From WMOT News


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans filing initial unemployment applications rose above 10,000 again this past week.

State labor officials report 10,145 workers filed jobless claims during the week that ended Oct. 10.

The number of unemployment applications had fallen to roughly 9,800 claims in each of the previous two weeks. That was the smallest number of initial requests for assistance by laid-off or furloughed Tennesseans since March.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period law for abortions is unconstitutional.


In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Judge Bernard Freidman says the law “substantially burdens women seeking an abortion in Tennessee."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office says the Republican is in quarantine after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus.


According to a statement, Lee tested negative Wednesday but he would be in quarantine with first lady Maria Lee.


She tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she also tested negative and said she and the governor both feel well.



WASHINGTON, DC. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn took direct aim at fellow Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris during yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Senator Harris asked Judge Barrett whether she would vote to strike down Obamacare if seated on the High Court. Barrett responded that she would simply use the law’s wording to interpret what Congress intended when it passed the Affordable Care Act.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Thursday a “Day of Prayer, Humility and Fasting” in Tennessee.

The proclamation “acknowledges the “pain, suffering and challenges Tennesseans are experiencing.”

Thursday’s day of prayer comes as state health officials are reporting signs of a new surge in COVID-19 infections.

Lee issued a similar proclamation in October of last year.