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Knoxville Chamber challenges Wall Street Journal editorial

The Knoxville Chamber took a shot to the jaw Friday on the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page over the school voucher issue. But the chamber is slugging back.

The editorial — “Tennessee’s Chamber Maids” — chastises the Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville chambers of commerce for siding “with the teachers unions to kill education vouchers.”

Knoxville Chamber CEO Mike Edwards said the Journal completely mischaracterized the chamber’s position on the voucher bill. And the newspaper is wrong about the status of the bill.

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Knoxville competing for billion-dollar company

Knoxville is in the running for a company that could potentially invest $1 billion and create thousands of new jobs, Knoxville Chamber Chairman Michael Strickland said Thursday.

The chamber is competing “right now for a huge company with huge federal funding that is
Michael+Strickland.jpglooking at us, Virginia and Texas,” Strickland said in remarks at the chamber’s annual meeting at Cafe 4 on Market Square.

Initially the unidentified company could employ 1,000 workers and in five to 10 years the company has the potential for 5,000 to 10,000 workers, Strickland said.

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