Silicon Ranch, Second Harvest, Phoenix Solar to partner on rooftop installation project

Effort will represent nation’s largest of its type, aid in meal distribution
Feb 13, 2012 12:26 PM

The Food Biz: From mattresses to suds

New breweries Broadcast and Fat Bottom to operate from former Fluffo site
Jan 15, 2012 11:00 PM

Tennessee Regulatory Authority names communications chief

Agency newcomer will focus on legislative affairs
Jan 11, 2012 10:38 AM

Wonk Fight!

Bredesen bests Corker according to Public Policy Polling in a hypothetical Senate race:
Democrats could pick up a Senate seat in Tennessee next year...but it would require the biggest recruiting coup of the cycle. Recently retired Governor Phil Bredesen leads Bob Corker 46-41 in a hypothetical contest. If Bredesen isn't in the mix Corker is in pretty good shape, leading the other five Democrats tested against him by margins ranging anywhere from 15 to 23 points. Corker's popularity is pretty average for a US Senator, with 42% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 36% who disapprove. His numbers break down much as you would expect- 62% of Republicans give him good marks and an almost equal number of Democrats at 57% think he's doing poorly.
Corker fares far better against other potential Dem challenges. For example, he'd beat Tim McGraw 50-28.
Feb 15, 2011 12:49 PM

Opening the lockbox

Bill Haslam said he'll use money from the "core services reserve" set up by his predecessor to push back big budget cuts for a year:
"Our plans are we probably will use that this year," Haslam said, but he pointed out it in no way offsets $1.5 billion in federal stimulus, reserve and other funds that are going away July 1. The reserve fund itself will end next year, he said, "and we want to use it judiciously." Last year, Gov. Phil Bredesen and lawmakers set up the reserve to continue important programs through this fiscal year. That includes $1.5 million to provide emergency services to seriously mentally ill people; $11.9 million for health programs including cervical and renal disease initiatives; $15.28 million for certain school health programs and $15 million for extended contracts for K-12 teachers. "Those are the programs it was intended to fund," said Rep. Kent Williams, I-Elizabethton, who was House speaker last year when the fund was established. It allows Haslam to preserve 394 jobs until July 1, 2012, although officials have said many of those are currently vacant.
Feb 10, 2011 7:20 AM

Asurion's multi-million dollar incentive package

The Tennessean reported this morning that Metro Nashville will give cell phone Asurion a $2.4 million cash grant as part of the company's agreement to stay in Davidson County and create up to 600 new jobs. The grant includes $500 per new job created plus $2.1 million over three years for job training, employee relocation and real estate costs. The money, which must be approved by Metro Council, marks the first major city-backed incentive package since then Mayor Phil Bredesen lured Dell computers to the area in 1999. In addition to the city dollars, the state will pony up $10 million to the company for job training and equipment and occupancy costs. Click here for's December story on Asurion's expansion plans, which called for 500 jobs at the time.
Feb 8, 2011 10:31 AM

The Re-Employment Plan

Major staff changes are being hinted in the Dean Administration and he's hired another former Bredesen staffer to kick it off:
According to multiple sources, Tam Gordon, Bredesen’s former special assistant for projects, has joined the Dean administration. Gordon, a former Nashville Banner reporter who served as press secretary for Bredesen during his tenure as mayor of Nashville, has also worked for the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Mayor’s office spokeswoman Janel Lacy declined to provide details when asked about staff additions, although she acknowledged in an email that the mayor’s office has “some staff announcements coming.” An aide to Dean confirmed Gordon’s appointment, adding that she would be working on special projects including a poverty initiative. The aide said Gordon was to start the job this week.
Feb 8, 2011 7:16 AM

Lethal correction

In the Scene, Woods gets into the fight over the three-drug cocktail:
There is a clear-cut solution that's acknowledged even by lawyers for condemned prisoners. Two states — Ohio and Washington — have changed to a single-drug method. Executioners simply keep giving the inmate a barbiturate until he is dead. Ohio has executed nine prisoners this way. A special committee appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen recommended four years ago that Tennessee make the switch, but the Corrections Department commissioner, George Little, overruled that decision. In federal court for one lawsuit, Little testified he was worried about "political ramifications," meaning it could lead to delays in executions as inmates filed lawsuits to test the new procedure. The opposite has occurred: Because the state refused to change, executions have been stopped.
Feb 3, 2011 10:33 AM

And then Crissy asked Andrea...

Jenci says the word on the proverbial street is that the Haslams asked the Bredesens all about parties and stuff!
Word among those close to the former First Family is that the majority of questions posed by the Haslams centered on the social aspects of the office of Governor, with little discussion about the actual job of leading the state.
Jan 18, 2011 2:53 PM

Buckle up, Bill

Former governors tell the AP that Gov. Haslam won't have an easy road with the Legislature - even if it is solidly Republican.
Jan 17, 2011 1:11 PM