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11:57am

Wed June 6, 2012
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Officials Pledge to Ease Bonnaroo Traffic

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Bonnaroo 2012 begins Thursday. For the first time this year the show’s promoters will give attendees access to the festival grounds a day early.

It’s part of efforts to reduce traffic congestion as 80,000 concert goers converge on the Manchester area.

Event planners are taking other measures to ease traffic congestion as well. Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane or on the shoulder of the Interstate-24 this year, allowing through traffic to use the left lane unimpeded.

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11:50am

Wed June 6, 2012
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Volunteers Needed to Assist Special Needs Families

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The State of Tennessee is looking for volunteers to help families with members who have special needs.

Jim Henry, head of the state’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, says Tennessee is already providing services to more than 8500 individuals with disabilities. But he says 7,000 more families are on state lists waiting for assistance.

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7:21am

Wed June 6, 2012
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Mid-State Students Headed to School at Sea

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  Two Mid-State university students are planning a study-abroad trip with a twist. 

Belmont University students, Riley Hutchins and Dan Franquemont are currently raising funds to study abroad at sea.

While on the journey, the two plan to visit seven different countries and film every moment of the journey. They hope to create a 16-week series called, “2 Guys, 1 Boat, and An Adventure of a Lifetime.”

Student Riley Hutchins, is more than a little excited about the trip.

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4:57am

Wed June 6, 2012
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Help for Bottom Five Percent of Tenn. Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seven new charter schools will open next year in Memphis and Nashville. They’re being formed by the special school district Tennessee created to reform the state’s most troubled school systems.

Superintendent Chris Barbic heads the statewide Achievement School District, The district was formed as part of Tennessee's response to the federal Race to the Top initiative. Barbic says the ASD’s mandate is different from that of locally organized charters.

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11:11am

Tue June 5, 2012
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Tennessee Farmers "Resigned" to Subsidy Changes

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers may disappear soon with hardly a protest from Tennessee farm groups and politicians.

As early as today, the U.S. Senate could begin debating a five-year farm and food aid bill that would save $9.3 billion by ending direct payments to farmers. The details are still to be worked out. But there's rare agreement that fixed annual subsidies of $5 billion a year for farmers are no longer feasible in this age of tight budgets.

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