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LAVERGNE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state community has been named one of the best small cities in American to start a business.

WMOT reporting partner used 17 business criteria to compare 1200 small cities across the U.S. Rutherford County’s LaVergne came in at fifth in the nation, the only small city in Tennessee to make the list.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says LaVergne owes its top ranking to an outstanding business environment.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has declined to take up Volkswagen's challenge of a union vote at its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

The German automaker had sought to appeal a decision that allowed the group of roughly 160 workers specializing in the repair and maintenance of machinery and robots to hold a unionization vote.

The United Auto Workers won that election 108-44, but the company declined to enter into contract negotiations while challenging the election to the federal labor panel.

Are Tennesseans gettng a good tax-dollar ROI?

Apr 7, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With the final day to file your tax return fast approaching a new study suggests Tennesseans are getting a surprisingly big bang for their tax buck.

WMOT reporting partner has just completed a report on the States with the Best and Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment. To rank the states, Wallethub compared tax rates with the level of provided services in key area such as Education, Health and Safety.

Jobs worries continue to haunt Tennessee consumers

Apr 1, 2016

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new survey says Tennessee consumers are feeling better about the local economy but are also still fretting about the job market.

Middle Tennessee State University has released its quarterly survey of consumer sentiment. Director Tim Graeff says the good news is that there was a heathy increase in consumer confidence over the past quarter. The bad news is that, even with the increase, Tennessee consumer sentiment is still in negative territory.

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. is aggressively expanding its footprint.

The chain, based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, said that it plans to add about 2,000 stores over the next two years, bringing the total count to more than 14,000 stores.

Dollar General plans to open 900 new stores and relocate or remodel 875 stores in the current year. For next year, it forecasts opening 1,000 new stores and plans relocations or remodels of 900 stores.

It also projects annual net sales to increase 7 percent to 10 percent.