middle tennessee

Diocese of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A yearlong celebration begins tomorrow marking the 175th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.

Bishop David Choby will lead a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows in downtown Nashville. St. Mary was the cathedral for the diocese from 1847 to 1914.

The celebration will continue with a monthly mass in some of the oldest churches across the diocese and conclude with a larger celebration in September 2013.

Diocese spokesman Rick Musacchio says Catholics comprise about four percent of the Mid-State’s population.

 MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  State fire crews have worked more than two-dozen wildfires in Middle Tennessee in the last five days.

Highland Rim Fire Resource Coordinator James Phillips says his crews have worked 27 fires in the Mid-State since July 1. He says local fire departments ask for state assistance on all but the smallest wild fires.

Phillips says the fires his teams have responded to ranged up to about 25 acres in size, and most had a human cause.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  The National Weather Service says the heat wave Middle Tennessee is enduring has broken high temperature records dating back to the 1870s.

The Weather Service office in Nashville says a temperature of 109 degrees was recorded at the airport on Friday afternoon, a new all-time record. Murfreesboro also set a new record, hitting an all-time high of 108 degrees.

Lead forecaster Sam Shamburger says we’re going to see some change in the weather this week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With federal stimulus funds drying up, the availability of summer jobs in Middle Tennessee will be limited.

That means there will be more competition for jobs that usually go to teens and young adults with little or no real working experience.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Soaring temperatures in Middle Tennessee have broken a record set in 1911.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Richards told The Tennessean that the temperature on Saturday hit 95 degrees. That's one degree more than the record temperature of 94 that was set more than a century ago. Richards said the data was recorded at the Nashville International Airport.

The normal temperature of the area near the end of May is 81 degrees.