MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee (left) watches state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, (second from left) describe a ginseng root found during a visit to Cocke County Friday morning by MTSU researchers Ying Gao (center) and Elliot Altman. State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro (right), also accompanied the team to East Tennessee.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is launching an initiative to grow ginseng at the school's experiential learning and research center in Lascassas.
MTSU and state officials plan to officially announce the initiative today at the center, also known as the MTSU farm.
Growing the ginseng will be a collaboration involving the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience and MTSU Farm Laboratories.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A mid-state linguist is trying his hand at filmmaking in a tribute to a country and people he’s come to love.
Dr. Richard Morris teaches Spanish and Linguistics at Middle Tennessee State University. Morris has been traveling to Cuba for years with student study groups.
Recently Professor Morris completed a film about what he considers a fascinating chapter in Cuban-American relations. In 1916, American industrialist Milton Hershey of chocolate fame built a massive sugar production operation in the island nation’s heartland.
DAMASCUS (AP/WMOT) — The ongoing civil war in Syria has been pushed off the front page by the tragedy in the Philippines, but some mid-state residents are still focused on the bloodshed there.
Mid-state resident Abdou Kattih has a sister and extended family still living in Syria. Kattih says his sister is safe for the moment, but decided he had to do something to help after seeing photos of Syrian refugees online.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP/WMOT) — The latest reports say that the typhoon that struck the Philippines may have killed 10,000 people and that bloated bodies lie uncollected and uncounted in the streets.
The U.S. military has sent food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to lend a hand. It's the first outside help in what will grow into a major international relief mission.
Matthew Solis of the East Tennessee Philippine-American Association says a lot of his members are still waiting to hear about family.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that "high government officials" can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.
The appeals court decision upheld a lower court's ruling that then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was justified in denying records on the basis that they were part of his "deliberative process" about how to deal with TennCare protesters encamped in the Capitol in 2005.
Tenn. Senator (R) Bob Corker appeared on Meet the Press Sunday.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP/WMOT) — Secretary of State John Kerry says that the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it.
Earlier reports said France refused to accept the deal.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on the weekend news program Meet the Press to talk about the Iran negotiations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 66,000 people who get individual health plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee are being notified that they must pick a new plan due to new federal regulations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, which is the largest underwriter of individual health plans in the state, and other insurance companies have begun sending out the letters to inform clients who have policies that don't meet new federal regulations.
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President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 27, 2013.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- On this Veterans Day, all of us here at WMOT thank our vets for their service.
Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq often find the move back to civilian life difficult. There is help and it's year-round, not just on Veterans Day.
Yvette Martinez with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs says one of the state’s most successful veteran employment programs is called "Paychecks for Patriots," an event held for the first time last year.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points as fourth-ranked Tennessee rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Middle Tennessee 67-57 on Friday night in the season opener.
The Lady Vols played pretty sloppy in trailing 34-22 at halftime. They scored the first 14 of the second half, and Mercedes Russell, the Gatorade national girls player of the year from Springfield, Ore., scored nine of her 11 in the second half for Tennessee.
Ariel Massengale had 12 points for the Lady Vols, and Andraya Carter had 10.