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12:47pm

Wed January 21, 2015
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Study: a million dollars goes up in smoke

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you live in Tennessee and smoke, plan on spending a cool million dollars on your habit.

Our reporting partners at the personal finance website Wallethub.com decided to estimate the individual costs of smoking by state in honor of national Tobacco Free Awareness Week.

Wallethub’s Jill Gonzalez says several factors went into estimating the lifetime costs of smoking.

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8:22am

Tue January 20, 2015
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High court to hear appeal over records in Vandy rape case

Tennessee Supreme Court
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether news media are entitled to records related to a rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.

The Court of Appeals in September ruled that records sought by a statewide media coalition should not be made public because they’re part of a continuing police investigation. The decision reversed a lower court that found that some records given to police should be made available.

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5:43am

Tue January 20, 2015
Arts & Culture

State archives holds workshop on World War I, Alvin C. York

Over the Top, ca. 1918, John William Overton Papers
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives is holding a free workshop about World War I and the 60,000 Tennesseans who served in The Great War.

The session will focus on Tennessee war hero Alvin C. York who earned the Medal of Valor and numerous other commendations. Tennessee Tech University history professor Michael Birdwell will lead the workshop.

Birdwell says much of what people think they know about York is probably wrong, including the fact that he captured all those German soldiers single-handedly.

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10:33am

Fri January 16, 2015
Politics

Governor's administration files teacher evaluation bill

Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam (L) and Tennessee Education Association President Barbara Gray.

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure that adjusts the way Tennessee evaluates its teachers has been introduced in the State Legislature.

 

Governor Haslam proposed the bill, temporarily lowering how much of a teacher’s evaluation depends on student test scores. Currently, 35 percent of an educator's evaluation is composed of student achievement data.

Barbara Gray, President of the state’s largest teacher’s union applauds the proposal. She says the current student assessment, the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS), is deeply flawed.

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11:20am

Thu January 15, 2015
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Murf. named one of the best college towns in America

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The personal finance website Wallethub.com has named Murfreesboro one of the best college towns in the nation.

Home to Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro was ranked 49th and was the only college town in the state to make the list.

The study measured several criteria, including safety, affordability, housing costs, and amenities.

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