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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee has a dropped a spot in Chief Executive magazine's annual rating of the best and worst states for business, citing political interference with unionization efforts at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Under the heading “Development Trend Indicator: Downward” the magazine notes "State politicians shouldn't have messed in Volkswagen's unionization business."

The state's ranking dropped from third to fourth.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The tens of thousands of Tennesseans graduating from the state’s colleges and universities in the last few days should be pleased to hear that the mid-state is a pretty good place to begin a career.

WMOT reporting partners at the personal finance website on Monday released a list of the best and worst metro areas in the nation to find that first job. In a list of 150 cities, Nashville clocked in at a respectable 21.

AAA: Rising gas prices won't impact holiday travel

May 8, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee gas prices have been inching up since the first of the year, but AAA says the increases likely will not impact plans for summer travel.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded regular fuel stands at $2.41 here in Tennessee, that’s 24 cents below the national average and more than a dollar below gas prices this time last year.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers has drawn up a proposal for creating a German-style works council at Volkswagen plant in Tennessee that is predicated on the automaker recognizing the union as its exclusive bargaining partner.

The UAW's "Vision Statement" released Thursday is based on an agreement struck with Volkswagen before workers narrowly defeated a union vote at the Chattanooga factory last year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Nashville is one of the best cities in the country to work for a small company.

WMOT’s reporting partners at the personal finance website ranked the nation’s 100 largest cities using eleven metrics. Nashville ranked sixth in the nation, coming in ahead of Salt Lake City and just behind Omaha.

Wallethub’s Jill Gonzalez says Nashville scored in the top ten because of unusually high average salaries of around $60,000 a year, and because there are lots of small business jobs to choose from.