Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 60, Injures Thousands

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

Hours later, ambulances still carried away the wounded as army helicopters helped battle fires raging at the port.

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Wilson County Commissioners Harmed Community by Tabling Refugee Resolution, Audience Told

LEBANON, Tennessee — Wilson County commissioners did their constituents a big disservice last month when they tabled a resolution that would have opposed Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee on the issue of refugee resettlement.

This, according to former Wilson County GOP Chair Terri Nicholson.

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The Tennessee Star to Host Wilson County Town Hall February 17 to Discuss County’s Decision to Table Refugee Resettlement Resolution

On Thursday’s Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed former Wilson County GOP chair, Terri Nicholson on the newsmakers line to talk about the upcoming Wilson County town hall.

During the second hour, Leahy and Nicholson discussed plans for a Wilson County Town Hall which will take place at DT McCalls in Lebanon on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by The Tennessee Star, this public town hall will give the Wilson County community an opportunity to openly and publicly discuss the resettlement of refugees in their community.

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Woman Reportedly Alleges Lebanon City Council Violated Tennessee Open Meetings Act

  A Lebanon woman says Lebanon’s City Council violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act several times. This same woman, Lorrie Hicks, reportedly said the Lebanon City Council has barred her from entering a city council meeting. According to the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government’s website, Hicks wants city officials to…

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Illegal Alien in Lebanon to Serve 50 Years for Raping Child

This week an illegal immigrant in Lebanon pleaded guilty in state court to two counts of rape of a child, according to the Lebanon Police Department. That man, Edwin Alfredo Velasquez- Curuchiche, 42, will serve 50 years for that crime. He will serve that concurrently with a 50-year federal sentence…

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