Wed December 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

House concerts gain popularity in Middle Tennessee homes

Artist Annalise Emerick prepares to play a house concert in Brentwodd, TN, in early December, 2014.
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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Attending a live musical performance with thousands of other fans in a large concert hall, arena or even an outdoor stadium is an amazing experience.

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Wed December 10, 2014
Top Stories

Murf. woman shoots at dog, hits her hand instead

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- A Murfreesboro woman says she managed to shoot herself in the hand while trying to kill a dog in her backyard.

Fifty-five-year-old Freda Harwell tells police that she was trying to shoot a dog that was chasing her cat in the backyard of her West Street home at about 4 a.m. this morning.

Harwell shot herself in the left hand with a .22 caliber handgun. She told police that she dropped the gun in the backyard after the accident, but officers weren’t able to locate the weapon.

Police say there was gun powder residue around the wound.

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Tue December 9, 2014

Mom, 3 daughters rescued from Stones River

A paramedic with the Rutherford County Special Operations Response Team helps guide a partially submerged car Monday out of the Stones River to wrecker operator Scott Pack of Pack's Towing. Deputies and firefighters rescued four people from the car Saturday at Elam Mill Road.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  A few more details are available concerning the rescue of a mother and her three daughters after their car was swept into the Middle Fork of the Stones River Saturday.

Jodie Cowan tried to cross the rain swollen river at the Elam Mills Road slab Saturday evening, but the fast moving water pushed the car off the pavement.

Rutherford County Deputies responding to the family’s call for help found the car partially submerged with the swift water threatening to push Cowan and her three girls out of the vehicle and into the river.

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Mon December 8, 2014

Tenn. higher edu. official: funding system "broken"

Gov. Bill Haslam presides over state budget hearings on Friday.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee higher education officials say they'll be forced to continue raising tuition if the state doesn't provide adequate funding to help with costs at their institutions.


Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan and University of Tennessee System President Joe DiPietro addressed Gov. Bill Haslam at a higher education budget hearing on Friday.

DiPietro’s assessment was blunt.

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Mon December 8, 2014

Mid-State consumer confidence returns to pre-recession levels


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s taken more than seven years, but mid-state consumer confidence has finally returned to pre-recession levels.

A quarterly survey conducted by Middle Tennessee State University says consumer outlook jumped more than 100 points in a single quarter.

Survey Director Dr. Tim Graeff says these are the best numbers he’s seen since 2007. He says consumers are feeling good about their current finances and even better about future prospects.

That’s good news for mid-state retailers in the midst of the all important holiday shopping season.

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