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8:13am

Mon November 26, 2012
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Harwell Retains Tennessee House Speaker's Gavel

Rep. Beth Harwell
Credit State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Members of the House Republican caucus have nominated Speaker Beth Harwell for another term in charge of the chamber but ousted Rep. Judd Matheny from the No. 2 slot.

Matheny, of Tullahoma, was defeated Monday by Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville in a secret ballot.

Matheny had publicly mulled challenging Harwell for the top post before deciding to focus on another term as speaker pro tempore.

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7:35am

Thu November 22, 2012
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900 More Tennesseans At Risk from Tainted Injections

Credit cdc.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials will start contacting hundreds of people who received steroid injections for back pain linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak to warn them about another infection.

Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, says the new round of calls will start next week to about 900 patients who have not developed fungal meningitis but who may be at risk for a localized infection or abscess near the injection site.

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7:23am

Thu November 22, 2012
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Tennesseans Spend Thanksgiving Aiding Hurricane Survivors

Nashvillians David and Beckie Durham are spending their Thanksgiving providing aid to Hurricane Sandy Survivors along the New Jersey shore.
Credit hopeforce.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Eight Middle Tennesseans are spending their Thanksgiving on the New Jersey coast providing aid to Super-Storm Sandy survivors.

David Durham has been in Atlantic City all week helping homeowners dispose of damaged furniture and tear out water-soaked drywall.

“You can still see the water line on the houses and the buildings. It came up to, in some places, well over three feet – sometimes four feet. So you can pretty much assume that there’s interior damage in all of the houses that you drive by.”

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12:07pm

Tue November 20, 2012
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Tennesseans Providing Disaster Aid in New Jersey

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT continues to bring you stories of Tennesseans providing assistance to Super-Storm Sandy survivors.

Ten students from Lipscomb University are in New Jersey this week helping home owners carry waterlogged furniture to the curb for disposal,  and tearing out flood-dampened drywall.

Lipscomb student Will Poff of Franklin says helping a senior citizen clear his house of debris has been a highlight of the trip.

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10:22am

Mon November 19, 2012
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Murfreesboro Mosque Holds Open House

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has celebrated its official opening with food and fellowship.

The Daily News Journal reports guests on Sunday included U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin and U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez.

The Rev. Joseph Breen, a Catholic priest from Nashville, also joined the celebration. He said it was important to support the freedom to worship because if it can be taken away from some people, it can be taken from everyone.

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