Alexander, Corker Praise News Of Nissan Plant In Smyrna Adding Third Shift

Friday, October 19, 2012

Senator Lamar Alexander on Friday released the following statement on Governor Haslam's announcement that Nissan will be adding a third shift for the first time ever to its Smyrna vehicle-assembly plant, adding 810 new jobs:

"This is more evidence that Nissan’s arrival in Tennessee 30 years ago was the most important decision in recent history to help raise Tennessee family incomes. Governor Haslam and Nissan workers deserve our thanks for providing an environment for creating good new jobs."

Senator Bob Corker said, "Nissan’s addition of 810 new jobs in Smyrna is one more way Tennessee is becoming THE state for auto manufacturing.  Congratulations to Nissan, its employees, and Governor Haslam’s economic development team for strengthening a successful economic partnership that began 30 years ago under Lamar Alexander."



Main Street Pet Wellness Center Has Grand Opening

The Main Street Pet Wellness Center will open on Monday as the fourth partnership clinic for the Chattanooga Veterinary Network.  Main Street will be having an open house this Sunday from 4-7 p.m. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served. You can find the event on their Facebook page . The Main Street Pet Wellness Center and the Chattanooga Veterinary ... (click for more)

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. Commits To Adding Nikola’s Zero-Emission, Hydrogen-Electric Trucks To Fleet

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc., a provider of transportation services throughout North America, announced Thursday that the company is one of the first and the largest truckload carrier to order the Nikola One.   The company expects the innovative zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-truck will be a part of its fleet when the Nikola Motor Company starts production in 2020. ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two juveniles in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney ... (click for more)

Walker County Will No Longer Have Full-Time County Attorney Under Whitfield Tenure; Will Add Full-Time Communications Director

Incoming Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said under his administration there will no longer be a full-time county attorney. "We will outsource this service on a fee basis," he said. Mr. Whitfield said he has begun interviewing attorneys who might be able to help out the county from time to time. Don Oliver has long been the county attorney for Walker County ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Cost Of No Discipline

At the start of the current school year, state education officials gathered at some “state testing task force” when disciplinary records from across Tennessee happened to be revealed. You probably are unaware of this, as it seems to have been kept on the “down low,” but statewide a full 20 percent of the black males in our public schools were suspended at least once during the 2014-2015 ... (click for more)