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7:34am

Thu May 17, 2012
Home-Made Video Gets Millions of Views

Woodbury Mom's Video Gets National Attention

Lacey Buchanan and baby Christian
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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.

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11:45am

Tue May 15, 2012
Rutherford County Nets 2 of 18 Prizes

Academic Gains for Mid-State Schools

Left to right: Dr. J.E. Stone, president of the Education Consumers Foundation; Hobgood Elementary Principal Barbara Sales; Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman
Photo courtesty ECF

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.

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11:36am

Tue May 15, 2012
One School Murder Reported in 2011

School Crime Down 9% in Three Years

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.”

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11:32am

Tue May 15, 2012
Ketron Says Higher-Ed Focus of Next Session

Sen. Ketron Reviews 107th General Assembly

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.

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11:41am

Mon May 14, 2012
Defeat of "Harboring" Bill Considered a Victory

TIRRC Reviews the 107th General Assembly

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.

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