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10:58am

Wed August 22, 2012
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Elizabeth Smart In Tenn. to Support Holly Bobo Family

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Elizabeth Smart, who survived a nine-month-long kidnapping as a teenager, will appear at an event for a missing young Tennessee woman.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The Jackson Sun is reporting today that the Smart family has been in contact with the family of Holly Bobo. Bobo disappeared from her West Tennessee home in April of last year.

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10:54am

Wed August 22, 2012
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Another Record Year for Tennessee Tourism?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report from the U.S. Department  of Commerce is likely good news for the Tennessee economy. Spending by international travelers visiting the U.S. jumped by 11 percent in the first half of the year.

The federal report says international visitors poured more than $82 billion into the U.S. economy through the end of June, putting the tourism industry on track for another record year. Commerce says international visitors could spend nearly $170 billion in the U.S. by year’s end.

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10:51am

Wed August 22, 2012
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Tennessee ACT Scores Up, but Still Among Lowest in Nation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — In Tennessee, ACT scores for the high school class of 2012 show a slight improvement in all subject areas, but the state’s scores are still among the lowest in the nation.

All public school students in Tennessee take the ACT in their senior year. That amounts to more than 68,000 students statewide, according to ACT results released today.

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11:45am

Tue August 21, 2012
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University Faculty Leader Arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A vocal faculty member at Tennessee State University who has opposed university leadership was taken away from a meeting in handcuffs and removed from her leadership position on the faculty senate.

Jane Davis, an English professor, was arrested by campus police on Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to TSU spokesman Rick Delahaya.

The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/PAq0ex ) that Delahaya said Davis became extremely disruptive and would not allow the meeting to proceed.

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11:43am

Tue August 21, 2012
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New Soring Safeguards at Walking Horse Celebration

SHELBVYVILLE, Tenn. (AP./WMOT) — The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is changing the way soring test results are handled at this year’s annual competition.

The Celebration's Board of Directors say that for the first time, results from chemical tests will be made public immediately, and result in trainers losing their trophies and prize money if caught abusing horses.

In the past, chemical test results were delayed, but this year the results will be expedited and made available during the event.

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