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12:52pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Science

Public Invited to Tennessee Archeology Showcase

Shell midden, Clee's Ferry site, Nashville, TN
Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 100 archeological digs get under way in Tennessee in any given year and the public has a chance to learn about the most exciting of those projects this weekend.

The Tennessee Division of Archeology and Middle Tennessee State University are partnering to hold a state archeology showcase Friday and Saturday at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. 

Dr. Kevin Smith, Professor of Archeology at MTSU, says one of the most exciting finds in recent years was the discovery of cave paintings here in Tennessee.

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11:54am

Wed January 23, 2013
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Housing Construction Rebounds in Murfreesboro in 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Housing construction in Murfreesboro is finally seeing healthy levels of activity.

The city’s Planning Department issued a report this week on the number of permits issued in 2012 for single-family and multi-family housing.

The number of permits granted for the construction of single-family homes jumped by 35% last year over 2011. Murfreesboro didn’t issue any permits for the construction of apartment units in 2011, but issued more than 450 such permits in 2012.

Joesph Aydelott is the Planning Director  for the City of Murfreesboro’s.

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11:47am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Proposal Would Add Rights Advocate's Name to Tenn. Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis City Council member says he wants to honor a local civil rights champion by adding her name to a park currently named for the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The park is the gravesite of Confederate cavalry officer Nathan Bedford Forrest and features an equestrian statue of him. A city official recently had a granite marker bearing the park name removed, saying it had not been approved by the city.

A local Sons of the Confederacy chapter paid for and placed the marker and say they did have city approval.

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11:43am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Court Considering UT Campus Free-Speech Challenge

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court is weighing a southern Kentucky evangelical preacher's request to overturn the University of Tennessee's requirement that speakers on campus have sponsorship and get the approval of school administrators.

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10:51am

Tue January 22, 2013
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Four Decades Later, Roe vs. Wade Still Roils Tenn. Politics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.  Four decades later the ruling continues to fuel controversy here in Tennessee.

Hedy Weinberg of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contends the Tennessee Legislature is slowly chipping away at the reproductive rights of women.

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