SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says proceeds from a potential fuel tax hike to increase Tennessee's transportation funding should not be limited to road projects.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a recent interview that public transit needs to be part of the equation, especially amid the increasing gridlock in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee counties.

The governor acknowledged that big transit projects are made more difficult because "federal money has dried up," and the state doesn't have as many resources to address the issue.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

According to The Tennessee, a White House official says the president plans to discuss how the nation can continue to build on progress made under the Affordable Care Act, which has helped more than 16 million Americans gain health insurance.

It's unclear whether Obama will speak in Nashville or somewhere else nearby in Middle Tennessee.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  At least three Murfreesboro residents have been arrested in recent weeks on warrants for “vaccination violation.” 

A search of records shows there are currently active warrants for 24 county residents for failing to get their pets vaccinated against rabies.

Michael Gregory, Director of Rutherford County’s Pet Adoption and Welfare Services, or PAWS office, says there have been 17 cases of rabies reported in Tennessee so far this year. Six of those cases occurred in Rutherford County.

Salvation Army

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The mid-state’s sometimes dangerously hot summer days can be especially challenging for one of the region’s most vulnerable populations, the homeless.

The Salvation Army of Murfreesboro is responding by providing what the charity is calling “hydration stations” and “cooling centers” near areas where the homeless tend to congregate.

The first of two stations is located at the Army’s Murfreesboro headquarters building at 1137 West Main St. The second can be found at the Army’s Family Story location at 125 S. Front Street.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Music City has a new fan in British born classical violinist Kerenza Peacock.

Peacock is best known for her classical trio work and for soloist performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. But last year Peacock took a musical left turn, joining a London based Bluegrass group The Cole Porters.  

Peacock has been playing the violin for three decades, but says her classical career hasn’t afforded her with the freedom to improvise onstage.