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8:49pm

Wed October 10, 2012
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Southern Festival of Books Begins Friday

Author Alice Randall
alicerandall.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The 24th annual Southern Festival of Books kicks off Friday on Legislative Plaza in Nashville.

Festival officials say they’re expecting about 250 authors, most of them from the South. Every author will take part in a panel discussion, or do a solo reading, followed by a book signing.

Two of the authors participating this year are mother and daughter writing team Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. Nashvillian Alice Randall is both a song writer, with a number of top selling country hits to her credit, and a best-selling author.

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7:25am

Wed October 10, 2012
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Positive Response to Murf. "Love Your Muslim Neighbor" Billboard

Sojourners

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Christian ministry Sojourners says response has been overwhelmingly positive to its billboard in Murfreesboro urging residents to “Love your Muslim neighbors.”

In recent months, Sojourners has placed the billboards in Joplin, Missouri, where a Mosque was burned down, and in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where Sikh worshipers were murdered in their temple.

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7:17am

Wed October 10, 2012
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Rangers Use Electronic Sensors to Catch Park Looters

Graduate students work an archeologic dig near a rockshelter in Big South Fork.
National Park Service

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Rangers at Big South Fork National Recreation Area are using electronic sensors to keep looters from stealing Native American artifacts.

Archeologist Tom Des Jean says some of the area’s 1500 sites have been destroyed by looters. They dig pits and sift the dirt looking for prehistoric artifacts such as arrowheads and pottery.

Protecting the 120,000 acre East Tennessee preserve is a big job. Des Jean says Ranger are fighting back with new technology and old fashion policing.

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7:41pm

Tue October 9, 2012
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Democratic Lawmaker Defends DCS Commissioner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker who has criticized the Tennessee Department of Children's Services over the years says the agency's commissioner shouldn't be scrutinized for deeply rooted problems she has inherited.

About two weeks ago, the embattled agency released information that showed 31 children it had investigated died during the first six months of 2012. The figures were provided after repeated requests by another Democratic lawmaker.

Critics want DCS Commissioner Kate O'Day to be replaced.

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7:39pm

Tue October 9, 2012
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September Tax Collections Show Marginal Growth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's tax collections have shown marginal growth in the second month of the budget year.

Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes said in a release Tuesday that September revenues "continue to reflect the sluggish national economy."

The state's overall revenues were $1.1 billion, or 5.4 percent above the budgeted estimate. The September collections reflect economic activity in the previous month.

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