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Millennials making waves in the American workforce

Oct 30, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 200 mid-state business executives are set to attend a conference that asks: How do companies deal effectively with employees raised entirely in the digital age?

Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University is hosting the sold out conference Friday. College Dean David Urban notes that by the year 2020, 40 percent of the American workforce will be Millennials; young people who reached adulthood in the year 2000.

MTSU student, faculty and visiting scholars will discuss whether the opportunities that higher education provides are worth the debt it often requires at the 23nd annual Tennessee Undergraduate Social Science Symposium Oct. 29-30.

With a theme of “Worth Every Penny?: Debt, Education and Opportunity,” the two-day research symposium inside MTSU’s James Union Building is free and open to the public. 

A searchable campus map with parking notes is available at

Nashville moving toward regulating pedicabs

Oct 24, 2014


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville won't put the brakes on pedicabs, but could regulate the growing business more closely in the future.

The Metro Transportation and Licensing Commission recommended on Thursday that the city begin policing the industry.

Part bicycle and part tavern, pedal carriages give locals and visitors alike a tour of downtown Nashville from a bicycle seat.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Two of Tennessee’s largest employers are expecting a busy holiday season and are taking on additional staff to meet demand.

Memphis based FedEx predicts that holiday deliveries will rise nearly 9 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. FedEx says the peak day is likely to be Dec. 15, when it expects to handle 22.6 million shipments.

The company plans to hire 50,000 seasonal workers to help carry the load.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A new study says tourism spending in Tennessee last year grew at twice the overall inflation rate.

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press says the U.S. Travel study shows tourism spending helps support about one of every 20 jobs in Tennessee.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that the state's tourism industry grew by 3.3 percent in 2013 to more than $27 billion.

The industry employs 236,200 workers in Tennessee.