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1:40pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Ellis, Scales, and Woods Recognized

MTSU Honors Three "Unsung Heroes" at Unity Luncheon

Scales was MTSU’s first African-American professor
Courtesy MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A special week here on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

On Tuesday, MTSU will be hosting its annual Black History Month Unity Luncheon. This year's theme is "Unsung Heroes."  Three women will be honored at the gathering, including Thenartis Ellis, Mary C. Scales and Olivia Murray Woods.

Ellis was the first African-American hired in a departmental office at MTSU. She worked as a secretary in the Department of Economics and Finance for 36 years.

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1:29pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Occupy Protests Bills Aimed at Evicting Them

Occupy Nashville Prepares "Gauntlet" for Legislators

Tennessee General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Occupy Nashville says its planning fresh protests aimed at legislators considering bills that could be used to evict the group from Legislative Plaza.

The Judiciary Committee’s of both the Tennessee House and Senate are scheduled to consider companion measures that would make camping on state property a misdemeanor.

In response, a spokesman for Occupy Nashville says the group will form what it calls a “gauntlet” on the plaza this afternoon, forcing legislators to pass by protesters to enter the capital.

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1:16pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Fitzhugh Calls Bill "Piling On" Teachers

Default on Student Loans, License to Teach Revoked

Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley
Tennessee General Assembly

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Teachers and lobbyists would be penalized for defaulting on student loans under legislation headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Charles Sargent of Franklin passed the House 70-24 last week. The companion bill was approved in the Senate 32-1 last year.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, under the proposal individuals could lose the right to practice their professions if they default.

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1:02pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Annual Event Promotes Disaster Preparedness

The Great Shakeout Returns to Tennessee

More than 250,000 Tennesseans participated in last year's Great Shakeout earthquake drill.
Central U.S. Great Shakeout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — This is Tennessee's annual Earthquake Awareness Week, which includes the second annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut drill.

The drill at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning will mark the 200th anniversary of the largest of the great New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812, which created West Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake.

A spokesman for Tennessee Emergency Management says, even this far east, we will feel a big quake’s impact.

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11:39am

Fri February 3, 2012
Blue Raiders Play Denver Saturday Night

Lady Raiders Extend Winning Streak to 12-0

Junior Icelyn Elie led all players with 22 points at North Texas Thursday.
Bradley Lambert

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Blue Raider men and women both pulled out hard won victories last night over North Texas in Denton. 

The MTSU men's basketball team withstood a late rally by the Mean Green to hold on for a 68-66 victory. The men now have a 21-3 overall record and a 10-0 standing in the Sun Belt Conference, marking the best league start in school history. 

The Lady Raiders game also went down to the wire, with the MT women eaking out a 70-68 victory to extend their winning streak to 12 games.

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