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Drought could push farmers to ditch the till

Jul 26, 2012
Many farmers in Tennessee tend their fields without tills to cut down on erosion, but they've found that their method also helps conserve water during droughts.

Teach for America fields political candidates

Jul 23, 2012
Teach for America is tapping its nationwide network of alumni to recruit candidates for public office -- so much so that in one Tennessee race, two TFA alums are squaring off against one another.

An overdose of pharmacy students

May 21, 2012
Just five years ago, universities rushed to open pharmacy schools to fill a projected need. But baby boomer pharmacists are delaying retirement.

On-demand printing helps sustain the printed page

Apr 13, 2012
Technology allows old books to stay "in print" indefinitely.

Golf retail stores making a comeback

Apr 6, 2012
The official start of golf season is in full swing with all the top golfers competing this weekend in The Masters. The retail side of golf was sliced nearly in half by the recession, but some stores are making a…

Tennessee city sets its sights on its very own typeface

Mar 8, 2012
The city of Chattanooga, Tenn., wants to join a growing list of U.S. cities with its own typeface to be used in everything from stationary to street signs.

Businesses find opportunities in health reform law

Mar 2, 2012
For all the talk by Republicans about the dangers of "Obamacare," there are some who view the law as good for business.

FedEx to raise prices in the coming year

Dec 27, 2011
FedEx will start charging higher rates in part so it can afford to hold on to good employees.

Troops returning from war face a tough job market

Oct 7, 2011
Veterans looking to stay out of the unemployment line try to figure out if their combat experiences can become marketable job skills at home.

GM deal with UAW brings jobs back to Tennessee

Sep 21, 2011
After massive layoffs in '09, the town of Spring Hill had been struggling. But the announcement of new production brings back a sense of hope.