Thu October 11, 2012
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"In God We Trust" Recommended for Putnam County Courthouse

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Putnam County Commission will consider placing the motto "In God We Trust" on all four sides of the courthouse in Cookeville.

According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, the Colonial View Baptist Church is leading the effort. The church brought the proposal to the county's planning committee this week. The committee recommended the proposal to the full commission for consideration. That vote is scheduled for October 15.

The Rev. Al Gaspard is the pastor at Colonial View Baptist Church.

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Wed October 10, 2012
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Rangers Use Electronic Sensors to Catch Park Looters

Graduate students work an archeologic dig near a rockshelter in Big South Fork.
National Park Service

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Rangers at Big South Fork National Recreation Area are using electronic sensors to keep looters from stealing Native American artifacts.

Archeologist Tom Des Jean says some of the area’s 1500 sites have been destroyed by looters. They dig pits and sift the dirt looking for prehistoric artifacts such as arrowheads and pottery.

Protecting the 120,000 acre East Tennessee preserve is a big job. Des Jean says Ranger are fighting back with new technology and old fashion policing.

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Fri October 5, 2012
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Tennessee's Employment Forecast: "The Fog is Pretty Thick."

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

The U.S. Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.

The State of Tennessee won’t release its unemployment numbers for September for another two weeks, but joblessness in Tennessee has been climbing steadily in recent months. The unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent in August.

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Thu October 4, 2012
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Two New Challenges to Tennessee's Voter Photo ID Law

The seal of the City of Memphis
City of Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is facing two new legal challenges.

Memphis officials are appealing a Nashville judge's ruling on the state requirement of photo identification for voting.

According to The Commercial Appeal, attorneys for the City of Memphis filed an appeal late Wednesday with the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The city claims the new requirement is a violation of the state constitution.

Memphis is asking for an emergency appeal and lawyers hope for an expedited ruling.

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Thu October 4, 2012
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Is Middle Tennessee's Housing Market Rebounding?

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages have fallen to fresh record lows for the second straight week. The declines suggest the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts are having an impact.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.36 percent, the lowest rate since long-term mortgages came into use in the 1950s.

The Fed is spending $40 billion a month to buy mortgage-backed securities. The goal is to lower mortgage rates and help the housing recovery.

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