Mon January 13, 2014

State Employees Union Head Announces Retirement

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert O'Connell, the executive director of the 13,000 member Tennessee State Employees Association, has announced he plans to retire in May.

O'Connell led the TSEA during four turbulent years. During his tenure, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and a GOP super-majority in the legislature made extensive changes to state civil service rules. The changes make it easier for executive branch employees to be hired and fired, and allow pay to be raised or lowered based on performance.

O’Connell says he was deeply worried by the implications.

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Mon January 13, 2014

Tennessee Competing for Chance to Build New Volkswagen SUV

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DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — Volkswagen's new seven-passenger SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in 2016, and it could be manufactured in Tennessee.

The German automaker's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, confirmed the timing of the new vehicle yesterday on the eve of the Detroit auto show.

The VW plant in Chattanooga and a plant in Mexico are in the running to build the SUV.

Winterkorn said the new SUV will be part of a five-year, $7 billion investment in North America.

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Tue January 7, 2014
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Murfreesboro National Guard Unit Deploying to Afghanistan

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Almost 100 National Guard soldiers based in Murfreesboro are deploying to Afghanistan.

The Daily News Journal reports that the soldiers said goodbye to their loved ones yesterday at the city's National Guard Armory as they prepare to go to Fort Bliss for a month of training before heading overseas.

Niki Gentry is a Tennessee Guard spokesman

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Tue January 7, 2014
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Cold Snap Straining Mid-State's Power Grid

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This week’s unusually cold temperatures are putting a strain on Tennessee’s power grid causing scattered outages.


The strain is bad enough in the Chattanooga and Cleveland areas that the Tennessee Valley Authority this morning asked local power companies there to lower their power usage.

The mid-state’s power grid is also showing the strain. Middle Tennessee Electric and Nashville Electric are reporting just under 600 scattered outages. Josh Clendenen is a spokesman for Middle Tennessee Electric.

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Mon January 6, 2014
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Brrrrr! Coldest Temps in 20 Years Impact the Mid-State

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The extreme cold continues to be Mondays' big story as the lowest temperatures in almost 20 years blanket the state.

Tennessee declared a State of Emergency Sunday night and partially activated its emergency response system. The State is currently showing all major highways open and no major power outages. EMA spokesman Dean Fleanor says if you do have to travel, take along these important numbers.

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