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9:15am

Thu May 16, 2013
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Australian Hiker Dies Along Appalachian Trail

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — An Australian who was hiking the Appalachian Trail in eastern Tennessee has died.

Authorities said 71-year-old George Walls Grant from Collie, Western Australia, fell ill while hitchhiking to a market on Monday.

The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/16BMTKp ) reported motorist James Self noticed Grant was having a medical problem and took him to a rescue squad station. An ambulance took Grant to a hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

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12:34pm

Mon May 13, 2013
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Revelations Concerning Problems at DCS Continue

State Rep. Sherry Jones
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Many of the recently released case files of children who died or nearly died after being under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services were not filled out until months after a child's death.

The Tennessean has now reviewed 36 of the 42 records of cases released at a hearing on Friday by a Davidson County judge. The newspaper also found that many of the records lacked legally required information.

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9:44am

Mon May 13, 2013
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"Ride of Silence" Commemorates Death of Murfreesboro Cyclist

Credit mborobike.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Mid-state cycling enthusiasts will participate Wednesday in a national day of remembrance for riders who’ve been killed in traffic accidents in the past year.

A total of eight cyclists died in Tennessee during 2012, while five died during 2011. A single rider has died so far in 2013.

A student cyclist attending Middle Tennessee State University was killed in February. Twenty year-old Timothy Martin was struck and killed while walking his bike across Rutherford Blvd not far from the MTSU campus.

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8:27am

Mon May 13, 2013
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Mid-State Jury to Hear Notorious East Tenn. Rape-Murder Case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A southern Kentucky man is being retried in the torture slayings of a young Knoxville couple.

The second trial of George Thomas begins Monday in Knoxville before a jury selected in Nashville. Thomas is one of four defendants convicted in the kidnapping, torture and killing of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January 2009.

Thomas was convicted in December 2009, but the trial judge abruptly left the bench without affirming the jury's verdict. Judge Richard Baumgartner was later convicted on charges related to his abuse of painkillers.

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8:51am

Fri May 10, 2013
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Nobel Prize Winner Leaves Medal, Generous Gift to MTSU

Jeff Whorley glances at a photo of his late uncle, Nobel laureate and MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan, during a celebration Thursday afternoon of Dr. Buchanan’s life outside the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.
Credit MTSU photos by J. Intintoli

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Nobel Prize medal has found a new home here in Middle Tennessee.

Thursday afternoon the family of the late Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan presented his 1986 Nobel medal in economics to Middle Tennessee State University.

Buchanan was a Tennessee native and 1940 graduate of then Middle Tennessee State Teacher’s College. He went on to do ground-breaking research at the intersection of economics and politics.

Dr. Barbara S. Haskew, a former MTSU Provost, was among those lauding Buchanan in Thursday’s ceremony.

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