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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United States' largest private prison operator said it can provide the additional detention facilities that will likely be needed under President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.

In an earnings call this week, CoreCivic President/CEO Damon Hininger identified the possible opportunity to grow its detention business with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee business leaders are feeling bullish following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

The latest Business Barometer report from Middle Tennessee State shows the largest single-quarterly gain in the barometer’s history, jumping from 177 points last fall to 470 points in January.

MTSU’s Dr. Tim Graeff says business leaders expect Trump to improve the business environment.

Pres. Trump trade actions costing Tennessee money?

Jan 30, 2017

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state researcher says President Donald Trump’s proposed actions on foreign trade, if enacted, could cost Tennessee millions of dollars in potential new business.

MTSU’s Dr. Steven Livingston edits the Tennessee Global Commerce report. Livingston says Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal was a blow to Tennessee Agriculture.

“The poultry industry was maybe the single biggest loser. That’s probably going to cost Tennessee poultry several hundred million dollars right there.”

Education failures threaten Tennessee's economy

Jan 27, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Governor Bill Haslam routinely touts the improvement in Tennessee’s student assessment scores over the last few years, but a new study puts that achievement in troubling perspective.

WMOT reporting partners has completed a study ranking the most and least educated states in the nations. Tennessee scored eighth from the bottom.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says the study reveals a pronounced regional difference in scores, with most southern states joining Tennessee at the bottom of the list.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it welcomed a record 11.3 million visitors in 2016 despite a deadly wildfire that began in the park.

A news release from the park says that the attendance numbers amount to a 5.6 percent increase over 2015.

Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said the support is particularly important following the November fire in the park that spread into the Gatlinburg tourist area.

The Nov. 28 fire killed 14 people in the Gatlinburg area and burned more than 2,400 buildings.