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An expansion of Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, which is under construction now, could create nearly 10,000 permanent jobs. That’s the finding of an economic impact study commissioned by the German automaker and completed by University of Tennessee professor Bill Fox.

He says there will be thousands of short-term jobs during the construction phase and then 2,000 new jobs inside the plant assembling a new SUV and staffing a new engineering center.

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The big warehouse of SPEAKeasy Spirits distillery in West Nashville is lined with dozens of barrels. In a few years, there might be thousands of them. 

“We’re going to start construction on a big barrelhouse because we’re running out of room,” says Jenny Pennington, one of the the company's founders.

SPEAKeasy is among an influx of new distilleries in Tennessee, many of which want to make the state’s signature liquor — whiskey. But there’s a problem: They can’t just open up shop and start selling it. They have to let it sit in a barrel and age. 

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A theater in Gallatin is trying to make it easier for kids with autism to go to the movies.

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Farmers markets around the country want to see how Nashville’s city-owned facility fares after forcing out vendors who just buy and sell produce. The short-term result has been a lot of empty space.

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As Volkswagen experiences a management shakeup in Germany, the United Auto Workers is pressing harder than ever to unionize VW’s Chattanooga plant. Top union leaders say they’ve been patient long enough.

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The small metal building set back from the corner at 36th and Charlotte is where Perry Auto Sales moved to in 1972. It sits on a big parking lot full of used cars.

Mt. Juliet city agenda

The Mt. Juliet board of commissioners was scheduled to vote Monday night on a rezoning request for a 1 million square-foot warehouse north of I-40. That first reading has been deferred until May 11.  It would be among several new, large-scale warehouses in the area, but this particular project has a vocal group of neighbors pushing back. 

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The latest real estate numbers in the Nashville area tell the same story as they have in recent months: Home sales are booming. It's a trend that shows no sign of stopping soon, according to data from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, because the number of pending home sales set a record too.

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As hitters step up to the plate today to take their first swings of the new baseball season, more and more big leaguers are doing so with a bat that was made in Middle Tennessee. 

Old Hickory, which began in a one-car garage in the late 1990s, now operates out of a spacious factory in Goodlettsville where the company churns out 170 bats a day.  Co-owner Chad Lamberth says, like its operations, Old Hickory’s reputation among big league hitters is growing.

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Gun ranges in the Nashville area are looking forward to next weekend, when more than 70,000 people are expected to visit for the National Rifle Association convention. Nashville Armory, near One Hundred Oaks Mall, is preparing for several hundred customers a day during the event.