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Middle Tennessee State University’s new campus showpiece — the 257,000-square-foot, $147 million Science Building — is ready for the ribbon-cutting celebration.

Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to attend with numerous other dignitaries, the campus community and alumni and friends of the university.

The grand opening will be held starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the facility located at 440 Friendship St., just off Alumni Drive on the south side of campus. The public is invited.

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Jack Daniel Distillery is asking the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp honoring its founder as the distillery prepares for its 150th anniversary.

Included with its petition is a letter signed by every member of Tennessee's congressional delegation supporting the request.

The distillery founded in 1866 by Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel is the oldest registered American distillery. It is based in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lynchburg was also Jack Daniel's home until his death in 1911.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A panel discussion on higher education and workforce readiness sponsored by the Nashville Business Journal was held Wednesday afternoon.


The panel discussed current trends in higher education designed to help students be competitive in the workforce.

Kate Herman, Publisher of the Nashville business journal said some mid-state employers report having a hard time finding qualified workers, especially in the technology and trades industries.

Gas prices down sharply, will likely fall further

Sep 22, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A fuel price analyst with AAA says Tennessee now enjoys some of the cheapest gas prices in the nation, and he predicts prices will fall still further through the end of the year.

AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded paid in Tennessee today is$3.13, that’s 25 cents below the national average. Here in Murfreesboro, lists more than 20 stations selling a gallon of gas for under $3 per gallon.

Josh Carrasco with AAA says we have the change of seasons to thank for the lower prices.

Tennessee unemployment rate up significantly

Sep 22, 2014
Tenn. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate has risen sharply in recent months, bucking the national jobless rate which continues to fall.

Just released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor pegs the state’s August unemployment rate at 7.4 percent, up 3 tenths over July and up more than a full percentage point since May.

The federal jobless rate now stands at 6.1 percent or 1.3 percent below the Tennessee number.