East Tennessee Companies Wary of Tariffs, But Not Hurting Much Yet

East Tennessee businesses are still adjusting to steel and aluminum tariffs – even as the Trump Administration gears up to tax more foreign imports. Many local companies say the 25 percent tax on imported steel has driven up their own costs by 7 to 15 percent. But so far, those pressures have been offset by the thriving economy. Sometimes, the tariffs have even provided new opportunities. “Right now we've not had a negative impact because of the tariffs,” said Kevin Barth, vice president of...

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Jeff Sharlet is a writer whose beat is belief and faith in America. His books have chronicled fundamentalist dogma in the nation's capital and Wiccan ceremonies in the nation's heartland. His most recent work is a collection of nonfiction essays called Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness and the Country In Between. It examines personal faith on a variety of levels in American culture.

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