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TVA directors today will consider plans for a record capital budget of nearly $3 billion for fiscal 2015 to boost generation from new nuclear and gas plants and to clean up some of its existing coal-fired units.

A Japanese automotive supplier is buying the world's largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings. which operates a 250-employee plant in Etowah, Tenn.

A Houston company that plans to build a $2 billion transmission line from Oklahoma to Tennessee has gained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to negotiate power rates and bilateral agreements for all of its proposed 3,500 megawatt electricity route.

A regional planning effort trying to plot strategy for the 16-county area for the next 40 years has gotten its first funding from outside of Hamilton County.

A Japanese automotive supplier is buying Waupaca Foundry, Inc., the world’s largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings which operates a foundry in Etowah, Tenn.

With oil and gas production up while consumer demand remains flat, Chattanoogans are paying less for energy whether they travel or stay at home.

The downtown T.Mac restaurant, formerly Taco Mac, announced today it has reopened after a renovation that added rotating booths, more craft beers and 50 percent more space.

While overall electric rates have gone up in the past year, the Tennessee Valley Authority has cut the average bill for its biggest industrial customers by an average 6.8 percent.

Staff ReportMike Collins & Associates, Inc., has completed a $2.6 million expansion of its data center and depot storage facility to expand its growing cloud-hosting operations.

They are some of the most powerful people most of us never see, at least in how they control the electricity that powers parts of a dozen states.

Unemployment rose again last month across Tennessee and Georgia as both states lost jobs during the summer.

Unemployment rose in Tennessee last month by a half percentage point to 7.1 percent — the highest jobless rate since January.

Georgia jobless rate climbs to 8-month high

7.8 percent rate in Georgia well above 6.2 percent U.S. rate

Unemployment rose for the third consecutive month in Georgia during July, boosting the state's jobless rate to the highest level since last October and 1.6 percentage points higher than the U.S. rate.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving forward with its plan to get the biggest share of its electricity generation from nuclear power in the future.

Chattanooga home prices continued to outpace both inflation and workers' income in the past year, but the median price of local houses sold so far this year is still one third less than the U.S. average.

U.S. Xpress will boost truck driver pay by 13 percent, effective Aug. 25, to help ensure the Chattanooga-based trucking giant attracts and retains enough drivers for its growing transit business.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct two public hearings next month in Soddy-Daisy to present its findings that TVA should be allowed to continue to operate the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant for another 20 years.

Environmental groups in the Tennessee Valley are on the verge of winning their third major battle against TVA's coal-fired power plants.

Payday lender Carey Brown, along with associates Joanna Temple and Ron Beaver, will face criminal charges in New York nearly three years after an investigation by the Chattanooga Times Free Press concluded that the trio had created a syndicate of shell companies designed to market, make and collect payday loans considered illegal in many states.

Chattanooga businessman and philanthropist Carey Vaughn Brown was indicted today in New York City by a Manhattan prosecutor for assembling an illegal "payday syndicate" in violation of state lending laws, The New York Times reports.

The world's most powerful military is trying to use less power, at least from conventional, vulnerable means.

What Starbucks did for coffee, the owners of Casual Pint want to do for craft beer.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will continue to move away from the coal-fired generation that once supplied most of its power when it likely shuts down the Allen Steam Plant in Memphis by 2018.

Miller Industries, Inc. boosted its second quarter earnings by nearly 17 percent over a year ago to $3.4 million, or 30 cent per share.

Brock Insurance Agency (BIA) in Rossville, Ga., announced today it will soon open an office in the One North Shore building on Manufacturers Road.

In its biggest staff cuts in more than two decades, TVA is eliminating more than 2,000 jobs this year to pare expenses and make electric rates in the Tennessee Valley more competitive with neighboring utilities.

TVA is cutting its workforce by about 2,000 jobs this year as part of its ongoing effort to trim $500 million a year in operating expenses, officials said today.

TVA loses $81 million in quarter

Power sales decline this year due to USEC closing

The Tennessee Valley Authority said today it lost $81 million in the three-month period ended June 30 due to a drop in electricity sales and sightly higher operating costs.

Gas prices fell last month by the biggest amount of any July in six years and could cut local gas prices below $3 a gallon by this fall, if current trends continue.

Healthy job growth for those workers without bachelor's

Most local healthcare jobs don't require four-year degree

Dusty Sims went from lifting cartons of Coca-Cola to lifting patients at Erlanger hospital when he was looking for a better paying and more secure job three years ago.

Hutcheson Medical Center won’t go on the auction block next week as one of its competitors and former managers had planned.

A federal judge in Rome, Ga., today halted a planned foreclosure against Hutcheson Medical Center set for next Tuesday.

Three years after Erlanger Health System promised to revive Hutcheson Medical Center with a $20 million loan and new management, Chattanooga's biggest hospital has severed its management and talks with Hutcheson and plans to foreclose on the Fort Oglethorpe hospital on Tuesday to try to recover its unpaid debt.

Erlanger Health System has tapped a 27-year health care veteran to head Erlanger East and Erlanger North hospitals.

When Keith Cartright became Sequatchie County mayor two years ago, the first thing he did after being sworn into office was to call Erlanger Health System to urge the hospital to restore emergency medical service to Dunlap, Tenn.

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to conduct hearings today on controversial new carbon limits for power plants, Chattanooga business leaders Monday voiced support for such pollution controls and energy limits.

Jim Olson first visited Chattanooga in 1993 to ride on the historic steam locomotive at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRRM).

Despite a 29.4 percent increase in sales this spring, the Dixie Group, Inc., today said it lost $605,000, or 4 cents per share, from continuing operations in the second quarter.

Project: Hardwood flooring plant expansion. Location: 210 E. 11th Street, South Pittsburg, Tenn. Owner: Shaw Industries Inc.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is shuttering its award-winning LiveWell program and closing most of its employee fitness centers as part of the utility's ongoing efforts to trim $500 million in annual operating expenses.

Volkswagen isn't getting as rich of an incentive package for its next 2,000-job expansion as the German auto maker was given by local governments six years ago when it first came to Chattanooga promising an initial 2,000 jobs.

Unemployment rises in area counties

Seasonal rise in labor force swamps job gains

Employers in metropolitan Chattanooga added 670 more workers last month, but those employment gains were more than offset by the addition of 3,070 new entrants into the Chattanooga labor market.

J. Crew Factory announced today it will open a 5,652-square-foot store at Hamilton Place mall in East Brainerd.

Unemployment in Hamilton County rose last month to its highest level in six months.

The jobless rate in metropolitan Dalton rose last month to its highest level since January as more job seekers entered the local labor market.

Six more Chattanooga Internet ventures will share in another $165,400 of grants from Mozilla’s Gigabit Community Fund.

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc., nearly doubled its second quarter net income from a year ago as the Chattanooga-based trucking firm cut expenses while still raising total revenue by 0.7 percent.

Six more Chattanooga Internet ventures will share in another $165,400 of grants from Mozilla’s Gigabit Community Fund.

Astec Industries Inc. boosted earnings in the second quarter by 31 percent as sales of the Chattanooga-based paving equipment maker rose 12 percent this spring.

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