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.”

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.

Williamson County Schools

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new controversy has overtaken the Williamson County School Board as four incumbent members are targeted by an anonymous resolution.

The Tenneseean reports retired teacher Audrey Buffington read out the resolution last night. It charges board members’ Bobby Hullett, Anne McGraw, Rick Wimberly and Gary Anderson with violating board policy by accepting political endorsements for an upcoming election.

The Williamson Business PAC and WillCo Rising PAC recently endorsed the four incumbents in an election set for August 4.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers says Volkswagen officials have reneged on a pledge to recognize the union at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.

Gary Casteel, the UAW's secretary-treasurer, released a 2014 document Tuesday stating that Volkswagen would recognize the UAW as the representative of its members in exchange for the union dropping a challenge to the outcome of a union election at the plant in Chattanooga.

Abuse of elder Tennesseans vastly underreported

Jun 16, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An advocate for Tennessee seniors says the vast majority of cases of elder abuse are not being reported.

Grace Smith heads the Council on Aging for Middle Tennessee. She says only about 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported.

Perhaps most disturbing of all, Smith says family members are the ones most likely to abuse a senior citizen.

‘”Typically an adult child or a spouse, and very often someone who is financially dependent on the elder.”