Day: September 2, 2020

Tourism boomed in Tennessee in 2019, but 2020 will be another story due to coronavirus

Hamilton County banked its fifth consecutive billion-dollar tourism year in 2019, and that would normally be unambiguously good news — but this year hits a little different.

“It’s great news,” said Barry White, the CEO of the Chattanooga Tourism Company. “But we also have to talk about where we are right now.”

The year had a promising start, but by the time it’s over the 2020 data will likely show a blow to the local tourism scene of about 45%, White estimated.

“January and February were fairly strong, outpacing 2019,” he said. “All of that changed, obviously, in March, and changed very rapidly.”

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Tourism boomed in Tennessee in 2019, but 2020 will be another story

The story was similar across the state. Tennessee tourism set records in 2019, with $23 billion in economic impact, capping a decade of steady growth.

“Tennessee is a world-renowned destination,

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United Airlines eliminates $200 fee to change travel in U.S.

Aug. 31 (UPI) — United Airlines will no longer charge passengers to change itineraries for travel inside the United States, the carrier has announced.

United had charged $200 for passengers to make changes to their travel, but said Sunday the fee has been removed permanently.

The change follows months of severe hardship for U.S. airlines brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Following previous tough times, airlines made difficult decisions to survive, sometimes at the expense of customer service,” CEO Steve Kirby said in a video message Sunday.

“United Airlines won’t be following that same playbook as we come out of this crisis. Instead, we’re taking a completely different approach — and looking at new ways to serve our customers better.”

The airline also said it will allow all travelers to fly standby for free, beginning in January, on flights departing the same day of their travel regardless of the type

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Suspect on video at hotel, police say | Police/Fire

Surveillance video from the Rodeway Inn shows Thomas J. Jackson knocking on the door to his room and then backing away, pointing a gun as if he’s waiting for someone to answer.

When no one opens the door, he goes to the front office to get a key. He returns to open the door and leaves shortly with a dog.

Left behind that Sunday, about 4 a.m. Aug. 9, was the victim, 19-year-old Angel May Carter, shot in the neck and bleeding just outside the door. 

Jackson, 40, arrested by homicide detectives and other law enforcement during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon after he left a home on North Wells Street, was charged Friday with murder and using a firearm to commit an offense. He was being held without bail at the Allen County Jail. 

According to a probable cause affidavit written by Fort Wayne Police Department homicide Detective Roy

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