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Small, distributed generation could change TVA's power pricing model

TVA studies value of solar, wind generation

More than 3,000 TVA employees and contractors are working around the clock at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant to add a second reactor capable of supplying all of the electricity demands of a city twice the size of Chattanooga.

TVA filled the new reactor vessel in the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant reactor being built near Spring City, Tenn., this week with 185,000 gallons of water in just over 23 minutes.

Even with more than 20,000 unemployed Chattanoogans looking for work, local employers still had trouble filling many technical jobs requiring science, math and engineering backgrounds last year, according to a new study of job vacancies by the Brookings Institute.

Q: I got a call from someone saying I won an $8,400 government grant. All I had to do was get a Green Dot money card, load $240 on it, give them a call back with the card numbers, and they promised the money would be released to my bank. Sounds a little off, is this a scam?

  • July 4th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation completed its purchase of the neighboring St. Barnabas Healthcare Center this week, doubling the size of Chattanooga's biggest rehabilitation hospital.

For the third time in five years, the Tennessee Valley Authority appears ready to replace one of its aging coal plants with natural gas-fired generation.

It is hard to overestimate the importance of a good credit score. So if your own credit history is less than pristine, it might be easy to fall under the spell of a so-called credit repair agency, especially one that promises to miraculously restore your standing and quickly erase negative information.

  • July 2nd, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

When President Franklin Roosevelt created the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1933, he wanted TVA to be “a corporation clothed with the power of government but possessed of the flexibility and initiative of a private enterprise.”

For the first time in its 81-year history, the Tennessee Valley Authority will no longer offer employees hired after Monday a traditional pension that pays a worker a monthly check for the rest of his or her life at retirement.

Carbon emission limits proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency should provide a boost to nuclear power, former EPA Administrator Christine Whitman said Thursday.

Jobless rate rises in Dalton, Ga.

Hiring fair today at Dalton Career Center

As Dalton's biggest carpet makers conduct a hiring event today for veterans and other job seekers, the Georgia Department of Labor reported that unemployment in metropolitan Dalton rose last month by six-tenths of a percent to 8.8 percent.

More than four decades after construction began at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, nearly 3,200 TVA and contract employees are working around the clock to finish what should be America's first new nuclear reactor of the 21st century.

Three months after entering the Chattanooga market with a downtown restaurant, Chicken Salad Chick will open another location in July in East Brainerd.

Chattanooga was among the top American cities for job growth coming out of the recession, but since 2012 the Scenic City has not been adding jobs at the pace of most cities and has yet to regain all of the jobs it lost during the economic downturn.

Caitie Hart, a 26-year-old photographer, says she's always enjoyed being around "new-age hippie people" and recently began making her own tie-dye clothes and tapestries for sale.

Chattanooga was among the leading cities in economic growth coming out of the recession, according to a study released today.

On the longest day of the year, with the sun shining brightly overhead, environmental, religious and utility leaders gathered Saturday at the first Chattanooga church to turn the power of the sun into electricity.

Unemployment in Tennessee and Georgia rose last month despite job gains in both states.

A couple of specialty bars will open next year in Ooltewah at the Cambridge Square development near the Honors Golf Course.

Unemployment in Tennessee rose last month by a tenth a percent to again exceed the national rate for joblessness.

Chattanooga ranks third among America's top 100 metropolitan areas in the growth of its solo entrepreneurs, according to a study released today.

America’s oldest maker of tailor-made clothing has a new owner and a new lease on life with the acquistion of the 134-year-old company this week by Cleveland, Tenn., businessman Allan Jones.

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., announced today it will open a manufacturing facility near Atlanta for its new cold beverage dispensing machines, creating approximately 550 new jobs and investing $337 million over the next five years.

Unemployment rose last month in Georgia as high school and college students entered the job market and swelled the size of the state's labor force for the fifth consecutive month.

Comdata Network Inc., overbilled the Tennessee Valley Authority by more than $1 million with duplicate invoices and charges on credit cards used by TVA employees to buy fuel over a 21-month period, a TVA audit shows.

One of America's biggest buy-here, pay-here auto retailers enters the Chattanooga market today with a new dealership at 4517 Hixson Pike.

Nick Clements left a top banking job in London last year to start a new online business in the United States.

Construction has begun on a $100 million luxury vinyl tile and plank plant in Dalton, Ga.

The Little Caesars' empire expanded this week into the Highway 58 area with the addition of the 17th franchised pizza delivery outlet for Chattanooga franchisees Tom and Karol Getz.

The number of home loans made this year could drop by up to 30 percent as borrowers worry about tighter lending standards and higher interest rates.

In its biggest expansion since the company was spun off from Chattem Inc., nearly two decades ago, Chattem Chemicals will build a fifth building on its St. Elmo campus this summer to boost production of the active pharmaceutical ingredients it makes for both consumer and industrial markets.

Chattanooga eyes innovation districts for future growth

Study says such downtown zones are changing economic growth

Innovation districts like what Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has proposed for downtown Chattanooga are turning many metropolitan cities into tech magnets for more open and collaborative research, according to a Brookings Institution study released today.

A decade after military planners began its design, the largest construction project in Tennessee is starting over with a new and different layout.

Selling TVA wouldn't yield much for American taxpayers, but it could prove costly for Tennessee Valley residents and the region's economy and environment, according to an outside financial review of America's biggest government utility.

TVA should not be sold, study concludes

Analysts reject Obama call to privatize TVA

Selling TVA wouldn’t do much, if anything, to limit the federal debt, but it could push electric rates higher in the Tennessee Valley, according to an outside financial review of the America’s biggest government utility.

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030.

America's oldest tailored suit maker should soon have a new owner after five generations in the Hardwick family.

Hardwick Clothes rejects last minute rival offer

Cleveland payday lender Allan Jones set to buy bankrupt company

A last minute bid for America’s oldest suit maker isn’t the right fit and was rejected over the weekend.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is already on pace to reduce carbon emissions from its coal-fired power plants enough to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030 from the 2005 levels.

Tyson Foods, Inc. today announced that it proposes to acquire The Hillshire Brands Co. for $6.8 billion, or $50 per share in cash.

Jersey Mike's Subs, a new franchised submarine sandwich shop entering the Chattanooga market, will open the first of at least three new restaurants planned in Chattanooga next week.

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ripped into the largest real estate firm in Alabama on Wednesday amid allegations that the company gave illegal kickbacks to a sister business.

Jersey Mike’s Subs, a new franchised submarine sandwich shop entering the Chattanooga market, will open the first of at least three new restaurants planned for Chattanooga in the next year.

First Tennessee Bank said today it will buy 13 branches and four remote automatic teller machines from Bank of America in Middle and East Tennessee.

Despite its initial failure in the market, officials with The Melting Pot said today they want to return the fondue restaurant chain to Chattanooga with a new franchisee.

The parent company of Chattanooga's Coca-Cola bottling company has bought the Scottsboro Coca-Cola Bottling Co., in Northeast Alabama and will merge the Scottsboro operation into the newly created Tennessee Valley division of Coca-Cola United.

Chattanooga Realtors sold 8.9 percent fewer homes in the first four months of 2014 than they did a year ago, although the median price of those homes that did sell was up by 7.7 percent.

Unemployment fell across the Chattanooga region last month to the lowest level in six years as the economy continued to rebound from the worst recession since before World War II.

To drive from the Pacific coast in Monterey to Berkeley in California takes about three hours, but the entire trip is within the famed Silicon Valley — arguably America's most fertile territory for tech startup businesses.

Good news: the Senate Banking Committee voted last week to approve a compromise plan to reform the dysfunctional mortgage market. Bad news: the bill won't see the light of day in this Congress.

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