Thu October 23, 2014

Controversional Common Core to get a public review

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) Gov. Bill Haslam is laying out a process for a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years. But the recently implemented Common Core state education standards have proven controversial and the governor says he believes it's time to take a fresh look.

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Mon October 20, 2014

Prominent Tenn. Republican sides with president on ebola travel ban

Former Senator Bill Frist
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee elder statesman and former Senate Speaker Bill Frist is siding with President Obama in the debate over the usefulness of an ebola travel ban.

The Associated Press says GOP candidates see more opportunities in the public concern over the disease than in continuing to bash "Obamacare" in the midterm elections' final two weeks.

Scores of GOP candidates and a few Democrats are demanding restrictions on travel from African nations where ebola is present. Polls show wide public support.

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Mon October 20, 2014
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Tennessee motorists urged to beware of deer

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — State highway officials are urging Tennessee motorists to be extra cautious now that deer hunting and mating season has arrived.

The State Highway Patrol's Sgt. Bill Miller says that deer-related crashes are most likely to occur between October and January.

Miller reminds motorists that deer usually move in small groups.

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Wed October 15, 2014

MTSU dedicates new $147 million science building

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee (L) and Governor Bill Haslam attend the dedication of the university's new science building Wed., Oct. 15, 2014.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam presided Wednesday over the opening of a new $147 million science building at Middle Tennessee State University.

The 257,000-square-foot facility includes 37 class laboratories, 13 research labs and about 1,500 student stations.

During remarks at the dedication ceremony, Haslam said that, "Graduates with STEM degrees are important to our state’s ability to thrive, and the additional space to train these students — provided by this building — will help us compete in today’s global economy.”

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Tue October 14, 2014
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Ft. Campell soldiers prepare to head into the ebola zone

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP/)WMOT — Soldiers from Ft. Campbell  are preparing for their upcoming deployment to Africa with a color casing ceremony Tuesday.

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division are deploying to the West African nation of Liberia as part of the U.S. military's mission aimed at building Ebola care centers and training hundreds of health care workers.

During a recent press conference, President Obama called the virus a threat to national security.

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