DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Freed-Hardeman University says it has agreed to assume ownership of the Renaissance Center in Dickson, with plans to offer a four-year undergraduate program and graduate degrees there.
Officials from Freed-Hardeman and the Jackson Foundation executed the transfer of ownership of the center on Friday.
The university says that in addition to offering college courses, it will continue to operate the Renaissance Center as a community venue for classes, meetings and performances for children and adults.
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jail workhouse and animal shelter have been evacuated in Shelbyville where emergency workers responded to a fire at a nearby Southern Energy Co. facility.
Police Chief Austin Swing says law enforcement evacuated a half-mile radius around the burning building Monday morning. He said there were reports that some oil tanks at the facility exploded around 10:30 a.m.
An ambulance was called for one person, but Swing did not know the person's condition.
PORTLAND, Tenn. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms that two tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee, causing some damage to buildings and homes.
After surveying damage Monday, the weather service said an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds touched down briefly around 5:30 p.m. CST on the southeast side of Orlinda in Robertson County, causing roof damage to homes and blowing out windows. An EF-1 is the second weakest classification.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A mid-state disaster relief ministry will be doing double-duty this week.
A small medical and assessment team from Franklin based Hope Force will fly out of Nashville headed for the Philippines today. The ministry will also be sending some of its disaster volunteers to help out in the Midwest following this weekend’s devastating tornadoes.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top labor official at Volkswagen says a decision on whether to add production to the German automaker's Chattanooga facility won't hinge on whether workers at the plant decide to seek union representation.
Bernd Osterloh is a member of Volkswagen's supervisory board and head of the company's global "works councils," groups that negotiate plant-specific matters such as job security and working conditions. Osterlo visited the Chattanooga plant yesterday and also and met with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in Nashville.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The interim president at the University of Memphis is advocating changes that include dropping out-of-state tuition, increasing enrollment and graduation numbers, and adding online course offerings.
Interim President Brad Martin tells The Commercial Appeal that he plans an "all hands on deck" meeting with university officials on Monday. He says the school will seek permission from the Tennessee Board of Regents to drop out-of-state tuition because the institution doesn't gain "any significant revenue" from it.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Tennessee is on track to have the worst methamphetamine lab production problem in the country according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn.
The Tennessean reports that during a 30 minute budget presentation for the Governor yesterday, Gwyn noted that other states have moved to make the drugs used to make meth available by prescription only.
Tennessee hasn’t taken that step to date, but it has enacted regulations to restrict the sale of over the counter cold medications and to track buyers who purchase them.