The town of Mason sits at the edge of what will be called Blue Oval City in rural West Tennessee. It’s less than two square miles. No stoplight. But it does have a sewer system — and a little carwash.
After concerns from Mason leaders that the town was being set up to fail, an attorney representing Mason says the new agreement puts them in a better position to succeed.
Across the country, at least 19 states have laws allowing them to takeover down-and-out cities. Those laws have been tested in majority-Black towns like Robersonville, North Carolina and Camden, New Jersey.
The Tennessee Board of Regents is inching closer to revising its training programs to better fit Ford Motor Company’s upcoming hiring needs.
As West Tennessee prepares to welcome Ford Motor Company’s new electric truck and battery plant in Staton, there’s a small town about 10 miles away that may soon lose its financial independence.
Ford must hire and maintain at least 90% of the nearly 5,800 jobs it’s promising for the decade following the accountability agreement. If not, the company faces clawbacks thanks to state legislation passed after the failure of the Clarksville Hemlock Semiconductor plant.