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Volkswagen of America today reported sharply lower Passat and overall vehicle sales in December.

Sales of new trucks and sport utility vehicles in Hamilton County swelled to their highest mark in six years in 2013.

General aviation operator TAC Air has a "pending agreement" to sell its extensive hangar and office space at Lovell Field to the Airport Authority, potentially signaling an end to a four-year-old dispute.

Stock values rise for most local companies

Volkswagen officials knew they were making history when the German automaker decided to bring vehicle production back to the U.S., with its $1 billion Chattanooga plant helping put VW on an arc toward its goal -- to become the world's largest car company.

Michael VanSleen says he’s tiring of apartment living and about ready to start looking for a house.

Work on the first commercial project in the largest undeveloped tract in Chattanooga's Southside could start early next year.

New York Life Insurance Co. has recognized four agents.

Rock City has bought Chattanooga-based ice cream maker and retailer Clumpies, and the tourist attraction business plans to use its reach to scoop up more sales.

Belvoir Pharmacy, one of Chattanooga's oldest independent pharmacies, has filled the last prescription at the 84-year-old business.

Looking to power up the growth of her prepaid gift card company, a Chattanooga business woman is teaming with another local venture to help merchants better process transactions.

About a half dozen business people from the Chattanooga area will join their peers from across Tennessee at a forum at the White House on Wednesday, according to the group Business Forward.

Bill Lusk said his parents brought their family from Tampa, Fla., to Signal Mountain 45 years ago "kicking and screaming."

A long-running dispute between Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and general aviation operator TAC Air may be close to throttling down.

Chattanooga Airport officials may be eyeing a solution to the ongoing dispute with general aviation operator TAC Air.

Volkswagen Group of America's departing chief executive was hindered by an aging product cycle, and his replacement will face a similar challenge in growing sales, industry analysts said Thursday.

Outside interest groups are targeting Chattanooga to try to scare or manipulate Volkswagen workers from seeking United Auto Workers representation, union supporters said Thursday.

Volkswagen Group of America has named a new chief executive amid slumping sales in 2013.

Chattanoogan Karen Gilbert travels by air several times a month and likes flying from Lovell Field to Chicago's O'Hare Airport to connect to points west.

FSG Bank has added Darren Strickland as an assistant vice president and mortgage loan officer.

Drone technology drew a lot of buzz this week when Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said his online retail company is looking at using it to make deliveries in the future.

Designers of a proposed $100 million apartment and commercial project in Hixson offered what they call a villagelike development to area residents Thursday, but some still worried about its impact on neighborhoods and traffic.

Volkswagen sales in the U.S. slid in November as the company bumps up against strong gains from last year, but the automaker's Chattanooga-made Passat drew extra attention due to a TV ad from a competitor.

Volkswagen sales in the U.S. fell 16.2 percent last month compared to a year ago, but VW officials said it was the second best November for the German automaker since 1973.

Bobby Wright expects to work about 60 hours this week at Chattanooga's Amazon distribution center as the company shifts into top gear to meet a holiday shopping crush that's setting new records for the site and online sales overall.

The owner of Warehouse Row plans to push its investment into the office and retail center past the $30 million mark next year, making the refurbishing one of the largest ever of a downtown Chattanooga site.

Chattanooga’s Amazon distribution center was expected to log its busiest day ever today.

Ohio-based Speedway, the nation's fourth-largest operator of company-owned convenience and gasoline stores with nearly 1,500 sites, is driving south into the Chattanooga area as it competes head to head against other industry giants.

Volkswagen is making a $17.7 million expansion to the Chattanooga plant’s assembly shop parts warehouse.

Forget Black Thursday and Black Friday — Ober Gatlinburg is hoping for White Friday.

Jim Berry was one of Chattanooga's entrepreneurial success stories, former Mayor Ron Littlefield said Tuesday.

One of the first companies to locate at Chattanooga’s Centre South Riverport is closing part of its operations and laying off about 30 people, an official said Monday.

NA Industries, which has a chemical plant in Chattanooga, is closing part of its operations in the city and laying off about 30 employees.

German investment in the Chattanooga area — already in the billions of dollars — stands ready to ramp up in the future, especially if Volkswagen lands new production, officials said Friday.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Friday he's not opposed to the idea of a works council at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but he called the United Auto Workers "a destructive force."

A pair of companies investing and adding new jobs in Chattanooga drew property tax breaks Friday, but questions were raised about the need for the inducements and the transparency of negotiations over them.

A pair of companies investing and adding new jobs in Chattanooga drew property tax breaks today, but questions were raised about the need and the transparency of negotiations over such inducements.

The Volkswagen Group will invest $113 billion through 2018 in its drive to become the world’s biggest automaker, the company said today.

The latest plan to build one of the biggest developments ever in Chattanooga is slated to be rolled out next month, and officials give it a better chance for city approval than controversial past proposals.

A Chattanooga developer whose proposed $100 million project in Hixson was voted down by the City Council earlier this year plans to roll out his new proposal for the Highway 153 site next month.

A new environmentally friendly system of handling rainwater runoff on development projects will put Chattanooga in the forefront nationally if the standards are approved early next year, an official said Wednesday.

With 44 years in the funeral business, Chattanoogan Russell Friberg says he knows how fast change can take place.

Carriage Services Inc., the nation’s fourth largest funeral business, has purchased the longstanding Heritage Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia, an official said today.

Chattanooga will be the new home of an office of the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, officials said today.

Invista is making one of the biggest investments ever at its 65-year-old Chattanooga plant as the company looks to position the factory to penetrate the growing automotive parts market.

Dale Buchanan and Associates has expanded its Social Security disability law practice with the hiring of three new associates.

A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico.

Gov. Bill Haslam had a "frank and open conversation" Thursday with a top German labor official who has voiced support for a works council labor board at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, a Haslam spokesman says.

A top German labor leader who has expressed support for a works council labor board at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant met today with some employees and managers at the factory.

Charles Monroe says that if a designer can draw it, the tufting machines his Chattanooga company makes can reproduce it in carpet.

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