MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Tennessee Department of Labor has released its county-by-county look at unemployment for December.
Middle Tennessee’s overall jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent in December, down three-tenths from the November rate and down a full percentage point from December 2010.
Williamson County has the region’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent in December. Hickman County has the worst joblessness at 9.8 percent. Hickman and Trousdale were the only counties in the mid-state to see unemployment rise between November and December.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee poll shows an overwhelming majority of Tennesseans think texting behind the wheel is as unsafe as drunken driving. Yet 27 percent of respondents said they had texted while driving in the previous month.
The poll was conducted by UT's Center for Transportation Research. It showed a nearly equal percentage of people think drunken driving is highly dangerous, but a quarter of respondents said they had done it in the last 30 days, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Republican state legislators are pushing a measure aimed at allowing local governments to display the Ten Commandments in county courthouses or on public grounds in Tennessee.
Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville and Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesboro have introduced a bill authorizing counties and cities to set up displays of historical documents and monuments and writings, as the bill reads, "recognized to commemorate freedom and the rich history of Tennessee and the United States."
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Three of Tennessee's congressional representatives have signed up to take "dates" to tonight's State of the Union speech.
The political action group No Labels is sponsoring the initiative that asks representatives to arrange to sit with members of the opposite political party at the president's speech to promote political civility.
No Labels launched the dates program at last year's State of the Union address, shortly after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a political event in Arizona.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to cut some students' lottery scholarships in half is a hot topic this legislative session.
The plan, suggested by a panel of state lawmakers, would reduce by 50 percent the lottery scholarship awards for students who do not meet both standardized testing and high school grade requirements.
Right now, students can get a scholarship worth $4,000 for each of four years if they either earn a 3.0 grade point average in high school or score a 21 on their ACT college entrance exam.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee has passed the House.
The measure was approved 73-17 Thursday. The companion legislation passed the Senate last year. The measure must now be approved by a two-thirds vote of both chambers in the next General Assembly before it's placed on the ballot in 2014.
Opponents of the legislation say it's unnecessary because the state constitution already bans an income tax and that the measure is politically motivated.