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Magazine Lowers TN Business Climate Rating to No. 8

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Site Selection magazine lists Tennessee as having the eighth best business climate in the country this year — the state’s lowest ranking since 2002.
The ranking is based on taxes, new and expanded business facility activity and a survey of corporate site selectors. Ahead of Tennessee, in order, were Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana.
The magazine gave the state the nation’s second-best rating in 2010, the last year of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen’s two terms in office. He was succeeded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in January.
The magazine provides expansion planning information to 44,000 executives. The ratings were announced Tuesday and are published in the November issue.
Tennessee placed 15th in 2002, the last year of Republican Gov. Don Sundquist’s administration.

‘Monumental Effort’ (with federal funding) Saves Fossil Site

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says a new project completes a “monumental effort” to preserve the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County.
In a statement released in Nashville, Haslam said a recent $145,000 enhancement grant for the site helps create a unique educational opportunity for those who visit it.
The site was unearthed in 2000 by a state crew cutting a road through the property. It has since produced a rich supply of animal fossils, including dozens of tapirs.
Haslam said the site’s visitor center in its three years of operation has welcomed more than 250,000 visitors from all 50 states and several foreign countries.
The latest project represents the completion of the grounds and visitor amenities for the visitor center.
East Tennessee State University operates the site.