Wed July 3, 2013

Tenn. Based Nissan North America Has Best June Ever

Franklin based Nissan North America recently announced that it will begin building its new Rogue vehicle here in Middle Tennessee.

DETROIT (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee based Nissan North America says its vehicle sales last month set an all-time record for the month of June.

Headquartered in Franklin, NIssan is one of Tennessee’s largest employers. The company says sales were up 12.9 percent in June over the same month last year.

The nation’s other car makers are also reporting strong sales gains in June.

Chrysler announced Tuesday that its sales rose 8 percent for its best June since 2007.

Ford says U.S. sales rose 13 percent in June, with gains in big pickups as well as small cars.

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Fri June 28, 2013

MTSU Expects New Mechatronics Program to Grow Rapidly

Provost Brad Bartel

When the Tennessee Board of Regents approved a mechatronics program for MTSU’s engineering technology department last Friday in Morristown, the seal of approval followed a whirlwind of activity, starting with a suggestion by the university president and numerous groups partnering to make it happen quickly.

Pending Tennessee Higher Education Commission approval that appears to be a formality July 25, mechatronics will be off and running at MTSU starting this fall.

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Mon June 24, 2013

MTSU Researcher Walck Earns Chinese Academy of Sciences Award

Dr. Jeff Walck

MTSU biology professor Jeffrey L. Walck was awarded a “Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists” this spring at the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“This award allows me to conduct research into the responses of plants to climate change in the Mu Us Sandland of Inner Mongolia, China, one of the four largest sandy grasslands in China,” Walck said.

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Fri June 21, 2013

Tenn. Unemployment Numbers Rise for Fifth Straight Month

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee’s unemployment numbers were up again in May.

The Tennessee Department of Labor says initial jobless claims rose three-tenths to 8.3 percent last month. The state’s unemployment numbers have risen steadily since January and are now seven-tenths higher than May of last year.

Dr. David Penn of the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State says the number of people out of work is rising in Tennessee, but doesn’t believe the situation is as bad as the numbers suggest. 

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Wed June 5, 2013

MTSU Workshop can Help Students with Disabilities Prep for College, Jobs

A special workshop at MTSU on Saturday, June 8, will help students with disabilities prepare to make the big leap from high school to college and/or into the work world.

“Adolescent Literacy Institute: Transitioning to College/Work” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 160 of the College of Education Building at MTSU. 

The workshop is offered for students in grades seven through 12 who’ve been diagnosed with learning disabilities in reading and writing, including dyslexia, as well as students with other disabilities. 

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