MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Mid-State Sex Offenders face special restrictions during Halloween week and some can expect a visit from police.
By state law, sex offenders are not allowed to participate in any Halloween activities. They can’t pass out candy, attend Halloween parties, or wear costumes, and are confined to their homes on trick-or-treat night.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The National Weather Service says the mid-state may see some severe weather this afternoon and evening.
A strong cold front will move across Middle Tennessee today. Passing storms could produce strong straight-line winds, heavy downpours, and localized flooding. There’s even a chance of isolated tornados.
A wind advisory in effect today between 1 and 10 p.m. We could see gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Attempts by the United Auto Workers to unionize Tennessee auto plants in Smyrna and Chattanooga have been much in the news in recent weeks.
The UAW claims the majority of workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga favor unionization based on a postcard poll it conducted there earlier this year.
The response by the state’s Republican leadership has been loud and angry. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker commented that it was “incomprehensible” that VW leadership and workers would consider allowing the UAW into the plant.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Making a phone call to one of your mid-state neighbors is about to get more complicated.
The Tennessee Regulatory Authority has approved the implementation of a new area code "overlay" for the 615 calling area. An overlay means that two different area codes will be used in the same geographic region.
Regulatory Authority spokesman David Foster says the new area code will be 629. He says the agency expects to begin assigning 629 numbers in 2015 when the current supply of 615 numbers runs out.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- State officials say 1.3 million Tennesseans who rely on federal aid to buy groceries are about to see their benefits cut.
In 2009, the federal government raised the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as the economy fell into recession. But the additional allowance for those in need of food aid will expire on Friday.
Recipients will see the amount they have to spend on groceries fall by 5.4% or about $36 dollars in most cases.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nissan plant in Tennessee that makes the all-electric Leaf stands to benefit from an announcement this week that eight states will work together to dramatically increase the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads.
Tennessee isn't among the states signing the agreement, and Republican leaders say they have no plans to do so.
Meanwhile, a state program offering a $2,500 incentive for electric vehicles purchases expired in January and Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has made no moves to revive it.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Well, it's Halloween season. Time for trick-or-treat, time to get the be-jeebers scared out of yourself, and, if you believe Linus, time for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the Pun'kin Patch. This is also as good a time as any to return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when radio was the theater of the mind, and the collective psyche of the nation had the wits scared out of it by Orson Wells, the Mercury Theater, and the War of the Worlds.
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee mother charged with selling her children to a sex film ring has entered a not guilty plea.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/1662aSN) reports the woman entered the plea Wednesday in federal court.
A federal grand jury charged the woman and her husband with selling children for the purpose of creating child porn and other sex-related charges. The AP isn't identifying the parents to protect the identity of the children since they were allegedly victims of a sex crime.