free speech

MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  This week, back in 1971, 41 years ago, the government and the news media were engaged in a struggle pitting secrecy against the public's right to know. It also involved what was perhaps the government's first successful attempt to force a newspaper to stop publishing.

MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  We've heard a lot lately about what it takes to be a "real" American. It seems to me that we can get ourselves into a lot of trouble if we start to ignore a few relevant incidents from our past when it comes to telling just what a "real" American is.

Burriss on Media: Occupy

Feb 13, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  It’s not often Murfreesboro and Nashville get to be in the middle of a national controversy, but that’s exactly what’s happening with the “occupy” movement. Both cities are facing a conflict between the protesters’ First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly, versus the two cities’ very real concerns about safety, security and sanitation.

Tennessee General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Occupy Nashville says its planning fresh protests aimed at legislators considering bills that could be used to evict the group from Legislative Plaza.

The Judiciary Committee’s of both the Tennessee House and Senate are scheduled to consider companion measures that would make camping on state property a misdemeanor.

In response, a spokesman for Occupy Nashville says the group will form what it calls a “gauntlet” on the plaza this afternoon, forcing legislators to pass by protesters to enter the capital.

Tenn. General Assembly

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — A proposal that seeks to prevent Occupy Nashville protesters from staying overnight on the plaza next to the state Capitol advanced in the Tennessee General Assembly yesterday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland was approved on a voice vote in the House Judiciary Subcommittee. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.