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It's no secret that the construction industry in Nashville is struggling to find workers. Contractors say they have more jobs than they can fill. Some even post "help wanted" signs on their construction sites.

The biggest challenge, industry leaders say, is making the next generation aware of the work and prepared to do it.

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Gov. Bill Haslam declared a state of emergency Friday to address the supply of gasoline to Tennessee, and analysts are warning that Tennessee drivers could see higher fuel prices in the coming days. This follows the closure of a major pipeline that runs through the state. 

The Colonial Pipeline, which runs from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina, transports millions of gallons of gasoline every day, including to Tennessee. But the line shut down Sept. 9 when a leak was discovered in Alabama, according to the company

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Home sales in the Nashville area cooled off for a second straight month. But homebuyers may see the news as a bit of a relief.

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Tobacco is still the biggest cash crop in many Tennessee fields, as it's been for generations.

But farmers are looking for other options that aren't quite so difficult to grow. And some, like David Fulton in Robertson County, are turning to an unusual crop: indigo — the plant that can be used to dye denim. 


Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America is trying to calm investors' nerves after the Justice Department announced it would phase out the use of private prisons.

Company leaders say it'll have less impact on CCA's bottom line than many seem to think. They note that about half of CCA's revenue comes from state and local governments.

Brookings advanced industries growth chart
Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Middle Tennessee’s job growth for high-tech manufacturing and other “advanced industries” has accelerated faster than anywhere else in America, according to a new analysis from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

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An indigo processing company is open for business in Robertson County. It's the first tenant in a building designed to house industrial startups.

In recent months, Stony Creek Colors has been working with local farmers to grow indigo plants, an alternative to tobacco, corn or other big-ticket crops. This building in Springfield is where the company will turn that indigo harvest into blue dye, mostly for denim.

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The state's Alcoholic Beverage Commission has released its latest list of grocery stores that will be able to sell wine starting July 1. More than 430 have gotten approved so far.

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Wine bottles are already lining the shelves in some Tennessee grocery stores — even though customers can't buy them yet.

July 1 is the first day that supermarkets are allowed to sell wine, and 279 stores in the state have received licenses to sell so far. More — nearly 400 — have gotten approval to start stocking.

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Some insurance companies in Tennessee are having to break bad news to their customers: Their rates are about to jump yet again.