- Written by Mark Kuhar
October 20, 2011 – Blogging live from beautiful Tennessee this week. Autumn is in full bloom here, which makes my trip a thing of beauty on multiple levels. According to USGS, 11.5 million tons of aggregate was produced in this state in the second quarter of 2011, a 20.5 percent decrease over last year's second quarter. Speaking with producers here, there are ample reserves, and plenty of wherewithal to supply any number of road projects, but current economics and regulatory roadblocks are cause for concern. In addition, TVA's nuclear energy project – the only one currently under construction in this country – just announced mass layoffs. On the bright side, the value of construction contracts awarded in Tennessee in August nearly tripled compared to a year ago, so there is hope for the near-term future.