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NASHVILLE -- New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49 million people, or 16 percent of the population.

The revised numbers, released earlier this month, are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15 percent that was reported in September.

Middle Tennessee eateries are giving their patrons a chance to help. The restaurants are partnering with the local homeless program, Room-in-the-Inn to raise relief funds.

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Country Music great Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and is currently on a nationwide tour to say goodbye to his fans.

One of the highlights of tomorrows CMA 2011 Awards show in Nashville will be a tribute to Campbell by Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.

The 45th annual CMA awards take place tomorrow evening at Bridgestone Arena beginning at 8 pm.  The show will be carried live nationwide by ABC.

If your daily commute takes you downtown, be aware that several streets will be closed for the CMAs today and tomorrow.

"Freedom Sings" Returns to Tennessee

Nov 2, 2011

          The multimedia experience Freedom Sings opens this afternoon at 2:20 in the Tucker Theater here on the Middle Tennessee State campus.

          Freedom Sings is a celebration of America’s protest music, banned and censored songs. The show debuted at the Bluebird Café in 1999 and now tours nationwide.

          Before the show, you can take a look at some of the original mediafeatured in the program courtesy of MTSU's Center for Popular Music. 

Two Nights, No New Occupy Arrests

Oct 31, 2011

A second night with no new arrests in Nashville on Legislative Plaza. Occupy Nashville protesters are, once again, occupying the plaza around the clock.

After the Haslam Administration imposed new restrictions on protests last Thursday, Highway Patrol Troopers arrested a couple of dozen protesters both Friday and Saturday.

But a metro night court commissioner refused to jail the protesters on both occasions, saying that the state had exceeded its authority.

Protest spokesperson Cecily Friday says the arrests have only stiffened protesters resolve.

Occupy Protesters Arrested, Then Released

Oct 28, 2011

(AP) Quite a morning for Occupy Nashville. 

Twenty-nine protesters were arrested on Legislative Plaza before dawn, then released just a few hours later.

According to WKRN-TV, Metro's night court commissioner, Thomas Nelson, released the protesters wihtout charges. Nelson said the state hadn't given the protesters enough time to react to new protest regulations. 

Governor Haslam’s Administration announced just yesterday that it was imposing a 10  to six curfew on the Capital grounds where the protesters have been camped out since October 6th.

Bank Info. Stolen by ATM Skimmers

Oct 25, 2011

(AP) Federal investigators say there’s been a rash of cases of bank account information being stolen at ATMs in Nashville and Chattanooga.

Crooks are using a device called a skimmer, a card reader that’s placed over the regular card slots on bank machines to capture account information. They can also get your PIN number  by placing cameras near the ATM.

Agent Greg Mays says the Secret Service field office in Nashville, has investigated 10 cases of skimming in Nashville in the past year.

Anti-Islam Group Loses Nashville Event Venue

Oct 25, 2011

(AP) A Nashville hotel has canceled a conference by the Sharia Awareness Action Network.

 The Hutton Hotel, near downtown, says it was concerned the speakers include "extremists" with a history of contentious events.

The "Preserving Freedom Conference" had been scheduled for Nov. 11.  The hotel says it has to be, "mindful of the safety, security and peace of mind of its guests."

The United Methodist Church is sending canvassers door-to-door in Middle Tennessee, looking for flood survivors still in need of assistance 18 months after the spring 2010 disaster.

Southern Festival of Books This Weekend

Oct 13, 2011

The 23rd annual Souther Festival of Books opens Friday on Legislative Plaza and continues through Sunday.

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