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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says conversations he's having with some of Israel's top leaders are helpful in understanding international economic development opportunities and challenges.

The Republican governor is in Israel this week on a trade mission. On Tuesday, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and with former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday.

Tennessee not a bad place to retire

Aug 27, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   Tennessee may not have Florida’s sandy beaches or Arizona’s Grand Canyon scenery, but it turns out the state isn’t a bad place to retire.

WMOT reporting partner recently analyzed 24 metrics to rank the nation’s 150 most retirement friendly cities.  Nashville made the list at position 25. Knoxville and Chattanooga also ranked above average.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The AAA says holiday travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday will reach levels not seen since before the Great Recession.

The agency says it expects 35. 5 million Americans to hit the nation’s roads for the long holiday weekend that begins next Thursday. AAA says there haven’t been that many Labor Day travelers on the move since 2008.

AAA spokesperson Stephanie Milani says Tennessee’s roadways are going to be crowded.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Here’s a heads up for Tennesseans who may have lost a job to foreign competition: The state is offering an array of services to workers displaced by foreign imports.

Workers laid off through no fault of their own may be eligible for job training, job search help, relocation allowances, and perhaps even special unemployment benefits.

Robin Wright with the Tennessee Department of Labor says workers displaced years ago due to foreign imports, might still be eligible for assistance.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   There’s been a sharp drop in gas prices in recent weeks here in Tennessee and across the nation.

AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report says Tennesseans are paying an average of $2.31 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline today. That’s down five cents in the past week, 20 cents in the past month, and 93 cents in the past year.

Some Murfreesboro stations are selling gas today for as low as $2.12 for a gallon of regular unleaded.