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12:27pm

Thu September 27, 2012
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Barrett Loses Another Tennessee Voter Photo ID Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Nashville has upheld Tennessee's voter identification statute.

The Tennessean reports that after about three hours of oral arguments yesterday, Judge Carol McCoy ruled against civil rights attorney George Barrett in the case. Barrett contended the state constitution requires only proof of legal age, residency and registration to vote.

The judge responded that voting procedures have evolved over the years and the legislature can enact laws that secure what the court termed "the purity of the ballot box."

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11:58am

Wed September 26, 2012
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UT Knoxville Police Issue Citations in Alcohol Poisoning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee Police have cited a dozen people for underage consumption of alcohol after a fraternity member was treated at the UT hospital for alcohol poisoning.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, those cited included 11 members of the campus Pi Kappa Alpha chapter and one guest.

Mark Broughton says his son, Alexander, was released from the hospital Sunday and is now back in class. The 20-year-old UT freshman ended up in the ER Saturday night with a blood alcohol level of 4.0, several times the legal limit.

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10:16am

Tue September 25, 2012
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Teens Gather in LaVergne for Unique Grief Counseling

A mid-state teen enjoying a climbing activity at a grief counseling session held in La Vergne by Alive Hospice.
Alive Hospice

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Teens from across Middle Tennessee gathered in Rutherford County this weekend for a unique opportunity.

Eighteen young people converged on a youth camp in LaVergne for a grief counseling session sponsored by Alive Hospice.

The organization provides palliative care for Tennesseans facing their last days, and also provides counseling to those left behind.  Alive used a rock climbing wall to challenge the teens, all of whom have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

Pam Quaintance is one of Alive’s grief counselors.

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1:09pm

Mon September 24, 2012
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Tennessee POW/MIA Honored with State Declaration

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder
State of Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder have declared this week as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Week.

Commissioner Grinder is a military veteran herself, having served most recently in Afghanistan. She says she recently had opportunity to attend a luncheon meeting of Tennesseans who are former POWs.

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1:48pm

Fri September 21, 2012
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Tenn. Jobless Rate Up 4 Months in a Row

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 8.5 percent, the fourth consecutive month there’s been an increase.

Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis says that the increase is one-tenth of a percentage point increase over the previous month.

Tennessee’s jobless rate has now climbed four-tenths above the national  unemployment rate of 8.1 percent.

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