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1:34pm

Fri October 26, 2012
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East Tenn. Judge Forced Off Notorious Murder Case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state appeals court removed a senior judge from presiding over a notorious East Tennessee murder case because of questions about his impartiality.

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee in Knoxville has approved a request by state prosecutors to recuse Jon Kerry Blackwood from the retrials of three men stemming from the January 2007 slayings of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

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1:28pm

Fri October 26, 2012
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Blue Raiders Fight to Stay Bowl Eligible

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are on the verge of becoming bowl eligible, but first they have to win Saturday versus North Texas.

Saturday, Middle Tennessee will return to conference play and take on Sun Belt opponent North Texas.

Not only is this the Blue Raiders signature Black Out game, but also the Salute to Armed Services/Veterans game. Pre game schedule includes a Memorial Service, Pre-Game Picnic, and the Presentation of the Joe Nunley Award.

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1:23pm

Fri October 26, 2012
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State to Appeal Voter Photo ID Ruling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —Secretary of State Tre Hargett says Tennessee will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that upholds the new voter photo ID law but orders the state to accept an ID issued by the Memphis public library.

Hargett says he was pleased the Court of Appeals upheld the new law’s constitutionality, but also says the Haslam Administration will continue to fend off any challenges to the measure.

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1:12pm

Thu October 25, 2012
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Heavy Turnouts Reported for Early Voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee election officials report that nearly 605,000 people have cast ballots as the state's early voting period hits its halfway mark.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett says the early voting turnout so far as high.

In Rutherford County, Elections Coordinator Nicole Lester reports a heavy turnout as well. As of Thursday morning, right at 30,000 voters have already cast ballots.

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10:14am

Thu October 25, 2012
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Tenn. Native American Indian Assoc. to Build Cultural Center

Inter-Tribal dancers at the 2012 NAIA Pow-Wow
Credit Photo courtesy of Erin, Anfinson

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (Anfinson) -- The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee is making plans to break ground on a new cultural center here in the mid-state.

This past week, the NAIA hosted its annual Pow-Wow and Fall Festival. It's a colorful celebration of Native American culture and the organization's largest fundraiser.

Pulsating drums and song resonate throughout the day. Inter-Tribal dancers decorated in feathers and beadwork move like crimson and gold-flecked birds against the blue sky. It's quite an atmosphere.

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