MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (ANFINSON) -- As part of its annual Constitution Day celebration, Middle Tennessee State University played host to a naturalization ceremony for 300 immigrants. The celebration also included student-led readings of the Constitution.
Nearly 300 immigrants gathered in the Murphy Center along with friends, family and members of the community. Judge Joe B. Brown of the US District Court for Middle Tennessee led the swearing-in ceremony.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — University of Tennessee officials say prayer before football games at Neyland Stadium does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, the university is preparing a formal response to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). University spokeswoman Margie Nichols says the administration believes there is no reason to halt the tradition of a pre-kickoff invocation.
Annie-Laurie Gaylor is co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin, based FFRF.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — A federal judge in Chattanooga has sentenced a Tennessee walking horse trainer caught abusing horses in an undercover video to three years' probation and fined him $75,000.
The video, shot by informants for the Humane Society, shows Jackie McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand.
The process is called soring and is used to enhance the horses' high-stepping gait.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Anfinson) -- Record numbers of college freshmen are enrolled at state schools across Tennessee, but a legislative change in arithmetic means a new economy of results will replace the long-used economy of scale.
Enrollment at TBR colleges rose over 26 percent between 2001 and 2011. Prior to recent legislation, public funding was tied to student enrollment, but passage of the Complete College Tennessee Act changes that calculus. State appropriation is now based on retention and graduation rates rather than the number of students.