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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT news partner is out with a new survey of the American cities with the highest and lowest concentrations of economically disadvantaged people.

Tennessee did not score well.

The study looked at 16 different criteria, including the percentage of households receiving public assistance, employment rates and food insecurity.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s taken more than seven years, but mid-state consumer confidence has finally returned to pre-recession levels.

A quarterly survey conducted by Middle Tennessee State University says consumer outlook jumped more than 100 points in a single quarter.

Survey Director Dr. Tim Graeff says these are the best numbers he’s seen since 2007. He says consumers are feeling good about their current finances and even better about future prospects.

That’s good news for mid-state retailers in the midst of the all important holiday shopping season.

Just how generous are Tennesseans?

Dec 2, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Tennesseans are just average givers, but the picture changes when you look more closely at the numbers.

In a report released today by the personal finance website, Tennessee ranked 27th most charitable state in the nation. The report considers a number of metrics to figure the rankings, including volunteerism, total giving, and giving as a percentage of income.

 Middle Tennessee State University officials urge prospective high school seniors and their parents or guardians to apply by Monday, Dec. 1, if they plan to start at MTSU in fall 2015.

Meeting this deadline will allow seniors with a 3.5 or higher grade-point average and an ACT score of 25 or higher (1130 SAT equivalent or higher) the opportunity to be considered in the initial awarding of guaranteed freshman academic scholarships and the highly competitive Buchanan Fellowships.

MTSU recognized and honored 53 newly tenured and/or promoted faculty members at a recent reception in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

Newly tenured faculty and their respective colleges are: