MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee is on track to have the worst methamphetamine lab production problem in the country according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn.
The Tennessean reports that during a 30 minute budget presentation for the Governor yesterday, Gwyn noted that other states have moved to make the drugs used to make meth available by prescription only.
Tennessee hasn’t taken that step to date, but it has enacted regulations to restrict the sale of over the counter cold medications and to track buyers who purchase them.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- An American Book Award winner will be in the mid-state Thursday evening to talk about the prejudice and heightened surveillance Arab Americans have endured since the September 11 attacks.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- According to an in-state trade group Tennessee hospitals have started laying off employees and reducing services as a result of the political struggle over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker says that under the new health care law some federal funds that once flowed to hospitals were cut off. The law’s authors intended for those lost dollars to be replaced by an expansion of Medicaid.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Rutherford County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, program is looking for additional volunteers.
CASA trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in cases before local courts.
Alice Nunnery has been a CASA volunteer advocate for Rutherford County children for the past nine years. Nunnery says having the patience to wade through the legal system’s red tape is the biggest challenge, but also says it’s worth the effort.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee (left) watches state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, (second from left) describe a ginseng root found during a visit to Cocke County Friday morning by MTSU researchers Ying Gao (center) and Elliot Altman. State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro (right), also accompanied the team to East Tennessee.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is launching an initiative to grow ginseng at the school's experiential learning and research center in Lascassas.
MTSU and state officials plan to officially announce the initiative today at the center, also known as the MTSU farm.
Growing the ginseng will be a collaboration involving the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience and MTSU Farm Laboratories.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A mid-state linguist is trying his hand at filmmaking in a tribute to a country and people he’s come to love.
Dr. Richard Morris teaches Spanish and Linguistics at Middle Tennessee State University. Morris has been traveling to Cuba for years with student study groups.
Recently Professor Morris completed a film about what he considers a fascinating chapter in Cuban-American relations. In 1916, American industrialist Milton Hershey of chocolate fame built a massive sugar production operation in the island nation’s heartland.
DAMASCUS (AP/WMOT) — The ongoing civil war in Syria has been pushed off the front page by the tragedy in the Philippines, but some mid-state residents are still focused on the bloodshed there.
Mid-state resident Abdou Kattih has a sister and extended family still living in Syria. Kattih says his sister is safe for the moment, but decided he had to do something to help after seeing photos of Syrian refugees online.