United Auto Workers (UAW) union that Republican politicians tainted the recent vote against UAW representation at VW.

Chattanooga's biggest independent bank returned to profitability last year after a recapitalization last spring.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today accused the United Auto Workers union of trying to unfairly limit what state and federal lawmakers can say about organized labor during union elections through their appeal of the recent union election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

Astec Industries, Inc., boosted fourth quarter profits from continuing operations by 51 percent over the year ago level despite continued uncertainty about highway construction funding.

The No. 2 leader of the United Auto Workers vowed tonight that the union will stay in Chattanooga and continue its organizing efforts at the Volkswagen plant while government regulators decide if a new election should be ordered for VW employees to reconsider their earlier rejection of the union.

A decade after abandoning plans to relocate its corporate campus to Lupton City, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is putting the 216-acre site up for sale.

The No. 2 leader of the United Auto Workers vowed tonight that the union will stay in Chattanooga and continue its organizing efforts at the Volkswagen plant while government regulators decide if a new election should be ordered for VW employees to reconsider their earlier rejection of the union.

People buying coverage through the new health care exchanges in East Tennessee are paying nearly a third less than the national average and less than half what's being charged in the nation's most expensive markets, including South Georgia.

When Tennessee launched TennCare in January 1994, the switchboard at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee was so overwhelmed on the first day of enrollment that operators couldn’t even answer all the calls, let alone respond to the applicants’ questions.

Sales of existing homes plummeted in January to the worst pace in 18 months. Cold weather, limited supplies of homes on the market and higher buying costs held back purchases.

Wintry weather in January put a chill on home sales, although local home prices were up at the start of 2014.

Q. My daughter recently got engaged, and I would like to help her plan her wedding. We were planning to start the vendor search by going to some bridal shows in the area. Does the BBB have any tips before going and ideas on what to expect with vendors?

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Bellhops, an 16-month-old moving company based in Chattanooga, has launched in 68 additional cities and hired 800 more contract student workers since the beginning of February, according to Co-Founder Cameron Doody.

The Dixie Group, Inc. boosted fourth quarter sales nearly 35 percent from a year ago, helping the Chattanooga-based carpet maker to earn nearly $1.6 million from continuing operations in the final three months of 2013 compared with a $413,000 loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Afternoon temperatures are expected to rise today into the 70s for the first time in 2014, but on Tuesday Sandra Barton was still feeling the chill of January.

UAW President Bob King said Monday night that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was "100 percent wrong" to try to sway Volkswagen workers not to vote for representation by the United Auto Workers union.

Volkswagen workers cut off the march south for the United Auto Workers union last week.

Leaders of the United Auto Workers union, who claimed to have majority support from Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga last year, said they appear to have lost some of their support this week when Tennessee Republican leaders suggested that the union might limit chances for a plant expansion and make the GOP-controlled Legislature less willing to help the German auto maker expand.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who led a last-minute campaign against the United Auto Workers attempt to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, said “Needless to say, I am thrilled for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its future.”

UAW President Bob King said he was "deeply disappointed" by the Volkswagen workers' vote against the United Auto Workers, but he insisted that the union will regroup and consider its options, which may include a challenge to the results because of what he said was interference by Tennessee Republicans.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, D-Nashville, tonight blasted Tennessee Republicans for trying to coerce workers to vote against the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and leaders of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce said tonight they are eager to move after the UAW vote to pursuing an expansion of the Volkswagen plant.

Even before TVA finishes building its new nuclear unit, the utility is preparing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to replace faulty steam generators in the new reactor within the first decade of its operation.

Huntsville, Ala., attorney Joe Ritch will become the first Alabama chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority in May when he succeeds Knoxville businessman Bill Sansom as head of TVA's current 8-member board.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will replace its two oldest coal-fired units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky with a combined-cycle natural gas plant expected to cost about $1 billion.

Huntsville, Ala., attorney Joe Ritch was elected today as the next chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Volkswagen appears ready to add a second vehicle line and hire hundreds of additional workers in Chattanooga even if hourly employees at VW’s assembly plant vote against representation by the United Auto Workers, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Wednesday night as the unionization vote began.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said tonight that he believes that Volkswagen will add the sports utility line in Chattanooga if workers vote down representation by the United Auto Workers.

Around the dining room table in his Riverview home, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., led the pitch to Volkswagen officials in 2008 that helped convince VW to build its $1 billion assembly plant in Chattanooga — the biggest industrial investment ever in the Scenic City.

Chattanooga's top-selling real estate agent is joining the region's No. 1 real estate agency.

A conservative anti-tax group labels the union trying to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga as the "United Obama Workers," and warns that a union victory this week by the United Auto Workers could sow the seeds of a more liberal, Democrat-leaning Tennessee.

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