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12:03pm

Fri August 17, 2012
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Tennessee Unemployment Back Above the National Average

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose sharply in July.

Joblessness jumped three tenths of one percent to 8.4 percent, pushing it above the national rate of 8.3 percent.

The new rate is the highest Tennessee has seen since last December, but still a full percentage point below August 2011.

In spite of rising unemployment, Tennessee saw strong job growth in July in the manufacturing, health care and government employment sectors. The state lost jobs in hospitality, business services, and transportation.

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11:56am

Fri August 17, 2012
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Tenn. Teens Get $1000 Awards from Atheist Group

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Three Tennessee teens have received $1000 awards from the Freedom From Religion Foundation for their activism on local issues of church and state separation.

Earlier this year Lenoir City student Krystal Myers received a $1000 activist award for writing a column on gay issues for her school newspaper. The article was banned prior to publication.

Jeff Shott of Spring Hill received $1,000 after he dressed up as Jesus Christ to protest church-state issues at his school.

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11:47am

Thu August 16, 2012
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Tennessee Exports Continue to Rebound

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The U.S. Department of Commerce says Tennessee is exporting goods at a record pace this year.

Tennessee had exports totaling $15.7 billion in the first half of the 2012, up $1.1 billion or about eight percent over the same period in 2011.

Dr. Steven Livingston is an economist with the Business and Economics Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University. He says Tennessee exports began rebounding in 2011, led by the transportation sector.

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11:43am

Thu August 16, 2012
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Some Mid-State Schools Go Under State Microscope

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Several Middle Tennessee school systems will be watched more closely by the state following the release of this year’s educational assessment scores.

Metro Nashville is the only mid-state system with schools that scored in the bottom five percent of all assessments. As a result, six metro schools are subject to state intervention.

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11:39am

Thu August 16, 2012
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Tenn. Group Sends Troop Care Packages Worth $2.5 Million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee based organization has sent more than $2 million worth of care packages to American troops deployed overseas.

Memphis based Operation Troop Aid is the brainchild of 21-year Navy veteran Mark Wood. Wood was serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise on 9-11. He was inspired to do something more for service men and women following a visit to the ship by country music great Garth Brooks.

Woods says the care packages Troop Aid sends include a variety of items.

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