MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state resident Alana Raybon grew up in a Christian home, but converted to Islam as a young woman.

As you can imagine, the conversion put a strain on her relationship with family, her mother in particular. Raybon says she argued with her mother frequently.

Eventually, the two stopped talking about faith altogether and the silence continued for nearly a decade. Even so, Raybon says her new faith was always the “elephant in the room” when visiting with family.

WMOT story wins a national radio award

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT has won a national award  for a story with a unique Middle Tennessee connection.

WMOT received the award from the Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI) association during its annual convention held this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The story recognized aired last year and highlights classes held regularly at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. WMOT News Director Mike Osborne attended a class on the sometimes misunderstood art of yodeling.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says proceeds from a potential fuel tax hike to increase Tennessee's transportation funding should not be limited to road projects.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a recent interview that public transit needs to be part of the equation, especially amid the increasing gridlock in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee counties.

The governor acknowledged that big transit projects are made more difficult because "federal money has dried up," and the state doesn't have as many resources to address the issue.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

According to The Tennessee, a White House official says the president plans to discuss how the nation can continue to build on progress made under the Affordable Care Act, which has helped more than 16 million Americans gain health insurance.

It's unclear whether Obama will speak in Nashville or somewhere else nearby in Middle Tennessee.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  At least three Murfreesboro residents have been arrested in recent weeks on warrants for “vaccination violation.” 

A search of records shows there are currently active warrants for 24 county residents for failing to get their pets vaccinated against rabies.

Michael Gregory, Director of Rutherford County’s Pet Adoption and Welfare Services, or PAWS office, says there have been 17 cases of rabies reported in Tennessee so far this year. Six of those cases occurred in Rutherford County.