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12:31pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Protester Arrested in October Reacts to Measure

Bill Aimed at Occupy Protesters Advances

Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland, Tennessee, is the House sponsor of Legislation intended to dislodge Occupy protesters from Legislative Plaza.
Tenn. General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — A proposal that seeks to prevent Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight on the plaza next to the state Capitol advanced in the Tennessee General Assembly yesterday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland was approved on a voice vote in the House Judiciary Subcommittee. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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12:20pm

Thu February 2, 2012
InterVarsity One of the Groups on Probation

Christan Groups React to Vandy Policy Changes

A statue of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt in front of Kirkland Hall on the VU campus.
Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Registered campus groups at Vanderbilt University are no longer permitted to bar students who don't share the groups' mission or beliefs from leadership positions.

That non-discrimination policy was reiterated at a packed campus meeting Tuesday night. A university spokesperson says all students must be able to join a student group and run for leadership positions in order for it to be registered.

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11:38am

Thu February 2, 2012
Scarritt-Bennett Conference Attracts 20+ Scholars

"Big-I" Conference Explores Religion's Evolution

Rabi Rami Shapiro
Scarritt-Bennett Center

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  What will religion and spirituality look like in years to come?  That’s the big question being explored this weekend during the “Big I” conference being held at the Wisdom House at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.

More than 20 speakers from across the nation and representing different faith backgrounds will be on hand to offer their insights. The conference will include both formal presentations and opportunities for attendees to interact with the featured speakers.

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1:10pm

Wed February 1, 2012
MTSU Students and Faculty Registerd to Help

Enviro. Group to Plant 3000 Trees In Murf.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Tennessee Environmental Council is looking for volunteers to join them in planting 3000 trees this weekend in Murfreesboro.

The effort is part of a larger campaign to plant 1 million trees in Tennessee.

Council Executive Director John McFadden notes that trees can improve property values, cut down on soil erosion, and even reduce instances of some illnesses.

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12:58pm

Wed February 1, 2012
State Attorney General Appealing Case

Fisk Art Sale Case Back in Court...Again

Georgia O'Keeffe during her time at the University of Virginia
Rufus W. Holsinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — The state of Tennessee is appealing an appeals court ruling in a dispute over Fisk University's effort to generate cash from an art collection donated to the school by the late painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

O'Keeffe stipulated that the collection could not be sold or broken up. But Fisk has argued it needs to complete a $30 million deal to sell a 50 percent stake in the collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.

Here's what Tennessee Attorney Bob Cooper told WMOT about the case.

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