The Hixson Aldi store undergoing a major remodeling job at 5510 Highway 153 will reopen on Wednesday, May 22, according to the company.

To mark the reopening, Aldi will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Golden Ticket giveaway offering gift cards to the first 100 customers. Shoppers can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year's supply of Aldi produce.

The new Hixson store layout provides an improved in-store experience and features additional refrigeration space to accommodate even more fresh, healthy and convenient products. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.


Feds probe failed Mississippi plant

A Mississippi utility faces a federal investigation over a failed coal-fueled power plant.

The Southern Co. says it was informed Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice has started a civil investigation into the plant that subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. was building.

Southern said Wednesday that it's negotiating with the U.S. Department of Energy to resolve and dispose of property at its $7.5 billion Kemper County plant. The Department of Energy gave $387 million to build a first-of-its kind plant turning soft coal into a gas and burning it to generate power, while removing carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Mississippi Power lost $6.4 billion when it decided to operate only part of the plant burning natural gas conventionally.

Southern says the investigation is connected to Department of Energy talks.


VW reports higher U.S. April sales

Volkswagen of America on Wednesday reported that April sales rose 8.7 percent over a year ago as SUVs made up 53 percent its results.

Sales in the month of 31,309 vehicles were helped by the Chattanooga-made Atlas SUV, which jumped 12 percent in the month, according to VW.

Also, Tiguan SUV sales rose 38 percent to 10,539 vehicles, while the Jetta compact sedan posted an increase of 80 percent over the same month last year, the company reported.

But sales of the Chattanooga-produced Passat sedan were just 1,607, down 60 percent in the month.

For the first four months, VW sales of 117,181 are 3.9 percent higher.

"We've outperformed the market by doing a better job of meeting consumer demand for SUVs," said Derrick Hatami, Volkswagen of America's executive vice president of sales, marketing and after sales.