MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Rutherford County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, program is looking for additional volunteers.
CASA trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in cases before local courts.
Alice Nunnery has been a CASA volunteer advocate for Rutherford County children for the past nine years. Nunnery says having the patience to wade through the legal system’s red tape is the biggest challenge, but also says it’s worth the effort.
DAMASCUS (AP/WMOT) — The ongoing civil war in Syria has been pushed off the front page by the tragedy in the Philippines, but some mid-state residents are still focused on the bloodshed there.
Mid-state resident Abdou Kattih has a sister and extended family still living in Syria. Kattih says his sister is safe for the moment, but decided he had to do something to help after seeing photos of Syrian refugees online.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP/WMOT) — The latest reports say that the typhoon that struck the Philippines may have killed 10,000 people and that bloated bodies lie uncollected and uncounted in the streets.
The U.S. military has sent food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to lend a hand. It's the first outside help in what will grow into a major international relief mission.
Matthew Solis of the East Tennessee Philippine-American Association says a lot of his members are still waiting to hear about family.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 66,000 people who get individual health plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee are being notified that they must pick a new plan due to new federal regulations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, which is the largest underwriter of individual health plans in the state, and other insurance companies have begun sending out the letters to inform clients who have policies that don't meet new federal regulations.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Chattanooga plan to take up a proposal that would extend health benefits for city workers to same-sex partners.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/17qpKMS ) reports that City County members will each make a statement about their feelings on the matter Tuesday before taking a vote on the measure. Councilman Chris Anderson will introduce the proposal.
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President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 27, 2013.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- On this Veterans Day, all of us here at WMOT thank our vets for their service.
Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq often find the move back to civilian life difficult. There is help and it's year-round, not just on Veterans Day.
Yvette Martinez with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs says one of the state’s most successful veteran employment programs is called "Paychecks for Patriots," an event held for the first time last year.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A Rutherford County Commissioner and a Murfreesboro businessman have been charged with aggravated kidnapping and extortion in a case involving alleged torture and Justin Bieber concert tickets.
The Daily News Journal reports Commissioner Matthew Young and businessman Curtis “Bubba” Hutson were arrested yesterday after a county grand jury handed down indictments in the case. A third man, Mississippi resident Harvey Fleisher faces the same set of charges.
MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth.
Commonly known as "The Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress assesses students in fourth and eighth grade reading and math. The report released today shows Tennessee students had the largest growth of any state from 2011-2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. The next closest state in growth was Indiana with 15.