The following press statement was released by the Tennessee Board of Regents on June 24, 2016.

The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved the lowest increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

Tuition rates at the six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology will increase an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.

nashvilleballet.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A pair of Nashville Ballet company dancers are gearing up to represent Tennessee in a prestigious dance competition in Europe next month.

Alexandra Meister and Nicolas Scheuer have been invited to compete in the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, beginning July 15. The Olympic-style event is held every two years and attracts dancers from around the world.

Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

Jun 24, 2016
Ralph Stanley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Appalachian music patriarch Ralph Stanley, who helped expand and popularize the bluegrass sound, has died. He was 89.

His publicist, Kirt Webster, says Stanley died yesterday.

Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia. He and brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. The brothers fused Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk of groups such as the Carter Family, and added a distinctive three-part harmony. Carter Stanley died of liver disease in 1966.

dollargeneral.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Tennessee’s largest companies has lost a precedent setting Supreme Court case that defines the limits of Native American tribal court authority.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that justices were deadlocked 4-4 in a closely watched dispute between the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and mid-state based Dollar General Corp. The impasse leaves a lower court decision in place that favors the tribe.

tn.gov

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — If you plan on voting in the August 4 election, election officials want you to know that July 5 is the last day you can register.

Officials say voter registration applications must be in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Mail-in applications must also be postmarked by that date.

You’re getting an extra day to register this year because the last day to register actually falls on July 4, a national holiday.

Jim Cooper

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/WMOT)  -- Tennessee’s Democratic congressman are among those who continue to stage a sit in on the floor of the U.S. House Representatives.

Middle Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper is using Facetime to talk with media and supporters from the floor of the house. West Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen took to Twitter to say “Proud to join my colleagues… Time to take action.”

supremecourt.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee and 25 other states have blocked President Obama’s attempts to shield millions of immigrants from deportation thanks to a 4-4 decision announced by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices' one-sentence opinion delivered Thursday morning effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

UTK

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --  A Republican Senator will try Wednesday to drum up bipartisan support for a gun control measure in Washington following the Orlando terror attack, while here in Tennessee public universities are wrestling with how best to implement a new law that allows guns on campus.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is pushing a compromise gun control measure that would let federal prosecutors bar guns for the 81,000 people on the federal no-fly list, and the 28,000 people on the government's selectee list.

mtsu.edu/consumer

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee consumers are feeling much better about the economy, but still intend to keep a tight grip on the family purse strings.

Dr. Tim Graeff heads the quarterly consumer sentiment survey for Middle Tennessee State University. He says the latest numbers clearly show consumer confidence is on the rise. As a result, survey results indicate most Tennesseans plan to spend more money in the near future.

On the down side, when Graeff asked state residents if they planned to buy any big ticket items in the near future most said “No.”

senate.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMOT)  --   Tennessee’s Republican Senators voted strictly along party lines yesterday when gun safety bills inspired by the Orlando terror attack came up for consideration at the nation’s capital.

The Nashville Posts reports that Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker voted in favor of GOP measures that would have prevented individual gun purchases to anyone on government watch lists, but only if a prosecutor was convinced that person was a threat. They also voted to expand resources for gun sales background checks.

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