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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The number of Tennesseans hitting the roads for Thanksgiving this year is up significantly, but holiday travel has still not returned to pre-recession levels.

AAA says about 46.3 million Americans will travel this holiday season. That’s up more than 4 percent over 2013, but still better than 4 million travelers below the 2007, pre-recession peak.

AAA says about a million Tennesseans will be on the move during the holidays. Spokesman Mark Jenkins says it’s going to be crowded on the nation’s highways.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate continued to fall in October.

The Tennessee Department of Labor reports that the state jobless rate for ticked down two-tenths from the previous month to 7.1 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate is still well above the national jobless rate, which currently stands at 5.8 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate bucked the national trend and rose steadily the first half of the year, but has begun to fall again in more recent months.



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The nonprofit Alive Hospice has announced that it will be opening a new facility in Rutherford County.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approved an application for the charity to begin working toward a June 2016 opening of a free-standing facility in Murfreesboro.

Alive Hospice currently provides care for terminally ill patients and grief support services in Rutherford County, but CEO AnnaGene O’Neal says the new facility will be available for patients needing a more intensive level of hospice care.

— MTSU's Department of Recording Industry is on an international list of acclaimed schools touted by The Hollywood Reporter that includes Juilliard, Berklee, Yale and even London's Royal College of Music.

The department’s music business program is part of the magazine's "Top 25 Music Schools 2014," which was published online and in the Nov. 14 edition of The Hollywood Reporter.

There was cause — and nearly $200,000 reasons — for celebration on the MTSU campus Thursday (Oct. 30).

The university announced a two-year, $195,000 National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to further the advancement of women in STEM — or science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and potentially all female students and staff at MTSU.