MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Middle Tennessee continues to lead the state’s economic recovery.
The State Department of Labor says Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose in March for the third straight month, but here in the Metropolitan Nashville area, 9 of 13 counties saw their jobless rate fall, rates in three more remained flat, and rose in only one.
Of the top ten counties with Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rates, eight are located here in the mid-state.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Murfreesboro’s annual Main Street Jazz Fest is fast approaching.
This is the festival’s 17th year and it will kick off Friday evening, May 3 on Murfreesboro’s historic downtown square. On Saturday there will be acts performing on two stages with WMOT’s Greg Lee hosting the main stage.
Main Street Murfreesboro Director Kathleen Herzog says JazzFest features local talent Friday afternoon and evening with no less than 9 Rutherford County student jazz bands performing.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – Tennessee higher education has received its first increase in general operating funds from the state in a decade.
In the legislative session just concluded, Tennessee lawmakers approved Governor Haslam’s full budget request of slightly more than $1.2 billion for the state’s universities, colleges and technical schools. The appropriation includes $78.7 million in new money, an increase of about 7 percent.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Murfreesboro Police say they’re preparing to step up enforcement against panhandlers in response to public complaints.
In a statement released this morning, the MPD notes that pedestrians can be charged for stepping into the street, obstructing a sidewalk, or trespassing on private property. Motorists can be ticketed for obstructing traffic.
The department says its already issued 30 citations to people officers have seen stepping into the street.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Ken Paulson, former editor at USA Today and CEO of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, has been selected as the next dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University.Paulson will take over his new position on July 1 and replaces Roy Moore, who will remain with the university as a professor.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's new science building is still under construction, but new video and images illustrate what the building's interior will look like once complete.
Final completion on the $147 million project on the Murfreesboro campus is scheduled to be ready for faculty and staff to move in by the fall of 2014. The first classes will start in the 2015 spring semester.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Organizers of the Country Music Marathon are beefing up security for their April 27 event in the wake of last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Competitor Group Inc., the group that runs the marathon, announced Friday it would increase security presence at the start and finish lines, with more than 150 private security officials added to the staffing plan. Security will control entry and exit into the 32 runner corrals. All participants may be subject to random bag checks at the April 25-26 health and fitness expo as well as at the race.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee’s unemployment rate has risen for the third month in a row and now stands three-tenths above the national jobless rate.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate in March was 7.9 percent, up one-tenth from February’s rate. Tennessee’s jobless rate had dropped to 7.6 percent in December before starting to rise the first of the year.
Unemployment rose in education, health and retail trade. New jobs were created in business services, transportation and utilities.