MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Smyrna based Native American Indian Association of Tennessee is working to bring down the native community’s high unemployment rate.
There are no federally recognized Indian tribes in Tennessee, but the Association says there are more than 17,000 full-blooded native people living in the state, along with another 42,000 of Native American heritage.
Virginia Pamplin is a case manager with the Native American Indian Association. She’s helping Tennessee’s native people find work in a difficult job environment.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new report detailing which Tennessee schools are turning out the state’s top scoring teachers is out and the results are surprising.
The report singles out six top performing programs from across Tennessee for special mention. Lipscomb University in Nashville, Union University in Jackson and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville all get top marks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Opponents of a mosque in Murfreesboro are pledging to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court after Tennessee’s Supreme Court justices declined to take up the case.
Neighbors of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro have been arguing in court for three years that the construction approval was illegal. They say there was insufficient public notice for the planning commission meeting where the approval occurred.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Mid-State Sex Offenders face special restrictions during Halloween week and some can expect a visit from police.
By state law, sex offenders are not allowed to participate in any Halloween activities. They can’t pass out candy, attend Halloween parties, or wear costumes, and are confined to their homes on trick-or-treat night.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The National Weather Service says the mid-state may see some severe weather this afternoon and evening.
A strong cold front will move across Middle Tennessee today. Passing storms could produce strong straight-line winds, heavy downpours, and localized flooding. There’s even a chance of isolated tornados.
A wind advisory in effect today between 1 and 10 p.m. We could see gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Attempts by the United Auto Workers to unionize Tennessee auto plants in Smyrna and Chattanooga have been much in the news in recent weeks.
The UAW claims the majority of workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga favor unionization based on a postcard poll it conducted there earlier this year.
The response by the state’s Republican leadership has been loud and angry. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker commented that it was “incomprehensible” that VW leadership and workers would consider allowing the UAW into the plant.