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9:17am

Mon December 22, 2014
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Suggestions for reducing holiday stress

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family gatherings can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings.

Clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lisa Ferentz says sometimes the best thing to do is simply not attend family get-togethers.

If that isn’t possible, Ferentz has some alternate suggestions: limit time you spend with family, bring a friend to act as a buffer, and use your cell phone as an excuse for a break.

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5:55am

Mon December 22, 2014
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Lane closures halted on Tenn. roads for holidays

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Transportation Department is halting all lane closures on interstates and state highways over the holidays.

 

According to a news release, the department expects two million drivers on Tennessee roadways over Christmas and New Year.

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety reasons, all construction related closures will be suspended beginning at noon on Tuesday and ending at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.

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10:54am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Annual MNPS chamber report card critical of school board

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Nashville Chamber of Commerce released its annual report on the state of metro schools this week and the report is critical of the school board penchant for airing its disagreements in public.

The 2014 Education Report Card was compiled by a group of 23 community leaders who volunteered their time. The report praises the system for a marked improvement in student achievement scores in recent years. It also applauds the current strategic plan that runs through 2018.

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8:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Bureau resumes investigation into high-profile death

TBI Director Mark Gwyn
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DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has resumed investigations in the five-county judicial district where the high-profile death of a 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo is being prosecuted.

The TBI announced Wednesday it was suspending investigations there as the result of a disagreement with District Attorney General Matt Stowe.

But last night, the agency issued a release saying it was resuming work in the district and that Stowe has requested a special prosecutor to handle the nursing student's case.

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7:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Governor proposes changes to the way Tenn. teachers evaluated

Gov. Bill Haslam and TEA President Barbara Gray
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Education will be a major focus of the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly, set to begin in mid-January, and Governor Haslam is trying to get out in front of that discussion.

The Tennessean reports that in a meeting with teachers earlier this month, Haslam proposed several changes to the way teachers relate to the standards.

Among those changes, Haslam wants to temporarily reduce the portion of a teacher’s evaluation tied to student test scores and he wants to more closely align assessment tests with the standards being taught.

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