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3:17pm

Wed July 18, 2012
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Murfreesboro Mosque Granted Immediate Occupancy

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro's new Mosque is nearly complete.
WMOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM) will be permitted to occupy its new mosque in time for Ramadan.

WTVF-TV is reporting that a federal judge issued an emergency restraining order Wednesday evening that compels county officials to grant immediate occupancy. The order means that ICM will likely get to celebrate Ramadan beginning Thursday evening in its new facility.

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10:54am

Wed July 18, 2012
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Blue Raiders QB Scores Off-Field Honor

Blue Raider's QB Logan Kilgore
MTSU Sports

JACKSON, Tenn. (BEASLEY) -- Middle Tennessee signal caller Logan Kilgore has been named to the AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most highly coveted off-the-field honors.

This elite group represents the college football athletes who are committed to lending a helping hand in their communities. When Kilgore isn't busy orchestrating his offense, he often helps with the Special Olympics, and participates in the "Read Across America" program.

This years Good Works Team has one of the most impressive community service resumes in the programs 21 year existence.

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10:26am

Wed July 18, 2012
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Gov. Haslam's Conservative Credentials Questioned

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Two county chapters of the Tennessee GOP say Governor Haslam isn’t conservative enough and have passed resolutions calling on state party leaders to sanction him.

The groups condemned the Republican governor for hiring gay individuals and Democrats to serve in his administration..

Here in Middle Tennessee, the Williamson County Republican Party recently passed a resolution calling on the governor to reconsider his appointment of a Muslim-American lawyer to his economic development staff.

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10:16am

Wed July 18, 2012
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Public Transportation Sees a Big Ridership Increase

The Music City Star provides commuter service between Nashville and Lebanon.
MTA/RTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The use of commuter buses and a regional train in the Mid-State jumped dramatically this past year.

The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee provided more than 10 million passenger trips during the period. The increase amounted to more than a million riders in a single year.

MTA’s Patrica Harriss-Morehead says the system couldn’t be happier.

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9:09am

Wed July 18, 2012
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Can the Arts Help Students do Better in Math?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- More than 300 Tennessee education professionals are in the Mid-State this week to learn how to use the arts to make learning any subject more interesting.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is hosting their second annual Creativity in Education Institute July 15th-18th on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Entitled Create 2012 the Institute is a professional development opportunity for teachers, superintendents and principals.

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