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11:50am

Wed June 13, 2012
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Anti-Muslim Group Attacks Tenn. Economic Official

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group that has attacked the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro is now taking aim at a recent hire by Gov. Bill Haslam based on her religion.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/Mrtu2Q ) the Center for Security Policy and the 8th District Tea Party Coalition have urged their members to put pressure on the state to dump Samar Ali, an attorney appointed last month as the new international director for the state's Economic and Community Development office.

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8:43am

Tue June 12, 2012
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Williamson County Giving Big to Romney Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in Franklin Tuesday.

An invitation obtained by The Tennessean says the event will be held at the home of Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram.

Guests must give or raise $10,000 to attend a reception with the former Massachusetts governor and have their pictures made with him.

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8:35am

Tue June 12, 2012
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Rutherford County Commission Votes To Challenge Judge's Mosque Ruling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Planning Commission has voted to appeal a court decision that voided their approval of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 Monday night to challenge Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew’s decision in the case. Corlew ruled May 29 that the Commission failed to provide sufficient public notice for the 2010 meeting at which they approved the mosque’s construction permit.

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12:10pm

Mon June 11, 2012
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Study on Tennessee Teacher Eval's Released Monday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A new study calls for the majority of Tennessee’s teachers to be evaluated each year using less student test score data.

The report released Monday by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, was commissioned by Gov. Bill Haslam to review the state's controversial new teacher evaluation system.

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11:45am

Mon June 11, 2012
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Tenn. Tea Party Too Divided to Have Much Impact?

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee's tea party activists hope to expand their influence with the fall election, but the movement's various groups may be too divided to have much impact.

The Tennessean reports tea party groups hope to pick off a few members of the state legislature, with the idea of reshaping its leadership. But the groups have not agreed to which members to go after. Nor have they settled on a slate of candidates to support.

The situation in Tennessee may also indicate a broader problem for the tea party movement.

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