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An important story Joe. Although analyzing Tennessee's renewable/alternative energy play is complicated it helps to remember the admonition to " follow the money" Check out John C Thorton's involvement with UT, TBI, Genera, and land development around Vonore. The nexis is pretty straight forward and deserves some public spirited investigation.
Worse by many factors than the biofuels bet is the coming solar implosion. As I write players around this state are scambling to prop up the Hemlock, Wacker, and Sharp foundation that was supposed to fuel our new manufacturing economy. All three are being scaled back or abandoned by their corporate masters. Readers probably know about the Wacker "delay" and may have read about Sharp's offer to close or sell it's PV plant in Memphis, but Dow's decision is a little less well known. A reading of Dow's 3Q call with investors spells it out. They are pulling back. Our free press plays a vital role in keeping track of current performance vs past promises. We are fortunate to have it.