Fri March 22, 2013

Tenn. Unemployment Rises Again in February

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, up a tenth from January’s figure.

The state's jobless rate has risen the past two months, up from 7.6 percent in December.

The Department of Labor’s Jeff Hentschel says at least some of the increase can be attributed to seasonal factors.

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Fri March 22, 2013

Mid-State Realtors Report Growing Sales, Rising Home Prices

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  It’s looking more and more like Middle Tennessee’s housing market has turned the corner.

Candy Joyce is with the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors.

“The phones are ringing, people are buying, investment properties are moving and folks are ready to get back in the market again.”

Joyce says that in Rutherford County the average home sales price has jumped $6,000 in the past year to more than $163,000. She also says the average time a home stays on the market is falling.

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Thu March 14, 2013

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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Mon March 11, 2013

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


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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Fri March 8, 2013

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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