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Tue February 28, 2012
Poverty Can Imact Long-term Health

One in Four Tennessee Kids Living in Poverty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study finds that one in four Tennessee children lives in poverty, and the problem is getting worse.

The data snapshot released last week by the Annie E. Casey Kids Count project shows that the number of Tennessee children living in concentrated poverty areas has doubled since 2000.

Linda O'Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, says poverty impacts a child in ways you might never imagine.

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Tue February 28, 2012
Documentary Shot in West Tennessee

Memphis Connection to the Oscars

artwork courtesy Five Smooth Stones Productions

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  There's a Tennessee connection to Sunday night’s Oscars.  A documentary shot in Memphis won in the "Best Documentary Feature" category.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal says the inspirational football film “Undefeated” fairly accurately portrays the real-life experiences of Memphis businessman Bill Cortney as he leads the inner city Manassas High School football team to a winning season in 2009 and 10.

The film is also a hit with critics. It has an 83 percent favorable rating on the review site

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Thu February 23, 2012
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Tennessee Works: Agriculture Booming

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The economic downturn of recent years has been hard on Tennessee, but even in a recession some corners of the economy continue to prosper.

In a special series of reports we’re calling “Tennessee Works,” WMOT is searching out those places where Tennesseans have done well during the Great Recession.

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Thu February 23, 2012
Early Voting Has Already Begun on Measure

Maury County Set to Vote on Metro Proposal

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — The Maury County Commission has voted to oppose metropolitan government in the county.

Commissioners voted 15-3-3 Tuesday on the proposed consolidation. According to The Daily Herald (, three other legislative bodies in the county have also opposed the change.

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Thu February 23, 2012
Nearly 500 Students Enter Their Projects

Students Converge on MTSU for Invention Convention

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly 500 grade school students where on the MTSU Campus Thursday for the 20th annual Invention Convention.

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from all across Middle Tennessee participated. The young scientists were asked to invent something in one of two categories: "games" and "make our lives easier."

Justin Saunders of Hendersonville entered a project in the "make our lives easier" category. His invention is an insulated bowl that keeps hot food hot and cold food cold. Justin said it was a particular cold food that inspired his creation.

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