NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.
So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.
Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner says he won’t seek re-election.
Turner is telling members of the House of Representatives that he’ll retire at the end of the year after serving District 51 for 14 years. The district covers the areas of Old Hickory, Madison, east Nashville, downtown Nashville and Germantown.
Turner has served as caucus chairman since 2009.
Turner’s announcement follows word last month that Democratic State Rep. Charles Curtiss is also stepping down after serving in the House for 19 years.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Proposed cuts to the Pentagon's budget have some Tennessee military veterans concerned.
Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings. It’s part of a broad reshaping of priorities following more than a decade of war.
Colonel Kent Crossley (retired), a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers of America, says he served through the deep cuts that the military suffered at the end of the conflict in Vietnam.