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12:22pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Black Ministers Enter Voter-Photo ID Fray

NAACP Statewide Voter Registration Effort

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The NAACP in Chattanooga is helping lead a statewide effort to recruit black ministers to get out the vote.

Joe Rowe is vice president of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP. Rowe says he’s contacted all 42 chapters of the Tennessee NAACP, as well as a number of youth organizations, and ministers statewide to promote a plan to increase voter participation.

From now until the presidential election in November, the NAACP will organize marches, host voter registration drives and offer transportation to the polls.

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12:13pm

Tue February 14, 2012
Protesters Say Eviction Threat is Energizing

Occupation of Public Square Short-Lived

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An attempt to move the Occupy Nashville protest from the state Capitol to the city's Public Square was short-lived.

One tent was set up on the lawn of the city government headquarters Monday night. According to an Occupy spokesperson, seven Metro Nashville police cruisers arrived at the site early Tuesday morning and officers told tent dweller Matt Hammill a local ordinance barred camping there.

Hammill packed up his tent and left.

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11:54am

Tue February 14, 2012
Company Says Muslim Insurgency Underway in U.S.

CAIR Questions Training for Sheriff's Department

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold
photo Ruth. Cnty. Sheriff's Office

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  A representative of a national Islamic group says a company conducting training this week for deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office views all Muslims as a threat.

          Trainers with Strategic Engagement Group (SEG) are conducting a seminar today and tomorrow at Murfreesboro’s World Outreach Church for about 100 police officers. On its website, SEG says that a coordinated, world-wide Islamic conspiracy to subvert the U.S. Constitution and subjugate the American people is underway.

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6:47am

Mon February 13, 2012
SEG to Train Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputies

Company Claims Islamic Insurgency Underway in U.S.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  More than 100 Tennessee law enforcement officers, including deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, are being trained this week in Murfreesboro by an organization that believes an Islamic insurgency is underway in the United States.

          The training sessions are being held each day through Wednesday at the World Outreach Church on New Salem Highway. The Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) is scheduled to host a one-time seminar beginning this evening at 6:30 p.m. featuring the same training group at the same location.

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6:43pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Vandy Supporters Also Turn Out for Event

Students Protest Rule Changes at Vandy

Students conduct a silent protest on the Vanderbilt campus Feb. 10 in reaction to changes in university policy regarding the membership of student organizations
photo courtesy Brandon Lyle

MURFREESBORO, Tenn  (WMOT)  --  More than 100 students gathered on the Vanderbilt campus this morning to protest changes the university recently made to its policies governing student organizations.

The new policies require that, to remain certified, student organizations must allow any student to join and also allow all-comers to stand for leadership positions in the group.

The policy is being contested, largely by Christian groups, that insist their officers must be students who share their core beliefs.

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