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9:28am

Thu March 14, 2013
Business

Running On Empty: MTSU Researcher Ricketts’ Coast-to-Coast Drive Using No Gas Ends March 14

Driving though Memphis

Middle Tennessee State University alternative fuels researcher Dr. Cliff Ricketts sits behind the wheel of a car knowing full well that he is less than 24 hours from achieving a career goal.

Should all go as planned, Ricketts a longtime agriculture faculty member and 35-year alternative fuels researcher, will complete a 2,600-mile journey without using any gasoline. It’s possible he may be the first person ever to achieve this feat. Follow on Twitter @WeilerRandy.

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12:17pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Business

Tenn. College Says Middle-Class Getting Squeezed Out of Higher Education

Credit hiwassee.edu/

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A private East Tennessee college says middle class students are being priced out of higher education and has decided to reduce tuition in response.

Hiwassee College in Madisonville voted to reduce the student tuition cost by $6,000 per year, resulting in a $24,000 saving on a four-year degree.

Hiwassee spokesman Todd Littleton says the move will help middle class families who earn too much to qualify for financial aid, but not enough to afford private college for their children.

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8:32am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

Running on empty: MTSU researcher Ricketts Driving Coast-to-Coast Using No gas March 9-14

As a Middle Tennessee State University alternative fuels researcher, Dr. Cliff Ricketts believes he stands on the edge of history.

On Saturday, March 9, Ricketts will begin a five-day, 2,600-mile journey to drive coast-to-coast using no gas.

How can he do it? After driving across the country in March 2012 and needing only 2.15 gallons of gas, Ricketts has the solution: His fuel sources for the 1994 Toyota Tercel and 2005 Toyota Prius will be hydrogen from water separated by sun (solar), all produced on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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8:19am

Fri March 8, 2013
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Alumnus Artist Wayne White Returns to MTSU March 19 for Lecture, Film Screening

Wayne White is proud to dance a jig while wearing a giant puppet head of Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s proud to say that MTSU is where his art and his life began to bloom. 

And despite the title of the irreverent documentary that's made him a current media darling and an "overnight sensation" in an already 30-plus-year career, Wayne White does not find beauty "embarrassing." 

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6:05am

Fri March 8, 2013
Business

Tenn. January Unemployment Increases Slightly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for January was 7.7 percent, a slight increase from the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said Thursday that there are more than 2.8 million people employed in Tennessee.

That's the highest employment total for the state since December 2007.

The unemployment rate for last December was 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 7,600 jobs between December and January.

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