NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee's tea party activists hope to expand their influence with the fall election, but the movement's various groups may be too divided to have much impact.
The Tennessean reports tea party groups hope to pick off a few members of the state legislature, with the idea of reshaping its leadership. But the groups have not agreed to which members to go after. Nor have they settled on a slate of candidates to support.
The situation in Tennessee may also indicate a broader problem for the tea party movement.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is making efforts to increase its graduation rate. Just over half its students are currently completing college within six years.
According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 53 percent of MTSU students who began in fall 2004 graduated by 2010. That was fourth best among the state's four-year public universities. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was tops with 67 percent. Tennessee Tech had a 55 percent graduation rate, and UT-Martin's rate was 54 percent.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Bonnaroo and CMA’s Fan Fair are both underway, making for one of the biggest tourism weekends of the year for Middle Tennessee..
Sarah Raulerson is attending Bonnaroo for the first time. Sarah works with WMOT’s sister station WMTS. Bonnaroo traffic is a perennial headache here in the Mid-State, but Sarah says she had little trouble getting to the festival.
“There’s not been much traffic. I didn’t run into any traffic on the way up here yesterday morning. I went into the toll booth and was parked within fifteen minutes.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- More than 48,000 Tennesseans could lose their extended unemployment benefits by the end of the year.
As the recession gathered steam in early 2008, Congress authorized the first in a series of emergency extensions to unemployment benefits. With the jobless rate rising rapidly, the extra benefits were intended to tide the long-term unemployed over until the jobless rate began to fall.