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4:43pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Event Part of Gallery's CSArt Initiative

SeedSpace Set to Hold "Art Pick-Up Party"

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Middle Tennessee gallery is modeling its new arts initiative on the latest fad in sustainable agriculture.

Community Supported Agriculture matches the people who eat food with the people who grow the food. Customers pay farmers, in advance, to deliver fresh produce and other items every week or two.

SeedSpace art gallery in downtown Nashville is now applying that same concept to art. Saturday evening at 6 p.m., SeedSpace will hold what it calls an "art pick-up party." It’s part of a program called CSArt; short for Community Supported Art.

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4:35pm

Fri March 16, 2012
Tenn. Sunshine Law Enacted in 1974

"Sunshine Week" Observed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This is Sunshine Week in Tennessee, a celebration of efforts to keep government business transparent. Sunshine Week is observed annually by news organizations and open government advocates.

The statutes that regulate public and media access to government information are often referred to as Sunshine Laws.  Tennessee’s sunshine law was adopted in 1974 in reaction to the Water Gate scandal.

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4:25pm

Fri March 16, 2012
TSSAA Championships End Saturday

Tournament at MTSU Nets County $3 Million

MUFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce says 60,000 high-school athletes and their supporters have visited Middle Tennessee in recent days.  They're here for the state high-school basketball championships currently underway in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is holding its annual tournament on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.  The girls championship was held last week. This week the boy’s teams are in town for their tournament.

Mona Herring is with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

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11:34am

Thu March 15, 2012
Metro Nashville Mayor's Caucus Weighing In Today

Proposed Legislation Concerns Local Governments

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Franklin Mayor Ken Moore says city and county governments across the state are becoming increasingly concerned about a series of bills under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Franklin Board of Alderman recently passed a resolution opposing 14 measures currently working their way through the state legislature. Moore says the bills would strip local governments of the ability to regulate everything from land use to fireworks sales.

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11:29am

Thu March 15, 2012
MTSU Economist Cautiously Optimistic

Tenn. Initial Jobless Claims Hit Four Year Low

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (AP/WMOT) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening.

A U.S. Department of Labor report out Thursday shows that applications for unemployment dropped by 14,000 applicants to a seasonally adjusted 351,000.

Here in Tennessee initial jobless claims have dropped to their lowest point in four years. The state saw just over 6100 claims in February, the lowest reading since February, 2008.  Applications hit their peak in April, 2009, when more than 13,400 Tennessee’s made an initial claims.

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