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6:45am

Mon December 24, 2012
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Meningitis voted biggest Tenn. story of 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 39 people, including 14 in Tennessee, was voted the state's top story of 2012.

Patients contracted the rare disease when they were given contaminated steroid injections. The outbreak was first identified by doctors in Tennessee and could have been much worse if they had not acted quickly.

Famed University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt's retirement was the second biggest story of the year.

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10:01am

Fri December 21, 2012
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THP Saturation Patrols Through Christmas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement over the Christmas holiday. 

Christmas is one of the most dangerous times of the year for motorists due to an increase in impaired driving. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, the increased enforcement begins just after midnight tonight and runs through midnight Dec. 25.

THP Captain David McGill says it includes saturation patrols, bar and tavern checks, and driver license and sobriety checkpoints.

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9:56am

Fri December 21, 2012
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Tenn. Jobless Rate Down Dramatically

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s unemployment rate fell dramatically last month.

The Tennessee Department of Labor says the jobless rate fell to 7.6 percent in November, down six-tenths in a single month, and the lowest rate since October, 2008.

The state’s unemployment rate has also fallen below the national jobless rate for the first time in six months. Department of Labor spokesman Jeff Hentschel says the report is good news all around.

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11:57am

Thu December 20, 2012
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MTSU Project Explores the "Geography of Hate"

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A local student has completed a map that details the geographic distribution of hate groups found here in Tennessee and across the Southeast.

This past semester Middle Tennessee State University’s Dr. Patricia Boda asked her cartography class to create maps for a project she entitled the “Geography of Hate.”

One student created maps detailing the forced eviction of Native Americans from their ancestral lands in the 1830s Trail of Tears exodus. Others focused on the Holocaust and more recent instances of genocide in Sudan and Rawanda.

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10:26am

Thu December 20, 2012
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Assistance for Tennesseans Threatened with Foreclosure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee is stepping up to help homeowners faced with possible foreclosure.

The state attorney general's office is recommending homeowners in trouble call the Tennessee's Mortgage Assistance Hotline to get reliable information and referrals to free foreclosure prevention counseling.

The hotline is a partnership between the state and the Homeownership Preservation Foundation — a nonprofit that’s been operating a national hotline for the past five years.

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