Mon July 21, 2014

National Parks Pump Millions of Dollars into Tennessee's Economy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report shows more than 8 million people visited Tennessee's national parks last year, spending $530 million in the process.

The report released last week by the National Park Service also shows that the parks supported more than 7,600 jobs in 2013.

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Mon July 21, 2014

Tennessee's Jobless Rate Ticks Back Up in June

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  After falling steadily in recent months, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has ticked back up again.

The Tennessee Department of Labor says the jobless rate for June jumped up two tenths to 6.6 percent. The national unemployment rate continued to decline last month, falling two-tenths to 6.1 percent.

Tennessee’s jobless rate has fallen nearly two full percentage points in the past 12 months. Dropping from 8.4 percent in June, 2013.

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Thu July 17, 2014

Opposing views of the PAST Act: Walking Horse Trainers in Their Own Words

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A bill that veteran Tennessee Walking Horse trainers say will destroy their industry recently acquired its 300th House of Representatives sponsor.

The PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act would outlaw the use of the mechanical devices - oversized shoes and leg chains - that industry insiders say they need to achieve the high-stepping “big lick” gait that’s become synonymous with the Walking Horse.

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Tue July 15, 2014
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Haslam-Owned Truck-Stop Chain Won't be Charged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers.

In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation's largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised fuel rebates and discounts. Prosecutors said Monday that Pilot has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty, which is within the range of what the company would pay if convicted at trial.

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Mon July 14, 2014

Uncle Dave Macon Days Adds Kid Component to Festival

Children attending the Macon Music day camp learn how to play the comb through a piece of wax paper.
Credit E.R. West

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WEST)  --  Storyteller David Lasseter slid his fingers up and down an old washboard in front of a group of 30 kids sitting on wooden church pews Friday morning.

“But the storekeeper understood squirrel talk and said, ‘Little squirrel, all your family is gone. I bet they are having a picnic down by the bridge. Why don’t you go check?’”  Lassester told the kids, with his eyes growing bigger.

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