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10:52am

Mon February 18, 2013
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KKK Plans Rally in Memphis Over Confederate Parks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan has applied for a permit to hold a rally next month in Memphis over the decision to strip off Confederate names from Memphis city parks.

WMC-TV in Memphis reports that the city received an application from the group. Police said the KKK is planning a rally on March 30.

Chief Administrative Officer George Little said if approved, they’ll be treated like any other group.

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7:44am

Fri February 15, 2013
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Police Say Murf. Man Confesses to His Wife's Murder

Credit murfreesboro.tn.us

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Authorities say a Murfreesboro man has confessed to his wife’s murder.

Police have charged 30 year-old Jacob Pearman of 839 Kanatak Lane with first degree murder in the Thursday morning death of Carla Pearman.

The city’s 911 center received a call a little after 3 a.m. Thursday from Jacob Pearman’s parents saying they feared their son was contemplating suicide.

When police officers arrived at the Pearman home they found Mrs. Pearman dead in a bedroom.

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12:25pm

Wed February 13, 2013
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Former Rutherford County Jailer Accused of Extortion

Suspect Jessica Lehew, 31, of Murfreesboro.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — Rutherford County authorities have arrested a fired jailer on a felony extortion charge. Jessica Lehew (LAY'-hew) is accused of threatening Sheriff Robert Arnold with the release of embarrassing information.

Arnold called a press conference yesterday to say Lehew sent him emails stating she had damaging information about her former husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Will Lehew, and would send that information to a local reporter if Arnold didn’t reinstate her.

Here’s what the Sheriff had to say during yesterday’s press conference.

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11:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
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Mid-State Catholics Buzzing Over Pope's Retirement

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Only a tiny fraction of Tennesseans are Catholic, but the state’s still buzzing over the pope’s announcement Monday that he plans to retire.

Pope Benedict says he’ll retire Feb. 28 because he’s become too infirm to handle the burdens of the papacy. He’s the first pope to step down in six centuries.

Rick Musacchio, a spokesman for the Diocese of Nashville, says local parishioners seem to be taking the news in stride.

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10:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
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Tennessee Opens Export Offices in 4 Countries

Governor Bill Haslam
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Haslam says Tennessee is preparing to open offices in four countries to help increase exports to key international markets.

Tennessee will open Export Development Offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

Clint Brewer of the Department of Economic and Community Development says the offices will help Tennessee businesses navigate the exporting process.

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