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MURFREESBORO -- People in Rutherford County are taking action. They are speaking out against gun violence.
The issue is in the spotlight across the nation.
The pictures are both comforting and painful. Rebekah Majors-Manley gets emotional as she remember her sister, Lisa Gayle Miller Hicks.
"My sister was killed in a domestic violence relationship," says Rebekah Majors-Manley.
Majors-Manley has turned her grief into action. She's now fighting against gun violence, and joined several others in Murfreesboro to take a stand.
"I'm standing up to ask for universal background checks as a first step," says Majors-Manley.
The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has made gun rights a prominent issue.
FOX 17 News has been there for several pro-gun rallies. Hundreds have shown up to support the second amendment.
"That is how we keep our freedoms in this county against what could be considered an overbearing government," says gun rights advocate Hannah Horseman.
Now a smaller group gathers in Murfreesboro.
David Colin is a veteran who says background checks can save lives.
"It's not an issue of whether or not you have a gun, but how to keep the guns from being used in a violent manner," says David Colin.
The group arrived at Congressman Scott DesJarlais' office. They dropped off letters about gun violence.
Majors-Manley says she too is a gun owner, but when she thinks of her sister, she believes universal background checks should be required.
"We can change a little to protect our children and other people in our society," says Majors-Manley.
The Murfreesboro group will continue their activism.
They held a candlelight vigil Friday night for victims of gun violence, and they're holding another one next month.
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2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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