Thu September 18, 2014

MTSU retooling financial aid to boost graduation


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is changing its financial aid package to encourage students to graduate in four years.

The university announced on Wednesday that it will supplement the Hope Lottery Scholarships of incoming students who stay on track to graduate. The school will pay $500 to Hope scholarship students after each of their first two years.

The school also will pay what it calls a "Finish Line Scholarship" to graduating seniors. That scholarship will return any tuition increases the student paid over the four years.

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Wed September 17, 2014

Tenn. based FedEx to hike ground, express delivery rates




MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January.


The company says that rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery, although it isn’t saying by how much.

The Memphis company says the express increase will apply to deliveries in, to or from the U.S. FedEx Freight will also boost prices an average of 4.9 percent within North America.

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Fri September 12, 2014

Consumer survey says: Time to buy a car?

Credit Volkswagen

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A report out this week shows that mid-state consumers are feeling increasingly confident about the local economy.

Dr. Tim Graeff of Middle Tennessee State University says the latest Middle Tennessee Consumer Index rose 23 points to 226.  He says the index has now scored above 200 for two consecutive quarters, something that hasn’t happened since before the economy crashed in 2008.

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Mon September 8, 2014

MTSU Group to Meet Sept. 11 to Further Women’s Role in Higher Education

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Women in higher education will get a boost from the American Association of University Women’s upcoming Murfreesboro branch meeting.

The gathering is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Forest Oaks Clubhouse, 1002 E. Northfield Blvd. It will include a potluck dinner and a silent auction to benefit AAUW’s educational opportunities and legal advocacy funds.

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” is the theme for the auction. Items up for grabs include mirrors, makeup, jewelry, hats, scarves, soaps and other products that enhance one’s beauty.

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Wed September 3, 2014

Volunteer Fair at MTSU

Andrea Hampton had a list of potential nonprofit organizations she was considering helping as a volunteer — and it kept growing.

Hampton, a freshman from Memphis, Tennessee, was among numerous MTSU students attending the annual Volunteer Fair Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The fair lets registered nonprofits — Greenhouse Ministries, Linebaugh Public Library, G.I.R.L.S. Ranch and more than 30 others — recruit students to allow them to become plugged in to community service and volunteer opportunities in order to make a difference.

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