CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A report shows Tennessee's solar power and related industries provide more than 6,400 jobs and are helping put people back to work.
The report by the Tennessee Solar Institute shows the state ranks 22nd in installed solar power. The group says Tennessee needs to stay aggressive to compete with other states that have growing solar sectors.
The Institute’s Director of Programs, Dr. John Sanseverino, says solar’s cost-to-benefit ratio has finally reached the tipping point.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) WMOT News told you yesterday about the American Civil Liberties Union and the Sumner County Board of Education settling a law suit claiming the system was promoting Christianity.
In a consent decree announced earlier this week schools officials agreed to a long list of changes. However, David French, the attorney who represented the school system in the case, downplayed the scope of those changes when he spoke with WMOT.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Four convictions connected to an East Tennessee sexual murder/torture case, including one death penalty, have been nullified because the presiding judge was reportedly drunk during the trial.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation records obtained by reporter Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel show that a clerk or the district attorney routinely rescheduled former Judge Richard Baumgartner's daily docket when he was too intoxicated to work.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) - A special panel of the Tennessee legislature has recommended cutting some students' college scholarships in half. The panel says the move will save Tennessee as much as $17 million a year.
The bipartisan Lottery Stabilization Task Force voted unanimously yesterday to reduce the lottery scholarship awards by 50 percent for students who do not meet both the standardized testing and high school grade requirements.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Republican presidential primary candidate Herman Cain is fending off new allegations of marital infidelity as he prepares for an appearance here in Middle Tennessee.
Cain is scheduled to appear tomorrow evening at Middle Tennessee State University. The MTSU College of Business will host the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO as he speaks to students about turning the failing pizza chain around.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Here’s just one indication that Tennessee’s recession hasn’t been as deep or as damaging as what other southern states have experienced.
Neighboring states have suffered a significant number of bank failures in recent months, while Tennessee hasn’t had a bank close in nearly a decade.
Georgia has had 27 banks fail so far this year. Alabama and North Carolina had two bank closings each in 2011. Mississippi and Arkansas have both closed a single bank in recent months. A Kentucky bank failed last year.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s looking to improve Tennessee students' proficiency scores by 20 percent over the next five years. Haslam says that kind of improvement would provide evidence that his education overhaul is working.
Education commissioner Kevin Huffman says assessment scores currently show that only 40 percent of Tennessee third graders rank as proficient in reading, while just 29 percent of seventh graders are proficient in math.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recent study by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce found that Middle Tennessee has experienced a wave of relocations in the past five years. People are moving to the area from other parts of the country at a much higher rate than other metro areas.
Los Angeles was the biggest contributor of new residents from 2005 to 2009. Those relocating include about 600 who came with Nissan North America.