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1. FAA, Developers Clash Over Tall Buildings
- Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports – a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.
2. Is a College Degree Still Worth It? Study Says Yes
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Some comforting news for recent college graduates facing a tough job market and years of student loan payments: That college degree is still worth it.
Those with bachelor's or associate's degrees earn more money over their lifetime than those who skip college, even after factoring in the cost of higher education, according to a report released Tuesday by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The study, by economists Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, also found that a degree is still a good investment for college grads whose jobs don't require college. About a third of all college graduates remain underemployed for most of their careers.
3. Obama: Power Plant Rule Will Shrink Power Prices
- Tuesday, June 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.
4. TVA Off to Good Start in Meeting Emissions Goals
- Tuesday, June 03, 2014
MEMPHIS (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it appears to have a good start in meeting goals set by President Barack Obama's administration aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
5. TVA: Watts Bar Set for December 2015 Completion
- Monday, May 05, 2014
SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has moved from large-scale construction to completion and testing of individual plant systems.
6. Arkansas Among Few States With Majority Override
- Tuesday, March 25, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political scientist says that while veto overrides are rare in Arkansas, they could become more common if the margin between Democrats and Republicans at the statehouse remains narrow.
7. Primaries Offer First Major Test of Voter ID Laws
- Monday, March 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.
8. Beretta to Build New Firearms Plant in Tennessee
- Thursday, January 30, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Italian gun maker Beretta said Wednesday that Tennessee's support for gun rights was a major factor in its decision to build a manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.
9. TVA Asking Customers to Conserve
- Friday, January 24, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking customers to reduce their power usage in an effort to deal with subfreezing temperatures that are causing a high demand for electricity across the southeast.
10. Gun Advocates Appeal 'Firearms Freedom Act' Ruling
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Gun advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a lower court's ruling against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules.
Earlier this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The law attempts to declare that federal firearms regulations don't apply to guns kept in the state where they were manufactured.
11. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.
12. TVA Increases CEO Pay in Fiscal 2013
- Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Tennessee Valley Authority says in a filing that it paid Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson $5.9 million during his nine months on the job in fiscal year 2013.
13. Supreme Court Term Begins Amid Government Shutdown
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court began its new term Monday by turning away hundreds of appeals, including Virginia's bid to revive its anti-sodomy law.
The justices took the bench just past 10 o'clock on the first Monday in October, even as much of the rest of the government was coping with a partial shutdown.
14. Logistics Limelight
- Saturday, October 05, 2013
World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.
15. Work Begins on Project at TVA's Gallatin Plant
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning work this week on part of a project that will reduce emissions at its coal-burning power plant in Gallatin.
The Tennessean reports workers are set to start pouring concrete for a 370-foot chimney, which is part of a $1.1 billion project that aims to produce cleaner air by cutting certain emissions by up to 96 percent.
16. International Paper Board Expands to 11 Members
- Monday, September 16, 2013
International Paper is increasing the size of its board to 11 members with the addition of Jay Johnson, former chairman and CEO of defense contractor General Dynamics Corp.
17. TVA Called On to Expand Solar Energy Program
- Monday, September 09, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Energy firms and conservation groups are calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority to expand its small-scale solar energy program.
The federal utility launched the program about 10 years ago to boost the solar industry in Tennessee. It allows generators of solar power to connect to the electrical grid and sell back the power they produce at a higher-than-market rate.
18. TVA Won't Ask to Raise Borrowing Cap
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority won't ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least the next 10 years.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the federal utility says it anticipates being able to reduce its net borrowing in the next two years and reduce its debt over a decade by $5 billion. That's because the demand for electricity is slowing.
19. TVA Board Votes for 1.5 Percent Rate Increase
- Friday, August 23, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors voted Thursday to increase its base rate by 1.5 percent, the first increase by the nation's largest public utility in two years.
20. Car Company's Tunica Plans Haven't Come to Fruition
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013
TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.
21. TVA Appoints New Chief Nuclear Officer
- Wednesday, July 10, 2013
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has appointed Joseph Grimes as chief nuclear officer.
22. Cates Wears Multiple Hats as Litigator, Prosecutor
- Thursday, June 13, 2013
Taylor Cates, attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, describes himself as “an adequate rhythm guitar player.”
23. Mitsubishi Back Story Moves to Manufacturing
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The back story of the new Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant that formally opened in Southwest Memphis last week includes a sewer pipe, the Mojave Desert and artificial lightning.
24. Mitsubishi Plant Opens in Southwest Memphis
- Saturday, April 20, 2013
A group of 200 dignitaries marked the formal opening Friday, April 19, of the Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. plant in Southwest Memphis.
25. White House Announces Anti-Theft Trade Strategy
- Thursday, February 21, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration announced a broad new effort Wednesday to fight the growing theft of American trade secrets following fresh evidence linking cyberstealing to China's military.
26. Court: Obama Appointments are Unconstitutional
- Monday, January 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president's ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.
27. A Season for More
- Monday, October 29, 2012
Last season, the Grizzlies made the playoffs and even earned home-court advantage for their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Last season, the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season and tournament Conference USA championships.
28. FDA Regulation of Pharmacies has Knotty History
- Monday, October 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, which have periodically been blamed for crippling and sometimes fatal injuries. But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed for more authority over the industry.
29. Business Making an Anti-Regulation Pitch to Voters
- Wednesday, September 19, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are working to make the anti-regulatory fervor their members share an issue in the last weeks of the campaign.
30. Back to the Gridiron
- Monday, August 27, 2012
It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.
“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.
31. TVA Prices 10-Year Bonds at Record Interest Rate
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
The Tennessee Valley Authority is offering $1 billion in 10-year global power bonds bearing an interest rate of 1.875, the lowest interest rate ever on a TVA long-term bond.
TVA said in a statement Tuesday, Aug. 7, that the public utility issued the 10-year bond with a yield of 1.97 percent on Monday to use to pay down short-term debt. Fitch Ratings assigned a AAA rating to the bonds on Monday.
32. TVA Operating Revenues Up 5 Percent This Quarter
- Monday, August 06, 2012
Hot weather from April to June, including a heat wave that sent temperatures soaring above 100 degrees for four straight days, led to a 5 percent increase in operating revenues for the Tennessee Valley Authority this quarter.
33. SCO’s Steele Receives Optometry Recognition
- Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Dr. Glen T. Steele, a professor at the Southern College of Optometry, has received the prestigious William Feinbloom Award from the American Academy of Optometry for his work with InfantSEE.
34. TVA Says Fuel Cost 3.1 Percent Lower in January
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – A 3.1 percent decrease in the Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will bring down average residential electric bills in January by between $2 and $4.
TVA said in a statement on Wednesday that the decrease is related to hydroelectric generation in November that was almost 30 percent higher than expected. That meant the utility did not have to rely as much on more expensive sources of electricity. Also sales were slightly lower than expected.
35. GAO Says TVA Slow on Energy Efficiency Planning
- Monday, December 12, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority lacks a formal long term capital spending management plan and its proposed spending on power generating along with promised pollution controls mean tough times ahead, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report.
36. GOP Faces Uphill Battle on Policy Issues
- Friday, December 09, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative flashpoint issues from abortion and abstinence education to President Barack Obama's health care law are the biggest obstacles to Congress completing a massive year-end spending bill next week that would keep the government running through next September.
37. TVA Tax Equivalents in 2011 Total $530 Million
- Thursday, November 24, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has paid $530 million in tax equivalent payments in fiscal year 2011 to states and local governments where it sells electricity or has power properties.
38. Supreme Court Will Hear Health Care Case This Term
- Tuesday, November 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul – a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term.
39. TVA Says Fuel Cost 2.8 Percent Higher in December
- Tuesday, November 15, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – A 2.8 percent increase in the Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will boost average residential electric bills in December between $1.50 and $3.50.
TVA said in a statement Monday that demand for December is projected to be about 16 percent higher than November and TVA expects to use higher cost resources. The December forecast shows purchased power contributing to almost half the increase.
40. US Appeals Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law
- Wednesday, November 09, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A conservative-leaning panel of US appellate judges on Tuesday upheld President Barack Obama's health care law as constitutional, helping set up a Supreme Court fight.
41. Longtime TDN Subscriber Wilson Lumber Endures
- Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Despite an overall decline in the region’s lumber industry, reliability, personalized customer care and carving out a market has kept family-owned Wilson Lumber Co. Inc. in business for nearly half a century.
42. TVA Unveils Revamped Energy Efficiency Website
- Thursday, October 27, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has unveiled a redesigned website for tips and information about how consumers can conserve energy whether at home, at a business or in an industry.
43. Drop in TVA Fuel Cost in November
- Monday, October 17, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers will get another slight decrease because of lower fuel cost in November, with a drop between 50 cents and $1.00 for average residential customers.
44. NYC Investor Jones Recalls Memphis Roots
- Monday, September 26, 2011
Decades before he worked his way to the top of the financial world as a billionaire hedge fund manager and influential market guru, Paul Tudor Jones had an early affinity for the newspaper business.
45. Drop in TVA Fuel Cost More Than Offsets Rate Hike
- Tuesday, September 13, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers in October will get a break from lower fuel costs, with average residential bills expected to drop by as much as $3.50.
Despite a 2 percent increase in the utility's base rate starting next month, a TVA statement Monday said a projected reduction in demand for power and coal-fired generation will actually reduce customer bills.
46. TVA Finds No Post-Earthquake Problems
- Thursday, August 25, 2011
KNOVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has found no problems with its dams or coal ash impoundments in the wake of the East Coast earthquake.
TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said Wednesday that the inspections of 15 dams and impoundments were completed Tuesday evening and no deficiencies were identified.
47. Building Reactor at TVA Bellefonte Plant on Agenda
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has a message for opponents of it finishing a long-shuttered, 37-year-old nuclear plant in northeast Alabama: No costumes.
A month after zombie-costumed protesters paraded in Chattanooga to oppose TVA reviving what they described as a "corpse of a power plant," the nation's largest public utility has posted a new ban on costumes at its board meeting Thursday.
48. TVA Says Lower Fuel Cost for September Bills
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority residential customers will pay a lower fuel cost on September bills, with the decrease ranging from 50 cents to $1.50.
The Knoxville-based utility said in a statement Monday that the lower monthly fuel cost is largely due to reduced demand.
49. TVA: Rate Increases Could be Considered
- Monday, August 15, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – A rate increase for Tennessee Valley Authority customers may be in the works when the utility's board meets Thursday in Knoxville.
A spokesman for the utility said details about rates will have to wait until the Thursday discussion of next year's budget.
50. Tea Party Takes its Turn in Debt Battle
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House weighed in with a veto threat Monday against a tea party-backed plan to let the government borrow another $2.4 trillion, a measure conditioned on big and immediate spending cuts and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.
51. TVA Fuel Cost Increases Up to $1 in August Billing
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's monthly fuel cost adjustment will raise average monthly bills for residential customers by up to $1 in August.
The utility said in a statement on its website that the increase is due mainly to higher expenses for coal and purchased power during June.
52. Obama Reaps Victory as Judges Uphold Health Law
- Thursday, June 30, 2011
CINCINNATI (AP) – In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans.
53. TVA Says Power Grid Not Fragile, Despite Storms
- Tuesday, June 28, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – As the Tennessee Valley Authority continues to repair storm damage that temporarily knocked out some electricity distribution, the utility insists its transmission system is not fragile.
54. Amazon Failure Takes Down Sites Across Internet
- Friday, April 22, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Scores of websites and Internet services like Foursquare and Reddit crashed or had limited availability Thursday because of problems at a data center run by Amazon.com.
55. TVA Paring Coal Operations, Paying $10M in Deal
- Friday, April 15, 2011
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – The nation's largest public utility is shuttering operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity over five years to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday.
56. Dixon Hughes, Goodman on Track for Merger
- Monday, March 28, 2011
The merger of one of the largest accounting firms in Memphis with a large Virginia-based accounting firm is on track for completion.
Effective April 1, the firms Dixon Hughes PLLC and Goodman & Company LLP will combine to form Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, with the new entity employing more than 1,700 people in 30 existing offices through 11 states and Washington.
57. TVA Plan Calls for More Nuclear Power, Less Coal
- Monday, March 07, 2011
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – A Tennessee Valley Authority plan designed to guide decision making recommends greater use of nuclear power, natural gas and renewable resources and less reliance on coal in the next two decades.
58. Judge: States Must Continue With Health Overhaul
- Friday, March 04, 2011
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge who declared President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul unconstitutional ruled Thursday that states must continue implementing it while the case makes its way through the courts.
59. TVA Rate Change Could Mean $3 More or $3 Less
- Friday, February 18, 2011
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is changing its 19-year-old rate structure April 1 but can't say who among its 9 million customers will pay more.
TVA is leaving customer rate decisions to its 155 distributors that supply power in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
60. TVA Customers to See Fuel Cost Increase in March
- Monday, February 14, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority residential bills will increase on average by up to $3.50 a month in March to pay another fuel cost increase.
The utility said in a statement Friday that a planned unit outage at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant during March will require the use of more expensive fuels to generate electricity during the month.
61. Fla. Judge Strikes Down Obama Health Care Overhaul
- Tuesday, February 01, 2011
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday, siding with 26 states that sued to block it, saying that people can't be required to buy health insurance.
62. Obama Goal: 'Putting the Economy Into Overdrive'
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – More than half the nation disapproves of President Barack Obama's policies to reduce stubbornly high unemployment, a new Associated Press-GfK poll said Friday as Obama refocused his job-creation efforts on a business-friendly vision emphasizing innovation and exports to other countries.
63. TVA Says Fuel Cost to Drop About $1.50 in February
- Monday, January 17, 2011
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will drop in February and reduce bills by about $1.50 for residential customers.
A TVA statement Friday said the reduction will range from $1 to $2, based on usage.
64. Rate Grumbles Among Some TVA Industrial Customers
- Thursday, January 06, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee Valley Authority industrial customers are grumbling about planned changes and rate increases that they contend have been "worse than ridiculous."
65. HTL Advantage Markets West Tenn. Industrial Sites
- Wednesday, December 22, 2010
If there is strength in numbers, the HTL Advantage is operating at a definite advantage. Economic development efforts in Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale counties have been consolidated under the organization formed in early 2008.
66. TVA Raising Rates 1 Percent in January
- Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tennessee Valley Authority residential customers will pay up to $1.50 more a month in January to cover an increase in the utility’s fuel costs.
The utility said in a statement that demand is expected to increase, primarily due to colder weather.
67. Long Legal Fight Ahead for Health Law
- Wednesday, December 15, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against.
But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts – a showdown at the Supreme Court – is at least a year away.
68. Hobbled Dems, Eager GOP Back for Lame-Duck Session
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Dejected Democrats and invigorated Republicans returned to the Capitol Monday to face a mountain of unfinished business and greet more than 100 mainly Republican freshmen-elect lawmakers determined to change how they do that business.
69. TVA Moves Toward Developing Smaller Nuclear Plants
- Friday, November 12, 2010
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has advised nuclear regulators that the utility wants to potentially begin using new and smaller nuclear reactors by 2020.
The Babcock & Wilcox-designed "mPower reactors" would each produce 125 megawatts of electricity, or about 10 percent as much as conventional reactors at TVA's other plants. TVA Vice President Jack Bailey told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the modular design would allow major portions to be built elsewhere, which would help cut costs.
70. Cantor Says House Will Focus on Overseeing Govt
- Friday, November 05, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Virginia congressman expected to be the next House majority leader says Republican-led committees will devote more time investigating and exposing lapses by the Obama administration and problems with its programs, including bringing critical oversight reports to the House floor for very public debates.
71. Fearing Rout, Obama, Dems Reach to Female Voters
- Friday, October 22, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) — In a last-ditch effort to prevent electoral disaster, President Barack Obama and Democratic allies are vigorously wooing women voters, whose usually reliable support appears to have softened.
72. Judge: Suit Over Health Overhaul Can Go to Trial
- Friday, October 15, 2010
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge ruled Thursday that parts of a lawsuit by 20 states seeking to void the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, saying he wants hear additional arguments from both sides over whether the law is unconstitutional.
73. Battle Looms Over Health Care Repeal if GOP Wins
- Wednesday, September 08, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – If you thought passing the health care overhaul was messy, wait until Republicans try to repeal it if they regain power this fall.
It could come down to who blinks first, with some Republicans raising the prospect of a government shutdown.
74. Hard Work at Core Of Ellis’ Practice, Charter Commission Leadership
- Thursday, August 26, 2010
Reaching for the stars and working tirelessly are trademarks of Memphis attorney Julie Ellis.
Ellis’ father was an Army general who blew the energetic sound of revelry each morning at “0500 hours.” She also watched her mom serve others as a school nurse and leading a mental health center.
75. TVA to Discuss Idling Coal-Fired Power Production
- Wednesday, August 25, 2010
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – With the Tennessee Valley Authority looking to increase nuclear production of electricity, the utility's top executives are ready to describe a plan to curtail some coal-fired operations.
76. Hot Tennessee River Costs TVA Millions of Dollars
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has cut power generation in half at its largest nuclear plant to avoid overheating the Tennessee River in Alabama, costing the utility millions of dollars.
77. TVA Power Demand Expected to be High All Week
- Wednesday, August 11, 2010
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is having the highest demand for electricity since 2007.
The federal utility met a demand for electricity of more than 31,700 megawatts on the afternoon of Aug. 4. The all-time record is 33,482 megawatts set on Aug. 16, 2007. Demand is expected to remain high until the weekend.
78. Officials: Belt-Tightening Will Cut Major Command
- Tuesday, August 10, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Defense Department plans to shed one of its 10 major military commands as Defense Secretary Robert Gates tries to pare billions from the Pentagon budget, officials briefed on the plan said Monday.
79. GOP Looks to Erase Democrats' Comfy House Majority
- Tuesday, August 03, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – No fewer than 65 House seats across the country – an overwhelming majority held by Democrats – are at risk of changing political hands this fall, enough to bolster Republican hopes of regaining power and stoke fears in President Barack Obama's party of losing it.
80. Va Court Reverses TVA Emissions Ruling
- Tuesday, July 27, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia has reversed a judge's ruling requiring prompt installation of upgraded emission controls at three coal-fired power plants in Tennessee and one in Alabama.
81. TVA Fuel Cost Raises Bills Sixth Straight Month
- Wednesday, July 21, 2010
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority customers paying a sixth straight month of higher fuel cost adjustments in August will see increases ranging between $1 and $2 on typical residential bills.
82. TVA to Clean up Permanent Housing on Campsites
- Friday, June 11, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority will start cleaning up public campsites where people have set up permanent housing and other structures.
During a board meeting Thursday in Jackson, TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore showed pictures of campgrounds and other areas where people had built decks onto parked mobile homes and installed large propane tanks or docks.
83. Big Tobacco Cutting Contracts with US Farmers
- Thursday, May 20, 2010
CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) - After years of faithfully supplying leaf to tobacco giant Philip Morris International, farmer Jess Burrier received a postcard, thanking him for his contributions and telling him his service wasn't needed this year.
84. Voters Back Anti-DC, Anti-Establishment Candidates
- Thursday, May 20, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – With the electorate’s intense anger reverberating across the country, this is all but certain: It’s an anti-Washington, anti-establishment year. And candidates with ties to either better beware.
85. US Senate Nears Vote on Four TVA Board Nominees
- Wednesday, May 19, 2010
US Senate Nears Vote on Four TVA Board Nominees
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The U.S. Senate is nearing confirmation votes on four new directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The votes, expected this week or next, would restore the nine-member board to full strength.
86. Mattea Urges Lawmakers to Curb Mountaintop Mining
- Wednesday, March 10, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Opponents of mountaintop removal coal mining are drawing on some star power to make their case for banning the practice in Tennessee.
Country singer Kathy Mattea spoke before the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee on Tuesday. The West Virginia native told the panel that "mountaintop removal makes people sick, and makes them die sooner."
87. State Lawmakers Bash Congress to Gain Voter Favor
- Friday, February 19, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - With tax collections tanking and jobless rates at record highs, state legislators hundreds of miles from Washington have found an easy way to appeal to conservative voters: Bash the federal government.
88. TVA Reservoirs Above Seasonal Levels
- Monday, February 15, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs are above seasonal levels because of above-average rainfall last year.
The federal utility said Thursday that all nine hydroelectric dams on the Tennessee River and most of the 20 power-producing tributary dams are generating at maximum capacity.
89. TVA Rates to Drop Because of Reduced Costs
- Monday, January 18, 2010
Abundant rainfall has again helped to reduce the Tennessee Valley Authority’s fuel costs and that means a monthly savings of between 50 cents and $1 for typical residential customers, starting Feb. 1.
90. TVA Rates to Drop From Fuel Cost Adjustment
- Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Rates for Tennessee Valley Authority residential customers will drop between $1 and $3 in the billing period that starts Jan. 1 because of another reduction in fuel costs.
The change reflects more hydroelectric generation because of rain and a reduction in projected future costs.
91. Gun Laws are Getting Looser Across Much of US
- Monday, December 14, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It's been the year of the gun in Tennessee. In a flurry of legislative action, handgun owners won the right to take their weapons onto sports fields and playgrounds and, at least briefly, into bars.
92. TVA Reduces Fuel Charge, Lower Bills Expected
- Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Lower power bills are expected as TVA begins its new fiscal year on Thursday.
The utility’s board raised rates when it met last month, but reduced the fuel adjustment charge.
Although that fee can now be altered monthly, the combined result for most electricity users will be at least an initial reduction in what they pay.
93. Health Care Progress Seen on Capitol Hill
- Thursday, July 30, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Congress reported progress on legislation to overhaul the nation's health care Wednesday as President Barack Obama introduced a retooled message asserting his plan would protect Americans and limit insurers' power.
94. Environmentalists Seek to Bar TVA Nuclear Reactor
- Friday, July 17, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Five environmental groups petitioned federal regulators Wednesday to block the only commercial nuclear reactor now under construction in the United States – an unfinished 1970s-era reactor the Tennessee Valley Authority is working to complete after three decades in mothballs.
95. Senate Questions Obama's Financial Oversight Plan
- Friday, June 19, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to increase oversight of U.S. banks and other financial institutions met with skepticism on Capitol Hill on Thursday, where senators sharply questioned whether it was enough to prevent another economic meltdown.
96. Southern Govs Meet Next Week to Discuss Energy
- Monday, June 08, 2009
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and five governors are scheduled to appear at a conference next week to discuss the future of energy needs in the South.
Governors Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sonny Perdue of Georgia are on the agenda to speak during a meeting of the Southern Growth Policies Board.
97. TVA Appeals Deadline for Plant Emissions Cleanup
- Monday, June 01, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority filed notice Friday that it will appeal a federal court ruling requiring an accelerated cleanup of coal-fired power plant emissions affecting air quality in North Carolina.
98. TVA to Reduces Rates Again July 1
- Monday, May 18, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority will trim electric rates again on July 1, effectively erasing a huge rate boost approved last year to offset rising fuel costs.
The latest reduction will mean a 4.1 percent drop in wholesale power charges to TVA distributors serving some 8.7 million consumers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
99. Administration Moves Against Bad Bank Assets
- Tuesday, March 24, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration aimed squarely at the crisis clogging the nation's credit system Monday with a plan to take over up to $1 trillion in sour mortgage securities with the help of private investors. For once, Wall Street cheered.
100. Williams Election Completes NE Tenn. Power Shift
- Friday, January 23, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Republican takeover of the General Assembly has been accompanied by a geographical power shift that may finally put to rest the old saying that Tennessee ends in Knoxville.