Wed May 22, 2013
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Tenn. Woman's "Fresh Start" Ends in Tragedy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WMOT) — A Tennessee woman who moved to North Carolina two weeks ago for a new job and a fresh start is dead and charges have been filed in her murder.

Authorities in Wake County, North Carolina, say they've found no prior connections between Melissa Dawn Huggins-Jones and the three people charged with killing her.

Huggins-Jones' 8-year-old daughter found her mother covered in blood inside their new home and sought help from construction crews working nearby.

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Mon May 20, 2013
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Bonnaroo Site to Host Additional Events, Economic Impact Grows

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Bonnaroo released a  new economic impact study Monday indicating the annual music festival contributes more than $50 million dollars to Middle Tennessee’s economy each year.

Greyhill Associates of New York conducted the study, which says festival goers directly spend about $36 million annually, while also generating indirect expenditures amounting to $15 million.

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Mon May 20, 2013
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New Convention Center Opens, Expansion Plans Already in the Works

Ribbon cutting ceremonies opening Nashville's new convention center were held Monday, May 20.
Credit City of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Metro Nashville held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning for its new Music City Center convention facility.

The official opening actually came on the second day festivities marking the center’s completion.

Officials say about 15,000 visitors turned out Sunday to tour the new facility, enjoy live music, and try out an indoor zip line.

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Thu May 16, 2013

Governor Signs Guns-in-Schools and Ignition Interlock Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Governor Bill Haslam has signed two bills that received a lot of attention in the most recent legislative session.

Haslam announced today that he's signed the latest revision to Tennessee's ignition interlock law. It will now apply to more drunken drivers.

Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15 percent.

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Mon May 13, 2013
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Revelations Concerning Problems at DCS Continue

State Rep. Sherry Jones
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Many of the recently released case files of children who died or nearly died after being under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services were not filled out until months after a child's death.

The Tennessean has now reviewed 36 of the 42 records of cases released at a hearing on Friday by a Davidson County judge. The newspaper also found that many of the records lacked legally required information.

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