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Front Page - Friday, February 3, 2023

Briefs: Tennessee American Water sets remote jobs

Tennessee American Water and its parent company, American Water, plans to offer 25 remote customer service job opportunities for residents of Chattanooga and surrounding communities.

The customer care agent positions will be open to individuals who live in Chattanooga or within a two-hour driving distance of the company’s Chattanooga office.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to address service needs for Tennessee American Water customers, as well as all customers within American Water’s regulated footprint.

Interested applicants can apply now at www.amwater.com/careers. When viewing open positions, narrow the search field to jobs located within Chattanooga, Tennessee, or search by requisition ID 104438.

SK Food Group opening fourth facility

SK Food Group will build a 525,000 square foot production facility in Cleveland.

Global Strategy Consultants, a real estate services firm, assisted with the search, which covered 60 sites across multiple states.

The facility will be completed in three phases and include state-of-the-art automation technology for sandwich assembly and food handling.

SK Food Group expects to commence construction later this year and complete the site in 2025.

The company also plans to form a partnership with the PIE Center, a Bradley County Schools educational and industrial training center, to provide employee training.

The new facility will incorporate environmentally forward-thinking designs, including LEED certifications, SK Food Group says in a news release.

Chattanooga Gas Foundation supports Salvation Army

The Chattanooga Gas Foundation this month presented a check for $500,000 to the Salvation Army of Chattanooga.

The gift will support The Salvation Army’s three areas of focus: prison release and reentry, early intervention and prevention and the Pathway of Hope program.

Chattanooga Gas says it is committed to supporting initiatives that provide resources to those in need and better the lives of the communities in which its employees live, work and serve, the company says in a news release.

Tivoli Theatre Found. touts $43.6M impact

A new economic impact report from the Tivoli Theatre Foundation reveals the impact the organization has on the local economy.

Prepared by Dr. Rachel J.C. Fu, chair and professor of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management at the University of Florida, the report demonstrates the strength of the Tivoli Theatre Foundation’s three venues, which include the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium and the Walker Theatre.

The study also projects the economic impact Fu expects the Tivoli Theatre Foundation’s venues to have after renovations are completed at the Tivoli Theatre in 2024 and following the opening of a new performing arts center.

In 2022, the Tivoli Theatre Foundation sold more than 155,000 tickets for over 220 shows in the three venues – even with the Tivoli Theatre closed for half of the year. Attendees came from all 50 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.

Visitors provided $25.3 million in direct expenditures, while their activities and events generated another $11 million in indirect and $7.3 million from induced sales.

The Tivoli Theatre Foundation also contributed 404 fulltime equivalent jobs, according to Fu’s report.

In addition, Tivoli Theatre Foundation visitors contributed $2.2 million in state and local taxes.

Chattanooga settles with 14 police officers

The City of Chattanooga has reached a settlement agreement with 14 officers who were temporarily reassigned following enhancements to the truthfulness policy for the Chattanooga Police Department.

In the course of raising department standards for officer truthfulness, several process and legal concerns were raised by affected employees asserting that related reassignment and personnel changes were out of compliance with existing department policy.

This issue was complex and took lawyers months to untangle, due to questions that involved HR policy, state law, due process and other issues.

The officers in question had previously sustained lesser allegations – some decades old – which had already been adjudicated under prior rules.

The officers have now been reinstated and made whole for lost earnings during the two-week period during which they had been reassigned.

The department will proceed under the new, higher standards for truthfulness and officer conduct, which mandates termination for any officer who lies or knowingly misstates facts.

The settlement costs are expected to be less than $60,000, including attorneys fees. All affected officers were offered identical settlement terms.

“We’re grateful for the cooperation of CPD, the city’s legal and human resources departments, as well as the various employee groups who participated to help reach a resolution on this complex matter,” Thongnopnua says.