Monday, May 25, 2015


From left to right:  Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, (R-TN.), with then-U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) and then-U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer (D-AL), at the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit that was held at Huntsville, Ala. in 2008.

Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit to be held at ETSU

Twenty years ago, then-U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp assembled leaders from academia, business, the community and various local, state and federal government officials for the first Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit. Held in Oak Ridge, the Summit attracted attendees from Alabama, Eastern Kentucky, North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and across Tennessee. Wamp, from the time he was elected to Congress in 1994, consistently stressed that private sector jobs were vital to the future success of the entire Valley. He was perceived — by those who supported him during his years in Congress — as a strong advocate for a free enterprise-free markets philosophy. [ Read the full story ]

Capitol Hill

Urgent: Let’s fix No Child Left Behind

April 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

In April, the Senate education committee, which I chair, voted unanimously to send to the full Senate a bipartisan legislative agreement to fix No Child Left Behind and end the federal mandate on Common Core.  The committee vote followed three days of discussion and debate by Committee members and the consideration of several amendments.  Now the bill is ready to be taken up by the full Senate with the same opportunity for amendment, discussion and debate. Our committee found a consensus about the urgent need to fix the problems with the law as well as a remarkable consensus about how to fix... [Read the full story]

Legal Briefs

New workers’ compensation regulations impact medical panels, add several potential penalties

April 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

The Tennessee Department of Labor, Division of Workers’ Compensation, has enacted new regulations that affect an employer’s obligation to provide medical panels.  The new regulations also add several potential penalties.  These regulations went into effect on March 22, 2015. With regard to medical panels, the new regulations provide that upon notice of any workplace injury, other than a minor injury for which no person could reasonably believe requires medical treatment, the employer must immediately provide the injured worker with a panel of physicians.  In any case where the employer fails... [Read the full story]

Your Financial Planning

Planned giving provides all-around benefits

September 5, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

There’s certainly something to be said for spontaneous and random acts of generosity. But when it comes to making charitable donations, it may be wise to give some thought to the matter to try and get the most out of every dollar. Planned giving, usually arranged with the benefit of financial and legal experts, refers to strategies that can help you maximize your giving in a way that can be financially beneficial to everyone involved — including you, the donor. A little planning can make charitable donations go a long way When you think through and compare various options for charitable contributions,... [Read the full story]

Opinion / Editorials

Advanced plastics manufacturer, Hicks Plastics, to invest $10.4 million, create over 200 new jobs

April 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Hicks Plastics officials announced March 31 the company will open a new manufacturing facility in Knoxville in order to increase supplier efficiency. Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to begin operations in an existing building located at 1821 Mid Park Dr., creating 202 new jobs in Knox County. “We want to welcome Hicks Plastics to Tennessee and thank them for creating these new jobs,” Haslam said. “We recognize that companies have a lot of choices when it comes to doing business... [Read the full story]

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