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9:16am

Mon June 10, 2013
Science

UT Seeks Bids for Fracking on its Own Land

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is officially seeking bidders who want to drill natural gas wells on land it owns on the Cumberland Plateau. The Tennessean reports UT released its request for bids on Friday.

The proposal has generated controversy because it will involve a process known as fracking to extract the gas. Energy companies use the procedure to remove gas or oil from rock formations by forcing liquids underground at high pressure. Those opposed to the effort cite concerns that the process could pose to the environment.

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2:56pm

Thu May 30, 2013
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Landmark Study Conducted by Tenn. based HCA

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Nashville based Hospital Corporation of America had a central role in a new medical study that the Centers for Disease Control says could save “tens of thousands of lives."

The CDC says about 100,000 Americans die each year from infections they aquire during hospital stays. HCA, Harvard, the University of California and the CDC partnered to conduct a multi-year study to find ways to reduce hospital infection rates.

The research was carried out exclusively in 43 HCA hospitals in 16 states and involved about 75,000 patients.

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12:12pm

Wed April 17, 2013
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Blood Spatter Expert to Speak at MTSU

Blood spatter expert Paulette Sutton.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the nation’s foremost forensic blood-spatter experts is scheduled to make a presentation in the mid-state.

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome forensic specialist Paulette Sutton to the campus as the keynote speaker for the school’s annual Forensic Institute conference.

Sutton is a University of Tennessee grad who now consults on cases worldwide. She started her career as a crime lab technologist, but developed a fascination with blood-spatter while visiting crime scenes.

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12:21pm

Mon April 8, 2013
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Manning Giving $500,000 to Summitt Foundation

Peyton Manning
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife plan to donate $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

The commitment by Peyton and Ashley Manning represents the largest gift announcement made to the foundation since it was created in 2011. The charity was organized to help fight Alzheimer's disease.

Patrick Wade, the foundation's director, says some of that money will stay right here in Tennessee to conduct dementia research.

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12:17pm

Fri March 15, 2013
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Ricketts Completes His "No Gas" Drive Across America

With Dr. Cliff Ricketts at the wheel of his modified Toyota sedan, the MTSU alternative fuels team arrives at the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach, California, Thursday, March 14, 2013.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state researcher has achieved a goal he’s been working toward for the past 30 years, successfully completing a drive across the United States without using any gasoline.

Middle Tennessee State University alternative fuels expert Cliff Ricketts reached the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach, California, Thursday evening, capping a journey that began in Georgia on the Atlantic Coast five days earlier.

Ricketts and his team made the drive using two modified Toyota sedans running on hydrogen fuel separated from water using solar energy.

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