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The Dixie Group, Inc., is pursuing a partnership with a Dutch tile manufacturer to expand its product offerings and presence in the brand-conscious hospitality market.

Two Tennessee Democratic legislators will call Monday for outside interests to not interfere with this week's election by Volkswagen employees about whether or not they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers.

Local general contractor Collier Construction has appointed Gabe Thomas as the company's new CEO.

The fiscal 2014 budget proposed a year ago by President Obama didn't go far in a Congress with many Republicans upset about lingering federal deficits in the spending plan.

TVA's nuclear power program, rated among the country's worst two years ago after regulators discovered safety problems at all three of the utility's plants, is on the mend.

The Arctic polar vortex that put the chill in the Tennessee Valley last month pushed daily power demand to an all-time high for the Tennessee Valley Authority, requiring the federal utility to temporarily limit power to customers with interruptible contracts for the first time in years.

The increase in residential consumption of electricity this winter reflects the unusual cold this year, not a fundamental change in power use, TVA President Bill Johnson said.

TVA cuts losses, sales in first quarter

Utility loses $67 million in quarter; sales drop 8 percent

Despite an 8 percent drop in revenues last fall, the Tennessee Valley Authority began fiscal 2014 by narrowing its first quarter losses.

Charlie Bell scraped together $300 Monday to pay his January electric bill, but that was still $88 short of what he owed EPB for last month's power and only a third of the total $1,051 bill he owes the utility for the past couple of months.

For the second time in as many weeks, federal regulators are removing their negative assessment of a TVA nuclear power plant after the federal utility demonstrated that it had upgraded plant operations and equipment over the past three years.

Economic projections for 2014 in Tennessee:

Tennessee may be the Volunteer State, but a growing share of its workers are organizing to get better pay and working conditions.By Dave Flessner

Erlanger East is adding Jeremy Screws, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist, to the Gunbarrel Road campus.

Federal regulators have removed their harshest finding against TVA's biggest nuclear plant after nearly three years of corrective actions by the federal utility.

The Chattanooga area ended last year with unemployment 0.5 percent below a year earlier, but the drop was due to fewer people in the workforce, not more people on the job.

The recession and its aftermath have cooled TVA's industrial power sales, but frigid temperatures this month continue to heat up residential electricity usage to wintertime records.

Congressional backers of a new lock at the Chickamauga Dam hope they have given the Army Corps of Engineers the keys to unlock the stalled $698 million project.

Just five days after setting a new winter peak for power demand in the Tennessee Valley, TVA reached its second highest power demand ever during the winter this morning shortly after 7 a.m., when temperatures across the 7-state region averaged only 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

The parent company of Cornerstone Bank boosted its earnings by 20 percent last year to $1.68 million.

Erlanger adds OrthoSouth

Electricity use soared to a record peak in the Tennessee Valley on Friday when another Artic blast of cold weather pushed temperatures into single digits across the Tennessee Valley for the second time this month.

* Chattanooga Engineers Club Meeting at noon Monday at Doubletree Hotel, 407 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor.

With temperatures falling to an average of only 7 degrees this morning across the Tennessee Valley, TVA set a new winter record for the highest electricity demand in its 7-state region.

Chattanooga area home sales rose last year to the highest level since 2007 and most of the homes sold by local Realtors fetched higher prices than in 2012.

Unemployment fell in Tennessee during December by three tenths of a percent to 7.8 percent — the state's lowest rate since October 2008, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking consumers to cut back on their power usage to help the utility cope with frigid temperatures that could push electricity usage to a new winter high Friday morning.

The Old Navy store in Hixson has relocated from the Old Park Town Center to Northgate Mall.

IVC US announced today it will expand its production of fiberglass sheet vinyl to a 24-hour operation, seven days a week, at the company's Dalton, Ga., plant, starting March 1.

For the second time this month, frigid temperatures are putting the heat on the Tennessee Valley Authority.

• Red Bank Council Meeting at noon Tuesday at the Red Bank Community Center on Tom Weathers Drive, behind Erlanger North. Meetings cost $10.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee accounted for an estimated 86 percent of the new health plans offered in Tennessee through the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

TVA's newest nuclear power plant should be generating electricity within the next two years.

TVA's newest nuclear power plant should be generating electricity within the next two years.

America's biggest public utility will get smaller this year.

The Tennessee Valley Authority outlined plans today to cuts its staff this year as the federal utility continues to trim expenses in response to lower electricity sales and plans to close more TVA coal plants.

Tennessee’s biggest health insurer is giving more time for those signing up for health care coverage under Obamacare to pay their premiums.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has again extended the deadline for premiums to be paid for new health care plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Denso Manufacturing in Athens, Tenn., is investing another $55 million and adding more than 130 new manufacturing jobs to boost production of its gasoline direct injectors.

Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine.

HCA announced today it is buying Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn., to add a fifth Chattanooga area hospital to the HCA's Parkridge Health System.

Republican Weston Wamp launched another bid Monday to gain the job once held by his father, hoping to unseat two-term incumbent Chuck Fleischmann by capitalizing on voter frustration with the current Congress.

One of the nation’s largest retailers of hunting, fishing, camping, and marine supplies will enter the Chattanooga market this fall in Hixson.

The metropolitan areas with the highest share of employment in manufacturing are mostly in the industrial Midwest, with the exception of the self-proclaimed “Carpet Capital” in Dalton, Ga.

Republican Weston Wamp today launched a second bid to try to unseat two-term Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.

A Gander Mountain store will open in Hixson by this fall.

The number of Chattanoogans going broke or losing their properties to foreclosures declined last year, but Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama still led the nation in the rate of bankruptcies again in 2013.

When Chattanooga businessman Lex Tarumianz agreed to pump $100,000 from the Blank Slate Ventures fund into a startup, online restaurant reservation firm known as Quickcue, the business was still developing its technology and yet to turn a profit.

Republican Weston Wamp plans to mount another attempt this year to unseat two-term Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

• Fair housing forum at 6 p.m. Monday at the Development Resource Center, 1250 Market Street. In observance of the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the topic of discussion will be on "The True State of the Dream." Special guests include Richard M.

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