Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam is asking state legislators to approve a cap of $10.5 million on taxes levied on aviation fuel for FedEx. State Rep. Mark White introduced the bill, noting that other states with FedEx hubs offer lower or zero taxes on aviation fuel. "FedEx states that it is unsustainable for their company to justify keeping on paying this level of tax when they have capacity at their Indianapolis and Greensboro hubs with little or no aviation fuel tax," White said.
Production is in full swing at Delta BioRenewables' pilot-scale sweet sorghum processing facility in Memphis, Tenn. Delta BioRenewables aims to increase output to commercial levels and sell the processed sweet sorghum to companies as a feedstock for advanced biofuels and other products.
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is focusing on the positive about Memphis International Airport. After Delta Air Lines downsized its service at the Tennessee airport, flights dropped by 28%. However, carriers such as Southwest Airlines may be considering launching service at the airport, the authority says.
Officials at Memphis Bioworks Foundation are considering setting up an incubator program in Germantown, Tenn., to support medical device startups. Although the Germantown Economic Development Commission has expressed support for the proposal, city officials have yet to decide how much to would spend on the program.
The Tennessee Senate unanimously approved Thursday a bill that would prohibit felons from owning possibly dangerous dogs. "This bill will help police cripple gangs that not only use vicious dogs to commit crimes, but also own these animals as part of a violent culture that promotes drug activity and animal abuse," said a co-sponsor of the bill.