U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn on Thursday weighed into a possible new union vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, saying that "we don't need union bosses in Detroit telling Tennessee what's best for our workers." The United Auto Workers answered back, saying Chattanooga employees "just want to have the same thing every VW worker has and even Sen. Blackburn's constituents in [the General Motors plant in] Spring Hill have — the right to sit down and bargain with management." Also, VW has shared "a special communication" with its Chattanooga workers, saying the company was surprised by the timing of the filing last week seeking a union election, that VW will hold information sessions in coming weeks, and it will "remain neutral throughout this process." The moves come after a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga on Wednesday that could lead to a third UAW election at the German automaker's plant since 2014. An NLRB administrative hearing officer gave VW and UAW … [Read more...] about Blackburn says union effort at Volkswagen Chattanooga harms workers; UAW says employees just want seat at bargaining table
J. Wayne Cropp was 25 years old and fresh out of Cumberland School of Law when he first worked with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Board in 1977. Two years later, he became the agency's director. Over the next 11 years, Cropp worked at ground zero as Chattanooga went from the city with the dirtiest air in America to a national model for clean air. It is, many believe, the signature moment in the city's 180-year history. "It seems like whenever somebody talks about the progress of Chattanooga and where we are today, it seems like almost everybody starts with "from dirtiest city in America," said Tom Glenn, chairman of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's just part of the talk about the transformation." Cropp, now 66 with 40 years of work in all facets of environmental law and policy, remembers vividly what his hometown looked like on the day the rest of the country turned their eyes on Chattanooga. "It was a toxic soup of pollution," said Cropp, an … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: How Chattanooga cleaned up its act after being named the dirtiest city in America
These are troubling times for professionals in my line of work. The words "fake news" are bandied about when someone in power doesn't like the way a news story is presented. Readers, viewers, listeners trust mainstream media outlets less and less because news reports do not fit their world view. Then there is the ammunition my colleagues and I can provide our critics when we make a mistake, be it a factual error, a transposed figure or misspelled name. And then there is the vast divide in between, where intent and human error collide. It's a different time, when two of the biggest broadcast news organizations in the world — Fox and CNN — are more worried about program ratings than news gathering. And this brings me to reminiscing about another era in journalism, and to wishing a happy 101st birthday to one of the legends of the news gathering business in town. Former Chattanooga Free Press reporter J.B. Collins turned 101 Monday. Friends, there are few folks who put fingers … [Read more...] about Greeson: A birthday salute to a Chattanooga newspaper legend
NASHVILLE — A planned Oct. 1 Chattanooga debate between U.S. Senate Republican nominee Marsha Blackburn and Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen has fallen through after Blackburn's campaign said the Brentwood, Tennessee member of Congress won't be attending. "I regret to inform you that we will be unable to attend your debate," said Brett O'Donnell, who was handling debate matters for the Blackburn campaign, in an email sent Thursday to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which was sponsoring the debate. Related Article Poll: Tennessee's U.S. Senate race neck and neck Read more O'Donnell also said in the email that "we appreciate your willingness to hold a debate, but it will not be part of our debate schedule." Times Free Press Editor Alison Gerber said the newspaper had "extended an invitation for a debate and changed the date to accommodate a request by the Blackburn campaign, to which the Bredesen campaign agreed. "We had hoped to host a robust conversation between the two … [Read more...] about Blackburn declines Chattanooga debate invitation
Jay Greeson Jay Greeson Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press. It was a newspaper story about the size of a social media post, yet the "Chattanooga named one of the worst-run cities in America" short became an online monster at timesfreepress.com. Yes, there's the intrigue of best and worst. Sure, it had our beloved Chattanooga in the headline. A bunch of us were in — like catfish to chicken liver — quicker than we could click the mouse. The rankings were surprising for sure. After all, we're the bestest of all best places to live. The outdoor magazines think we're the bee's knees. But those are click-based votes online. This survey was done by WalletHub.com, and while you can quibble with the method, the math is clear-cut. "The entire survey is quantitative," Jill Gonzalez told Press Row on ESPN 105.1 the Zone on Tuesday afternoon. Gonzalez is one of the chief analysts for WalletHub, which offers a variety of services but lists its primary goal on its website as, "to … [Read more...] about Greeson: Looking into a ranking that says Chattanooga among worst-run cities in U.S.