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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee consumers are feeling much better about the economy, but still intend to keep a tight grip on the family purse strings.

Dr. Tim Graeff heads the quarterly consumer sentiment survey for Middle Tennessee State University. He says the latest numbers clearly show consumer confidence is on the rise. As a result, survey results indicate most Tennesseans plan to spend more money in the near future.

On the down side, when Graeff asked state residents if they planned to buy any big ticket items in the near future most said “No.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers says Volkswagen officials have reneged on a pledge to recognize the union at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.

Gary Casteel, the UAW's secretary-treasurer, released a 2014 document Tuesday stating that Volkswagen would recognize the UAW as the representative of its members in exchange for the union dropping a challenge to the outcome of a union election at the plant in Chattanooga.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new Census Bureau report lists Murfreesboro as one of the fastest growing small cities in America, but a local builder says rapid growth also means significant problems.

Chris Jensen is President of the Rutherford County Home Builder’s Association. He says the area’s builders are happy with the work strong growth brings, especially after struggling through years of economic downturn.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says Americans will spend 20 percent less on summer vacations this year and the study also suggests Tennessee is not well placed to cash in on the seasonal dollars that remain.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com used 30 key metrics to compare 80 of the nation’s largest metro areas.  Tennessee’s four largest cities did not fare well. Knoxville and Nashville ranked the highest coming in at 40 and 41 respectively.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  Just in time for spring graduations, a new report suggests Tennessee largest cities may not be the best places for college grads to find that first job.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com used 17 metrics to rank the 150 best and worst cities in the nation to start a career.

Nashville was the only city to score in the top half of the list, coming in at 23.. Memphis had the lowest scoring coming in at 108.

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