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9:55am

Thu May 17, 2012
Calls New MTSU Science Building "Long Overdue"

Rep. Joe Carr Reviews the 107th Tenn. General Assembly

District 48 Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas
State of Tenn.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee legislators recently brought the state’s 107th General Assembly to a close. WMOT is asking news makers for their take on the session’s accomplishments. Today, the views of Rutherford County Republican Representative Joe Carr.

Carr lists as an accomplishment legislation he sponsored that requires applicants to prove they’re in Tennessee legally before receiving state benefits. He also calls the allocation of more than $127 million for a new science building at Middle Tennessee State University welcome, but long overdue.

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9:23am

Thu May 17, 2012
MTSU Economists Say Inflation is a Factor

Growth in Sales Tax Receipts Deceiving?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee sales tax collections rose almost 9 percent in April, signaling that the pace of the state’s economic recovery is accelerating.

In some parts of the Tennessee, sales tax receipts have now exceeded the pre-recession highs of 2007.  While that’s good news, economists at Middle Tennessee State University caution the numbers are somewhat deceiving.

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7:34am

Thu May 17, 2012
Home-Made Video Gets Millions of Views

Woodbury Mom's Video Gets National Attention

Lacey Buchanan and baby Christian
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A video created by a Woodbury woman is getting national and international attention.

Lacey Buchanan recently recorded a simple, home-made video about her son Christian. The boy was born with severe birth defects. Christian has no eyes and a cleft lip and palette were repaired soon after birth.

Buchanan uses hand drawn note-cards and family photos to tell baby Christian’s story during the seven minute video.

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10:08am

Wed May 16, 2012
Three Times More Teachers Dismissed

Pink Slips for 150 West Tenn. Teachers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Up to 150 Memphis City Schools teachers could be fired over performance issues.

The Commercial Appeal is reporting that teachers are starting to get notices of termination. According to their contract, teachers must be notified by June 15 if they’re not being retained for the following academic year.

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10:00am

Wed May 16, 2012
$11,000 Worth of Shure Mics. Awarded

Middle Tennessee Students Win National Prize

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  Three Mid-State students recently won a recording competition against competitors from some of the nation’s top schools.

Middle Tennessee State University Recording Industry majors Taylor Bray, Jeff Braun, and Grant Hartford took first place in the “Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition” sponsored by the Shure Company.

The MTSU team won with a recording of an original composition called “Falliday” by aspiring singer-song writer, Rebecca Roubion.

Winning team member Taylor Bray gives MTSU faculty most of the credit.

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