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9:33am

Fri February 8, 2013
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Scrap Stolen from Rutherford County Landfill

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  You’ve no doubt heard that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s”…stolen property.

The Tennessee Bureau of investigation says it’s arrested three men in connection with a scheme to steal scrap metal from the Rutherford County Landfill.

The TBI says 43-year-old Joey Black, of Lascassas, 39-year-old Clint Michael Polesec, of Murfreesboro and 45-year-old Michael Wayne Harris, of Christiana have been arrested for theft over $1000 and conspiracy to commit theft.

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12:07pm

Thu February 7, 2013
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Confederate Past: Uproar Over Changing Park Names

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The legacy of onetime Confederate cavalryman and slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest has sparked new controversy here in Tennessee that spans from Memphis to the state capital building.

The Memphis City Council this week fast-tracked efforts to rename the city’s Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, where a statue of Forrest stands and where the general is buried.

Reporter Eleanor Boudreau of public radio station WKNO in Memphis the council’s vote came in reaction to moves here in Nashville.

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11:56am

Thu February 7, 2013
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Emancipation Proclomation to Go on Display in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennesseans have a unique opportunity to see two of the nation’s most important documents next week.

The original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment are touring the nation and will go on display at the Tennessee State Museum for six days beginning Tuesday.

The Museum is recommending people wanting to view the documents make reservations. Museum spokesperson Mary Skinner says that at stops in Detroit and Houston, so many people turned out to see the two documents, some had to be turned away.

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12:46pm

Wed February 6, 2013
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MTSU Student Struck, Killed on N. Rutherford Blvd.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A student at Middle Tennessee State University was struck and killed while crossing a Murfreesboro street Tuesday night.

A university official confirms that 20 year-old student Timothy R. Martin of Mt. Juliet was the person Murfreesboro Police say was struck on N. Rutherford Blvd at about 8:20 p.m.

Police say Martin was walking his bicycle across Rutherford when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Bejamin Conley of Murfreesboro.

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12:40pm

Wed February 6, 2013
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Tenn. Lawmaker Intent on Ending Affirmative Action

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Republican State Senator Jim Summerville of Dickson has introduced a series of bills that would effectively end affirmative action in Tennessee.

WMOT’s reporting partners at Sidelines newspaper are out with an in-depth look at the legislation Wednesday in a piece written jointly by reporters Quint Qualls and Sinclaire Sparkman.

Qualls spoke to WMOT News about the story. Use the streaming audio bar above to hear his comments.

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