Articles by: Nathan T. Baker

State Park Access Fees Lifted

June 30, 2006 at 3:29 pm

Starting tomorrow, Tennesseans will no longer have to pay a three dollar per vehicle access fee to visit state parks. Manger Kim Moore has worked at Cove Lake State Park for 18 years. He says he hopes the fee lift will draw more visitors and he expects a pocket of people will return after being angry that fees were implemented in some state parks in 2001. “The majority of theRead More

Metro Police Comb Madison Homeless Sites

June 28, 2006 at 4:00 pm

In response to panhandling and loitering complaints from residents and businesses in Madison, Metro Police searched four homeless camps today. Police along with representatives from Metro Social Services combed through specific creek beds and railways known to be popular with the homeless in the area. They only came across four people, including two who agreed to visit Centerstone, a mental heath assessment center. Officers say besides offering social services, theyRead More

New Buildings Seek Eco-Friendly Certification

June 27, 2006 at 4:09 pm

A new 14-story mixed use building in Nashville’s Gultch area will join the shortlist of projects seeking certification as a “green” development. Terrazzo, a mix of condominiums, retail shops, and office space on 12th Avenue South and Division Street should be completed in fall of 2007. Developers broke ground on the 65 million dollar project today saying they will seek certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its energyRead More

Skin Cancer Screening Tour Comes To Nashville

June 23, 2006 at 3:56 pm

Around 200 Nashvillians received free skin cancer screenings at Centennial Park today. A row of folding chairs served as the waiting room as locals waited to climb the steps of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s mobile diagnosis tour bus. Nashville is the 10th stop on the 21-city tour. Tour Manager Kim DeJong says the most common form of cancer is more prevalent than most people realize. “We’ve screen so far overRead More

New A.A. Birch Court Building

June 21, 2006 at 6:12 pm

At least two hundred people gathered in the beating heat today to honor state Supreme Court Justice Adolpho Birch. They tried to get a glimpse of the big shinny scissors in his hands as he bent to cut the ribbon in front of the new Nashville court building bearing his name. [Sound: Justice Birch cuts ribbon and people clap] Chief justice William M. Barker praised his fellow justice noting thatRead More

Minority Businesses Targeted for Nissan HQ Project

June 20, 2006 at 6:20 pm

Nissan and Skanska USA Building Incorporated are taking steps to giving minority, woman-owned, and small businesses equal access to building projects surrounding Nissan’s new Cool Springs headquarters. Two to three hundred businesses from Middle Tennessee are expect to attend Friday’s pre-construction meeting. Skanska Director of Business Development, Mendy Mazzo, says throughout the process, they are encouraging minority, woman-owned, and small businesses to bid for projects. “For this particular meeting weRead More

USDA Loan Program to Help Small TN Food Plants

June 20, 2006 at 4:09 pm

A new loan program was announced that could help small Tennessee food packaging and processing plants upgrade equipment. The United States Department of Agriculture hopes to provide economic growth and safer food with the new Guaranteed Business and Industry Program. Rural Development Director of Business Programs Dan Beasley says this program targets smaller rural food plants that may need help taking their business to the next level. “It’s something that’sRead More

Hundred New Jobs At Nashville Airport

June 19, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Brazil-based jet manufacture Embraer is receiving state money for its new Nashville maintenance facility. At its site at the Nashville Airport, the company repairs aircrafts. It just opened its facility in April. The state department of Economic and Community Development is giving a $750,00 grant to the Metropolitan Airport Authority. It will be used for Embraer’s hanger renovations. Airport officials say the project will create about 100 new jobs.

Tenn. Hopes To Attract Toyota Plant

June 19, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Governor Phil Bredesen says the biggest asset in attracting a Toyota plant to Tennessee is the quality of the state’s workforce. Bredesen told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that Tennessee is on a shortlist of sites being considered by Toyota Motor Corporation. Bredesen says he has asked the state Department of Economic and Community Development to “respond aggressively” to large factory bids. “I want to get out there.Read More

Nissan Advocates For More Direct International Flights

June 16, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Business growth in Nashville is sparking demand for more direct international flights. Nissan representatives advocated for more flight offerings today in a preliminary meeting with airport officials and Mayor Bill Purcell. Nissan executive Jim Morton says a direct flight to Tokyo, where major operations are based, could save him 2 or 3 hours one way. Morton says flight offerings were taken into account when deciding to move company headquarters fromRead More

Tenn. Only State Not to Have Certified Cancer Registry

June 15, 2006 at 4:52 pm

Tennessee is the only state whose cancer registry has never been certified. The cancer registry tracks who is diagnosed, the type of cancer, the treatment, and the outcome. A state must collect 90 percent of estimated cancer cases to be certified. Tennessee is at 86 percent, an improvement from last year, but still off the mark. Speaking yesterday to cancer researchers and health care providers at the state’s annual cancerRead More

Bio-Diesel Station Opens in Coffee County

June 14, 2006 at 3:17 pm

This is Richard Onderka’s white Chevy truck running on bio-diesel. [Truck Noise] Onderka drove to Nashville yesterday to advocate alternative fuels. Last week he opened a bio-diesel service station in Coffee County. Diesel vehicles will run on bio-diesel without a converter. Onderka, who came to America from Germany in 1989, has spent the last 6 years investing in a bio-diesel refinery and service station near Manchester. He’s hoping to sellRead More

Former Titan Brad Hopkins Retires from NFL

June 14, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Brad Hopkins announced his retirement from the NFL today after 13 years with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans released the former left tackle on March 1. Hopkins says he considered playing elsewhere, but didn’t want to adjust to another team or uproot his family. Hopkins displayed a range of emotions today saying his highest achievement was gaining respect over the years in the locker room. “Ultimately the winning is theRead More

Nashville International Airport Conducts Drill

June 9, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Rescuers donned air masks and protective suits as they led victims from a mock 747 plane crash at the Nashville International Airport yesterday. Although the Metro Nashville Airport Authority reviews emergency procedures every year, the FAA mandates a full scale drill every 3 years.

Metro 911 Dispatchers Want Safe Building

June 6, 2006 at 5:09 pm

Metro 911 dispatchers say they are scared to return to a building with a history of alleged chemical leaks. Late last month, a total of 15 workers went to the hospital after smelling fumes. Dispatchers say doctors found 14 cases of toxin exposure and one case of chemical burns in the eyes. After the incident, the Emergency Communication Center moved operations to a backup site. Today workers presented the center’sRead More

Congress May Force FAA and NATCA Negotiations

June 5, 2006 at 5:12 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today it will implement its proposed pay and benefit cuts on air traffic controllers. Negotiations between the FAA and the air traffic controllers union have been deadlocked for months, and according to current law, if the FAA reaches an impasse in negotiations, it can submit its best offer to Congress. If Congress doesn’t act in 60 days, then the FAA proposal is automatically validated. AtRead More

Dell Announces 1,000 New Tenn. Jobs

June 2, 2006 at 4:01 pm

Dell Incorporated announced today that it will add as many as one-thousand jobs in Tennessee and expand customer service operations. Dell CEO Kevin Rollins says most of the new jobs are in sales and technical support. “They’re higher level than we first started out with. They’re not as entry level, although there will be some folks we hire fresh out of college. But these are going to be in theRead More

Event Matches Small Businesses with Opportunities

June 1, 2006 at 4:07 pm

A gym at Tennessee State University became a “matchmaking room” for Tennessee businesses today. Around 120 small, minority and women-owned businesses attended the event, which was sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Participants provided company and product information in an online profile. Organizers then scheduled 15 minute appointments for the small business representatives to meet with government agencies and large corporations. Joy Twillie, whose Clarksville companyRead More

Three New Nature Centers Opening Next Year

May 30, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Metro is seeking input about the three new nature centers scheduled to open May of next year. The centers will be built in Shelby Bottoms, Beaman, and Bells Bend parks as a part of Mayor Bill Purcell’s Master Plan for Parks and Greenways. Seventy-four-year-old Bill Coble has lived in Tennessee all his life and hopes to attend Thursday’s meeting. He wants to share his ideas about the center near hisRead More

Tenn. Travel Costs Below National Average

May 26, 2006 at 3:13 pm

Travelers driving through Tennessee this Memorial Day weekend will save 7 cents on gas compared to the national average. Meal and lodging costs are also lower than the national average, putting Tennessee in the top ten least expensive travel destinations for 2006, according to AAA. AAA Spokesman Gregg Laskoski says Tennessee has an edge over other states. “We’ve always had in Tennessee the affordability, you know, certainly in comparison toRead More