Tag: Tennessee

Tennessee gov to lift virus business limits on most counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties will no longer have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday, even though cases of COVID-19 in the state have been persistently high.

The Republican governor said he would lift all virus-related limits on businesses and social gatherings for most of the state. The action, which takes effect Thursday, notably does not apply to Tennessee’s six populous counties with locally run health departments: Sullivan, Knox, Hamilton, Davidson, Madison and Shelby counties. They can continue implementing their own restrictions.

According to data kept by The Associated Press, there were about 287 new cases per 100,000 people in Tennessee over the past two weeks, which ranks 13th in the country for new cases per capita. The state has seen at least 2,389 virus-released deaths.

Lee on Tuesday also announced he would again extend the state’s emergency

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The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Honored with WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award – Press Release

PHILADELPHIA–(Business Wire)–Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SSRN are pleased to announce the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as the 2020 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award winner for the North America region.

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2020 North America WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award winner (Photo: Business Wire)

The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award series elevates the visibility of impact-focused research and the institutions that conduct it. Each year, awards are presented to rising business schools from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions to highlight innovation and research excellence. As a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides the leading business intelligence, data analytics and research platform to global institutions – enabling comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis and insight into the latest innovations in academic research.

Together, WRDS and SSRN, the world’s leading scholarly research network, are advancing

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Tennessee recruiting Chinese business while ‘reviewing’ policy

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Governor Bill Lee talks with the media after attending a briefing with the Dr. Deborah Birx and other health officials in Nashville, Tenn. Monday, July 27, 2020  (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)

Despite strained national relations between the United States and China, Tennessee is still moving forward with recruiting Chinese foreign investments to the Volunteer State.

“The great news is we recruit companies, not countries,” economic development commissioner Bob Rolfe said in an interview this week, defending the state’s ongoing efforts to bring Chinese business to Tennessee amid tough-on-China rhetoric from President Donald Trump and other prominent conservatives.

The state participated virtually in the North American Chinese Investment Summit, held Sept. 6 in Beijing, submitting video messages from both Rolfe and Gov. Bill Lee.

Tennessee officials’ appearances, first reported by Chinese news site China.org, were part of the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s longstanding efforts

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Tennessee August unemployment rate falls to 8.5%

Tennessee’s unemployment rate dropped to a preliminary 8.5% in August, according to data released by the state Department of Labor on Thursday.

This is a drop of 1.2 percentage points from July’s revised rate of 9.7%, reflecting a gradual recovery from the initial shock to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (the state’s preliminary July rate was initially reported as 9.5%).

August’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate is 7 percentage points lower than Tennessee’s historic high of 15.5% in April. The rate fell to 11% in May and dropped again to 9.6% in June, but these numbers remain far above the state’s jobless standing last year. 

UNEMPLOYMENT AID: FEMA approves Tennessee for final round of $300 weekly unemployment grant payments

In August 2019, Tennessee’s unemployment rate was 3.4%. Rates hovered between 3.3% and 3.4% January through March of this year before the state’s economy felt the full impact of pandemic-related

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Tennessee approved for final two $300 weekly unemployment grant payments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Tennessee’s application for grant funds for the final two weeks of $300 lost wages assistance payments for eligible unemployed Tennesseans.

Jobless individuals who meet the program requirements will receive two $300 retroactive payments for the weeks ending Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on its Facebook page Wednesday.

These payments will be the last of the $300 weekly federal grant payments Tennesseans will receive as part of the Lost Wages Assistance program. In total, eligible Tennesseans will receive up to six weeks of the $300 weekly payments for weeks ending Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 5 (depending on eligibility for each week) before the $44 billion in federal emergency funds allotted for the grants run dry.

The Department of Labor will begin processing and distributing the final grant payments once it receives

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I’m a 32-year-old IT business analyst in Tennessee who’s been out of work since March



a screen shot of a person: Shauna Web Scott. Courtesy of Shauna Web Scott; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider


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Shauna Web Scott. Courtesy of Shauna Web Scott; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

  • The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce.
  • Shauna Webb Scott is a 32-year-old IT business analyst based in Nashville, Tennessee. 
  • She was laid off on March 31, just three weeks after finding out she was pregnant. She also lost clients for her small business as a wedding planner as celebrations were canceled or postponed.
  • Scott says it’s been difficult trying to find a new position because many employers don’t want to hire someone who will need to take maternity leave in November.
  • This is her story, as told to Business Insider.

I found out I was pregnant three weeks prior to losing my position as an IT business analyst. It’s been stressful dealing with pregnancy and losing my sense of occupational purpose along the

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Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett Stepping Down After Nearly 20 Years at Iconic Tennessee Whiskey Brand

LYNCHBURG, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a nearly 20-year career at the Jack Daniel Distillery, where he served as Master Distiller for the last 12, Jeff Arnett is stepping down from his position, the company announced today.

Appointed Master Distiller in April 2008, Jeff has stewarded the iconic Tennessee Whiskey and been instrumental to the growth of Jack Daniel’s, which is now sold in more than 170 countries around the world. Jack Daniel’s is the #1 selling whiskey in the world.

“When Jeff became the Master Distiller, we said that he would carry on the long tradition of folks who have made the world’s best whiskey for more than 150 years, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” said Larry Combs, Jack Daniel Distillery SVP and General Manager. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the distillery and brought with him the creativity and the expertise that makes Jack Daniel’s the most

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Unemployed in Tennessee: An IT business analyst shares her story

  • The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce.
  • Shauna Webb Scott is a 32-year-old IT business analyst based in Nashville, Tennessee. 
  • She was laid off on March 31, just three weeks after finding out she was pregnant. She also lost clients for her small business as a wedding planner as celebrations were canceled or postponed.
  • Scott says it’s been difficult trying to find a new position because many employers don’t want to hire someone who will need to take maternity leave in November.
  • This is her story, as told to Business Insider.

I found out I was pregnant three weeks prior to losing my position as an IT business analyst. It’s been stressful dealing with pregnancy and losing my sense of occupational purpose along the way. I also own a small business doing wedding coordination and planning, and lost most of my clients due to

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