Monthly Archives: September 2010

Fantasy football is good for the economy

Colts+Titans+Football.jpgFantasy football fans can breathe easier — their indulgence is NOT killing the
 economy, says a survey released today.

Nearly 70 percent of the HR folks who responded to the survey said fantasy football had little to no impact on productivity even though many workers spend work-time managing their fantasy teams, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

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Sword & Shield makes fastest growing list

Despite a sluggish economy, Knoxville-based Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Inc. has posted impressive growth numbers.

The network security services provider was this week recognized as one of the fastest growing information technology companies in the country by Computer Reseller News.

Sword & Shield averaged nearly 43 percent growth in the last three years, good for 72nd place on the CRN Fast Growth 100 List.

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Protect your identity — visit free shred events

Document+Shredding.jpgWith the ocean of financial documents we all have — ATM receipts, credit card statements, bills, unsolicited credit offers and much more — it’s no wonder identify theft is a growing problem.

To help businesses and individuals protect themselves from identity thieves First Citizens Bank in Knoxville is offering free document shredding events next month.

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Holiday optimism brought to you by FedEx, Delta

Wondering how the economy will fare in the coming holiday shopping season? According to a
Crafts+Cookie+Container(3).jpgBloomberg report, major transportation and retail executives are upbeat about the holidays.

 FedEx and Delta say increased shipments to U.S. retailers indicate “a brighter holiday sales season for retailers.”

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National Coal being sold to investor


UPDATE: Links added for more news about West Virginia businessman Jim Justice.

National Coal Corp. has decided selling out is its best option.


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The Knoxville-based coal company on Tuesday said it is being sold to Ranger Energy Investments LLC for $1 per share of common stock.

The proposed sale price represents a 54 percent premium on National Coal’s closing price of 65 cents per share on Monday.

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Southwest-AirTran merger good for Knoxville

AIRTRAN+AIRWAYS+SOUTHWEST+M.jpgSouthwest Airlines announcement today that it intends to buy AirTran Airways could be good news for Knoxville air service.

Regional air travel advocates have tried for years to convince Southwest to come to Knoxville. AirTran is already in Knoxville, offering flights to Orlando.

If the merger goes through, Southwest could add AirTran flights in Knoxville.

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Bad spelling or an evil plot?


 


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The Georgia Department of Transportation got some unwanted attention recently when “Tennessee” and “Highway” were misspelled on sign on U.S. 27 in the northwest corner of the state.

“A (person’s) name, sometimes you make mistakes. But Tennessee, there’s no excuse for that,” Mohamed Arafa, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Ben Franklin gets a security makeover

Everything you could possibly want to know about the redesigned $100 banknote is now available online, the government announced in an e-mail blast to the media today.

front_02.jpgWe’re talking videos, podcasts, photos and even an interactive quiz.

 The website seems a bit cheesy, but any business that handles cash should download the training materials to learn more about how to spot fake currency.

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Site selection consultant in Knoxville on Thursday

Scott Kupperman, a top site selection consultant, will be in Knoxville on Thursday for the Knoxville Chamber’s “Site Selection 101” event.

Kupperman is senior vice president of strategic services with Epstein Global, a Chicago-based architecture, interiors, engineering and construction firm.

Should be an interesting talk. Matching the right company with the right property is never easy.

Kupperman will provide an overview of the site selection process at the Chamber office 17 Market Square, at 7:30 a.m. He will offer tips on how a community can prepare for a corporate site search process, including the need to “have “shovel ready” locations for prospects.”

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the site selection process.

Registration is free for Chamber members and $20 for non members.

Click here to register.