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UT releases 4 years' worth of sex assault data

Mar 1, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee has released statistics showing the number of student sex assaults more than doubled in four years.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports the university released its data last week to all students, faculty and staff. UT spokeswoman Karen Simsen said school officials hope the move will increase awareness of reporting options, policies and resources that are offered.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Murfreesboro man with murdering his 86-year-old neighbor.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 60-year-old William Russell Brace was arrested Sunday morning and charged with first-degree murder for the death of Lois Jean Espy, whose body was discovered last week on a local road in Bedford County.

During the course of the investigation, the TBI got information that led to Brace as the person responsible for Espy's death in her Murfreesboro apartment, and the individual who moved her body.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Faced with a projected $377 million funding gap over 10 years, the University of Tennessee has put together a plan that could mean some tough choices ahead for the school and its students.

On Thursday, the UT Board of Trustees endorsed a plan presented by President Joe DiPietro that would increase revenue but could mean big changes ahead.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --   A report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the impact federal programs have on poverty rates.

The report finds those programs cut the percentage of Tennessee children living in poverty by half. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s Linda O’Neil says that in spite of that assistance, 17 percent of the state’s children still live below the poverty line.

2 Murfreesboro, 2 Franklin massage parlors raided

Feb 26, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Four massage parlors were the targets of raids by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and two mid-state police departments.

Murfreesboro Police say they served search warrants on Oasis Massage on Old Fort. Parkway, Sunshine Massage on Memorial Blvd. and an apartment on Saint Andrews Drive.

Police say the three locations were being used to promote prostitution. Evidence seized will be used to file criminal indictments.