Articles by: Gary Thompson

HARWELL REPORTS MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN CASH-ON- HAND AND SHOWS STATEWIDE SUPPORT IN FUNDRAISING

on February 1, 2018, 7:39 AM / in State News

In a press release from Rachel Barrett  rachel@rachelbarrettco.com In her first gubernatorial finance report, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell will show more than $5 million cash-on- hand, with more than 1,000 individual Tennesseans contributing to her bid for governor since July, the campaign announced today. “I am grateful to all of the Tennesseans across the state who have contributed to my […]

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SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE SEEKING TO OVERTURN PROHIBITION ON SALES TAX COLLECTION FOR ONLINE PURCHASES

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE SEEKING TO OVERTURN PROHIBITION ON SALES TAX COLLECTION FOR ONLINE PURCHASES

on January 27, 2018, 9:15 AM / in National News

And Theft Becomes More Organised In an important development, the United States Supreme Court today decided to hear a case brought by the state of South Dakota seeking to overturn the 1992 Quill v. North Dakota decision that has prevented states from collecting sales tax on purchases made over the Internet. The petition, filed by the attorney general for South Dakota, had […]

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Farmers to Trump: No NAFTA, No Re-Election

on January 27, 2018, 6:43 AM / in National News, Opinion

As expected, trade was a hot topic during AgriTalk’s “Farmer Forum” hosted by Chip Flory and recorded live Wednesday at the 2018 Top Producer Seminar. When it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), farmers on the show warned President Trump that if he pulls out of the trade deal, he might not see re-election. On Tuesday, President […]

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A short history lesson…..

A short history lesson…..

on January 22, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, National News

A short history lesson: In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell. …in 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lepanto. …in 1683 AD the […]

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Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at FB Convention

Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at FB Convention

on January 10, 2018, 6:46 AM / in National News, State News

Bad News for small business… good news for AT&T and other muni’s. By John Herath   |   AG Web President Donald Trump played through the greatest hits of his first year in office before a receptive audience at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville: tax reform including the estate tax, regulatory reform including the Waters of the U.S. rule. […]

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DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES COMPLETES SPINOFF INTO POWERTRAIN, AFTERMARKET FOCUSED STAND-ALONE COMPANY

DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES COMPLETES SPINOFF INTO POWERTRAIN, AFTERMARKET FOCUSED STAND-ALONE COMPANY

on December 12, 2017, 7:28 AM / in International News, National News

By  Aftermarket Business World Wire Reports Today, Delphi Technologies became a $4.5-billion independent company trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The new company, a spinoff from Delphi Automotive, builds upon the strength of its heritage of providing advanced vehicle propulsion solutions through combustion systems, electrification products and software and controls for global automotive, commercial vehicle and aftermarket customers. “We are […]

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Introducing the Problem Resolution Office

Introducing the Problem Resolution Office

on November 28, 2017, 9:32 AM / in State News

Got a Beef with Tennessee Department of Revenue, here is where to go New Office Offers Additional Assistance to Taxpayers Who Haven’t Resolved Issues through Department’s Traditional Processes The Department of Revenue has recently launched the Problem Resolution Office to provide support to Tennessee taxpayers who have not been able to resolve their tax issues through the Department’s normal problem resolution channels. […]

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John Eagle Collision Center Must Pay $31.5 Million in Damages to Dallas Couple for Negligent Repair

John Eagle Collision Center Must Pay $31.5 Million in Damages to Dallas Couple for Negligent Repair

on October 6, 2017, 8:32 AM / in National News, State News

In 2013, Matthew Seebachan of Dallas suffered fourth-degree burns when he and his wife, Marcia, were involved in a horrific car accident. Ever since then, Matthew Seebachan has been living in so much pain that burn doctors compare it to the feeling of giving birth – every second of the day. “When you get fourth-degree burns, it totally destroys your […]

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AMAZON CAUSES ANGST IN THE AFTERMARKET PARTS INDUSTRY

AMAZON CAUSES ANGST IN THE AFTERMARKET PARTS INDUSTRY

on September 16, 2017, 7:40 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Bill Wade CNBC recently noted the 20th anniversary of Amazon going public. Had we invested $10,000 in the company’s initial public offering, we would enjoy a holding worth more than $5 million today. On this anniversary, Amazon has twice the market cap of Walmart and represents more than 1 percent of retail sales in the U.S. It is just finding […]

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING PHOTOS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING PHOTOS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

on September 13, 2017, 7:02 AM / in National News

After a vehicle has been involved in a collision, there may be hidden damage to the vehicle’s electronic systems. Although the vehicle is drivable and appears to be operating normally, without diagnostic testing, it is impossible to tell if everything is working properly behind the scenes. The technology controlling the safety systems on today’s vehicles is complex and sophisticated. Even […]

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Allstate: 500 Claims Adjusters Replaced by QuickFoto App

Allstate: 500 Claims Adjusters Replaced by QuickFoto App

on August 3, 2017, 4:20 PM / in National News

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers, As Allstate goes full-steam ahead with “the digitalization of the claims process,” claims adjusters are losing their jobs. During the insurer’s second-quarter conference call, CEO Tom Wilson said Allstate has downsized more than 500 claims adjusters as the company transitions to the QuickFoto Claim photo estimating system. Severance payments to the downsized claims adjusters were […]

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Bosch, Daimler Partner for Driverless Parking System

Bosch, Daimler Partner for Driverless Parking System

on July 27, 2017, 8:23 AM / in International News

Daimler and Bosch have teamed up to demonstrate driverless parking (automated valet parking) in the multi-story car park at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany. Cars now proceed without a driver to their assigned parking space in response to a command issued by smartphone, without any need for the driver to supervise the maneuver. Automated valet parking marks an important milestone on the way to autonomous […]

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Bosch, TomTom: HD Map Uses Radar Signals to Let Autonomous Vehicles Know Where They Are

Bosch, TomTom: HD Map Uses Radar Signals to Let Autonomous Vehicles Know Where They Are

on June 9, 2017, 6:42 AM / in National News

Business Shop Business TomTom and Bosch said they have created an HD map that enables autonomous vehicles “to reliably determine their location at all times.” The map’s integrated Radar Road Signature layer allows self-driving vehicles to determine their exact location on a road within a few centimeters, according to the companies. “The advantage of the Bosch Radar Road Signature map […]

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‘Out-of-the-Loop’ Drivers Slow to React When Autonomous Systems Fail, Study Says

‘Out-of-the-Loop’ Drivers Slow to React When Autonomous Systems Fail, Study Says

on May 20, 2017, 6:32 AM / in National News

By Body Shop Business Staff Mobile devices have enabled us to immerse ourselves in our favorite TV shows, movies and music just about anywhere, anytime. Autonomous technology holds the potential to take that one step further by allowing motorists to do those things while their vehicles are in self-driving mode. But what happens when automated driving systems fail, and drivers […]

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How the 2017 A/C milestones, new EPA rules will affect you

How the 2017 A/C milestones, new EPA rules will affect you

on May 3, 2017, 8:48 AM / in International News, National News

We’ve reached another milestone in the mobile A/C refrigerant timeline, and this time it’s a big one: January 1, 2017 was the drop-dead date set by the EU (European Union) for when vehicle manufacturers can no longer fill any new vehicle’s A/C system with fluorinated refrigerants (or F-Gases) that have a GWP rating of more than 150. This totally knocks […]

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Report: Driver T-Bones 468-Pound Black Bear in Mississippi Collision

Report: Driver T-Bones 468-Pound Black Bear in Mississippi Collision

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in State News

Body Shop Business Staff Writers Mississippi authorities say that a Louisiana black bear killed in a recent vehicle collision was the largest they’ve ever seen in the state. On April 5, a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban traveling on U.S. 61 near Natchez, Miss., struck a full-grown male bear weighing 468 pounds, the Natchez Democrat reported. The bear, which now is being […]

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Orrin Hatch on PARTS Act: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Pay ‘Unreasonably High Prices to Repair Their Cars’

Orrin Hatch on PARTS Act: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Pay ‘Unreasonably High Prices to Repair Their Cars’

on April 6, 2017, 7:52 AM / in National News

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch has reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would reduce the 14-year time period that OEMs can enforce design patents on crash parts such as bumpers, fenders and door panels against suppliers of aftermarket parts. Reintroduced on April 4, the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2017 would specify that it’s not an act of […]

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Ford Spending $1.2 Billion to Retool Michigan Plants, Build Data Centers

Ford Spending $1.2 Billion to Retool Michigan Plants, Build Data Centers

on April 6, 2017, 7:43 AM / in National News

Ford is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan manufacturing facilities to support the company’s shift to “an auto and mobility company,” the automaker said. Ford is investing $850 million to retool the Michigan Assembly Plant for the new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco. Employees at the plant will begin building the Ranger at the end of 2018 and the Bronco […]

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NHTSA V2V proposal suggests limits on DIY sales

NHTSA V2V proposal suggests limits on DIY sales

on March 29, 2017, 11:39 AM / in National News

By: Stephen Barlas The aftermarket will have to be an important contributor to the successful implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety messaging. But the proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in December both underlines that importance and at the same time raises questions about the viability of aftermarket sales. NHTSA voices some […]

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New AAA Survey Indicates Americans Feel Unsafe Sharing the Road with Fully Self-Driving Cars

New AAA Survey Indicates Americans Feel Unsafe Sharing the Road with Fully Self-Driving Cars

on March 9, 2017, 7:40 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers A new report from AAA reveals that the majority of U.S. drivers seek autonomous technologies in their next vehicle, but they continue to fear the fully self-driving car. Despite the prospect that autonomous vehicles will be safer, more efficient and more convenient than their human-driven counterparts, three-quarters of U.S. drivers report feeling afraid to […]

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