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6:03am

Wed August 8, 2012
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Tennessee's Record Breaking Weather Continues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The run of unusual weather continued in Tennessee this past month.

Memphis was dry in July while rainfall in the Tri-Cities set an all-time record. The mid-state almost caught up on annual rainfall.

National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Gant says a stubborn high pressure ridge has taken up residence over western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. It blocks storm systems from moving into the Mississippi Valley. The farther away from the ridge, the better chances of rain.

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5:53am

Wed August 8, 2012
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New Murfreesboro Mosque Opens on Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will meet for prayers in its new mosque on Friday.

Rutherford County Building Codes Director David Jones said Tuesday that he issued a temporary occupancy permit to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after inspectors approved the building.

Construction was nearly shut down after Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled in May that the meeting at which mosque construction was approved was not sufficiently advertised to the public.

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12:52pm

Mon August 6, 2012
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Flooding in East Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Much of West Tennessee is still suffering under drought conditions, but in East Tennessee the problem is too much water.

Emergency management officials in the Johnson City area report rescue crews used inflatable boats yesterday and overnight to reach people trapped in their homes and on flooded streets.

Dean Fleanor is with Tennessee State Emergency Management.

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12:48pm

Mon August 6, 2012
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Murfreesboro Mosque Waiting on One Final Inspection

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro hopes to get permission to occupy its new worship center Tuesday morning. Spokesman Saley Sbenaty says the mosque is waiting for a final inspection by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

“There is one thing that we’re going to check tomorrow, which is the final fire pump and fire alarm inspection. Hopefully tomorrow around ten o’clock everything will be checked out and we’ll have the certificate of occupancy.”

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12:42pm

Mon August 6, 2012
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Tenn. Primary Results Suggest Both Party's are in Disarray

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the nomination of Mark Clayton, saying the little-known candidate belongs to a hate group.

During Thursday's primary elections Clayton won the right to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker for one of Tennessee’s Senate seats this fall.

The party says Clayton received the most votes only because his name appeared first on the ballot.

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