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11:19am

Wed December 11, 2013
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Court Reduces Tenn. Youth Pastor's 225-Year Sentence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a 225-year sentence for a former youth pastor convicted of raping three boys as a juvenile.

In an opinion filed on Tuesday, the court ordered that Tavaria Merritt be resentenced to 50 years in prison.

Merritt pleaded guilty to raping the boys, ages 10 and 11, while he was serving as a youth pastor at their Lebanon church in 2009. He was 17 years old when he committed the crimes.

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8:39am

Fri December 6, 2013
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Tenn. Rights Museum President: Mandela a "Great Soldier"

Nelson Mandela receiving an award at the National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —Beverly Robertson, President of the Memphis National Civil Rights Museum is paying tribute to the late Nelson Mandela as "a great soldier and a courageous leader."

 

Robertson notes the museum honored Mandela in 2000 with the Freedom Award for "his tremendous impact on human rights for Africans, but also for people throughout the world."

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10:16am

Wed December 4, 2013
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Former Clarksville Boy Accussed of Teacher's Murder, Rape

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy is set to be arraigned on murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges in the killing of his high school math teacher.

Philip Chism is accused in the Oct. 22 death of Colleen Ritzer, a popular teacher at Danvers High School. The 24-year-old Ritzer was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, "I hate you all."

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6:11am

Mon December 2, 2013
Sports

Middle Tennessee Overwhelms UTEP 48-17

Senior QB Logan Kilgore and 23 other Blue Raiders celebrated Senior Day with a 48-17 win over UTEP. (MT)
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Logan Kilgore threw for 325 yards, completing 19 of 27 passes, and two touchdowns as Middle Tennessee overwhelmed the University of Texas at El Paso 48-17 Saturday.

Kilgore, who completed 15 of 21 passes for 226 yards in the first half, struck quickly, hitting Marcus Henry on a 21-yard scoring pass at 10:56 in the first quarter.

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6:07am

Mon December 2, 2013
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Tenn. Teachers Spending Fewer Years on the Job

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Both in Tennessee and across the nation, teachers are leaving the profession after only a few years on the job, making the average teacher more and more inexperienced.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1bbDPc2 ) there are many factors contributing to the change.

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