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2:36pm

Mon March 19, 2012
APA Calls Tennessee "Model" State

Tenn. Graduation Rates Climbing Quickly

WASHINGTON, DC.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee is improving its high-school graduation rate faster than any state but Texas, according to a new report.

The report is being presented today in Washington at the Grad Nation Summit organized by the children's advocacy group America's Promise Alliance (APA).  The group was founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

From 2001 to 2009, graduation rates increased in the United States by three-and-a-half percentage points. Over the same period, Tennessee’s graduation rate increased by about 16 percent.

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2:20pm

Mon March 19, 2012
Sponsor Says Bill "Mischaracterized."

Bill that Would "Gut" Science Education Considered

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee State Senate will consider a bill Monday that critics say will “gut science education” in the state’s public schools.

Senate bill SB0839 would allow classroom teachers the freedom to “analyze, critique, and review…the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”

ACLU Tennessee state chapter Director Hedy Weinberg said in a press release Sunday that the bill is simply another attempt by Christian conservatives to provide legal cover for teachers who want to teacher Creationism.

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4:43pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Event Part of Gallery's CSArt Initiative

SeedSpace Set to Hold "Art Pick-Up Party"

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Middle Tennessee gallery is modeling its new arts initiative on the latest fad in sustainable agriculture.

Community Supported Agriculture matches the people who eat food with the people who grow the food. Customers pay farmers, in advance, to deliver fresh produce and other items every week or two.

SeedSpace art gallery in downtown Nashville is now applying that same concept to art. Saturday evening at 6 p.m., SeedSpace will hold what it calls an "art pick-up party." It’s part of a program called CSArt; short for Community Supported Art.

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4:35pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Tenn. Sunshine Law Enacted in 1974

"Sunshine Week" Observed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This is Sunshine Week in Tennessee, a celebration of efforts to keep government business transparent. Sunshine Week is observed annually by news organizations and open government advocates.

The statutes that regulate public and media access to government information are often referred to as Sunshine Laws.  Tennessee’s sunshine law was adopted in 1974 in reaction to the Water Gate scandal.

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4:25pm

Fri March 16, 2012
TSSAA Championships End Saturday

Tournament at MTSU Nets County $3 Million

MUFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce says 60,000 high-school athletes and their supporters have visited Middle Tennessee in recent days.  They're here for the state high-school basketball championships currently underway in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is holding its annual tournament on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.  The girls championship was held last week. This week the boy’s teams are in town for their tournament.

Mona Herring is with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

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