MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A new documentary about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous will make its Middle Tennessee debut in Smyrna Friday.
The film “Bill W” recounts the life and mission of Bill Wilson, one of AA’s co-founders.
AA calls itself as a fellowship of recovering alcoholics and is estimated to have more than 2 million members in the U.S. The organization is reportedly active in more than 100 nations and is widely seen as the first of a many 12-step recovery programs serving a wide range of addictions.
Judge Joe B. Brown, left, poses for a photo with three MTSU students who became U.S. citizens in a special Sept. 17 naturalization ceremony. The students are Tammy Li, Levon Mkrtchyan and Mike Patel.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (ANFINSON) -- As part of its annual Constitution Day celebration, Middle Tennessee State University played host to a naturalization ceremony for 300 immigrants. The celebration also included student-led readings of the Constitution.
Nearly 300 immigrants gathered in the Murphy Center along with friends, family and members of the community. Judge Joe B. Brown of the US District Court for Middle Tennessee led the swearing-in ceremony.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- In what may be an apocryphal story, Abraham Lincoln supposedly greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Toms’ Cabin,” as “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.”
Game day at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — University of Tennessee officials say prayer before football games at Neyland Stadium does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, the university is preparing a formal response to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). University spokeswoman Margie Nichols says the administration believes there is no reason to halt the tradition of a pre-kickoff invocation.
Annie-Laurie Gaylor is co-president of the Madison, Wisconsin, based FFRF.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — A federal judge in Chattanooga has sentenced a Tennessee walking horse trainer caught abusing horses in an undercover video to three years' probation and fined him $75,000.
The video, shot by informants for the Humane Society, shows Jackie McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand.
The process is called soring and is used to enhance the horses' high-stepping gait.