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An attorney said today there’s already interest from potential buyers in a high-profile tract of downtown waterfront property held by Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey that’s on the market for $11.2 million.

Volkswagen of America is recalling about 150,200 Passat sedans for model years 2012 and 2013 because a low-beam headlight bulb could lose electrical contact, leading to reduced visibility, according to the company.

Federal regulators have ordered the removal of a controversial run-down barge from Chattanooga's riverfront within 60 days, but bankruptcy filings have clouded the structure's ownership and could make its departure more complex.

Patrick Neely says he flies a lot for his work — upwards of 200,000 miles a year.

The United Auto Workers and Volkswagen Group of America have filed their opposition to two groups supporting some Chattanooga VW workers who want to intervene in the union's appeal for a new election at the plant.

Volkswagen says in a letter to the National Labor Relations Board that the company doesn’t support groups representing some Chattanooga plant workers seeking to intervene in the United Auto Workers appeal of last month’s union vote.

Chattanooga area air travelers can quicken their way through the security checkpoint at Lovell Field, and at other airports, by enrolling at a new Transportation Security Administration office.

The Transportation Security Administration has opened a site in Chattanooga to permit expedited passenger screening so air travelers can avoid time-consuming steps to pass through airport security checkpoints.

Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey has scaled the heights and plumbed the valleys of the real estate development game.

Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey today filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

A civil trial involving Chattanooga businessman Allen Casey, who is facing a lawsuit from investors related to downtown riverfront property, was delayed today.

An attorney accused Chattanooga developer Allen Casey on Tuesday of running something "like a Ponzi scheme" in which he took up to $7 million from deals involving riverfront land for which there's no accounting.

An attorney today accused Chattanooga developer Allen Casey and his company of defrauding people related to a tract of riverfront land and running “like a Ponzi scheme.”

Facing a lawsuit from investors, a business run by Chattanooga developer Allen Casey on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection.

Thrust into the national spotlight, Chattanooga may gain -- and lose -- from the attention garnered by the Volkswagen plant's United Auto Workers vote, observers say.

The United Auto Workers on Friday sought a new election at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, alleging that interference by politicians and outside groups hurt the union's case in last week's vote, which ended with workers rejecting the UAW.

The United Auto Workers today filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board related to what it termed interference by politicians and outside special interest groups in the election last week at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is approaching a couple of mile markers today that could help chart its future course.

An online petition seeking more reliable air service from Delta Connection carriers at Chattanooga Airport has drawn more than 100 signatures.

Volkswagen's top labor representative threatened Wednesday to try to block more investments by the car maker in the South if its workers aren't unionized, though a Chattanooga anti-United Auto Workers group termed it "spoiled grapes."

The United Auto Workers has until week's end to file an objection to the election in which Chattanooga Volkswagen plant employees turned down the union's organizing effort, a former National Labor Relations Board member says.

Fielding complaints about canceled and late flights on Delta Connection service, Chattanooga Airport officials said Monday they'd like to have a face-to-face meeting with executives for the air carrier to try to improve its on-time performance.

Gov. Bill Haslam said he hopes to start discussions as early as this week with Volkswagen about a new incentive package to help the manufacturer settle on the Chattanooga plant to produce a new line of SUVs.

Fresh from beating back a United Auto Workers bid to organize Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, some workers are eyeing the possibility of what one termed "a micro-union" in the factory.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today that the state has "re-engaged" in negotiations with Volkswagen over locating production for a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a 712 to 626 vote.

VW decided in 2008 to built its only U.S. production plant in Chattanooga, which beat out sites in Alabama and Michigan. Incentives valued at $577 million, a record for an auto plant, helped convince the German automaker to pick the Enterprise South industrial park location.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said this week that the only votes he has missed during his Senate stint were related to Volkswagen business and when he was on a trip to Israel, and that was an unexpected one.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today defended his comments on Wednesday that VW will announce in coming weeks that it will make a new vehicle at its Chattanooga plant should workers reject the United Auto Workers.

Pro- and anti-union supporters are using the Chattanooga region's prospects of wooing more suppliers as a wedge to gain votes for and against the United Auto Workers in this week's vote by Volkswagen plant employees.

In what some call the most significant American labor election in decades, Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant employees are slated to start casting ballots today in a vote that could dramatically shift the union playing field in the region.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, saying “the whole world is watching,” today urged Volkswagen employees to vote against the United Auto Workers in a three-day election that starts Wednesday.

A United Auto Workers official says that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has been “swayed by special interests” and that’s why the former Chattanooga mayor is weighing into the Volkswagen plant union election in a planned press conference today.

State legislators dueled Monday over the pending union vote by workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, with state Sen. Bo Watson saying the automaker has conducted a labor campaign that's "unfair, unbalanced and, quite frankly, un-American."

A state House member from Chattanooga today criticized remarks by a pair of other Hamilton County legislators linking this week’s vote by Volkswagen plant workers on union representation to potential incentives for the automaker to expand.

A state senator said today that future financial incentives for expanding Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant may hinge on how workers vote this week on whether to accept the United Auto Workers.

Southern Momentum, an anti-United Auto Workers group, said today that a neutrality agreement between Volkswagen and the UAW has “sold out” employees at Chattanooga’s VW plant.

Union supporters and critics are stepping up activity ahead of this week's vote on organizing the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant in a city that's now ground zero in the fight over the future of the United Auto Workers in the South.

Richard Isbell is a car guy who's living his dream working at Volkswagen's auto assembly plant.

Sean Moss looks at the Detroit Three carmakers when he considers whether he wants the United Auto Workers to represent him at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant, where he has worked for nearly three years.

Volkswagen officials in Chattanooga today defended the company’s call for an election, saying the potential for setting up a works council labor board is a part of a proven business model.

The former president of manufacturing at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant on Saturday said that adding a union at the factory “will not be good” for attracting a new sport utility vehicle.

A group of Volkswagen employees against the United Auto Workers efforts to organize the Chattanooga plant said Friday they're predicting a close vote -- and a win -- in next week's secret ballot election.

The head of a group putting up 13 anti-United Auto Workers billboards in Chattanooga said Thursday the move focuses on the union's "economic legacy" in its home town of Detroit, which has filed for bankruptcy, and the UAW's "left-wing nature" of supporting President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

A group opposed to the United Auto Workers' organizing effort at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is putting up 11 more billboards in the Chattanooga area.

Most of the 1,500 or so Volkswagen employees who'll vote next week on whether to endorse the United Auto Workers at the Chattanooga plant are facing a new experience and have never before taken part in such a secret-ballot election, observers say.

A group that’s supporting anti-union workers at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant said today that employees weren’t allowed to ask questions of United Auto Workers representatives during group meetings Tuesday.

A stipulated election agreement filed by Volkswagen with the National Labor Relations Board says that the United Auto Workers will receive a list of employees eligible to cast a ballot in the union recognition vote next week at the Chattanooga plant.

Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers met Tuesday with the company's Chattanooga employees, telling them how the carmaker has arrived at the point of seeking a worker election on whether to unionize the plant.

Former Deputy Gov. Claude Ramsey today urged Volkswagen workers to turn back United Auto Workers’ efforts at the company’s Chattanooga factory, saying that unionizing the plant will hurt efforts to woo more suppliers to the area.

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