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10:54am

Tue July 8, 2014
Politics

Rutherford County Elections Administrator Fired

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Election Commission has voted to dismiss its Elections Administrator.

The Daily News Journal reports council members voted 5-0 Monday night to fire Nicole Lester amid complaints that she wasn’t showing up for work.

Lester disputed the claims and would not rule out the possibility of filing a lawsuit over the dismissal.

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10:51am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Embattled State Ed. Commissioner Gets Support

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is getting some support amid criticism of his leadership.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1n0Hu4c) reports that an online petition with more than 300 signatures as of Monday lauds the leadership of the embattled commissioner.

Last month, a letter signed by 15 Republican lawmakers demanded the resignation of Huffman, citing complaints from school administrators, teachers and students about Huffman's leadership style as his department implements a series of changes in K-12 education.

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10:47am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Judge Seals Court Filings in Vandy Rape Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has issued an order sealing future documents filed in a rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1kA76TL) reports Judge Monte Watkins said in the order on Monday that he will review the filings before making them public record.

The decision comes after prosecutors argued a previous filing violated the privacy of the woman who accused the former players of raping her.

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11:43am

Mon July 7, 2014
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Is a Police "Sick Out" Underway in Memphis?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says 308 officers have called in sick in the last week in what appears to be a deliberate work action.

The Commercial Appeal reports the number announced on Sunday was a big increase from the 181 officers who had called in sick by Saturday.

Because of the number of officers out, the Shelby County Sheriff's Department is helping to patrol the city.

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11:31am

Mon July 7, 2014
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"Pumpkin Porcupine" Causes MTSU Campus Alert

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A campus alert was issued this morning by Middle Tennessee State University Police after a suspicious object was discovered at a bus stop near Jones Hall. The alert was issued just before 9 a.m.

Police say a grounds crew discovered a pumpkin sitting on a bench at the bus stop. University police say that pieces of metal and wire were stuck in the pumpkin. One officer said it looked like a "pumpkin porcupine."

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