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Songwriters don’t tend to think in chapters, and it’s rare that their characters appear in more than a single song. But Erin Enderlin builds a novelistic world on her latest album Faulkner County. The place name is real - her home ground of Conway, AR - but the love-sick, addicted and generally conflicted people she sings about, or on behalf of, are of the storyteller’s invention, and yet she knows them intimately.

Jim Lauderdale is a lighthearted guy on stage and off, so one might get the impression that his practice of Tai Chi is a trifle, a quirk of his quirky personality. But that’s not the case. It’s been a daily discipline for almost half his life, and he’s made more than half a dozen trips to China over the past decade. So when MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture organized a United States trip by Chinese folk rocker Su Yang, a partnership show with Lauderdale felt like a compelling idea. 

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Belen Escobedo grew up on the mostly Tejano South Side of San Antonio, TX, hearing norteño and mariachi music on the radio and the accordion-based conjunto music of local dance halls. But earlier Tejano music had featured the violin as its central instrument, and even today the older generation of accordionists can recall tunes they learned from fiddle players many decades ago.

If you’re a devotee of WMOT, then it’s likely you’ve spent a good bit of your radio life tuning in around the left side of the FM dial. That’s because back in the mid 20th century, the Federal Communications Commission designated the lower frequencies between 88.1 and 91.9 as home to non-commercial and so-called “educational” stations. Public radio’s ways and means have evolved a lot since then, but its point is largely unchanged: to broadcast news, thoughtful talk and genres of music that commercial station won’t.

Is there a dark side to shows like Game of Thrones?

Jul 25, 2016
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For several years now all things medieval have been big in the United States. HBO’s wildly popular television drama Game of Thrones is one example, the History Channel’s Vikings is another.

Annual Renaissance fairs, like the one held in Williamson County each spring, can now be found in nearly every state in the union. But even though there’s much that’s positive about medieval culture, and the entertainment it inspires, medievalism also has a darker side.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee forward Reggie Upshaw will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist.

School officials said Wednesday in a university release that Upshaw experienced "slight pains" during postseason play. According to the release, the pain returned the last couple of weeks and an MRI on Friday revealed a torn ligament.

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MURFREESBRORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Critics and scholars from 16 states and 10 countries are converging on the mid-state for an academic conference focusing on the cultural impact of the recently concluded AMC television program Mad Men.

The three day conference begins Thursday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Keynote speakers include Matt Zoller Seitz, New York film critic and author of Mad Men Carousel, and Dr. Mimi White, a professor at Northwestern University whose work examines TV and gender.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider a possible name change for a mid-state university building honoring a controversial Confederate General during a meeting scheduled for late June.

Forrest Hall at Middle Tennessee State University is named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a slave holder and founding member of the KKK.

Big Win for MT Basketball Ahead of Vanderbilt Game

Dec 19, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. A mid-state basketball rivalry turned into a route Tuesday night as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders beat the Tennessee State Tigers 77 - 48 at Murphy Center.

Raymond Cintron led the Blue Raiders with 15 points, tying a career-high.  MTSU's Marcos Knight, Neiko Hunter, and Shawn Jones also scored in double digits.

The MT men play one of the season’s most anticipated games Friday night when they meet Vanderbilt at Bridgestone Arena. Tipoff in Nashville is set for 8 p.m. with the game being televised on ESPNU.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --   Middle Tennessee's men's and women's basketball teams have found success early on, earning a combined record of 13-5.

With wins over Central Florida and UAB, the men's basketball team looks to be in mid-season form heading into Saturday's showdown with SEC opponent Ole Miss.

Coming off a big win over Xavier at home Thursday, the women’s team also has a tough matchup this weekend, heading to Kentucky to play the Wildcats this Sunday.

Tennessee Exports Have Mid-State Economist Worried

Dec 5, 2012
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s export sector has a mid-state economist worried, in spite of solid growth in recent quarters.

Middle Tennessee State University’s Dr. Steven Livingston specializes in the study of international trade. He says Tennessee exports are growing by a healthy seven or eight percent per quarter, but he also says that growth is increasingly dependent on a shrinking number of products headed to a shrinking number of countries.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Athletic director Chris Massaro says Middle Tennessee was forced to announce that the Blue Raiders were leaving the Sun Belt Conference sooner than the university wanted to make the news public because the league was considering increasing the exit fee to as much as $10 million.

The AD detailed the realignment move Monday in a letter posted on the school website.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee snapped its six-game losing streak to the Troy Trojans last Saturday, but the team faces its biggest challenge of the season this Saturday.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Blue Raiders football returns home to play the Troy Trojans in hopes of staying alive in the Sun Belt championship race.

The MT men invite Troy to Floyd Stadium Saturday in pursuit of ending their six game losing streak to the Trojans.

Saturday will be Senior Day, as Middle Tennessee will honor 16 seniors before the kickoff.

The Blue Raiders currently have a three game winning streak and are still receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee's stellar defensive play led the way in Saturday's victory over South Alabama.

With the help of four defensive turnovers and career-high 154 yards from Jordan Parker, the Blue Raiders defeated South Alabama by a score of 20-12.

Middle Tennessee now stands at 7-3 (5-1 SBC) after recorder it's fifth road win, the most since 1992.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A union with members on most of Tennessee’s college campuses says higher education is being compromised by ongoing state budget cuts.

The United Campus Worker’s Union is holding informational meetings it calls “teach-ins” statewide. A teach-in will take place on the Middle Tennessee State campus Wednesday evening.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — As the presidential campaign heads into the final days, Middle Tennessee State University is examining how negative advertising and attack ads are effective and why they flood the airwaves.

A symposium on negative campaign advertising will be held Tuesday at the Student Union Building and is sponsored by the MTSU Department of Political Science, the Albert Gore Research Center and the College of Liberal Arts.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY)  --  Middle Tennessee lost its first road game Saturday night, but the Blue Raiders' Sun Belt Conference Championship hopes are still intact.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 300 educators from across Tennessee arrived in the mid-state Monday to learn more about using mobile devices in the classroom.

The conference is being sponsored jointly by Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Board of Regents. Educators from 18 Tennessee Universities and Colleges are providing input.

Tom Wallace, head of MTSU’s Information Technology Division , is the conference host.

2nd & Church

MURFREESBORO— There’s a new mid-state based online literary journal featuring Tennessee talent.

The website “2nd & Church” is the creation of Middle Tennessee State Professor of English Alvin Knox. The journal is accepting submissions in poetry, creative nonfiction, technical writing, literary fiction, poetry, translation and commercial fiction.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are on their way to Florida for Saturday’s game against Florida International University at Miami.

The last couple of weeks have been a real roller-coaster ride for MTSU. Two weeks ago the Blue Raiders pummeled Georgia Tech 49 to 28. But this past week the Raiders stumbled against the University of Louisiana at Monroe, losing their homecoming game 31-17.

FIU will be playing their homecoming game, and Coach Rick Stockstill says MT will have to be in top form to win.

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

The U.S. Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.

The State of Tennessee won’t release its unemployment numbers for September for another two weeks, but joblessness in Tennessee has been climbing steadily in recent months. The unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent in August.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Enrollment at most of Tennessee’s public colleges and universities is down significantly this fall.

The Tennessee Board of Regents system is reporting a decline in full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of 4.4 percent from fall 2011. TBR’s six universities and 13 colleges are all showing flat or falling enrollment.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)– New meningitis cases are being reported in Middle Tennessee for the third time this week and the fourth time in a month.

WTVF-TV says officials are reporting four to seven cases of viral meningitis Tuesday among students at Oak View Elementary in Williamson County. Cleaning crews are in the process of disinfecting the school.

Monday the Centers for Disease Control reported that they’re investigating 11 cases of meningitis tied to a Saint Thomas facility in Nashville. Two patients involved in that case have since died.

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ATLANTA, Ga.  (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee garnered its first ever victory against Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon on the strength of 510 yards rushing and 5 Benny Cunningham touchdowns.

The Blue Raiders downed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 49-28, in front of just over 39,000 in downtown Atlanta’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The game was tied 21-all at half time, but a career-best performance by MT tailback and Nashville native Cunningham quickly pushed the game safely out of Georgia’s reach.

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