Tue March 27, 2012
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Tenn. House Rejects Fed Rules on Farm Safety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The House has passed a bill declaring that Tennessee will not enforce federal regulations governing child labor on family farms.

The chamber voted 70-24 Monday evening to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby.

The measure is in response to rules being considered by the U.S. Labor Department seeking to keep children away from some of the most dangerous farm jobs.

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Tue March 27, 2012
Wisconsin Group Upset Over "Religion" Patch

Lenoir City Embroiled in a New State-Religion Issue

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Officials of Lenoir City say a patch that includes the word "religion" will remain on police uniforms.

Mayor Tony Aikens says he told a large crowd at a city council meeting last night the city will not yield to the Freedom from Religion Foundation's demand that the patch no longer be displayed.

Lenoir City Police shirts and jackets display a triangular shoulder patch with the words "education," ''religion" and "industry."

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Mon March 26, 2012
TBR Sees Remarkable Enrollment Growth

Tennessee Works - Higher Education Gains


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues a series of stories that examine those small slices of the Tennessee economy that have prospered during hard times.

Public higher education in Tennessee experienced remarkable growth during the economic downturn. The state’s two public systems, the Tennessee Board of Regents system and the University of Tennessee system, both experienced significant enrollment increases over the past five years

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Mon March 26, 2012
Jewell Moses Bess Faces Murder Charge

Man Indicted in 25 Year-Old Cold Case

Jewell Moses Bass indicted for first-degree murder
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A Tennessee prison inmate now stands indicted for the murder of his wife 25 years ago.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold announced Monday that his Cold Case Unit had developed new evidence in the death of Deborah Sherfiled Bess.  

The evidence was presented to the Rutherford County Grand Jury, resulting in a first-degree murder indictment against 63-year-old Moses Bess. It charges Bess with fatally shooting his then 38-year-old wife, Deborah, at the couple's home in Aug., 1986.

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Mon March 26, 2012

Professor Erin Rehberg to Present "Mother Tongues" Speech

Prof. Erin Rehberg, from the Departments of Dance and University Studies, will present "Mother Tongues: The Kinetics of Genetics" as part of the Women's and Gender Studies Research Series, this Thursday from 3-4pm in the Faculty Senate Room (JUB 100).

As always, this presentation is free and open to the public, and students are especially welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Pat Bradley at