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Consumer survey says: Time to buy a car?

Sep 12, 2014
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.

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.

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.

dollargeneral.com

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dollar General is boosting its bid for rival Family Dollar to approximately $9.1 billion and says it's now willing to more than double the number of stores it would shed to avoid trouble with regulators.

The newest bid from Dollar General is worth $80 per share, up from $78.50. Dollar General's previous bid, worth nearly $9 billion, was rejected by Family Dollar in favor of an offer of about $8.5 billion one Dollar Tree Inc.

Nashville REALLY average, and that's a good thing

Aug 28, 2014
wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study suggests that Nashville is the most average metro area in the country, and that may be good for business.

Researchers with the personal finance website Wallethub.com yesterday released a study that lists Nashville as demographically the city most like the United States as a whole.

Finance writer Richie Bernardo led the study. He says companies rolling out new products may now find the mid-state more attractive.

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