NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It was a little over a year ago that the State of Tennessee began drug testing some welfare applicants, and the first year’s results are just as controversial as the bill’s passage.

Tennessee offers several types of welfare benefits, but the state only tests individuals applying to the Families First program, a benefit that aids needy families with small children.

Democratic State Rep. Sherry Jones of Nashville voted against the bill and continues to oppose its implementation.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee county will consider a resolution asking God for mercy as it is forced to comply with the Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.

The resolution says Blount County must comply with the ruling by issuing and recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

The Tennessean ( reports that the resolution asks state officials including the governor and attorney general to protect "natural marriage" from "lawless" court opinions and defend moral standards.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  MTSU Police have released the details about that armed robbery that took place on campus Friday.

Murfreesboro resident Desmond J. Howard tells police he was visiting a friend at the Scarlett Commons apartments when he was robbed by two men.  Howard tells police the men cornered him on the stairs and threatened him with a handgun. The 19-year-old says he lost an I-phone, cash, and a book bag.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There's less than a month left for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee promise, the governor's free tuition program.

Gov. Bill Haslam's office said in a news release Monday that more than 15,000 students from the class of 2015 are using Tennessee Promise benefits this fall, the first year of study. The release said the number of students enrolling full time in community college immediately after high school grew by 14 percent over last fall.

The deadline for the class of 2016 is Nov. 2.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a restraining order preventing two Rutherford County men from being arrested because they cannot pay court fines.

The Tennessean reports ( the men are two of seven plaintiffs accusing Providence Community Corrections of extorting money from probationers by threatening to send them to jail.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Author Rebecca Wells will discuss the art of writing in a free event at Middle Tennessee State University this week.

Wells wrote best-seller "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," two other books in the same series and a separate work.

She's appearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in the second-floor Parliamentary Room of the Student Union as part of the university's Tom T. Hall Writers Series. She will read from some of her works, participate in a question-and-answer session and sign copies of her books.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report concludes Murfreesboro has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation.

The personal finance website looked at 10 metrics to rank the economies of the nation’s 500 largest cities. Murfreesboro ranked 21st in the country and even higher on a list that included only median sized cities.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recently released report says that if predictions of population and job growth for Middle Tennessee are accurate, the region's current transportation network is lagging far behind the increasing demand for services.

According to The Tennessean ( ), the September report found that Regional Transit Authority of Middle Tennessee services aren't suited for typical commuters, express buses aren't fast enough and park-and-ride lots aren't conveniently located.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  In a Facebook post receiving national attention, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is urging his fellow Christians to arm themselves.

Responding to a mass shooting on the campus of an Oregon community college last week in which ten people were killed, Ramsey writes “…it’s time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit.”

Some survivors of the Oregon shooting, in which 9 people died, say the gunmen asked some victims if they were Christians.

Nashville considers official homeless encampment

Oct 5, 2015
Tenn. News Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  There are more than 10-thousand homeless people in Tennessee, and many live in the state's larger metropolitan areas such as Nashville.

Recently the city disbanded an unofficial homeless camp in a city park, but now leaders and members of the community are considering a unique solution to those left without a place to stay.

Will Connelly with the Metropolitan Homeless Commission says they're considering a city-sanctioned homeless encampment.