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Jamie McGee

Jamie McGee

Jamie McGee covered economic issues for The Tennessean and prior to that, was a reporter for the Nashville Business Journal. Her stories have been featured regularly by USA Today, and she received a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant. She has written for Bloomberg News and The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., and has a Masters in journalism from Columbia University.

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Controversial New Markets tax credit program proposed in Tennessee

By: - April 10, 2021

In 2017, two University of Tennessee economists were hired by Alabama’s Department of Revenue to evaluate a tax credit program underway in Alabama that was meant to support economic growth in low-income areas. Five years after Alabama’s “New Markets Development Program” was approved and after $234 million in state tax credits were awarded, the economists […]

Aspiring opera singer Grady Hayden put his performance plans on hold when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He's working at a signage company and pursuing and advanced degree. (Photo: John Partipilo)

As COVID-19 weakens Tennessee job market, young adults face new career hurdles

By: - March 18, 2021

In March 2020, music graduate student Grady Hayden was planning to audition for the Nashville Opera’s chorus. He hoped to perform with an opera after graduation and eventually become a voice professor. When COVID-19 halted the entertainment industry, Hayden, 24, chose to extend his studies at Belmont University and work towards a doctorate. He also […]

James Burroughs, 84, and other patients wait to get vaccinated at Neighborhood Health in Madison. (Photo: John Partipilo)

U.S. mishandling of Covid response costs tens of thousands of lives, Hildreth says

By: - March 7, 2021

Dr. James Hildreth, CEO of Meharry Medical College and a member of the new U.S. COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, offered a pointed assessment of the nation’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic, criticizing a lack of coordination among its 50 states and missed opportunities to protect the country’s most vulnerable populations that led to […]

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A stronger job market emerges in Tennessee, along with economic scars from COVID-19

By: - February 8, 2021

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sevier County’s public libraries transformed into unemployment insurance centers to help with the deluge of new claimants who lacked Internet access. The county that typically welcomes millions to Dollywood and Gatlinburg each year was experiencing a stunning 29% unemployment rate. The county’s libraries implemented an appointment system […]

Jasmine Worles (right) discusses pregnancy concerns with her doula Miajenell Peake at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee on January 24, 2021. As a doula, Miajenell will support Jasmine with many aspects of her pregnancy and after delivery. ( © Karen Pulfer Focht)

After a law for pregnant workers quietly passed in 2020, advocates turn to education

By: - January 26, 2021

An opportunity to sit. A water bottle and snack. A limit on heavy lifting. A schedule that allows for doctor’s visits. These are among the accommodations pregnant women in Tennessee can request and receive without fearing repercussions under a new Tennessee law that went into effect in October.  Many pregnant workers are unaware of these […]

Meg Chamblee of UDig leaves her office with materials to take to her home office. (Photo: John Partipilo)

The new normal at Nashville businesses: More flexibility, fewer cubes and uncertain real estate

By: - January 7, 2021

Decode Health had been subleasing office space in Cummins Station in Nashville when Covid-19 forced the team home in March. The company, which provides predictive disease insights to national laboratories, moved its more sophisticated equipment to its employees’ homes, and increasingly relied on Slack to discuss operations. December was the last month they paid rent […]

Job-seeker Sylvester Odom, 33, of Nashville, participates in a virtual hiring event Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 937 Herman St., Nashville. Participants in these free Goodwill-hosted events can speak to employers and interview for job openings using an Internet conferencing application, either from their homes or using computers at a Goodwill Career Solutions Center. (Photo: Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee)

Amid widespread job losses, Tennessee fulfillment workers see wage gains

By: - December 10, 2020

At Gap Inc.’s fulfillment center in Gallatin, new workers earn a $500 bonus if they stay on the job three months. Amazon has been offering a $1,000 signing bonus in Lebanon. At FedEx, workers at a Memphis hub can earn $18 an hour.  “There are plenty of positions out there,” George Carlson, workforce development director […]