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Fri November 11, 2011
Ian Hunt Shares Music Industry Insights

Topspin CEO, Founder Speaks at MTSU

 Music media guru Ian Rogers was in Murfreesboro last night to give a presentation at Middle Tennessee State University.

 The CEO and founder of Topspin, talked about launching his music media career, the music industry, and what it takes to succeed.

Rogers built his first online community during the early 1990s while running a fan site for the music group, "The Beastie Boys."

Now, 20 years later, he runs the leading direct-to-consumer marketing and retail software outlet for recording artists.

Since 2008, Topspin has grown to service more than 4000 artists.

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Fri November 11, 2011
Part of Gore Center Oral History Project

Middle Tenn. Vets Share Their Wartime Experiences

The Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University is conducting a veteran’s oral history project in cooperation with the Library of Congress.

The Center has interviewed several hundred Middle Tennessee vets to date and has 50 more on a list waiting to be interviewed.

Center Director, Dr. Jim Williams, says it’s important to get the stories of older vets recorded quickly. He notes statistics indicating that World War II vets are now dying at a rate of 6,000 per day.

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Thu November 10, 2011
Bill Allows States to Collect Online Sales Taxes

Tennessee Senator Endorses Internet Tax Plan

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is part of a bi-partisan push to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes.

The group of ten senators announced yesterday that they will introduce a bill that would let states that adopt the same administrative procedure for collecting taxes to be able to require online sellers to collect those taxes

Online auction company eBay opposes the bill, saying that requiring small vendors to collect sales tax for states around the country would be an unfair burden.

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Thu November 10, 2011
Impact of Cuts Starting to Become Apparent

Deep Cuts to the State Court System

The department that operates Tennessee’s State Court System, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, is meeting with representatives of State Finance and Administration to discuss budgetary concerns.

According to the department’s spokesperson, Laura Click, Tennessee’s court system has seen a combined 21 percent cut in its operational budget over the last two fiscal years.

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Wed November 9, 2011
Rural Tennesseans Most Likely to Benefit

MTSU Prof. Says Fed Internet Plan Akin to TVA Effort

A MTSU Professor says that a federal internet plan could have a profound impact on Tennessee.

Federal regulators are announcing today that they've cobbled together a consortium of businesses and non-profit organizations to cut the number of U.S. homes that don't have broadband internet service, now at one third, or about 35 million homes.

As part of a federal project cable companies will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to poor homes with children eligible for the school lunch program.   The plan will be available starting next summer.

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