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Employees of a Kingsport glass making company are saying they have not been paid, with one employee saying some haven't been paid for weeks and even then some of the paychecks have bounced, according to a story by Nick Shepherd of the Kingsport Times News.

Heritage Glass in Kingsport is the only U.S. manufacturuer of solar panel glass.

The Tennessee Department of Labor reports four wage complaints from employees.

2015 Green Achievers

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Congratulations to our 2015 Green Achievers! Their stories are featured in the May Business Journal and available at the links below.

Harrison Construction is putting 20,000 tons of recycled asphalt back on the road as part of its Western Avenue paving project. The company also keeps construction and materials out the landfill by recycling concrete, brick, and other demolition leftovers into base material for contractors, use in its own manufacturing or as landscaping material. As an added benefit, every bit of recycling means less rock that needs to be mined from the region's mountains.

See their story at Demolished buildings get new purpose as road material

Sunshine Industries provides jobs and services to Knox County adults with disabilities, but is also trying to better the community as a whole with its recycling programs. Now the agency is rolling out an e-cycling program with the additional benefit of certifying electronics as destroyed -- rather than resold -- so customers know their data is secure.

Read about the new effort at Social-service agency creates e-cycling advantage

Cool Sports knows running an ice rink in an East Tennessee summer takes a ton of power. It's reducing that need as much as possible by taking advantage of the season's abundant sunshine to power facilities. The company's solar array generates enough electricity to power 14 homes and helps the facility shave off costs. It also eliminates 222,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions among others.

Get the details at Solar power shaves off costs for ice rink, sports facility

La-Z-Boy knows you probably aren't thinking of the environment when you kick back in one of its recliners, but the company is working hard nonetheless to reuse and recycle as much as it can. It's been an ongoing effort. Last year the company recyled 93 percent of its materials. The facility marked Earth Day this year by achieving zero waste at its Dayton, Tenn. facility. 

Learn about the process at La-Z-Boy Tennessee reuses, recycles to avoid landfill

That state of Tennessee will now share costs for farmers here to earn the USDA organic certification

Certified organic producers can apply to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for a 75 percent cost share up to a maximum of $750 to help defray costs related to receiving and maintaining organic certification, including inspection costs. Organic operations that have achieved certification since October 1, 2014 meet the time qualification to seek reimbursement, as do organic operations that become certified between now and September 30, 2015.

Organic certification typically costs small farm producers between $600 and $1,000 annually. Costs increase based on product and sales volume.

Ed McMahon, a national consultant on sustainable development, will be the next speaker for the ETcompetes series presented by the Plan East Tennessee Consortium.

He is the author or coauthor of 15 books including Conservation Communities: Creating Value with Nature, Open Space, and Agriculture, a guide for urban planning professionals.

McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., presents "Secrets of Successful Communities" 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 27 at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. He will discuss building a prosperous community and how to take inventory of community assets as part of a development vision.

Other topics include:

  • What's next in real estate?
  • Calculating the economic benefits of preserving and enhancing community character
  • Changes in the retail paradigm
  • Economic changes and effective solutions

AIA and GBCI continuing education credits available.

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PlanET is a regional planning collaboration among East Tennessee local governments and organizations that seeks to establish a framework for potential growth in the region that addresses challenges regarding jobs, housing, transportation, a clean environment, and community health.

Officials from the Town of Farragut's Community Development Department will discuss the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code March 12.

Farragut developers, designers and residents are welcome to attend and learn about the new energy code.

According to the International Code Council, the new code changes include measures to improve the thermal envelope, HVAC systems and electrical systems of residential buildings; Commercial updates include required energy savings for windows, doors and skylights; thermal envelope efficiency; and increased efficiencies for installed HVAC equipment.

Codes officials John Householder, Steve Coker and Elliott Sievers as well as an energy auditor and owner of a local building performance testing agency will answer questions including:

What is the code about?
What do the numbers mean?
Why should I have an energy compliant home/business?
What is an energy audit and what are the benefits?

The seminar will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

For more information call 865-966-7057.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt - NRMA Drivers seat

 As hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, like the Chevy Volt seen here, become regular features on the road, so too do accidents involving these cars.                                                         

As hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles become regular features on the road, so too do accidents involving these cars.

The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium have partnered to offer first responders safety training for dealing with the differences in alternative fuel vehicles -- EVs, hybrids and fuels like natural gas or propane, among others -- versus traditional gas-powered vehicles after an accident.

The training will cover:
 * Electric drive vehicles including EVs and hybrids
 *Gaseous fuel vehicles including natural gas and propane
 *A hands-on safety training portion with these vehicles

Training will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, February 26 at the Knoxville Fire Training Academy at 1301 Prosser Road.

Tickets are $60 and may be purchased through February 19 at

Questions? Call ET Clean Fuels at 865-974-3625.

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