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12:41pm

Thu March 14, 2013
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Mid-State Researcher on the Final Leg of "No Gas" Cross-Country Drive

Dr. Cliff Ricketts at the wheel of a hydrogen burning Toyota sedan somewhere in New Mexico during his 2600 mile, coast-to-coast, alternative fuel experimental drive.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state professor hopes to make history Thursday, capping 25 years of research.

Middle Tennessee State University’s Dr. Cliff Ricketts was crossing California’s Mojave Desert early Thursday morning on the final leg of his 2600 mile, no-gas, cross-country drive.

Ricketts and his team left the Georgia Coast this past Saturday driving modified Toyota sedans that run on hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen was separated from water using solar energy.

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12:30pm

Mon March 11, 2013
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Mid-State Researcher Takes "No Gas" Drive Across America

MTSU professor Cliff Ricketts, left, explains the hydrogen fueling process to a Savannah, Ga., television reporter. A 2005 Toyota Prius and a 1994 Toyota Tercel use hydrogen from water separated by sun (solar), all produced on the MTSU campus, as the fuel sources.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state researcher is trying this week to drive across the United States without using gasoline.

Middle Tennessee State Ag professor Cliff Ricketts is attempting to drive cross-country using only hydrogen fuel and solar energy.

Ricketts and his team left the East Coast over the weekend and hope to make it as far as Arkansas by this evening.

So why is an Ag professor so interested in alternative fuels?

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7:05am

Mon March 11, 2013
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Transmission problem eases, no gas trip proceeds

MTSU professor Cliff Ricketts, left, explains the hydrogen fueling process to a Savannah, Ga., television reporter. A 2005 Toyota Prius and a 1994 Toyota Tercel use hydrogen from water separated by sun (solar), all produced on the MTSU campus, as the fuel sources.
Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee State University professor says his coast-to-coast trip using no gasoline had to work around a glitch on the first day.

But Dr. Cliff Ricketts said he's "99 percent sure" the transmission coolant problem his backup driver experienced Saturday was not related to the hydrogen fuel the car is using.

Ricketts and his backup driver are making a trip from Tybee Island, Ga., to Long Beach, Calif., this week.

The cars are being powered by solar energy and hydrogen, which was obtained from water.

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12:52pm

Wed January 23, 2013
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Public Invited to Tennessee Archeology Showcase

Shell midden, Clee's Ferry site, Nashville, TN
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 100 archeological digs get under way in Tennessee in any given year and the public has a chance to learn about the most exciting of those projects this weekend.

The Tennessee Division of Archeology and Middle Tennessee State University are partnering to hold a state archeology showcase Friday and Saturday at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. 

Dr. Kevin Smith, Professor of Archeology at MTSU, says one of the most exciting finds in recent years was the discovery of cave paintings here in Tennessee.

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11:04am

Wed November 14, 2012
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State Says Early Deliveries Put Babies At Risk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Here’s a heads up for anyone who may be expecting: Think twice before opting to deliver your child early.

The state Department of Health has launched a campaign to encourage Tennessee moms to carry their babies full-term in an effort to reduce birth complications.

Dr. Michael Warren is the department’s Director of Family Health and Wellness. He says nearly one-third of all babies are now born prior to their due dates, and in many cases for the sake of convenience.

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