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12:18pm

Wed May 2, 2012
$100 Million In New Revenue Sought

Mayor Dean Proposes Tax Increase

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has proposed a 53-cent property tax increase in his $1.7 billion budget proposal.

Dean said during his State of Metro Address yesterday, that he held the line on taxes during the economic downturn, cutting city budgets by more than 59 percent and restructuring the city’s debt.  But Dean said additional cuts would mean cuts in vital services like the police force and school system.

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11:56am

Wed May 2, 2012
Brewsters Stay and Rebuild in Old Hickory

Vietnam Vet's 2010 Flood Experience

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  This week marks the second anniversary of the spring 2010 floods. Twenty-two people died in the disaster and the storm caused billions in damages.

Harding and Jona Brewster were among the survivors of the historic flooding. The couple used an old boat stored in their backyard to ferry themselves and dozens of neighbors out of their rapidly flooding Old Hickory neighborhood.

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11:49am

Wed May 2, 2012
2012 Commencement Held Saturday

A Significant Milestone for Middle Tenn. State

An MTSU degree candidate waves to her friends and family as she enters Hale Arena at Murphy Center for the spring 2012 commencement ceremonies May 5.
(MTSU photo by Classic Photography)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s largest undergraduate institution granted a degree to its 100,000th four-year student Saturday.

Middle Tennessee State University passed the mark as it graduated more than 2500 students. Degrees were awarded to more than 2,100 undergraduates and over 430 graduate students.

The 2012 commencement ceremonies marked the conclusion of MTSU’s centennial celebration. The school opened in 1912 as a so-called “normal” school dedicated to training teachers.

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12:33pm

Tue May 1, 2012
More Than Half the State Declared A Disaster Area

Some 2010 Flood Survivors Still Struggling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the devastating floods that would eventually claim the lives of 21 Tennesseans.

The Corps of Engineers later reported that more than 17 inches of rain fell in some areas of the state over a two day period, the most rain in 140 years of recording keeping.

More than half of all Tennessee counties, 54 in total, were eventually declared federal disaster areas. Nashville alone suffered more than $1.5 billion in property damage.

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12:26pm

Tue May 1, 2012
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Newspaper Pressures Haslam for Records

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A bill under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly is creating tension between the governor and an East Tennessee newspaper.

The Governor’s staff has declined to release some records about legislation meant to overhaul the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press says the governor's office sought advice from nearly a dozen of the groups regulated by the agency about the proposed legislation.

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