GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Goodlettsville based Dollar General chain of discount retail stores says it’s going to open 635 new stores this year and add 6,000 new jobs.
The company also announced yesterday that plans to relocate 550 stores in 2013. The company says it plans to open the chain's 11,000th store before the year's end and the company's 75th anniversary in 2014.
Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling says that the company's continued growth reflects customer satisfaction.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Efforts to land the assembly of another Volkswagen model in Tennessee have been kicked into high gear following the German automaker's unveiling of its CrossBlue SUV prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week.
Officials hope their chances won't be undermined by renewed efforts in the state Legislature to enact a law to guarantee employees the right to store firearms in vehicles parked at work.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An automotive brake plant in Clarksville announced an $82 million expansion of its facility that will add 94 additional jobs.
Akebono Brake Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd., said in a news release Thursday from the Clarksville-Montgomery Economic Development Council that the expansion will take place in two phases between 2013 and 2014.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On its first day of business yesterday the Tennessee House voted to dial back Republican Speaker Beth Harwell's proposal to limit the number of bills each lawmaker can file in a session.
Harwell had sought to set an annual cap of 10 bills per lawmaker, but the panel instead voted to recommend a 15-bill limit.
The move could result in 485 more bills being filed than under Harwell's original proposal if approved by the full House on Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee’s top Democrats is calling on Republicans in the state Senate to make their caucus meetings public.
Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants the Open Meetings Act to apply to the Senate.
During the first day of session yesterday, Kyle made a motion to amend Senate rules to apply the act, but he withdrew the motion after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris agreed to take up the issue at a rules committee meeting today.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee residents will continue to get federal extended unemployment benefits for at least another year.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development had warned late last month that the benefits were about to expire.
But the agency announced this week that they have been extended through Jan. 1, 2014.
Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted their state benefits. The legislation has been amended 10 times since it became effective.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee had more tornadoes than usual in 2012, but they caused fewer deaths.
Data from the National Weather Service shows 34 recorded tornadoes statewide last year — 20 of them occurring in March.
NWS meteorologist Bobby Boyd in Nashville said the average year brings 21 tornadoes in Tennessee, based on data from 1981-2010. There is an average of five tornado-caused deaths per year. In 2012, three people were killed.
The year with the largest number of tornadoes was 2011, when 113 of them struck, killing 34 people.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's College Goal Sunday is moving to Saturday this year.
The program assists students who plan to attend any college to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Families should bring a copy of their 2011 tax return and their last paycheck stub for 2012.
The event is free. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.