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Gun deaths exceed traffic deaths in Tennessee

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study reports that more Tennesseans died as a result of gun violence in a recent year than as a result of traffic accidents.

The Violence Policy Center says it analyzed data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and discovered that gun deaths exceeded traffic deaths in 17 states in 2013.

In that year there were 1030 gun related deaths in Tennessee, and 1027 motor vehicle deaths.

American Rivers

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Tennessee is the only state in the country to have two rivers listed as "endangered" by the environmental group American Rivers.

The Holston River in East Tennessee ranks number three on the list. The Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee is listed at number nine. Erin McCombs with American Rivers says the Harpeth made the list because of the City of Franklin's sewer plant.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the third time in a month a Murfreesboro resident has been assaulted and robbed by a gang of assailants.

Thirty-three-year-old Murfreesboro resident Jonathan J. Carlisle tells police he was attacked Wednesday night while walking near the corner of Vine St. and University near the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

Carlisle says he was approached by a group of 15 to 20 black males who asked to use his phone.

Here's wishing Tennesseans a happy Tax Freedom Day

Apr 8, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  Thursday is Tax Freedom Day in Tennessee, the day residents finish paying all federal, state and local taxes for the year.

The Washington based Tax Foundation calculates Tax Freedom Day every year for each of the states and the nation as a whole. Foundation economist Kyle Pomerleau says Tennesseans fared better than the rest of the country. National Tax Freedom Day doesn’t arrive until April 24.

Tax Freedom Day is calculated by subtracting a state’s total tax bill from the combine income of its residents.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A fun way to draw attention to a serious problem: Pinwheels are being used this month to draw awareness to the tragedy of child abuse.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and according to the Tennessee Children's Advocacy Centers, there were more than 75-hundred confirmed cases of abuse in the state in 2012, the most recent data available.

Kristen Rector with Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee says the trauma of child abuse can last a lifetime.