WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Senate Democrats are expected to introduce a bill this week that will keep interest rates from rising for millions of students with federal loans. Republicans are balking at a tax boost Democrats want to use to pay for it.

Senator Harry Reid unveiled the nearly $6 billion proposal yesterday after it was endorsed by both President Barack Obama and GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A unique awards ceremony drew a capacity crowd to Belcourt theater over the weekend.

Called the Academies of Nashville Video Awards, the contest provides an opportunity for Nashville’s twelve zoned high schools to highlight the work of their in-house academies.

The Academy of International Business and Communications at Hillsboro High School took home “Best in Show” honors Saturday.

McGavock High arguably had the best night, picking up trophies in six categories. Hunters Lane took home three awards.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) —  Rutherford County Schools have a new director elect.

The county Board of Education unanimously chose Don Odom Monday night to replace current director Harry Gill. Odom previously served as the district’s assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

A school system press statement said Odom is a lifelong resident of Rutherford County and has spent his entire career with Rutherford County Schools. Odom earned his bachelor’s and graduate degrees from Middle Tennessee State University.

MTSU photo by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University says an alumnus has donated $10 million to the school's Centennial fundraising campaign — the largest gift from an alumnus in the school's history.

The announcement of the gift by Nashville entrepreneur Woody Miller is part of MTSU's public launch of its $80 million Centennial Campaign. The campaign has been in a "quiet phase" since before the University observed its 100th anniversary last Sept. 11. Miller's gift has helped boost the campaign's early commitments to nearly $54 million.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  The College of Mass Communication at MTSU celebrated the opening of its Center for Innovation in Media Thursday afternoon. The Center combines all of the University's media outlets - both student led and professional - under a single roof.

WMOT Radio is just one of several MTSU media outlets included in Center operations. WMOT's new media partners include Sidelines newspaper, MT10 television, MT Records record label, and WMTS Radio.