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10:31am

Thu September 20, 2012
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Naturalization Ceremony for 300 on the MTSU Campus

Judge Joe B. Brown, left, poses for a photo with three MTSU students who became U.S. citizens in a special Sept. 17 naturalization ceremony. The students are Tammy Li, Levon Mkrtchyan and Mike Patel.
MTSU photo by Darby Campbell

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.

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12:51pm

Wed September 19, 2012
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Atheist Group Says Prayers at Vols Games are Illegal

Game day at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.
Univ. of Tennessee Sports

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.

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12:41pm

Wed September 19, 2012
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Humane Society Disapointed in Horse Soring Sentence

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.

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11:05am

Wed September 19, 2012
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Nashville Symphony Debuts Piece Built Around Maya Angelou Poems

Soprano Angel Brown
Nashville Symphony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The work of three celebrated artists intersect in Nashville Thursday evening.

The Nashville Symphony will feature a work that combines the poetry of Maya Angelou, the music of composer Richard Danielpour and the voice of soprano Angela Brown.

Brown and Danielpour have worked together in the past and Brown says she’s happy to be doing so again.

“His music is like the American quilt of music. You find jazz, you find gospel, you find classical; you find a lot of things that pull on the heart-strings of American music.”

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12:37pm

Fri September 7, 2012
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Tennessee Colleges Adjust to New Funding Formula

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.

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