MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A video created by a Woodbury woman is getting national and international attention.
Lacey Buchanan recently recorded a simple, home-made video about her son Christian. The boy was born with severe birth defects. Christian has no eyes and a cleft lip and palette were repaired soon after birth.
Buchanan uses hand drawn note-cards and family photos to tell baby Christian’s story during the seven minute video.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Six of the 18 Tennessee schools honored this week for academic gains are located here in the Mid-State. Two are located in Rutherford County.
Principal Barbara Sales of Murfreesboro’s Hobgood Elementary and Principal Andra Helton of Rutherford County’s Thurman Francis Elementary picked up “Value-Added Achievement Awards” for their schools on Monday.
The awards are based on data tracked by the Tennessee Department of Education and indicate schools that show significant improvement in test scores year-over-year.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Crime on the campuses of Tennessee’s schools continues to fall.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says simple assaults were the most commonly reported offense in the state’s K-12 schools last year. Kristin Helm is with the TBI.
“Crimes against person’s actually decreased by 4.3 percent, and crimes against property decreased 8.2 percent, which gives an overall decrease of crime committed at school by about 5.5 percent from 2010 till 2011.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- WMOT is asking news makers to review the work of the just-completed 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Today the views of 13th District Republican Senator Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro.
Ketron describes the just ended state assembly as a “spectacular session.” He says that he and his fellow legislators passed a number of significant bills and still managed to end the session early.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- WMOT News is asking news makers from across the political spectrum to offer their take on the just-completed 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Today the views of Eben Cathey of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.
Cathey says the Coalition counts as a legislative victory the defeat of a bill that would have made harboring or transporting an undocumented person a felony. He says the Council is happy that it’s worst fears for the legislative session were not realized.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- That State of Tennessee is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2012. As of Thursday, 305 people have died on the state’s highways, an increase of 26 deaths over the same period last year.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the increase, because the trend in recent years has been toward a steady decline in highway deaths.
TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert says the state suspects several factors are contributing to the rise in fatalities.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT) -- This week marks the second anniversary of the spring 2010 floods. Twenty-two people died in the disaster and the storm caused billions in damages.
Harding and Jona Brewster were among the survivors of the historic flooding. The couple used an old boat stored in their backyard to ferry themselves and dozens of neighbors out of their rapidly flooding Old Hickory neighborhood.