MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Ken Paulson, former editor at USA Today and CEO of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, has been selected as the next dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University.Paulson will take over his new position on July 1 and replaces Roy Moore, who will remain with the university as a professor.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's new science building is still under construction, but new video and images illustrate what the building's interior will look like once complete.
Final completion on the $147 million project on the Murfreesboro campus is scheduled to be ready for faculty and staff to move in by the fall of 2014. The first classes will start in the 2015 spring semester.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Organizers of the Country Music Marathon are beefing up security for their April 27 event in the wake of last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Competitor Group Inc., the group that runs the marathon, announced Friday it would increase security presence at the start and finish lines, with more than 150 private security officials added to the staffing plan. Security will control entry and exit into the 32 runner corrals. All participants may be subject to random bag checks at the April 25-26 health and fitness expo as well as at the race.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Maryville pill mill who jumped bond during her federal trial for conspiracy, drug charges and money laundering has been sentenced to spend more than 21 years in federal prison.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/Zwo9hZ) U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Thursday also ordered all of Tammy Guzman's assets forfeited.
The 42-year-old was convicted earlier this year in a pills-for-cash scheme at her Maryville Pain Consultants clinic that netted at least $2 million over two years.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. State Department worker and former copy editor at the Knoxville News Sentinel is recovering in the U.S. after she was wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
The News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/XKyWo7 ) that Kelly Hunt was one of a group on a goodwill mission to deliver textbooks to students at a school on April 6 when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle into their convoy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says suspicious letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.
The FBI says the substance in both letters have preliminarily tested positive for ricin, a potentially fatal poison.
In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says the letters both say: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance." Both letters are signed, "I am KC and I approve this message.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An FBI spokesman says agents have locked down the headquarters of the truck stop business owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
FBI spokesman Marshall Stone says the lockdown is part of an ongoing investigation but wouldn't say what agents were doing inside the Knoxville building Monday.
Pilot Flying J spokeswoman Lauren Christ says the company does not know why FBI officials closed the office, but officials are cooperating.