Tennessee

Education
10:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Tennessee to Release Latest Standardized Test Results

The Tennessee Department of Education is releasing data Tuesday afternoon that will show the state’s progress in education reform. The Tennessean reports education leaders will reveal the results of the 2011-12 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. That’s the state’s standardized testing program given to those in third grade and up.

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Regional
10:01 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Texas Man Indicted for Threats Made to Tennessee Mosque

The still-under-construction Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

Federal authorities have charged a Texas man with a bomb threat timed to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that targeted a mosque being built in Tennessee. Two indictments were filed Thursday in Nashville against 24-year-old Janier Alan Correa of Corpus Christi.

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Regional
8:13 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Gas Explosion at Opryland Hotel Leads to Evacuation of Thousands of Guests

Officials in Nashville say a gas explosion at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center caused the evacuation of over 5,000 guests overnight, but no injuries were reported.

Capt. Ken Walburn of the Nashville Fire Department said the explosion was reported around 8:15pm Tuesday evening, and guests were allowed back into the hotel around 3 am Wednesday.

Regional
1:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

County Commission Appeal Latest Chapter in Tennessee Mosque Controversy

The Rutherford County Commission has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that voided the approval of a mosque for failing to provide adequate public notice about the facility's construction. The Commission voted 15-6 in favor of the appeal Thursday evening.

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Regional
3:41 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Anti-Muslim Tennessee Group Wants Lawyer Hired by Governor Fired

A group that has attacked the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro is now taking aim at a recent hire by Governor Bill Haslam who is Muslim. The Tennessean reports the Center for Security Policy and the 8th District Tea Party Coalition are urging their members to put pressure on the state to dump Samar Ali, an attorney appointed last month as the new international director for the state's Economic and Community Development Office.

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Regional
10:41 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Controversy Continues, with County Commission Fighting Judge's Ruling

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, still under construction.

Rutherford County's planning commission has voted to appeal a ruling that voided their approval of a new mosque. The Daily News Journal reports the commission voted for the appeal 6-1 at its meeting Monday night.

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Health
9:31 am
Tue June 12, 2012

New Health Report Shows Tennessee Men Getting Low Marks in Major Categories

The latest Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card is out, with mostly bad news for the Volunteer State. Tennessee men get F’s for a host of mortality measures, including deaths by lung, head, and neck cancer, liver disease, motor vehicle accidents, suicides, and homicides.

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Regional
1:14 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Construction Can Continue Despite Protest

Opponents of a mosque being built in Tennessee got the government decision that approved it overturned Friday, but they lost their bid to stop construction immediately. Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew states in a written order released in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro that the approval is void because it was taken in violation of the Tennessee’s Open Meetings Act. He ruled earlier this week that the county didn’t give the public adequate notice of what has become a contentious issue.

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Regional
10:31 am
Thu May 31, 2012

While Legal Wrangling Continues, Tennessee Mosque Construction Moves Ahead

Ongoing construction at the Murfreesboro mosque

Construction is continuing on a new mosque outside of Murfreesboro as attorneys debate the import of a judge's ruling that voided approval of the site plan. Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew issued that ruling on Tuesday, saying that there was insufficient public notice of the meeting where the site plan was approved.

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Regional
2:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Construction Halted Over Public Notice Issue

A judge in Tennessee ruled Tuesday that the public wasn't properly notified about a meeting where local officials approved the plan for a proposed mosque, meaning construction of the disputed project will be stopped.

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