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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Mar 9, 2012

Protesters with Occupy Murfreesboro are one step closer to trial after a judge ruled Thursday that the city’s ordinance prohibiting camping on Civic Plaza is constitutional. Murfreesboro City Court Judge Ewing Sellers denied a request to dismiss citations against Occupy Murfreesboro protesters based on their contention that the law violated their First Amendment rights. The Daily News Journal has the story. On Nashville's Legislative Plaza last night, protesters packed up their tents and cleaned up, and by about 2 a.m. the tents were gone except for one. Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill last week banning unauthorized camping on public grounds, giving the protesters a week to move their tents. The remaining tent was occupied by Christopher Humphrey, who said he has been at the campsite since the beginning of the Occupy Nashville protest and has decided to stay to test the law. The Tennessessean has more.