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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  New surveys suggest Tennessee consumers and business owners have very different views of the economy.

The Middle Tennessee State Office of Consumer Research recently completed surveys gauging both consumer and business owner sentiment concerning the current economy and the economic outlook.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While Gov. Bill Haslam says he has not decided whether to outsource management of more state-owned buildings, a document used earlier this month in presentations to New York bond-rating agencies says he's eyeing that possibility.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Republican governor and top state officials relied on a 63-page PowerPoint document in their Oct. 9-10 pitch to Wall Street experts reviewing the state's financial picture in advance of Tennessee issuing new bonds.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report concludes Murfreesboro has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com looked at 10 metrics to rank the economies of the nation’s 500 largest cities. Murfreesboro ranked 21st in the country and even higher on a list that included only median sized cities.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga has long been touted as the crown jewel of Tennessee's economic development efforts over the last decade. Now, state officials are trying to sooth fears about the potential impact on the factory as an emissions cheating scandal engulfs the German automaker.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said through a spokesman that his administration has "been assured by Volkswagen that they are not going anywhere and will continue to grow in Chattanooga."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Tennessee lawmakers plan hearings over whether the Volkswagen emissions scandal could imperil the nearly $900 million in state and local incentives offered to the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

Republican Sen. Bo Watson of Chattanooga has been a vocal critic of Volkswagen's labor policies. Tuesday, he cited the state's "significant investment" in the plant in calling for the Senate Finance Committee to investigate potential impact on the state of revelations that VW used secret software to defeat pollution controls.

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