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Nashville Pride Festival Atrracts Large Crowd

Jun 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The annual Nashville Pride Festival was held Saturday at Public Square Park.

Organizers say this year’s festival attracted one of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds the event’s ever experienced. Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project says the past year’s long string of legal victories forcing states across the country to recognize same sex marriages has the LGBT community fired up.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found that Tennessee has a loophole in its drunken driving law.

The Commercial Appeal ( reports its analysis found that a person could potentially spend more time in jail for driving drunk and getting pulled over than for someone who causes a fatal accident while driving under the influence.

The newspaper found at least three offenders who have avoided jail time in Shelby County.

Meanwhile, it says most states are leaning toward longer sentences for drunken drivers who cause fatal wrecks.

Risky Behavior and Tennessee Teens: Smoking

Jun 16, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Cigarette smoking among Tennessee teens is declining, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says the news isn’t all good.

The CDC’s annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey for 2013 shows that cigarette smoking among the nation’s teens has now fallen to 15.7 percent. The number of Tennessee teens smoking has fallen three-tenths lower at 15.4 percent.

In spite of the promising numbers, CDC Director Tom Frieden says the agency is alarmed by the interest young people are showing in e-cigarettes, smoking pens, and electronic hookahs.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state psychiatric healthcare center is taking an unusual approach to reach war veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Centerstone of Nashville has launched an initiative called Courage Beyond directed at vets dealing with PTSD. To get word out about the services available Centerstone is sponsoring the production of a musical about PTSD drawn from the post-war memoirs of a World War II veteran.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Metro Nashville has launched a program designed to help immigrants living in the mid-state to move more quickly toward full citizenship.

The Pathway for New Americans initiative is a partnership between Metro Nashville and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

During remarks announcing the new initiative yesterday, Mayor Karl Dean noted that Nashville has one of the nation’s fastest growing immigrant populations, rising from 2.5 percent a decade ago to nearly 12 percent today.