tennessee

11:29am

Wed March 21, 2012
Mayor Says Amazon Promising 1300 New Jobs

Amazon Breaks Ground in Murfreesboro Thursday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Online retail giant Amazon.com will break ground in Murfreesboro Thursday afternoon on a new distribution center.

State Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracey, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess, and Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg are all scheduled to attend.

Amazon has made a significant investment in Tennessee in recent months, including a one million-square-foot operation in the Chattanooga area that employs 1,700 people, and a facility in Bradley County that employs 400.

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11:24am

Wed March 21, 2012
Bill Fixes Problem with Original Legislation

Proposal Restricts Access to Teacher Evaluations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would restrict public access to Tennessee teacher evaluation data is headed for a full Senate vote.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville.

Tracy says his bill repairs an oversight in the original legislation governing the new system of teacher evaluations.

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11:20am

Wed March 21, 2012
Chamber of Commerce Opposses Measure

Sponsor Makes Changes to Gun Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — The Republican sponsor of a proposal that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots says he's listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it's not so broad.

Currently, the measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit. But Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport says his new proposal will apply only to people with handgun carry permits and contain other exceptions.

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5:05pm

Tue March 20, 2012
State Will Verify Search Information

New Strings on Unemployment Benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn  (AP) — The state Department of Labor is warning the 56,000 Tennesseans currently receiving unemployment benefits will soon be required to prove they’re looking for work.

The state is preparing to implement new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tennessee Department of Labor spokesman Jeff Hentschel explained the new requirements, saying...

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2:36pm

Mon March 19, 2012
APA Calls Tennessee "Model" State

Tenn. Graduation Rates Climbing Quickly

WASHINGTON, DC.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee is improving its high-school graduation rate faster than any state but Texas, according to a new report.

The report is being presented today in Washington at the Grad Nation Summit organized by the children's advocacy group America's Promise Alliance (APA).  The group was founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

From 2001 to 2009, graduation rates increased in the United States by three-and-a-half percentage points. Over the same period, Tennessee’s graduation rate increased by about 16 percent.

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