NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP/WMOT) -- The character of the Occupy protest movement changed this week, with hundreds of protesters arrested across the country in sometimes violent confrontations with police.
Here in Middle Tennessee the Occupy movement is still peaceful and is still being supported by the courts.
NASHVILLE -- New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49 million people, or 16 percent of the population.
The revised numbers, released earlier this month, are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.
Middle Tennessee eateries are giving their patrons a chance to help. The restaurants are partnering with the local homeless program, Room-in-the-Inn to raise relief funds.
Country Music great Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and is currently on a nationwide tour to say goodbye to his fans.
One of the highlights of tomorrows CMA 2011 Awards show in Nashville will be a tribute to Campbell by Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
The 45th annual CMA awards take place tomorrow evening at Bridgestone Arena beginning at 8 pm. The show will be carried live nationwide by ABC.
If your daily commute takes you downtown, be aware that several streets will be closed for the CMAs today and tomorrow.
The multimedia experience Freedom Sings opens this afternoon at 2:20 in the Tucker Theater here on the Middle Tennessee State campus.
Freedom Sings is a celebration of America’s protest music, banned and censored songs. The show debuted at the Bluebird Café in 1999 and now tours nationwide.
Before the show, you can take a look at some of the original mediafeatured in the program courtesy of MTSU's Center for Popular Music.
A second night with no new arrests in Nashville on Legislative Plaza. Occupy Nashville protesters are, once again, occupying the plaza around the clock.
After the Haslam Administration imposed new restrictions on protests last Thursday, Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a couple of dozen protesters both Friday and Saturday.
But a metro night court commissioner refused to jail the protesters on both occasions, saying that the state had exceeded its authority.
Protest spokesperson Cecily Friday says the arrests have only stiffened protesters resolve.