An Amazon spokesman revealed recently that after the company puts its two distribution centers in Chattanooga and Cleveland, it would be looking at Knoxville and Nashville for similar job producing projects. Cynics noted that the two legislators sponsoring a bill that would make Amazon collect sales tax on purchases in Tennessee are Rep. Charles Sargent from Brentwood and Sen. Randy McNally, who represents Oak Ridge and part of Knox County.
State retailers led by Walmart are pushing the legislature to make Amazon collect sales tax like other retailers; they say that otherwise Amazon has a 10 percent advantage on them. Amazon has threatened to cancel its plans for the distribution centers, which would create 1,400 jobs, if the state requires them to collect sales tax. The Haslam administration has said it will honor a commitment from former Gov. Phil Bredesen not to make Amazon collect the taxes.