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12:25pm

Wed February 13, 2013
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Former Rutherford County Jailer Accused of Extortion

Suspect Jessica Lehew, 31, of Murfreesboro.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — Rutherford County authorities have arrested a fired jailer on a felony extortion charge. Jessica Lehew (LAY'-hew) is accused of threatening Sheriff Robert Arnold with the release of embarrassing information.

Arnold called a press conference yesterday to say Lehew sent him emails stating she had damaging information about her former husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Will Lehew, and would send that information to a local reporter if Arnold didn’t reinstate her.

Here’s what the Sheriff had to say during yesterday’s press conference.

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12:13pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Politics

State Democrats: President's Jobs Proposals Worked in Tennessee

Credit whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama is following up Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech with three days of appearances designed to rally support for the job-creation measures outlined in his message.

The President is in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday visiting an auto parts plant. He'll make stops in Atlanta Thursday and Chicago on Friday.

In his speech, Obama called job creation his "North Star." He asked Congress to focus on attracting jobs to the U.S., training American workers and boosting investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy.

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8:53am

Wed February 13, 2013
Politics

Tenn. House Committee to Take Up Guns-in-Trunks Bill Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — House leaders who last year fended off a bill to overrule businesses seeking to ban firearms in their parking lots appear to be giving up the fight.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga says he and fellow Republicans just want to put the measure behind them so they can move on to other more pressing issues.

In McCormick's words: "We can argue about it and then pass it, or we can just pass it."

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10:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
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Tennessee Opens Export Offices in 4 Countries

Governor Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Haslam says Tennessee is preparing to open offices in four countries to help increase exports to key international markets.

Tennessee will open Export Development Offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

Clint Brewer of the Department of Economic and Community Development says the offices will help Tennessee businesses navigate the exporting process.

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12:11pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Politics

Could SCORE Recommendations Cause a Teacher Shortage in Tennessee?

Credit tnscore.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An influential education advocacy group is pushing for Tennessee teacher candidates to face higher academic standards before they even begin taking college classes.

The move by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education comes after state education officials linked teacher effectiveness to better ACT scores.

SCORE says some colleges and universities admit teacher education students with marks as low as 15 on the college admissions test.

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