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8:51am

Thu January 17, 2013
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Strong Reaction in Tenn. to Obama Gun Control Measures

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — President Obama's proposals for curbing gun violence have drawn strong reaction here in Tennessee.

The president made his sweeping proposals Wednesday, a month after the Connecticut school shooting that left six teachers and 20 students dead. The president called for universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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10:54am

Tue January 15, 2013
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Hemlock Layoffs a Setback for Mid-State Economy

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Hemlock Semiconductor is laying off three-fourths of employees at its Clarksville plant shortly before production was set to begin there.

The $1.2 billion plant near the Kentucky border was scheduled to start production of polycrystalline silicon this year. The compound is used in solar energy panels.

Officials of the Michigan-based company met with reporters at the Leaf-Chronicle newspaper Tuesday and said the company is laying off 300 of its 400 employees in Clarksville.

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9:54am

Tue January 15, 2013
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Murfreesboro Police to Hold Gun Exchange Thursday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Police Department will conduct a firearms exchange this Thursday afternoon.

The MPD is partnering with the Murfreesboro NAACP and the Central Christian Church for the exchange in an effort to keep unwanted and unused weapons off city streets.

Anyone turning in a gun or guns will receive a Kroger gift card in exchange. MPD spokesman Kyle Evans wouldn’t say how much the gift cards will be worth, but did say that it’s a considerable amount and that the award will increase with the number of guns surrendered.

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11:29am

Mon January 14, 2013
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Bad Weather Weekend, More on the Way

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Bad weather over the weekend, and more bad weather expected in the next 24 hours continues to dominate the news in Middle Tennessee.

With the ground already saturated, weekend storms and heavy downpours caused wide-spread problems. There were flood warnings for several Middle Tennessee counties, as well as some tornado warnings.

Humphries County officials evacuated residents of a mobile home park in Waverly Sunday as water rose there. Rutherford County also reported problems Sunday. Tim Hooker is with the County’s Emergency Management Agency.

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11:19am

Mon January 14, 2013
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Spring Semester Begins at Mid-State Universities

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There's good news out this week for university students as they return to classes for the spring semester.

Students at Tennessee State University returned to class Monday. Students at Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee State, and Austin Peay State head back to classes on Thursday. Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb and Trevecca all got their spring semesters underway last week.

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