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6:01am

Thu July 3, 2014
Top Stories

Mid-State Child Abuse Survivor Josh Osborne Dies at Age 24

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Osborne, a child abuse survivor who inspired a stronger Tennessee law, has died at age 24.

WTVF-TV reports that Osborne was surrounded by friends and family when he died Tuesday night. He had been battling a virus in what was an ongoing series of health problems.

Authorities in 2004 found Osborne, then 15, in his Lebanon home where he had been starved and chained to a bed. He weighed only 50 pounds. Osborne's father and stepmother were later sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of attempted aggravated child neglect.

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10:34am

Tue July 1, 2014
Top Stories

Governor, Education Chief Release TCAP Data

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The latest data shows Tennessee students made gains in the majority of the state's 31 grade and subject-level tests.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced Tuesday that the biggest increases seen in the 2013-2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program results were in high school, where students made gains on five of seven high school tests.

TCAP scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.

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10:02am

Tue July 1, 2014
Sports

Still More Honors for MTSU Basketball Standout Ebony Rowe

C-USA Female Athlete of the Year, Ebony Rowe
Credit MTSU Athletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State basketball standout Ebony Rowe graduated in May, but she’s still racking up athletic and academic honors.

Yesterday, Conference USA named Rowe the league’s Female Athlete of the Year. Rowe is the first female basketball player to receive the honor in nearly a decade.

MTSU’s Athletics spokesman Mark Owens says having Rowe awarded the league’s top honor was a perfect cap to the school’s first full year in C-USA.

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5:17am

Tue July 1, 2014
Politics

Baker Funeral to be Held in Tennessee Hometown

Former Senator Howard Baker
Credit bakercenter.utk.edu

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The funeral for former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. is scheduled to take place in his rural northeastern Tennessee hometown on Tuesday.

Baker, a Republican whose 18-year tenure in the Senate drew accolades from both sides of the aisle, is known for cutting to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings when he asked of then-President Richard Nixon: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

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5:11am

Tue July 1, 2014
Politics

Vice President Biden to Visit the Mid-State Next Week

Vice President Joe Biden
Credit whitehouse.gov

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will help kick off the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville next week.

The event begins on July 10 and runs through July 13. The agenda includes discussions of innovations around the states in areas like education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs.

The meetings include several "governors-only" sessions, in a private, off-the-record setting.

Biden is scheduled to attend the opening session of the meeting.

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