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DesJarlais reportedly on list of D.C. shooter
DesJarlais reportedly on list of D.C. shooter

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, reportedly on a list of congressman targeted by Washington, D.C. shooter James Hodgkinson, says the attack was fueled, in part, by celebrity and media dislike for President Donald Trump and conservative Republicans.

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Newcomer Jack Maddux to challenge Rep. DesJarlais
Newcomer Jack Maddux to challenge Rep. DesJarlais

Cleveland resident Jack Maddux figures it's time for stronger leadership from Tennessee's 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

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City HR director let go
City HR director let go

Dismissal comes after law firm questions HR staff

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New Fortress Boulevard development changes approved
New Fortress Boulevard development changes approved

Council agrees to 185 single-family units on 38 acres

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County budget gains, cuts discussed at public hearing
County budget gains, cuts discussed at public hearing

Most county departments got welcome surprises at the first public hearing for the 2017-2018 Rutherford County budget Tuesday night, with County Mayor Ernest Burgess not only approving their initial requests, but even adding to them.

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Tasty tidbits, talented folks at Taste of Smyrna
Tasty tidbits, talented folks at Taste of Smyrna

The seventh annual Taste of Smyrna was two hours of hospitality, community and tasty tidbits from local eateries.

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County mayor talks political future
County mayor talks political future

'I think Rutherford County deserves somebody who has reasonable experience to lead and manage,' says Burgess.

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County phases in new court computer system
County phases in new court computer system

Nearly three years after pulling the plug on a new court computer system and having to eat some expenses, Rutherford County is phasing in a different system, one well-traveled in Tennessee.

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Folkfest draws hundreds despite heat, humidity
Folkfest draws hundreds despite heat, humidity

In the 35 years the International Folkfest has brought the world to Murfreesboro, there have been torrential rains and high winds mixed amongst the perfect, sunny days, but nothing has kept the visitors - or the audience - away.

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Welcome home
Welcome home

TSgt O'Kieff comes home in honor after 47 years

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City Council at an impasse over vacant seat
City Council at an impasse over vacant seat

Council should establish procedures for filling vacancies, says LaLance

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Life is Brewing breaks ground on massive complex
Life is Brewing breaks ground on massive complex

82-acre site to house craft brewery, MTSU fermentation science labs

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Georgia fugitives arrested near Christiana
Georgia fugitives arrested near Christiana

Detectives processed multiple crimes scenes following the afternoon's pursuit and capture of Ricky Dubose and Donny Rowe, who allegedly murdered two Georgia Department of Corrections officers June 13.

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Letter to the Editor: Conflicts of interest?
Letter to the Editor: Conflicts of interest?

"So, I understand Murfreesboro City Council is close to appointing Susan Young to finish her late husband's term? That makes perfect sense, as who else would share a more intimate knowledge of Doug's conflicts of interest?"

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Little libraries to offer big benefits
Little libraries to offer big benefits

Summer reading might just get a little more convenient.

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Murfreesboro Cold Patrol celebrates first home
Murfreesboro Cold Patrol celebrates first home

"If you don't know people, it's hard to help people . . . People are the way they are for all kinds of reasons."

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Little inventors, huge impact
Little inventors, huge impact

A group of Erma Siegel Elementary fifth graders saw an idea in their heads to help out students at their schools with special needs, even if their parents and teachers couldn't.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Children are tops for school board's vice chair
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Children are tops for school board's vice chair

But Nancy Rainier dotes most on her 6-month-old granddaughter.

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Former county attorney's license to practice suspended
Former county attorney's license to practice suspended

Former Rutherford County Attorney Jim Cope escaped disbarment for insider trading but is suspended from practicing law for two more years, based on a judgment by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

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Church vandalized on Old Nashville Highway
Church vandalized on Old Nashville Highway

Barely a month after a local group erected a marker at Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church recognizing its historical significance, someone vandalized the building overnight this week.

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Recertification at Rutherford County Jail
Recertification at Rutherford County Jail

Rutherford County Adult Detention Center regained certification Wednesday after adopting new inmate monitoring policies and revamping the facility over the last seven months, according to officials.

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Rob Mitchell considers run for governor
Rob Mitchell considers run for governor

Rutherford County Property Assessor wants to repeal gas tax, halt privatization of parks, revamp economic and community development.

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No Room in the Inn for Murfreesboro's homeless?
No Room in the Inn for Murfreesboro's homeless?

Bobby and Sue Copeland 'waged a noble battle,' says Callow.

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City construction projects through June 10
City construction projects through June 10

City construction projects may impact traffic this week.

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Murfreesboro law office adds associate attorney
Murfreesboro law office adds associate attorney

The Law Office of W. Scott Kimberly PLLC is proud to announce the addition of Hunter Fowler as an associate attorney.

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RUTHERFORD Cable graduates eight emerging leaders from Mentoring Program
RUTHERFORD Cable graduates eight emerging leaders from Mentoring Program

Annual program features monthly workshops, mentoring with experienced members.

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City Council addresses putting out fires, filling a vacancy
City Council addresses putting out fires, filling a vacancy

The City Council is sending Fire & Rescue Chief Mark Foulks back in search for a new fire hall site amid concerns about the cost of land preparation on city-owned property along Medical Center Parkway.

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One shot at College Grove Apartments
One shot at College Grove Apartments

One person was shot in the face this evening in the parking lot of College Grove Apartments.

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Fraudster pleads guilty in Nashville Motor Cars case
Fraudster pleads guilty in Nashville Motor Cars case

The former owner of Nashville Motor Cars pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to defrauding customers, banks and business partners three years after the dealership vanished from its Northwest Broad Street lot.

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3 percent growth fuels new hirings
3 percent growth fuels new hirings

County schools' budget also includes 3 percent raises.

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New kiosk, mobile unit speed things up for local drivers
New kiosk, mobile unit speed things up for local drivers

Tag renewal in Rutherford County just got a little less painful.

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One suspect arrested, two on the run in homicide investigation
One suspect arrested, two on the run in homicide investigation
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Police, city, MTSU meet to address crime
Police, city, MTSU meet to address crime
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Wrongfully detained in Rutherford County?
Wrongfully detained in Rutherford County?

County could be liable for juvenile arrests after federal judge rules no detainment without hearing.

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Smyrna turns out as Capt. Kuss Memorial's Hornet comes to stay
Smyrna turns out as Capt. Kuss Memorial's Hornet comes to stay

More than 1,000 locals, in clusters of 10 to 50 at the sides of Lowry Street, lined the streets and waved American flags as the F/A-18c Hornet painted in Blue Angels' colors arrived for its final mission as the centerpiece of the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial in Smyrna.

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Refugee family mourns loss of father
Refugee family mourns loss of father

Community steps up to raise funeral funds.

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'Boro business owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

Melissa Sue Baker, 39, of Murfreesboro Tenn., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court, to two counts of tax evasion, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith of the Middle District of Tennessee.

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 Greenhouse Ministries receives hefty check from Publix
Greenhouse Ministries receives hefty check from Publix

Greenhouse Ministries accepted a check for $20,814.23 from Publix Super Market Charities on May 2 at Greenhouse Ministries' offices in Murfreesboro.

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PCC lawsuit drawing to a close, says mayor
PCC lawsuit drawing to a close, says mayor

Rutherford County will likely be required to make more changes in probation services and could pay a financial penalty as part of a looming conclusion to the PCC lawsuit.

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VA to relocate Urgent Care Clinic
VA to relocate Urgent Care Clinic

The UCC will continue to operate 24/7 to ensure veterans are provided uninterrupted care.

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Smyrna leaders struggle with traffic, drainage issues due to growth
Smyrna leaders struggle with traffic, drainage issues due to growth

Smyrna leaders passed the Annual Budget on first reading and left the tax rate unchanged at 88.4 cents per $100 assessed value during the most recent council meeting.

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Murfreesboro City Schools announces Summer Food Service Program schedule
Murfreesboro City Schools announces Summer Food Service Program schedule

As the school year comes to an end, Murfreesboro City Schools' Nutrition Department is gearing up to feed children across the city through their Summer Food Service Program.

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Murfreesboro students bring Louisiana to life
Murfreesboro students bring Louisiana to life

Have you ever wondered what Louisiana looked like before exploration?

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Board says schools need elbow room
Board says schools need elbow room

Portables and 'inappropriate' instructional spaces criticized.

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One Mile Lane murder bound over to grand jury
One Mile Lane murder bound over to grand jury

A Wilson County man accused of killing a One Mile Lane resident hit him in the head with a sledgehammer and then stabbed him in a fight over a drug debt, according to court testimony.

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Barber shop, pool hall cited for housing illegal gambling operation
Barber shop, pool hall cited for housing illegal gambling operation

Nine individuals were charged with misdemeanor gambling and one was charged with promotion of gambling and possession of gambling machines after Murfreesboro Police executed a search warrant at a downtown business recently.

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Murfreesboro City Schools celebrates outstanding employees
Murfreesboro City Schools celebrates outstanding employees

Twenty-three support staff employees from MCS received recognition as support staff of the year and departmental employees of the year.

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City, MTSU taking 'significant measures' to combat campus-area crime
City, MTSU taking 'significant measures' to combat campus-area crime

Saturation patrols, officer overtime, apartment complex accountability among measures.

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Fatal shooting on New Lascassas Pike
Fatal shooting on New Lascassas Pike

Murfreesboro Police are looking for suspects in connection with the Tuesday night shooting death of a man at a New Lascassas Pike apartment complex.

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Detective cleared after April officer-involved shooting
Detective cleared after April officer-involved shooting

A Rutherford County Sheriff's detective returned to duty recently after being cleared in the shooting of a man who hit him and pulled a gun when he tried to arrest him on a domestic violence warrant.

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Study will examine city employee compensation
Study will examine city employee compensation

Murfreesboro City Council is preparing to look at a pay and benefits study for city employees this month, a year sooner than expected. But council members won't acknowledge any complaints are being levied about unfairness under the current scale.

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Voices of Faith: The importance of compassion
Voices of Faith: The importance of compassion

There is a reason God allows us to experience hurt as the father in this story. He allows hurt so that we may be more considerate, compassionate, and humble when He allows us to be in positions of influence.

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Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center celebrates grand opening
Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center celebrates grand opening

More than a year in the making, the new Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is ready for business.

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'Renew, energize, donate'
'Renew, energize, donate'

RED Day revamps Special Kids building.

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Fresh from the farm
Fresh from the farm
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Board passes revisions to MCS health standards
Board passes revisions to MCS health standards

At the May 9 Murfreesboro City School Board meeting, members unanimously voted for a revised version of the "Promoting Student Wellness" health policy, which summarizes school guidelines for student nutrition, physical activity and health education.

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Labor of love
Labor of love

When Anika Taylor finally holds the keys to her new home, it will be full of the love -- and sweat -- of she and her neighbors.

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County jail aims to reduce inmate population
County jail aims to reduce inmate population

Education, counseling, skills training to get folks on their feet.

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Two arrested in Smyrna gambling bust
Two arrested in Smyrna gambling bust

With ten hotels, their meeting rooms and more than a thousand guest rooms fronting Interstate 24 on Hotel Row in Smyrna, some say it was just a matter of time before a major vice bust.

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Impact of apartments key topic at south Murfreesboro council forum
Impact of apartments key topic at south Murfreesboro council forum

Holding apartment complex owners more accountable for traffic and nuisance problems created by high-density growth was among the topics discussed at a Murfreesboro City Council community meeting Sunday.

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Stones River National Battlefield to modify visitor center hours
Stones River National Battlefield to modify visitor center hours

Beginning Monday, May 22, the Stones River National Battlefield visitor center will open to the public at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. daily.

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital provides comprehensive services to sexual assault victims
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital provides comprehensive services to sexual assault victims

With one in five women and one in 71 men experiencing rape or attempted rape at some time in their lives, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has made its sexual assault treatment program a key priority over the past 10 years.

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Swingin' in the rain
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New fire hall site delayed
New fire hall site delayed

Concerned about the high cost of site development at a fire hall site on Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro officials are looking at other sites for a fire hall on city-owned property in that area.

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Meri-Leigh Smith Named School Health Coordinator of the Year
Meri-Leigh Smith Named School Health Coordinator of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools' Meri-Leigh Smith has been named Coordinated School Health Coordinator of the Year for the Mid-Cumberland Region.

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The Big Payback nets $42,213 for Rutherford nonprofits
The Big Payback nets $42,213 for Rutherford nonprofits

Rutherford County nonprofits will benefit from the gifts of 518 generous donors, who contributed $42,213 May 3 to The Big Payback's grand total of nearly $2.6 million.

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Tensions bubble at Planning Commission
Tensions bubble at Planning Commission

More growth, more neighbors -- but current residents worry about traffic, flooding.

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Rockvale High gets a new old name
Rockvale High gets a new old name

School board votes to name the new school after an old one in 2020.

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Cat reported stolen from Murfreesboro apartment
Cat reported stolen from Murfreesboro apartment

A Siamese cat was reported stolen from an apartment on Kingwood Drive this week.

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The Big Payback kicks off May 3
The Big Payback kicks off May 3

Annual 24-hour online giving event kicks off at midnight Wednesday.

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TCAP scores lowered to 10 percent of final grade
TCAP scores lowered to 10 percent of final grade

Murfreesboro City Schools receives $64,600 in grants for summer programs.

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Rep. Sparks accused of sneaking in Forrest resolution
Rep. Sparks accused of sneaking in Forrest resolution

Chairwoman of the Black Caucus calls move 'a bit disingenuous.'

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Solicitation of a minor investigated in Murfreesboro
Solicitation of a minor investigated in Murfreesboro

Detectives with the Special Victims Unit served a search warrant at a home on Shade Court in Murfreesboro this morning, accord to MPD Sgt. Kyle Evans.

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Students learn, grow, taste at Cason Lane Academy
Students learn, grow, taste at Cason Lane Academy

Cason Lane Academy kids are taking a hands-on approach to lunch and learning by growing their own veggies at school, a project Carrie Smith says teaches more than gardening.

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Still missing: What will it take to bring Devin home?
Still missing: What will it take to bring Devin home?

"We're doing a balloon release, just to kind of get the community involved and let people know that my son is still missing," said Heather Simmers-Bond on Friday afternoon, her voice breaking. "I just want people to keep looking for him."

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Macon Days gears up for 40th annual festival
Macon Days gears up for 40th annual festival

Uncle Dave Macon Days is gearing up to celebrate old time music and dance this summer as organizers plan to "educate, embrace and expand," according to a new motto.

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Competitors grill up something good at Backyard BBQ Fest
Competitors grill up something good at Backyard BBQ Fest

The annual Backyard BBQ Festival is Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Spate of shootings in Murfreesboro
Spate of shootings in Murfreesboro

Several shootings occurred in Murfreesboro yesterday evening, and including the second shooting on Greenland Drive this week, which severely injured one man who was later LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Blackman Collegiate Academy celebrates college signing day
Blackman Collegiate Academy celebrates college signing day

On Tuesday, April 12, Blackman High School's Blackman Collegiate Academy seniors participated in the first annual Academic Signing Day.

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Book signing at Linebaugh Public Library
Book signing at Linebaugh Public Library

Linebaugh will host local author Edwin McKnight on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. McKnight will sell and sign copies of his book, "Caius and the Great Troll Adventure," published last July by WordCrafts Press.

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JazzFest hits Murfreesboro May 5-6
JazzFest hits Murfreesboro May 5-6
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Focus Eyecare keeps its eye on the prize
Focus Eyecare keeps its eye on the prize

Personal care takes priority at the family practice.

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Steak cook off will stir the pot at Backyard BBQ Fest
Steak cook off will stir the pot at Backyard BBQ Fest

Five Rutherford County high school culinary teams will fire up the grill and face each other -- and outsiders -- at this weekend's fifth annual Backyard BBQ Festival at Cannonsburgh Village.

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Festival goers rollick despite rain at Boro Fondo
Festival goers rollick despite rain at Boro Fondo

Despite weather woes, Boro Fondo 2017 did not disappoint the organizers, attendees or bands involved in bringing the festival to life.

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Jail hopes for June re-certification
Jail hopes for June re-certification

'We're ready for them to come in and make their final inspection,' says sheriff.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Coach's daughter loves Raiders basketball
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Coach's daughter loves Raiders basketball

Win or lose, 'I always give my dad a hug when the game is over,' Ally Davis says.

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Civil War seduction linked to Carnation evaporated milk
Civil War seduction linked to Carnation evaporated milk

Sophie took care of Sophie!

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Gunshot injury on Greenland Drive
Gunshot injury on Greenland Drive

At 1:37 p.m. April 25 officers with Murfreesboro Police Department responded to 920 Greenland Dr. Apt. 124 in reference to a report of gunshots being fired.

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A big day at the VA
A big day at the VA

Friday was a full day at Alvin C. York Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Fire spreads to attic at apartments
Fire spreads to attic at apartments

700 rounds of ammo escape involvement in blaze.

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 Ethics complaint against County Commissioner Will Jordan dismissed
Ethics complaint against County Commissioner Will Jordan dismissed

'There's no way someone can be responsible for something of which they had no knowledge,' says Ethics Committee Chairman.

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Miss Phenomenal celebrates unique beauty of overcoming stigma

'Defying our differences, defining our disorders and delivering dreams'

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Smyrna Council declares May 1 'Senior Citizens Day'
Smyrna Council declares May 1 'Senior Citizens Day'

The highlight of the meeting was a Proclamation by the mayor, declaring May 1, 2017 Senior Citizens Day in Smyrna, to follow up on the single day declared in 2016.

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 'Rings and Wings' to support Special Olympians
'Rings and Wings' to support Special Olympians

Sheriff's School Resource Officers will raise funds to send 38 Special Olympians to the state competition in May.

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MCS expands Gifted Education Program with Gifted Academy
MCS expands Gifted Education Program with Gifted Academy

Twenty-five teachers from Murfreesboro City Schools received their Tennessee Employment Standard for Gifted Teaching after completing the MTSU/MCS Gifted Academy.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Working mother doesn't accept 'can't'
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Working mother doesn't accept 'can't'

Tiffany Johnson, executive director, brings 'can-do' spirit to Sam Davis Home.

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 Hundreds come together to 'love your neighbor'
Hundreds come together to 'love your neighbor'

More than 200 neighbors fellowshipped together April 9 at Barfield Crescent Park during the largest Love Your Neighbor potluck event yet.

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Carnegie calling
Carnegie calling

Murfreesboro musical prodigy selected to play Carnegie Hall.

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 Enrollment Report shows increase in pre-k, special-ed students
Enrollment Report shows increase in pre-k, special-ed students

The Murfreesboro City Schools board meeting April 12 commenced with a number of congratulations for the educators of the district.

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 New airport fire chief Jeff Harris will 'carry the torch'
New airport fire chief Jeff Harris will 'carry the torch'

"I'm happy to be here. This is an excellent opportunity, a new chapter in my career, a new chapter in my life, I'm really excited about it."

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Oral chemo bill pulled from Senate
Oral chemo bill pulled from Senate

Legislation by Sen. Bill Ketron designed to lower the cost of oral chemotherapy will have to wait until next year.

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Meet 100-year-old sweet Sue Malone
Meet 100-year-old sweet Sue Malone

Cook, pie maker, waitress retired at 79 to become beauty queen, see the world.

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Mechatronics is burgeoning at MTSU
Mechatronics is burgeoning at MTSU

Lunar rovers designed and handcrafted by students win NASA prizes.

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Three apply for 19th district seat
Three apply for 19th district seat

Two former Rutherford County commissioners and a nonprofit agency worker are vying so far for the 19th District seat left open by the departure of Shawn Kaplan.

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Smyrna revitalizing three miles of Lowry Street, one block at a time
Smyrna revitalizing three miles of Lowry Street, one block at a time

Revitalizing a three-mile stretch of Lowry Street in Smyrna is a very large and complicated project.

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Officer involved shooting on Double Springs Road
Officer involved shooting on Double Springs Road

A Rutherford County man is being treated at Vanderbilt after a sheriff's deputy shot him following a physical alteration Wednesday afternoon.

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Smyrna TCAT program sets pace for public-private partnerships
Smyrna TCAT program sets pace for public-private partnerships

More than 400 people - including Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Dr. Flora Tydings - descended upon the new Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus in Smyrna for a ribbon cutting marking the school as fully operational.

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Saving man's best friend
Saving man's best friend

Donor helps La Vergne firefighters breath life into rescued pets.

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Where is Devin Bond?
Where is Devin Bond?

Candlelight vigil held for missing Murfreesboro teen.

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Fame, film crew coming to county
Fame, film crew coming to county

La Vergne High School chosen for documentary spotlight.

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Search party seeks missing teen
Search party seeks missing teen

Today search parties are combing the woods in and around Barfield Crescent Park on foot, on ATVs and with drones, looking for missing teenager Devin Bond.

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Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare
Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare

'To get it right, we're going to work even harder,' says DesJarlais.

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Meals on Wheels marches on in North Rutherford
Meals on Wheels marches on in North Rutherford

Mayor Waldron delivers meals to La Vergne seniors.

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A trip around the world - plus Quidditch
A trip around the world - plus Quidditch

Motlow students sample treats and culture from nearly two dozen nations.

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Voices of Faith: Believers, we are one, aren't we?
Voices of Faith: Believers, we are one, aren't we?

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28

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'We will continue to search diligently'
'We will continue to search diligently'

Vigil for missing child offers community support to fearful family.

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'We're all beautiful'
'We're all beautiful'

Miss Phenomenal pageant highlights high schoolers in challenging circumstances.

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Rutherford County teen still missing
Rutherford County teen still missing

Locating a missing Riverdale High School student is of "utmost importance" to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, said Chief Deputy Keith Lowery.

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'Murder Aboard the Celine Zara' takes sail in Smyrna
'Murder Aboard the Celine Zara' takes sail in Smyrna

Consider This, Inc., presents innovative local entertainment.

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Wilson County man charged with One Mile Lane murder
Wilson County man charged with One Mile Lane murder

A 47-year-old Wilson County man is charged with first-degree murder less than 30 hours after an acquaintance was found near death at his One Mile Lane home 2 p.m. Friday, Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said.

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Rutherford teen missing since Thursday
Rutherford teen missing since Thursday

The parents of 17-year-old Devin Ray Bond and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office are asking for help locating the boy who's not been seen since he went to bed late Thursday night.

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New MED manager on his role, goals
New MED manager on his role, goals

P.D. Mynatt moves from CFO to GM.

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Kittens rescued from Douglas Avenue fire
Kittens rescued from Douglas Avenue fire
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Smyrna Airport hangar loses roof in thunderstorm
Smyrna Airport hangar loses roof in thunderstorm

High winds from a severe thunderstorm Monday afternoon peeled the waterproof roof covering off aircraft hangar 621 at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport.

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Meet the deputy, make a friend
Meet the deputy, make a friend

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies would like to meet residents who live in the zones they protect, the sheriff's patrol major said.

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Sparks to introduce resolution recognizing state's 'rich and vast history'
Sparks to introduce resolution recognizing state's 'rich and vast history'

House Joint Resolution 92 would honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, Sampson Keeble.

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Stewarts Creek High School grad dedicates his masterpiece
Stewarts Creek High School grad dedicates his masterpiece

Like his father and grandfather before him, Hunter Bullock builds his legacy brick by brick.

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Board reviews ripped-off roof, pool shortage
Board reviews ripped-off roof, pool shortage

Storm damage repairs under way, but middle schools may lose swim teams.

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Early bird gets the 'chikin'
Early bird gets the 'chikin'

Chick-fil-A fans camp out for free food.

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No solitary confinement for children
No solitary confinement for children

In wake of lawsuit, judge prohibits punishing any more youths with solitary confinement.

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Remembering Rutherford: Fences tell of feuds, psych care and personalities
Remembering Rutherford: Fences tell of feuds, psych care and personalities

Even the fences tell tales in Rutherford County.

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good? Would you like to know more about the services nonprofit organizations in your community provide? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

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Mortar rounds, hand grenade found at Murfreesboro apartment complex
Mortar rounds, hand grenade found at Murfreesboro apartment complex

A backpack containing several mortar rounds and a training hand grenade was found by the dumpster at Ashwood Cove apartment complex this morning, according Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans.

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Bottoms, Highland study recommendations adopted at Murfreesboro Planning Commission
Bottoms, Highland study recommendations adopted at Murfreesboro Planning Commission

From city staff, to the Planning Commission, to Ragan Smith Associates, to Terri Sterling Communications, to the Steering Committee, to members of the public who showed up and spoke out, this plan was made possible because a whole bunch of people got to work. It will take just as much community involvement moving forward.

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Airport project crosses first hurdle at Murfreesboro City Council
Airport project crosses first hurdle at Murfreesboro City Council

On behalf of Mayor Shane McFarland, Vice Mayor Madeline Scales Harris was pleased to proclaim last week "Blue Raider Basketball Week" at Thursday night's meeting.

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Ellis murder charge bound over
Ellis murder charge bound over

A first-degree murder charge against the man accused of robbing and killing Smyrna resident Kimberly Allen has been bound over to a Rutherford County grand jury.

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Injuries not critical at demolition site on Nissan Smyrna property

Two Demo Plus Inc. subcontractors performing demolition work on the back side of the Smyrna Nissan plant were injured when the aging coal plant structure they were cutting apart collapsed, throwing them to the ground with the debris.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: New venue for her longtime dream of teaching
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: New venue for her longtime dream of teaching

Award-winning Tyra Pilgrim brings business experience to CTE job.

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Board eyes nearly $25 mil budget hike
Board eyes nearly $25 mil budget hike

3 percent enrollment growth requires $13.5 mil for new teachers.

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Habitat for Humanity celebrates leaving a legacy
Habitat for Humanity celebrates leaving a legacy

Habitat for Humanity's annual Leave a Legacy Breakfast drew more than 200 people Friday morning.

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 Lowry Street plan approved at Smyrna Town Council
Lowry Street plan approved at Smyrna Town Council

Mayor Mary Esther Reed and the Smyrna Town Council unanimously approved the Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Plan at Tuesday night's meeting.

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Former Sheriff's major awarded $224K settlement
Former Sheriff's major awarded $224K settlement

Rutherford County paid nearly a quarter-million-dollar settlement to former Sheriff's Maj. Tommy Thompson after he dismissed a lawsuit claiming ex-Sheriff Robert Arnold wrongfully fired him in 2016, records show.

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Kaplan resigns from Rutherford County Commission
Kaplan resigns from Rutherford County Commission

Former commissioner says he inadvertently moved out of District 19 after selling his Riverbend house.

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County to consider in-house attorneys to save money
County to consider in-house attorneys to save money

At urging of the Rutherford Neighborhood Alliance, Rutherford County commissioners are requesting reports on the cost of setting up an in-house attorney as well as a monthly compilation on lawsuits against the county government.

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Celebrate Pi Day the tasty way
Celebrate Pi Day the tasty way

Stick a fork in March 14.

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La Vergne librarian praises city's 'cavalry' for rescuing flooded library
La Vergne librarian praises city's 'cavalry' for rescuing flooded library

"The carpet was covered with two inches of water, with rivers flowing through the library," La Vergne Library Director Donna Bebout explained to Mayor Dennis Waldron and the aldermen last Tuesday night.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: At 106, she may be county's oldest person
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: At 106, she may be county's oldest person

Horses and mules were the rule, not cars, in the winter of '11 when she was born.

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Youth art competition now accepting entries
Youth art competition now accepting entries

Murfreesboro boutique Dreamingincolor is now accepting entries for their art competition, a contest for artists in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Murfreesboro City Schools Festival Choir performs for 'Music in Our Schools' month
Murfreesboro City Schools Festival Choir performs for 'Music in Our Schools' month

Music teachers and students from all 12 Murfreesboro City Schools participated in the Fifth Annual MCS Festival Choir concert Thursday, March 9.

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Redeemer Classical Academy takes home first place in mid-state competition
Redeemer Classical Academy takes home first place in mid-state competition

Students from Redeemer Classical Academy were recently awarded 92 ribbons at the Tennessee Junior Classical League Midstate Competition in Nashville.

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Rudd sponsors sign legislation conflicting with city's ordinance
Rudd sponsors sign legislation conflicting with city's ordinance

The city government is taking a neutral stance on legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd allowing unlimited political signs on private property, in conflict with its sign ordinance.

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MSO's Free Family Concert is a classic
MSO's Free Family Concert is a classic

An extravaganza of classical music, awards.

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No Smyrna food trucks have applied for permit: attorney
No Smyrna food trucks have applied for permit: attorney

Food trucks have been scattering, smothering and covering the streets of Nashville, and now Murfreesboro, for several years now, but they have been less common in Smyrna.

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Science Fair at Smyrna Town Hall
Science Fair at Smyrna Town Hall

The lobby of Smyrna Town Hall was packed to the doors with the Brown's Chapel Elementary School Science Fair on display, prior to the Feb. 23 Town Council Workshop meeting.

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Everybody Drum Some at Mayday Brewery
Everybody Drum Some at Mayday Brewery

Ross Lester, the rhythmic mastermind behind Everybody Drum Some, will direct the crowd of percussionists at the drumming event, held in late March to help ring in spring.

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Boro Garden Party kicks off March 31
Boro Garden Party kicks off March 31

Join the spring fun at the Boro Garden Party at Lane Agri-Park Community Center on March 31 and April 1.

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Mayor says 'progress is being made' in PCC case
Mayor says 'progress is being made' in PCC case

Case against county, probation services is 'extraordinarily complex'

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Rutherford Neighborhood Alliance questions attorney bills
Rutherford Neighborhood Alliance questions attorney bills

The Rutherford Neighborhood Alliance is questioning "possible irregularities" in the billing practices of Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary, LLC, as it urges county commissioners to adopt in-house counsel.

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Blackman senior honored for volunteer service
Blackman senior honored for volunteer service

Blackman High School senior Al Thebphakone has been honored for his volunteerism with national recognition -- a certificate of excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and a President's Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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Bucking broncos, bunches of bulls at SRO Rodeo
Bucking broncos, bunches of bulls at SRO Rodeo

Lonestar Rodeo Company rolled into town last week for the 12th annual Rutherford County School Resource Officer Rodeo.

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Smyrna couple rides out tornado inside houseboat
Smyrna couple rides out tornado inside houseboat

"The storm picked the boat up, it slammed it down, and it slammed us to the ground. We were trying to hang on to each other," said Smyrna's Regina Layton about last week's EF-1 tornado that hit Antioch's Four Corners Marina.

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Boyfriend charged with first-degree murder
Boyfriend charged with first-degree murder

A boyfriend accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend Tuesday was charged with murder, a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective said Wednesday.

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Erma Siegel students win spot at national convention in D.C.
Erma Siegel students win spot at national convention in D.C.

At the city school boarding meeting Feb. 28, Erma Siegel Elementary students Kameryn Galland, Erin Higgins and Skye Roberts presented the product that earned them first place at the school's Invention Convention.

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Lane pleads guilty to murder
Lane pleads guilty to murder

Four years after Amanda Lane Woodall's death, her childhood abuser pleads guilty to murder.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Civic-minded family values led to House seat
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Civic-minded family values led to House seat

Eagleville native Dawn White is county's only female legislator.

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SRO rodeo coming next month
SRO rodeo coming next month

Dust off your cowboy and cowgirl hats and boots at the 12th annual School Resource Officers' Lone Star Rodeo March 3-4.

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DesJarlais 'missing,' protesters say
DesJarlais 'missing,' protesters say

Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais is drawing the wrath of Democratic protesters, many of whom say he is unaccountable to 4th District voters.

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City construction projects through March 4
City construction projects through March 4
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La Vergne McDonald's upgrade looks like a million bucks
La Vergne McDonald's upgrade looks like a million bucks

"We invested quite a bit in the remodeling of the outside and the interior, and we especially redeveloped the Play Place for the kids and their families," Daughtry said. "We wanted to support the location, here in the city of La Vergne, and help improve the aesthetics of the area."

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Two wounded by gunfire at Rogers Park
Two wounded by gunfire at Rogers Park

Two people were wounded by gunshots at Rogers Park in Murfreesboro this afternoon.

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Rutherford students shine on college dean's lists
Rutherford students shine on college dean's lists

Congratulations to the hard-working, high-achieving college students from Rutherford County who were named to their respective universities' dean's lists last semester.

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Indigenous Peoples Powwow returns to MTSU
Indigenous Peoples Powwow returns to MTSU

After nearly a decade, MTSU's Native American Student Association revived what was once one of the top 10 powwows in the United States.

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Man charged after impersonating TBI agent at Murfreesboro massage business
Man charged after impersonating TBI agent at Murfreesboro massage business

A TBI investigation resulted in the arrest of a Gainesboro man charged with impersonating an agent.

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Man shot while chasing alleged thieves
Man shot while chasing alleged thieves

A Murfreesboro man was shot in the leg by thieves who broke into his car, according to a police report.

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Lascassas man jumped in Murfreesboro parking garage
Lascassas man jumped in Murfreesboro parking garage
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NHC announces new chief information officer
NHC announces new chief information officer

National HealthCare Corporation announced long-time health care technology leader B. Anderson "Andy" Flatt has joined the company as senior vice president and chief information officer.

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MTSU Poll: Trump's job approval on the edge in Tennessee
MTSU Poll: Trump's job approval on the edge in Tennessee

Though 61 percent voted for him in the state, a bare majority approve now

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Indigenous Peoples' Powwow returns to MTSU
Indigenous Peoples' Powwow returns to MTSU

The Native American Student Association of Middle Tennessee State University is proud to host the Indigenous Peoples' Powwow Feb. 24-26, 2017 at the MTSU Livestock Center.

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Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford poker team had winning system, for a while
Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford poker team had winning system, for a while

It was an entrepreneurial enterprise requiring special skill, knowledge and eventually an ingenious device.

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good? Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

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More questions families should consider regarding senior care outside the home
More questions families should consider regarding senior care outside the home

Last time, I went over the "discovery" process that helps elders and their families take an honest look at their living situation, to find out what is working and what is not.

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MTSU reopens renovated Davis, Wiser-Patten buildings, unveils Science Corridor of Innovation
MTSU reopens renovated Davis, Wiser-Patten buildings, unveils Science Corridor of Innovation

Turner Construction, university to partner for Aug. 21 Great Tennessee Eclipse Event.

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Third lawsuit filed over Hobgood arrests
Third lawsuit filed over Hobgood arrests

A Murfreesboro family says their children were wrongfully arrested at Hobgood Elementary and has filed a federal lawsuit in connection with the 2016 incident, claiming their civil rights were violated.

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Newly appointed sheriff speaks in Smyrna
Newly appointed sheriff speaks in Smyrna

Fitzhugh not looking in the rear view as he drives sheriff's office forward.

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Ketron files legislation to allow recall vote
Ketron files legislation to allow recall vote

State Sen. Bill Ketron will file legislation enabling Rutherford County to hold a recall vote for elected officials indicted on felony charges.

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Homeward bound: Ziggy's story
Homeward bound: Ziggy's story

Service dog lost in Rutherford reunited with Missouri family.

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 Welcome to the future
Welcome to the future

Rutherford mechatronics students are designing it.

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Firefighter under investigation over alleged sexual contact with minor
Firefighter under investigation over alleged sexual contact with minor

A Murfreesboro firefighter is under investigation by state authorities for allegedly having sexual contact with a minor and possessing illicit images, officials said Thursday.

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Penn Station East Coast Subs to host MDA night
Penn Station East Coast Subs to host MDA night

Selling sub sandwiches to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Free trees for Rutherford Countians
Free trees for Rutherford Countians

The Rutherford County Soil Conservation District will give away bare-root tree seedlings to local landowners.

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Finding love at Linebaugh Library
Finding love at Linebaugh Library

Romance blossoms over love of literature.

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Murfreesboro man injured in Friday night shooting
Murfreesboro man injured in Friday night shooting

A Murfreesboro man was shot in the shoulder Friday night.

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Soups for Smiles funds dental health
Soups for Smiles funds dental health

Soups for Smiles is a week long fundraising event where participating restaurants donate a portion of soups sold to Interfaith Dental Clinic of Rutherford County.

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MTSU honors Hillary Scott, other alumni Grammy nominees in Los Angeles
MTSU honors Hillary Scott, other alumni Grammy nominees in Los Angeles

University also co-sponsors concert honoring Loretta Lynn.

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Haslam visits TCAT in Smyrna
Haslam visits TCAT in Smyrna

Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Smyrna Thursday to share a meal, tour the brand new Smyrna campus of Tennessee College of Applied Technology and praise those involved in TCAT's creation.

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Sax dismissal from MED draws criticism
Sax dismissal from MED draws criticism

A Murfreesboro resident is criticizing the removal of electric department general manager Steve Sax from his post, saying it appears to be retribution for his opposition to selling the utility to Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.

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Tracy proposes ID photos on EBT cards
Tracy proposes ID photos on EBT cards

Cards 'absolutely' could be used for voter photo ID.

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Substitute barred from Rutherford County Schools
Substitute barred from Rutherford County Schools

A substitute teacher will no longer be allowed to work for Rutherford County Schools after allegedly "making inappropriate, threatening comments on social media during the work day," according to a statement from the school system.

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La Vergne residents' passion sees rezoning issue defeated
La Vergne residents' passion sees rezoning issue defeated

A full house of more than 75 people saw a rezoning issue defeated by a four to one vote at La Vergne City Hall chambers.

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Attack Barcadium opens downtown
Attack Barcadium opens downtown

Arcade classics and tasty brews promise gamers a good time.

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Blackman students expelled over swastika
Blackman students expelled over swastika

"The students responsible for the bathroom vandalism at Blackman High School have been caught, severely disciplined and will face criminal charges," said James Evans, community relations coordinator for Rutherford County Schools.

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Blackman students listen, learn, produce during MTSU visit
Blackman students listen, learn, produce during MTSU visit

Working in pairs of two, 10 Blackman High School students tackled an assignment from William McDowell, professor and chairholder of the Wright Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU.

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'Boro native Chris Young partners with Folgers
'Boro native Chris Young partners with Folgers

Reinvent coffee jingle to win mentoring session with Grammy-nominated singer songwriter, $25,000.

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February Boro Art Crawl all about love of art
February Boro Art Crawl all about love of art

Fine art and fine craft will be featured during the Boro Art Crawl on Feb. 10 from 6-9 p.m. The crawl takes place in and around the Square and the area soon to become Murfreesboro's art community, the Bottoms.

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Sickness in Smyrna strikes students, teachers
Sickness in Smyrna strikes students, teachers

"This kind of thing tends to happen during flu season," said Evans, noting that this season started later than normal. "What we tell people is, if you're sick, stay home."

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Murfreesboro man cites travel ban, public education, parks in protest
Murfreesboro man cites travel ban, public education, parks in protest

Smyrna rep backs Trump's travel ban.

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'Ask Your Reps' at MTSU
'Ask Your Reps' at MTSU

Rep. Black, Sen. Tracy and Rep. Sparks to answer questions.

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Princess Night at Oaklands Mansion
Princess Night at Oaklands Mansion

Princesses in their royal best admired bridal finery both old and new, borrowed and even blue Friday night at Oaklands Mansion's "Wedding Dresses Through the Decades" exhibit.

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'Dresses through the Decades' tell a century of stories
'Dresses through the Decades' tell a century of stories

If a wedding is one of the most important days in a couple's life together, then what value do the suits and dresses have?

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Promotions at Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Promotions at Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

Four veteran supervisors were promoted to command positions at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office by Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

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McBurney pleads guilty
McBurney pleads guilty

Former Rutherford County Sheriff's Maj. Terry McBurney pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of misleading authorities and seven counts of wire fraud regarding his lack of citizenship while employed at the sheriff's office.

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Politifact chief to share 'Pants on Fire' election stories at free MTSU event Feb. 2
Politifact chief to share 'Pants on Fire' election stories at free MTSU event Feb. 2

There are facts, and there apparently are "alternative facts," and the founder of the Pulitzer Prize-winning informational website Politifact has plenty of both to share from the 2016 election during a free public event set Thursday, Feb. 2, at MTSU.

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Don't buy the chicken, rent the hen
Don't buy the chicken, rent the hen

Chicken renting makes backyard birds more accessible.

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A little help from their friends
A little help from their friends

Homeless Alliance joining together to help their neighbors.

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Gas tax proposal garners praise, criticism from local leaders
Gas tax proposal garners praise, criticism from local leaders

Prices at the pump may rise to fund roads.

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City considers incentives to address MPD turnover
City considers incentives to address MPD turnover

Murfreesboro Police Department has lost 51 officers over the last two years, roughly 10 percent annually, but officials say the turnover rate is more about trends among young officers and factors such as an increasingly difficult job than about bad management.

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Remembering Rutherford: First MHA chairman mixed business and family with official duties
Remembering Rutherford: First MHA chairman mixed business and family with official duties

It was all in the family!

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McFadden students succeed, give back
McFadden students succeed, give back
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Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce honors Swanson Companies
Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce honors Swanson Companies

The Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership banquet and awards program Thursday, Jan. 19, at Holiday Inn Hotel in Murfreesboro.

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Jail administrator Derrell Cagle fired
Jail administrator Derrell Cagle fired

Newly-appointed interim Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said changes would be made in the jail command the night Rutherford County commissioners selected him.

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Rutherford Republicans celebrate Inauguration Day
Rutherford Republicans celebrate Inauguration Day

Nearly thirty people filled the local Republican Party's Main Street headquarters Friday to celebrate incoming President Donald Trump's inauguration.

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'Hey hey, DesJarlais, don't repeal our ACA!'
'Hey hey, DesJarlais, don't repeal our ACA!'

Protesters chant and cheer on Main Street.

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Local man charged in murders
Local man charged in murders

A Rutherford County man has been charged with killing two people and seriously injuring another in Cannon County last weekend, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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City considers charter changes in lieu of costly election
City considers charter changes in lieu of costly election

Young's seat to remain vacant for now.

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Renew your driver's license at the library
Renew your driver's license at the library

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is partnering with Linebaugh Public Library to provide a driver's license renewal kiosk for Rutherford County residents.

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Sen. Tracy appointed speaker pro tem
Sen. Tracy appointed speaker pro tem

State Sen. Jim Tracy is taking a big step in the Upper Chamber's power hierarchy.

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Motlow might see more funding
Motlow might see more funding

College needs space to accommodate growing student body.

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Permit approved for Middle Point Landfill
Permit approved for Middle Point Landfill

The state is giving Middle Point Landfill a permit to treat water from its rock-crushing operation despite opposition from area residents and an environmental group.

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Tennessee has a serious drug problem
Tennessee has a serious drug problem

Our state is riddled with prescription drug abuse.

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Yocca released after more than a year
Yocca released after more than a year

A national women's group is criticizing the year-plus-long incarceration of Anna Yocca, who was released from jail this week after pleading guilty to a felony charge in connection with a failed effort to perform her own abortion.

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide?

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City Construction Projects through Jan. 21
City Construction Projects through Jan. 21

Construction projects throughout Murfreesboro could affect this week's commuters.

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Fitzhugh voted interim sheriff
Fitzhugh voted interim sheriff

A split Rutherford County Commission elected former Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Fitzhugh as interim sheriff Thursday in an 11-10 vote that took three tallies before one of four finalists received a majority vote.

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UPDATED: Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County
UPDATED: Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County

Rutherford County received its first snow of the year last week, closing schools Friday and Monday, MTSU Friday afternoon and creating hazardous, icy roadway conditions.

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Local restaurant seeks public's help to stay afloat
Local restaurant seeks public's help to stay afloat

Despite positive reviews, The Block struggles to stay open.

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Special election or council appointment?
Special election or council appointment?

City council addresses vacancy left by Young.

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'Alice: A Wonder-Full New Musical' coming to Murfreesboro
'Alice: A Wonder-Full New Musical' coming to Murfreesboro

The Center for the Arts will open its 2017 season with the regional premiere of the award-winning "Alice - A Wonder-Full New Musical."

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Winter reading programs to begin at Linebaugh, Smyrna libraries
Winter reading programs to begin at Linebaugh, Smyrna libraries

The Linebaugh Main Branch will host their 13th annual reading program from Jan. 22 through March 4. Smyrna Public Library begins their Walter King Hoover Reading Program on Jan. 20. It will also run through March 4.

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations during severe shortage
Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations during severe shortage

Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care.

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City construction projects through Jan. 14
City construction projects through Jan. 14

These construction projects could affect your commute.

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Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County
Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County

Rutherford County received its first snow of the year last night and this morning, closing schools for the day and MTSU for the afternoon, and creating hazardous, icy roadway conditions.

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City of Murfreesboro prepared to handle winter ice and snow
City of Murfreesboro prepared to handle winter ice and snow

Murfreesboro is stocked and ready to clear streets of ice and snow again this winter season.

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations during severe shortage
Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations during severe shortage

Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: From teaching in a van to leading state's teachers
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: From teaching in a van to leading state's teachers

Judy Beasley Whitehill is still taking a stand for public education.

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Saint Thomas Health honors local physicians
Saint Thomas Health honors local physicians

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital proudly announces Dr. Elizabeth R. LaRoche being named Physician of the Year during the hospital's 2016 Physician Awards. Dr. Marynelle J. Klumpe received the Clinical Excellence Award and Dr. George W. Smith received the Olin Williams Distinguished Service Award.

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Alberta Tolbert book signing at Linebaugh Public Library
Alberta Tolbert book signing at Linebaugh Public Library

Linebaugh will host local author Alberta Tolbert on Tuesday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Stardom is 'One Call Away' for young singer
Stardom is 'One Call Away' for young singer

Leah Nichole, 13, has the voice, the writing ability and her family's support.

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U.S. attorneys oppose dismissal of charges against Arnold
U.S. attorneys oppose dismissal of charges against Arnold

U.S. attorneys are opposing efforts to have seven criminal counts dismissed against Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-defendants before their Feb. 7, 2017 trial on federal corruption charges.

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8 months after Hobgood arrests, final report released
8 months after Hobgood arrests, final report released

With Murfreesboro Police preparing to discipline six officers in connection with the April arrest of Hobgood Elementary School students, community leaders say they're glad the department is taking action even if it's eight months after the incident.

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2016: A year in review
2016: A year in review

There is no doubt that 2016 was full of gripping news stories, but here are a few that stood out to us during the year in review.

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Broadway star to perform at MTSU
Broadway star to perform at MTSU

Broadway star and Murfreesboro native Analisa Leaming will present a concert of musical theater gems at 7 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 at MTSU's Wright Music Building.

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City construction projects through December 31
City construction projects through December 31
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Operation Education Pet of the Week: Duke
Operation Education Pet of the Week: Duke

Duke was found wandering the neighborhood on one of the coldest nights of the year.

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A holiday high in tradition
A holiday high in tradition

For a holiday that holds high in tradition, why must we ask ourselves every year, "what are we eating for Christmas dinner?"

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'Sounds of Christmas' ring in the season
'Sounds of Christmas' ring in the season

Murfreesboro Symphony, Chorus bring audience to its feet.

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Guest column: Giving of yourself is a gift to yourself
Guest column: Giving of yourself is a gift to yourself

Multiple studies indicate that the process of giving--be it time, talk, toil or toys--will often result in lower blood pressure, higher self-esteem, lessening depression and greater happiness.

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DA will 'enter an appearance' to aid with ouster
DA will 'enter an appearance' to aid with ouster

District Attorney Jennings Jones is set to provide assistance to a group seeking the ouster of suspended and jailed Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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OHS students give back
OHS students give back

Students at Oakland High School studied hard through December and still found time to help others. Two groups of OHS students recently worked to raise money for those in need.

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Grissom, Sharp named temporary assistant chiefs
Grissom, Sharp named temporary assistant chiefs

Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Keith Lowery named two veteran majors to serve temporarily as assistant chiefs to handle management duties until an interim sheriff is selected.

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Sprouts shoppers donate to Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank
Sprouts shoppers donate to Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank

Last Monday Sprouts Farmers Market and its customers donated bagged essentials to the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank, enabling the food bank to serve more struggling families in Rutherford County.

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Inmate attacks officer at county jail
Inmate attacks officer at county jail

A Rutherford County jail inmate is charged with assault after allegedly attacking a detention center officer because he was mad about losing trusty status, records show.

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The trial must go on
The trial must go on

U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Sharp is sticking with a Feb. 7 trial date for Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-defendants, putting the onus on himself to rule soon on two motions to dismiss criminal charges.

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Murder on Indian Park Drive
Murder on Indian Park Drive

Murfreesboro Police detectives are investigating the murder of a man late Friday night at an Indian Park Drive residence after several people allegedly kidnapped a woman, took her there and shot the victim.

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County Commission weighs options for sheriff, plans on Motlow contributions
County Commission weighs options for sheriff, plans on Motlow contributions

The Rutherford County Commission met Dec. 15 to discuss plans for appointing an interim sheriff, as well as consider rezoning requests and a fundraising plea from Motlow State Community College.

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Did you win the lottery?
Did you win the lottery?

The winning ticket, worth $100,000, was purchased at Smyrna Liquors on Almaville Road.

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Murfreesboro man charged in Bedford County murder
Murfreesboro man charged in Bedford County murder

Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, have arrested and charged a Murfreesboro man in connection to a homicide earlier this month in the Shelbyville area.

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Local realtors donate to feed the hungry
Local realtors donate to feed the hungry

The Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS (MTAR) recently held food drives for the hungry in their service areas.

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From Murfreesboro to Aleppo, with love
From Murfreesboro to Aleppo, with love

"It's the holocaust of 2016," said Adnan Shamdin. "Why is this okay today?"

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

This month, the nonprofit organizations of Rutherford County are taking this opportunity to say THANK YOU to our community, for serving as a volunteer, for bringing donations and for supporting them financially. In their own words . . .

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Hazardous material fire shuts down I-24
Hazardous material fire shuts down I-24

Emergency workers had to slow-walk their response to a truck fire early Wednesday off I-24 in the Buchanan area after they found out they were dealing with hazardous materials, according to Rutherford County Fire & Rescue Chief Larry Farley.

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What happened the day Jonothan Maxwell died?
What happened the day Jonothan Maxwell died?

Lawsuit alleges negligence at Rutherford County Jail.

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Crews battle early morning fire downtown
Crews battle early morning fire downtown

Despite the crews' best efforts, the structure will be a total loss. The building is believed to be Eubanks Electric.

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WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM to broadcast 'Mountain Tough' benefit concert
WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM to broadcast 'Mountain Tough' benefit concert

Zac Brown Band to headline benefit Dec. 17 for those affected by Gatlinburg-area wildfires.

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Tennessee Legal: Texting and Tennessee 'Due Care Law'
Tennessee Legal: Texting and Tennessee 'Due Care Law'

"Friends don't let friends text and drive." - A wisely worded bumper sticker

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Central Magnet racks up awards at championship
Central Magnet racks up awards at championship

Central Magnet School received awards at the South's BEST, or Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, robotics championship held at Auburn University Dec. 3-4. The school received the third-place award for Team Exhibit and Interview, and the third-place award for Most Photogenic Robot.

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I-24 to reopen after hazardous materials fire this morning
I-24 to reopen after hazardous materials fire this morning

Emergency workers are preparing to allow traffic to move on I-24 near the Buchanan exit in southeast Rutherford County after extinguishing a hazardous materials fire that started after two big trucks crashed there this morning, according to Deputy Mayor Jeff Davidson.

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Wreaths Across America honors fallen soldiers
Wreaths Across America honors fallen soldiers

Since 1992 Wreaths Across America has honored the sacrifice of military veterans at national cemeteries across the United States by laying memorial wreaths on the graves of veterans.

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Abbott convicted of second-degree murder
Abbott convicted of second-degree murder

A Circuit Court jury convicted Dewey "Butch" Abbott of second-degree murder Friday in the July 22, 2015 shooting death of Jesse Sliepenbeek, a verdict that could force the defendant to spend at least 15 years in prison.

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A historic 'first' for La Vergne
A historic 'first' for La Vergne

Voters elect African American alderman.

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Officials break ground on Christiana fire station expansion
Officials break ground on Christiana fire station expansion

Firefighters in Christiana celebrated a ground-breaking last week as the crew looks toward making improvements to the station.

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Moxie Art Supply celebrates grand reopening
Moxie Art Supply celebrates grand reopening

Moxie Art Supply welcomed area artists in from the cold Friday night for its grand reopening during the Boro Art Crawl and Holiday Shop and Stroll downtown.

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Young artist shines at Boro Art Crawl
Young artist shines at Boro Art Crawl

Seventh grade homeschool student Anna Creel's Nutcracker-themed colored pencil piece won a first place ribbon in Dreamingincolor's young artist contest recently, and was showcased at Friday night's art crawl.

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City construction projects through December 17
City construction projects through December 17
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Vouchers, seatbelts on buses, and more
Vouchers, seatbelts on buses, and more

School boards and legislators cover it all at annual joint pow-wow.

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Bring a shelter cat home for the holidays
Bring a shelter cat home for the holidays

For only $10 adopt a cat or kitten from PAWS for the holidays. The facility currently has more than 50 felines, resulting in an adoption special until Saturday.

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Inmate dies after falling ill in jail
Inmate dies after falling ill in jail

A Rutherford County jail inmate has died after becoming ill while in detention, the sheriff's office reported.

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OP-ED: Help uphold America's freedoms for all
OP-ED: Help uphold America's freedoms for all

Some of President-elect Donald Trump's most pointed rhetoric during his campaign was against those who are "different" from him: immigrants, refugees and Muslims.

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OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity
OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity

We have much work to do over the next two years, and I am hopeful that under the Trump Administration, the state will have more flexibility to pursue policies that will ensure the prosperity of Tennesseans.

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MTSU grads' dreams come true at fall commencement
MTSU grads' dreams come true at fall commencement

Dreams came true for at least 1,892 people at MTSU Saturday, Dec. 10, as they accepted their hard-earned graduate and undergraduate degrees inside Murphy Center at the university's fall 2016 commencement ceremonies.

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RCSO K9s Samson and Tiko to get body armor
RCSO K9s Samson and Tiko to get body armor

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office K9s Samson and Tiko will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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New advisory council to address future of waste
New advisory council to address future of waste

With Middle Point Landfill's capacity projected at eight years, the advisory committee is being formed to consider new methods for handling long-term solid waste needs across the county.

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Settlement reached in jail suicide lawsuit
Settlement reached in jail suicide lawsuit

Rutherford County paid $260,000 in a settlement reached with the wife of an inmate who committed suicide at the jail in late January 2016, county records show.

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Body of missing woman found
Body of missing woman found

DNA results are still pending, but detectives have identified the body found Thursday as Francisca Gomez-Cordero, reported missing earlier this week.

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Arrest made in cold case from 2007
Arrest made in cold case from 2007

Last Thursday Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit arrested a 31-year-old Houston, Texas woman for the murder of her boyfriend in 2007, a detective supervisor says.

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Residents oppose approval at Middle Point permit hearing
Residents oppose approval at Middle Point permit hearing

In addition to arguing the permit is incomplete, SOCM members and community residents said blasting damages houses and could even rupture the landfill and cause pollution to leak into the Stones River East Fork and groundwater.

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Fraudster swindles $60,000 through Boro-based businesses

A Murfreesboro woman accused of stealing investors' money is being fined $50,000 and barred from securities work in Tennessee, according to the state Department of Commerce and Insurance.

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MFRD's final crews in Gatlinburg return home
MFRD's final crews in Gatlinburg return home

Exactly one week after initial deployment, all of Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue's crews and personnel have returned from Gatlinburg.

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Congratulations on these business milestones
Congratulations on these business milestones
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16 throw their hats in the ring for interim sheriff position
16 throw their hats in the ring for interim sheriff position

Rutherford County commissioners will have a long list of candidates to cull for the interim sheriff post after Sheriff Robert Arnold was jailed and suspended while awaiting a Feb. 7, 2017 trial on federal corruption charges.

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Ketron, Read consider county mayoral run
Ketron, Read consider county mayoral run

Roughly a year from the campaign trail, two officials are considering a run for Rutherford County mayor in 2018 with Ernest Burgess set to step down after two terms.

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Ride a bike to work!
Ride a bike to work!

Local 'two-wheel commuters' say the journey can be worth your while.

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Rotary Club supplies school kids with dictionaries
Rotary Club supplies school kids with dictionaries

The Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club started presenting third graders with dictionaries in 2007.

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33rd Annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
33rd Annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

Christmas at Oaklands a favorite holiday pastime.

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Waste disposal and rezoning proposals at Murfreesboro City Council
Waste disposal and rezoning proposals at Murfreesboro City Council

Thursday afternoon a special meeting to address issues associated with Middle Point Landfill opened Murfreesboro City Council's session.

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Devoted police horse Checker Cash passes away at 21
Devoted police horse Checker Cash passes away at 21

Sgt. Jon Levi and partner, Checker Cash, were trusted brothers for the 16 years they worked together daily for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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MTSU enhances security with active shooter guides, more cameras, call stations
MTSU enhances security with active shooter guides, more cameras, call stations

University unveils ongoing plans to upgrade technology.

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Official historian can handle a six-gun
Official historian can handle a six-gun

Luffman keeps sharp-shooting alive - just like he preserves state's legacy.

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OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity
OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity
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Morning lockdown at Stewarts Creek High School
Morning lockdown at Stewarts Creek High School

School Resource Officers have not identified the student who made "inappropriate comments" about Stewarts Creek High School but the found no actual threat was made, an SRO captain said.

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Birthday greetings in blue and red
Birthday greetings in blue and red

'Boro police, firefighters make party special for 8-year-old twins.

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Garrett to retire from Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Garrett to retire from Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Randy Garrett is set to leave his position in December after six years with the department and a long tenure with Murfreesboro Police.

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Letter to the Editor: Giving Tuesday
Letter to the Editor: Giving Tuesday

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, we encourage traditions of giving because we know that without generous donations from our donors, someone will not be fed this holiday season.

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Remembering Rutherford: Contentious presidential campaign evidenced American disunity
Remembering Rutherford: Contentious presidential campaign evidenced American disunity

The presidential campaign was bitterly divisive and some were threatening to reject the outcome if their favored candidate did not prevail. Rutherford County hosted an extravagant campaign rally for the party with the "non-committed platform."

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'Shopping small' spreads across weekend
'Shopping small' spreads across weekend

Small businesses get a boost on Black Friday, too.

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City construction projects through December 3
City construction projects through December 3
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Center for the Arts celebrates with 'The Christmas Schooner'
Center for the Arts celebrates with 'The Christmas Schooner'

"The Christmas Schooner" will sail again at Center for the Arts December 2 through 18.

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Campaign finance complaint filed against Sen. Tracy
Campaign finance complaint filed against Sen. Tracy

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance is waiting for a state attorney general opinion before making a decision on a campaign finance complaint filed against Sen. Jim Tracy, a state official said.

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Rutherford County Jail may lose certification
Rutherford County Jail may lose certification

After second failed inspection, decertification recommended.

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New charges against Yocca in self-induced abortion attempt
New charges against Yocca in self-induced abortion attempt

Anna Yocca, 32, was indicted by the November grand jury on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted procurement of a miscarriage and attempted criminal abortion, all felonies, according to Circuit Court records.

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Inmate tries to attack DA in court
Inmate tries to attack DA in court

A Rutherford County deputy was forced to spring into action Tuesday in Circuit Court to keep an inmate from attacking a district attorney.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jaya Holloway, a third grader at Christiana Elementary School, is seated with her parents, Karen and Gary Holloway during the school's annual Thanksgiving lunch.

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'More kindness, less judgement' at Friday rally of allies
'More kindness, less judgement' at Friday rally of allies

In the face of fear, kindness counts.

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Local Girl Scout saves sister, earns Medal of Honor
Local Girl Scout saves sister, earns Medal of Honor

Not many people can say they've saved a life. Eleven-year-old Lizzie Anderson is one of the few, but she says she was just doing what had to be done.

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Interim sheriff hiring may take until January
Interim sheriff hiring may take until January

Despite what some termed an "emergency" at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, it could be mid-January before county commissioners hire an interim sheriff to take over for suspended and jailed Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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Rutherford County churches under fire
Rutherford County churches under fire

Identity of the person who fired several rounds into two churches and damaged the buildings from Sunday through Wednesday are sought by a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective.

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Threatening note containing racial slur found in Blackman locker room
Threatening note containing racial slur found in Blackman locker room

'Bias-motivated' crime reported against local couple.

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Moon plans dark day for 'Boro
Moon plans dark day for 'Boro

It's 'super' now, but wait till it blocks the sun next August!

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'United we stand in love'
'United we stand in love'

"We wanted to extend a hand and show everyone we're united," said Rachel Sloan.

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Plans considered for new emergency personnel training facility
Plans considered for new emergency personnel training facility

Additions to soccer field design and other items from City Council meeting.

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Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra honors military members on Veterans Day
Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra honors military members on Veterans Day

The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra held its 4th annual "Let Freedom Ring" Veterans Day concert on Friday night.

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MFRD gears up for 33rd annual Toys for Tots
MFRD gears up for 33rd annual Toys for Tots

Program registration starts this week.

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Tennessee Legal: Moving forward as citizens
Tennessee Legal: Moving forward as citizens

"Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work." Michael Novak, philosopher

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Rucker-Donnell Foundation applies for properties to be part of Murfreesboro
Rucker-Donnell Foundation applies for properties to be part of Murfreesboro

Nonprofit sees first approval of request for 'voluntary annexation' of more than 194 acres.

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Rutherford County Republicans rejoice
Rutherford County Republicans rejoice

Republicans rolled to victory in Rutherford County, sweeping state legislative seats.

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Election Day is Nov. 8
Election Day is Nov. 8

Don't forget to vote!

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79,074 early ballots cast in Rutherford County
79,074 early ballots cast in Rutherford County

'I wish voters had this type of urgency to vote for all elections,' said Farley.

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Limbaugh for president
Limbaugh for president

Riverdale teacher wants to offer 'another answer.'

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City construction projects through November 12
City construction projects through November 12
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Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford native played for Opry star, declined matrimony
Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford native played for Opry star, declined matrimony

Part two of a two part series.

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Early voting breaks records
Early voting breaks records

'We want it to be over,' says one voter.

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Great fun at the Discovery Center's Great Pumpkin Festival
Great fun at the Discovery Center's Great Pumpkin Festival

An exploding Death Star, Jedi games and costume contests at the Star Wars-themed event.

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City construction projects through Nov. 5
City construction projects through Nov. 5
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'I have a hit out for me,' says Arnold
'I have a hit out for me,' says Arnold

Filing by U.S. Attorney's Office highlights a conversation between Arnold and wife, Megan Arnold, in which he tells her "I have a hit out for me now," and jail gang members hope to "get their tear drop by, you know, shoving a shank deep into my ... neck."

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Townhouse fire on Sitting Bull Crossing
Townhouse fire on Sitting Bull Crossing
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Matthew Blomeley named Assistant Director of Planning Department
Matthew Blomeley named Assistant Director of Planning Department

Matthew Blomeley has been officially named the new assistant director of the City Planning Department. Blomeley had previously served as principal planner since 2006 and currently serves under Planning Director Gary Whitak

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Gas leak on Dill Lane
Gas leak on Dill Lane

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Engine 3 and Rescue 8 are on the scene of a gas leak at Dill Lane.

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Make Halloween headlines
Make Halloween headlines

The Murfreesboro Post wants YOU!

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Halloween Roundup
Halloween Roundup

Don't miss these spooky activities in Rutherford County.

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City construction projects through October 29
City construction projects through October 29

Consider these projects when planning your commute this week.

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Farley says voting system has sufficient 'checks and balances'
Farley says voting system has sufficient 'checks and balances'

Ketron alleges voter fraud remains a problem.

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Election season in Rutherford County
Election season in Rutherford County

Early voting off to a great start.

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101st partnership aims to support soldiers
101st partnership aims to support soldiers

Rutherford County is establishing a community partnership with the 101st Airborne and 3rd Brigade Combat Team to create a base of support as the soldiers embark on another combat mission.

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Cope pleads guilty to insider trading
Cope pleads guilty to insider trading

A day after he resigned as county attorney and six months after leaving Pinnacle Financial Partners' board of directors, Jim Cope pleaded guilty to insider trading charges filed by U.S. attorneys amid allegations he made one buy in the midst of a bank board meeting.

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Cope resigns from county government's chief counsel position
Cope resigns from county government's chief counsel position

Longtime County Attorney Jim Cope resigned his position as Rutherford County government's chief counsel this week, six months after he left the Pinnacle Financial Partners board of directors amid a potential insider training situation.

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Wrongful death lawsuit filed against St. Thomas, NHC, others

A Texas woman is seeking $5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming her elderly mother died from negligence by local healthcare providers, mainly involving a botched diuretic prescription.

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Early voting kicks off across the state
Early voting kicks off across the state

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election is now underway.

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In response to ouster, Arnold pleads the Fifth
In response to ouster, Arnold pleads the Fifth

The attorney for indicted Sheriff Robert Arnold contends an ouster lawsuit against him should be dismissed or postponed until 14 federal counts against him are resolved to avoid violating his Fifth Amendment rights.

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Community Foundation sets up Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund
Community Foundation sets up Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund

With the already deadly Hurricane Matthew representing the most powerful storm to threaten the Southeast coast in more than a decade, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has created the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund to support affected communities, the victims and their ongoing needs.

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Rutherford County's hungry can't wait
Rutherford County's hungry can't wait

1 in 5 children, 1 in 7 adults struggle with hunger in Middle Tennessee.

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No 'Black Thursday' for Boro shoppers
No 'Black Thursday' for Boro shoppers

Avenue, Stones River Mall to close Thanksgiving Day.

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Helping troubled families get together
Helping troubled families get together

Kymari House provides a supervised place for parents, children to meet.

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Happy Birthday, Boro Art Crawl
Happy Birthday, Boro Art Crawl

The Boro Art Crawl turns one this month. On October 14, the crawl will feature more artists and artwork than ever before in 25 different locations from 6-9 p.m.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Diana Hague tells more than just ghost stories
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Diana Hague tells more than just ghost stories

She also tells the stories that connect us with each other.

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Republican house candidates decline debate
Republican house candidates decline debate

"What are you afraid of?" asks Democratic Party chairwoman.

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Taking cardio training to heart
Taking cardio training to heart

Code One CPR teaches everyone from babysitters to doctors.

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Group files lawsuit to oust jailed sheriff
Group files lawsuit to oust jailed sheriff

A Davidson County judge has been appointed to hear an ouster lawsuit filed against Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, but it is unclear who will represent Arnold in the case.

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice
Pumpkin spice and everything nice

That's what October is made of.

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City construction projects through Oct. 8
City construction projects through Oct. 8
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City's aggressive Fall Leaf Collection set to get underway Oct. 10
City's aggressive Fall Leaf Collection set to get underway Oct. 10

It's time to rake and spruce up the yard ahead of winter. Fall Leaf Collection season is scheduled to get underway Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

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Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial dedicate home to local family
Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial dedicate home to local family

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) and representatives from Thrivent Financial dedicated a brand new Habitat house to the Reese family September 27 as part of the 2016 Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program.

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Need chicken salad? Call the
Need chicken salad? Call the "chick"

Or drop in for a tasty bite at new restaurant location in Gateway District.

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Trump leads Clinton among Tennessee voters, new MTSU poll finds
Trump leads Clinton among Tennessee voters, new MTSU poll finds

But Clinton favored on temperament and expected by more to win election.

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Couple suing doctor who failed to catch her cancer
Couple suing doctor who failed to catch her cancer

A Murfreesboro couple is suing a local physician and the Women's Clinic for $15 million, claiming the doctor's failure to treat a patient properly led to Stage IV breast cancer and probable death.

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Inaugural Lascassas Fall Extravaganza a success
Inaugural Lascassas Fall Extravaganza a success

The Lascassas community came together Saturday afternoon for the Lascassas Fall Extravaganza at Brown's Store, an event rental center. The market festival brought together residents and local businesses in the celebration of the season.

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Providence Christian Academy announces plans for Fall Festival
Providence Christian Academy announces plans for Fall Festival

Providence Christian Academy will host the annual PCA Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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Two nights of focus on historic Murfreesboro Oct. 10-11
Two nights of focus on historic Murfreesboro Oct. 10-11

North Highland Avenue Planning Study, Oct. 10 for key planning concepts review; Historic Bottoms Planning Study, Oct. 11 for preliminary concepts review.

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Citizen's group 'Oust Sheriff Arnold' files suit
Citizen's group 'Oust Sheriff Arnold' files suit

Its actions could complicate Rutherford County Commission's own efforts to oust Arnold.

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Tennessee Legal: Voter registration time in Tennessee
Tennessee Legal: Voter registration time in Tennessee

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." ~John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the United States

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Life's a symphony, and it's alive
Life's a symphony, and it's alive

33-year clarinetist Greg Lawson looks forward to vibrant season.

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Operation Education Pet of the Week: Abracadabra
Operation Education Pet of the Week: Abracadabra

This handsome guy is Abracadabra.

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Sheriff Arnold taken into custody
Sheriff Arnold taken into custody

Indicted Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold was taken into federal custody Wednesday morning after a judge decided he should be jailed for violating bond conditions.

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Linebaugh Public Library System's Food for Fines Week is October 9 - 15
Linebaugh Public Library System's Food for Fines Week is October 9 - 15

Overdue fines keeping you from using the public library? Take care of them with canned goods from your pantry!

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Artist Alli Wilcox opens Alliance Tattoos
Artist Alli Wilcox opens Alliance Tattoos

A decade ago, when her friends were dreaming of getting their drivers' licenses, Alli Wilcox was dreaming of getting her tattoo license.

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9th Annual Foundation & Fashions set for Oct. 13

The 9th Annual Foundation & Fashions will return Thursday, October 13 to Stones River Country Club.

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A sunny season's welcome at Eaglevile Fall Fest
A sunny season's welcome at Eaglevile Fall Fest

"Today was great," said Andrew Ellard, Eagleville's city manager. "People seemed to have a great time. It was a beautiful day -- it was warm, but it was blue skies and we had great music."

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Arnold's bond hearing in recess until tomorrow
Arnold's bond hearing in recess until tomorrow

U.S. Probation and Pretrial now recommends jail time

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Dick Meadow sticks to what he starts
Dick Meadow sticks to what he starts

He's lived 89 years, been wed 67, had the same phone number for 58.

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Snapshots: Adam's Place Art Show
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Rutherford seniors from 5 high schools named National Merit semifinalists
Rutherford seniors from 5 high schools named National Merit semifinalists

Eight students from five high schools in Rutherford County have been named semifinalists for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced this week.

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Operation Education Pet of the Week: Abby
Operation Education Pet of the Week: Abby

Meet Abby, a 1 1/2 year old Pyrenees mix.

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Rutherford Works coordinates field trips for National Skilled Trades Day
Rutherford Works coordinates field trips for National Skilled Trades Day

Students see first-hand what careers in construction look like.

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'Life is why' Rutherford County walks
'Life is why' Rutherford County walks

Hosted by the American Heart Association and St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, the Rutherford County Heart Walk is an inspiring event that raises funds and awareness of the United States' number one and number five killers -- heart disease and stroke.

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City construction projects through Sept. 24
City construction projects through Sept. 24
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Eagleville releases fall fest entertainment schedule
Eagleville releases fall fest entertainment schedule

Eagleville will host its annual day long, downtown street festival September 24, 2016.

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Haslam issues waiver to avoid petroleum supply disruptions in Tennessee
Haslam issues waiver to avoid petroleum supply disruptions in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued Executive Order #56 Friday, waiving federal hours of service requirements for petroleum transporters to prevent any fuel supply disruptions for Tennesseans from the Colonial pipeline leak in Shelby County, Ala.

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City to hold second meeting on revised Food Truck Ordinance Sept. 21
City to hold second meeting on revised Food Truck Ordinance Sept. 21

The Murfreesboro City Council is currently considering adoption of new regulations in the City Code on food trucks operating within the City limits.

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Local first responders remember fallen family on 9/11
Local first responders remember fallen family on 9/11

Local first responders gathered on the Public Square Friday morning with the public to remember their fallen brothers and sisters as well as the many civilians who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the sacrifices of our armed forces.

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Class of '43 recalls 'Rock School' days
Class of '43 recalls 'Rock School' days

Five survive, all in their 90s, for 73rd Smyrna High reunion.

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Council puts hold on apartment rezoning
Council puts hold on apartment rezoning

Two month 'cooling off period' will allow for assessment of impact on government services.

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Future of education, history of La Vergne on display as Roy Waldron Elementary dedicates new addition, renovation to 40-year-old school
Future of education, history of La Vergne on display as Roy Waldron Elementary dedicates new addition, renovation to 40-year-old school

Roy Waldron was in the home-building business for years. He estimates he built in upwards of 1,000 homes in La Vergne, but most people today know him as the namesake of Roy Waldron Elementary School.

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Murfreesboro Soccer Club hires three for key positions

Murfreesboro Soccer Club recently named Tre Arhagba director of goalkeeping, Matt Manning director of recreational soccer and Jason Finley U9-U12 technical director.

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Lawsuit claims county's negligence resulted in child's paralysis
Lawsuit claims county's negligence resulted in child's paralysis

A Rutherford County family is suing the county government claiming negligence in maintaining safe driving conditions on Midland Road where their four children sustained debilitating injuries in a 2015 crash, with one remaining paralyzed.

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Food for thought from stakeholders
Food for thought from stakeholders

Reactions given to proposed food truck ordinance

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'Proud' mother participates in oath
'Proud' mother participates in oath

Kay Eischeid was "kind of in a trance" as her daughter was sworn in as a General Sessions Court judge.

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Hounds around town
Hounds around town

Pet-friendly shopping in Rutherford County.

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Corker tells Rutherford Republicans he'd consider a spot in Trump's Cabinet
Corker tells Rutherford Republicans he'd consider a spot in Trump's Cabinet

Despite reservations about some of Donald Trump's statements and policies, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said he would likely heed a call to serve as secretary of state for the Republican presidential nominee.

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Week's spending approaches $1 million
Week's spending approaches $1 million

Courthouse AC, new road workers, solid waste consultants get nods.

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Healthy choices ripe for the picking at Sprouts Farmers Market
Healthy choices ripe for the picking at Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market promises shoppers affordable, healthy options, like bountiful produce at bargain prices, and a pleasant shopping experience that rivals high-end grocers.

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No more apartments, says commission

The dorm-style apartments already on East Main are "enough."

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TrustPoint grows and Purlingbrook lowers numbers

Hospital to double in size, while PRD reduces density of development.

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Firearm stolen from deputy's patrol car
Firearm stolen from deputy's patrol car

A thief or thieves stole a Rutherford County Sheriff's semi-automatic patrol rifle while secured in an off-duty deputy's marked patrol vehicle over the weekend, the Sheriff's Office reported.

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Mayor McFarland serving on Major League Soccer organizing committee
Mayor McFarland serving on Major League Soccer organizing committee
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'I didn't mean to kill him,' says murder defendant during 911 call
'I didn't mean to kill him,' says murder defendant during 911 call

Murder defendant Reggie Bowling told police he killed a man after a night of drinking when he "disrespected" him and flirted with his girlfriend, according to court testimony.

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End of the trail for Parks & Rec chief
End of the trail for Parks & Rec chief

Farewells said as Lanny Goodwin retires after four decades in field.

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Rutherford County centenarians honored
Rutherford County centenarians honored

For the past five years, Family Staffing Solutions has honored Rutherford County residents age 100 or older with a celebration and induction into the Century Club of Rutherford County.

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'Nice to win it at the ballot box'
'Nice to win it at the ballot box'

Appointed board member Jordan selected by the voters this time.

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Inspired by her late father, Eischeid celebrates judgeship victory
Inspired by her late father, Eischeid celebrates judgeship victory

Weeks of a grueling campaign behind her,Weeks of a grueling campaign behind her, Lisa Eischeid turns emotional - tears welling in her eyes - as she speaks about the impact her late father had on her quest to win a new General Sessions judgeship. turns emotional - tears welling in her eyes - as she speaks about the impact her late father had on her quest to win a new General Sessions judgeship.

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DesJarlais wins against Starrett by 782 votes in Rutherford County
DesJarlais wins against Starrett by 782 votes in Rutherford County

In a Republican primary filled with acrimony, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais pulled out another win, collecting 52.1 percent of the vote in the 4th Congressional District to defeat newcomer Grant Starrett.

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Results roll in from August election
Results roll in from August election

Veteran Murfreesboro attorney Lisa Eischeid captured a new General Sessions IV judgeship, topping Ben Bennett by only 325 votes in a nine-person race for the seat.

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Lawsuit against county, sheriff settled for $137,500
Lawsuit against county, sheriff settled for $137,500

Rutherford County and Sheriff Robert Arnold settled a lawsuit for $137,500 with a former jailer who filed suit in 2014 claiming the sheriff violated her constitutional rights by firing her - even calling her a "cancer" - after she supported another sheriff candidate.

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Early voting turnout low
Early voting turnout low

Anyone who thought contested Republican primaries and an open judge seat would generate great voter interest could be disappointed by early-voting turnout.

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Judicial bar rankings
Judicial bar rankings
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2035 is lookin' mighty fine
2035 is lookin' mighty fine
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Candidates take questions at The Block
Candidates take questions at The Block

With voting set for Thursday, candidates for General Sessions Judge Part IV took a final shot at publicly touting their credentials Monday.

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MTSU graduate wins first place in Pick Tennessee Products competition
MTSU graduate wins first place in Pick Tennessee Products competition

An MTSU alumna can claim that her company's product is the "Pick of Tennessee."

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National Night Out gears up across county
National Night Out gears up across county

National Night Out is an opportunity for residents to meet their neighbors, law enforcement officers, public officials and other community service providers in an informal setting with the goal of increasing communication about crime prevention.

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Franklin Heights to become training center
Franklin Heights to become training center

Council approves asbestos abatement for MFRD to host event at site.

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Who should have the power?
Who should have the power?

Council, MED board jointly discuss control of city-owned utility.

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A. C. Puckett says he's still learning new things
A. C. Puckett says he's still learning new things

He took drum lessons two years ago - and Spanish recently, too.

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Revitalization project to expand and define downtown Smyrna
Revitalization project to expand and define downtown Smyrna

"This is the part we get excited about... this evening we start getting into the vision of what we want to start happening and the tools we can use to get there," said Guenther.

He went on to explain that downtown Smyrna is a depot district in need of expansion.

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Jim 'n' Nick's sponsors Special Kids' camp luncheon
Jim 'n' Nick's sponsors Special Kids' camp luncheon
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Republicans judge potential judges
Republicans judge potential judges

Rutherford County's Republican Party is inserting itself into the General Sessions Judge IV race in an effort to elect a "conservative," even though the election is a nonpartisan affair.

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County mayor accused of neglecting security

Two cameras and a scanner worth $8,650 stolen.

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Congressional candidate Persley: 'This is my time'
Congressional candidate Persley: 'This is my time'

Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Erran Persley says he has a "passion for politics as a positive vehicle for change."

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Gotta catch 'em all
Gotta catch 'em all

Pokemon Go has kids, adults, playing outside.

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Children's Orchard takes root from family's move
Children's Orchard takes root from family's move

Harsh winters, asthma drive new owners of clothing outlet south to the 'Boro.

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Early voting sites
Early voting sites

Early voting sites for Aug. 4 state and federal primaries, Rutherford County general and Murfreesboro municipal elections.

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Highland Avenue study collects public input
Highland Avenue study collects public input

Murfreesboro residents gathered at Patterson Park Community Center for the city's "visioning workshop" to discuss the future of the Highland Corridor.

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Attempt at record-breaking square dance kicked off Uncle Dave Macon Days
Attempt at record-breaking square dance kicked off Uncle Dave Macon Days

Tennessee's state dance is deeply social in nature, and with reportedly 836 people promenading around the historic courthouse, July 7 was a dance party of epic proportions.

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Snapshots: Uncle Dave Macon Days
Snapshots: Uncle Dave Macon Days

The 39th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days has come to a close, but relive the fun with snapshots from the festival.

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Local police dog tracks down missing man
Local police dog tracks down missing man

Bloodhound Georgia used her sense of smell to safely locate a missing 83-year-old Cannon County man clinging to two small trees in a dense hilly area Friday off Doolittle Road, a Rutherford County Sheriff's lieutenant said.

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Questions for the candidates: 34th District
Questions for the candidates: 34th District

Four Republicans and one Democrat are running for the 34th District House seat being vacated by Republican state Rep. Rick Womick of Rockvale.

As early voting approaches July 15-30 and Election Day on Aug. 4 in the state primary, the candidates answered these questions from The Post.

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Carr questions Black fundraiser
Carr questions Black fundraiser

Republican congressional candidate Joe Carr of Rutherford County is questioning a July fundraiser planned for his primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, by Gov. Bill Haslam at the governor's mansion in Nashville.

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Counterfeit Percoset pills have 'deadly consequences,' says TBI
Counterfeit Percoset pills have 'deadly consequences,' says TBI

Overdoses across Middle Tennessee are being attributed to this batch of dangerous drugs.

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Public invited to North Highland Ave. Planning Study Visioning Workshop July 11
Public invited to North Highland Ave. Planning Study Visioning Workshop July 11

Downtown-area property owners, residents, business owners, community leaders, interested stakeholders and the general public are invited to participate in a visioning workshop Monday, July 11 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center, meeting rooms A and B.

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Candidate fundraiser held at home of Election Commission Chairman
Candidate fundraiser held at home of Election Commission Chairman

Rutherford County Election Commission Chairman Ransom Jones contends he holds no conflict of interest from a fundraising party he and his wife held for judicial candidate Ben Bennett at their Lascassas home.

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MTSU Photography Student Show gives big picture to aspiring professionals
MTSU Photography Student Show gives big picture to aspiring professionals

Photos on display at Baldwin Gallery throughout summer.

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 Al Overton named Director of Business for Murfreesboro Soccer Club
Al Overton named Director of Business for Murfreesboro Soccer Club
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Jessica Campos laid to rest
Jessica Campos laid to rest

On June 24 Jessica Miranda Campos was killed in a high speed chase on South Church Street in Murfreesboro.

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Questions for the candidates: General Sessions Judge Part IV
Questions for the candidates: General Sessions Judge Part IV

Early voting starts July 15 for the Rutherford County general election, in which voters will cast ballots on a General Sessions Judge Part IV post designed to alleviate a crowded court docket and expedite justice.

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Backdoor exit a security breach?
Backdoor exit a security breach?

When Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold went out a back door at the federal courthouse the day he was arrested on a 14-count indictment, he may have slid out as the result a security breakdown.

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Reputation management in an online world panel presented by Third Coast Interactive CEO Steven Wyer
Reputation management in an online world panel presented by Third Coast Interactive CEO Steven Wyer

In today's digital world, a company's online presence is equally as important - if not more than - any brick-and-mortar location. Reviews now live online for eternity, and consumers can discover information with the click of a mouse - or more likely, the tap of a mobile screen.

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New law passed concerning unlawful photography of a person for sexual gratification
New law passed concerning unlawful photography of a person for sexual gratification

Legislation to add those who unlawfully photograph a person for sexual gratification to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) Sex Offender Registry was recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam at a ceremony on Capitol Hill.

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When children are charged
When children are charged

How student sex crimes affect school safety.

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Next stop, Historical Commission -- TBR votes to drop Forrest
Next stop, Historical Commission -- TBR votes to drop Forrest

The Tennessee Board of Regents unanimously approved a recommendation Friday to drop Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's name from MTSU's ROTC building.

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MTSU student wins top LaunchTN prize for tasty twist on Asperger's
MTSU student wins top LaunchTN prize for tasty twist on Asperger's

Food-truck pretzel business would provide jobs, social skills to those with autism

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Lack of confidence in sheriff reason for cutting 19 new deputy positions
Lack of confidence in sheriff reason for cutting 19 new deputy positions

With serious qualms and reservations, the county commission's Budget & Finance Committee voted 4-3 Tuesday night to pull the funding for 19 new sheriff's deputies from the proposed 2016-17 budget.

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International dancers wow in annual Folk Festival
International dancers wow in annual Folk Festival

Folk dance troupes from three different countries arrived in Rutherford County last week to perform in the International Folk Festival.

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Blessing of the Bikes petitions Divine Providence for protection
Blessing of the Bikes petitions Divine Providence for protection

The annual Blessing of the Bikes offers anyone on wheels the opportunity to have their trike, wheelchair, scooter, moped or other similar transportation blessed while enjoying a free bike wash and learning bicycle safety from MFRD.

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Clark Maples welcomes new team member
Clark Maples welcomes new team member
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67th Annual Blackman Barbecue
67th Annual Blackman Barbecue

The 67th Annual Blackman Barbecue will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Lane Agri-Park on June 24.

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Hot Topic donates to La Vergne Fire Station
Hot Topic donates to La Vergne Fire Station

Hot Topic Tennessee Distribution Center donated more than $1,500 in electronic equipment to the La Vergne Fire Station 2 located on Waldron Road.

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Sheriff's Office is 'for the birds'
Sheriff's Office is 'for the birds'

Besides protecting humans, a Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy helped rescue a distressed baby falcon Wednesday.

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Legal Aid Society reopens after arson
Legal Aid Society reopens after arson

One year after an unsolved arson wreaked havoc on the Legal Aid Society's Murfreesboro office, the workspace is in even better shape than before.

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July 2016
July 2016
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Local student athletes perform at Harbaugh Camp
Local student athletes perform at Harbaugh Camp

Local student athletes showed up to show off at Michigan Head Coach John Harbaugh's satellite football camp in Murfreesboro.

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Susan Gulley 'seizes the art' in Smyrna

Café, workshop reflect her dedication and creativity.

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70 townhomes off Fortress get nod

Planning commission recommends project to council.

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 Tim Rudd announces candidacy for State Representative, 34th District
Tim Rudd announces candidacy for State Representative, 34th District

Conservative leader and Murfreesboro resident Tim Rudd has announced his candidacy for 34th District state representative. Rudd seeks to replace Rep. Rick Womick, who previously stated that he is not seeking re-election.

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Snapshots: Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Association's 29th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull
Snapshots: Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Association's 29th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull
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FHU names Rutherford County students to President's, Dean's Lists
FHU names Rutherford County students to President's, Dean's Lists

Freed Hardeman University has released the names of students who made the President's or the Dean's List for Spring 2016. Nineteen Rutherford County students were recognized.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days only weeks away
Uncle Dave Macon Days only weeks away
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Goff announces candidacy for State House District 37
Goff announces candidacy for State House District 37

Becky Goff, a teacher for more than 20 years, has announced she is a candidate for State House District 37.

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PCC, Rutherford County 'cannot shield' themselves from lawsuit, says judge
PCC, Rutherford County 'cannot shield' themselves from lawsuit, says judge
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Heating up the dance floor in the 'Boro
Heating up the dance floor in the 'Boro

NDC hosts seventh annual ballroom championships at Embassy Suites.

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'Summer's here, and the time is right...'
'Summer's here, and the time is right...'

Year's first Friday Night Live brings jazz to dance to or simply relax you.

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Councilors nix hotel-motel tax increase
Councilors nix hotel-motel tax increase

Mostly, the Murfreesboro City Council decided to wait to decide what to do Thursday night. First, it decided to postpone discussing a proposed 2.5 percent increase in the city's hotel/motel room tax, at least until August - which means the tax increase will not be part of the 2016-17 budget unless it's added back in later.

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 Freed-Hardeman University awards degrees to Rutherford County graduates
Freed-Hardeman University awards degrees to Rutherford County graduates

Five Rutherford County students were among the approximately 250 graduates who received degrees Saturday, May 14, at Freed-Hardeman University.

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The Outpost Armory announces all NRA shooting range
The Outpost Armory announces all NRA shooting range

The Outpost Armory has announced a 27,000 square foot state-of-the-art firearms range, training facility and retail store expansion.

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United Way to 'Stuff the Bus' with back to school kits for students
United Way to 'Stuff the Bus' with back to school kits for students

Fifth annual drive benefits Cannon County, Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Schools.

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Cutting number of SRO positions proposed
Cutting number of SRO positions proposed

Turning School Resource Officers at Rutherford County grade schools into patrol deputies by assigning SROs to each cover two schools -thereby freeing up about seven deputies - is being considered by the county Budget & Finance Committee

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Bar Association brief backs defendants in PCC case
Bar Association brief backs defendants in PCC case

An American Bar Association legal brief backs the defendants who sued Rutherford County and Providence Community Corrections claiming they were trapped in an unconstitutional probation system for years because they couldn't afford the costs.

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Two night Boro Art Crawl in June
Two night Boro Art Crawl in June

In honor of the Tennessee Arts Commission's annual conference taking place in Murfreesboro this year, the Boro Art Crawl will occur for two nights in June.

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Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner
Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner
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Warning: Zika virus hits Middle Tennessee
Warning: Zika virus hits Middle Tennessee

Rutherford County health officials have reported the first case of Zika in our county. This is the third confirmed cases in Tennessee.

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Candidates in congressional race release conflicting poll results
Candidates in congressional race release conflicting poll results

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is releasing polling numbers showing he has a commanding lead over Republican Grant Starrett, while the challenger has his own poll showing it's too close to call.

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DesJarlais and Starrett lock horns ahead of primary
DesJarlais and Starrett lock horns ahead of primary

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Grant Starrett are trading barbs as the 4th Congressional District Republican primary approaches, the challenger questioning the incumbent's pro-life stance and the congressman labeling his opponent an out-of-touch rich kid.

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Conflict-of-interest law counts commissioners out of voting
Conflict-of-interest law counts commissioners out of voting

Rutherford County officials are trying to figure out a new conflict-of-interest law affecting county commissioners, a measure likely to impact the voting of several who are retired county employees or have spouses who work for the school system.

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Memories fill heart, mind of 100-year-old WW II vet
Memories fill heart, mind of 100-year-old WW II vet

Meeting Eisenhower, liberating a Nazi camp, D-Day and much more.

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Jammin' at Jazz Fest
Jammin' at Jazz Fest
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2016 Smyrna Rotary Scholarship Recipients
2016 Smyrna Rotary Scholarship Recipients
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June 2016
June 2016
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Several Rutherford nonprofits participating in 'The Big Payback'
Several Rutherford nonprofits participating in 'The Big Payback'

The countdown is on for Middle Tennessee's largest online giving day, The Big Payback.

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'Memory care' coming to Adams Place
'Memory care' coming to Adams Place

Planning Commission recommends approval of facility on existing campus.

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Goff to challenge Rep. White in November
Goff to challenge Rep. White in November

Weary of "the train wreck" in Tennessee's General Assembly, Wilson Elementary School teacher Becky Goff says she's running for the state House 37th District seat.

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Cope resigns amid insider trade allegations
Cope resigns amid insider trade allegations

The Nashville Business Journal is reporting Rutherford County Attorney Jim Cope resigned in April as a director of Pinnacle Financial Partners amid alleged insider trading connected with a proposed acquisition of Avenue Financial Holdings.

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Jordan joins Senate race
Jordan joins Senate race

Rutherford County resident Gayle Jordan, a political newcomer, is carrying the Democrats' banner into the race for Senate District 14 this fall.

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'Migration with Dignity' exhibit comes to Heritage Center
'Migration with Dignity' exhibit comes to Heritage Center

MTSU's Global Studies program is encouraging the community to attend a unique multimedia exhibit in Murfreesboro honoring the cultural diversity in the region through stories of migration.

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'Vote anywhere' under new pilot project
'Vote anywhere' under new pilot project

A "vote anywhere" bill touted as super-convenient quietly passed the Tennessee General Assembly this week, allowing Rutherford Countians to choose any polling place in the county to cast their ballots, beginning in 2018.

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Community Care hires new administrator
Community Care hires new administrator

The Community Care Board of Rutherford County has hired Terri Bodkins to oversee the county-operated nursing home after its former administrator resigned in the wake of a $548,500 federal penalty.

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DesJarlais featured speaker at GOP event
DesJarlais featured speaker at GOP event

The Republican Party of Rutherford County is proud to announce Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who represents the 4th Congressional District, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, April 5, at its GOP Luncheon.

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Steel Technologies LLC to expand in Rutherford County
Steel Technologies LLC to expand in Rutherford County

NASHVILLE-- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Steel Technologies LLC officials announced today the company will build a new 83,000 square foot facility in Smyrna. Steel Technologies will invest $18 million to build the Smyrna manufacturing facility, the company's second location in Rutherford County, and create 50 new jobs.

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April's Boro Art Crawl features seasoned and emerging artists
April's Boro Art Crawl features seasoned and emerging artists

The Boro Art Crawl is developing into an opportunity to view the work of established and emerging artists from Rutherford and surrounding counties.

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Countdown to The Big Payback starts now
Countdown to The Big Payback starts now

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee now accepting registrations.

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Banquet celebrates Bradley Academy history
Banquet celebrates Bradley Academy history

Jason McGowan can remember his late grandfather, Willie McGowan, working tirelessly - mornings and nights - on the campaign to restore Bradley Academy, leaving him to wonder "Why?"

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Letter to the Editor: Possum Trot, a place called home
Letter to the Editor: Possum Trot, a place called home

Does Possum Trot exist in Rutherford County? Of course it does. We just had the "Possum Trot Community" sign erected.

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'Mt. Trashmore' casts smelly shadow over community
'Mt. Trashmore' casts smelly shadow over community

'I think the Walter Hill area has had enough,' Pearcy said.

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Organic farmers offered reimbursement for certification costs
Organic farmers offered reimbursement for certification costs

Tennessee farmers who grow organic crops and have become USDA certified can now qualify for a cost share reimbursement for the costs of their certification.

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771 new homes welcome, but not their traffic
771 new homes welcome, but not their traffic

'Antiquated' Blackman, Florence roads need widening, neighbors say

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School board plans to charge rental fees
School board plans to charge rental fees

Policy gets first nod to set uniform rates for use of facilities

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Board fears voucher bill may still pass

'It's nearly that time when legislature suspends rules'

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Crash! went the online testing
Crash! went the online testing

'County schools were prepared, but that didn't help'

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Gammon lawsuit lays it all out
Gammon lawsuit lays it all out

Former Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Virgil Gammon is suing Rutherford County, the sheriff's office and Sheriff Robert Arnold, claiming he was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on illegal activity.

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Parents sue county, sheriff and others over son's injuries
Parents sue county, sheriff and others over son's injuries

Assaulted by his cellmate, Robert Lee Johnson now severely disabled.

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'Boro feels the Bern at the Block
'Boro feels the Bern at the Block

The room was packed Wednesday night at the Block, but the crowd wasn't there for a band. They were there for the "Bernstorm."

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Sheriff speaks after possible drive-by
Sheriff speaks after possible drive-by

"It startled me for my kids' sake and my wife's sake," said Sheriff Robert Arnold at today's press conference.

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MTSU Poll: Tennessee voters feel standard of living falling behind
MTSU Poll: Tennessee voters feel standard of living falling behind

Generally approve of state leaders; disapprove of president, U.S. Congress.

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City breaks ground on Miracle Field
City breaks ground on Miracle Field

The city of Murfreesboro and Project One Four, a David Price Foundation, officially broke ground and launched Miracle Field at SportsCom last week.

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Tenn. voters: More access to birth control, sex ed could help reduce abortions
Tenn. voters: More access to birth control, sex ed could help reduce abortions

State voters also want gun laws left alone, oppose a gas tax increase.

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Lester application denied
Lester application denied

A former Rutherford County elections administrator fired a year and a half ago for "frequent and blatant" abuse of the county's work-hours policy won't be allowed to work at the polls either.

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Voting convenience centers on the horizon
Voting convenience centers on the horizon

Rutherford County officials are pursuing legislation allowing the establishment of voter convenience centers designed to make casting ballots easier, though the plan comes with initial costs and would eliminate nearly 20 precincts.

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Rutherford ribbon cuttings
Rutherford ribbon cuttings
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Uncle Dave Macon Days to put city, county 'on the map'
Uncle Dave Macon Days to put city, county 'on the map'

Last Tuesday morning Uncle Dave Macon Days organizers thought a record breaking square dance on the Square would be Wednesday's big announcement. Late that afternoon, they found out they were wrong.

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MTSU POLL: Trump leads Cruz among Tenn. GOP voters; many still undecided
MTSU POLL: Trump leads Cruz among Tenn. GOP voters; many still undecided
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2015 set the stage for busy 2016
2015 set the stage for busy 2016

Bye, bye, 2015. You were a very good year for Rutherford, according to county and school officials including Mayor Ernest Burgess and Director of Schools Don Odom.

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County officials explore renewable solution to landfill problem
County officials explore renewable solution to landfill problem

Rutherford County is in the early stages of planning for a waste-to-energy facility designed to turn garbage into power or fuel as an option to dispose of trash when Middle Point Landfill runs out of space.

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City celebrates long list of accomplishments in 2015
City celebrates long list of accomplishments in 2015

Murfreesboro's growing infrastructure a visible indicator of vitality.

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Political pendulum predicted to swing left by Rep. Clemmons
Political pendulum predicted to swing left by Rep. Clemmons

'You don't legislate out of fear,' Rep. Clemmons tells RCDP.

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RCYD celebrates the season
RCYD celebrates the season

The Rutherford County Young Democrats hosted their holiday party earlier this month at Cultivate Coworking in Murfreesboro.

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Grand reopening of local GOP headquarters
Grand reopening of local GOP headquarters

More than 100 local Republicans celebrated the grand reopening of the Republican Party of Rutherford County's headquarters.

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New police HQs top 2016 projects list
New police HQs top 2016 projects list

Over five years, city budgets $313 mil in capital spending.

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Drag racing alleged in traffic-jamming crash
Drag racing alleged in traffic-jamming crash

The eastbound lanes of I-24 were completely closed Monday afternoon, so commuters coming back to and through Rutherford County from Nashville could tell this wasn't your ordinary weekday afternoon traffic jam. It wasn't road construction or a stalled vehicle on the shoulder.

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Moratorium requests spark refugee vetting conversation
Moratorium requests spark refugee vetting conversation

'We are called to act with compassion and leadership, not fear and misplaced blame,' says Teatro.

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Fire destroys historic home in Eagleville
Fire destroys historic home in Eagleville

Rutherford County Fire and Rescue assisted Eagleville Fire Department with a two-story house fire in the 900 block of South Main Street in Eagleville, just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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The future of mass transit in Middle Tennessee
The future of mass transit in Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee has limited choices for mass transit: light rail on existing train tracks or a monorail system.

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OPINION: We all have a stake in middle Tennessee's future transportation plans
OPINION: We all have a stake in middle Tennessee's future transportation plans

Between 2010 and 2040, Rutherford County's population is projected to increase by 135 percent from 251,000 to 592,000 residents, second only to Williamson County.

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Half a million in county by 2035
Half a million in county by 2035

City making plans now for booming growth.

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McGannon gavels her final meeting adjourned
McGannon gavels her final meeting adjourned

Retiring city attorney praised for her skill, dedication.

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Attendance rezoning planned for 2016
Attendance rezoning planned for 2016

School board told city's growth makes it inevitable.

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'Remembering Rutherford' highlights local lore

Historian Greg Tucker will bring his "Remembering Rutherford" column on local history to The Murfreesboro Post beginning on Monday, Oct. 19.

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Delegation opposes gas-tax increase

Rutherford County's entire legislative delegation promised to oppose a gas-tax increase despite a backlog of $259 million unfunded road projects here.

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Rutherford County Democratic Women to hold Champion Chili Fall Fundraiser

The Rutherford County Democratic Women will hold their Champion Chili Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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Craig Tindall named new city attorney
Craig Tindall named new city attorney

The City of Murfreesboro announced today that it has hired Craig Tindall of Phoenix to serve as the new city attorney.

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Democrats urge involvement, sincerity at fundraiser
Democrats urge involvement, sincerity at fundraiser

The Rutherford County Democratic Party hosted their biggest fundraiser of the year last week. Former State Rep. Mary Ann Eckles opened her Murfreesboro home for the event, where honored guests State Sen. Jeff Yarbro, State Rep. Mike Stewart and State Rep. Darren Jernigan spoke to the crowd.

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City evaluates final two attorney candidates
City evaluates final two attorney candidates

The City Council is set to interview two candidates for the city attorney post, attorneys from Arizona and McMinnville, one with family connections here, after a nationwide search to fill the position.

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County to pay off Walter Hill fire station
County to pay off Walter Hill fire station

The Walter Hill Volunteer Fire Department became part of the Rutherford County Fire Department this summer, but when it did, the county also became responsible for Walter Hill's debts.

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Win-win: Higher tourist spending means lower taxes
Win-win: Higher tourist spending means lower taxes

Income growth trend saves average home about $252 a year.

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Community Calendar 8.31
Community Calendar 8.31
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Bomb threat at Holloway High School
Bomb threat at Holloway High School

Holloway High School students were evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was received about 11:15 a.m., officials said.

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Four bomb threats reported across region
Four bomb threats reported across region

Holloway High School evacuated, Central Magnet and Homer Pittard Campus School also briefly locked down.

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Rutherford County residents selected for upcoming Leadership Middle Tennessee class

Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) selected 37 leaders from 10 counties' community, nonprofit, academic and business sectors to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.

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Bomb threat at La Vergne High School
Bomb threat at La Vergne High School

Sheriff's school resource officers and La Vergne Police searched La Vergne High School Monday after receiving a bomb threat inside the school.

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Gateway's growing again, thanks to approved plans
Gateway's growing again, thanks to approved plans

Commission OKs 2 banks, assisted-living site and Honda relocation.

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County's state highways 'need $259 mil'
County's state highways 'need $259 mil'

Rutherford County faces a $259 million problem with a lack of funding for highway construction, but the problem isn't with the county budget.

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County settles software dispute for $250k
County settles software dispute for $250k

Child support, bonding checks 'went unissued' due to glitches.

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Ethics attorney hired for advising costs county $5,396
Ethics attorney hired for advising costs county $5,396

A Shelbyville attorney who advised the Rutherford County Ethics Committee in a complaint on Sheriff Robert Arnold is charging the county nearly $5,400 for his work.

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Black Fox bomb threat one of seven in state
Black Fox bomb threat one of seven in state

'Synthesized voice' made some of the calls, raising 'red flag'

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Local centenarians of Rutherford County honored
Local centenarians of Rutherford County honored
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Council endorses Bradley takeover and Miracle Field effort

Industrial rezoning of Joe B. Jackson site approved with covenant

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Woman complaining of noisy neighbors charged with disorderly conduct

An eastern Rutherford County woman is facing a misdemeanor in an unusual neighborly feud.

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'Storytellers' features Murfreesboro City Schools Director Linda Gilbert
'Storytellers' features Murfreesboro City Schools Director Linda Gilbert

Schools within the city of Murfreesboro rank among the best in the nation as recently published in the education research website www.Niche.com.

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital adds five new board members

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital recently announced the addition of five members to its board of directors.

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Three arrested for card fraud
Three arrested for card fraud

Three suspects were charged with credit card fraud after they allegedly possessed fake gift cards and credit cards during a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County.

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New schools are Smyrna-bound
New schools are Smyrna-bound

Board buys Rocky Fork Road site

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Eight county students among ETSU grads
Eight county students among ETSU grads

Congratulations, graduates.

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Local centenarians to be honored
Local centenarians to be honored

Honoring Rutherford County residents who have lived 100 years or more.

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'Stuff the Bus' deadline approaches
'Stuff the Bus' deadline approaches

There is still time to collect school supplies for children in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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Murfreesboro pulls off another impressive Spring Fling
Murfreesboro pulls off another impressive Spring Fling

Murfreesboro and Rutherford County have been gaining on Chattanooga and Hamilton County in population totals for 10 years or so. This past week, during Spring Fling, we passed both and were officially the fourth largest city and county in the state. This will soon be permanent.

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Business seminars slated May 19, 21

A starting your own business/business plan 1 seminar will be held May 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

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19th Main Street JazzFest kicks off fun in the city
19th Main Street JazzFest kicks off fun in the city
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The Center for the Arts presents Bonnie and Clyde
The Center for the Arts presents Bonnie and Clyde

The Center for the Arts presents the musical Bonnie and Clyde May 15-31. Frank Wildhorn's electrifying story of love, adventure and the crimes that captured the attention of the country is fearless in its betrayal of the reckless young lovers.

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City Golf Department appoints new pro to enhance game

The City of Murfreesboro Golf Department has a new man on the links. Jex Wilson was recently appointed as Director of Instruction and Youth Development.

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Rutherford County Democrats name new leadership team
Rutherford County Democrats name new leadership team

Murfreesboro - Fielding strong candidates to participate at all levels of local and state government is a top priority for the newly elected leadership team of the Rutherford County Democratic Party, said the local party's new chair, Bill Campbell.

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Property Assessor Mitchell changes parties
Property Assessor Mitchell changes parties

Rutherford County's sole Democratic elected office holder switched to the Republican Party today, with officials saying he is "coming home."

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Redeemer Classical Academy to host second Coffee at the Academy
Redeemer Classical Academy to host second Coffee at the Academy

Redeemer Classical Academy has scheduled its second Coffee at the Academy for Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. on the campus of the school.

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Main Street JazzFest announces lineup for 2015 festival
Main Street JazzFest announces lineup for 2015 festival

The Main Street JazzFest committee has confirmed artists for this year's festival. Taking place May 1-2 on the Square in Murfreesboro, organizers are planning to follow the success of the previous year with a well-rounded music lineup.

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City planners approve zoning for Sprouts Farmers Market
City planners approve zoning for Sprouts Farmers Market

MURFREESBORO - City Planners recommended rezoning Wednesday night for commercial use that will enable a Sprouts Farmers Market to be constructed as part of a retail development on the Haynes Family farm located along Memorial Boulevard just north of AdamsPlace.

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Womick sponsoring bill to carry gun open or concealed
Womick sponsoring bill to carry gun open or concealed
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Firefighters put out blaze at Silverado Way

MURFREESBORO - Firefighters put out a fire in minutes early this morning when they were called to Silverado Way where smoke was pouring out of the home.

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Murfreesboro firefighters put out two blazes

Murfreesboro firefighters put out a vehicle fire at the South Church Street Pilot store Saturday night, then extinguished a potential blaze on Birch Court Sunday morning.

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City Schools Awarded $40K Farm to School Grant

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is pleased to announce they are one of 82 projects across the United States receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School Program. MCS received a $40,000 planning grant to increase the use of locally farmed food in school lunchrooms and to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers.

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Raise a glass for Jan. 31 city premiere of 'Happy New Year, Mr. Kates!

Celebrate the new year all over again with the official Murfreesboro premiere of a short film created by MTSU students, faculty and alumni.

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City wins National Distinguished Budget Award

The national Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has for the fourth consecutive year awarded the City of Murfreesboro with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

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County to hire one of four construction manager candidates
County to hire one of four construction manager candidates
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Former Cope home entangled in city lawsuit over group rehab use

MURFREESBORO - Two Southeast Broad Street residents are suing the city of Murfreesboro and a rehabilitation company claiming the former home of County Attorney Jim Cope was turned into a treatment facility - in violation of the city's zoning ordinance - and will hurt their neighborhood and property values.

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Shacklett bests Jones in City Council race

Winning a City Council seat for the second time, Bill Shacklett rolled past two contenders Tuesday to claim a vacant post on the seven-member body.

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Sherrell-DesJarlais Congressional race heating up

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Lenda Sherrell are duking it out in an old-fashioned media slugfest during the final days of the 4th Congressional District race.

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Rutherford County spotlighted by ConventionSouth Magazine

Rutherford County has been chosen as one of ConventionSouth magazine's Editors' Picks for the 2015 South's Surprising Recreational Havens for Groups list.

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Early voting for Nov. 4 election opens Wednesday

Early voting opens Wednesday and continues through Oct. 30 for Rutherford County voters participating in the Nov. 4 state, federal and municipal elections.

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Turning to God on the frontier
Turning to God on the frontier

What links one generation to another? Perhaps it is the legacy of faith that links one generation to another.

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Brewsboro returns to The Avenue October 11

The fourth annual Brewsboro Fest has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at The Avenue® Murfreesboro.

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Redeemer Classical Academy's Eric Hein nominated for national award
Redeemer Classical Academy's Eric Hein nominated for national award

Murfreesboro's Eric Hein has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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August home sales rise 8 percent in county

August home sales in Rutherford County jumped 8 percent over last year’s mark, and closings have increased 5.5 percent for 2014, even as prices rose, showing overall improvement in the market’s health.

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Property Assessor's Office to use grant for new vehicles
Property Assessor's Office to use grant for new vehicles

The Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office will use a Clean Energy Grant to buy two Ford C-max hybrid vehicles to boost fuel efficiency and help improve the county’s air quality, Property Assessor Rob Mitchell said today.

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Rutherford County election results
Rutherford County election results

Rutherford County election results

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Property Assessor’s Office to use grant for new vehicles
Property Assessor’s Office to use grant for new vehicles

The Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office will use a Clean Energy Grant to buy two Ford C-max hybrid vehicles to boost fuel efficiency and help improve the county’s air quality, Property Assessor Rob Mitchell said today.

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Inside the race: Q&A with mayoral candidates
Inside the race: Q&A with mayoral candidates
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Murfreesboro Storm capture TYBA state title
Murfreesboro Storm capture TYBA state title
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Kitten on the Keys coming to M’boro Little Theatre

Kitten on the Keys is an evening of storytelling interwoven with the musical stylings of Jonny Gowow. It will be performed at Murfreesboro Little Theatre on August 22-23 at 8 p.m.

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Spry promoted to President/CEO of First National Bank
Spry promoted to President/CEO of First National Bank

Claus Thormaehlen, chairman of the Board for FCB Corporation, announces the promotion of Tim Spry to President / CEO of First National Bank of Manchester, Woodbury and Murfreesboro.

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Murfreesboro Detective receives Crime Stoppers award

Detective Tommy Massey was recently recognized at the Rutherford County Crime Stoppers annual awards ceremony. Detective Massey was selected to represent the Murfreesboro Police Department as the Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year because of his involvement in two cold case homicide investigations.

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TYBA state tourneys begin at Barfield Park
TYBA state tourneys begin at Barfield Park

Some of the best youth baseball teams from the southeast gathered at Barfield Crescent Park for the 2014 TYBA State Tournament starting this past weekend.

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‘Starting your own Business’ seminar July 10

MTSU’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on July 10 from 306 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.

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Haley Road Recycling Center operates under new guidelines

Effective July 4, 2014, The Rutherford County Solid Waste Department will now have new hours of operation at the Haley Road Recycling Center in Murfreesboro.

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Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees

Six outstanding journalists comprising the 2014 second class will be inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame (TJHOF) located at Middle Tennessee State University’s Mass Communication department August 12, 2014. Induction ceremonies will take place during the 60th Annual Conference of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters at Murfreesboro’s Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

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Poll say DesJarlais leads Tracy in 4th Congressional District race
Poll say DesJarlais leads Tracy in 4th Congressional District race

A poll conducted by a group favoring Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ re-election shows he is leading state Sen. Jim Tracy by 2-to-1 in advance of the Aug. 7 Republican primary, according to a press release.

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Hutson, Young trial scheduled for July 30-31
Hutson, Young trial scheduled for July 30-31

Circuit Court Judge David Bragg set trial for July 30-31 in the assault and kidnapping case against a Rutherford County commissioner and two businessmen charged with choking, burning and threatening a partner in a ticket-selling deal that went awry.

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Tennessee Rampage crowned 7-8 county champions
Tennessee Rampage crowned 7-8 county champions

The Rutherford County Recreation Department crowned its youth baseball and softball champions this past weekend at the various sites around the area.

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Barry Buckley of Wilson Bank and Trust receives Rutherford Impact Award
Barry Buckley of Wilson Bank and Trust receives Rutherford Impact Award

Wilson Bank & Trust Regional President Barry Buckley was among the local honorees who received a Rutherford County Impact Award from the Nashville Business Journal recently.

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Property assessor introduces new employee handbook
Property assessor introduces new employee handbook

Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell introduced an employee handbook Thursday night that gives workers in his office the opportunity to have him removed through a grievance process.

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County Commission budget hearing Tuesday

The Rutherford County Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a $480.5 million spending plan for fiscal 2015.

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Patti James Named Executive Director for Leadership Middle Tennessee
Patti James Named Executive Director for Leadership Middle Tennessee

The Leadership Middle Tennessee board of directors announce that Patricia (Patti) James has been selected as the new executive director of the regional leadership program.

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Rutherford County Recreation schedule

The Rutherford County Conservation Board has sponsored a county-wide recreation program for the past 41 years.
The program has served many needs throughout the county and has carried recreation to communities it serves.

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VINSON: Tennessee and the “Alamo”: More to it than Davy Crockett . . .?

One of the more edifying aspects of studying American History is stumbling up on information you had no earthly idea even existed. It can be an academically humbling—though beneficial—experience because it forces you to admit just “how little” you know about the subject at hand.

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Legal Aid Society takes initiative on protecting at-risk veterans

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm, has partnered with Operation Stand Down Nashville and drawn on its Volunteer Lawyer Program to ensure at-risk veterans are receiving the resources they need.

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The Princess Theatre: city’s first picture show
The Princess Theatre: city’s first picture show

Murfreesboro’s cinema was built in 1914

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Congressional candidate Lane says he has ‘moral courage to make any hard choices’
Congressional candidate Lane says he has ‘moral courage to make any hard choices’

Fourth Congressional District candidate Steve Lane is on a mission to save his children and grandchildren from the ever-rising burden of national debt. He takes the same outlook on the nation’s future as he did on overcoming a felony conviction more than a decade ago when he was accused of defrauding a home construction company in Crossville.

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Three named to First National advisory board

Officials of First National Bank Manchester announce the addition of three local businesspersons to its Murfreesboro Advisory Board. New board members are Virginia Howell of Service Insurance Group, Ajay Agnihotri with Agni Group and Scott Walker of WGNS Radio.

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Rutherford County Recreation schedule

The Rutherford County Conservation Board has sponsored a county-wide recreation program for the past 41 years.
The program has served many needs throughout the county and has carried recreation to communities it serves.

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Committee approves County Fire and Rescue budget
Committee approves County Fire and Rescue budget

Rutherford County’s budget committee approved a $1.89 million budget last week for the County Fire and Rescue Department, including funds to pay volunteers who undergo training and certification.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we will be reflecting on past wars and honoring our veterans. We should all be proud to be living in Tennessee, the Volunteer State. During World War II, 315,501 residents of Tennessee served their country and 5,731 lost their lives.

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Rutherford County Government launches new website design

The Rutherford County Government has launched a new website viewable at rutherfordcountytn.gov. Improvements are intended to make the site easier to navigate with better routes to get citizens where they need to go, with lots of new content and with improved mobile device access.

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Gunshot victim by deputy had weapon returned by RCSO in previous dispute

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office returned a weapon to the man who was shot May 6 in a confrontation with a sheriff’s deputy three years after investigating a previous domestic dispute at his West Jefferson Pike home, according to the sheriff’s office.

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TBI releases name of deputy who shot domestic violence suspect

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a shooting involving a Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy who fired on a man who pointed a gun at him Tuesday night.

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Vasquez to speak at Heritage Center May 15

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will host a discussion with Dr. Antonio Vásquez on “Life Along the Fence: A Long View of Guest Worker Programs”.

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Congressman DesJarlais Hosts Congressional Art Competition Reception at MTSU

ongressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) today announced that he will be hosting a reception to recognize the students participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District.

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Burgess defeats Evans for county mayor; Arnold beats Asbury
Burgess defeats Evans for county mayor; Arnold beats Asbury

County Mayor Ernest Burgess soundly defeated challenger Jimmy Evans while Sheriff Robert Arnold rolled past former Deputy Chief Bob Asbury in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

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Main Street's JazzFest wraps up weekend of music
Main Street's JazzFest wraps up weekend of music

Main Street's JazzFest kicked off on the Square in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on  May 2 and ran through May 3.

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Rutherford County 4-H Horse Show May 10

The annual Rutherford County 4-H Horse Show will be held at the Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., in Murfreesboro on May 10 at 9 a.m. The rain date will be May 17.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days announce plans for 2014 event
Uncle Dave Macon Days announce plans for 2014 event

Representatives of Uncle Dave Macon Days have announced the festival’s 2014 Trailblazer and Heritage Award winners.

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Music continues in downtown venues for Jazz After Dark
Music continues in downtown venues for Jazz After Dark

In addition to the outdoor stages piping out jazzy sounds on the Murfreesboro Public Square, some other downtown Murfreesboro venues will join in the fun as part of the Jazz After Dark program.

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MTSU ag students deliver fun-filled Spring Fling for children

More than 750 schoolchildren enjoyed the wow factor Tuesday, April 15, and could’ve cared less that it was tax day for their mom’s and dad’s. They were enjoying a field trip to MTSU’s Tennessee Livestock Center for the first of what organizers anticipate will be many Agricultural Education Spring Flings.

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Part I: White House staffer describes how a Gore Presidency might have altered U.S. history
Part I: White House staffer describes how a Gore Presidency might have altered U.S. history
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LOGUE: Many disguise their racism with pretexts and loopholes

Only days after celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ascension over Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list, Hank Aaron is again the target of racist Neanderthals.

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‘The Rookie’ to speak at annual Steak & Burger
‘The Rookie’ to speak at annual Steak & Burger

 

Jim Morris will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming Rutherford County Boys and Girls Club’s 27th annual Stake & Burger Dinner on May 8.

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Dawbarn seeks re-election for Register of Deeds
Dawbarn seeks re-election for Register of Deeds

 

Heather Dawbarn has officially declared her intention to run for re-election for Rutherford County Register of Deeds on May 6.

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Attorney: County commissioner victim of ‘political tactics’
Attorney: County commissioner victim of ‘political tactics’

 

Rutherford County Commissioner Joe Frank Jernigan fell victim to politics amid allegations he stole his opponent’s campaign signs, according to attorney Greg Tucker.

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Local General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon accused of threatening grocery store clerk
Local General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon accused of threatening grocery store clerk

 

Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon has been accused of threatening a 16-year old. The incident was said to have unfolded at Jr’s Foodland, according to a Murfreesboro Police report filed on Friday.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Nancy Reagan once described Alzheimer's disease as "a truly long, long goodbye." Her words remained with me as I watched my mother, Patsy J. Nichols, struggle with Alzheimer's from her diagnosis in 1999 until her death in 2013.

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Rutherford County Schools mourns the passing of School Board member Helen Blankenship
Rutherford County Schools mourns the passing of School Board member Helen Blankenship

 

Officials with Rutherford County Schools were saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Rutherford County Board of Education member Helen Blankenship.

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Election Coverage: List of candidates running

Here is a quick list of the current candidates running for office in the upcoming elections.

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DesJarlais throws jabs at District 4 opponent Tracy
DesJarlais throws jabs at District 4 opponent Tracy

 

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais accused his Republican primary opponent, state Sen. Jim Tracy, of trying to buy the 4th District congressional seat to “further his own political career” and even compared him to President Barack Obama.

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: Ways you can give back to community

The following organizations offer Murfreesboro residents the opportunity to give back to their community.

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'Echoes from a Cathedral' to feature classical works

On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Middle Tennessee State University Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society will present "Echoes from a Cathedral" at MTSU.

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BURRISS: Reporters need survival skills given political climate

When my fellow professors and I talk to journalism students about job opportunities, we often mention the chance to travel to exotic lands and to experience first-hand events that readers and viewers are only going to see and read about.

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Authors to speak at Linebaugh

Authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse will visit Linebaugh Public Library for a lecture and signing of their newly released book, “All Things Hidden,” on Monday, Feb. 10.

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TBI agent jumps into race for sheriff
TBI agent jumps into race for sheriff

Veteran law enforcement officer Dale Armour announced Tuesday he has decided to enter the race for Rutherford County sheriff as an independent candidate.

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Sheriff's Office employee to run for County Commission

Midland resident Steve Spence, a longtime Rutherford County law enforcement official, is seeking the 8th District seat on the Rutherford County Commission, according to a press release.

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Future business leaders to compete at conference
Future business leaders to compete at conference

Future business leaders will test their mettle against their peers in a competition at Middle Tennessee State University this week.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Purse snatched from college student

An unidentified suspect allegedly snatched a purse from a woman Monday as she was walking in the parking lot of Raider’s Ridge Apartments -- all while a group of men stood by and watched the incident unfold.

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'An Oriental Monsoon' blows into town Thursday
'An Oriental Monsoon' blows into town Thursday

The forecast calls for “An Oriental Monsoon” at Middle Tennessee State University as a powerful, swirling display of light and sound heads for residents.

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Guard names Warrior of the Year recipients
Guard names Warrior of the Year recipients

Two soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment were each recently selected as Warrior of the Year.

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Tracy campaign reaches $1M mark in contributions

Officials from the campaign of Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy raised more than $150,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total amount of contributions to more than $1 million since he announced his intention to run for Congress.

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Haslam proposes 'bold' new education plan
Haslam proposes 'bold' new education plan

Governor gives State of the State address

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Tennessee Valley Winds to take center stage
Tennessee Valley Winds to take center stage

The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform a free concert under the direction of composer Robert Sheldon on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Fifth Third promotes longtime employee
Fifth Third promotes longtime employee

Fifth Third Bank has promoted Ryan Walsh to assistant vice president and retail regional manager, company officials announced Tuesday.

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Police investigating serious crash

Murfreesboro authorities are investigating a serious injury vehicle crash that occurred at about 6 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Heritage Park Drive.

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Dog rescued from vehicle after Franklin Road crash

Firefighters are hoping their efforts will lead to the recovery of a Jack Russell terrier who was critically injured Sunday in a car crash on Franklin Road.

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VINSON: Bloodshed on Senate floor prescursor to Civil War?

Right off, allow me to declare I am not a Civil War historian or expert by any stretch of the imagination.

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FNB Mortgage announces promotions

Two high-producing mortgage loan officers have been promoted to vice president by First National Bank of McMinnville, company President Pieter van Vurren recently announced.

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Puerto Rican nationalist to speak at MTSU

Former Puerto Rican political prisoner Ricardo Jimenez will share his story Monday, Feb. 3, at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Womick appointed to Tenn. State Guard
Womick appointed to Tenn. State Guard

State Rep. Rick Womick was appointed this week to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Tennessee State Guard during an official swearing-in ceremony that took place.

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Haslam appoints task force to focus on education funding

Gov. Bill Haslam has created a task force to study the Basic Education Program, which is the funding formula for elementary, middle and high schools.

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Identities of homicide victims released
Identities of homicide victims released

Police have released the names of two men who were killed Wednesday night in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Old Fort Parkway.

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Accreditation committee approves Motlow interim report

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges recently informed Motlow State Community College of its approval of its Fifth-Year Interim Report.

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BURRISS: People have right to know what data are collected

With all of the news about the National Security Agency tracking our cell phones and emails, it is easy to forget that it is not just the federal government that is collecting information about us.

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LOGUE: Defending Sherman's rant makes no sense
LOGUE: Defending Sherman's rant makes no sense

The rationalizations of Richard Sherman’s behavior by some members of the chattering class are rather interesting.

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HALE: MTSU golf coach steps up for children in need
HALE: MTSU golf coach steps up for children in need

MTSU men’s golf coach Whit Turnbow is good people.

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MyTV30 introduces 'High School Hoops' to area
MyTV30 introduces 'High School Hoops' to area

Two Rutherford County high school rivals faced off on the hardwood last week when Oakland and Blackman met in another key District 7-AAA game.

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Obama to visit Nashville
Obama to visit Nashville

President to speak at Antioch high school

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CRIME BRIEFS: Tools stolen from Meadow Green residence

Nearly $500 worth of tools and lawn equipment was reportedly stolen early Monday from a shed behind a Sherrill Boulevard residence in the Meadow Green subdivision.

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Bringing communities together through recreation

Four decades ago, Rutherford County was going through several changes within the area.

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ExpressJet hires MTSU flight instructors
ExpressJet hires MTSU flight instructors

An agreement between the Middle Tennessee State University aerospace department and ExpressJet Airlines recently paid dividends when six university flight instructors were hired after all completed the same-day interview process.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating double homicide
BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating double homicide

Men found dead in Wal-Mart parking lot

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Mayercik resigns from Sheriff's Office

Detective Ralph Mayercik, who is a running against Sheriff Robert Arnold, has resigned from his job at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office amid an internal inquiry.

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Obama: Early education vital for children
Obama: Early education vital for children

President pushes for expanding programs during Nashville speech

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District attorneys launch initiative to increase school safety
District attorneys launch initiative to increase school safety

District Attorney General Bill Whitesell is working with law enforcement officers, school principals and guidance counselors to combat school violence by identifying warning signs among teens, as part of a new initiative that is being launched statewide.

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New middle school champs to be crowned Thursday

The Middle School Basketball Tournament got underway at Blackman Middle on Saturday with six games, three of which were won by the lower seeded teams.

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Baldwin Gallery reopens to rave reviews

MTSU community enjoys new photography exhibit

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Financial adviser seeking City Council seat
Financial adviser seeking City Council seat

Rick LaLance announced Thursday he has decided to run for a Murfreesboro City Council seat.

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McDonald's restaurants raise funds for Ronald McDonald House repairs

McDonald’s restaurants in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky raised more than $76,000 on Monday for the Nashville Ronald McDonald House by donating all proceeds from 79-cent cheeseburger sales, company

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MTEMC offers tips to curb energy use

With the midstate facing bitterly cold temperatures, MTEMC officials reminding members to take precautions to keep their homes warm while minimizing the impact on their electric bills.

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HALE: Rowe to leave an unbelievable legacy
HALE: Rowe to leave an unbelievable legacy

Although women’s basketball has continued to grow the past decade, it hasn’t always been the most popular sport in terms of being followed by men.

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INSIDE MTSU: Student groups help forge connections
INSIDE MTSU: Student groups help forge connections

After listening to Middle Tennessee State University student Verinique Bailey, of La Vergne, share the story of why and how she started the “I Am Me” organization on campus, even I was ready to join.

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United Way names new board officers

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced its 2014 board officers and members.

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Moving company expanding to Murfreesboro
Moving company expanding to Murfreesboro

Nick Roerig and Gordon Shaffer, the owners of the Two Men And A Truck franchise are opening a new office in Murfreesboro, according to a recent announcement.

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Tankards wrap up 1st season of reality show

Murfreesboro family stars in hit series

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WOODY: What is real reason for freezing temperatures?
WOODY: What is real reason for freezing temperatures?

Outside the cave an icy wind howled and snow and sleet swirled, but inside it was nice and toasty as Org hunkered by his campfire roasting a mammoth haunch and watching the sports channel.

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VINSON: Parking lot would have been smarter choice

Unless you’re wandering around lost in the parking lot, you should be familiar with, at least, the rudiments of the scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Questions remain regarding new gun law

The so-called “guns in trunks” or “guns in parking lots” law that was passed in 2013 by the Tennessee General Assembly took effect last summer, but much uncertainty remains about how it will affect employees.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Police seek help identifying theft suspects

Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying two men wanted in connection with a felony theft at Wal-Mart.

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Part II: Night people keep communities safe
Part II: Night people keep communities safe

Public safety personnel crucial as region grows

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New dental institute opening soon

The Tennessee Professional Training Institute grand opening will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, company officials recently announced.

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Moxie Art Supply offers hometown service

The city may be rapidly growing, but when it comes to businesses there are many that are still owned by individuals from right here in town.

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Fire causes $25K in damages to barn
Fire causes $25K in damages to barn

A heater and a heat lamp too close to objects apparently caused a storage barn to ignite, resulting in about $25,000 in damages Wednesday morning in Christiana, said Rutherford County Fire Rescue Chief Larry Farley.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Broad Street intersection work begins

Crews have started preliminary construction work for the new bridge overpass at the Memorial Boulevard and Northwest Broad Street intersection.

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Goolesby named Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year

Oakland High School senior Brooklyn Goolesby addressed her peers and an attentive crowd at the annul Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County Youth of the Year luncheon on Saturday.

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County students compete in state bowling tourney

The top bowlers in the state came to the Smyrna Bowling Center on Thursday and Friday for the 2014 TSSAA State Bowling Championship.

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The story of the circuit rider

From the beginning, religion has been an important ingredient in the lives of the people of Rutherford County.

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Kennedy vying to be next sheriff

Bill Kennedy, a former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office employee, recently announced his candidacy for sheriff.

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Pedestrian killed near MTSU campus
Pedestrian killed near MTSU campus

Police investigating fatal crash

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Blackman-Oakland boys basketball game to be televised live

The Blackman-Oakland boys basketball game slated for Friday, Jan. 24, at Blackman will be televised live on MyTV30 at 8 p.m. as part of its High School Hoops broadcasts.

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Overall crime rate drops
Overall crime rate drops

The overall crime rate in Murfreesboro continued to improve in 2013, falling by a solid 2 percent due to a reduction in violent offenses, according to new data released by city officials.

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Neighborhood Watch brings communities together

Residents partner to combat crime

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BURRISS: Is net neutrality worth it?
BURRISS: Is net neutrality worth it?

Service providers have expended great sums of money on Internet infrastructure, so should they not be allowed to set whatever rates they want, with more favorable rates going to the largest users?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Public Notice Week gives citizens reasons to celebrate

Starting Tuesday, April 1, Tennessee newspapers that print public notices will also post them on the newspaper’s local website and upload them to a statewide website, www.tnpublicnotice.com, operated by the Tennessee Press Association.

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Body builders to battle bull riders
Body builders to battle bull riders

What chance do a bunch of cowboys have against a group of mixed martial arts fighters and body builders?

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Rheumatologist joins MMC
Rheumatologist joins MMC

Dr. Marcus A. Owen has joined the rheumatology department at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, company officials announced Tuesday.

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Fifth Third Bank names new county executive

Bob Gerard has been named the new Rutherford County executive for the Tennessee affiliate of Fifth Third Bank, company officials announced Friday.

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Bed, Bath and Beyond relocates to The Avenue
Bed, Bath and Beyond relocates to The Avenue

Bed, Bath and Beyond has relocated to The Avenue Murfreesboro from its longtime location in The Oaks shopping center off North Thompson Lane.

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Exotic study abroad experience awaits students

The lush island nation often called “the crossroads of the Pacific” is the destination for a new faculty-led Middle Tennessee State University study abroad excursion.

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Central Magnet hosting annual trivia bowl

Central Magnet School will play host to the third annual Super Trivia Bowl and auction on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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Privately purchased hydrant comes to rescue
Privately purchased hydrant comes to rescue

A fire hydrant purchased by neighbors helped firefighters with the Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department combat a blaze inside a detached garage Wednesday on Orchard Park Drive, said Fire Chief Larry Farley.

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Realtors offering scholarships

The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors has begun its annual scholarship awards process for fall 2014.

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Read to Succeed to hold volunteer training class
Read to Succeed to hold volunteer training class

Read To Succeed will be hosting a volunteer training on Tuesday, Jan. 28, for residents interested in helping with literacy programs and special events throughout the coming months.

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Fifth Third Bank names new sales managers

Fifth Third Bank recently announced the promotion of two affiliate leaders to the roles of area sales managers for the Tennessee mortgage division.

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Arnold to run for re-election
Arnold to run for re-election

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has announced he will seek re-election during the Republican Party primary slated for May.

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Amazon looking to fill 500 positions

Amazon.com Inc. is actively hiring for more than 500 full-time positions with benefits starting at its fulfillment center in Murfreesboro, company officials recently announced.

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Search continues for University Ridge shooting suspect

Law enforcement officials are still trying to determine the identity of the male suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that left two men injured Saturday at University Ridge Apartments.

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: Upcoming events focus on children

From now until Saturday, Jan. 25, be sure to visit Publix in support of the Special Olympics.

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City Council adopts new fire codes

The Murfreesboro City Council recently adopted a new building and fire codes to insure the continued health and safety of residents.

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MTSU promotes nonviolence with True Blue

Students drawn to banners in support of university campaign

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Out Front On Main to present musical

Out Front On Main Inc. will present “Evil Dead: The Musical” beginning Thursday, Jan. 23.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Police investigating rape allegation

Detectives are continuing their investigation into whether a Florida woman was raped while attending a New Year’s Eve party in the 1300 block of North Rutherford Boulevard.

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Oakland student overcomes odds to reach bowling tournament
Oakland student overcomes odds to reach bowling tournament

Bowling is a family affair for the Shattucks, and Oakland High senior standout Jackie Shattuck recently qualified for this week’s 2014 TSSAA Girls State Bowling Tournament at the Smyrna Bowling Center.

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Sherrill Pest Control receives national recognition
Sherrill Pest Control receives national recognition

Sherrill Pest Control has been recognized by Pest Control Technology, a national trade publication for the industry.

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Farmers starting to mix up cover crop cocktails

Industry looks to benefits of latest trend

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New exhibit opens Tuesday at Todd Art Gallery
New exhibit opens Tuesday at Todd Art Gallery

Todd Art Gallery is kicking off the spring 2014 semester Tuesday, Jan. 21, with a fresh new exhibit entitled “Shoebox: An International Sculpture Exhibition” and an awards reception for the participating international artists.

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Jordan will not seek re-election

Jeff Jordan announced Thursday that he will not seek a third term on the Rutherford County Commission.

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INSIDE MTSU: Students get peek at Science Building
INSIDE MTSU: Students get peek at Science Building

A year from now, Middle Tennessee State University will enter its next era in the world of science, all because of a new building.

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Murfreesboro Basketball League tips off 2014 season
Murfreesboro Basketball League tips off 2014 season

The Murfreesboro Basketball League tipped off its 2014 season last weekend.

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INSIDE SPORTS: Wild ride lies ahead in girls 7-AAA race

The games are coming faster and faster as area teams get ready for the district tournament at Siegel High School.

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Charges against Murfreesboro accountant dismissed
Charges against Murfreesboro accountant dismissed

All charges against a retired accountant accused of mismanaging nearly $1 million in retirement funds have been dismissed following the death of the alleged victim in the case.

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Heroes Luncheon to honor Womack for service
Heroes Luncheon to honor Womack for service

The Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its second annual Heroes Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 19, officials recently announced.

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Melton vying for another term
Melton vying for another term

Gerald L. Melton has announced that he has decided to seek re-election as a public defender for the 16th Judicial District of Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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Residents displaced by early morning fire

An early morning fire displaced three residents Saturday from their apartment in Northfield Commons, located at 2325 Willowbrook Drive.

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Retirement seminar for educators set for Thursday

The Rutherford County Retired Teachers Association is hosting a pre-retirment seminar for educators on Thursday, Jan. 23, at North Boulevard Church of Christ.

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Oakland’s King going into TSSAA Hall of Fame
Oakland’s King going into TSSAA Hall of Fame
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Smyrna police identify victim in murder-suicide

Authorities have identified the victim murdered Thursday by a man who allegedly killed himself moments after shooting her to death inside a Village Lake Drive residence.

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Smith announces bid to retain school board seat

Collier Smith announced Tuesday that she is seeking to retain her seat on the Murfreesboro City Schools Board of Education in the April elections.

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Young seeking re-election to City Council
Young seeking re-election to City Council

Small-business owner Doug Young announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the Murfreesboro City Council.

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Probe into car burglaries continues

Authorities are continuing their investigation into a recent string of car burglaries in the Spring Lake subdivision, located off Florence Road near the Blackman community.

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LOGUE: Canada's prostitution stance worth examining
LOGUE: Canada's prostitution stance worth examining

The world’s oldest profession just might be in for some new legal wrangling.

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Tri-Star Title owner wins leadership award
Tri-Star Title owner wins leadership award

Leadership Rutherford has named the owner of Tri-Star Title and Escrow LLC as the 2013 recipient of the Pinnacle Award.

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General worried helicopter units might fly away

Choppers could be cut from Army's inventory

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State archivists in search of Civil War memorabilia

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, as well as the Tennessee State Museum, will be in Woodbury on Friday, Jan. 24, to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents.

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New MTSU Student Services building opening in March
New MTSU Student Services building opening in March

With spring semester classes ready to begin Thursday, Jan. 16, the opening of the Student Services and Admissions Building in March is going to be a welcome addition to the MTSU campus, officials said.

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Oakland dance team takes home top honors

The Oakland High School dance team won several awards Saturday at the Ameri-Dance Music City Championship in Nashville.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Vehicle testing closed Monday

Vehicle emissions testing centers in Rutherford County will close Monday, Jan. 20, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Many rural Americans left in dust following Medicaid expansion

A new analysis finds that especially in rural states, there are many who still cannot access affordable insurance.

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MTSU alumnus brings cooking skills to 'The Taste'

Known for his tasty celebrity cake creations, Jay Qualls is bringing his culinary know-how to reality TV as one of 16 competitors on the cooking contest “The Taste,” which recently launched its second season on ABC.

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Borovino coming to Murfreesboro

The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center will host the Third Annual Borovino wine tasting event on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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Fire damages home on Old Woodbury Highway
Fire damages home on Old Woodbury Highway

Fire caused heavy damage to a mobile home about 4:15 p.m. Monday on Old Woodbury Highway.

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MMC leader named Business Person of the Year
MMC leader named Business Person of the Year

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named Joey Peay, chief executive officer of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, as the 2013 Business Person of the Year, officials announced Friday.

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Perfect Equipment updates company name

Perfect Equipment Inc. in Murfreesboro, a leading wheel balance weight company in North America, has updated its operating name to Wegmann automotive USA Inc.

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New photography exhibit on display at Center for the Arts

Four women from differing backgrounds but with a common passion for photography are displaying their creative work at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts gallery through Thursday, January 30.

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McFadden Community Center closed for renovations

The McFadden Community Center will be closed until mid-May while it undergoes major renovations, officials with the city of Murfreesboro announced Monday.

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Churches put faith to work for MTSU students in need
Churches put faith to work for MTSU students in need

Churches from across Murfreesboro gathered Sunday to help MTSU students stay on the path to getting their degrees.

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Journey to literacy begins with volunteers
Journey to literacy begins with volunteers

JoJo’s goal was pretty simple: He just wanted to be able to read simple books.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Frank's bits might not be best gift after all

While gathering birthday gifts for my daughter, Anne, this week, I found a hidden treasure in the basement that I planned to send.

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Residents escape injury from stray bullets

Four people escaped injury when several men who were target shooting allegedly fired rounds toward them Wednesday near Christiana, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Washington to run for Murfreesboro mayor
Washington to run for Murfreesboro mayor

Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington has officially announced plans to seek the city’s highest elected office.

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Sheriff's Office sponsoring Project Reality Check program

Youths experiencing discipline issues with parents or trouble at school might consider getting a free reality check beginning in February at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Lady Warrior greats to be remembered

A few years ago, Riverdale High School formed a Girls Basketball Hall of Fame that inducts new members every two years.

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History of Smyrna slave revealed

Story of 'Uncle' Charlie told in new Sam Davis Home exhibit

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Learning to wait on God
Learning to wait on God

New Beginnings Conference to focus on patience

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Civil Rights Week begins Monday
Civil Rights Week begins Monday

The Murfreesboro chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host the second annual Civil Rights Week through Monday, Jan. 20.

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Library reading program begins this month

The Linebaugh Public Library will hold its annual Adult Winter Reading Program beginning Monday, Jan. 27.

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WOODY: Remote works wonders if you want to duck ‘Dynasty’
WOODY: Remote works wonders if you want to duck ‘Dynasty’

As I followed the recent “Duck Dynasty” uproar, it occurred to me how simple it would be to duck it – and other similar squabbles: If you don’t like something or someone on television, turn the channel.

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Churches joining together to help MTSU students

Churches from across the area will join together Sunday, Jan. 12, for a program to celebrate unity among congregations and help MTSU students in need of emergency financial assistance.

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MTSU campus tours resume Monday
MTSU campus tours resume Monday

Daily campus tours led by the Middle Tennessee State University Office of Admissions are about to resume for the spring semester.

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Businessman announces bid for county seat

Local businessman Rusty Dallas has announced his candidacy in the Republican Party primary for Rutherford County Register of Deeds Office.

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MTSU alumnus wants others to get a Gulley Grip

Former Blue Raider invents innovative workout

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Carr sees surge in campaign contributions
Carr sees surge in campaign contributions

During the fourth quarter of 2013, state Rep. Joe Carr raised more than $250,000 in campaign contributions for his primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Flu activity increasing across state

With flu activity on the rise across the state, doctors are urging residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated.

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Relief from cold snap arrives
Relief from cold snap arrives

Temperatures on the rise following arctic blast

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BURRISS: Take control of your online choices

With the beginning of the new year, it is time for all those new year's resolutions, those promises we are going to make to try to make our lives better.

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Graduate rises above adversity with music
Graduate rises above adversity with music

MTSU alumnus looks to recording industry for future

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Chamber names Hood Business Legend of Year

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named John Hood as the 2013 Business Legend of the Year.

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Construction supply store catches fire
Construction supply store catches fire

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department responded to a structure fire at Associated Masonry Products, located at 1311 W. College St., just before 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Islamic Center cemetery proposal approved

The Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday a request for a cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, following more discussion of the issue.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Palmer Drive man accused of selling pot
CRIME BRIEFS: Palmer Drive man accused of selling pot

A 54-year-old man is facing multiple charges after being arrested Sunday on suspicion of selling marijuana out of his Palmer Drive house.

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Lawyer jumps into district attorney race

Attorney Chuck Ward announced Tuesday he has decided to run for the Republican Party nomination in the district attorney race.

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Groundhog Day Luncheon set for Feb. 4

The 39th annual Groundhog Day Luncheon is set for Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.

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Tangerine wins national philanthropy award

Tangerine Salon and Spa has been named for the second year in a row as one of the Top 200 salons in the nation.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Northfield gym teacher receives award

A Murfreesboro City Schools teacher has been recognized for her work with the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year award, officials recently announced.

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Heritage Center to host lecture on Jackson

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will hold a community lecture about President Andrew Jackson on Thursdsay, Jan. 16.

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Bour Charity Classic golf tournament set for May

Officials with the Bour Charity Classic have announced the inaugural Bour Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, May 20, at Indian Hills Golf Course.

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Cornerstone offering $25K scholarship

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union recently announced that it is accepting applications for its fourth annual $25,000 scholarship fund, supporting college-bound students in Middle Tennessee.

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Realtor receives award for ethics
Realtor receives award for ethics

The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors has awarded John Turner of Bob Parks Realty, Northfield, the 2013 Rutherford County Code of Ethics Award of Excellence.

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Firefighter injured battling Greenland Drive blaze
Firefighter injured battling Greenland Drive blaze

Fire destroys vacant Murfreesboro house

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Murfreesboro City Schools open Wednesday

Murfreesboro City Schools will be open Wednesday, Jan. 8, on time.

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Firefighters battle blaze on Baird Lane
Firefighters battle blaze on Baird Lane

Firefighters spent more than an hour Tuesday battling a fire that broke out at house on South Baird Lane.

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Extension of unemployment benefits clears Senate hurdle

A glimmer of hope appeared Tuesday for those still unemployed, as legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits cleared a key hurdle in the U.S. Senate.

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Parents invited to special education rights seminar

The Support and Training for Exceptional Parents organization is holding a free workshop in Spanish for parents of special needs students Monday, Jan. 14, at Mitchell-Neilson School.

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Juveniles arrested in connection with fires
Juveniles arrested in connection with fires

Two juvenile girls have been arrested in connection with several fires that were allegedly set on purpose in the area of Agri Park Drive on Christmas Day.

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Schools to remain closed Tuesday

All Rutherford County and Murfreesboro schools will stay closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, due to the extremely cold weather that has swept across Tennessee.

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Demos joins McFarland campaign

The marketing director for the Demos Family Restaurants has been named the new campaign manager for Murfreesboro mayoral candidate Shane McFarland.

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INSIDE SPORTS: Plenty of must-see district play set for January

Assuming no weather delays, here are the District 7-AAA high school basketball games you simply cannot afford to miss in January.

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Comedian learning the ropes while poking fun at himself
Comedian learning the ropes while poking fun at himself

People would be hard-pressed to find a comedian who was named after his mother's lesbian lover.

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Local entrepreneur keeps pushing Alley Cat Tea

Stephen Ashburn, of Murfreesboro, said he sometimes feels as if he is like David taking on Goliath. He has the faith and believes his mission has merit, but knowing where to place his best shot is a little daunting.

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Tippin family soars with Murfreesboro Aviation help
Tippin family soars with Murfreesboro Aviation help

Most kids dream about getting their driver’s license when they turn 16, but the son of country star Aaron Tippin, who is trained pilot, had loftier pursuits.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Christmas tree recycling now available
NEWS BRIEFS: Christmas tree recycling now available

The Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department is accepting live Christmas trees and greenery at its public works facility at 4765 Florence Road.

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Police officer vying for county seat

A veteran police officer announced Friday that he has decided to run for the District 17 seat on the Rutherford County Commission during the upcoming elections slated for later this year.

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HUNTER: Youth sports continue to soar across county

Now is the perfect time to take a look back at some of the great youth sports moments from last year.

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Year in review: MTSU celebrates quest for success
Year in review: MTSU celebrates quest for success

University marks 2013 accomplishments

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Former MTSU professor to hold book signing

The Linebaugh Public Library will be hosting local author Reuben Kyle on Monday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

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United Way collecting baby items

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties will host its inaugural Community Baby Shower in January 2014 to benefit at-risk families in the area.

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BURRISS: Some believe media portray what Americans believe

One of the catchphrases we hear a lot these days is something called “cultural imperialism.”

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Let there be light
Let there be light

A look back at electricity in Rutherford County

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Funds being raised for kid battling cancer
Funds being raised for kid battling cancer

Karate school selling shirts for local student

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Student artwork competition coming to City Hall

The Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committee will sponsor the inaugural Peace and Justice Art Competition showcasing artwork by local students beginning in January 2014.

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INSIDE SPORTS: Siegel boys look to be best in District 7-AAA

Last week, we looked at pre-2014 girls basketball in 7-AAA. This week, let’s look at the boys.

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MTSU administrator offers sage advice
MTSU administrator offers sage advice

Local woman publishes 'Mama Said' book

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Retired officer donates pet rescue kits to firefighters

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department has received a donation to assist crews with the rescue of pets.

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Report: Red Cross responded to 932 disasters in 2013

In a year that had deadly tornadoes, fierce wildfires and destructive floods in many states, Tennessee responded to 932 disasters in the region in 2013.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Delivery driver robbed

An unidentified suspect allegedly attacked and robbed a Murfreesboro deliveryman Sunday on Wenlon Drive near Burnwood Trailer Park.

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Expert: Adolescent foster kids often forgotten

It is a Christmas wish that hundreds of children get every year, but for thousands more in the foster care system, especially those who are older, the wait for a forever family continues.

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A look back at 2013
A look back at 2013

Top 10 stories of the year

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MTSU College of Mass Communication ranked in Top 20
MTSU College of Mass Communication ranked in Top 20

The Middle Tennessee State University College of Mass Communication is gaining national attention, ranking among the Top 20 programs in the U.S.

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Popularity of vaping continues to grow

As more and more people try to quit smoking, the electronic cigarette industry continues to gain ground, including here in Rutherford County.

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Hughes served community well
Hughes served community well

When I think of Oakland High School football, I immediately think of Ray Hughes.

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Shrek to take center stage
Shrek to take center stage

The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts will stage the popular “Shrek the Musical” beginning Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

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LETTER: Thank you for showing compassion

I have met more people willing to be so compassionate even when they don’t even know me.

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Children of inmates get special Christmas treat
Children of inmates get special Christmas treat

Bishop Allen P. Powell said he appreciated the Christmas presents his grandson, Jalyn, received Saturday at Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Gift cards stolen from Wal-Mart

A woman is facing two counts of theft charges after she allegedly participated in a gift card scheme to defraud Wal-Mart.

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Tenn. receives grant to boost degree completions

Tennessee has been named one of only three states selected to receive a grant valued at $1 million to increase on-time college completion rates

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Fund set up to send MTSU graduate home
Fund set up to send MTSU graduate home

An account has been established at SunTrust Bank to help defray funeral expenses for an MTSU graduate killed in a traffic crash.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Cason Lane assistant principal named

Christa Campbell has been named assistant principal at Cason Lane Academy, Director of Schools Linda Gilbert and Principal Lee Wilkerson announced the appointment last week.

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INSIDE MTSU: College Goal to help prospective students

All sorts of FAFSA-related questions can be answered Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at MTSU.

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Murfreesboro department racks up awards
Murfreesboro department racks up awards

The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department staff and volunteers recently received a total of 21 awards at the 2013 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference held in Chattanooga.

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Fires break out within same hour

Firefighters were busy Monday morning with two fires that occurred with an hour of each other, leaving one family displaced only days before Christmas.

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Counselor bidding for County Commission seat
Counselor bidding for County Commission seat

A local attention deficient disorder life coach and counselor recently announced that he is running for the Republican Party nomination in the 9th District Rutherford County Commission primary slated for May 2014.

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Former NFL cheerleader arrested again
Former NFL cheerleader arrested again

The former Tennessee Titans cheerleader who is on probation for allegedly fondling a 12-year-old boy has been arrested after failing a drug test.

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Lady Raider recognized for giving back
Lady Raider recognized for giving back

Johnson nominated for Allstate Good Works Team

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Bags collected for foster kids

This Christmas, the message of giving was fulfilled by many Rutherford County residents who brought new and used totes and suitcases to Storage Plus in Murfreesboro for more than 600 local foster children.

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United Way adds to staff

Michelle Russell has joined the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties staff in the role of relationship manager, according to a press release.

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Target data breach could bring more problems

The massive data breach at Target Stores that exposed debit and credit information for millions of shoppers is leading to even more dangers ahead, according to experts.

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Real estate agent joins Wilson campaign

Longtime real estate agent John Jones recently signed on as the campaign manager for attorney Howard Wilson.

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Deputy receives statewide award
Deputy receives statewide award

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy A.J. Ross earned honors as Deputy of the Year from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office last week.

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LETTER: Country headed down dangerous path

Trading constitutionally backed freedoms for security is a dangerous path.

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BURRISS: Private companies share blame too
BURRISS: Private companies share blame too

Two things seem to have gotten people really stirred up about privacy lately: the revelations that the National Security Agency has a massive program of data mining and the fact that so many companies are collecting an inordinate amount of it about each of us.

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Fellowship draws diners to Parsley's Store
Fellowship draws diners to Parsley's Store

More than food brings customers to rural eatery

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From the dugout to the pulpit
From the dugout to the pulpit

Former baseball star spreads gospel at New Vision

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Extended unemployment benefits to end

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans currently receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end.

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La Vergne purchases fire department
La Vergne purchases fire department

La Vergne city officials approved spending $4 million Tuesday to purchase the privately owned and contracted La Vergne Fire Department Inc.

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Vehicle testing station holiday schedule announced

Vehicle emissions testing centers in Middle Tennessee will operate during special hours for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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Scales Elementary assistant principal named
Scales Elementary assistant principal named

Officials announced Tuesday a teacher from Cason Lane Academy has been picked to serve as assistant principal at Scales Elementary School.

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Applications being accepted for citizens academy

The city is accepting applications on a first-come, first-serve basis for the Murfreesboro Citizens Academy, which will begins in February 2014.

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Investigation into homicide continues
Investigation into homicide continues

Motive still unknown in fatal shooting

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First Tennessee to open office in Charleston

The mid-Atlantic division of First Tennessee Bank announced Monday it will soon open its first office in the Charleston, S.C., area.

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County first responders offering bikes to kids

This week, the personnel from the Rutherford County Fire Department and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service, along with Mapco Stores, will be donating 50 bicycles to area children.

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Hippie Hill gains county approval
Hippie Hill gains county approval

The owner of Hippie Hill will be allowed to continue offering homeless people a place to seek shelter and receive food as part of a special exception granted by the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Gas prices continue on slow descent

Pump prices moved slightly lower last week on falling demand numbers

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Graduates encouraged to get involved in community
Graduates encouraged to get involved in community

Launching careers and juggling new responsibilities will be a wonderful challenge, Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed told new Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday, but carving out time for community service is critical too.

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Input sought on citywide comprehensive plan

The city of Murfreesboro has released a request for proposals for qualified consultants to prepare a citywide comprehensive plan.

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Mosque opponents denied court intervention
Mosque opponents denied court intervention

Foes fail to stop Islamic cemetery request

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Peach bidding for Rutherford County judgeship
Peach bidding for Rutherford County judgeship

Jeffrey L. Peach has announced he will seek the Republican Party nomination on the May 2014 ballot for a Rutherford County Circuit Court judgeship.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Man wanted in connection with stolen checks case
CRIME BRIEFS: Man wanted in connection with stolen checks case

Detectives are looking for a North Carolina man who allegedly cashed two stolen checks valued at $9,000 from Rutherford County residents.

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Senior center director to retire

Linda Burt, the director of the Saint Clair Street Senior Center, recently announced that she plans to retire, effective Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

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Psychologist relocates practice to Murfreesboro
Psychologist relocates practice to Murfreesboro

Dr. David Mathis has relocated his psychology practice to Murfreesboro, following many years of serving the Tullahoma area.

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BMX racing is family affair for Hofferts
BMX racing is family affair for Hofferts

For a trio of Murfreesboro siblings, the Hofferts, it has been a quick learning experience.

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Christmas festivities continue on the Square
Christmas festivities continue on the Square

Sometimes, what we don’t understand about Christmas is more important than what think we do.

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Smyrna man found shot to death
Smyrna man found shot to death

Sheriff's Office launches homicide investigation

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Firefighters respond to early morning blaze

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire at Redwood Park Apartments on South Rutherford Boulevard Saturday morning.

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Campers worth $34K reported stolen
Campers worth $34K reported stolen

Two campers worth $34,000 with attached toy haulers for loading equipment were stolen within the past two months from owners in Rutherford County.

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MTSU joins forces with Alabama A&M
MTSU joins forces with Alabama A&M

Universities sign pact for scientific research

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Griffin announces campaign leadership team

Phil Griffin, who is vying for the Republican Party nomination in the 7th District Rutherford County Commission race, recently announced his leadership team.

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United Way annual financial report released

The United Way’s annual report for June 1, 2012, to July 30, 2013, is now available at www.yourlocaluw.org.

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VINSON: Music led to learning about Mandela

Possibly, the biggest gathering of celebrities, heads of state, and religious leaders the world has ever seen took place on Tuesday in a near-100,000 capacity football stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Students celebrate Education Day with Lady Raiders

It was a special day at the Murphy Center on Thursday as more than 6,000 Murfreesboro City Schools students attended the Lady Raiders game against Kennesaw State to mark Education Day.

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Midstate consumer outlook worsens
Midstate consumer outlook worsens

With the holiday season in full swing, midstate consumers have a gloomier economic outlook compared with their views earlier this fall, according to a recent study.

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Symphony to perform holiday classics
Symphony to perform holiday classics

'Sounds of Christmas' to celebrate season

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LOGUE: Washington puts unique spin on holidays
LOGUE: Washington puts unique spin on holidays

They celebrate the holidays a little differently in the U.S. Capitol, where I have been enjoying a little recreational time with friends.

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Blue Raider legend remembered as giving person

MTSU lost a legend Monday with the passing of former coach and professor Joe Black Hayes, who was 98 years old.

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Small-business owner seeks City Council seat
Small-business owner seeks City Council seat

A local business owner who is actively involved in the Republican Party has announced he is running for a Murfreesboro City Council seat.

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Student entrepreneurs win cash for best business ideas

Three Middle Tennessee State University students recently earned cash for their business concepts after pitching them during the university’s first Student Business Idea Competition.

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Middle school basketball league in full swing

The 11 Rutherford County middle schools are in the middle of another competitive basketball season. 

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Decision on Islamic cemetery deferred
Decision on Islamic cemetery deferred

Zoning board delays action on mosque burial site

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Generations partner to help seniors
Generations partner to help seniors

Group collecting items to stuff Christmas stockings 

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Local students on tap for Lady Raiders
Local students on tap for Lady Raiders

The MTSU women’s basketball game Thursday at the Murphy Center will have some young news faces in attendance.

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LETTER: Time has come to raise minimum wage

Cities that have passed living wage laws require higher than minimum wage so that workers contribute to the local community as consumers.

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MTSU signs pact with another Chinese school
MTSU signs pact with another Chinese school

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee has signed an agreement with North China University of Technology to allow exchange students.

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Fifth Third Bank promotes retail employees

Two retail leaders within the local affiliate of Fifth Third Bank have been promoted, company officials announced Wednesday.

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County reaches $1M mark in Circuit Court collections

The Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office has collected more than $1 million in fees and court costs since establishing a collections division, as of the end of October.

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MTSU coaching legend dies

MTSU legendary coach and administrator Joe Black Hayes died Monday. He was 98 years old.

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New Scales Elementary principal named
New Scales Elementary principal named

The assistant principal of Scales Elementary School has been tapped to serve as the new principal.

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Bondswoman vying to be next Circuit Court clerk

The owner of a local bail bonds company recently announced she is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the Rutherford County Circuit Court clerk race slated for May 2014.

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Old Fort Parkway sinkhole repairs continue
Old Fort Parkway sinkhole repairs continue

City crews are still working to repair a busted storm drain and sinkhole that opened up Monday on Old Fort Parkway in the Cason Lane area.

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No one injured in apartment fire

No one was injured this weekend when fire broke out at Brookwood Terrace Apartments in Murfreesboro, officials said.

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Legislators considering oversight of drug task forces
Legislators considering oversight of drug task forces

During a recent state Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on drug task forces, Republican lawmakers appeared to be in agreement that reform is needed.

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O Christmas trees!
O Christmas trees!

Wildwood Tree Farm offers holiday family fun

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Georgia Career Institute to hold blood drive

This is the time of year that blood demand goes up, yet donations go down, according to officials with the American Red Cross.

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BIZARRE: Pot-smoking burglars use house to dye hair

Police are still trying to figure out why a group of unknown suspects would break into a Vaughn Street home just to smoke marijuana and dye their hair.

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Talented songwriter made it big in Music City

Joe Chambers would be the first to tell anyone about the importance of relationships. His successful career is proof positive, and he also admits that hard work and creativity are just as important.

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Usher in Christmas with Oaklands
Usher in Christmas with Oaklands

Candlelight Tour of Homes set for Saturday

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Special Kids founder wins award
Special Kids founder wins award

Local nonprofit Special Kids Inc. co-founder Carrie Goodwin recently won the Adam Award presented by Students Taking A Right Stand in Nashville.

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Study: Binge drinking costs state $4B annually

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual total cost in Tennessee of excessive alcohol consumption is more than $4 billion.

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Family's legacy endures with scholarship
Family's legacy endures with scholarship

MTSU alumna establishes endowment

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LOGUE: Poll highlights sad trend

To the great surprise of no one in an age ruled by cynicism and irony, a poll conducted for the Associated Press by the firm General Social Survey finds that only one-third of Americans believe that most people are worthy of their trust.

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BURRISS: Nothing new about political satire
BURRISS: Nothing new about political satire

To hear kids today tell it, programs such as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have broken all kinds of new ground and brought viewers a brave, new world of televised political satire.

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Jean Jakes
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CRIME BRIEFS: Robbery suspects still at large

Police are still trying to determine the identity of two men wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies at a Murfreesboro apartment complex.

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Longtime banker returns to Wilson Bank

A longtime banker who once worked for Wilson Bank & Trust has rejoined the company as a financial adviser at the Northwest Broad Street location in Murfreesboro.

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Haslam: Skilled workforce vital for economy
Haslam: Skilled workforce vital for economy

Governor cites grant in pushing for education goals

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Charity craft bazaar set for Saturday

The teen-led organization Sustaining a Village Everyday will hold an art and craft show at the Rutherford County Lane-Agri Park Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Grand marshal of Christmas parade named
Grand marshal of Christmas parade named

When the Murfreesboro Christmas parade heads down East Main Street, this year's grand marshal will be a local resident who helps the homeless on a daily basis.

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More people with disabilities finding work

As the holidays approach, it can be a difficult time financially for many people who are unemployed and looking for work, especially those with disabilities.

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Make some Christmas memories downtown
Make some Christmas memories downtown

In the distance, the belfry from the Rutherford County Courthouse chimes piercing through the darkness.

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: Plenty of chances to give back during holidays

This holiday season, can you sponsor a needy child or a disabled adult?

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Oakland star wins Mr. Football Award

Tennessee’s best high school football players for 2013 were recognized at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans on Monday.

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Read to Succeed names new literacy coordinator
Read to Succeed names new literacy coordinator

Amy Swartz has been named the new family literacy coordinator for Read to Succeed, according to a press release.

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Community invited to annual pancake breakfast

The Murfreesboro Rotary Club will hold its 11th annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.

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Special Kids seeking holiday sponsors

Local nonprofit organization Special Kids Inc. is in need of sponsors to donate necessities for families in need this holiday season as part of its annual Cornelius Christmas program.

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City property taxes due soon

Officials are reminding property owners that property taxes are due by the end of the month and interest will begin accruing on Wednesday, Jan. 1, on any unpaid balance.

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FAIR: Words never been so eloquently written

As Tennessee’s high school football guru, I am often contacted about the game and what it means to so many people.

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Blackman cheerleaders win 6th championship
Blackman cheerleaders win 6th championship

Blaze take top spot in state tournament

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Erma Siegel hoopsters take time to give back
Erma Siegel hoopsters take time to give back

The Erma Siegel Lady Eagles elementary basketball team recently spent the afternoon packing food for local families.

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Farlers persevere through toughest of times
Farlers persevere through toughest of times

Double amputee defies the odds

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MTSU choir to perform 'Messiah'
MTSU choir to perform 'Messiah'

The MTSU Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society will present George Handel’s “Messiah” to the community this week.

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MTSU basketball players to make 'True Blue' statement

When the Blue Raiders men’s basketball team steps on the court Tuesday at Murphy Center, they will be wearing special Blackout Game jerseys to affirm their devotion to the university's True Blue values.

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Former employee accused of stealing from Outpost Armory
Former employee accused of stealing from Outpost Armory

Theft charges were filed Monday against a former Outpost Armory employee accused of stealing scopes, knives and accessories from his employer.

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Blasting near Butler Drive alarms residents

Emergency dispatchers were flooded Monday afternoon with conflicting calls concerning an explosion.

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Rockvale school traffic congestion causes concern
Rockvale school traffic congestion causes concern

Officials are expected to make recommendations this month regarding the best possible ways to address traffic congestion near Rockvale schools.

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JORDAN: Murphy Center is glass house full of fun

Have you been to an MTSU men or women’s basketball game lately?

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'Shop with the Sheriff' donation drive slated for Tuesday

Diners at Toot’s Restaurant on Northwest Broad Street will help provide Christmas for 25 at-risk children during the "Shop with the Sheriff" donation drive from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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Celebrate holidays with 'The Homecoming'
Celebrate holidays with 'The Homecoming'

Murfreesboro theater to present Christmas play

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Police launch new unit to combat dangerous driving

The Murfreesboro Police Department is launching a new program Monday aimed at catching dangerous drivers through a new unit that will be patrolling the area in unmarked cars.

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Blue Raiders want to ‘remember November’

MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill sums up this month by saying “remember November.”

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Local author to sign books at Linebaugh Library

The Linebaugh Public Library will be hosting Murfreesboro author Julie Byrnes next week for a book signing.

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Former head of nonprofit joins Crye-Leike
Former head of nonprofit joins Crye-Leike

Diane Stockard, a former branch director of the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County in Smyrna, has joined Crye-Leike Realtors.

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Being thankful no matter the toll
Being thankful no matter the toll

Classic Thanksgiving tale brings hope alive

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BURRISS: American psyche changed through Kennedy years

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an outpouring of remembrances about President John Kennedy and the impact of his assassination 50 years ago.

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MTSU rugby competes in national tournament
MTSU rugby competes in national tournament

The team finished the weekend going 0-5, but many of the players said they feel like the program is on the right track in terms of competing at a national level despite the finish.

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School board vice chairman elected to statewide post

Rutherford County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Wayne Blair has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Tennessee School Boards Association.

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City employee honored for helping out-of-town patron
City employee honored for helping out-of-town patron

A longtime employee of the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded the STARS award for the month of October.

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Fire officials warn of turkey fryer dangers
Fire officials warn of turkey fryer dangers

Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department are discouraging the residential use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers in light of recent incidents.

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MTSU signs agreement with Guangxi
MTSU signs agreement with Guangxi

University strengthens ties with Chinese school

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Haslam to speak at chamber luncheon

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will host Gov. Bill Haslam next week at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.

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Juveniles suspected of starting patio fire

Officials have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fire that was allegedly started on purpose Wednesday on Taylor Close off Middleton Lane.

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United Way to benefit from Reeves-Sain flu shot program

A portion of every flu shot given by Reeves-Sain Drug Store will benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties this year.

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The Red Hawks give it their all on opening night

A school can only have one basketball opening night and this week it was Thursday night at Stewarts Creek vs the Independence Eagles. It was the first home game in Stewarts Creek history and everyone was there.

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Man dies following One Mile Lane domestic assault

A man who allegedly assaulted his father and two children last week died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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JazzFest named among top events in South
JazzFest named among top events in South

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Main Street JazzFest one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast for May 2014.

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Detective seeks GOP nod for sheriff

Detective Ralph Mayercik recently announced his intention to run for the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County sheriff.

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Part II: Remembering JFK
Part II: Remembering JFK

Former agent reflects on Oswald family

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County school board receives statewide recognition

The Tennessee School Boards Association has named the Rutherford County Board of Education the 2013 School Board of the Year.

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Chinese educator visits MTSU
Chinese educator visits MTSU

Professor tours university's agriculture facilities

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Journeys secures state contract to package drug-testing kits

Journeys in Community Living has secured a new contract that allows the individuals served by the nonprofit to learn valuable job skills while earning cash, officials recently announced.

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La Vergne named top affordable suburb in state
La Vergne named top affordable suburb in state

Officials celebrated this week over news that the city has been selected as the 21st most affordable suburb in the country.

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Stones River Mall giveaways abound for Black Friday

Black Friday shoppers are in for a treat at Stones River Mall this season.

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Bank funds $30K in scholarships for MTSU students
Bank funds $30K in scholarships for MTSU students

Six incoming MTSU students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholars award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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MTSU fraternity disbanded over infractions

The local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has lost its charter and will no longer be allowed to participate in MTSU Greek life beginning next year.

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PART I: Remembering JFK
PART I: Remembering JFK

Secret Service agent reflects on assassination

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Overall Creek principal named
Overall Creek principal named

Officials have named Don Bartch as the new principal of new Overall Creek Elementary School.

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LOGUE: Survey results reveal much about personalities

An expatriate who lives in England thinks he knows how we’re feeling.

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BURRISS: Opinions vary on Kennedy assassination
BURRISS: Opinions vary on Kennedy assassination

A few years ago, I visited Dallas, Texas, and sat on the grassy knoll, the location from which some people believe a second gunman shot President Kennedy.

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Hammonds keeps up family tradition for Blue Raiders

MTSU senior guard Kerry Hammonds II has had several signature moments during his four-year Blue Raiders career.

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Oakland teammates helping Cairo 'win the game'
Oakland teammates helping Cairo 'win the game'

McAllister’s Deli was packed not only for a good meal, but for a good cause Saturday.

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Guaranty Trust hires new account executives

Guaranty Trust Company has announced the hiring of Bill Hart and Mark Wilson as wholesale account executives.

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MidSouth Bank to merge with Franklin Synergy

MidSouth Bank in Murfreesboro will merge with the Franklin-based Network Inc., the parent company of Franklin Synergy bank, it was announced on Thursday.

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Red Cross offering free safety classes

The Tennessee Volunteer Region will be hosting an upcoming Save-A-Life Saturday event in December thanks to a generous $25,000 grant given by the First Tennessee Foundation.

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Officials: Family seriously injured in disturbance

Four family members suffered injuries after a disturbance Thursday evening at a One Mile Lane home near Smyrna, according to Rutherford County authorities.

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Hundreds turn out for Senior Day at MTSU
Hundreds turn out for Senior Day at MTSU

Hundreds of MTSU seniors attended Senior Day on Tuesday in preparation of life beyond campus.

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BREAKING NEWS: Large fire at Stones River Battlefield
BREAKING NEWS: Large fire at Stones River Battlefield
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Crews battle Stones River Battlefield grass fire
Crews battle Stones River Battlefield grass fire

Firefighters contain blaze likely caused by cigarette

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Former NFL cheerleader avoids jail time in sex abuse case
Former NFL cheerleader avoids jail time in sex abuse case

A former NFL cheerleader who allegedly fondled a 12-year-old boy will serve less than two years of probation as part of a plea deal.

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Family of George Jones creates MTSU scholarship

The widow of country music icon George Jones announced Monday that her family has established a scholarship fund at MTSU, which they hope will become a living memorial to the late singer.

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LETTER: Citizens in uncivilized countries are brainwashed

I wonder if readers of The Murfreesboro Post notice the difference in civilized countries and uncivilized ones?

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Attorney announces bid to unseat McFarlin

Attorney Aaron Conklin recently announced that he is seeking the nomination of the Republican Party for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge.

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EPA seeks public input on fuel standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public feedback on a proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol that is required in gasoline.

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Mighty Men Conference attracts big crowd
Mighty Men Conference attracts big crowd

Thousands flock to Nashville for Christian revival

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MTSU, property assessor partner to create new art gallery

The MTSU art department through the Todd Art Gallery has collaborated with Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell to create a new community art gallery.

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FAIR: Longing for good old days of high school playoffs

Remember the good old days?

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MTSU administrator receives Silver Column Award
MTSU administrator receives Silver Column Award

Ron Malone was recognized Wednesday for his 25 years of work by MTSU President Sidney McPhee.

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Former deputy chief to challenge Arnold

A former deputy chief has announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Rutherford County sheriff in the May 2014 primary.

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State sees historic transition of farm land
State sees historic transition of farm land

What could be America's largest transition of farm and ranch land ownership is underway, a trend that has many across Tennessee wondering about their next steps.

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Vehicle testing closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Vehicle emissions testing centers in Rutherford County will close on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Ginseng could be game changer
Ginseng could be game changer

MTSU launches new initiative at Lascassas farm

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Opry murder victim remembered 40 years later

The Akemans were slain the night of Nov. 10, 1973, by John Brown and a cousin.

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Murfreesboro landscape awards handed out
Murfreesboro landscape awards handed out

The Murfreesboro Urban Environmental Commission recently announced the winners of the July 2013 Community Landscape Award.

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Dozens arrested in drug bust
Dozens arrested in drug bust

Rutherford County authorities round up suspects

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Smyrna Primary upgrades approved

The Rutherford County Commission agreed Thursday to finance $2.2 million for renovations at Smyrna Primary School.

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Special Kids breaks ground
Special Kids breaks ground

Special Kids Inc. broke ground Friday on its new rehabilitation services building near downtown Murfreesboro.

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Former newspaper editor joins open government group

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government has named Deborah Fisher as its new executive director.

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MPD personnel honored at awards ceremony
MPD personnel honored at awards ceremony

The Murfreesboro Police Department recently honored police officers and a citizen at an annaul awards ceremony for their exceptional service to the community.

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Secret Santas needed to help child abuse victims

Every year, the Child Advocacy Center comes alive with the true spirit of the holidays when secret Santas sponsor needy families for Christmas.

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Sheriff's Office to raise funds for needy children this Christmas

The sheriff and School Resource Officers hope to raise enough funds to take 25 children shopping for Christmas presents through the Shop with the Sheriff event.

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Haslam forms veterans education task force

Gov. Bill Haslam has formed a task force to evaluate how best to serve Tennessee veterans seeking a certificate or degree beyond high school.

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Gill picked as new Smyrna town manager

Harry Gill Jr. was unanimously selected Tuesday as the new town manger during a Smyrna Town Council meeting.

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Report: Early years give kids foundation for success
Report: Early years give kids foundation for success

The first eight years of a child's life are the most critical in determining if he will go on to success, according to a recent study.

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Art Studio Tour celebrates 20th year
Art Studio Tour celebrates 20th year

Annual event to showcase local artwork

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JORDAN: Good matchups on tap in 2n