Shawn Anfinson



Mon September 2, 2013
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New Concerns about "Mount Trashmore"

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Anfinson) -- Local environmentalists and concerned citizens are raising a stink about air quality in the area surrounding Murfreesboro’s Middle Point Landfill, referred to by many local residents as Mt. Trashmore.

Recently, citizens gathered at Walter Hill Elementary, a spot within direct sight of Middle Point landfill, to voice their concerns to the Tennessee Department of Air Pollution Control and BFI/Allied Waste Systems. BFI is the company that operates the landfill, and they are applying to renew their operating permit.

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Fri July 19, 2013
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First Amendment Rights Survey Shows Troubling Trend

Dr. Ken Paulson

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – An increasing number of Americans say the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees, according to the State of the First Amendment national survey. 

Conducted since 1997, the survey gauges the public’s knowledge and opinions about First Amendment rights.

According to the latest results, more than a third of Americans say the First Amendment provides too much liberty. That finding represents a 13 percent increase from last year, the largest single-year increase in the history of the survey.

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Fri April 26, 2013
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Tenn. Journalism Hall of Fame Inducts First Members

The first members of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame gather for a photo after an April 26 ceremony at MTSU. From left are inductees John Seigethaler, Chris Clark, Karen Miller representing her late husband Dan Miller, Dean Stone, Bill Williams Jr. and Anne Holt. The new Hall of Fame will be housed in the Center for Innovation in Media inside the Bragg Mass Communication Building.
Credit MTSU photo by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (ANFINSON)  --  The new Tennessee Journalists Hall of Fame honored its inaugural inductees Friday.

Among the first six members named to the Hall was John Seigenthaler. He was the longtime editor and publisher of The Tennessean, the first editorial director of USA today, and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.

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Wed April 10, 2013
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Slavery Alive and Well in Tennessee


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (ANFINSON)  --  The topic of slavery may be history to some, but it’s a living reality for others. Unfortunately, slavery still exists--even in our own backyard. One group of activists is doing their part to "End It" for good.

A 2011 report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found that Human Sex Trafficking has been reported in 85 percent of the counties in Tennessee. The average age of a sex trafficking victim is just 13.

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Thu October 25, 2012
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Tenn. Native American Indian Assoc. to Build Cultural Center

Inter-Tribal dancers at the 2012 NAIA Pow-Wow
Credit Photo courtesy of Erin, Anfinson

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (Anfinson) -- The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee is making plans to break ground on a new cultural center here in the mid-state.

This past week, the NAIA hosted its annual Pow-Wow and Fall Festival. It's a colorful celebration of Native American culture and the organization's largest fundraiser.

Pulsating drums and song resonate throughout the day. Inter-Tribal dancers decorated in feathers and beadwork move like crimson and gold-flecked birds against the blue sky. It's quite an atmosphere.

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