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10:43am

Tue July 16, 2013
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Tennessee Wilderness Act: Corker, Alexander Try Again

Credit wildsouth.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.(WMOT/TNS)  --  Tennessee’s Senators are hoping the third time is the charm for their Tennessee Wilderness Act.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker partnered to propose a bill that would expand five current wilderness areas in the state and permanently protect 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest.

According to Jeff Hunter of the organization Wild South, it would also create the first new wilderness area in Tennessee in nearly 30 years.

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10:31am

Tue July 16, 2013
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8 Arrested for Boating Under the Influence

Credit state.tn.us/twra/boated.html

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency arrested eight people for boating under the influence over the July 4 holiday weekend.

Even with all the rain the TWRA says it still managed to check more than 3,400 vessels over the four-day holiday period. Agents made three additional arrests and issued 144 citations during that period.

Tennessee Boating Education Coordinator Betsy Woods says there have been 14 boating-related fatalities on Tennessee waterways so far this year.

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12:18pm

Mon July 15, 2013
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German Couple Living in Tenn. Take Asylum Case to the U.S. Supreme Court

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The family who fled to Tennessee from Germany because that nation does not allow home schooling will appeal their asylum bid to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to attorney’s representing Uwe and Hannelore Romeike (roh-MEYE-kee), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled late last week that it will not revisit it’s May decision to deny asylum to the couple and their children.

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12:09pm

Mon July 15, 2013
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Information Sought in Maury County Cold-Case Murders

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Authorities in Maury County are asking for the public’s help in solving two, possibly related, cold case murders.

George Barrett Dugger died in August, 2008. Dugger's body was found in his burning home. A medical examiner found Dugger had not inhaled soot or smoke, meaning he was dead before the fire was set. An autopsy revealed he’d been fatally stabbed.

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10:38am

Fri July 12, 2013
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Rutherford County Sheriff Responds to DUI Checkpoint Viral Video

Murfreesboro resident Chris Kalbuagh video taped his interaction with Deputy A. J. Ross at a Rutherford County DUI checkpoint on July 4, 2013.
Credit youtube.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The confrontation between civil libertarians and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office continued to escalate Thursday.

On the Fourth of July, 21 year-old Murfreesboro resident Chris Kalbaugh recorded his confrontational exchange with a Rutherford County deputy at a DUI traffic checkpoint. Kalbaugh reportedly uploaded the video to Youtube at the behest of Civil Libertarian groups who believe the random DUI checkpoints are a violation of search and seizure rights.

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