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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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Timothy Lee Gordon
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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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Radley Rehnborg
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Howard Childress
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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 2nd round of playoffs

Picking football games is fun and sometimes has surprising results.

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Saint Thomas employee recognized for outreach efforts

A Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital employee has been honored by the Tennessee Association of Social Workers for her work as the program coordinator of the Ministry in Motion mobile health unit.

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National retailers to join The Avenue lineup
National retailers to join The Avenue lineup

Several well-known retailers will be joining The Avenue Murfreesboro lineup in the next few months, including Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Rutherford County lawyer hoping to unseat Loughry

Attorney Barry Tidwell has announced his primary candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge.

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Mr. Football finalists announced

Three athletes from Rutherford County have been named finalists for the 2013 Mr. Football Award, officials with the TSSAA announced Thursday.

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Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Stones River Mall

Residents are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the food court at Stones River Mall.

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MTSU plants first ginseng seeds
MTSU plants first ginseng seeds

Research initiative launched at university farm

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County commissioner arrested in alleged ticket scam
County commissioner arrested in alleged ticket scam

A Rutherford County commissioner is in custody in Nashville on felony theft charges in connection with an alleged fake ticket scheme.

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Tenn. reaches agreement in airlines merger challenge

The state of Tennessee has reached an agreement with US Airways and American Airlines regarding a proposed merger that the attorney general challenged, officials announced Tuesday.

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Benefit to be held for Oakland athlete battling cancer

A benefit dinner for Oakland High School baseball player Devin Cairo will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, to raise for medical bills related to his treatment for cancer.

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HALE: MTSU Athletics has big weekend
HALE: MTSU Athletics has big weekend

It was quite a special weekend for MTSU Athletics.

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Smotherman to challenge White in GOP primary

Councilman Eddie Smotherman has announced that he will challenge state Rep. Dawn White during the Republican Party primary in August 2014.

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Area students awarded Community Foundation scholarships

Nearly a dozen Rutherford County students have been awarded college scholarships from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, officials recently announced.

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Principal wins Celebrity Spelling Bee
Principal wins Celebrity Spelling Bee

Mitchell-Neilson administrator takes top spot

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Schwan Cosmetics relocating headquarters to Murfreesboro

Schwan Cosmetics USA officials announced Wednesday that the company is consolidating its U.S. operations by building a new facility here.

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Abortion debate heats up

As the calendar nears the New Year, new battles are being waged over abortion both locally and nationally.

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Read to Succeed unveils One Book selection

Read to Succeed premiered its annual One Book of Rutherford County on Tuesday, announcing its committee has selected “The Last Policeman.”

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Special Kids to break ground on new facility
Special Kids to break ground on new facility

Special Kids Inc. will break ground Friday, Nov. 15, on its new rehabilitation services building near downtown Murfreesboro, officials announced recently.

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Gas prices take slight dip
Gas prices take slight dip

The national average for a gallon of gas is already less than it was during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year, and prices could fall even more before then.

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Guest lecturer to explore US foreign policy

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome a scholar’s perspective on U.S. foreign policy in the second of two “Muslim Journeys” lectures.

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BARREL ALERT: Roadway work continues at new school site

Residents are advised to prepare for possible traffic delays in the following areas due to city construction projects, beginning Sunday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 16.

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Annual charity drive underway in La Vergne
Annual charity drive underway in La Vergne

For the next few weeks, La Vergne officials will be collecting items for distribution to local residents during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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MTSU ginseng initiative takes root in Lascassas
MTSU ginseng initiative takes root in Lascassas

MTSU will officially launch the exploration and study of growing ginseng at the Experiential Learning and Research Center this week.

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MTSU ranked among best universities for veterans

MTSU has been recognized for its outstanding support of veterans in the Best for Vests: Colleges 2014 rankings issued Monday by Military Times.

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Programs aim at helping veterans year-round

Many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are finding the move back into civilian life can present barriers, but there is help - and it's year-round, not just on Veterans Day.

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Fraternal Order of Police to play former Titans for charity

Local law enforcement officials will hold a benefit flag football game Saturday, Nov. 16, for the "Shop with a Deputy" program at Siegel High School.

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LETTER: Everyone should support universal background checks

What would it take for you to support universal background checks for gun ownership? Would it be a mass shooting in a Tennessee school?

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City Council votes to extend red-light camera contract

The Murfreesboro City Council approved Thursday a contract extension for the use of red-light cameras until November 2014.

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Coach motivates team with creative touch
Coach motivates team with creative touch

As the 2012 Murfreesboro Football League season was coming to a close, George Cochran, the Vikings defensive coordinator, felt the team needed some motivation.

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Siegel softball player shines in spotlight
Siegel softball player shines in spotlight

Catcher picked for Texas tournament

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FAIR: College football recruiters starting to flock to Tenn.

The Volunteer State is rapidly becoming a favorite destination for college football recruiters.

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Singer passes music on to next generation
Singer passes music on to next generation

Henson helps new artists find their way

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Urban Environmental employee earns arborist certification

An employee with the Murfreesboro Urban Environmental Department recently completed the requirements to become a certified arborist, officials announced Friday.

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Salute to Armed Services celebrates veterans
Salute to Armed Services celebrates veterans

Stirring, touching and countless other goose-bump emotions riveted the Middle Tennessee State University campus Saturday during the 32nd annual Salute to Armed Services.

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Center for the Arts to present local artwork
Center for the Arts to present local artwork

The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts will present a group exhibition featuring the contemporary artwork of three Middle Tennessee artists.

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Electric Department warns customers of scam

Residents are being warned about the latest scam targeting residential Murfreesboro Electric Department customers, local business owners and ethnic restaurants.

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No one seriously hurt in school bus crash

No one was seriously injured Friday when a car collided with a school bus at about 3:15 p.m. on U.S. Highway 41 South at Warmingfield Drive.

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McFarland to run for Murfreesboro mayor
McFarland to run for Murfreesboro mayor

Councilman Shane McFarland has announced he will run for mayor in the 2014 election.

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Job fair links veterans with employers
Job fair links veterans with employers

Group provides opportunities for former military

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Undefeated Webb football wins conference title
Undefeated Webb football wins conference title

The Webb School football team made school history Saturday with a dominating 53-0 win over Aaron Academy in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference title game.

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MPD partners with Child Advocacy Center

Murfreesboro Police Department officials are asking residents to support child abuse victims in an effort to promote positive outcomes and ensure that every child benefits from a safe childhood.

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Tenn. students ranked fastest improving
Tenn. students ranked fastest improving

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday that Tennessee has had the largest academic growth on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, making it the fastest-improving state in the nation.

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City to close for Veterans Day

Murfreesboro City Hall and other city offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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Lady Raiders fall short against Lady Vols
Lady Raiders fall short against Lady Vols

MTSU women outscored in hotly contested battle

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Saint Ives residents displaced by house fire

A Murfreesboro family was displaced Friday due to an early morning fire inside their house on Saint Ives Drive.

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INSIDE MTSU: Senior Day returns to prep future alumni

MTSU is bringing back Senior Day, a free event to salute graduating students and provide advice about graduate school opportunities and job-hunting preparation.

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Attorney joins race for General Sessions judgeship
Attorney joins race for General Sessions judgeship

Attorney Eric Hennessee has announced his intention to seek the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge next year.

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Kroger launches annual 'Can Hunger' campaign

Kroger stores in Middle Tennessee are supporting Second Harvest Food Bank this holiday season by launching a "Can Hunger" campaign to provide 200,000 meals for the food bank.

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Lady Raiders brace for Lady Vols
Lady Raiders brace for Lady Vols

MTSU gears up for UT face-off

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'Fall Festival of Magic' returns with diverse lineup

As they prepare for the upcoming production of "The Fall Festival of Magic," organizers responsible for the overall look of the show say they are striving to showcase as wide a variety of magical talents as possible for local audiences.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Scam artist targets Electric Department customer

Police received another complaint Monday about an ongoing scam targeting customers of the Murfreesboro Electric Department after an unidentified suspect allegedly swindled nearly $750 from a man last week.

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Fisher House dedication set for Thursday
Fisher House dedication set for Thursday

Volunteers to celebrate building at VA hospital

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JORDAN: Locals should do well in 1st round of playoffs

The high school football playoffs begin Friday night all over the state.

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Retired professor to discuss global warming

A retired MTSU professor will present a discussion on climate changed Thursday, Nov. 7, at Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro.

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FAIR: BlueCross Bowl weekend has plenty of possibilities

The 2013 regular season is now a thing of the past and what many fans consider to be the best time of the year has finally arrived.

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Musician recalls Lascassas school performance
Musician recalls Lascassas school performance

Billy Henson made music in more ways than one with Loretta Lynn.

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MTSU to conduct first veterans job fair

The first job fair for veterans at Middle Tennessee State University will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, on campus.

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Advocates renew push for Tenn. Wilderness Act
Advocates renew push for Tenn. Wilderness Act

With Congress back in session, a renewed push is on for passage of a new Tennessee Wilderness Act. Wednesday marked the 29th anniversary of the original.

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VINSON: Gun debate should focus on mental health

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides citizens with the right to own and bear arms.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Local events offer plethora of holiday fun

The holiday season kicks off soon with “Let Freedom Ring: A Veterans Day Celebration” on Friday, Nov. 8.

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Murfreesboro mosque appeal denied
Murfreesboro mosque appeal denied

Islamic Center opponents lose final showdown

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Another Wilson Bank lawsuit headed to trial

A judge has ruled the multimillion dollar lawsuit involving the owners of Coconut Bay Café and Wilson Bank & Trust will go to trial in Rutherford County Circuit Court in Murfreesboro.

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Local efforts brought Japanese submarine

Charged with the task of selling wartime government programs and war bonds to the American public, the War Advertising Council and the War Finance Committee sought to promote voluntary compliance with bond-buying quotas and rationing programs, while at the same time contributing to morale on the home front.

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First Stewarts Creek play honors veterans
First Stewarts Creek play honors veterans

This week’s play, “Ordinary Heroes,” at Stewarts Creek High School is anything but ordinary. It is a production so extraordinary that area veterans and families may want to salute the student actors.

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Great-grandson takes on Uncle Dave biography

Mike Doubler is a man on a mission, which is nothing new for him.

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Discovery Park opens in West Tenn.

Discovery Park of America, a multimillion dollar new tourist and educational attraction, opened there Friday, following months of preparation.

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Six county teams in TSSAA state playoffs

The TSSAA playoffs are set, and six Rutherford County teams will be competing in the postseason.

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JORDAN: New athletic director faces daunting task

In the late 1980s, it became obvious that Rutherford County needed to consider hiring an athletic director, and we considered it for 25 years.

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Bradley Academy students to showcase acting talents

The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts is teaming up with Bradley Academy for the play “Yes, Virginia!” beginning Friday, Nov. 15, to give local students a chance to hone their acting chops.

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Veterans Day parade at VA hospital canceled

The Veterans Day parade that was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro has been canceled.

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Motlow celebrates new addition to Smyrna campus
Motlow celebrates new addition to Smyrna campus

Motlow State Communicty College recently celebrated the opening of the new science, technology, allied health building at the Smyrna Center campus.

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November brings cuts to SNAP
November brings cuts to SNAP

The month of November has arrived in Tennessee, and along with it, an automatic reduction in funding for many families in the state that struggle to put food on the table.

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Cleanup underway following South Church Street gas spill
Cleanup underway following South Church Street gas spill

Crews with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fuel leak Friday morning in the 2000 block of South Church Street after a man inadvertently let his gas tank flood.

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BREAKING NEWS: Mosque appeal denied
BREAKING NEWS: Mosque appeal denied

Islamic Center opponents lose final showdown

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Authorities keeping eye on sex offenders

Authorities in Rutherford County will be checking Thursday to ensure convicted sex offenders do not participate in any holiday activities in order to keep children safe this Halloween.

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Attorney bidding for Chancery Court
Attorney bidding for Chancery Court

Murfreesboro attorney Howard Wilson has announced that he will seek the Republican ticket for Rutherford Chancery Court judge next year.

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LOGUE: Dangerous trend sweeps Washington
LOGUE: Dangerous trend sweeps Washington

Some grown-ups who use Halloween as an excuse to party fail to exercise much sense.

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Officials: Time to change smoke detector batteries

Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department are reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at home when they turn back their clocks this weekend.

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Asian beetles swarm Murfreesboro
Asian beetles swarm Murfreesboro

Residents alarmed by pesky bugs

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Entrepreneur joins race for Carr's seat

businessman Rick Peppers announced Tuesday he will run in the Republican primary for the 48th District in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Consultant looking to unseat Farley

Political consultant Phil Griffin has announced he is running in the Republican primary for the 7th District of the Rutherford County Commission next year.

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LETTER: Religious leaders should focus on economy

Local Christians, Jews and Muslims are increasingly building bridges of understanding through interfaith events.

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Annual Bash in the Boro brings hundreds to town

More than 120 boys youth soccer teams from around the southeast traveled to the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex last weekend for the 2013 Bash in the Boro.

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Citywide leaf collection begins

Leaf collection season is now underway throughout the city of Murfreesboro, officials announced Monday.

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Haslam names new appointee for Tenn. Board of Parole

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he has appointed an area law enforcement veteran to the Tennessee Board of Parole.

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Ground broken on indoor tennis facility
Ground broken on indoor tennis facility

MTSU partners with city for project

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Gas leak reported at Rutherford Academy

Children and staff at Rutherford Academy were evacuated Tuesday afternoon after firefighters were called to the school for a gas leak.

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Omegas team up with Project Go to aid at-risk kids

The men of the Murfreesboro Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. are launching a mentoring program with Project Go.

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Business owner to run in GOP primary
Business owner to run in GOP primary

Local businessman Daniel Gammon has officially stepped into the ring for the Republican Party nomination in the 17th District Rutherford County Commission primary race.

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Murfreesboro family displaced after house fire
Murfreesboro family displaced after house fire

A family was displaced Sunday evening after a fire broke out at their Federal Court home in the Saddlebrook subdivision.

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Christy-Houston grants $1.5M for new MTSU science building

Middle Tennessee State University’s new science building has received a significant boost with a $1.5 million grant from the Christy-Houston Foundation, the university announced Friday.

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New Fisher House to benefit local veterans

Lascassas native Hooper Penuel and I have shared many news-gathering missions dating back to 1971 when we both worked for the Nashville Banner.

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New Judicial Building proposal unveiled
New Judicial Building proposal unveiled

Plans could cost Rutherford County $72M

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Siskin announces bid to retain seat
Siskin announces bid to retain seat

Judge Keith Siskin recently announced he is seeking election to retain his seat on the Rutherford County Circuit Court.

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Company looking to fill 5K warehouse positions

Staff Management | SMX announced Wednesday that it has more than 5,500 job openings for warehouse workers available.

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WOODY: Critics rightly back down after TWRA attack
WOODY: Critics rightly back down after TWRA attack

Stinging comments from a longtime Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency critic has drawn sharp response from the agency’s defenders, and resulted in an updated – and more fair and accurate – story about a routine audit.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Serve veterans as well as they served us

During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around, but there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

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LETTER: Time to get your geek on

Perhaps, you’ve seen or heard something about a new public awareness campaign by the Linebaugh Public Library System already, called “Geek the Library.”

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Youth basketball sign-ups end this week

Parents have until Thursday to sign up their children for the upcoming Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department Youth Basketball League season.

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HALE: Thrilling MTSU victory comes at right time

It was big, make no mistake about it. It’s what I’d refer to as a potential season changer. There are game changers, but this just might have been a season changer.

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Authorities investigating deadly motorcycle crash

Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist that occurred just before 5 p.m. near the Indian Hills Golf Club on South Church Street.

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Officers graduate from law enforcement academy
Officers graduate from law enforcement academy

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office recently celebrated the addition of seven new deputies following their graduation from the training academy.

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Kids enjoy all things fall at Project Help festival
Kids enjoy all things fall at Project Help festival

Sunny smiles swept the clouds away recently, giving some of MTSU's favorite little people and their big friends a great afternoon for a fall festival.

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Part IV: Ghostly encounters
Part IV: Ghostly encounters

Has infamous Bell Witch moved to Murfreesboro?

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INSIDE MTSU: Activities add spice to honor military

One of my favorite events of the year happens every fall: the Salute to Armed Services, a full day of events for not only veterans, but also for active-duty personnel and their families.

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: 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? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

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Detectives recover stolen property
Detectives recover stolen property

Rutherford County authorities bust theft ring

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Sports Clips opens new store

Sport Clips Haircuts, a place company officials say where it is good to be a guy, opened a new location Oct. 18 on 2037 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.

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Professor completes 50-state challenge
Professor completes 50-state challenge

MTSU accounting professor Paula Thomas was among the hundreds of runners who competed in the recent Middle Half, but it was completion of a half-marathon last month in Chicago that gives her the greatest satisfaction.

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JORDAN: Defenses shine in Oakland-Blackman showdown

Half of Murfreesboro was cold on Thursday and the other half was frozen as thousands of fans attended either the Oakland and Blackman game or the MTSU and Marshall contest.

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Blue Angels to fly over Smyrna again
Blue Angels to fly over Smyrna again

The renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight demonstration team will fly again over the Smyrna Airport in June 2014, officials announced this week.

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MTSU drug take-back event yields 23 pounds
MTSU drug take-back event yields 23 pounds

The second MTSU prescription drug take-back event proved almost as successful as the first one, event organizers said Friday.

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Convicted father sentenced in sexual abuse case
Convicted father sentenced in sexual abuse case

A Murfreesboro father convicted of sexually abusing his daughter will spend nearly a decade in prison as part of a sentence recently handed down in court.

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Pair enjoys horror video game fever
Pair enjoys horror video game fever

Gaming duo vanquishes goblins in October

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Corlew announces plans to retire from bench

Chancellor Robert Corlew III announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term and will not seek re-election next year.

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MTSU to hold drug take-back event Friday

Residents will be allowed to dispose of unwanted medications from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center at MTSU.

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Oakland, Blackman set for big showdown

The stage is nearly set and the television cameras are almost ready for fans who will fill the seats this week to watch undefeated Oakland host undefeated Blackman as part of MyTV 30 "Thursday Night Lights."

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CRIME BRIEFS: Several cars burglarized on Harold Lane

At least two cars were burglarized and one truck was stolen during an early morning crime spree Sunday along Herald Lane, located off East Northfield Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

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Bee Gees founding member coming to MTSU

MTSU will welcome legendary singer and songwriter Barry Gibb to campus on Monday, Oct. 28, as part of the recording industry department's speakers series.

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Privacy advocates: Stop watching Americans

Recent revelations have shown U.S. government agencies may have violated Americans rights, according to advocates who will rally in the nation's capitol this weekend to protest.

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Expert: Cybersecurity awareness should be taught sooner

As younger children make use of new technology, online safety issues are becoming greater concerns.

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Smoke Out Arthritis to raise funds for research

Members of Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity at MTSU will hold the annual Smoke Out Arthritis barbeque to raise funds for arthritis research Thursday, Oct. 24, in Murfreesboro.

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Oakland Middle wins county championship

Over a four-year period, the best possible middle school football record, if you played a full schedule and won the championship game, is 36–0.

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Blue Raiders look to bounce back
Blue Raiders look to bounce back

Players prepare for game against Marshall

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Webb students named National Merit semifinalists
Webb students named National Merit semifinalists

Two seniors at The Webb School have been named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, officials recently announced.

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Celebrate Halloween with Barfield Bash
Celebrate Halloween with Barfield Bash

City to mark holiday with screaming good time

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Crews respond to machine fire at Paulo Products

No one was injured when a fire broke out Monday afternoon inside Paulo Products Company after a machine malfunctioned.

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McFadden kids donate funds for K-9 Ely

Fourth and fifth graders at McFadden School of Excellence learned about courage in September and demonstrated giving in October by donating money to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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Authorities seeking help with Berkshire fire investigation
Authorities seeking help with Berkshire fire investigation

Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department are asking for the public’s assistance with a fire investigation concerning the Oct. 12 early morning fire at the basketball court in the Berkshire subdivision.

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Scales, Walkup will be missed

Two women at the bookends of Rutherford County have left long-lasting foot prints that younger generations would do well to follow as role models into the future.

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LETTER: Murfreesboro deserves praise for finance award

Officials in Murfreesboro city government should be proud of their recent award from the Government Finance Officer Association for outstanding budget preparation and presentation.

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POLITICAL BRIEFS: Washington to run for mayor

Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington said Thursday he will apply for the open mayoral position for the April 15, 2014, election.

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Part III: Ghostly encounters
Part III: Ghostly encounters

Great spirit leads Native Americans to Pow Wow

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WHITTLE: Spelling bee competitors appear too smart

There I was, looking nice, not bothering anyone, the Whittle Way, while speeding 73 mph down Interstate 24 when pretty Patricia spouts a challenge: Spell "judicious.”

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Zombies descend on ’Boro Saturday for charity walk

Zombies will take to the streets of Murfreesboro on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the inaugural Zombie Walk presented by Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities.

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Bragg will not seek re-election

Murfreesboro mayor not running for 4th term

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Native Americans return for pow wow

If you want to journey back in time, follow the beat of the drums this weekend to Long Hunter State Park, where more than 50 Native American tribes will gather.

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Middle Half a huge success

Thousands turn out for race

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Coach Ricks gives back to game he loves
Coach Ricks gives back to game he loves
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BURRISS: First Amendment exposes many abuses
BURRISS: First Amendment exposes many abuses

Media critic A.J. Liebling is reported to have said, “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.”

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MFL hosts bowl games Saturday

MFL Bowl Games this Saturday at Siegel High School

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Bragg will not run for re-election
BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Bragg will not run for re-election

Murfreesboro mayor not seeking 4th term

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Former congressman: Farmers impacted by climate change
Former congressman: Farmers impacted by climate change

A former U.S. congressman joined with farmers Monday to call on lawmakers to better address the issue of climate change.

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'Aida' coming to Murfreesboro
'Aida' coming to Murfreesboro

The creative team that staged the hit production of "The Color Purple" in 2012 has reunited to bring "Aida" to Murfreesboro, starting Friday, Oct. 18.

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MTSU students, alumni turn out for Fall Career Fair

Hundreds of sharply dressed Middle Tennessee State University students and alumni visited Wednesday the dozens of employers who had set up interview and information booths for the annual Fall Career Fair.

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New golf course to open for kids
New golf course to open for kids

The city of Murfreesboro, in cooperation with Old Fort Golf Course, just might have a solution for the game of golf as far as reaching more and more kids, including those from low-income areas.

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PART II: Ghostly encounters
PART II: Ghostly encounters

Headless Horseman at Stones River Battlefield?

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Gunfire rings out at OK Corral
Gunfire rings out at OK Corral

Tennesseans flock to shooting range

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Gilley vying for General Sessions Court judgeship

Attorney Toby Gilley announced Monday that he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge during the May 6, 2014, primary election.

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Officials launch investigations into fires

The Fire Marshal's Office has launched investigations into two suspicious fires that broke out Saturday, according to city officials.

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Military groups to call for end to shutdown

A coalition of veterans and uniformed services organizations that represent more than 5.5 million members will converge this week in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to the government shutdown.

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Tenn. earns national recognition for compassion
Tenn. earns national recognition for compassion

Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, and that willingness to lend a hand has earned some national recognition.

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Budget Committee approves EBT card agreement

The Rutherford County Budget Committee approved an agreement Thursday to allow the county to determine the processes needed to continue the use of electronic benefits transfer cards at local farmers market.

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Company pays it forward with donations to Raiders' Closet

One of the nation’s most prominent pharmaceutical corporations is making an investment in the future with a donation to the Raiders’ Closet at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Scarecrow Walk a big hit in Jackson County
Scarecrow Walk a big hit in Jackson County

Reminiscent of a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” or a spin-off of Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn,” a silent horde of scarecrows have invaded tiny Granville in Jackson County.

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First Shot academy more than hoops
First Shot academy more than hoops

Camp offers life skills for kids

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Middle Tenn. viewers voice concern about shutdown
Middle Tenn. viewers voice concern about shutdown

How concerned are Middle Tennessee residents regarding the current federal government shutdown that has closed Rutherford County’s Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery and other programs throughout America?

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NEWS BRIEFS: MTSU to hold sobriety checkpoint

The Middle Tennessee State University police department will conduct sobriety roadside-safety checkpoints during the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 12, on campus.

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Award-winning pianist set to perform at MTSU
Award-winning pianist set to perform at MTSU

Drawing from pop, sacred and classical styles, award-winning pianist Mac Frampton will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Murfreesboro.

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MTSU researchers dig for ginseng in East Tenn.
MTSU researchers dig for ginseng in East Tenn.

State Rep. Jeremy Faison, with a team of MTSU researchers in tow, set out in the woods of Cocke County on Friday to dig for Appalachian gold.

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BIZARRE: Man jumps off balcony while claiming to be god

A man who willingly took synthetic drugs despite the embarrassing side effects wound up causing a ruckus recently at College Grove Apartments when he jumped from a third-floor balcony to prove his was a god.

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WOODY: Global warming caused by models?
WOODY: Global warming caused by models?

Made you look, didn’t I?

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Corder brothers still share unique bond
Corder brothers still share unique bond

Firefighter looks back on basketball career

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FAIR: Some team records are quite deceiving

If you are looking for a single word that best describes high school football in Tennessee this year, that word just might be “mediocrity."

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Tenn. fighter to represent US in world championships
Tenn. fighter to represent US in world championships

Omari Boyd, 29, will be representing the United State in the Unified World Championships in Tuscany, Italy, later this month in a tournament as a part of Team USA.

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Friends pay tribute to Davidson

More than 50 friends of Ken Davidson gathered recently at The Discovery Center in Murfreesboro to pay tribute to a man described as a brilliant marketing and promotions guru, creative photographer and videographer.

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Homecoming Parade draws hundreds
Homecoming Parade draws hundreds

Celebration revs up campus before MTSU game

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Florence Cox McFerrin

Florence Cox McFerrin, 98, died peacefully Oct. 4, 2013, at Homewood Residence Center in Nashville, Tenn.

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Oaklands to celebrate fall harvest
Oaklands to celebrate fall harvest

Residents are invited to celebrate the fall harvest on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. in Maney Hall at the Oaklands Historic House Museum with a Southern supper.

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MTSU football drops Conference USA home opener

The MTSU football team drops C-USA home opener 24-17 to East Carolina

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Baptist Healing Trust awards grant to local clinic

The Primary Care & Hope Clinic has received a $48,750 grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, during its most recent grant cycle.

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Sheriff’s Office purchases new uniforms
Sheriff’s Office purchases new uniforms

Deputies at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in Murfreesboro are sporting a new appearance.

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Siegel Middle enjoys volleyball dynasty

In the four years since the creation of the Rutherford County Middle School Athletic Association, the Siegel Middle Lady Cavaliers have dominated the volleyball titles.

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Oakland Middle soccer brings home championship trophy
Oakland Middle soccer brings home championship trophy

Another Rutherford County Middle School championship goes to Oakland Middle.

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LOGUE: Permission to raise Old Glory?

There must be a saner way to observe the Civil War’s sesquicentennial than what they are doing in Richmond, Va.

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BARREL ALERT: Road work continues near Stevens Bend

Residents are advised to prepare for possible traffic delays in the following areas due to city construction projects, beginning Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 12.

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Rutherford's Got Talent to showcase local performers

The county government will hold its annual Rutherford’s Got Talent event to benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties later this month in Murfreesboro.

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Firefighters contain Forrest Street duplex fire

Multiple crews with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department were called to put out a fire that erupted inside a duplex located at 444 Forrest St. just before 3 p.m. Friday.

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MTSU faces tough homecoming foe
MTSU faces tough homecoming foe

Pirates coming off big win at North Carolina

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High school bowling season opens with area matchups
High school bowling season opens with area matchups

Since high school bowling became a TSSAA sport in 2001, Rutherford County has had some of the top teams in the state.

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HALE: A lot can happen in next few weeks

Another week of District 7-AAA and District 9-A games are on tap as we inch our way closer to the TSSAA state playoffs.

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City installing new shelters at Rover stops
City installing new shelters at Rover stops

Rover Public Transit is taking delivery of 16 public transit shelters located along various routes throughout the city of Murfreesboro.

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AAA tow trucks go pink for breast cancer awareness

For the second time, the Auto Club Group is wrapping some of its classic red, white and blue tow trucks and service vehicles the color pink in order to raise awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.

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Haslam calls for increasing teacher pay
Haslam calls for increasing teacher pay

Governor announces commitment to raise salaries

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CRIME BRIEFS: Unruly kids suspected of recent vandalism

A group of teenagers who have recently caused problems in the area of Indian Park Drive are suspected of damaging more than $1,200 worth of property Monday night outside of a townhouse.

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Fire Department awarded $28K FEMA grant
Fire Department awarded $28K FEMA grant

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded $28,000 in grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Steering Committee discusses vacancy

The Rutherford County Steering Committee made five recommendations for appointment, and announced an upcoming vacancy in its meeting Tuesday.

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Census: Many still struggling despite improved poverty rate

The state has experienced a slight improvement in its poverty rate, but the struggle for low-income families is far from over, according to recent data.

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Driver facing DUI after road rage incident

A road rage incident was stopped short Sunday when an observant police officer intervened after a drunk driver allegedly pulled into the Publix Super Market parking lot threatening another person.

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Men arrested in connection with murder-for-hire plot
Men arrested in connection with murder-for-hire plot

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a man and his cousin in Rutherford County for allegedly planning to have his wife shot to death.

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Conservative groups endorse Carr for US Senate
Conservative groups endorse Carr for US Senate

Republican state Rep. Joe Carr gained the support Monday of two conservative-backed groups for the U.S. Senate.

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MTSU deepens partnership with China

Chinese vice minister visits Murfreesboro

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Overheated lamp causes scare at Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring sustained minor damage early Tuesday when a lamp over a snake's aquarium shorted, causing a plastic top to melt.

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Local physician announces bid for state House

Murfreesboro resident Dr. Bryan Terry announced Monday that he will be a candidate for the 48th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives during the 2014 elections.

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Economic experts offer optimistic outlook
Economic experts offer optimistic outlook

Speakers look to future at Murfreesboro conference

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WOODY: Slithery hellbenders need love too

Have you hugged a hellbender lately? Me neither.

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Roly Poly serves it right up

It is just about lunchtime and your stomach is growling, but you have no idea what to eat.

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New MTSU engineering program could signal jobs
New MTSU engineering program could signal jobs

Barely had the ink dried on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s approval of the Middle Tennessee State University mechatronics engineering program when things began to stir in the university’s engineering technology department.

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Doctor joins Primary Care clinic

Dr. Chayla Chasten has joined the Primary Care and Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro, according to a press release.

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Former Siegel soccer star soaring to success
Former Siegel soccer star soaring to success

It seems MTSU sophomore and former Siegel High soccer forward Tori Hawkins is always flying somewhere — either on the pitch, the classroom or up in the sky.

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FAIR: 5-class football system could return to TSSAA

The days of six classes of Division I high school football in Tennessee may be numbered. Now in its fifth year of existence, the current classification plan has survived despite a great deal of criticism.

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Go blue for MTSU
Go blue for MTSU

Blue Raider community to celebrate homecoming

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WHITTLE: A free press remains vital

As a career newspaperman, I’ve been blessed to know some of the most remarkable people on the planet, including Jackie Robinson and John Seigenthaler.

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CityTV wins national awards for programming

Murfreesboro’s Communications Department, home to Murfreesboro CityTV, received three national awards during the 28th annual Government Television Programming Awards presented by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

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Local GOP leader to launch campaign for county seat

The executive director of the local Republican Party is scheduled to kick off her primary campaign for a Rutherford County Commission seat Monday at party headquarters in downtown Murfreesboro.

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McFadden named Blue Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education has named McFadden School of Excellence one of only four 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools from Tennessee.

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DoubleTree employee receives Hilton award

Hilton Worldwide recently honored Philip Stafford, a banquet employee at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Murfreesboro, with the Spirit of Care Award for his excellent performance.

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County students celebrate Reading in Schools Day
County students celebrate Reading in Schools Day

More than 40 schools participated recently in the 10th annual Reading in Schools Day in Rutherford County.

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Chinese vice minister to visit MTSU

Vice Minister Xu Lin of China, who oversees more than 400 Confucius Institutes around the world, will visit Monday to meet with Gov. Bill Haslam and tour the MTSU campus.

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First black woman named Sheriff's Office lieutenant
First black woman named Sheriff's Office lieutenant

A veteran sergeant made history Wednesday when she became the first black woman promoted to lieutenant at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fire Department welcomes new Honor Guard members

Deputy Chief Roger Toombs announced this week the addition of three members to the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s award-winning Honor Guard.

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Report: tourism spending in county tops $272M

Tourism is big business in Rutherford County, according to data recently released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the U.S. Travel Association.

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Donations needed to fill 'love bags'

Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? If so, read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

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Sprinkler rules take hold next month

Beginning in October, developers will have to install sprinklers in some new subdivisions with three or more homes in order to meet revised fire code regulations.

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Monumental shift in Tenn. health care begins next week
Monumental shift in Tenn. health care begins next week

The opening of the new health insurance marketplace in Tennessee is less than a week away, but many questions still remain about how this shift will affect the way people obtain insurance.

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Fifth Third Bank awards $20K grant to Urban League

Fifth Third Bank recently invested $20,000 to the Urban League of Middle Tennessee’s Social Enterprise Development initiative, according to a press release. 

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WEEKEND PLANNER: Heritage Days kicks off Thursday

To kick off the fall season, the Sam Davis Home and Museum will hold the 27th annual Heritage Days on Thursday, Sept. 26, and Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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O'Neal resigns as Smyrna town manager

Mark O’Neal resigned Tuesday, ending 11 years as town manager of Smyrna.

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Sandra Barnes Walker
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Common Core hearings put spotlight on cost

Legislators discuss new federal standards

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Providence Christian breaks ground for additions
Providence Christian breaks ground for additions

Providence Christian Academy celebrated the beginning of construction of two additions during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

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Inmate policy change aims to eliminate contraband

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center will launch a new policy stipulating that inmates may only receive postcards under most circumstances.

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INSIDE MTSU: Initiative aims to dress graduates for success

Because most college students and soon-to-be graduates need jobs but usually do not own the proper attire for interviews, Raiders’ Closet is once again offering to help by providing students with free clothes, shoes and attire this semester.

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Saint Thomas adds board members
Saint Thomas adds board members

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro recently added three members to its board of directors.

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Area cross country teams prepare to meet
Area cross country teams prepare to meet

Schools gearing up for Sharp Springs challenge

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Discovering the 'King of the Wild Frontier'
Discovering the 'King of the Wild Frontier'

Man traces roots back to Davy Crockett

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Expert: Roughhousing can benefit development
Expert: Roughhousing can benefit development

A growing number of experts now believe roughhousing can help children develop mentally and emotionally, as long as it does not cross the line.

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Learn about your ancestors at free workshop

The Linebaugh Public Library has joined with the local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to sponsor a free workshop for anyone interested in researching their ancestors.

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Cross country teams to face tough course

High schools to compete in Tennessee Classic

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Brewsboro Fest returns this October
Brewsboro Fest returns this October

The third annual Brewsboro Fest has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, at The Avenue Murfreesboro.

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Pinnacle recognized for workplace atmosphere

A national human resources consulting firm has named Pinnacle Financial Partners as one of the best workplaces in the country on its 2013 Best Small and Medium Workplaces list, published online this week in Fortune Magazine.

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Educational business seminars to be held next week

Budding entrepreneurs are invited to learn more about creating and implementing a business plan Tuesday, Sept. 24, during a workshop at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

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WEEKEND PLANNER: Wine tasting to raise funds for good cause

Residents are invited to fight back against breast cancer Friday all while enjoying a progressive wine tasting and savory bites during the annual Wine Around The Square event in Murfreesboro.

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Tickets now on sale for Celebrity Spelling Bee
Tickets now on sale for Celebrity Spelling Bee

Tickets are now available for the seventh annual Celebrity Spelling Bee charity event scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Murfreesboro.

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Rooks gathering on Main for Stones River 7s

The best middle and high school rugby players in Tennessee and Georgia will be competing Saturday in the Stones River 7s tournament at the MTSU Sports Complex.

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Competition heats up in Circuit Court clerk race
Competition heats up in Circuit Court clerk race

With just over a year until the general elections, the race to determine who will be the next Rutherford County Circuit Court clerk is starting to heat up with Laura Bohling already facing a challenger.

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BURRISS: Controversial figures should still be heard
BURRISS: Controversial figures should still be heard

If a news organization, be it newspaper, magazine, radio or television, gives space or time to a political figure, does that necessarily imply an endorsement of that person?

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Home energy help available for eligible residents

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is accepting applications for the federally backed Weatherization Assistance Program, officials announced Tuesday.

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Nissan marks anniversary with $30K in donations
Nissan marks anniversary with $30K in donations

Nissan North America is donating a total of $30,000 to the organization in honor of 30th anniversary of production at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna.

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MTSU building reopens following bomb threat
MTSU building reopens following bomb threat

Keathley University Center back open for students

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Police: Drunk driver caught with cocaine

A 22-year-old man who was stopped by Murfreesboro police on North Walnut Street and arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Saturday is facing multiple charges, including possession of cocaine.

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Election officials ramp up voter registration efforts
Election officials ramp up voter registration efforts

Rutherford County Election Commission officials will hold an open house next week as part of a monthlong push aimed at increasing voter participation in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.

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Families invited to enjoy night of camping
Families invited to enjoy night of camping

Residents of all ages are invited to enjoy a night of family friendly backpacking and outdoor activities Saturday, Sept. 21, at Barfield Crescent Backcountry Campground.

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Obama orders flags to half-staff
Obama orders flags to half-staff

Proclamation issued to honor shooting victims

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Hazmat crews contain spill following crash

No one was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a dump truck crash that turned into a hazardous materials incident on Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro.

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Statewide Amber Alert issued for Spring Hill boy

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a statewide Amber Alert for an 11-year-old boy who was last seen Tuesday afternoon in Spring Hill, located about 45 minutes southwest of Murfreesboro.

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Update: Missing Spring Hill boy located

Authorities have located the 11-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday afternoon in Spring Hill, following a statewide Amber Alert.

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Journeys recognizes employees
Journeys recognizes employees

Local nonprofit Journeys in Community Living celebrated the hard work and dedication of its support staff over the past week as part of Direct Support Staff Recognition Week festivities. 

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City Council approves $5.2M in technology upgrades

The Murfreesboro City Council unanimously voted Thursday for a $5.2 million bond issuance to purchase new computers for area students.

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Hale tapped to lead The Murfreesboro Post
Hale tapped to lead The Murfreesboro Post

With more than 25 years of experience in the business, the new editor of The Murfreesboro Post will likely be a familiar name to Rutherford County newspaper readers.

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FANN: Students show professionalism with 'Les Miserables'

I had never seen a performance of “Les Misérables” in its entirety, neither a dramatic staging nor a musical version, until this month.

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Heart Walk garners strong support
Heart Walk garners strong support

Residents join the fight against heart disease

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VINSON: Real doomsday scenario might be curriculum
VINSON: Real doomsday scenario might be curriculum

How would you fare if forced to flee to the mountains with only the clothes on your back and survive solely off the land?

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'Les Miserables' coming to Tucker Theatre
'Les Miserables' coming to Tucker Theatre

MTSU students to present Broadway classic

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Longtime educator appointed to fill vacant seat
Longtime educator appointed to fill vacant seat

Rick Wise, the newest member of the Smyrna Town Council, is used to the glare of public service.

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Neighborhood Robinson built still stands today

Looking inside Diane Turnham’s office on campus, you will find a plethora of MTSU women’s basketball and volleyball memorabilia from her days as coach.

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MTSU to host Rutherford County College Night

Middle Tennessee State University will serve as host on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to the annual Rutherford County College Night.

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LETTER: Stop this vicious war cycle

So, is Al-Qaeda the good guy or the bad guy?

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Tenn. now offering veterans designated license
Tenn. now offering veterans designated license

Honorably discharged military veterans may now visit any driver services center in the state to obtain a specially designated license or photo identification card, officials announced Thursday.

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Bedbugs found at Whitworth-Buchanan

Officials with the Rutherford County Board of Education sent a letter out Thursday to Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School parents informing them that bedbugs had been found inside the school.

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Siegel Middle nets back-to-back wins
Siegel Middle nets back-to-back wins

Lady Cavaliers gain momentum

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Public invited to meeting on stormwater report
Public invited to meeting on stormwater report

Officials are inviting the public to attend an upcoming meeting on how stormwater is being handled in the area.

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Keeping up with Young
Keeping up with Young

Murfreesboro's country star releases new album

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WEEKEND PLANNER: 'Seussical the Musical' takes the stage
WEEKEND PLANNER: 'Seussical the Musical' takes the stage

The stories of Dr. Seuss will spring to life again this weekend with three performances of “Seussical the Musical” at the Murfreesboro Little Theatre.

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Rutherford Heart Walk slated for Saturday

Thousands of residents will take to the streets to help raise funds for the fight against heart disease on Saturday during the Rutherford Heart Walk in Murfreesboro.

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More than $100K raised at Special Kids fundraiser
More than $100K raised at Special Kids fundraiser

Special Kids Inc. raised more than $100,000 for children with special needs during its 15th annual fundraising banquet Thursday in Murfreesboro.

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JORDAN: Still time for upsets in middle school football

Middle school football is near the halfway point, and as usual, not much has been settled.

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Reed sworn in as Smyrna mayor
Reed sworn in as Smyrna mayor

Lifelong county resident makes history

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Obama protesters converge on overpass again

For the second time in recent weeks, a small group of protesters stood on the Medical Center Parkway overpass calling for President Barack Obama to be impeached.

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State ranks 13th in nation for suicide rate

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and mental health experts say taking the steps to possibly save someone's life does not require any special skills or training.

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Trial delayed in home invasion case
Trial delayed in home invasion case

Judge resets trial after suspect shows up late

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Former captain announces candidacy for sheriff

A former captain with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office announced Monday he is running against Sheriff Robert Arnold in the 2014 election.

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Former mayors honored with street names

Former mayors Hollis Westbrooks and Richard Reeves were honored Wednesday by the naming of two city streets that connect to Joe B. Jackson Parkway.

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Bomb threat suspect reaches plea deal
Bomb threat suspect reaches plea deal

The man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the Rutherford County Judicial Building will serve five years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

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Coconut Bay owners await ruling in lawsuit
Coconut Bay owners await ruling in lawsuit

Plaintiffs hoping for trial in Wilson Bank case

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Henry's Florist closes
Henry's Florist closes

Aug. 30 was a pretty normal day for most people around the Square, but for Henry Phillips, owner and operator of Henry’s Florist, it was the start of a new chapter in his life.