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NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. is aggressively expanding its footprint.

The chain, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, said that it plans to add about 2,000 stores over the next two years, bringing the total count to more than 14,000 stores.

Dollar General plans to open 900 new stores and relocate or remodel 875 stores in the current year. For next year, it forecasts opening 1,000 new stores and plans relocations or remodels of 900 stores.

It also projects annual net sales to increase 7 percent to 10 percent.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Many Tennessee farmers who participated in the state's return to industrial hemp farming are not going to try to grow the highly regulated seed again.

In 2015, the state had about 50 farmers sign up to grow the crop for the first time in more than 70 years. This year, with two weeks left to apply for a growing permit, WBIR-TV ( reports that 25 farmers have applied.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report released by the state of Tennessee suggests that up to 1.4 million people are at risk of losing their jobs to automation.

Citing a study by the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports that automation could replace nearly 50 percent of the state's workforce.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest diesel retailer will vigorously defend itself against a lawsuit over its use of credit card holds for pay-at-the-pump services. That's according to a statement from Pilot Flying J spokeswoman Anne LeZotte on Monday.

Tennessee's unemployment rate drops to 9 year low

Mar 4, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4 percent, the lowest jobless rate the state has seen since late 2007.

The unemployment number for January dropped two tenths of one percent from the December figure. The national unemployment rate for January was half-a-percent lower at 4.9 percent.

Tennessee added just over 13,000 jobs between December, 2015, and January, 2016, mostly in retail, construction and professional services. Jobs were lost in leisure, hospitality and government employment.