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

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

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

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

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Brace pleads guilty to murder
Brace pleads guilty to murder

William Brace, 62, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the death of Espy, whose beaten and bloody body was found Feb. 23, 2015, in rural Bedford County. She had been choked to death.

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

Service dog lost in Rutherford reunited with Missouri family.

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 Welcome to the future
Welcome to the future

Rutherford mechatronics students are designing it.

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

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

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

Selling sub sandwiches to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Finding love at Linebaugh Library
Finding love at Linebaugh Library

Romance blossoms over love of literature.

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

A Murfreesboro man was shot in the shoulder Friday night.

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

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

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

University also co-sponsors concert honoring Loretta Lynn.

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

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

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

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

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Attack Barcadium opens downtown
Attack Barcadium opens downtown

Arcade classics and tasty brews promise gamers a good time.

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Blackman students expelled over swastika
Blackman students expelled over swastika

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Princess Night at Oaklands Mansion
Princess Night at Oaklands Mansion

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

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

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

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

Homeless Alliance joining together to help their neighbors.

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

Prices at the pump may rise to fund roads.

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

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

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

It was all in the family!

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

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

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Murfreesboro woman sentenced for stealing identities to file false tax returns
Murfreesboro woman sentenced for stealing identities to file false tax returns

Melinda Boisseau, 37, of Murfreesboro, was sentenced on Jan. 19, 2017, to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for filing false tax returns in the names of other individuals, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

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Rutherford Republicans celebrate Inauguration Day
Rutherford Republicans celebrate Inauguration Day

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

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

Protesters chant and cheer on Main Street.

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Local man charged in murders
Local man charged in murders

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

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

Young's seat to remain vacant for now.

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Arrest made in Indian Park murder
Arrest made in Indian Park murder

Dec. 27 Murfreesboro Police detectives served an arrest warrant on Danny Holmes Jr. for the murder of Cesar Lopez-Flores. A search warrant was also served at Holmes' West Main Street apartment.

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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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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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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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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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Shooting on West Castle Street
Shooting on West Castle Street

An altercation on West Castle Street led to a deadly shooting this afternoon.

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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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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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La Vergne police increase DUI enforcement over the holiday season
La Vergne police increase DUI enforcement over the holiday season

The statewide "Booze It & Lose It" campaign is part of a national mobilization to prevent drunk and drugged driving.

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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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Man fatally shot at Indian Park Drive home
Man fatally shot at Indian Park Drive home

An alleged female victim reported she was kidnapped earlier in the night by several suspects in Bedford County, assaulted and directed to take the suspects to the home ofCesar Lopez-Flores, who was shot and killed.

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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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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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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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Cope to pay $200,000 fine for insider trader
Cope to pay $200,000 fine for insider trader

Former county attorney will also serve two years probation, nine months home confinement

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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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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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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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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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County jail loses certification
County jail loses certification

The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control decertified the Rutherford County jail last week after it failed a follow-up November inspection, a decision that increases the county's liability in cases dealing with the treatment of inmates.

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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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Murfreesboro woman kidnapped
Murfreesboro woman kidnapped

Anyone with information in this case should call Murfreesboro Police immediately at (615) 893-1311. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867).

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Murfreesboro-based businesses, operator cited for securities fraud
Murfreesboro-based businesses, operator cited for securities fraud

Migdalia Freyre (aka Mig Christian) permanently barred, fined $50,000.

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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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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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Convicted sex offender pleads guilty a third time
Convicted sex offender pleads guilty a third time

A twice-convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual battery of a high school student he incapacitated four years ago

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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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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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Dunn pleads guilty to child porn charges
Dunn pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former Murfreesboro Police SWAT unit leader received an 18-year prison sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to child porn charges.

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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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Suspect wanted in connection with La Vergne shooting
Suspect wanted in connection with La Vergne shooting

Police in La Vergne are investigating a shooting that injured one man yesterday and caused an auto accident.

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Marijuana, guns seized from La Vergne man's home
Marijuana, guns seized from La Vergne man's home

About $134,400 worth of high grade marijuana and eight firearms were confiscated from a La Vergne resident after a search warrant was served last week at his home, a Rutherford County Sheriff's narcotics supervisor said Monday.

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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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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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Adopt a Hero founder arrested on rape charges
Adopt a Hero founder arrested on rape charges

The founder of Operation Adopt a Hero, a nonprofit agency set up to help veterans, is charged with multiple counts of rape in connection with a July incident in which he allegedly gave the victim alcohol and then sexually assaulted her.

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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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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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La Vergne woman charged with conspiracy, wire fraud
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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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Two robbed, suspect behind bars
Two robbed, suspect behind bars

Thursday, Oct. 27 Alexandro Antoine, 24, of Greenland Drive was charged with two counts each of aggravated robbery and theft under $500

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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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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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Suspected Subway burglar in custody
Suspected Subway burglar in custody

A former Subway employee is accused of breaking into four of the Rutherford County restaurants as well as Go USA Fun Park this month.

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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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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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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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Attempted murder of two deputies results in arrest
Attempted murder of two deputies results in arrest

A wanted convicted felon faces attempted murder charges of two Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies after he allegedly fired several rounds at them before they arrested him Tuesday afternoon, said Chief Deputy Randy Garrett.

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A year after his murder, Gregg Hawkins' family pleads for clues
A year after his murder, Gregg Hawkins' family pleads for clues

A year after her husband was gunned down at Mona Boat Ramp, Janet Hawkins holds out hope investigators will find his killer.

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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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Teacher suspended for drug theft
Teacher suspended for drug theft

Rutherford County Schools suspended an elementary teacher at Eagleville School for allegedly stealing prescription medicine from the nurse's office, the school system reported.

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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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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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Judge refuses to withhold Brace's statement from trial
Judge refuses to withhold Brace's statement from trial

A judge refused to suppress a murder defendant's statement to TBI agents that he killed an elderly woman in 2015 when he "just snapped" and choked her to death before dumping her naked body in Bedford County.

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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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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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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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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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Feds want Arnold's bond revoked
Feds want Arnold's bond revoked

U.S. attorneys want indicted Sheriff Robert Arnold's bond revoked and for him to be detained before a scheduled Feb. 7, 2017, trial for an alleged domestic incident involving his wife.

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Snapshots: Adam's Place Art Show
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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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City construction projects through Sept. 24
City construction projects through Sept. 24
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Juvenile arrested in relation to shooting, wreck
Juvenile arrested in relation to shooting, wreck

A juvenile was arrested on aggravated assault, false report and reckless endangerment charges in connection with last week's wreck and shooting in La Vergne.

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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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Warner will remain behind bars
Warner will remain behind bars

Convict in unrelated case also to request new trial.

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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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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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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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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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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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Charges bound over in aggravated assault case
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Do you know these robbers?
Do you know these robbers?

Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Jefferson Pike Market clerk about 8:20 p.m. Monday night on Jefferson Pike.

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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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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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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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2035 is lookin' mighty fine
2035 is lookin' mighty fine
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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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UPDATED: Charges bound over in Gareion Simmons' hearing
UPDATED: Charges bound over in Gareion Simmons' hearing

Mildred Parker says she hasn't stopped crying since her daughter, Jessica Miranda Campos, was killed in a high-speed pursuit June 24.

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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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Armed robbery suspects at large
Armed robbery suspects at large
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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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Charges bound over in Gareion Simmons' hearing
Charges bound over in Gareion Simmons' hearing

Video from a Rutherford County Sheriff's officer's vehicle shows a black Escalade allegedly stolen by Gareion Simmons speeding in the wrong lane on I-24 and nearly hitting two officers in the median before crashing into two vehicles and killing a young woman on South Church Street.

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Cellphones sealed until Bowling's trial
Cellphones sealed until Bowling's trial

Information contained on the cellphones of murder defendant Brandon Bowling and victim Heather Nicole Maples is being placed under seal until the evidence is introduced at trial.

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Armed robbery suspect at large
Armed robbery suspect at large

At approximately 12:45 p.m. July 24 the Quick Stop at 561B Nissan Boulevard was robbed.

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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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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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Police seek suspect in fatal hit and run
Police seek suspect in fatal hit and run

Smyrna Police needs the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver involved in a Sunday night crash that killed a woman driving a scooter on South Lowry Street.

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MPD warns residents against credit card fraud
MPD warns residents against credit card fraud

The Murfreesboro Police Department has been investigating several complaints of fraudulent credit card charges.

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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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 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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When children are charged
When children are charged

How student sex crimes affect school safety.

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Cross-county car chase ends in fatal crash
Cross-county car chase ends in fatal crash

A car chase across county lines June 24 resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries in Murfreesboro, including injuries sustained by a young child.

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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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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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The Ladies Who Run La Vergne: Female police describe their work as a 'calling'
The Ladies Who Run La Vergne: Female police describe their work as a 'calling'

Taking care of public, fellow officers in trouble is 'more than a job.'

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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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Uncle Dave Macon Days only weeks away
Uncle Dave Macon Days only weeks away
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Arrest warrant issued in connection with homicide
Arrest warrant issued in connection with homicide

An arrest warrant has been issued by the Rutherford County Grand Jury for Quantavios Dance for giving false information to law enforcement (TCA 39-16-501).

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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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Charges dismissed in Hobgood disturbance
Charges dismissed in Hobgood disturbance

Related case to move forward, says DA

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Tragic death of Mary Huhta rattles community
Tragic death of Mary Huhta rattles community

Murfreesboro residents are trying to come to grips with the stabbing death of former City Councilwoman Mary Huhta and the arrest of her husband, Jim, who is charged with killing her in an apparent moment of despair at their Florida condominium.

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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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Juvenile rape linked to arrests at Hobgood
Juvenile rape linked to arrests at Hobgood

At least three of 10 elementary-age children arrested last month, including some handcuffed at Hobgood Elementary School, are connected to a separate case in which four boys, ages 10-11, are charged with raping a girl, according to a source The Post has chosen not to name.

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Jammin' at Jazz Fest
Jammin' at Jazz Fest
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CID investigates aggravated robbery
CID investigates aggravated robbery

The Criminal Investigation Division is seeking information regarding the identity of this individual.

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UPDATE: Fight breaks out, escalates to shooting
UPDATE: Fight breaks out, escalates to shooting
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Shooting at Aspen Heights injures 5
Shooting at Aspen Heights injures 5

MURFREESBORO - Police are investigating an early Sunday shooting incident at a local apartment complex where five people were injured, one seriously.

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Black Caucus condemns 'criminalization of children,' seeks DOJ investigation
Black Caucus condemns 'criminalization of children,' seeks DOJ investigation

The Tennessee Legislature's Black Caucus united with House Democrats from Nashville in seeking a federal investigation into the handcuffing and arrests of several elementary-age children in Murfreesboro.

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Student arrested at LaVergne Middle
Student arrested at LaVergne Middle

A student at LaVergne Middle School is accused of making electronic threats toward another student.

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Parents of jailed elementary schoolers wait for answers
Parents of jailed elementary schoolers wait for answers

Days after three of his children, ages 9, 10 and 11, were arrested and handcuffed at Hobgood Elementary School, then taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, one parent is trying to figure out when someone with the city of Murfreesboro will make things right.

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MPD responds to child arrest outrage
MPD responds to child arrest outrage

Two days after listening to residents' concerns about the arrest of 10 elementary-age children, Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr said he is conducting an internal study of police procedures and forming a minister coalition to review it.

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Police confrontation ends peacefully
Police confrontation ends peacefully

Deputies escaped serious injury when a suicidal woman with mental health issues sprayed one officer with chemical spray about 8 p.m. Wednesday at her Christiana home, a sheriff's sergeant said.

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Burglary ring busted
Burglary ring busted

Burglars accused of stealing about $150,000 worth of stolen property face burglary charges in four counties, a Rutherford County Sheriff's Office detective said Thursday.

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New billboards seek Hawkin's murderer
New billboards seek Hawkin's murderer

Widow Janet Hawkins seeks justice for her husband, Gregg, who was killed Oct. 16 while fishing with his daughter at Mona Boat Ramp.

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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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Eric Ellis to undergo mental evaluation
Eric Ellis to undergo mental evaluation

Ellis charged with first-degree murder in death of Kimberly Allen

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Man arrested over restroom cameras in Smyrna
Man arrested over restroom cameras in Smyrna

Smyrna Police have arrested a man for privacy violations in connection with photos and video footage of females taken inside restrooms at Volunteer Park on 8th Avenue.

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Suspect identified in Smyrna shooting
Suspect identified in Smyrna shooting

March 31 at approximately 12:40 a.m. Smyrna Police responded to the Singh Bar and Restaurant in reference to a shooting.

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Police seek suspect in Smyrna shooting
Police seek suspect in Smyrna shooting

Smyrna Police have issued a description of a man believed to be involved in a shooting that critically injured a man in the parking lot of Singh Bar and Restaurant early Thursday.

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Police investigate Smyrna shooting
Police investigate Smyrna shooting

At approximately 12:40 a.m. Smyrna Police responded to the Singha Bar and Grill at the corner of Sam Ridley Parkway and Weakley Lane in reference to a shooting.

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Smyrna Pawn break-in results in deadly crash
Smyrna Pawn break-in results in deadly crash

One person believed to be involved in an attempted burglary at Smyrna Pawn and Gun was killed in a crash when police chased the suspects' vehicle early Monday morning.

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Arrest made in Smyrna homicide
Arrest made in Smyrna homicide

On Friday, March 25, Smyrna Police responded to 230 Branch Trail in reference to a deceased female, Kimberly Allen, age 45, located inside of the home.

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Homicide at The Vie
Homicide at The Vie

Police are investigating a homicide early Friday morning at The Vie apartments on Wenlon Drive.

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Carachure bound over
Carachure bound over

A Murfreesboro Police detective testified Tuesday a murder defendant didn't kill his victim in self-defense during a February drug deal.

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Teenager charged after shooting
Teenager charged after shooting

A teenager expelled from Riverdale High School for having a gun on campus has been charged in connection with a Monday shooting stemming from an argument with a student, according to reports.

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Arrest made in assault, kidnapping, car chase case
Arrest made in assault, kidnapping, car chase case

TBI continues routine investigation; officer remains on leave

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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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March madness: Car chase leads to shots fired by police
March madness: Car chase leads to shots fired by police

According to a press release from the Murfreesboro Police Department, officers were called to Regal Inn on South Church Street at 7:11 p.m. regarding a domestic violence situation, where they found a man threatening the three children in his car with a firearm.

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Attempted jail break thwarted
Attempted jail break thwarted

Deputies foiled an attempted escape plot by two inmates early Sunday at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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SunTrust Bank robbed
SunTrust Bank robbed

Police are looking for a man who robbed SunTrust Bank on Greenland Drive this afternoon.

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Charges against Cuban nationals bound over
Charges against Cuban nationals bound over

Criminal simulation and conspiracy charges against seven Cuban nationals accused of running a credit-card fraud ring were bound over to the grand jury Monday.

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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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MFRD's Fire Marshal's Office arrests juvenile for setting five fires
MFRD's Fire Marshal's Office arrests juvenile for setting five fires

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Fire Marshal's Office arrested a 17 year old juvenile Saturday in connection with five set fires in Murfreesboro during the month of February.

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MPD investigates 'unattended death'
MPD investigates 'unattended death'

The Murfreesboro Police Department is investigating an unattended death after a body was discovered.

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Closing statements made in Lytle Creek murder trial
Closing statements made in Lytle Creek murder trial

Jury deliberates today.

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Warner found guilty in Lytle Creek murder
Warner found guilty in Lytle Creek murder

Charles Warner was found guilty today of killing Emad Al Azraki by slashing his throat and dumping his body in Lytle Creek in May 2014.

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Trial opens in Lytle Creek murder
Trial opens in Lytle Creek murder

Prosecutors began setting the scene of a murder Monday as the trial opened for Charles Warner, who is charged with killing Emad Al Azraki and dumping his body in Lytle Creek in early May 2014.

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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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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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Convicted murderer, rapist to serve consecutive sentences
Convicted murderer, rapist to serve consecutive sentences

Convicted murderer Jewell Moses Bess's prison sentence for killing his wife in 1986 will run consecutively to a sentence he completed in 2013 for raping his daughter, a Circuit Court judge ruled.

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Robbery in La Vergne
Robbery in La Vergne
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5-kilo bust stems a little of rising heroin tide
5-kilo bust stems a little of rising heroin tide

Murfreesboro Police, TBI and DEA arrest 2 Colorado women.

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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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Suspects caught in theft, arson
Suspects caught in theft, arson

Deputies located two suspects who went on a crime spree by stealing two vehicles, leading a sergeant on a pursuit and burning a truck Thursday morning, Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies said.

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Lead on Salvation Army theft
Lead on Salvation Army theft

The police have a lead on last weekend's theft at the Salvation Army storage unit in La Vernge.

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Police seek suspect in credit card 'skimming' operation
Police seek suspect in credit card 'skimming' operation

A victim reported someone used her debit card number to make purchases.

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Thieves clean out Salvation Army storage
Thieves clean out Salvation Army storage

Thieves stole an estimated $10,000 in merchandise from the Salvation Army's warehouse in La Vergne, where it was stored after the agency's building sustained storm damage last summer, the agency reported.

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Smyrna shooting suspect found dead
Smyrna shooting suspect found dead

A suspect wanted in a Saturday night drug-deal shooting at a Rutherford County Sheriff deputy's Smyrna home was found dead Sunday in a Nashville driveway, police reported.

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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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Wanted sex offender at large
Wanted sex offender at large
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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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Sexual assault case closed

Law enforcement officials closed a case of alleged sexual assault after failing to find evidence supporting the purported victim's story, according to Murfreesboro Police.

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Scammers threaten area residents
Scammers threaten area residents

Callers representing themselves as Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies are threatening residents by telling them they must pay for missing jury duty or civil warrants, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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Child pornography case bound over without hearing
Child pornography case bound over without hearing

A former city police officer facing child pornography charges waived his case to a Rutherford County grand jury, according to General Sessions Court.

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Attempted self-abortion results in first-degree attempted murder charge
Attempted self-abortion results in first-degree attempted murder charge

A woman who attempted to perform an abortion with a coat hanger six months into her pregnancy has been indicted on a first-degree attempted murder charge, Murfreesboro Police reported.

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Drag racing alleged in traffic-jamming crash
Drag racing alleged in traffic-jamming crash

Flipped truck on I-24 produces gridlock in the 'Boro.

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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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Lambert pleads guilty to aggravated robbery
Lambert pleads guilty to aggravated robbery

Long-time convict Darrell Wayne Lambert pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated robbery of Lascassas Drug Store and was sentenced to 15 years at 85 percent.

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Shooting near downtown
Shooting near downtown

Three men, one of whom was shot, are being charged with trying to rob two men who drove here from Alabama for a stereo sales transaction, Murfreesboro Police reported.

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Person of interest in Hawkin's murder sought
Person of interest in Hawkin's murder sought

Wearing T-shirts saying "Justice for Gregg," the family of slain fisherman Gregg Hawkins offered a $40,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest of his killer.

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Arrest 'imminent' in China Videon's disappearance
Arrest 'imminent' in China Videon's disappearance

With an arrest "imminent" in the disappearance of teenager China Videon 16 years ago, friends and family lit candles to mark her birthday.

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MPD sergeant arrested, charged and fired
MPD sergeant arrested, charged and fired

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Murfreesboro Police sergeant Monday and charged him in connection with an ongoing child pornography investigation.

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Investigation into gang activity results in three arrests
Investigation into gang activity results in three arrests

Murfreesboro Police arrested three people and seized a large cache of drugs Monday at Bradyville Pike.

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Pet slain in west Murfreesboro
Pet slain in west Murfreesboro

A Murfreesboro resident is mourning the loss of her dog, who was fatally shot by an unknown assailant with a bow and arrow.

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Board honors retiring police chief
Board honors retiring police chief

'The brother I never had' receives proclamation.

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Shooting under investigation
Shooting under investigation

Police are investigating a shooting just before noon today in the middle of town that hospitalized one person.

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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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A 'senseless murder' says dectective
A 'senseless murder' says dectective

Gregg Hawkins was "executed" Oct. 16 on a fishing trip with his daughter when he walked up on a car burglary in progress at Mona boat ramp west of the Walter Hill community, a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective said Wednesday.

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Specialized response team works to recover missing children
Specialized response team works to recover missing children

If a child is missing, abducted or endangered, the Rutherford County Child Abduction Response Team will immediately launch a coordinated search, said Sheriff's Detective Phil Brooks, who leads the team.

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Suspects still at large
Suspects still at large

The suspects then entered the office and stole a safe.

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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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Prescribed medical marijuana seized in traffic stop
Prescribed medical marijuana seized in traffic stop

Prescriptions for medical marijuana and about 2-1/2 pounds of marijuana and hash were recovered during a traffic stop last week on Interstate 24, said a Rutherford County Sheriff's Interstate Crime Enforcement Unit supervisor.

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Patel cousins sentenced to 15 years

Two cousins convicted in a murder-for-hire plot were sentenced to 15 years each in prison.

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Smyrna man charged with sexual exploitation
Smyrna man charged with sexual exploitation

A Smyrna man is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor involving a girl who committed suicide in early September, according to La Vergne Police.

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Crime Map: Oct. 12-18
Crime Map: Oct. 12-18

Burglars broke into two business and several homes during the past week.

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Man faces felony charges related to La Vergne student's death
Man faces felony charges related to La Vergne student's death

Tyler Hubbard has been charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, following an investigation into the death of 14-year old Sherokee Harriman.

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Murder at Mona boat ramp
Murder at Mona boat ramp

A fisherman was shot to death Friday at Mona boat ramp north of Murfreesboro, according to Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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Bank robber still at large
Bank robber still at large
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Mona murder victim likely interrupted a crime
Mona murder victim likely interrupted a crime

A fisherman who might have interrupted a crime was shot to death Friday at Mona boat ramp north of Murfreesboro, according to Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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Attempted murder on North Maney Avenue
Attempted murder on North Maney Avenue

Freda Fowler's quiet life on North Maney Avenue turned into a nightmare Tuesday when men invaded her home, held her head under pillow and demanded drugs before robbing her.

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Green pleads guilty, recieves 20 year sentence
Green pleads guilty, recieves 20 year sentence

A man charged with killing a former friend netted a 20-year sentence on murder and aggravated assault convictions in Circuit Court, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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Indictments filed against former Siegel coach
Indictments filed against former Siegel coach

Indictments were filed against a former Siegel Middle School volleyball coach after he allegedly had sexual contact with a 16-year-old student at another school, a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective said Monday.

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Convicted sex offender indicted again
Convicted sex offender indicted again

A man previously convicted twice on sex offenses against 16-year-old girls was indicted on additional sexual offenses, a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective said Thursday.

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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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Attempted murder suspect wanted
Attempted murder suspect wanted

No one suffered injuries when a man allegedly fired three rounds into a group of adults and children Tuesday outside a Keystone Drive home, a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective said Wednesday.

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Charges filed in meth bust
Charges filed in meth bust

Three suspects were charged with making methamphetamine while Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies were searching for burglary suspect earlier this month, a deputy said.

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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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Suspect in Boro bank robbery still at large
Suspect in Boro bank robbery still at large

Police are investigating two robberies that took place Thursday within two hours of each other on different sections of Rutherford Boulevard.

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Police Chief Chrisman to retire
Police Chief Chrisman to retire

Police Chief Glenn Chrisman turned in his retirement notice last week after 40 years in law enforcement, 12 years leading the city department.

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Murfreesboro man arrested in child porn investigation
Murfreesboro man arrested in child porn investigation

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Murfreesboro man in connection to an ongoing child pornography investigation.

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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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Suspects arrested in Riverdale pellet gun incident
Suspects arrested in Riverdale pellet gun incident

No one suffered injuries when two suspects allegedly fired a pellet rifle near spectators watching a girls' soccer game Thursday evening outside a Riverdale High School, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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Fugitive on the run from Secret Service caught in Rutherford County
Fugitive on the run from Secret Service caught in Rutherford County

One of several suspects wanted by the U.S. Secret Service for $2 million in fraudulent purchases was apprehended Monday on Interstate 24 by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office's Interstate Crime Enforcement Unit, a supervisor said.

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Do you recognize this man?
Do you recognize this man?

He is accused of entering a faculty member's office about 2:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Tennessee College of Applied Technology and removing a wallet from a purse.

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Judge sets Abbott's bond at $300,000
Judge sets Abbott's bond at $300,000

A man killed during a July 22 confrontation at Kings Crossing apartments was unarmed and did nothing to justify being shot three times, his ex-girlfriend testified Monday.

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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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Meth lab found
Meth lab found
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Murfreesboro man arrested for solicitation of minor
Murfreesboro man arrested for solicitation of minor

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Murfreesboro man in an undercover investigation for allegedly trying to find a teenage girl via the Internet for sexual purposes.

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Patel cousins found guilty of solicitation, conspiracy to commit murder
Patel cousins found guilty of solicitation, conspiracy to commit murder

A Circuit Court jury found two men guilty today in a murder-for-hire plot involving one of the men's wife, who was supposed to be killed just days after he took out a $6 million life insurance policy on her.

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Police seek burglary suspect
Police seek burglary suspect

The suspect in these photos is believed to be responsible for several burglaries to autos and vending machines.

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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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'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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Officers of the Year honored
Officers of the Year honored
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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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Regal Inn adopts
Regal Inn adopts "no-tolerance policy"
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Double vehicle fire investigation off Northfield Blvd.
Double vehicle fire investigation off Northfield Blvd.

The investigation is underway in a double vehicle fire that occurred at Summit Townhomes apartment complex last week.

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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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Detectives seek assistance identifying burglars
Detectives seek assistance identifying burglars

On Friday April 3, 2015, at 3:44a.m. two persons used a sledge hammer to break through a glass door to the Old Fort Golf office and attempted to gain access to the safe.

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$2,000 Reward for information on wanted person
$2,000 Reward for information on wanted person

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Field Division and the Murfreesboro Police Department announced Monday (April 13) a $2,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest of Adareus Dixson, aka: "Peabody," "Body," "Juice."

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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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UPDATE: Man charged with attempted murder in north Rutherford stabbing incident
UPDATE: Man charged with attempted murder in north Rutherford stabbing incident

A Readyville man arrested in connection with stabbings at a March 22 bonfire north of Smyrna faces an attempted murder charge, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office reported.

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Potential officers put the test before hitting the streets
Potential officers put the test before hitting the streets

Most citizens are unaware of the fine details of police work, the kind of split-second decision making that must be a part of their makeup through training and experience.

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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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MPD detective found dead at home
MPD detective found dead at home

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of Murfreesboro Police Detective Lt. Charlie Goodloe, who was found dead Wednesday at his home.

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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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UPDATED: Elderly fatal crash victim ID'd in Memorial wreck
UPDATED: Elderly fatal crash victim ID'd in Memorial wreck

MURFREESBORO - An elderly man was killed Monday in a four-car crash when a dump truck rear-ended his vehicle on Memorial Boulevard and wound up crushing it in a chain-reaction collision, Murfreesboro Police reported.

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Attorney's seminar set: 'Can Police Do That?'
Attorney's seminar set: 'Can Police Do That?'

Murfreesboro Attorney Scott Kimberly will present a legal seminar titled "Can Police Do That?" at Middle Tennessee State University over the next several weeks, which will discuss the Constitutional Rights provided by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. The event is co-sponsored by the MTSU College Democrats and MTSU College Republicans.

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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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Two businesses, apartment searched in prostitution investigation
Two businesses, apartment searched in prostitution investigation

MURFREESBORO - Vice unit detectives working with TBI and Franklin Police served search warrants at two businesses and an apartment in connection with pending prostitution charges, police reported.

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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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Violent crimes numbers drop in Rutherford County

Violent crimes dropped 5.4 percent last year in Rutherford County, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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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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Smyrna Police offer $6,000 reward in murder case

The Smyrna Police Department announced Thursday, with the support of the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Smyrna and the Rutherford County Crime Stoppers, they are offering a $6,000 reward for any information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Danny Wright.

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Grenade found in Murfreesboro neighborhood

Murfreesboro Police officers responded to 2913 Meadowhill Dr. around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a grenade found near a creek in the area.

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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2013 shooting death
Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2013 shooting death

A man charged with first-degree murder in a June 2013 shooting death in La Vergne pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in Circuit Court.

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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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Odom faces first-degree murder, attempted murder charges
Odom faces first-degree murder, attempted murder charges

Shooting victim Wendy Whittemore wept on the stand Tuesday (Nov. 25) as she described how Justin Odom, someone she raised like a son, shot her daughter's boyfriend in the head, then turned the gun on her in an August incident fueled by methamphetamine in eastern Rutherford County.

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Police: Netherland killed by blunt force trauma
Police: Netherland killed by blunt force trauma

Murfreesboro insurance executive Ed Netherland, a 1972 graduate of old Central High School, was killed this week by a blow to the head at his St. John rental home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the police confirmed Thursday.

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Murder suspect in Rutherford County will not receive reduced sentence.
Murder suspect in Rutherford County will not receive reduced sentence.

A man who plead guilty to second degree murder and attempted first degree murder before Judge David Bragg in Rutherford County wants to be heard again.

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Man pleads to manslaughter in East Clark killing
Man pleads to manslaughter in East Clark killing

A man indicted for first-degree murder in a fight over drugs pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday in Circuit Court.

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Road rage leads to attempted murder charge
Road rage leads to attempted murder charge

An apparent road rage situation led to one driver suffering a stab wound to his abdomen and a suspect arrested on an attempted murder charge Friday, a Rutherford County Sheriff's supervisor said.

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Alleged pizza robber arrested
Alleged pizza robber arrested

Deputies identified and arrested a suspect in an armed robbery who was booked in jail less than two hours after the hold-up occurred Saturday, a Rutherford County Sheriff's supervisor said.

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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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Damon appeal denied in Eagleville assault, robbery

The Tennessee Supreme Court denied an appeal from the man convicted of kidnapping, beating and robbing an elderly Eagleville couple just after Christmas in 2009.

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Madden appeal denied
Madden appeal denied

The Tennessee Supreme Court denied an appeal by the woman convicted in the stabbing death of an MTSU Lady Raiders basketball player, but her attorney plans to keep trying to push the case to the nation’s highest court.

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MFRD extricates victim from wreck
MFRD extricates victim from wreck

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Deparment units extricated one victim from a two car motor vehicle accident Wednesday morning.

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Former Ruthrford County bookkeeper charged with theft

A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has revealed a former bookkeeper at Rutherford County’s Holloway Night School stole at least $15,875. Comptroller investigators worked in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on this case.

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Sign theft charges against Jernigan dismissed

Campaign sign theft charges against Rutherford County Commissioner Joe Frank Jernigan have been dismissed, according to General Sessions Court information.

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Police seek man who harassed woman at mall
Police seek man who harassed woman at mall

Murfreesboro Police are trying to identify a man who allegedly harassed a woman Sunday in the Stones River Mall parking lot.

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Man killed by train while lying on tracks

Murfreesboro Police are investigating the death of a man believed to have been killed when he was hit by a train over the weekend.

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Area crime briefs

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Smyrna, man accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor in Jackson County.

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Woman pleads no contest to manslaughter in 1979 shooting death

A woman charged with first-degree murder in the 1979 shooting death of her roommate has pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in Circuit Court.

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McFarlin appointed attorney in Walmart murder case

Circuit Court Judge David Bragg appointed a local attorney to represent one of the defendants in the Walmart double-murder case today after the public defender’s office bowed out of the matter.

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Area Crime Briefs

Smyrna Police Department received a report of a shooting that occurred at 109 Kings Rd in Smyrna at approximately 7 Thursday morning.

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Two suspects flee on I-24 after traffic stop Thursday morning

Two suspects were pursued after they fled from a traffic stop about 10 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 24, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s supervisor said. Deputy Travis Perusse of the Interstate Crime Enforcement Unit stopped the driver of the 2014 black Ford Explorer for a traffic violation near the 85-mile marker eastbound, said Lt. Chris Haynes.

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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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Smyrna Police searching for man who left obscene note
Smyrna Police searching for man who left obscene note

On July 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m., an unidentified male unlawfully entered a woman’s vehicle that was parked in the Kroger parking lot on Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna.

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Man scammed out of $3,100 on CraigsList

A man who moved to Murfreesboro called police after being scammed out of $3,100.

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Man visiting Murfreesboro arrested for statutory rape

A 29-year old man from Indianapolis is facing criminal charges in Murfreesboro. The suspect, Stephen Michael Schott, allegedly had a sexual encounter with a juvenile and another male of an unknown age while visiting Rutherford County.

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Scam caller claims to be police chief

In a phone scam, a person claimed to be the Murfreesboro Chief of Police when he called a retired resident who lives in the Garrison Cove subdivision.

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BURRISS: Taking photos of police? Hmm... no harm, no foul

A couple of years ago I was outside the White House taking pictures of a bomb-disposal robot that was being used to inspect a suspicious package, when a metro police officer told several of us we weren’t allowed to photograph the device.

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Murfreesboro police officer admits theft, resigns following TBI case
Murfreesboro police officer admits theft, resigns following TBI case

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained a plea in the case of a police officer accused of stealing and selling equipment from his department.

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No fatalities during Memorial Day in Rutherford County

No one died in a traffic crash during the Memorial Day holiday in Rutherford County after teams of law enforcement officers conducted preventive sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported.

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Local detectives complete national forensic academy
Local detectives complete national forensic academy

Two Rutherford County Sheriff’s detectives received advanced training after completing a 10-week training at the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville. Detectives Steve Brown and Richard Brinkley were two of 24 students nationwide who learned overall proper crime scene management.

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Suspect Barrett recaptured by police after escaping
Suspect Barrett recaptured by police after escaping

A man being taken into custody from Rutherford County’s Drug Court ran from a sheriff’s deputy as he was escorted to a sheriff’s vehicle outside the Judicial Building early Thursday but was recaptured two hours later, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Car burglaries and credit card theft reported
Car burglaries and credit card theft reported

On May 13, 2014 several vehicles were burglarized in the area of 225 John R. Rice Boulevard. Shortly after the burglaries, two (2) suspects used at least one of the credit cards stolen from the vehicles to make fraudulent purchases at Walmart on Old Fort Parkway.

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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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CADCOR recognizes  local law enforcement
CADCOR recognizes local law enforcement

CADCOR (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County) recently recognized local law enforcement in Rutherford County. CADCOR works collaboratively with these agencies through drug take backs, Compliance Checks, national night out, SRO Rodeo and many more events to bring awareness to Rutherford County.

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New facility at old Medical Center will aid Murfreesboro Police Department

Rather than focus on a west-side police station to keep up with the fastest-growing part of town, Murfreesboro Police Department is emphasizing renovation of a former medical clinic as a new headquarters. The city recently sought bids for work on transforming the old Murfreesboro Medical Clinic on North Highland Avenue into a police headquarters to house all of the department’s units, except its vice squad.

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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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MPD partners with GHSO to increase seat belt usage in “SAFE Campaign”

The Murfreesboro Police Department is joining over 150 Tennessee police departments and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office in an effort to make Murfreesboro roads safer through a campaign designed to increase seat belt usage. The Seat belts Are For Everyone (SAFE) Campaign is designed to increase seat belt and child safety seat usage.

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Clydeway Drive man robbed of $2,200 in cash

A Clydeway Drive man reported to Murfreesboro Police someone robbed him of more than $2,200 and other items just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

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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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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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Police capture violent offenders

Violent actions allegedly committed by a suspect prompted six Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies to join Murfreesboro Police in apprehending the suspect early Monday, Sheriff Robert Arnold said.

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Police capture violent offender
Police capture violent offender

Violent actions allegedly committed by a suspect prompted six Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies to join Murfreesboro Police in apprehending the suspect early Monday, Sheriff Robert Arnold said.

Sgt. Chris Owens reported suspect Asa Gilbert, 30, of 304 Chicken Pike in Smyrna, was wanted for stealing a gun from his father that he fired inside his father’s home, assaulting his parents, stealing vehicles and fleeing from police with passengers inside the car.

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Drug take back and gun buy back event this weekend

The Murfreesboro Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County (CADCOR), and St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital are working together to make another successful prescription “Drug Take Back” day.

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Sheriff candidate Asbury touts experience, new plan
Sheriff candidate Asbury touts experience, new plan

When Bob Asbury started his career with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department 36 years ago under Craig Snell, he received two pairs of pants, three shirts and a badge. He had to supply the rest of the equipment, including his gun and bullets.

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Bomb Threat at Verizon Call Center in Murfreesboro Monday afternoon

 

Verizon evacuated the building and officers are in the process of looking for anything unusual.  A bomb dog was requested to walk through the building as a precaution.  Nothing has been found at this point in the search.

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Bicycle Class Teaches Officers New Skills
Bicycle Class Teaches Officers New Skills

 

The Murfreesboro Police Department recently hosted an International Police Mountain Bike Association Police Cyclist Course to train police officers on the use of a bicycle for patrol purposes.

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Six Recruits graduate police academy; Eight complete orientation, begin training
Six Recruits graduate police academy; Eight complete orientation, begin training

 

The Murfreesboro Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of six police officers from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. Recruit Officers Landon Beirnes, Bryan Burubeltz, Eric Renfroe, Darryl Sanders, Evan Sharp, and Ben Weatherford successfully completed the ten week Basic Police School.

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Rocks dropped from I-24

 

Two tractor-trailer drivers escaped serious injury when rocks crashed through the windshields of their trucks about 1 a.m. Feb. 18 on Interstate 24 near the Ridley Earp overpass, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s detective said.

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Rutherford County crime drops 20 percent in 2012-13
Rutherford County crime drops 20 percent in 2012-13

 

Crime dramatically dropped by 20 percent in Rutherford County from 2012-2013 while Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives cleared 43 percent of all reported crimes, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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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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Smyrna police looking for GameStop robbery suspect
Smyrna police looking for GameStop robbery suspect

Authorities are requesting the public for help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at GameStop in Smyrna.

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LOGUE: Pedophiles keep slipping into education system

How do pedophiles find their way into the teaching profession?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BIZARRE: Man throws tantrum over dirty dishes

Police were called Sunday to a Leslie Lane residence after a 23-year-old man became outraged when his mother refused to return his cell phone charger until he finished washing the dishes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BIZARRE: Sisters brawl over party plans

Police were recently called to a Masterpiece Avenue residence after two sisters became embroiled in a fight when one of them refused to go to a party because she did not like her outfit.

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MTSU alumnus wants others to get a Gulley Grip

Former Blue Raider invents innovative workout

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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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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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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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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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Police identify 2nd suspect in hotel shooting
Police identify 2nd suspect in hotel shooting

Authorities have named a second suspect wanted in connection with the December 2013 shooting that injured one person outside of Deerfield Inn just a few days before Christmas.

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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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BIZARRE: Mom files complaint over birthday wish

A mother filed a harassment complaint Thursday with Murfreesboro police over the fact that an acquaintance sent a text message wishing her daughter a happy birthday.

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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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Victim identified in fatal New Year's Day crash

Authorities have identified a 22-year-old man who was killed New Year’s Day in a single-car crash that injured three others on North Rutherford Boulevard.

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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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Let there be light
Let there be light

A look back at electricity in Rutherford County

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Police make arrest in hotel shooting case
Police make arrest in hotel shooting case

A Smyrna man has been arrested in connection with the December 2013 shooting that injured one person outside of Deerfield Inn just days before Christmas.

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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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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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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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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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Murfreesboro police officer honored with award

Officer Ricky Haley from the Murfreesboro Police Department was recently honored with an Officer of the Year award from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

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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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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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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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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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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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BIZARRE: Stunt brings man wrong kind of ride

A man who was frustrated with the fact that his friend refused to give him a ride home Wednesday, reportedly threatened to commit suicide in an attempt to get his way, knowing full well that he never planned to harm himself.

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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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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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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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Symphony to perform holiday classics
Symphony to perform holiday classics

'Sounds of Christmas' to celebrate season

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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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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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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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VINSON: Bullying can be downright scary
VINSON: Bullying can be downright scary

A definition for the word “bully” is a person who uses strength and power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker, according to the Oxford American Dictionary.

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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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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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Family's legacy endures with scholarship
Family's legacy endures with scholarship

MTSU alumna establishes endowment

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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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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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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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VINSON: Breaking bad can get you cuffed
VINSON: Breaking bad can get you cuffed

While staunch believers attribute the Garden of Eden as the birthplace of crime, non-believers might cite genetic error as the reason for bad behavior.

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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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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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Police: Drugs seized in prostitution ring raid
Police: Drugs seized in prostitution ring raid

Five people who were arrested Monday are facing multiple drug-related charges following a long-term investigation into an alleged prostitution ring.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Art Studio Tour celebrates 20th year
Art Studio Tour celebrates 20th year

Annual event to showcase local artwork

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Smyrna police looking for armed robber
Smyrna police looking for armed robber

Authorities are asking the public for help identifying the suspect wanted in connection with the Saturday morning armed robbery of the Dollar General Store.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Author gives intimate tale behind brother’s murder

Connie Minick will sign copies of her book about her brother's murder at Hastings Books, located at 1660 Memorial Drive in Murfreesboro from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blackman teacher arrested for assaulting student
Blackman teacher arrested for assaulting student

A Blackman High School teacher accused of hitting a student Oct. 3 was charged Wednesday with simple assault by the student’s mother.

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

Camp offers life skills for kids

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

Firefighter looks back on basketball career

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Go blue for MTSU
Go blue for MTSU

Blue Raider community to celebrate homecoming

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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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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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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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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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Frances Moudy
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Commissioners vote to raise DUI fees
Commissioners vote to raise DUI fees

The Rutherford County Public Safety Committee voted Monday to raise offender fees for driving under the influence to fund an increase in costs at the Correctional Work Center.

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Dorothy Bryant Lufkin
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Woman facing 2nd DUI arrest after crash

Only two years after being convicted of her first driving under the influence charge, a 31-year-old woman is facing her second offense following a crash Tuesday night near the Stones River Mall.

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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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Frank Mason
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Curtis Rickie Hedgepeth
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Betty Hall Johnson
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Sandra Barnes Walker
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Roy Knight
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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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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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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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Smyrna police make arrest in burglary case

Police have arrested the suspect wanted in connection with the Sept. 14 burglary of a Burntwood Drive home in Smyrna.

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

MTSU students to present Broadway classic

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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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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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Driver with suspended license facing DUI charge

A Murfreesboro man whose license is suspended was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Tuesday night after being stopped on Middle Tennessee Boulevard for a light law violation.

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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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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 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.

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Lions Club members honored for dedication
Lions Club members honored for dedication

Local Lions Club mainstays Gale and Jonelle Prince were honored recently at the Lions Awards Dinner in Nashville.

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BIZARRE: Mysterious plant vandalisms continue

A woman who lives in the Kings Crossing community contacted police Tuesday after discovering someone had once again targeted her decorative potted plants for no apparent reason.

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FAIR: New rule means TSSAA needs more referees

In all the years that I have been writing columns that deal with matters surrounding high school football, the content of these columns has generally been for the fans.

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Bradley influence community for 200 years

While a cluster of the boys were playing marbles in a corner of the school yard, a circle of girls were in the back, jumping rope.

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Special Kids receives $1.5M grant
Special Kids receives $1.5M grant

Foundation donates funds for good cause

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Felon to stand trial in home invasion case
Felon to stand trial in home invasion case

A convicted felon accused of assaulting a Murfreesboro woman during a June 2012 home invasion is scheduled to stand trial this week.

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Suspected drunk driver rams through East Northfield yards

A Murfreesboro man was arrested for driving under the influence Monday after he allegedly bulldozed through several yards in the 100 block of East Northfield Boulevard.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Woman reportedly raped inside home

Murfreesboro detectives have launched an investigation into allegations a man raped a woman early Monday after the two were out with friends celebrating the Labor Day holiday.

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HUNTER: Tennessee Cup on tap to become elite event

Some of the top youth soccer players from the Southeast and Midwest converged to the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex for the 2013 Tennessee Cup over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Police seek identity of theft suspects
Police seek identity of theft suspects

Detectives are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects accused of using stolen credit cards to make fraudulent purchases at stores in Smyrna.

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Murfreesboro names best lawns in city

The Murfreesboro Urban Environmental Department recently recognized properties in the city that make positive contributions through the creation of the Community Landscape Awards.

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Investigation into East Main shooting continues

Murfreesboro authorities are continuing their investigation into what led up to a shooting that occurred Friday night on East Main Street.

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OK Jose serves up best in Tex-Mex
OK Jose serves up best in Tex-Mex

Murfreesboro, the melting pot of Tennessee, is home of many different people, people from different parts of not only the United States but the world.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Pedestrian robbed at gunpoint

Murfreesboro police were called Wednesday to the 1300 block of Wenlon Drive after a man reported an unidentified suspect robbed him at gunpoint while he was walking home.

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BIZARRE: Woman takes nap in parking space

After being released from a local hospital on her own recognizance, a 52-year-old woman apparently decided to take a nap in a parking space reserved for pregnant women outside of Wal-Mart.

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Police: Drunk driver caught with kids in car

A Murfreesboro man who was arrested Saturday afternoon is facing multiple charges after police allegedly caught him driving drunk with four children in the car.

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Manager takes director's chair
Manager takes director's chair

Smith takes the lead at Center for the Arts

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Sondheim comes to town
Sondheim comes to town

The Stephen Sondheim musical revue is coming to the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts in September.

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DesJarlais visits Redeemer Classical Academy
DesJarlais visits Redeemer Classical Academy

Redeemer Classical Academy illustrates how much parents can accomplish when they come together, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais said Tuesday.

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Longtime firefighter promoted to captain

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department has promoted Kurt McMahan to captain, according to a press release.

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WEEKEND PLANNER: AdamsPlace to host Chefin It Up

As host, AdamsPlace will present dueling dishes at the Chefin It Up annual fundraiser, slated for 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the assisted living home, located at 1927 Memorial Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

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Murfreesboro league kicks off football season Saturday

The 2013 Murfreesboro Football League season will get underway Saturday, Aug. 31, with the 5- and 6-year-old flag division and the 7- and 8-year-old tackle divisions at the fields near StarPlex.

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Clinic now offering newest hearing aid

Middle Tennessee Ear, Nose & Throat will be the first private medical practice in Tennessee to offer the SoundBite Hearing System, an innovative approach to treating patients with single-sided deafness, a loss of hearing in one ear.

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City continues work on Joe B. Jackson Parkway
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City to revamp mini-park near Bridge Avenue

A public meeting will be held to discuss the proposed renovation of West View Mini-Park.

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MTSU freshmen move in over weekend
MTSU freshmen move in over weekend

Hundreds of new MTSU students and their families descended on campus Friday to move into their dorms, but they didn’t do so by themselves.

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Thrift stores are next best thing to yard sales

There aren’t that many yard sales early in the week, so it’s a great time to check out some of Murfreesboro’s best thrift stores.

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Avoid Freshman 15 with these helpful tips
Avoid Freshman 15 with these helpful tips

While college is an adjustment, it doesn’t have to mean an adjustment in your pants size.

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Convicted father awaits sentencing in abuse case
Convicted father awaits sentencing in abuse case

A four-year battle that has torn a Murfreesboro family apart will come to a head in October when a man convicted of abusing his daughter is sentenced.

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Sheriff's Office to hold 9/11 Remembrance
Sheriff's Office to hold 9/11 Remembrance

Department to remember terrorism victims

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INSIDE MTSU: Faculty, staff show 'Collaborative Spirit'

Working in groups of two and three, art faculty and staff have combined their talents to create the opening exhibit of the fall 2013 semester for the Todd Art Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Post boasts a staff of MTSU alumni
Post boasts a staff of MTSU alumni

Graduates comprise locally owned newspaper

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Hicks4HallofFame
Hicks4HallofFame

Hicks carries campaign into MTSU Hall of Fame

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MTSU events make for busy fall semester
MTSU events make for busy fall semester

An eventful autumn awaits the Middle Tennessee State University community and general public.

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BIZARRE: Remote-hogging husband threatens to shoot TV

Police were called to a North Church Street residence Tuesday night to break up an argument after a man threatened to shoot the television because his wife wanted to change the channel.

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Man questions city's new mine-resistant vehicle
Man questions city's new mine-resistant vehicle

Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included lengthy public hearings over rezonings in the Blackman area and a new MRAP vehicle.

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MTSU athletes ready for fall season

The wait is finally over. All of the Blue Raider fall sports programs are about to begin the first season in Conference USA this month.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Kroger to expand store

Kroger begins construction this fall to expand its store located at 2946 S. Church St. in Murfreesboro, which will make it the largest traditional store in the area, an official with Kroger confirmed.

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ACLU chides school for removing anti-bullying posters

The ACLU of Tennessee sent a letter Thursday to the Rutherford County Board of Education urging for Central Magnet School students and teachers be allowed to reinstate “Safe Space” posters.

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Police: Drunk driver caught without interlock device

A 27-year-old Murfreesboro woman who was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk early Tuesday is facing multiple charges, including operating her vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

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Mayday Brewery to host redneck-themed fundraiser
Mayday Brewery to host redneck-themed fundraiser

Local craft beer lovers are invited to release their inner redneck for its inaugural Hot Chicken & Jorts South celebration this weekend to raise funds for The Oasis Center.

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Proposed drive-in theater gets green light

The Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a proposal to build a drive-in movie theater on Florence Road in Murfreesboro.

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Murfreesboro acquires armored vehicle

The Murfreesboro Police Department has acquired a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Sheriff's Office strikes five off Most Wanted list

Five suspects on the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office’s Most Wanted list were apprehended last week.

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NCAA reverses decision on MTSU Marine
NCAA reverses decision on MTSU Marine

Rhodes given permission to play

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Angels in the Outfield Play4Tay
Angels in the Outfield Play4Tay

Teammates play in honor of Filorimo

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Meeting on Gateway changes set for Monday

The Murfreesboro Planning Department will hold a public meeting Monday, Aug. 19, to examine possible changes in the Gateway District Overlay.

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Bomb threat forces evacuation downtown
Bomb threat forces evacuation downtown

The Murfreesboro Police Department received a report of a bomb at a home on the 100 block of South Bilbro Avenue around 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.

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Police: No bomb found at Bilbro Avenue house
Police: No bomb found at Bilbro Avenue house

Officials have confirmed that no evidence of a bomb was found Monday at a South Bilbro Avenue rental home, following an extensive four-hour search.

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WWII veteran returns to France
WWII veteran returns to France

Navy medic goes back to Omaha Beach

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Smyrna police arrest rape suspect

Authorities have arrested the 29-year-old man wanted in connection the Aug. 10 rape of a woman who offered him a ride home.

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INSIDE MTSU: Hugs greet retiring Disabled Student Services director
INSIDE MTSU: Hugs greet retiring Disabled Student Services director

A steady stream of well-wishers provided plenty of hugs and handshakes for John Harris, the first and only Disabled Student Services director at Middle Tennessee State University, during a special celebration Tuesday.

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Local business partnership helps honor volunteers

Kaplan Mortgage Partners recently joined forces with Volunteer Rutherford as a sponsor for its Volunteer of the Week program.

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Nonprofit grows from memory of abuse victim

The goal at Kymari House is to always put the safety and best interests of children ahead of all other priorities, including the ability to pay for services.

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BIZARRE: Partner assaults boyfriend over haircut

A Murfreesboro man was recently arrested on suspicion of attacking his boyfriend for reportedly getting a haircut by an attractive male cosmetologist.

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Yard waste pickups delayed due to recent rains
Yard waste pickups delayed due to recent rains

The amount of recent rain and the fast-growing grass that has resulted has put a strain on the Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department.

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Police ramping up DUI enforcement efforts

The Murfreesboro Police Department will be increasing traffic enforcement beginning Friday, August 16, as part of a crackdown to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.

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WEEKEND PLANNER: NAACP to honor locals at banquet

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, the Murfreesboro Branch of the NAACP will present its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Stones River Primitive Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.

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Woman arrested for 3rd DUI after crashing car

A Murfreesboro woman recently involved in a crash on Mercury Boulevard could be facing nearly a year in jail and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted of driving under the influence for a third time.

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Murfreesboro, MTSU partner on indoor tennis facility

The Murfreesboro City Council has approved a contract with Lose and Associates Inc. for services needed to construct a proposed indoor tennis facility at Old Fort Park.

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Smyrna police looking for rape suspect
Smyrna police looking for rape suspect

Authorities are asking the public for help in locating a 29-year-old man accused of raping a woman Saturday after she offered him a ride home.

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Firefighters reach finals in regional competition

Murfreesboro firefighters placed fifth overall Sunday during their first time ever competing in the Scott Combat Challenge regional competition in Lexington, Ky.

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Houston-based company buys The Avenue

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced Tuesday that Hines Global REIT Inc. has acquired The Avenue Murfreesboro.

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Center offers workshop for aspiring government contractors

The Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a seminar Tuesday, Aug. 13, for entrepreneurs interested in learning how to become a federal government supplier.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Police get new leads in counterfeit case
CRIME BRIEFS: Police get new leads in counterfeit case

Detectives are asking the public for help in identifying the suspects caught on video allegedly passing counterfeit money at various Murfreesboro businesses.

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Budding entrepreneurs wrap up BEP summer camp
Budding entrepreneurs wrap up BEP summer camp

Sponsored by State Farm, the BEP’s two-week day camp exposes middle school students to the basics of the business world.

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MTSU named one of best schools in Southeast
MTSU named one of best schools in Southeast

Middle Tennessee State University was selected as one of the "Best in the Southeast" by The Princeton Review on its 2014 list of the nation’s top colleges.

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Publisher: Rutherford Reader is real newspaper
Publisher: Rutherford Reader is real newspaper

Doughtie pushes back against criticism

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City’s first was born in house on Square
City’s first was born in house on Square
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BIZARRE: Drug dealer alerts police to stolen weed

A 19-year-old man was recently arrested after alerting police to the fact that his safe containing a large amount of marijuana and drug money had been stolen from his Murfreesboro residence during a home invasion.

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Counselor facing 2nd DUI arrest
Counselor facing 2nd DUI arrest

A Murfreesboro man who does not have driver’s license is facing a second driving under the influence charge after police allegedly observed him driving recklessly Sunday on East Main Street.

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Don your jeans, tees to fight heart disease
Don your jeans, tees to fight heart disease

Annual event to raise funds for research

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Craft classes begin Thursday at Oaklands

On Thursday morning, ladies about town will have a chance to learn about Victorian crafts at Oaklands Historic House Museum’s ladies craft classes.

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Running on faith at Hershey's meet
Running on faith at Hershey's meet

The best youth track and field athletes ages 9-14 gathered last weekend in Hershey, Penn., for the 36th annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Final.

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JORDAN: Anything can happen on middle school gridiron

Middle School football opens up next week.

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Rutherford Reader loses first round in court battle

Federal judge rules against publisher in lawsuit

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MTSU student parking garages to open
MTSU student parking garages to open
MTSU students should find parking a bit easier for fall semester following this week’s opening of two new parking garages.
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Smyrna couple in standoff facing charges

A couple accused of barricading themselves inside a home Tuesday morning have been safely apprehended and are facing multiple charges following a nearly four-hour standoff with authorities.

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City hopes to get 'Downtown in Motion'
City hopes to get 'Downtown in Motion'

A brand new fitness program Downtown in Motion is designed to foster fitness and health while providing for a positive impact for the entire community.

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'Alice in Wonderland' opens this weekend

Family theater takes on a literal meaning when The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents “Alice in Wonderland" this weekend.

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Campus School welcomes new principal
Campus School welcomes new principal

Students, parents, faculty and staff of Homer Pittard Campus School welcomed new principal Sherry King during a picnic held Tuesday on school grounds.

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Life coach to discuss ADHD at conference
Life coach to discuss ADHD at conference

Residents who are interested in learning more about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are invited to attend a conference Thursday in Murfreesboro.

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Agencies partner to solve cold cases
Agencies partner to solve cold cases

Law enforcement officials from Rutherford and Cannon counties are joining forces to solve several cold cases through a new initiative aimed at improving cooperation and teamwork throughout the area.

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INSIDE MTSU: Professor offering new animation class
INSIDE MTSU: Professor offering new animation class

The latest new course at Middle Tennessee State University is designed to appeal to the kid in all of us.

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Blue Raiders ready to tackle new season

The status of three MTSU football players who were accused of assaulting a fellow female student dominated the first football press conference of the 2013 season, which was held Wednesday.

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BIZARRE: Armed UFO watcher chases down driver

Just as he was enjoying an afternoon of watching UFOs in the sky, a man was forced to jump in his car with a loaded shotgun Monday and chase down a stranger in self-defense.

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Little Library opens in Murfreesboro

Central Christian Church has established a Little Free Library in its front yard, located at 404 E. Main St., accessible to the sidewalk.

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National Night Out slated for Tuesday

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Aug. 6, to come out for the 30th annual National Night Out, America’s night out against crime.

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Report: More than half of students play sports

Locally, 45 and 60 percent of all middle school and high school students participate in one or more forms of physical activity while in school.

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New school resource officers get ready for class

Making lesson plans and caring for special education students were two of the topics new Rutherford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Matt Powell learned about during a week-long training for SROs.

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Local athletes qualify for national meet
Local athletes qualify for national meet

The nation’s best youth track and field athletes will converge this weekend in Pennsylvania for the 2013 Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Finals.

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Tots' Landing celebrates national accreditation

Three of Tots’ Landing Learning Center locations, which offer child care, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs, have received accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program.

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RuthefordCABLE to present leadership workshop

RutherfordCABLE and presenting sponsor Deloitte will offer a special leadership workshop for organization members on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Cougars fall short at BPA World Series

The tournament played host to 140 youth baseball teams from around the nation, who made the trip to Murfreesboro for a shot at a championship trophy. 

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Warrant issued for suspect in attempted kidnapping case
Warrant issued for suspect in attempted kidnapping case

Murfreesboro authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 14-year-old girl last week.

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No one injured in tractor trailer crash

No one was injured Thursday morning when the driver of a tractor trailer crashed into a pole behind Big Lots off Northwest Broad Street in Murfreesboro.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Police seek help identifying alleged thieves

Murfreesboro detectives are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects who are wanted in connection with a stolen credit card and fraud case.

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Bozeman to head BEP Foundation
Bozeman to head BEP Foundation

The Business Education Partnership Foundation has named Amelia Bozeman as the new executive director, Chairman Emil Hassan announced.

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Mosque opponents turn to Tenn. Supreme Court
Mosque opponents turn to Tenn. Supreme Court

Attorneys file another appeal in Islamic Center case

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Biz Journal: College Grove sells for $20.7M

The company plans to invest approximately $2 million in renovations.

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Stockstill formally dismisses players
Stockstill formally dismisses players

MTSU head football coach Rick Stockstill has formally dismissed three players from the team following their arrests earlier this month.

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Murfreesboro City Schools shows 3rd year of growth

MCS claimed another year of successful growth, with achievement targets met in all content areas.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Homes damaged by gunfire

No one was injured Friday night when two homes were damaged by gunfire in the area of South University Street and Reid Avenue in Murfreesboro.

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State celebrates 7th annual Sales Tax Holiday
State celebrates 7th annual Sales Tax Holiday

School is about to start and that means it’s Sales Tax Holiday time, which begins Friday, Aug. 2 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 4, at 11:59 p.m.

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Lanning embarks on new coaching career
Lanning embarks on new coaching career

Former Lady Raider star Anne Marie Lanning has enjoyed much success on the basketball court throughout her career.

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Chef Wang's accused of labor law violations
Chef Wang's accused of labor law violations

Chinese restaurant facing federal lawsuit

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Annual NAACP event honors MTSU alumnus
Annual NAACP event honors MTSU alumnus

Freedom Fund Banquet slated for August

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Oaklands Museum to present spooky stories

Ghosts of the past wander the halls of Oaklands Historic House Museum and those spirits will be present at “A Night of Spooky Stories in the Mansion.”

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Murfree Spring is dream setting for photographers
Murfree Spring is dream setting for photographers

Warning: Don’t go to the Murfree Spring Wetlands without a camera.

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Presenting the 2013 Besties ... (PDF)
Presenting the 2013 Besties ... (PDF)
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Citizens National Bank names new branch manager

Janet Norman recently joined First Citizens National Bank’s Franklin Financial Center team as assistant vice president and branch manager, according to a company press release.

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MidSouth Bank announces promotions

MidSouth Bank has promoted three officers in recognition of their ongoing contributions to the bank’s success.

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Centenarian Appreciation Day honors attendees

The second annual Centenarian Appreciation Day sponsored by Family Staffing Solutions was held Thursday at Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.

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INSIDE MTSU: Students chase dreams

Two talented MTSU students are still moving toward their goals of taking top honors on a pair of TV reality shows.

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Maney's act showed forgiveness heals deepest hurt

It was July 13, 1862. Gazing out the window of her parlor, Adeline Maney was appalled by the wounded, dead and dying strewn among the tall oaks of her expansive front lawn.

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MTSU names Wade director of farm laboratories
MTSU names Wade director of farm laboratories

MTSU did not have to look far to find the new farm laboratory director in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience.

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State Farm gives local ministry $25K
State Farm gives local ministry $25K

Local nonprofit Special Kids was presented with a $25,000 check from State Farm on Wednesday.

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MFRD receives certificate from Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy

The department was honored for "demonstrating a commitment and dedication to firefighter training and safety."

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Costuming challenge takes dedication
Costuming challenge takes dedication

Little did one woman know that one day her expertise in sewing would lead to her making the costumes for “Hello Dolly” at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts.

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Murfreesboro Little Theatre wraps up 50th season

Murfreesboro Little Theatre is wrapping up its 50th anniversary season with “Anniversary Waltz.”

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Christiana, Buchanan pick up state titles
Christiana, Buchanan pick up state titles

Youth Baseball Association crowns champs

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Tenn.'s Black Caucus calls for review of 'shoot first' law
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Local Marine enjoys 'Happy Hour'

“Happy Hour” is one hour dedicated to cleaning the entire ship seven days a week.

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Man accused of 3rd DUI following crash

A Murfreesboro man with a history of alcohol-related convictions is facing multiple charges after being arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Saturday night following a two-car crash.

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TBI adds Smyrna murder suspect to Most Wanted
TBI adds Smyrna murder suspect to Most Wanted

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a Murfreesboro man to its Top Ten Most Wanted list in an effort to locate him.

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Omega Psi Phi basketball camp not just about sports
Omega Psi Phi basketball camp not just about sports

The men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will hold their 22nd annual Terry Looper Basketball Camp on Saturday, July 27, at the Patterson Park Community Center in Murfreesboro.

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Details emerge about MTSU football arrests

Player accused of assault woman as other suspects recorded the incident.

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Crime Stoppers names Officers of the Year
Crime Stoppers names Officers of the Year
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CRIME BRIEFS: Trio robs bicyclist near Greenland

Three unidentified suspects allegedly assaulted and robbed a Murfreesboro man Wednesday as he was riding his bicycle near Greenland Drive.

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BIZARRE: Man assaulted for no apparent reason

An 18-year-old man is still trying to figure out why he was knocked out Monday night while sitting outside of a residence at College Grove Apartments, only to be banned from the property later that night.

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INSIDE MTSU: Make time to saddle up for Project Help

There’s no doubt that Saddle Up for Project Help puts the “fun” in “fundraiser” as few events can.

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Facts of life are all about Special Kids
Facts of life are all about Special Kids

Lisa Whelchel, from television shows “Survivor: Philippines” and “The Facts of Life” will be the guest speaker for the annual Special Kids Inc. fundraising event in early September.

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Three MTSU football players dismissed from team
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United Way to kick off annual campaign

Launch to take place at August's Business Before Hours.

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Repeat offender facing 4th DUI charge
Repeat offender facing 4th DUI charge

A McMinnville man who has had a string of alcohol-related arrests in recent years could face a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines if convicted of driving under the influence for the fourth time.

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Buchanan stings Christiana in title game
Buchanan stings Christiana in title game

Five youth baseball champions were crowned at the 2013 Tennessee Youth Baseball Association State Tournament at Barfield Crescent Park this weekend.

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Siegel student's dream turns into reality
Siegel student's dream turns into reality

Volunteer Rutherford started off as just an essay for Siegel High School senior Shaun Cassidy.

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Vance retiring from First National Bank

The chief executive officer and vice chairman of First National Bank is retiring, following board approval of his request at a July 9 meeting.

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Cannon County criminals strike near Bradyville Pike
Cannon County criminals strike near Bradyville Pike

Thanks to an alert neighbor, Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies quickly apprehended three suspects who broke into a nearby home.

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Rover to offer free rides Friday

Rover will offer the public free bus fares and refreshments Friday, July 19, at the service’s transfer center on the northeast corner of Walnut and Burton streets in Murfreesboro.

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Smyrna police make arrest in deadly shooting
Smyrna police make arrest in deadly shooting

Authorities have apprehended one of the two suspects wanted in connection with the June 23 shooting that left one person dead and two others injured outside a Smyrna restaurant.

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House catches fire in Indian Hills

Murfreesboro firefighters battle blaze

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BIZARRE: Young girl accused of stealing pills

A 6-year-old girl allegedly stole prescription painkillers and jewelry Monday while her babysitter was in the next room chatting with a girl friend.

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County Schools align with Chinese university
County Schools align with Chinese university

A Chinese education group deepened its partnership with area schools Friday by signing a  pact with Rutherford County Schools.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days Winners
Uncle Dave Macon Days Winners

Here are the winners for competitions held Friday, the first day of the annual Uncle Dave Macon Days, in Murfreesboro.

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Think before you jump
Think before you jump

Swimmers fall victim to swift currents

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Blue Raider slugger lands in Plymouth
Blue Raider slugger lands in Plymouth

Stephens hones skills in New England baseball league

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CRIME BRIEFS: Benley Street burglary suspect still at large

Murfreesboro detectives are still trying to identify the suspect accused of pretending to be a police officer during a recent home invasion.

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Red Cross needs blood donations

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

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Local youth teams aim for state baseball title

Some of the best youth baseball teams in the Volunteer State will be making the trip to Murfreesboro this weekend for the annual Tennessee Youth Baseball Association Invitational State Championship Tournament at Barfield Crescent Park.

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Police: Drunk driver caught with bullet in lap

A 26-year-old man who Murfreesboro police allege was in possession of a handgun and drugs is facing multiple charges after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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Youth Football League registration now under way

With the season’s kick-off set for late August, Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Football League has opened for registration.

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MTMC gets new name
MTMC gets new name

Center now called Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

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Sheriff goes on defense with THP video
Sheriff goes on defense with THP video

Arnold rebukes DUI checkpoint claims

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Accidental prescription drug poisonings on rise
Accidental prescription drug poisonings on rise

Teens, toddlers at highest risk

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Murfreesboro medical company merges with Michigan firm

Murfreesboro-based Stinger Medical has merged with Enovate, located in Michigan, company officials announced Tuesday.

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Traffic fatalities down in 2013

The THP reported 436 people died in traffic crashes in Tennessee from Jan. 1 through June 30.

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Murfreesboro native named state historian

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Murfreesboro resident Carroll Van West as state historian.

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DUI checkpoint controversy rages on
DUI checkpoint controversy rages on

Rutherford County thrust into national spotlight

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Police nab La Vergne home invasion suspect
Police nab La Vergne home invasion suspect

Local, state and federal investigators captured the latest addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted on Wednesday in Nashville.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days highlights country music roots
Uncle Dave Macon Days highlights country music roots

On Nov. 28, 1925, a white-bearded man sat before a carbon microphone to play a few fiddle tunes on WSM Radio.

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Fire Department saves another young man at Manson Pike dam

Another young male had been swimming and became trapped in rushing water.

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UPDATED: Teen drowns near Manson Pike dam
UPDATED: Teen drowns near Manson Pike dam

Rescuers respond to another incident

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MTSU sponsoring Chinese delegation this week

Middle Tennessee State University will host a delegation of Chinese students and educators who are visiting to develop cultural ties with schools.

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Home invasion suspect added to TBI Most Wanted list
Home invasion suspect added to TBI Most Wanted list

The TBI has added a Nashville man wanted in connection with a La Vergne home invasion to its Most Wanted list.

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Police searching for person of interest in deadly shooting
Police searching for person of interest in deadly shooting

Smyrna police are looking for a man who they have identified as a person of interest in the June 23 shooting that left one person dead and two others.

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City begins initiative to fix sewer connections

The Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department has launched a program to fix private sewer connections from the house to the street where cracked or broken pipes are allowing groundwater to infiltrate into the sanitary sewer system.

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INSIDE MTSU: Group formed to aid grieving s