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10:54am

Mon July 16, 2012
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Suicide Prevention Effort Personal for Local Mom

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Middle Tennessee woman is leading the charge to get 10,000 signatures on a suicide prevention petition.

Clarksville resident Cindy Johnson founded and leads the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network's advisory council for Houston, Stewart, Humphreys and Montgomery counties. Johnson and the council are urging people to sign a "Pledge to Prevent Suicide." She hopes to motivate people to actively seek a way to reverse the number of suicides in the state.

For Johnson, the fight is personal.

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6:37am

Mon July 16, 2012
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It's Official: Drought in Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (ANFINSON)  --  A new report shows a  large swath of Tennessee is now officially drought stricken.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists.  Released Thursday, the report says that nutritious green grass is in short supply. Some farmers have begun feeding their herds winter hay reserves in summer.

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11:18am

Fri July 13, 2012
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2012 Tenn. Campaign Fundraising Recalls '04 Election

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If fundraising is any indication, Tennesseans will cast their votes in this fall’s presidential elections much as they did in 2008.

Republican John McCain picked up all eleven of Tennessee’s electoral delegates that year with just under 57 percent of the vote. Roughly 42 percent of Tennessee voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama.

Information compiled by the Federal Election Commission shows that President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are raising money in the 2012 election in almost exactly the same proportions.

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10:33am

Fri July 13, 2012
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Murf. Panhandlers Stir Up Controversy, Concern

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Controversial comments made by a Murfreesboro firefighter are causing local officials to ask their own questions about the recent rise in panhandling on city streets.

The Daily News Journal ran a story this week on posts by firefighter Gregory Burt. Burt reportedly complained about a street-corner beggar that he claims really is not in need.

Now some Murfreesboro city commissioners and Mayor Tommy Bragg are also voicing concerns about beggars at the city’s busiest intersections.

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9:33am

Fri July 13, 2012
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Redistricting May Cause Voting Problems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Early voting starts Friday for next month's primary.

Some Middle Tennessee voters may face challenges because of recent redistricting. Officials say they’re making every effort to direct voters to the right poling stations.

Rutherford County Elections Administrator Nicole Lester says she’s sent a mailing out to more than 130,000 registered voters explaining the changes. She encourages residents to read the information carefully.

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