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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 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.

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 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.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Tennessee has a severe shortage of workers qualified to fill high-tech jobs, a problem that could cost the state billions of dollars in lost business.

The Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State recently completed the study. The report says Tennessee has already fallen well behind the national average in the training of so-called STEM workers, employees with the right kind of education in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is appealing a federal ruling that allowed a union vote ultimately won by the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. assembly plant in Chattanooga.

The National Labor Relations Board earlier this month declined to take up Volkswagen's challenge to the vote. The election approved the  unionization of a group of about 160 workers specializing in the repair and maintenance of machinery and robots.

LAVERGNE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state community has been named one of the best small cities in American to start a business.

WMOT reporting partner used 17 business criteria to compare 1200 small cities across the U.S. Rutherford County’s LaVergne came in at fifth in the nation, the only small city in Tennessee to make the list.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says LaVergne owes its top ranking to an outstanding business environment.