SHELBVYVILLE, Tenn. (AP./WMOT) — The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is changing the way soring test results are handled at this year’s annual competition.
The Celebration's Board of Directors say that for the first time, results from chemical tests will be made public immediately, and result in trainers losing their trophies and prize money if caught abusing horses.
In the past, chemical test results were delayed, but this year the results will be expedited and made available during the event.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls "confusion" about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.
The Republican governor was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Sharia in Tennessee government.
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Humane Society of the United States is launching a hotline and reward for people to call in tips about abuse of Tennessee walking horses ahead of the breed's national show in Shelbyville next week.
The Horse Protection Act prevents a form of abuse called soring, a practice of using chemicals and chains to train horses to perform high-stepping gaits for shows and competitions.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee’s unemployment rate rose sharply in July.
Joblessness jumped three tenths of one percent to 8.4 percent, pushing it above the national rate of 8.3 percent.
The new rate is the highest Tennessee has seen since last December, but still a full percentage point below August 2011.
In spite of rising unemployment, Tennessee saw strong job growth in July in the manufacturing, health care and government employment sectors. The state lost jobs in hospitality, business services, and transportation.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce says Tennessee is exporting goods at a record pace this year.
Tennessee had exports totaling $15.7 billion in the first half of the 2012, up $1.1 billion or about eight percent over the same period in 2011.
Dr. Steven Livingston is an economist with the Business and Economics Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University. He says Tennessee exports began rebounding in 2011, led by the transportation sector.