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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/MT10)  --  Sheriff Robert Arnold says Rutherford County’s Adult Detention Center is badly understaffed and is asking County Commissioners for a budget increase.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Lisa Marchesoni says there are currently only two deputies on each floor of the jail. Each floor houses roughly 150 to 200 inmates. She says some guard posts in the jail are routinely left unmanned, a situation that's dangerous for the guards as well as the inmates.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- A new survey suggests schoolyard bullying and violence are a frighteningly common experience. Nearly one student in three was involved in a physical fight within the last year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 33 percent of the nation’s students have been in a physical fight, one or more times in the last twelve months.

Tennessee students fared only marginally better. The CDC says about 31 percent of the state’s high schools students were involved in a fight in the previous year.  

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- Last Friday's mass shooting in Colorado continues to be the topic of conversation nationwide. WMOT News spoke with students on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University to get their reaction to the  tragedy.

Twenty-four year old James Holmes is the primary suspect in the shooting. Holmes is accused of entering a packed Colorado movie theater and opening fire on the audience. Twelve people died while 58 people were injured.

MTSU student Parham Abdi says the shooting left him feeling vulnerable.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- More than 300 Tennessee education professionals are in the Mid-State this week to learn how to use the arts to make learning any subject more interesting.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is hosting their second annual Creativity in Education Institute July 15th-18th on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Entitled Create 2012 the Institute is a professional development opportunity for teachers, superintendents and principals.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  Two out of ten Tennessee teens are not being taught about HIV and AIDS, according to a recently released nationwide survey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 survey shows that approximately 20% of Tennessee’s high school students are not being taught about AIDS in school.

Statistics also show that more than 17% of Tennessee’s high school students are sexually active.

Middle Tennessee State University senior Joshjuan Jones says his Memphis high school didn’t provide much sex education of any kind.

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