Tennessee

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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Business
9:04 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Tennessee Officials Warn Consumers about Health Insurance Fraud

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Officials in Tennessee say asking hard questions, reading all materials, and scrutinizing websites are important steps to be certain a health insurance offer is legitimate. The Department of Commerce and Insurance says unlicensed companies have been defrauding consumers by collecting premiums for bogus insurance policies, with no intention of paying claims.

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Economy
12:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Job Outlook Improving for Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana Teens

A new state-by-state analysis of the teen unemployment rate shows the youth jobless picture improving throughout our listening area. The figures look at the number of 16 to 19 year olds in each state who are actively seeking work.

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Regional
10:05 am
Wed May 23, 2012

In Tennessee, a Mixed Bag When it Comes to Crime Rates

Drug crimes in Tennessee have risen to their second-highest number in eleven years. That comes despite the fact that overall crime rates in the Volunteer State are dropping. On the one hand, Tennessee has experienced four years of general crime declines. On the other hand, the Tennessean reports that drug-related incidents are on the rise throughout the state.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Tennessee Bill Would Allow Increased Cash Gifts from PACs

A proposal that seeks to lift a cap on contributions from political action committees is once again advancing in the Tennessee legislature. The measure sponsored by Rep. Glen Casada had been withdrawn. But the Franklin Republican revived the measure and the House State and Local Government Committee moved it out Monday on a 6-4 vote.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Tennessee House to Consider Bill that Would Drug Test Welfare Applicants

A proposal to drug test people as a condition for receiving welfare in Tennessee is advancing in the House. The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Julia Hurly of Lenoir City was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Committee Monday. The companion bill is awaiting a Senate floor vote.

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