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SURVEY: Sharp Rise in Mid-State Consumer Confidence

Feb 10, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new survey suggests mid-state consumers are feeling more confident about the economy, but perhaps not confident enough to change their buying habits.

Middle Tennessee State University released its quarterly consumer survey late last week. The survey was conducted in late January and early February and questioned randomly selected residents in Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford Counties.

MTSU plans to test its tornado sirens on campus next Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 12:20 p.m. This is a brief, routine test of the system, and no safety actions will be required. 

The university notifies the campus and surrounding neighborhoods before these monthly tests. Tests are conducted on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays to minimize distractions for classes and community neighbors. 

Paperwork is now being accepted for the Miss MTSU and Miss Murfreesboro Scholarship Pageants, which will be held starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Oakland High School theater, 2225 Patriot Drive.

The deadline for paperwork to be submitted is Monday, Feb. 17, but event officials say the earlier the submission the better for planning purposes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee.

The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs.

The family-owned company has operated in Italy since 1526. Beretta makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the U.S. Armed Forces M-9 pistol.

An agreement between the Middle Tennessee State University aerospace department and College Park, Ga.-based ExpressJet recently paid dividends when six university flight instructors were hired after all completed the same-day interview process.

All six — Patrick Brightman of Cordova, Tenn., Leland Waite of Meridan, Idaho, Alex Neal of Sweetwater, Tenn., Jarred Timok of Glen Allen, Va., Justin Forbess of Munford, Tenn., and Ethan Rawdon of Hohenwald, Tenn. — will join ExpressJet at various times in the coming months.