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.