LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Freezing temperatures will develop later tonight, causing damage to flowers and plants that are left exposed to the cold. Be sure to bring in your potted plants before you go to bed, as lows drop into the lower to mid 20s...about 25 degrees for Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Look for 1 to 3" of snow for the Smokies by morning.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Merchant House International Group has announced plans to open its first U.S. footwear manufacturing facility in Jefferson County.
The line is being moved to East Tennessee from the company's headquarters in Tianjin, China, to meet increased demand from U.S. customers. The company plans to invest $5.4 million in the Jefferson City facility, creating 109 jobs.
The company has bought a 40.000-square-foot building in the Jefferson City Ministerial Park, where it will make men's leather boots and shoes. The operation will be called Footwear Industries of Tennessee. It is expected to begin shipping footwear in March .
Hiring will begin at the end of the year.
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