Rutherford County's gone so big so quickly, the redistricters are going to have some issues:
Memphis attorney John Ryder, chairman of the Republican National Committee's redistricting efforts and who advises the Tennessee Republican Caucus, said district boundaries will have to be shifted to accommodate explosive growth, specifically the 6th Congressional District, where Rutherford County sits. Republican leaders from Rutherford County said consideration should be given to shifting their county from U.S. Rep. Diane Black's 6th District to the 4th District of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Keeping the county from being divided between two congressional districts is also a concern.
Jan 31, 2011 7:11 AM
Atlanta owners sell Stewartsboro short
Jan 27, 2011 2:24 PM
Taking President Obama's State of the Union call for 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, Nissan has released two photos of the status of its battery plant in Smyrna. The factory will eventually have the capacity to build 200,000 batteries per year.
Jan 26, 2011 2:32 PM
A county-wide land use plan is on the agenda for Rutherford County's planning commission. WPLN reports the plan is intended to help the county navigate future growth, not to spur economic development, by mapping out the best places for corporate offices, subdivisions and small businesses.
Jan 24, 2011 10:14 AM
Sam Stockard on the "circus" of the Rutherford County Election Commission:
According to an Election Commission audiotape and an amateur video posted on YouTube, after Forrest spoke, the commission began to go about the rest of its agenda, but Forrest said, "When are you going to answer our questions?"Chairwoman Jones responded, "They're not going to be answered tonight. ... I suggest you schedule a meeting." "This is a meeting," Forrest said. "You're wasting an hour of our time," the chairwoman said. "We're not wasting anybody's time," an unidentified woman in the audience responded. "We want to hear an answer to the questions we have asked and quit dodging the questions." "I'm not dodging your questions," Chairwoman Jones said. "You are, you just did," the unidentified woman said. Then, Chairwoman Jones' husband, Clyde, interjected from his seat, "She told you to stop and shut up and not say anything else if you're going to stay."
Mr. Jones' comment elicited a response from Commissioner Taylor, who said, "Hey, hey, we don't need a shouting match at this meeting, please."The meeting YouTube-ly available here and here.
Jan 24, 2011 7:10 AM
In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: A collapsable stringed instrument, a meat mixture maker, a modified flu virus, and more...
Jan 19, 2011 10:27 AM
Dallas-based trucking company Greatwide has acquired La Vergne-based Overton Transportation from food distribution giant Sysco. Terms of the deal, which involves more than 130 people and about 70 trucks, aren't being made public. Sysco had owned Overton since 2004.
Jan 18, 2011 9:31 AM
Murfreesboro could lose $650,000 in federal funding used to operate its Rover bus service because of a change in the city's classification under U.S. Census' 2010 survey. The Daily News Journal reports the Census now considers Murfreesboro part of Nashville's urban area, meaning it would not qualify for the funding.
"I cannot guarantee Rover will continue," Mayor Tommy Bragg said. "Our taxpayers have obviously not provided that service before, and I cannot assume they will want to provide it in the future without this federal and state funding." The city depends on federal funding to cover half of its $1.3 million Rover budget while Murfreesboro and the state each cover 25 percent.
Jan 17, 2011 12:37 PM