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9:44am

Mon May 13, 2013
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"Ride of Silence" Commemorates Death of Murfreesboro Cyclist

Credit mborobike.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Mid-state cycling enthusiasts will participate Wednesday in a national day of remembrance for riders who’ve been killed in traffic accidents in the past year.

A total of eight cyclists died in Tennessee during 2012, while five died during 2011. A single rider has died so far in 2013.

A student cyclist attending Middle Tennessee State University was killed in February. Twenty year-old Timothy Martin was struck and killed while walking his bike across Rutherford Blvd not far from the MTSU campus.

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8:27am

Mon May 13, 2013
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Mid-State Jury to Hear Notorious East Tenn. Rape-Murder Case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A southern Kentucky man is being retried in the torture slayings of a young Knoxville couple.

The second trial of George Thomas begins Monday in Knoxville before a jury selected in Nashville. Thomas is one of four defendants convicted in the kidnapping, torture and killing of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January 2009.

Thomas was convicted in December 2009, but the trial judge abruptly left the bench without affirming the jury's verdict. Judge Richard Baumgartner was later convicted on charges related to his abuse of painkillers.

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8:51am

Fri May 10, 2013
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Nobel Prize Winner Leaves Medal, Generous Gift to MTSU

Jeff Whorley glances at a photo of his late uncle, Nobel laureate and MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan, during a celebration Thursday afternoon of Dr. Buchanan’s life outside the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.
Credit MTSU photos by J. Intintoli

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Nobel Prize medal has found a new home here in Middle Tennessee.

Thursday afternoon the family of the late Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan presented his 1986 Nobel medal in economics to Middle Tennessee State University.

Buchanan was a Tennessee native and 1940 graduate of then Middle Tennessee State Teacher’s College. He went on to do ground-breaking research at the intersection of economics and politics.

Dr. Barbara S. Haskew, a former MTSU Provost, was among those lauding Buchanan in Thursday’s ceremony.

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12:16pm

Thu May 9, 2013
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Alexander Threatens Corp of Engineers' Funding Over Fishing Ban

Corp aerial photo showing proposed restricted area around Old Hickory Dam.
Credit lrn.usace.army.mil/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is ratcheting up his confrontation with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers over a ban on fishing below Corp dams along the Cumberland River. 

The Senator is threatening the Corp's funding over the dispute.

During a senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Alexander lectured Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy and Corp Commander Lt. General Thomas Bostick.

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11:13am

Tue May 7, 2013
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Health Department Warns of Mosquito-Borne Illness

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves from viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. Last year Tennessee experienced 33 human cases of West Nile virus, including one in December.

Health Department spokesman Dr. Abelardo Moncayo says four out of five people with West Nile won't show symptoms, but others will develop severe illness that can result in permanent neurological damage or even death.

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