ECD chief: Tennessee Tower proposal was temporary


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of the state's Economic and Community Development Department says a proposed offer to let Sears move into the Tennessee Tower state office building was meant as a temporary measure until permanent space could be found.

More than 1,000 employees from numerous agencies work in the building the state bought from the American General Life and Accident Insurance Co. in 1994.

Commissioner Bill Hagerty said after a State Building Commission meeting on Wednesday that documents about the proposal obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville did not reflect the final proposal to try to persuade the company to bring 6,000 jobs to Nashville in 2011.

Hagerty said the tower was considered because it could house large numbers of workers on short notice. He said talks never got beyond preliminary stages.

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