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12:50pm

Thu February 16, 2012
2012 MT Club Has Something to Prove

MTSU Baseball Begins 25th Year Under Coach Peterson

Senior Justin Guidry will look to cap his MT career with another strong season in 2012.
photo courtesy MTSU Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Blue Raiders baseball kicks off its 96th season this weekend.

MTSU will take on Kansas Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. The 2012 baseball season at MT is the 25th under the direction of head coach Steve Peterson.

Noting that Middle Tennessee had a losing season last year, Coach Peterson says his team has something to prove in 2012.

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12:38pm

Thu February 16, 2012
A Story You Heard First on WMOT

Sheriff's Training Doesn't Follow DHS Guidelines

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  A terrorism training seminar sponsored by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office this week doesn’t appear to follow guidelines for such training as set out by the Department of Homeland Security.

In a best practices brief produced by DHS and the National Counterterrorism Center, it states that terror training should "focus on behavior, not appearance or membership in particular ethnic or religious communities."

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2:01pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Pitts Says Young People Will Drive Media Changes

Pulitizer Prize Winning Journalist Visits MTSU

Leonard Pitts, Jr. recently published his first novel entitled "Before I Forget."
photo courtesy leonardpittsjr.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. is making an appearance Wednesday in Middle Tennessee.

Pitts will deliver a speech in the State Farm Lecture Hall on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University Wednesday afternoon.

Pitts is a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald and author of three books. His 2004 Pulitzer citation reads in part that Pitts writes, “fresh, vibrant columns that speak, with both passion and compassion, to ordinary people on often divisive issues.”

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1:36pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Fears Raised by Educators, Parents

Governor Drops Average Class Size Proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam is abandoning his proposal to do away with average class size restrictions in Tennessee.

The Republican governor's decision Wednesday comes amid fears raised by educators and parents that the change would lead to more classrooms being filled to capacity. 

Here’s what Rutherford County Director of Schools Harry Gill told WMOT about the Governor's bill.

"To expect more, and at the same time increase the load on teachers is ludicrous, and I think that's pretty much the consensus among superintendents."

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1:29pm

Wed February 15, 2012
Murf., Smyrna, and La Vergne Officers Also Attend

Mosque Representative "Shocked" By Training

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro breaks ground for the construction of their new Mosque on Veals Road in late September, 2011.
photo WMOT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  WMOT News has been telling you this week about a three day training seminar held at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro. That training concluded Wednesday afternoon.

The seminar was conducted by Strategic Engagement Group, a company that believes the American people are under threat from a coordinated, global Muslim conspiracy involving all 56 of the world’s Islamic nations.

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