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Senator Ketron receives top legislative honors from Tennessee's Police Chiefs Association
Senator Ketron receives top legislative honors from Tennessee's Police Chiefs Association

State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) has been presented with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police's (TACP) "Legislator of the Year" Award.

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REPORT: Ketron double-dipped $17,500 on travel expenses
REPORT: Ketron double-dipped $17,500 on travel expenses

NewsChannel5 reported state Sen. Bill Ketron double-dipped on travel expenses for years, using his campaign account to pay for trips and getting reimbursed by the state, but paid back the money after it was brought to his attention.

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County Commission opposes sheriff taking over work center
County Commission opposes sheriff taking over work center
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Former police officer concerned about human trafficking
Former police officer concerned about human trafficking

Kathy Hines doesn't shy away from talking about human trafficking. It's a problem she believes too many people ignore.

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Ketron: Womick, Arnold tried to bypass County Commission on work center merger

State Rep. Rick Womick and Sheriff Robert Arnold tried to circumvent the Rutherford County Commission with legislation allowing the sheriff to take over the Correctional Work Center, state Sen. Bill Ketron said.

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Ketron sponsoring legislation to stop human trafficking
Ketron sponsoring legislation to stop human trafficking

Concerned about the explosion of human sex trafficking in Tennessee, state Sen. Bill Ketron is sponsoring legislation designed to increase law enforcement and improve training to combat this scourge on society.

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Rutherford legislators balk at Haslam's Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE - Rutherford County legislators are giving Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal a cool, if not icy, reception as a special session on the Medicaid expansion plan begins.

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Ketron: Feds should stay out of local schools

Trying to break ties with federal education rules, state Sen. Bill Ketron is seeking passage of a resolution designed to end what he calls overreach by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Ketron to keep serving while battling cancer

State Sen. Bill Ketron announced today he is preparing to undergo cancer treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma but will keep serving District 13, according to his office.

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Legislators seek changes in teacher evaluations, Common Core curriculum
Legislators seek changes in teacher evaluations, Common Core curriculum
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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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Ginseng could be game changer
Ginseng could be game changer

MTSU launches new initiative at Lascassas farm

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MTSU plants first ginseng seeds
MTSU plants first ginseng seeds

Research initiative launched at university farm

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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 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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MTSU deepens partnership with China

Chinese vice minister visits Murfreesboro

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Study: Wine in grocery stores doesn't cause safety issues

An in-depth national study conducted by three prominent university researchers has found that wine sales in retail food stores are not linked to increased community safety issues such as traffic fatalities.

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MTSU’s research partnership in China moves forward
Botanical center to study potential medicines
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MTSU strengthens ties with China
MTSU strengthens ties with China
University partners with design center
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TN REPORT: Haslam signs off on voter ID law
Library cards and other types of county-or-city-issued photo ID cards are no longer enough to cast a ballot in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a General Assembly measure outlawing their use at polling places.
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TN Report: Voter ID bill passes
TN Report: Voter ID bill passes
All that remains to block state-funded college IDs as valid identification for voting in Tennessee is the governor’s signature.
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Amazon cuts ribbon on new warehouse
Amazon cuts ribbon on new warehouse
Company leads Rutherford County job growth
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MTSU dean honored by General Assembly
MTSU dean honored by General Assembly
The Tennessee General Assembly recognized Dean Jim Burton, who is retiring as head of the MTSU College of Business, for his work Monday with a joint resolution.
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Ketron uncorks more support for wine in grocery stores
Bill Ketron’s wine-in-grocery-stores bill just won’t quit.
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State looks to strengthen penalties against cockfighting
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would strengthen penalties against spectators and participants of cockfights, the Republican Senate Caucus announced in a press release.
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Voucher bill could fund Muslim schools
Voucher bill could fund Muslim schools
Haslam proposal includes religious institutions
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TN Report: Ketron promotes seat belt bill
TN Report: Ketron promotes seat belt bill
Sen. Bill Ketron said his seat belt bill is needed to promote safety.
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Murfreesboro airport awarded $37K
Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded two grants to Murfreesboro Municipal Airport.
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Ketron bill will allow student IDs as voter ID
Ketron bill will allow student IDs as voter ID
The bill also clarifies that locally issued photo library cards are not allowed under Tennessee’s voter ID law.
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State to recoup $1.3M in fraudulent unemployment claims
State to recoup $1.3M in fraudulent unemployment claims
The Tennessee Department of Labor is working to recoup $1.3 million in fraudulent unemployment claims made to prisoners housed in jails in 2012.
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Ketron: Allow voters to decide on wine in grocery stores
Ketron: Allow voters to decide on wine in grocery stores
Bill would leave issue up to counties
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Rutherford County delegation stays busy during recess
Rutherford County delegation stays busy during recess
During the Tennessee General Assembly’s two-week recess, some of Rutherford County’s legislative members have been busy filing bills.
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MTSU, China aviation group reach agreement
MTSU, China aviation group reach agreement
The agreement in principle will help MTSU train Chinese pilots on their new Beechcraft King Air 350 Extended Range airplane currently housed in Smyrna, Tenn.
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Ketron joins fight against gun control
Senator rallies in opposition to proposals
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MTSU awarded grant to help local teachers
Middle Tennessee State University will receive a $74,249 grant to provide professional development to local K-12 teachers.
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Ketron retains leadership position with Republican Caucus
Tennessee Senate Republicans met Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Nashville to elect leaders for the 108th General Assembly.
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Rutherford County votes solidly Republican
Rutherford County voters helped lead the Republican Party to a supermajority Tuesday in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
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Smyrna Airport receives $1.8M grant
The state grant will be used for engineering design and taxiway rehabilitation.
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Six local agencies receive highway safety grants
More than $162,000 in grants have been approved to aid six Rutherford County agencies in their highway safety efforts.
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Senators announce appropriations for Rutherford County
Senators announce appropriations for Rutherford County
Rutherford County will receive nearly $453.9 million in state appropriations, including some funds for the long-awaited MTSU Science Building.
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Rutherford County receives state tire recycling grant
Rutherford County receives state tire recycling grant
Rutherford County will receive a $466,000 waste tire recycling grant for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
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MTSU’s dream building finally comes true
MTSU’s dream building finally comes true
18 years in the making
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Preparations begin for Jefferson Pike expansion
Preparations begin for Jefferson Pike expansion
Plans are underway to improve safety along a major roadway in Smyrna where hazardous driving conditions have contributed to a multitude of accidents.
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Senate revises cyberbullying law
The Senate has approved legislation that revises a law passed last year regarding cyberbullying through the use of electronic devices.
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Unemployment insurance reforms pass state House
Unemployment benefits created quite a discussion in the House of Representatives’ Thursday sessions.
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Grocery sales tax slightly cut by lawmakers in state House
On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to decrease the sales tax on grocery food and raised the exemption threshold for the inheritance tax – but not without some contentious exchanges among members.
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Council debates development, election date
Thursday’s meeting of the Murfreesboro CIty Council included a public hearing for a “landmark” mixed-use development in the Gateway Overlay District and a discussion of changing municipal elections to coincide with county and state elections.
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Delegation addresses economy, taxes
Friday’s Capitol Connection breakfast at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce brought together the county’s state legislative delegation to discuss issues coming before the Tennessee General Assembly that affect area small businesses.
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State renames Murfreesboro armory in honor of fallen soldier
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law legislation naming the National Guard Armory in Murfreesboro the 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert National Guard Armory.
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Ketron receives green award
State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) was honored this week with a prestigious award for his work to protect Tennessee’s environment.
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Infiniti line bringing 1,000 jobs to Smyrna
Infiniti line bringing 1,000 jobs to Smyrna
Nissan adds new line for luxury car
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Ketron joins state Senate leaders to oppose Obamacare
Ketron joins state Senate leaders to oppose Obamacare
The individual mandate, which is the centerpiece of the new law, is the requirement that almost all people in the United States buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS for failing to do so.
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Capitol Connection touts MTSU funding
Capitol Connection touts MTSU funding
Rutherford County’s state legislative delegation informed citizens of their efforts in the Tennessee General Assembly and fielded questions from area residents on a wide range of topics during the Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol Connection event Friday morning at the Chamber’s headquarters on Medical Center Parkway.
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Teachers voice concerns to state lawmakers
Teachers voice concerns to state lawmakers
Harshly criticize changes to how teachers are evaluated, paid
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Ketron will not run for 4th District seat
Ketron will not run for 4th District seat
State Sen. Bill Ketron announced Monday he will not run for the U.S. House 4th District seat, citing family reasons and a weighty to-do list in the General Assembly.
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Rutherford County could call 4th District home
Rutherford County could call 4th District home
Rutherford County residents could be reassigned to the 4th Congressional District under the proposed redistricting plan being considered by state legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly.
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Rutherford County to gain additional state House seat
Rutherford County to gain additional state House seat
More clout for MTSU community
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Amazon officially coming to Murfreesboro
Amazon officially coming to Murfreesboro
Gov. Bill Haslam announced today Amazon’s plans to open two new fulfillment centers in Tennessee.
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RuCo to receive $430.45 million from state in FY 2012
State Sens. Jim Tracy and Bill Ketron announced Thursday during the fiscal year 2012 the county will receive approximately $430.45 million in state appropriations.
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Accused Dem comes clean
Accused Dem comes clean
Party official accused of illegal voting speaks out about accusations, past
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Former felon heads RuCo Dems, votes illegally
Former felon heads RuCo Dems, votes illegally
State Sen. Bill Ketron used the case of a Rutherford County Democratic Party official to illustrate the need for stricter voting laws in Tennessee during a press conference Monday.
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Ketron to sponsor Caylee Anthony Act in Tennessee
Legislation will make it a felony to not report missing child
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New laws go into effect July 1
Ketron touts new legislation
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Eight local arts organizations receive more than $67,000 in grants
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Haslam signs E-Verify into law
Rutherford County’s legislative delegation was pleased Wednesday after Gov. Bill Haslam signed one part of a comprehensive immigration reform plan into law.
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Senate passes legislation aimed at aiding military spouses
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Ketron amends anti-Sharia Law bill
In a press release, State Sen. Bill Ketron removes specific religious references from Sharia Law bill.
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MTSU to hold Sharia Law discussion
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Searching for ‘Tennessee solution’ to immigration
Southerners are known for their hospitality but some members of Rutherford County’s legislative delegation want to make Tennessee less welcoming to illegal immigrants.
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Ketron's voter ID bill advances
Tennesseans who lack proper photo identification are a few short votes away from having to bring a new form of identification with them the next time they hit up the ballot box.
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County delegation makes history at 107th General Assembly
Republicans take control of Capitol Hill first time since 1869
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Ketron elected State Senate Republican Caucus chairman
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City Council denies zoning request by tornado victims
Neighbors for and against a proposed rezoning of nine homes located north of Wilkinson Pike and west of West Park Drive filled The Murfreesboro City Council chambers Thursday night.
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Ketron files civil suit against opponent
State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) filed a lawsuit Monday against his 13th district Democratic opponent alleging false impersonation.
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Democrat challenges Ketron over legislative expenses
Democratic State Senatorial candidate Debbie Matthews is taking aim at incumbent state Sen. Bill Ketron (R-13) for taking what she says is an excessive amount of tax payer money for hotels and other expenses.
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Carr, Ketron to visit sponsors of Arizona immigration law
Several Republican legislators are headed to Arizona later this month to deliver a resolution to Gov. Jan Brewer showing Tennessee’s support for their new immigration law.
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City awarded funds to improve greenway
The city of Murfreesboro will receive an $80,000 grant for improvements and renovation of the Fortress Rosecrans Trailhead extending to the Manson Pike Trailhead of the Stones River Greenway.
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La Vergne awarded “Safe Routes to Schools” grant
City to use to make sidewalk improvements at five local schools.
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Senate approves workers’ compensation bill
The full Senate unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) that creates a procedure for construction companies to file for an exemption from obtaining workers’ compensation insurance to cover themselves.
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Lawmakers toss pig skin for charity
Rep. Joe Carr and Sen. Bill Ketron on donations for charities in their communities during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s (THCA) annual “Partnering for Charity” event.
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No public records changes expected
No changes are expected in the state’s open meetings and public records law even though the city of Murfreesboro asked the Tennessee legislature to alter some laws.
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Red-light cameras may cause a stink

RuCo legislators see both sides of traffic safety issue

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Ketron announces Safe Schools grants here
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Ketron bill to fix workers' comp changes advances
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Ketron to talk wine on the Hill
Bill-supporter state Sen. Bill Ketron will hold a public hearing Tuesday on selling wine next to beer in grocery stores across the state.
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Council approves annexation, denies rezoning on Wilkinson Pike property
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RuCo legislators pleased with tight budget process
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Lt. Governor to address Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club
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Local high schools receive grants
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