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7:55am

Fri July 6, 2012
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Planned Parenthood Bypasses State, Gets Fed Grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $395,000 a year for three years to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

A news release said the money will provide Title X family planning services, including birth control and related health care, annual wellness exams and cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

Planned Parenthood in Memphis said it had provided these services for more than 30 years until last year when county health officials awarded the funding to Christ Community Health Services.

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7:50am

Fri July 6, 2012
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Storms Kill 2 in East Tennessee

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) — At least two people have been killed as a violent thunderstorm struck the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park spokeswoman Melissa Cobern says a man on a motorcycle was killed as was a 41-year-old woman who was struck by a falling tree. The names of the victims were withheld while their family members were told.

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5:46am

Fri July 6, 2012
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MTSU Baseball Coach Peterson Retires

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Steve Peterson has retired after 25 seasons as head baseball coach at Middle Tennessee State University.

Peterson, who announced his retirement Thursday, compiled a 791-637-3 record with the Blue Raiders. His teams played in nine NCAA regional tourneys.

Jim McGuire, associate head coach, was named interim head coach.

Peterson also was head coach at Roane State Community College from 1979 to 1984.

5:08pm

Thu July 5, 2012
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MTSU's Dendy Takes His Shot

JACKSON, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  MTSU basketball stand out LaRon Dendy is headed to Las Vegas to take his shot at the big leagues. 

The 6'-9" star forward led the Blue Raiders in scoring, rebounding, and blocks during the 2011-12 season and was named the Sun Belt Basketball Player of the Year.

Dendy will get another chance to showcase his talents between July 13th through the 22nd after signing an NBAA summer-league contract with the Washington Wizards.

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12:21pm

Thu July 5, 2012
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Wildfires Keeping Mid-State Crews Busy

 MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  State fire crews have worked more than two-dozen wildfires in Middle Tennessee in the last five days.

Highland Rim Fire Resource Coordinator James Phillips says his crews have worked 27 fires in the Mid-State since July 1. He says local fire departments ask for state assistance on all but the smallest wild fires.

Phillips says the fires his teams have responded to ranged up to about 25 acres in size, and most had a human cause.

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