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11:39am

Thu August 16, 2012
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Tenn. Group Sends Troop Care Packages Worth $2.5 Million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee based organization has sent more than $2 million worth of care packages to American troops deployed overseas.

Memphis based Operation Troop Aid is the brainchild of 21-year Navy veteran Mark Wood. Wood was serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise on 9-11. He was inspired to do something more for service men and women following a visit to the ship by country music great Garth Brooks.

Woods says the care packages Troop Aid sends include a variety of items.

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12:16pm

Wed August 15, 2012
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Documentary Shot in Shelbyville Screened at MTSU

A poster advertising the film "Welcome to Shelbyville."
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A documentary that focuses on immigrant and refugee issues in the Mid-State will be shown Wednesday night on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

The film “Welcome to Shelbyville” explores how Shelbyville residents reacted to an influx of Hispanic and Somali immigrants beginning in 2008.

The Tennessee Refugee and Immigrant Rights Coalition will host the screening beginning at 7 p.m. at the College of Education. Eben Cathey says the screening will be followed by a conversation.

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11:54am

Wed August 15, 2012
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Tenn. Immigrants Excited About new Federal Program

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s most prominent immigrant rights group say the state’s undocumented population is excited about the launch of a new federal program that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Starting today, young illegal immigrants can apply for a new Homeland Security Department program that lets them stay in the U.S. and get work permits.

Critics of the program have called the policy backdoor amnesty and say they worry about fraud.

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11:49am

Wed August 15, 2012
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Elvis Week One of Tennessee's Biggest Tourist Draws

A statue of Elvis that stands on famed Beale Street in Memphis.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans are expected to pay respects to the rock 'n' roll icon during a candlelight vigil at Graceland tonight marking the 35th anniversary of his death.

The vigil is just one of many Elvis Week activities, the annual celebration of Presley's life and career. Jonathan Lyons of the Memphis Visitor’s Bureau says Elvis week accounts for the biggest slice of the $3 billion tourists spend in Shelby County annually.

Lyons says this year’s highlight is a concert that features a virtual Elvis.

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12:41pm

Tue August 14, 2012
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Tenn. Gaurdsmen Return Home After Year-Long Deployment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More than 300 members of the Tennessee National Guard are coming home this week after a year’s deployment in the Middle East.

Guard officials say over 160 soldiers from the 230th Engineer Battalion are arriving at the Smyrna Airport Tuesday.

National Guard spokesman, Randy Harris, says the troops have been deployed in Kuwait supporting operation New Dawn in Iraq and operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 

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