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Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Megasite in Chattanooga brings growth and changes

Megasite in Chattanooga brings growth and changes

A new megasite in Jefferson County could bring thousands of jobs to East Tennessee.

On the heels of the proposal, we looked into how a megasite in Chattanooga has affected the community.

It has been more than four years since Volkswagen began construction on the megasite. According to J. Ed. Marston with Chattanooga Area Chamber, it has created more than 6,000 jobs.

"It's been a very powerful tool for us from an economic perspective," Marston said.

Volkswagen employs 3,300 people while Amazon.com employs 1,250.

Layoffs loom at Morristown office product plant

Layoffs loom at Morristown office product plant

The Esselte Corporation gathered employees together Tuesday inside their Morristown plant.

Envelopes, pads and wire notebooks are made there.

Production will eventually end at the facility.  Production layoffs will begin in March and end in September, according to Esselte officials.

The distribution center will remain open at that particular location.

The company has not disclosed how many workers will lose their jobs.  The Morristown Area Chamber estimates 100 people work at the facility.

Morristown Sears announces closure; about 70 jobs to be lost

Morristown Sears announces closure; about 70 jobs to be lost

The Sears store in the College Square Mall in Morristown will be closing, a spokesperson has confirmed to 10News.

The store will begin liquidating its inventory on October 19, and will close for good in mid-January.

Around 70 employees will be affected by the closure, a majority of which are part-time. They will be notified of open positions at other nearby Sears and Kmart stores and will have to apply for those jobs.

The store is closing because the lease is not being renewed. Sears is not commenting or speculating on the reason for not renewing the lease.

Rezoning request for Food City in Morristown fails to pass

Rezoning request for Food City in Morristown fails to pass

Some folks in Morristown are celebrating after a vote kept a grocery store from relocating in their backyards.

For months, residents of Country Club Estates have been fighting a rezoning request that would allow a Food City to relocate 100 feet from their homes.

They used an older part of their charter to fight the plan. The charter says a 4/5 majority is needed from city council to pass a development plant if 20 percent of property-owners affected filed a petition against it.

Field of Dreams Activities Center set to open a decade after inception

Field of Dreams Activities Center set to open a decade after inception

Ten years after its inception, Dandridge is finally set to open the new Field of Dreams Activities Center.

The nearly 50,000 square foot facility is the newest addition to the Field of Dreams complex.

It houses two full basketball courts, a fitness room, free weights and workout equipment, elliptical machines and treadmills, even a volleyball court.

Town Administrator Bryan McCarter says the center's impact will be wide-reaching.

Flowers Bakery cutting 42 jobs

Flowers Bakery cutting 42 jobs

A bakery in Morristown is laying off dozens of employees.

Managers at Flowers Bakery confirm they are cutting 42 positions.  That includes 29 full time employees and 13 temporary positions.

All of those workers will be offered a severance package and job assistance.

Flowers blames the changing economy for the cuts.

The plant in Morristown will remain open.  Only one production line is closing.