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Chattanooga is being targeted for another chicken wings restaurant or two, perhaps as early as 2015.

Cleaning up, rather than closing down

TVA study recommends keeping coal units at Shawnee

After deciding to shut down coal-fired generation at a half dozen other power plants, the Tennessee Valley Authority appears ready to clean up, rather than close down, two more units at its aging Shawnee coal plant in Paducah, Ky.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will install more pollution controls and continue to operate all nine units at its Shawnee Fossil Plant in Kentucky if TVA directors accept a staff recommendation unveiled today.

As a foster parent coordinator, Kennith Starnes typically drives his van from 300 to 600 miles a week.

The busiest shopping sales days are all during the last six weeks of the year.

Employers added nearly 42,000 workers across Tennessee and Georgia last month, cutting the jobless rate in both states by two-tenths of a percentage point.

The outgoing chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said Tuesday she is "disappointed" in the delay by some Republicans in confirming new members to TVA and vowed to push for a quick confirmation.

Democrats urge confirmation of TVA nominees

Sen. Boxer 'disappointed' in GOP delays

The outgoing chairwoman of the Senate committee that oversees the Tennessee Valley Authority said today she is "disappointed" in the delay by some Republicans in confirming new members to TVA and vowed to push for a quick confirmation.

A week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, TVA employees are getting an extra reason to be thankful as they receive an average of nearly $11,400 each in year-end bonuses for helping the federal utility surpass all of its major goals in the past year.

TVA boosted its net income and employee pay while paying down its debt in fiscal 2014.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will distribute $131 million in performance bonuses this week to employees who helped the federal utility surpass all of its key goals for safety, performance, reliability and income during fiscal 2014.

TVA CEO paid $4.6 million in 2014

Four executives at government utility earn over $2 million in past year

The Tennessee Valley Authority paid its chief executive more than $4.6 million in the past year to run the government-owned utility, or more than 10 times the $400,000 salary paid to President Obama.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., won re-election and will become Senate majority leader in 2015 with his vow to fight what he calls President Obama's "war on coal."

Southern Community Bank bills itself as being "unlike all the rest" in Chattanooga's crowded market of 28 commercial banks.

With its stock price up and the economy fueling double-digit revenue gains this fall, Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. is issuing another 2.2 million shares of stock.

With Uber's launch on Thursday, policy and regulation questions now hang over Chattanooga's head, and the city must decide how it will view and regulate Uber, which in other cities has refused to be treated like a taxi service.

The Dixie Group is dropping one of the high-end woven carpet lines it acquired last year and will cut 14 jobs at its Calhoun, Ga., wool plant next year.

Longtime Chattanooga Civic Leader John Germ will head one of America's biggest service clubs in two years.

With its stock price up and the economy fueling double-digit revenue gains this fall, Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. said today it is issuing another 2.2 million shares of stock.

The ride-sharing service Uber is launching its Chattanooga service at noon today with introductory free rides to help introduce the service to Scenic City commuters

The Dixie Group is dropping one of its high-end woven carpet lines it acquired last year and will cut 14 jobs at its Calhoun, Ga., wool plant next year.

After building America's fastest growing third-party logistics company in only six years, Coyote Logistics CEO Jeff Silver says he wasn't interested in buying another rapidly growing company in the industry when the folks at Access America Transport came calling last year.

As the world's biggest ride-sharing service, Uber claims it "is evolving the way the world moves" by using smartphone applications to connect passengers and drivers of vehicles for hire.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's top business recruiter, Bill Hagerty, is leaving the administration of Gov. Bill Haslam to return to the private sector.

Knoxville developer Nick Cazana is convinced that Interstate 75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville can be a pipeline for industry.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is endangering the drinking water for millions of people by continuing to store coal ash from its Gallatin Fossil Plant in ponds that leak into the Cumberland River, environmental groups said Monday.

A trio of environmental groups said today they plan to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority to stop the release of coal ash pollutants into the Cumberland River from the Gallatin Fossil Plant near Nashville.

NASHVILLE — TVA President Bill Johnson, already the highest-paid federal employee in America, will be eligible to boost his cash compensation by more than $1 million this year.

NASHVILLE — Eighty-one years after Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority, the federal utility has made the final scheduled payment to repay the $1 billion investment taxpayers made to build America’s biggest government-owned utility.

NASHVILLE — TVA directors today voted to boost the pay of CEO Bill Johnson, already the highest paid federal employee in America, up by $1 million in salary and performance payments.

NASHVILLE — America's biggest government utility may be exempt from local property and sales taxes, but the Tennessee Valley Authority will still pay state and local governments $542 million in the next year, including nearly $335 million to Tennessee governments.

TVA nearly doubles net income in 2014

Power sales rise while utility trims cost

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Valley Authority nearly doubled its net income in fiscal 2014 as colder weather and a better economy helped boost electric sales from the previous year.

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Valley Authority helped recruit a record $8.5 billion of business investment in fiscal 2014, surpassing TVA's previous record set prior to the recession in 2007.

As if bringing a $20 million yacht from Florida to a Tennessee football game wasn't enough, the scheduled month-long voyage was extended even longer when the Chickamauga Lock unexpectedly shut down last week.

Miller Industries Inc. boosted both revenues and profits this summer as the economy improved for wrecker equipment sales and the Ooltewah manufacturer continued to improve productivity.

The recession that hit the restaurant industry five years ago quelled the fire for Back Yard Burgers, which filed for bankruptcy three years ago and shuttered nearly two-thirds of its restaurants, including two in Chattanooga.

The Chickamauga lock reopened Tuesday, restoring barge and recreational boat traffic to the upper third of the Tennessee River following an unexpected eight-day shutdown of the river artery.

The Chickamauga Lock reopened this afternoon, ending an unexpected 8-day shutdown of the river artery.

TVA President Bill Johnson was strolling down Gay Street in Knoxville this fall when he looked down and saw the name of one of his predecessors at TVA -- Marvin Runyon -- on the brick sidewalk beneath his feet.

For the second consecutive year, Georgia has been rated the No. 1 state in the nation for business by Site Selection magazine.

After resolving a prolonged legal fight and emerging from bankruptcy last month, Luken Communications is revving up its TV empire.

Luken Communications is preparing to add a new network for automotive performance enthusiasts.

The Chickamauga lock should reopen next week, 10 days earlier than what engineers initially expected when they discovered a crack in the steel support to the upper gate of the lock on Monday.

Tennessee workers are taking on a growing foreign accent.

Tennessee's Southern hospitality is reaching around the globe, drawing the highest level of business investments from foreign companies of any state in the country.

As crews work this week to assess the damaged condition of the idled lock at Chickamauga Dam, the estimated cost for its replacement continues to increase.

While the shuttered Delta Queen seems stuck in Chattanooga, the biggest riverboat still operating in Tennessee can't make it to Chattanooga and is bypassing the Scenic City today on its autumn Civil War run.

From its start in 1971 by three local accountants, Joseph Decosimo and Co. grew into Chattanooga's biggest accounting firm through both internal growth and acquisitions of other CPA firms in other markets.

Chattanooga’s biggest accounting firm will merge with South Carolina’s biggest CPA firm in January to create one of the South's biggest accounting firms with more than 800 employees and more than $108 million in revenues.

A gate failure in the aging Chickamauga Lock has shut down barge and recreational boat traffic on the Tennessee River for up to three weeks.

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