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12:51pm

Mon December 10, 2012
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Knoxville Returns to Pre-Recession Levels of Economic Activity

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
Credit City of Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The City of Knoxville is named in a short list of the nation’s top performing metropolitan economies.

A new report from the Brookings Institute says that Dallas, Pittsburgh and Knoxville are the only metro areas in the U.S. to return to pre-recession levels of economic activity.

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10:50am

Mon December 10, 2012
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Tennessee's Anti-Smoking Efforts Called "Disapointing."

Credit tobaccofreekids.org/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Anti-smoking groups are chiding Tennessee for not doing more to keep the state’s teens from picking up the habit.

In a report released last week, a coalition of health groups ranks Tennessee 45th in the nation for funding stop smoking campaigns.

The report says tobacco companies spend more than $251 million each year in Tennessee to promote tobacco use.  By comparison, the coalition says the State of Tennessee spends just $220,000 on stop smoking efforts.

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7:46am

Mon December 10, 2012
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Tenn. Senator Gets National Media Attention for Fiscal Cliff Comments

U.S. Senator Bob Corker
Credit U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) —  Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is getting national media attention as he weighs in on tax reform negotiations.  Republican mavericks like Corker are pressuring their leaders to rethink some of the most contentious issues, like taxes.

Corker is being quoted saying Senate Republicans would probably agree to higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans if it leads to overhauling entitlement programs. Here’s what he had to say when he spoke to reporter Judy Woodruff recently on the PBS NewsHour.

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12:09pm

Fri December 7, 2012
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A Murfreesboro "Home Away from Home" for Tennessee Vets

Andrea Lawrence (L) President of Tennessee Fisher House and TFH Board Member Colonel (Retired) Thomas Vaughn (R) stand in front of Tennessee's first Fisher House under construction on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in December, 2012.
Credit WMOT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  As the nation marks the 71st anniversary of Japan’s December 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, construction is getting underway in Middle Tennessee for a “home away from home” for Tennessee veterans.

The Tennessee affiliate of the Fisher House Foundation is building a home on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro. Once completed, the Fisher House will provide lodging for up to 12 veterans under treatment at the hospital and their families.

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8:36am

Fri December 7, 2012
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Price War Driving Low Fuel Prices in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro is the place to be if your gas gauge is pushing into the red.

According to Gasbuddy.com regular unleaded was selling at a number of stations around town Friday morning at $2.96.

A few stations in Nashville and Lebanon are selling regular for $2.99. A gallon of gas is selling today for $3.15 in Franklin, $3.13 in Manchester, $3.09 in Dickson and $3.08 in Clarksville.

The Murfreesboro prices are now 19 cents below the state average and 41 cents below the national average.

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