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Chattanooga Airport officials said Monday they're jetting ahead with efforts to land nonstop service between Chattanooga and New York and Houston, but they'll do so with one less page in their flight plan.

Every day, 10,000 more Americans turn 65 years old.

Volkswagen's new innovative way of assembling cars, including its planned midsize sport utility vehicle, assures the growth of the Chattanooga plant, an official said Friday.

Chattanooga's 125-year-old Mountain City Club is slated to undergo one of the biggest remakes in a generation as it aims to woo younger members.

Amazon hiring several thousand in Tennessee

Chattanooga, Charleston centers to add workers for holidays

Amazon is firing up its hiring for the holidays, with its Chattanooga and Charleston, Tenn., distribution centers slated to land their share of several thousand seasonal jobs the online retailer is creating in the Volunteer State.

A Chattanooga food service packaging plant has unveiled its second expansion in two years, boosting its announced investment to about $33 million as its latest addition creates 40 new jobs.

WNA Chattanooga, a maker of disposable food service packaging, plans to invest $11 million in the city, add two new production lines and 40 jobs.

Volkswagen is ramping up efforts to find parts suppliers for its new sport utility vehicle, and the automaker said it's talking to companies about locating closer to the Chattanooga assembly plant.

The Volkswagen Group today reported sales of 7.4 million vehicles from January to September, up 5.3 percent from 2013, and the company said it has a chance to sell 10 million cars and trucks worldwide for the year for the first time.

In the second revamp of a historic hotel unveiled in downtown Chattanooga this year, the owners of the Read House plan to upgrade the 235-room property and change the Sheraton flag under which it has operated for the past decade.

A deal has collapsed to remove a failed restaurant barge from downtown Chattanooga's riverfront, leading to potential further delays in ridding what city officials call a waterfront eyesore.

Staffing up for the holidays and beyond, Convergys Corp. plans to hire between 250 and 300 more people for its Chattanooga call center.

Convergys Corp. plans to hire about 300 more people for its Chattanooga call center, according to the company.

Chattanooga-based Signal Energy Constructors has made the list of the top 10 solar contractors in the nation for 2013.

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga who are members of United Auto Workers Local 42 voted Friday for a president and other officers for the first time, saying they're making history.

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga who are members of United Auto Workers Local 42 started voting today to pick a president and other leaders, amid a charge that VW managers are improperly giving workers time off to cast ballots.

Murphy-Hoffman Co. is doubling down on Chattanooga.

A United Auto Workers official says the union has taken "a big step" toward gaining representation of Volkswagen's Chattanooga employees and creation of a first-in-the-U.S. works council at the plant.

A key supplier to Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant that's building a $70 million factory at Enterprise South industrial park has captured work to build bumpers for the automaker's new sport utility vehicle.

A key supplier to Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant has started construction on its $70 million Enterprise South industrial park plant, and it has begun initial hiring of its workforce that’s slated to hit 184 employees by mid-2015.

Chattanooga-based Signix, which offers secure digital signature services to businesses and other entities, is expanding its footprint downtown as it shifts the bulk of its sales force to Warehouse Row.

Chattanooga carpet maker Dixie Group on Wednesday made another acquisition with the purchase of a Dalton, Ga.-based manufacturer designed to fill a niche between woven and tufted products.

More than two decades after the Tennessee Aquarium opened and changed the face of the city, Chattanoogans need to think about the next big thing, tourism officials said Tuesday.

Chattanooga Invista employee Judy Ciulis says the nylon manufacturer regularly rents cars at Lovell Field so she's looking forward to a $1.5 million upgrade that would almost double the lot's size.

For the first time, visitor spending in Hamilton County this year is expected to top $1 billion, tourism officials said today.

Oscar Brock recalls working a summer job at his family’s Chattanooga candy company when he was in college, a business founded by his great-grandfather in 1906.

Ferrara Candy Co. is closing its Chattanooga production plant by the end of the year and laying off all of its manufacturing employees, the company announced today.

Warehouse Row, which sat nearly half empty about eight years ago, is seeing renewed life as it benefits from retailers moving from shopping malls to Main Street.

Georgia football may have slid in the rankings, but the state is the No. 1 place to do business in America, according to an economic development magazine.

Volkswagen's $900 million expansion to build a sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga plant is off and running, with new construction to the factory's body shop, assembly finish area and technical center up first.

Chattanooga Airport, riding a strong tailwind of business travel, is on course to set a new all-time record for annual passenger boardings that has stood for more than two decades, officials said Monday.

Chattanooga Airport will offer EPB's gigabit Internet service to airline passengers within the next few weeks.

Chattanooga Airport will offer EPB’s gigabit Internet service to passengers.

Ortwein Sign co-owner Jim Teal says the people who create the big signs which are up at such Chattanooga landmarks as Volkswagen and The Block are skilled craftsmen rather than simply workmen.

Volkswagen's global works council is backing the United Auto Workers' newest effort to organize employees at the carmaker's Chattanooga plant, while UAW opponents have created an online petition to fuel its own unionizing initiative.

Sonic Automotive, one the nation's largest owners of new-car dealerships, plans to grow its footprint in Chattanooga by buying Hunt Nissan.

CHARLESTON, Tenn. — Online retailer Amazon, which already has created 100 more full-time jobs at its distribution center here, will start a holiday seasonal hiring push next month that could double its head count to about 1,000 workers.

Southern starting Chattanooga-Memphis nonstops

Destin, Fla., flights could begin in spring

Citing pent-up demand, commuter airline Southern Airways Express will start daily nonstops between Chattanooga and Memphis next month, and the carrier is looking at flights from the Scenic City to Destin, Fla., by next spring.

Southern Airways Express officials said today that the airline will start new nonstop service between Chattanooga Airport and Memphis.

A new Chrysler commercial for its Dodge Charger R/T takes the Volkswagen Passat to task while poking a little fun at the Chattanooga-made midsize sedan.

A Chattanooga Industrial Development Board member who made the motion last month to accept the Black Creek tax-increment financing deal apparently has been serving improperly since 2002 because he doesn't live in the city.

A Chattanooga Industrial Development Board member’s status is uncertain after it was learned that he apparently doesn’t live in the city, which officials say is required.

A five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel is planned for downtown Chattanooga near the Walnut Street Bridge, and the proposal is drawing more support than a similar project two years ago.

A top United Auto Workers official said Friday that he's confident Volkswagen will recognize Chattanooga Local 42 by bargaining with it as a members' union.

A five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel is planned for downtown Chattanooga near the Walnut Street Bridge.

A building that held the first Ford Motor Co. dealership in Cleveland, Tenn., and one of the earliest such businesses in the state, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

A Chattanooga-based transportation, warehousing and logistics business has won Volkswagen contracts to move and sequence parts for the automaker, nearly doubling the local company's workforce.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant could become ground zero again for U.S. organized labor efforts as a group of anti-United Auto Workers employees moves ahead with its own unionizing initiative.

A Hixson shopping center hit by the Great Recession and store shifts has regained its footing with new additions, including a first-in-the-market Burkes Outlet.

Some Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga, who’ve talked in the past about organizing their own union, are moving forward with the effort and hope to have an election.

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