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12:11pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Positions Still Available at the Plant

1100 Turn Out for Nissan Job Fair in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) – More than a thousand Middle Tennessee residents lined up in the cold for hours over the weekend to apply for a job at the Smyrna Nissan plant.

Yates Services hosted the job fair at the State Career Center in Murfreesboro on Saturday.

Tennessee Department of Labor area manager R.J. Sherr says all the jobs are assembly line positions on third shift that pay between $12.50 and $18.50 an hour.

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11:43am

Mon December 12, 2011
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St. Jude's Publishes Gene Therapy Study

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A study outlining a new gene therapy treatment for Hemophilia, developed at Saint Jude’s in Memphis, appears in this month’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

In a news release, St. Jude’s says the findings of a six-person study mark the first proof that gene therapy can reduce bleeding episodes for those suffering from the inherited blood disorder. Four of the six participants have reportedly had no bleeding episodes since undergoing the new therapy.

Dr. Andrew Davidoff is spokesman for St. Jude’s.

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12:13pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Tenn. ranks 22nd in Installed Solar Power

Solar Big in Tenn., but Could be Bigger

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A report shows Tennessee's solar power and related industries provide more than 6,400 jobs and are helping put people back to work.

The report by the Tennessee Solar Institute shows the state ranks 22nd in installed solar power. The group says Tennessee needs to stay aggressive to compete with other states that have growing solar sectors.

The Institute’s Director of Programs, Dr. John Sanseverino, says solar’s cost-to-benefit ratio has finally reached the tipping point.

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11:53am

Fri December 9, 2011
Gov. Haslam Does Not Support the Initiative

Push to "Water Down" Tenn. Open Meetings Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Governor Bill Haslam says he opposes efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings law that bans city or county officials from deliberating over official business in private.

The Tennessee County Commissioners Association is promoting changes to the law that would allow closed-door talks among officials as long as a quorum isn’t present.

David Connor is the TCCA’s Director. He says the way the law is currently written, commissioners are afraid to communicate with each other on any subject, outside official meetings.

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11:47am

Fri December 9, 2011
ACLJ Attorney Downplays Sumner Schools Settlement

ACLU Attorney Objects to Settlement Characterization

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  WMOT News told you yesterday about the American Civil Liberties Union and the Sumner County Board of Education settling a law suit claiming the system was promoting Christianity.

In a consent decree announced earlier this week schools officials agreed to a long list of changes.  However, David French, the attorney who represented the school system in the case, downplayed the scope of those changes when he spoke with WMOT.

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