Restoration efforts are on schedule for the Nov. 15 planned reopening of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, with all hotel rooms and meeting spaces virtually complete and staff already hanging Christmas lights in preparation for the holiday season, officials told reporters on a tour of the facility today. The Tennessean.
The candidates for governor of Alabama showed us who they are during Thursday night’s debate from the University of Alabama campus. Our snap judgment is that both presented fairly accurate, though decidedly incomplete, versions of themselves and how they would fill the governors’ office next year. Anniston (Ala.) Star
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama pledged to “strengthen privacy protections for the digital age,” but the American Civil Liberties Union on Sept. 8 blasted out an e-mail questioning President Obama’s commitment. “But now, the Obama administration is proposing its own changes to [the Electronic Communications Privacy Act] aimed at weakening – not strengthening – your personal privacy,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero wrote. Washington Times.
Alabama had $1.98 billion in planned industrial spending for August, which was the highest total in the country, according to research from Industrial Reports Inc. Read more: Birmingham Business Journal
Federal regulators have indefinitely delayed a hearing to discuss safety concerns over new nuclear reactors proposed for a power plant in eastern Georgia. Read more at Bloomsberg Businessweek
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Industrial employment in Oklahoma fell 1.5% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Oklahoma Manufacturers Register an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Oklahoma lost 3,171 industrial jobs and 210 manufacturers between July 2009 and July 2010, a significantly smaller employment loss than the decrease of 9,650 reported by MNI for the 2008-2009 survey period.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Lexington Homes Inc. in Lexington, Miss., with 40 safety and health violations. Penalties total $60,076. Read more: Reliableplant
Michael Fox can literally see where his job ends. The 14-year veteran of the West Virginia coal mining industry is about a year and a half out from finishing his current project, and he can see the boundaries of the site. He doesn’t know whether there will be any work left for him after that, since a wave of environmental regulation has put his firm’s other permits on hold. Read more: Fox News
Tennessee Valley Authority residential customers will pay up to $8.50 more each month starting in October as the utility passes along its eighth straight increase in fuel cost. Read more: Bloomsberg Businessweek
Regions Bank turned in the lone bid of nearly $18.2 million for the troubled Orange Beach-based The Wharf, including its amphitheater, marina and surrounding land. Read more: Pensacola Business Journal