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12:25pm

Wed February 13, 2013
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Former Rutherford County Jailer Accused of Extortion

Suspect Jessica Lehew, 31, of Murfreesboro.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — Rutherford County authorities have arrested a fired jailer on a felony extortion charge. Jessica Lehew (LAY'-hew) is accused of threatening Sheriff Robert Arnold with the release of embarrassing information.

Arnold called a press conference yesterday to say Lehew sent him emails stating she had damaging information about her former husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Will Lehew, and would send that information to a local reporter if Arnold didn’t reinstate her.

Here’s what the Sheriff had to say during yesterday’s press conference.

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11:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
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Mid-State Catholics Buzzing Over Pope's Retirement

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Only a tiny fraction of Tennesseans are Catholic, but the state’s still buzzing over the pope’s announcement Monday that he plans to retire.

Pope Benedict says he’ll retire Feb. 28 because he’s become too infirm to handle the burdens of the papacy. He’s the first pope to step down in six centuries.

Rick Musacchio, a spokesman for the Diocese of Nashville, says local parishioners seem to be taking the news in stride.

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10:52am

Tue February 12, 2013
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Tennessee Opens Export Offices in 4 Countries

Governor Bill Haslam
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Governor Haslam says Tennessee is preparing to open offices in four countries to help increase exports to key international markets.

Tennessee will open Export Development Offices in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

Clint Brewer of the Department of Economic and Community Development says the offices will help Tennessee businesses navigate the exporting process.

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1:29pm

Mon February 11, 2013
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Georgia Lawmakers Eye Tennessee Water

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are again contesting the state's border with Tennessee in a long-standing dispute involving the ongoing war over water between the two states.

The Georgia General Assembly began work on a resolution earlier this month which, if passed, would lead to a proposal to Tennessee government: You give us access to the Tennessee River at Nickajack Lake, and we'll acknowledge the current boundary as the official border.

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1:18pm

Mon February 11, 2013
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Nashville Mosque Vandalized

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville mosque was vandalized early Monday.

Police told WTVF-TV that the windows were broken out at the Al-Farooq Mosque before sunrise Monday morning. Two funeral cars in the parking lot also had their windshields broken.

Mosque member Hassam Mohamed told the station a man went through a window to get inside and demolished property there.

A taxi-cab driver who was driving by told members he saw the man trying to get into a vehicle in the parking lot. The man then ran off, wearing only boxer shorts.

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