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11:58am

Wed November 9, 2011
Rural Tennesseans Most Likely to Benefit

MTSU Prof. Says Fed Internet Plan Akin to TVA Effort

A MTSU Professor says that a federal internet plan could have a profound impact on Tennessee.

Federal regulators are announcing today that they've cobbled together a consortium of businesses and non-profit organizations to cut the number of U.S. homes that don't have broadband internet service, now at one third, or about 35 million homes.

As part of a federal project cable companies will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to poor homes with children eligible for the school lunch program.   The plan will be available starting next summer.

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12:54pm

Mon November 7, 2011
If You Want to See a Public Document, You Can

Burris On Media: State FOI

Dr. Larry Burriss

Murfreesboro, Tenn It’s been said that all politics is local, meaning the most important political decisions are really made at the local level, not the state and national. And if that’s true, then it follows that the most important examples of political and public information are also local.

So, let’s take a quick look at who can look at local public records, and what records are available to the local public.

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12:14pm

Fri November 4, 2011
Education in Tennessee Would See Deep Cuts

MTSU Prof. Warns About "Super" Budget Cuts

The congressional "Super Committee" appears to be making little progress in its goal of cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

If the committee fails to come to agreement, then $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts will go into effect.

Dr. Murat Arik, a researcher with the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Business and Economic Research says Tennessee will be deeply impacted.

Dr. Arik says federal education dollars that normally flow to Tennessee would likely be among the first casualties.

 

11:56am

Fri November 4, 2011
MTSU Team is Defending Champion

Battle of the Brains Held at MTSU

Nine universities will compete tomorrow in a computer programming contest here in Murfreesboro at Middle Tennessee State University.

MTSU, Vanderbilt, East Tennessee State, North Alabama, Maryville, Belmont, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State will participate in what’s commonly called “The Battle of the Brains.”

Dr. Chrisila Petty, Chair of the Department of Computer Sciences at MTSU, says the university's team is the defending champion. The winner will advance to national and possibly international competitions.

3:35pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Is Demonstrating Un-American?

Burriss on Media: Protests

     I made a silly mistake in class last year, and asked my students how many of them remember the riots that helped end the Vietnam War.  Of the 40-some students, only one was old enough to remember those days of demonstrations, tear gas and arrests.

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