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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The AAA says holiday travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday will reach levels not seen since before the Great Recession.

The agency says it expects 35. 5 million Americans to hit the nation’s roads for the long holiday weekend that begins next Thursday. AAA says there haven’t been that many Labor Day travelers on the move since 2008.

AAA spokesperson Stephanie Milani says Tennessee’s roadways are going to be crowded.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Here’s a heads up for Tennesseans who may have lost a job to foreign competition: The state is offering an array of services to workers displaced by foreign imports.

Workers laid off through no fault of their own may be eligible for job training, job search help, relocation allowances, and perhaps even special unemployment benefits.

Robin Wright with the Tennessee Department of Labor says workers displaced years ago due to foreign imports, might still be eligible for assistance.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   There’s been a sharp drop in gas prices in recent weeks here in Tennessee and across the nation.

AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report says Tennesseans are paying an average of $2.31 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline today. That’s down five cents in the past week, 20 cents in the past month, and 93 cents in the past year.

Some Murfreesboro stations are selling gas today for as low as $2.12 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Murfreesboro is one of the best spots in the country for first time buyers to get into that new home.

WMOT reporting partner ranked Murfreesboro 26th in its list of the 300 best cities to buy a first home. Murfreesboro scored even higher when compared to other small cities the same size, coming in at fifteenth in the nation.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Wallethub considered several criteria, including square footage, average price, living environment, and crime rates.  


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee's poultry industry may have dodged a billion dollar bullet, but nearly two dozen other states haven’t been so fortunate.

Poultry producers in 21 states have been forced to destroy about 50 million birds infected by an avian flu . Left unchecked, the disease can wipe out an entire flock in less than a week.