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10:03am

Wed July 10, 2013
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MTSU Welcomes 40th Annual 4H Livestock Expo

Fayettville High School sophomore Colten Dotson
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) Hundreds of young people from all over Tennessee are here in the mid-state this week to participate in the 40th annual 4H Junior Livestock Exposition.

The event is being held at the Livestock Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

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10:32am

Tue July 9, 2013
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Chinese Students, Teachers Visit Mid-State Schools

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Schools in Murfreesboro are hosting 21 Chinese elementary and middle school students this week. It’s part of an exchange program initiated by Middle Tennessee State University.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee has pushed hard in recent years for mid-state institutions to form partnerships in China. He initially orchestrated university level exchanges involving students and professors. The Confucius Institute opened on the MTSU campus in 2009.

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8:36am

Tue July 9, 2013
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Country Music Benefit for Ariz. Firefighters

Country Music Artist Dierks Bentley
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dierks Bentley has one day off the rest of this month and he's giving it to the families of fallen firefighters in Arizona.

The country music star will host the "Country Cares Concert" on July 22 in Prescott Valley, Ariz., where 19 members of a wildland firefighting crew were killed last week. Their deaths left behind 51 fatherless children, a number that sticks with the former Arizona resident as he waits for the birth of his third child later this year.

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8:28am

Tue July 9, 2013
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Heavy Rains Fill Dams, Cause Some Minor Flooding

TVA's Racoon Mountain Reservoir
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 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Heavy rains over the weekend have pushed the Tennessee River up to flood stage, closing Chattanooga's Tennessee Riverpark and affecting about 30 Chattanooga families.

Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs across the state are full, and TVA's water managers are spilling as much water through the dams as they safely can, especially since rain is expected again on Thursday.

The good news is that all of this water will likely mean lower power bills in coming months for TVA customers, although it is too early to estimate the amount.

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12:58pm

Mon July 8, 2013
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Heavy Rains Cause Damage, Tense Hours

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The weekend’s heavy rains caused some damage and a few tense hours in Middle and East Tennessee.

Blount County firefighters and a swift-water rescue team were called out Saturday to assist 11 people stranded in the rain swollen Little River. A group tubing down the river were caught by surprise by fast rising waters. It took a couple of hours to get them all safely ashore.

On Sunday, Murfreesboro officials say two young boys were rescued from the Stones River when they were nearly pulled over the Manson Pike Dam by an unusually strong flow.

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