670 State Employees To Leave McCallie Avenue For Leased Space At Riverfront Parkway, Eastgate

Friday, September 6, 2013

State officials said Friday that 670 state employees at the State Office Building on McCallie Avenue will be moving to leased space on Riverfront Parkway and at Eastgate Mall.

 

UTC is seeking to expand to the vacated state property and plans to construct a new dormitory at the site.

 

 Newly-leased building space for the state’s workforce in three major cities will result in significant savings and more efficient work environments for employees, state officials said. The Department of General Services (DGS) announced final approval for the next phase of the Master Plan, which will relocate workers into more functional workspaces in Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville.

 

“Governor Haslam challenged the state to deliver the best possible service as efficiently as possible, and this is a key step in our overall plan to make work spaces more functional for employees and less of a liability for the state,” Commissioner Bob Oglesby said.  “We want to create better work spaces that are operationally cost effective so we can focus our resources on the state’s priorities, such as education and jobs.”

 

Standards in the new leases will ensure that state employees have a modern, efficient, collaborative and productive working environment.  Taking specific buildings out of service and relocating employees will result in significant savings to the state, primarily through the avoidance of capital cost and a reduction of building operational cost.

 

The Executive Subcommittee of the State Building Commission today approved the following leases:

 

Davidson County – 200 Athens Way, Nashville. This lease will provide office space for employees moving out of the Cordell Hull and Central Services Buildings. This leased facility will house approximately 300 employees, primarily from the Department of Children’s Services.

 

Hamilton County – 1301 Riverfront Parkway and 5600 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga. These leases will provide office space for approximately 670 employees moving out of the Chattanooga State Office Building and the James R. Mapp Building. These will house employees from several State agencies including the Department of Children’s Services, the Department of Human Services, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

 

Shelby County – One Commerce Square, 40 South Main Street, Memphis. This lease will provide office space for approximately 480 state employees moving out of the Donnelly J. Hill Building. This leased facility will house employees from several state agencies, including the Department of Children’s Services, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Revenue.

 

Net savings from decommissioning these buildings is currently projected to be between $64 million and $74 million ten years.

 

The Department of General Services facilitates the operation of state government in the areas of real estate management, procurement, motor vehicle and equipment management, postal services, warehousing, records management and similar services.


Sevier County Couple Charged In Child's Death

A joint investigation by s pecial agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Gatlinburg Police Department has resulted in the indictment of a Sevier County couple in connection with the death of their child. On July 14, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI special agents joined the Gatlinburg Police Department in investigating the circumstances ... (click for more)

Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department Battles Barn Fire

The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department has been battling a barn fire located at 10986 Apison Pike in Collegedale. A 911 call was made around  6:30 p.m.  reporting a barn fire behind the resident's house. Firefighters arrived on the scene reporting a fully-involved barn fire. Since the barn was unoccupied and empty, firefighters controlled the fire ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chik-fil-A Commits To East Ridge And Camp Jordan Development

In less than three weeks after a plan that could enhance Camp Jordan in East Ridge was announced, it has been learned that a Chik-fil-A restaurant will break ground at Jordan Crossing this fall. While developers John Healy, Matt Woods and Ethan Woods cannot make a public comment, the news is every bit as profound as James Earl Jones saying, “If you build it, they will come,” in ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Team Wins 17U Division I AAU National Championship

Team NLP(TN) from Chattanooga won the 17U Division I AAU National Championship on Sunday with a 61-56 victory over the Miami Runnin' Rebels. The game was televised on ESPN. Team NLP(TN) program is coached by Brainerd High School Assistant Coach, Steve Cook Jr (Chattanooga Christian High School graduate), while E'Jay Ward (Brainerd High School graduate) serves as his assistant ... (click for more)

Lookouts Rally Falls Short In Sunday's 6-4 Loss At Mobile

MOBILE, Ala.  -- Sherman Johnson hit a two-run double in the second inning, and Alberto Triunfel singled three times as the Mobile BayBears topped the Chattanooga Lookouts 6-4 on Sunday.  Trailing 6-1, the Lookouts rallied for three runs in the eighth inning but that would be all for the night. Lookouts starting pitcher Felix Jorge (8-2) was shelled for the second ... (click for more)