Wed February 8, 2012
Haslam Proposes Lifting Class Size Limits

Governor's Education Plan Gets Chilly Reception

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators.

The Republican is calling the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to hike teacher salaries. Haslam told reporters after visiting a Maury County middle school Tuesday that Tennessee is the only state to set maximums for both total and average class sizes.

Haslam says increasing class size means schools could get by with fewer teachers, freeing up the money needed to pay the remaining teachers higher salaries.

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Wed February 8, 2012
More than 37,000 Sign On-line Petition

Nashville Woman Challenges Banking Giant

Occupy Nashville is using the website to gather support for a Nashville woman facing foreclosure.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 37,000 people have signed an online petition calling on JP Morgan Chase & Co. not to foreclose on an elderly Nashville woman.

A news release from petition website says Helen Bailey is a 78-year-old homeowner who has paid her mortgage for years. It says she fell behind on payments due to medical bills.

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Tue February 7, 2012
Sen. Stacey Campfield Comments Reviewed

PolitiFact "Pants on Fire" for Tenn. Senator

Senator Stacey Campfield
courtesy Tennessee General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- WMOT recently told you about PolitiFact arriving in Tennessee. The political fact checking website is a joint effort between the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

This past weekend, PolitiFact reviewed comments made in late January by Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville on a radio program heard on SiriusXM radio.

PolitiFact Tennessee Editor Zack McMillin writes that the recorded exchange between Campfield and the show's host about gay people and the origins of HIV went viral soon after.

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Mon February 6, 2012
Ellis, Scales, and Woods Recognized

MTSU Honors Three "Unsung Heroes" at Unity Luncheon

Scales was MTSU’s first African-American professor
Courtesy MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A special week here on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

On Tuesday, MTSU will be hosting its annual Black History Month Unity Luncheon. This year's theme is "Unsung Heroes."  Three women will be honored at the gathering, including Thenartis Ellis, Mary C. Scales and Olivia Murray Woods.

Ellis was the first African-American hired in a departmental office at MTSU. She worked as a secretary in the Department of Economics and Finance for 36 years.

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Mon February 6, 2012
Occupy Protests Bills Aimed at Evicting Them

Occupy Nashville Prepares "Gauntlet" for Legislators

Tennessee General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Occupy Nashville says its planning fresh protests aimed at legislators considering bills that could be used to evict the group from Legislative Plaza.

The Judiciary Committee’s of both the Tennessee House and Senate are scheduled to consider companion measures that would make camping on state property a misdemeanor.

In response, a spokesman for Occupy Nashville says the group will form what it calls a “gauntlet” on the plaza this afternoon, forcing legislators to pass by protesters to enter the capital.

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