Union City

tn.gov

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be in Union City tomorrow as part of a series of appearances to hear about infrastructure challenges and opportunities on the local level. 

Two Tennessee men have been arrested in a same-sex prostitution sting operation in a Union City park.

Police Chief Perry Barfield says the department had been conducting undercover operations in and around Graham Park following numerous complaints of suspected activity involving solicitation of same-sex prostitution and illicit behavior.

Discovery Park of America Media Release

Discovery Park of America's founder, Robert Kirkland, passed away this morning at 7:15 in his Union City residence at the age of 77. The park will be closed Wednesday for a ceremony titled "A Celebration-of-Life" for family and friends. 

Union City Police Department/Facebook

A Union City police officer says an open carry gun bill in Tennessee could potentially detriment public safety.

Site Selection Magazine

A corporate real estate strategy magazine has named three areas in our region as top places in the nation for economic development.

Site Selection Magazine released its annual Micropolitan Statistical Area report for 2013, ranking Paducah 16th and in Tennessee, Dyersburg  10th and Union City 27th.

Union City's Discovery Park of America hosts two shuttle astronauts during its Space and Flight Month celebration through January. We're honored to bring you a conversation with the married astronaut couple Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson and Dr. Rhea Seddon who are loaning their suits to Discovery Park of America for the celebration, in a special dinner event next Friday (January 24).

Discovery Park Celebrates Opening Weekend

Nov 4, 2013
Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America officials say they had a good turnout for its opening weekend.

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the 50-acre park in Union City had  more than 4,300 visitors and relatively few glitches.  

Wikimedia Commons

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced Monday that the 9to5 Seating Company will relocate manufacturing operations to Union City and create upwards of 500 jobs. 

The announcement is welcome news for the community that has been spending the last few years trying to rebuild a manufacturing economy after Goodyear Tire shutdown a 1,800 employee plant in 2011.

The move represents an investment of $39.5 million for the ergonomic seating company. Governor Haslam thanked the company for its investment and said the decision reinforces his goal of making Tennessee a location for high quality jobs.  

Obion County Economic Development Director Lindsey Frilling said 9to5 will move manufacturing from its facility in China to Union City's Northwest Regional Industrial Center. Frilling said the boost to employment will be significant. 

"Anticipated jobs at the end of 2014 is about 73 jobs," said Frilling. "And then from then on, up until five years, you're looking to get it up to 510 jobs."  

Based in New York City, Thinc Design is an exhibition design firm that has created museum experiences around the world. It's originator, Tom Hennes, says the Discovery Park of America in Union City, inspired by the philanthropy of retired businessman Robert Kirkland, is full of fascinating exhibits. These exhibits, he says, are inspired by the community of Union City. We've met the Boston-based architect Louis Siriani who designed the building. We meet Tom Hennes with Kate Lochte, as we continue our coverage of this remarkable new tourism feature in our region.

Chad Lampe

Obion County, Tennessee, looks to a fantastic new attraction near Union City to bring many thousands of visitors annually. The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation is Discovery Park’s principal benefactor. Mr. Kirkland ultimately chose Louis Siriani to be the architect for the 100,000 square foot center of the new 50-acre Discovery Park of America. Since 1984, Siriani's been a principal of the Boston architectural firm Verner Johnson, Inc, which specializes in planning and designing museums which in this country alone draw millions of visitors a year. Mr. Siriani has planned and designed science and technology, history, and multi-disciplinary museums all over the country and the world. He spoke with Kate Lochte about working with Mr. Kirkland and the Union City community for this ambitious project.

Pages