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7:57am

Tue May 21, 2013
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More on Tenn. Response to Oklahoma Disaster

Moore, Okla., May 21, 2013 -- The remains of homes destroyed when a deadly tornado struck May 20, 2013.
Credit fema.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans continue to respond to the tragedy in Oklahoma.

Wednesday morning volunteers helped the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Effort pack 1300 emergency food boxes at its Nashville warehouse. The boxes will be trucked to Oklahoma later this week. The ministry sent the first of several semi-truck loads of food and other supplies west Tuesday.

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1:35pm

Mon May 20, 2013
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Technology Arms-Race May Develop Between Reporters & Government

Dr. Larry Burriss
Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state professor says a technology arms-race may develop between news organizations and the government following last week’s revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly accessed the phone records of 20 reporters.

Dr. Larry Burriss is an attorney specializing in media law and teaches journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. He says the New Yorker Magazine has already developed what it’s calling a “hack-proof” system to protect its sources.

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11:17am

Mon May 20, 2013
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Bonnaroo Site to Host Additional Events, Economic Impact Grows

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Bonnaroo released a  new economic impact study Monday indicating the annual music festival contributes more than $50 million dollars to Middle Tennessee’s economy each year.

Greyhill Associates of New York conducted the study, which says festival goers directly spend about $36 million annually, while also generating indirect expenditures amounting to $15 million.

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10:28am

Mon May 20, 2013
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New Convention Center Opens, Expansion Plans Already in the Works

Ribbon cutting ceremonies opening Nashville's new convention center were held Monday, May 20.
Credit City of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Metro Nashville held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning for its new Music City Center convention facility.

The official opening actually came on the second day festivities marking the center’s completion.

Officials say about 15,000 visitors turned out Sunday to tour the new facility, enjoy live music, and try out an indoor zip line.

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9:15am

Thu May 16, 2013
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Australian Hiker Dies Along Appalachian Trail

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — An Australian who was hiking the Appalachian Trail in eastern Tennessee has died.

Authorities said 71-year-old George Walls Grant from Collie, Western Australia, fell ill while hitchhiking to a market on Monday.

The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/16BMTKp ) reported motorist James Self noticed Grant was having a medical problem and took him to a rescue squad station. An ambulance took Grant to a hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

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