Thu July 12, 2012
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MTSU's CIM Gets Innovation Award

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Center for Innovation in Media (CIM) at Middle Tennessee State University is traveling in some illustrious company. 

CIM recently scored an honorable mention in the 2012 Associated Press Excellence in Journalism Awards.

This Year’s College Innovator of the year award went to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for its collaboration with The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

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Wed July 11, 2012
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Rutherford County Planning Commission Mulls Mosque Vote

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is nearly complete.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Rutherford County Planning Commission members are considering whether to schedule a new vote on construction of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The county's appeal of the court ruling that prohibits occupancy of the nearly finished worship center would still go forward.

Rutherford County Regional Planning Commissioner Mike Kusch sought a lawyer's advice on the issue during a meeting Monday. Kusch says the lawyer told members the board is free to revisit the matter any time as long as public notice is adequate.

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Tue July 10, 2012
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Governor Haslam Begins Higher Education Review

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam began a review of the state's college and university systems at his residence on Tuesday.

The review comes after the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Board of Regents voted last month for tuition and fee increases of as much as 8 percent for the fall.

Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Bruce Oppenheimer specializes in the politics of higher education.

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Tue July 10, 2012
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Utility Scam Mentions President Obama

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Utility companies across the state are warning Tennesseans about a telephone scam.

Officials report scammers are calling to say that a new federal program will pay their power bills. The caller then asks for personal information such as social security and bank account numbers.

Todd Palmer with Middle Tennessee Electric says the scammers often do a little name dropping.

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Tue July 10, 2012
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4-H Livestock Competition Held on the MTSU Campus

Franklin resident Blake Bowman leads his 1,300-pound Black Angus steer, “Black Smoke,” into the show ring at MTSU’s Tennessee Livestock Center.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Hundreds of young people from more than 50 Tennessee counties are in the Mid-State this week to show their animals at the 4-H Junior Livestock Exposition.

The competition is being held at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University through Thursday.

Houston Herbert is showing two steers and a heifer in the event.  Herbert attends Page High in Williamson County.  He says show day is the easiest part of the experience.

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