CNBC Ranks Tennessee 2nd In “America’s Top States For Transportation And Infrastructure”

Thursday, July 11, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Tennessee’s transportation system ranks as one of the best in the nation, according to CNBC’s 2013 study “America’s Top States for Business.”  According to the report, Tennessee ranks second best in America in the category of “Transportation and Infrastructure,” up from fourth place in 2012. Tennessee is also the only state topping the list that has no transportation debt.

Many states across the nation carry transportation debt, and must allocate a large portion of their funds to interest payments.

“We are striving to be the best DOT in the nation,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer. “This ranking is an affirmation of the efforts TDOT has made in the last two and half years to be innovative, efficient, and responsible. Prioritizing and maximizing our investments will continue to provide economic benefits to communities across the state.”

“We know that access to high-quality infrastructure is a key component to getting products to market and people on the move,” said Kent Starwalt, executive vice president of the Tennessee Road Builders Association. “This acknowledgement is a true testament that the department and the industry are working together to foster economic opportunity in Tennessee by providing a superior transportation network.”

The CNBC report scored all 50 states on 51 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Those metrics were then separated into 10 broad categories, including the vitality of each state’s transportation system. Tennessee also ranked well in the categories of workforce and cost of living. This is the seventh year the news network has performed the study.


Luke Neder Joins Dale Buchanan And Associates

Dale Buchanan and Associates has hired attorney Luke H. Neder.  The firm, which specializes in social security disability matters, recruited Mr. Neder to develop a personal injury and workers’ compensation practice.  Mr. Neder has experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury actions in a variety of contexts.  He has represented insurance companies and ... (click for more)

New And Used Vehicle Sales Rise In March

New vehicle sales in Hamilton County rose to 993 in March, and used vehicle sales rose to 4,052, according to figures from the County Clerk's office.  That compares to 1,044 new vehicles sold and 3,952 used vehicles sold in March of last year. Used sales in March were the highest of the year.  Totals for March included 432 new cars and 561 new trucks sold. They included ... (click for more)

Officials Expect MLK Boulevard Mural To Be Big Draw; Artist Apprentices To Be Hired For Project

Officials said Tuesday they expect a massive mural planned on a tall MLK Boulevard building by a renowned muralist will be a big draw for the area. City Councilman Moses Freeman said, "This is going to be a destination point. People are going to come here to see it. I guarantee it." He added, "She's world-renowned. We're going to be famous by having her work here." The ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Look At My April Garden

On this April Fool’s Day, as I take my monthly stroll through my virtual garden, there are gorgeous flowers and there are weeds, which appear to be trying harder than the flowers. So let’s see what we find before searching for “The Prize Egg” on Sunday. A FLOWER to the New York cab driver who told a young writer, “Always remember that everyone you meet knows something that you ... (click for more)