MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Hanlon) -- Students attending Tennessee Board of Regents colleges and universities may see the lowest tuition increases in a decade this fall.

According to The Tennessean, TBR's Finance and Business Operations Committee met last week to discuss next year's tuition increases. The Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State, East Tennessee, Austin Peay, the University of Memphis, Tennessee Tech.  and all of the state's community and technical colleges.”


SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have voted to grant an operating license for the Unit 2 reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear plant as long as regulatory requirements are met.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1HOwuFv) reports the critical step by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will keep the Watts Bar Unit 2 project on schedule to become the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century. The Tennessee Valley Authority has said it plans to complete the reactor by December 2015.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State's football program has received a one-year postseason ban for failing to meet the NCAA's minimum Academic Progress Rate standards.

The NCAA released APR results Wednesday and Tennessee State's football program received a four-year average score of 915. As a school fitting the NCAA's definition of a limited-resource institution, Tennessee State needed 920 to be eligible for the 2015 postseason.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to laboratories in Tennessee and eight other states and is investigating how that happened.

The labs were supposed to receive dead — or inactivated — anthrax samples for research use.

Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the Pentagon is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to retrieve the samples.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A self-described sovereign citizen who says she isn't bound by U.S. laws will spend 20 years in prison for illegally taking control of a $3 million foreclosed mansion in Memphis.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office says 35-year-old Tabitha Gentry was sentenced Wednesday. Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. sentenced her to concurrent terms of 20 years each for theft of property over $250,000 and burglary. She was convicted in April.

Amazon hiring again in Murfreesboro

May 27, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Amazon fulfillment center in Murfreesboro is hiring again.

A release from the company says it’s hiring more order picker-packers to meet rising customer demand.

Amazon says new employees will be immediately available for health insurance, retirement savings, bonuses, and company stock awards.

The online retailer also says it's offering fulltime employees college tuition assistance, even for degrees unrelated to positions at the company.

Amazon says it hopes to add 6,000 workers nationwide in the coming weeks.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A new study projects Volkswagen's expansion in Chattanooga could lead to the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs.

The report conducted by the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research released Wednesday estimates the factory could add $370 million in new annual income once the expanded production is underway.

The report was commissioned by Volkswagen, which is spending $704 million to grow the plant to make a new sports utility vehicle and to open its new North American Engineering and Planning Center.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the 2-1 ruling Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice had asked the court to reverse a Texas judge's decision temporarily blocking the president's plan, after Tennessee and 25 other states filed a lawsuit. It wasn't immediately clear if the DOJ would appeal.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a quarter of the assistant prosecutors in the Davidson County District Attorney's Office have left in the past year since getting a new boss.

According to an analysis of human resources data conducted by The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1FMRBWs ), at least 17 assistant district attorneys left after criminal defense attorney Glenn Funk won the election last May to replace 26-year Nashville District Attorney Torry Johnson, who did not run for re-election.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is offering more than 2,000 state workers to apply for buyouts.

Letters detailing the offers were sent out last week, but weren't expected to reach the affected workers until Tuesday because of the Memorial Day holiday.

A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources said details about the packages and a breakdown of how many buyouts are being sought by the state agency wouldn't be available until sometime Tuesday.

The deadline to apply for the buyouts is July 17.


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