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A growing maker of mobile medical computer stations will locate its U.S. headquarters in Murfreesboro, Tenn., adding 410 jobs in Rutherford County.

The proposed sale of America's oldest privately owned clothing maker is too quick and may not yield the best deal for creditors of the bankrupt company, according to government attorneys.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he doesn't want Volkswagen to recognize the United Auto Workers based upon union authorization cards gathered last year after plant employees narrowly voted in February against UAW representation.

Employers in metropolitan Chattanooga added 1,900 jobs last year, but at that pace it will still take another six years to recover all of the local jobs lost during the Great Recession.

WalletHub compared states on seven key metrics, ranging from the number of accountants and their mean hourly compensation to how much in tax refunds are given in each state.

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich chided Tennessee political leaders Friday for trying to influence workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant to reject representation by the United Auto Workers union.

After joining the ranks of America's billionaires last year, Mohawk Industries CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum also got a 21.9 percent boost in his compensation last year.

Raising the diesel fuel tax on barges that ply America's inland waterways could more than double the money available for lock and dam replacements and speed completion of the stalled Chickamauga lock replacement in Chattanooga, according to the head of civil works programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

ETOWAH, Tenn. — How many workers does it take to change the light bulbs in an industrial plant?

Chattanooga’s oldest investment advisory firm is splitting up.

After being fined $70,000 last year for failing to verify equipment reliability, the Tennessee Valley Authority is now meeting all regulatory standards for construction of its newest nuclear reactor, regulators said in a letter released today.

The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has turned into one of East Tennessee's biggest employers with 5,000 TVA and contractor employees working around the clock to build a new reactor and refuel another.

A line of Chattanooga residents looking for work, unemployment benefits, job training or a mixture of all three backed up to the door at the Tennessee Career Center at Eastgate Town Center on Thursday.

North Georgia's Carpet Capital isn't spinning out new jobs like it once did, but the jobless rate in metropolitan Dalton did decline last month to its lowest level in nearly five and a half years.

Spring has arrived with warmer temperatures, but consumers are still paying the price for the cold winter.

Cleveland millionaire Allan Jones, who has made a fortune from his Check Into Cash business, is ready to write his own $2 million check and pump million more into reviving America's oldest privately held clothing manufacturer, also based in Cleveland.

The parent company of First Citizens National Bank in Dyersburg, Tenn., plans to acquire Southern Heritage Bank in Cleveland, Tenn., for $32.2 million in stock and cash.

The parent company of First Citizens National Bank in Dyersburg, Tenn., Tennessee’s 7th biggest bank with assets of nearly $1.2 billion, is acquiring Southern Heritage Bank in Cleveland, Tenn., for $32.2 million in stock and cash.

ROCK SPRING, Ga. — Caleb Bradley thought he was getting to Thursday's job fair early when he arrived nearly an hour before its scheduled start.

The Dixie Group, Inc, is paying $17.5 million to acquire the Los Angeles-based Atlas Carpet Mills, a high-end manufacturer and marketer of commercial floorcovering products.

Less than nine years after its start, Southern Community Bank will expand into Chattanooga with a new bank branch this spring — its fourth new market since the bank began as the Bank of Tullahoma in Coffee County in 2005.

Chattanooga's fastest-growing business of the past decade will combine with an even faster-growing rival to create one of America's biggest freight and truck management services with sales expected to top $2 billion this year.

The Tennessee Valley Authority would probably lose its favorable borrowing authority if it gives up ownership by Uncle Sam, but bond rating agencies are discounting the chance of the federal government selling TVA and are sticking with their top AAA-rating for the federal utility.

TVA's newest reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant returned to service on Monday after completing a refueling outage in which TVA spent more than $5 million employing more than 800 temporary contract workers.

Two of the fastest growing logistics companies in America are combining to create the second biggest company in its industry with sales expected to reach $2 billion this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revoked the permit for B. Allen Casey's barge on the North Shore across from the Tennessee Aquarium.

In its biggest carpet acquisition in more than a decade, the Dixie Group, Inc. announced Friday it will buy Atlas Carpet Mills, a high-end manufacturer and marketer of commercial floorcovering products in Los Angeles.

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Volkwagen illegally colluded with the United Auto Workers last year to give the union access to VW names and facilities in exchange for the union agreeing to hold down costs if the union won representation, according to a new lawsuit by VW workers opposed to the union.

Unemployment in the Chattanooga area remained lowest at the start of 2014 in the bedroom communities of North Georgia, according to government figures released Thursday.

Opponents of the United Auto Workers are claiming that Volkswagen illegally helped the union in its recent organizing campaign in exchange for the union agreeing to make concessions to the auto maker.

Four weeks after Volkswagen's hourly employees narrowly voted against representation by the United Auto Workers, supporters and opponents of the Detroit-based union are still battling over whether the UAW should be recognized at the VW plant in Chattanooga.

The United Auto Workers will appeal a decision to allow business groups backing local Volkswagen workers to intervene in the union's bid for a new election at the VW plant in Chattanooga.

The battle over union representation at Volkswagen of America will shift this month from plant workers in Chattanooga to a hearing officer for the National Labor Relations Board.

Opponents of the United Auto Workers will be able to make their arguments against the union when a hearing officer considers a request by the UAW for another election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Federal regulators have lifted the consent order for FSG Bank in Chattanooga, removing the extra regulatory oversight and limits on Chattanooga's biggest independent bank.

A year after starting their sun glass distribution business, the three Chattanooga owners of Platinum Eyewear are headed to Las Vegas this weekend for what they hope will be the talk of the town — or at least the buzz at one of the world's biggest consumer-goods trade shows for wholesalers of most anything people wear.

The investors live more than 600 miles away from Wall Street, haven't graduated from college and have little or no experience handling other people's money.

Safety problems that triggered extra inspections or oversight by regulators declined again last year at U.S. nuclear power plants.

Tennessee, Georgia jobless rates down but still above U.S. rate

Unemployment falls in region to 5-year low

Unemployment in Tennessee and Georgia fell to the lowest level in more than five years in January and state economists expect the jobless rate to continue to decline this year.

Mohawk Industries announced today it will build a new $180 million ceramic tile production facility and distribution center in Middle Tennessee — the ninth ceramic plant U.S. ceramics production facility.

Unemployment in Tennessee fell in January to the lowest rate in nearly five and a half years.

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.

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