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7:23am

Wed March 14, 2012
MTSU-VA Deal a First in Tennessee

VetSuccess Partnership Launched in Middle Tennessee

MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee, left, and Travis Kraft, acting director of the Veterans' Affairs Nashville Regional Office, sign an agreement between MTSU and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs naming MTSU a "VetSuccess" University on March 13.
Andy Heidt/MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a partnership Tuesday with Middle Tennessee State University.

Named VetSuccess, the deal is the first of its kind for the federal agency in Tennessee. The VA-MTSU partnership is meant to ease returning soldiers into campus life.

Heather Conrad will be the VA’s VetSuccess representative at MTSU. Conrad said she’ll provide career counseling, vocational planning and answer benefits questions. Disabled vets will be her special focus.

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11:54am

Tue March 13, 2012
TDOT Working on a Temporary Fix

I-75 Southbound Lanes Closed Near Kentucky Line

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Spring break not the best time to have all southbound lanes of I-75 through East Tennessee closed to traffic.

A landslide last Friday near mile marker 144 closed the interstate’s southbound lanes.  Motorists are currently being forced to use a 26 mile long detour around the closure.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagy says the state hopes to temporarily eliminate the detour by building cross over lanes between mile markers 141 and 144.

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11:45am

Tue March 13, 2012
Games to be Played at MTSU's Murphy Center

TSSAA Boys Tournament Descends on Murfreesboro

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An estimated 30,000 high school athletes and their supporters are descending on Middle Tennessee this week for the state high-school basketball championships.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association boys basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

The TSSAA held their annual tournament for the girl’s teams this past week. Association spokesman Matthew Gillespie said 21 games were played over a four day period.

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11:34am

Tue March 13, 2012
Measure Postponed at Least Three Weeks

Tenn. Mountain Top Mining Bill Delayed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Senate has voted to delay for three weeks a vote on a proposal to halt mountaintop removal coal mining in the state.

The decision came despite the objections of the bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Eric Stewart of Winchester, who called for a vote Monday evening.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said the delay is aimed at finding a compromise on the measure, and not an effort to kill the bill.

The measure seeks to deny permits that would alter any ridge line more than 2,000 feet above sea level.

12:18pm

Mon March 12, 2012
MPD Files Almost 10,000 Criminal Charges

Murfreesboro Releases 2011 Crime Report

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Police Department has released its crime report for last year.

Overall, Murfreesboro saw a one percent increase in crime in 2011. The number of calls responded to by the MPD increased 11% during the year.  Spokesman Kyle Evans says the department had a busy year.

"Officers were responsible for almost 10,000 criminal charges, which was a 19 percent increase over the year before.  Officers issued 16, 500 traffic citations and about 14,000 warning citations throughout the city."

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