Spring Hill, Columbia Worry About Life after GM

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G. Chambers Williams III from the Tennessean: Tom Smith opened the Video Shoppe in north Columbia a year after GM announced it would build a new Saturn plant in nearby Spring Hill. To his delight, the automaker put a giant training facility right next door, and rentals of his movies boomed. "I had a good run because of it," he said. But today, more than 20 years later, the South Central Tennessee Career Center has moved in next door, where unemployed people go to look for work. "Their business is great, but mine is not," Tom Smith said. Maury County's August unemployment rate was 12.4 percent, up from 7.9 percent a year earlier. Already hit hard by the economic downturn, Tom Smith and other merchants in Columbia and Spring Hill, which have thrived on carmaking jobs for two decades, are bracing for more trouble as the auto industry shrinks.

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Sharon Terlep from the Dow Jones by way of CNN/Money: General Motors sales chief Mark LaNeve on Monday played down speculation the auto maker will kill its Saturn brand, saying GM is instead focused on finding a new business model for the money-losing lineup. "We have a very successful consumer brand with Saturn. We need to find the right business model," said LaNeve, adding that the company has received hundreds of letters from Saturn customers supporting the brand.