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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Elizabeth Smart, who survived a nine-month-long kidnapping as a teenager, will appear at an event for a missing young Tennessee woman.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The Jackson Sun is reporting today that the Smart family has been in contact with the family of Holly Bobo. Bobo disappeared from her West Tennessee home in April of last year.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report from the U.S. Department  of Commerce is likely good news for the Tennessee economy. Spending by international travelers visiting the U.S. jumped by 11 percent in the first half of the year.

The federal report says international visitors poured more than $82 billion into the U.S. economy through the end of June, putting the tourism industry on track for another record year. Commerce says international visitors could spend nearly $170 billion in the U.S. by year’s end.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — In Tennessee, ACT scores for the high school class of 2012 show a slight improvement in all subject areas, but the state’s scores are still among the lowest in the nation.

All public school students in Tennessee take the ACT in their senior year. That amounts to more than 68,000 students statewide, according to ACT results released today.

SHELBVYVILLE, Tenn. (AP./WMOT) — The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is changing the way soring test results are handled at this year’s annual competition.

The Celebration's Board of Directors say that for the first time, results from chemical tests will be made public immediately, and result in trainers losing their trophies and prize money if caught abusing horses.

In the past, chemical test results were delayed, but this year the results will be expedited and made available during the event.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study suggests residents of the “Volunteer State” are not as generous with their time as the nickname suggests.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine says that only about one-in-four Tennesseans volunteer their time, a full percentage point below the national average.

Tennesseans are more generous with their cash, ranking fourth among the 50 states, donating 6.6 percent of their disposal income annually.

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