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10:21am

Tue July 23, 2013
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Tenn. Trys New Approach to Inmate Mental Health and Substance Abuse

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The State of Tennessee is preparing to open the first of nine recovery courts to combat mental health and substance abuse issues.

The new court will be a unique residential facility with 100 beds. The state says it’s the first of its kind in the nation and is designed to provide intensive care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round.

The special court will be operated by the State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. It’s set to open August 1 in Wartburg, Tennessee, 45 miles west of Knoxville.

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10:40am

Mon July 22, 2013
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Nashville, Memphis rallies focus on Trayvon Martin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered at rallies in Nashville and Memphis to call for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader who was found not guilty of killing unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

More than 500 people attended a rally at the Estes Kefauver Federal Building in Nashville on Saturday. People heard speeches and waved signs saying "Justice for Trayvon" and "Justice isn't served until George serves time."

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10:40am

Mon July 22, 2013
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Middle Tennessee State suspends 3 football players

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State suspended three football players Saturday after they were charged with a series of crimes.

Coach Rick Stockstill referenced "charges" in a statement released by the university, and The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro said defensive tackle J.D. Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault, and cornerback Rodney O'Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson were each charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.

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7:56am

Fri July 19, 2013
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First Amendment Rights Survey Shows Troubling Trend

Dr. Ken Paulson
Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – An increasing number of Americans say the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees, according to the State of the First Amendment national survey. 

Conducted since 1997, the survey gauges the public’s knowledge and opinions about First Amendment rights.

According to the latest results, more than a third of Americans say the First Amendment provides too much liberty. That finding represents a 13 percent increase from last year, the largest single-year increase in the history of the survey.

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12:27pm

Wed July 17, 2013
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Ebay Hosts Auction for a Single Tenn. Elk Hunt Permit

Credit tn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Ebay will host an unusual auction beginning Thursday evening that Tennessee hunting enthusiasts will follow closely.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be auctioning off one of just six elk hunting permits issued by the state each year.

The other five permits are awarded by random drawing, with one of those reserved as a youth permit.

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