NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Labor and Workforce Development Department says more than 30,000 Tennesseans receiving federal unemployment benefits will see their payments reduced because of automatic federal budget cuts that took effect this month.

The department said in a news release issued Thursday that people will start being notified by mail detailing the reduction in their benefits no later than March 22.

Gov. Haslam Enjoys Bi-Partisan Job Approval Ratings

Mar 7, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll out Thursday says Republican Governor Bill Haslam continues to enjoy broad job approval ratings, even among Tennessee’s Democrats.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State University released numbers that show 61 percent of those surveyed approve of the way Haslam is conducting the state’s business, while only 15 percent disapprove.

The governor also scored well among Tennessee Democrats, with 51 percent saying that they approve of the job he’s doing.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Middle Tennessee is wrapping up one of the warmest winters of the last 150 years.

Forecaster Trevor Boucher at the National Weather Service office in Nashville notes the meteorological winter was much warmer and a bit wetter than usual.

December through February averaged 4 degrees above the 30-year norm. Precipitation was 2.5 inches above normal for the period. The coldest reading of the winter was 17 degrees, recorded Feb. 1.

Spring officially arrives March 20, but Boucher says we’ve already turned the meteorological corner.

Tenn. Housing Starts Up in January

Mar 7, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Permits issued in Tennessee for single family housing construction surged to nearly 1500 units in January, but a mid-state economist says builders shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet.

According to Middle Tennessee State’s Business and Economic Research Center, 1491 single-family housing permits were issued statewide in January. That’s the highest number since September of 2008, but still well below the nearly 1800 permits issued in April of 2008.

Tennesseans Divided Racially Over Obama Presidency

Mar 6, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The majority of Tennesseans disapprove of the way Barak Obama is handling his presidency, putting the state out of step with the rest of the nation.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State released results Wednesday that show 51 percent of residents surveyed are not happy with the president’s performance, while 33 percent approve.

The latest results from the Pew Research Center show that nationwide, 51 percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the presidency.