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11:12am

Tue May 22, 2012
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Senate Minority Leader Reviews State Legislative Session

Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle(D) of Memphis
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis is speaking out on the just completed state legislative session.

Kyle notes that the 107th General Assembly was the first in decades under the control of a Republican House, Senate and Governor.  The Shelby County Democrat says his party was able to do little more than react to a Republican agenda.

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10:58am

Tue May 22, 2012
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Seniors Sheltered at Lipscomb Following Fire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Nashville Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for more than 170 senior citizens.

The seniors, some of them in wheel chairs, were evacuated Monday evening from a Nashville apartment tower.

WSMV-TV reports that school buses were used to take the seniors from the Parthenon Towers near Centennial Park to the student activity center at Lipscomb University.

Beth Ferguson is a spokesperson for Nashville’s Red Cross. She says sheltering seniors provides some unique challenges.

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11:57am

Mon May 21, 2012
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Tenn. Oral Health Ranked Among Worst in Nation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s dental health ranks among the worst in the nation according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC study shows declining dental visits in Tennessee and an increase in the number of people who have lost at least one permanent tooth.

Dr. Steven Turner is an ER physician at Summitt Medical Center here in Middle Tennessee. He says ER Docs see a lot of patients with dental complaints.

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11:52am

Mon May 21, 2012
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Veteran's Workshop Tuesday at Nashville Armory

Tenn. 5th District Rep. Jim Cooper

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Middle Tennessee Congressional Rep. Jim Cooper is hosting a free veterans workshop Tuesday at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Nashville.

More than 40 government agencies and private organizations will be on hand to provide assistance with things like GI benefits, home loan guarantees, benefits and pensions, small business loans, homeowner financing, employment training and educational opportunities.

The workshop is billed as a veterans event, but Congressman Cooper says active duty personnel and family members might also wish to attend.

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11:46am

Mon May 21, 2012
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TDOT to Re-Opens I-75 at Rock Slide Site

Work underway on the landslide on I-75 impacting the southbound side. A southbound lane is targeted to reopen on May 21.
TDOT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to open a single southbound lane of Interstate 75 at the site of that massive rock slide in Campbell County.

TDOT intends to open one of the two southbound lanes today at the 143 mile marker, not far from the Kentucky border.

The slide occurred on March 8. Then, on May 7, a second slide occurred, further disrupting traffic.

TDOT’s Mark Nagi says the project will take months, and with good reason.

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