MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Anfinson) -- Local environmentalists and concerned citizens are raising a stink about air quality in the area surrounding Murfreesboro’s Middle Point Landfill, referred to by many local residents as Mt. Trashmore.
Recently, citizens gathered at Walter Hill Elementary, a spot within direct sight of Middle Point landfill, to voice their concerns to the Tennessee Department of Air Pollution Control and BFI/Allied Waste Systems. BFI is the company that operates the landfill, and they are applying to renew their operating permit.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will conduct a special "no refusal" DUI enforcement campaign in several counties across the state this holiday weekend.
Tennessee's "no refusal" law allows officers to seek search warrants for blood samples when they suspect a driver to be impaired.
The special enforcement includes saturation patrols, bar and tavern checks and sobriety checkpoints. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.
The aim is to deter impaired driving and fatal crashes.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A Bradley County jury has convicted a woman of murder and child neglect in the deaths of her two young sons, who were left in a car on a 101-degree day.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1dsQGNm ) reported the verdict was returned Thursday night against 27-year-old Tasha Bates, who broke down in tears after jurors filed out of the courtroom in Cleveland.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee nursing homes have dramatically decreased the use of antipsychotic drug use for residents living with dementia.
Tennessee led the nation for antipsychotic use in nursing homes in the fourth quarter of 2011. By the first quarter of this year the state had dropped to 48th in the nation.
State spokesman Vincent Davis says Tennessee reduced the use of the drugs by conducting training sessions for nursing home staff members. He says part of that training dealt with how to tease out the cause of a patient’s behavior.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream Speech" in 1963 during the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A representative of the state chapter of the NAACP says Tennessee was well represented at this past weekend's celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs.
It was during the 1963 march that the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.
Monroe Woods, West Tennessee Director for the NAACP, traveled to the event with a busload of 60 people from Hardeman County. He says busloads also traveled to Washington from Middle and East Tennessee.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Money is a top concern for students and administrators as Tennessee’s colleges and universities get the fall semester underway.
Earlier this year, both of Tennessee’s higher education systems - University of Tennessee affiliated schools and the Tennessee Board of Regents - voted to increase student tuition for the school year. Students are paying up to six percent higher fees this semester.
BENTON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two women have died while rafting on the Ocoee River in separate incidents in two days.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the first death happened Saturday when a woman who was rafting with two friends was thrown overboard in rapids. The release says the woman was from Atlanta, but it didn't identify her.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told WRCB-TV that another woman fell out of a raft on Sunday morning. Officials didn't release her name, but said she was from Smyrna, Tenn.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin for a Bradley County woman charged with murder in the heat-related deaths of her young sons.
The Cleveland Daily Banner (http://bit.ly/17ex4bk ) reported lawyers were set to begin picking a jury on Tuesday to hear the case against Natasha Bates-Moses. She is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 3-year-old River Bates and his 5-year-old brother, Leland. They died July 13, 2012.
Autopsy results revealed the boys died of hyperthermia, or a high core body temperature.