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12:25pm

Tue December 11, 2012
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Consumer Confidence Drops Sharply in Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Consumer confidence in Tennessee has taken a nose-dive, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the state’s retailers.

A poll conducted in late November by the Center for Consumer Research at Middle Tennessee State suggests Tennesseans are concerned about their economic prospects. Consumer sentiment plunged 72 points in just 60 days.

MTSU’s Dr. Tim Graeff conducts the confidence poll for the Center.

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10:16am

Tue December 11, 2012
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Tennessee Works: Utility Construction Sees Job Growth

Credit Tennessee Assoc of Utility Districts

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues to search for those thin slices of the state's economy that actually prospered during the economic downturn, in a series of stories entitled “Tennessee Works.”

For the most part, Tennessee’s construction sector suffered badly during the recession and is just now showing signs of recovery. But figures provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor  suggests companies that specialize in the construction of utilities fared better than most.

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3:34pm

Mon December 10, 2012
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Haslam Says No to State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

Gov. Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee will not create a state-run health insurance exchange, but the Republican governor says he remains undecided about whether to expand Medicaid.

Haslam said the lack of information from the federal government about the insurance marketplaces was "scary" and that that he considered it a business decision to let the federal government run the program.

Haslam acknowledged that getting a state-run exchange approved by the Legislature would be a difficult prospect.

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12:51pm

Mon December 10, 2012
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Knoxville Returns to Pre-Recession Levels of Economic Activity

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
Credit City of Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The City of Knoxville is named in a short list of the nation’s top performing metropolitan economies.

A new report from the Brookings Institute says that Dallas, Pittsburgh and Knoxville are the only metro areas in the U.S. to return to pre-recession levels of economic activity.

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10:50am

Mon December 10, 2012
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Tennessee's Anti-Smoking Efforts Called "Disapointing."

Credit tobaccofreekids.org/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Anti-smoking groups are chiding Tennessee for not doing more to keep the state’s teens from picking up the habit.

In a report released last week, a coalition of health groups ranks Tennessee 45th in the nation for funding stop smoking campaigns.

The report says tobacco companies spend more than $251 million each year in Tennessee to promote tobacco use.  By comparison, the coalition says the State of Tennessee spends just $220,000 on stop smoking efforts.

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