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

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

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Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare
Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voters elect African American alderman.

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

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

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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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OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity
OP-ED: Under new administration, Tennessee can pursue policies that ensure prosperity
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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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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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Tennessee Legal: Moving forward as citizens
Tennessee Legal: Moving forward as citizens

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

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Rutherford County Republicans rejoice
Rutherford County Republicans rejoice

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

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Limbaugh for president
Limbaugh for president

Riverdale teacher wants to offer 'another answer.'

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Early voting breaks records
Early voting breaks records

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

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

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

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Republican house candidates decline debate
Republican house candidates decline debate

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

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

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

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

Appointed board member Jordan selected by the voters this time.

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

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

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

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

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Early voting turnout low
Early voting turnout low

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

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Judicial bar rankings
Judicial bar rankings
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Candidates take questions at The Block
Candidates take questions at The Block

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

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Republicans judge potential judges
Republicans judge potential judges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carr questions Black fundraiser
Carr questions Black fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Goff announces candidacy for State House District 37
Goff announces candidacy for State House District 37

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

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

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

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

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

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

The room was packed Wednesday night at the Block, but the crowd wasn't there for a band. They were there for the "Bernstorm."

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MTSU Poll: Tennessee voters feel standard of living falling behind
MTSU Poll: Tennessee voters feel standard of living falling behind

Generally approve of state leaders; disapprove of president, U.S. Congress.

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Tenn. voters: More access to birth control, sex ed could help reduce abortions
Tenn. voters: More access to birth control, sex ed could help reduce abortions

State voters also want gun laws left alone, oppose a gas tax increase.

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Lester application denied
Lester application denied

A former Rutherford County elections administrator fired a year and a half ago for "frequent and blatant" abuse of the county's work-hours policy won't be allowed to work at the polls either.

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Voting convenience centers on the horizon
Voting convenience centers on the horizon

Rutherford County officials are pursuing legislation allowing the establishment of voter convenience centers designed to make casting ballots easier, though the plan comes with initial costs and would eliminate nearly 20 precincts.

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MTSU POLL: Trump leads Cruz among Tenn. GOP voters; many still undecided
MTSU POLL: Trump leads Cruz among Tenn. GOP voters; many still undecided
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Political pendulum predicted to swing left by Rep. Clemmons
Political pendulum predicted to swing left by Rep. Clemmons

'You don't legislate out of fear,' Rep. Clemmons tells RCDP.

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RCYD celebrates the season
RCYD celebrates the season

The Rutherford County Young Democrats hosted their holiday party earlier this month at Cultivate Coworking in Murfreesboro.

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Getting to the miracle of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
Getting to the miracle of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

TV Christmas specials by the multitude have come and gone for over a half a century, but one stands out as most special to me and, I am sure, to millions of other baby boomers.

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Rutherford County Democratic Women to hold Champion Chili Fall Fundraiser

The Rutherford County Democratic Women will hold their Champion Chili Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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Democrats urge involvement, sincerity at fundraiser
Democrats urge involvement, sincerity at fundraiser

The Rutherford County Democratic Party hosted their biggest fundraiser of the year last week. Former State Rep. Mary Ann Eckles opened her Murfreesboro home for the event, where honored guests State Sen. Jeff Yarbro, State Rep. Mike Stewart and State Rep. Darren Jernigan spoke to the crowd.

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After MTSU detour, Robbie Allison chasing his legacy
After MTSU detour, Robbie Allison chasing his legacy

Third-generation driver in one of NASCAR's most famous families, took a career detour through MTSU University to fulfill a promise to his mom.

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MTSU game a major gamble for Vanderbilt
MTSU game a major gamble for Vanderbilt

Having followed Vanderbilt football for four decades, including a stint as a newspaper beat writer during the eras of George MacIntyre, Watson Brown and Gerry DiNardo, I often suffered acute neck-crick from shaking my head and wondering:

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Hairy armpits -- the great debate goes on and on
Hairy armpits -- the great debate goes on and on

Today I'd like to engage in a candid discussion about an issue that confronts the nation and, frankly, I'm disappointed that the President continues to dodge it.

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Will 'Germs' be the next coming of 'Jaws?'
Will 'Germs' be the next coming of 'Jaws?'

Most of us remember the 1975 movie blockbuster "Jaws," starring a great white shark that chowed down on Captain Quint, his boat and various minor characters.

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So-called miracle diets lighten only your wallet
So-called miracle diets lighten only your wallet

A recent TV expose of weight-loss fads was a real shocker: they don't work!

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Modern-day campers missing the true misery
Modern-day campers missing the true misery

I was flipping through a travel magazine the other day and came across an ad for "modern camping accessories."

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FIFA scandal will have no effect on how much soccer I watch
FIFA scandal will have no effect on how much soccer I watch

When news broke last week about the FIFA scandal, I didn't know what to think.

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Clearing the air after getting hounded over dog column
Clearing the air after getting hounded over dog column

A recent tongue-in-cheek column about the American Kennel Club's "Good Citizen Program" got some doggie-defenders howling mad.

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Recent prom season brings back magical memories
Recent prom season brings back magical memories

Centuries from now when archaeologists start shifting through the ancient ruins of what was once a thriving civilization, they may unearth fragments of a white sports jacket with traces of a pink carnation that carbon-dates back to 1964.

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The Humperdink whale's tale has happy ending
The Humperdink whale's tale has happy ending

I saw a story the other day about the Humperdink being taken off the Endangered Species list, and I was relieved to know Engelbert is doing well. I didn't even know he'd been sick.

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Here we go, another royal mouth to feed
Here we go, another royal mouth to feed

The world continues to give a big "Awwwwwwwwwww!" over the recent arrival of another Royal Rug Rat.

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China big wig wants to say goodbye to stripper funerals
China big wig wants to say goodbye to stripper funerals

I read that China plans to crack down on strippers performing at funerals.

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Portland's painted pink poultry rather perplexing
Portland's painted pink poultry rather perplexing
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Bidding goodbye to my Buddy was all too hard
Bidding goodbye to my Buddy was all too hard

I lost my best Buddy last week.

I took our faithful old Lab to a veterinarian and the decision was made to euthanize him.

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Fibbing has become routine, and that's no lie
Fibbing has become routine, and that's no lie

According to the American Psychological Association, the average person tells an average of 11 lies a week.

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Property Assessor Mitchell changes parties
Property Assessor Mitchell changes parties

Rutherford County's sole Democratic elected office holder switched to the Republican Party today, with officials saying he is "coming home."

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Food fight for TV ratings has gone overboard
Food fight for TV ratings has gone overboard

The other night I flipped on the TV and came across a show called "Hell's Kitchen," the plot of which consisted of a deranged chef raging at some harried cooks over a scorched soufflé.

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Does a good ol' dog really need papers?
Does a good ol' dog really need papers?

I came across a newspaper item the other day about the American Kennel Club's "Good Citizen Program," and since there was nothing better to read (and we wonder why newspapers are dying?) I checked it out.

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My word, putting pen to the paper can be quite a profession
My word, putting pen to the paper can be quite a profession

I once submitted a work of fiction to one of those snooty, glossy-paged magazines that carry fancy wine columns and ads for male fragrances, that included this sentence:

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Elephants now parading to the unemployment office
Elephants now parading to the unemployment office

For the record, I don't own an elephant, and I haven't seen a circus in years -- not counting watching the U.S. Senate on C-Span.

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Global Warming seems to be freezing our assets
Global Warming seems to be freezing our assets

Last week, snowed-in and ice-bound amid one of the coldest spells in recorded history, I had ample time to reflect on Global Warming.

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Encounters with skunks can never be pleasant
Encounters with skunks can never be pleasant

According to a recent news report, a pair of skunks moved into the crawl space of a home and raised such a stink that the family had to evacuate.

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Little Leaguers taught how to cheat at early age

Let's see if I've got this straight:

A Chicago Little League team was stripped of its world championship after someone noticed that Derek Jeter was playing shortstop.

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A barking mutt is a pain in the you-know-what

This space is generally reserved for lighter subjects, but occasionally I come across something so dire that I feel it must be addressed, such as the threat of nuclear holocaust, a global pandemic or -- today's item -- barking dogs.

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Someone please tell me what air-head let the air out

Let's be honest: the New England Patriots could have beaten the tar out of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game if quarterback Tom Brady had been slinging a dead cat instead of an under-inflated football.

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Today's euphemism craze has gotten way out of control

The other day I read a story about a shoplifter who was apprehended by the store's "loss prevention officer."

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Best-dressed pets strut latest fashions

According to the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals, fluffy Christmas sweaters are real tail-waggers this winter.

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WOODY: Just who is endangering our endangered species?

I came across a story the other day that said our Totoabas are in trouble.

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WOODY: 'Eaten Alive' nothing more than a big rip-off

A documentary producer recently allowed himself to be "eaten alive" by a giant anaconda while wearing a special "snake-gut-cam" that was supposed to record the dining experience for posterity.

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Thanks a lot, Thanksgiving

Sometimes it seems we've lost the true meaning of Thanksgiving amid the commercialized hustle-bustle of modern life, and forget it all began when the first Pilgrim peeked out of his cabin, saw his shadow, and was in for six more weeks of bad weather.

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WOODY: Yipeeeee, I'm hurt! A big crash equals big cash

How come nothing lucky ever happens to me, like getting rear-ended by an 18-wheeler while driving home late one night on I-24?

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Shacklett bests Jones in City Council race

Winning a City Council seat for the second time, Bill Shacklett rolled past two contenders Tuesday to claim a vacant post on the seven-member body.

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Sherrell-DesJarlais Congressional race heating up

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Lenda Sherrell are duking it out in an old-fashioned media slugfest during the final days of the 4th Congressional District race.

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WOODY: Preposterously promoting prescriptions for pampered pets

While channel-flipping the other day I came across a woman on one of those morning chat shows, distraught and fighting back tears. She was worried about an impending medical procedure for her "best friend."

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Plenty of lousy losers in the Ray Rice scandal

Having covered the NFL for three seasons in the 1980s, I'm aware of the thug mentality that hums like an electric current just beneath the surface of the league, but the recent Ray Rice cesspool is unsettling even for a cynical old sportswriter.

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Posing naked poses problems, so keep your clothes on

Since we have no more pressing domestic issues confronting us, it's great to see the FBI throwing its full weight and resources behind the Great Naked Celebrity Photo caper.

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WOODY: Chicken snatching gives you a finer appreciation of life

A recent national survey found that over half the people in the nation's workforce find their jobs "unfulfilling."

Unfulfilling?

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WOODY: One thing about Elvis? At least he never twerked

Folks of my generation (officially known as Old Fogeys) can recall the uproar Elvis ignited when he came out on stage and started gyrating his pelvis.

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WOODY: You have to be excited to excitedly talk football

It's pigskin time in Tennessee. Players are fresh and eager, fans are in a frenzy, and coaches are waxing eloquent about their team's prospects.

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WOODY: Wacky actress frets over sad water and how we talk to it

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, apparently running short on causes, is worried about hurting her water’s feelings. According to a recent Internet account, the Oscar winner claims that “bad vibes” can cause bad-tempered water.

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Royal embarrassment -- Queen’s hoss is a druggie

A sports celebrity flunking a drug test normally is not big news -- just a sad sign of the times -- except when the sports celebrity happens to be a racehorse belonging to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

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WOODY: Tanning one’s own hide is simply a half-baked idea

The other day I saw some before-and-after photos of a young lady who several years ago modeled a certain brand of suntan lotion. In the “before” shot, her skin was a rich, golden amber, supple and smooth.

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WOODY: World Cup memories? Hmm … biting and flopping

We’re told that soccer is the world’s most popular spectator sport -- just ahead of watching soccer moms -- so I did my best to follow the recent World Cup action in Rio.

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WOODY: Let’s face it, ‘America’s Pastime’ is past its time

The other night, with nothing on TV except a show about Kim Kardashian shopping for shoes and a documentary showing a lion eating a wart hog, I decided to watch a major league baseball game.

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WOODY: Redskins debate keeps getting under our skin

With millions mired in poverty and the world blowing up around us, it is gratifying to see certain federal politicians so concerned about a football team’s mascot.

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WOODY: Oh, the headlines: Wrinkling our nose for news

You probably saw the mad scramble among all the major network news agencies awhile back as they competed for late-breaking updates on the Big Story: “Prince Andrew Flies Coach!”

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WOODY: Actually, it’s hard to complete an actual sentence

Every year there’s a tiresome phrase or over-worked catch-word that worms its way into our cultural dialogue.
This year’s winner is “actually.”

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WOODY: Dover dumps Superspeedway, now what?
WOODY: Dover dumps Superspeedway, now what?

The big white elephant squatting in the weeds in Gladeville has a new owner. Nashville Superspeedway -- Dover Motorsports’ Field of Nightmares -- has been sold.

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WOODY: Racing a Memorial Day doubleheader is an unwise stunt

Race drivers adamantly, defensively, insist they are athletes -- fine-tuned athletes who must call on every ounce of their mental and physical resolve to do what they do. Yet certain of them defy that contention by running two races in one day. And not just any two races -- the toughest races in the IndyCar Series and NASCAR. The Indy 500 and the Coke 600.

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WOODY: Lullaby sleep machines? They’re a sign of the time

Whatever happened to peace and quiet? Apparently they went the way of the dodo bird and my polyester leisure suit  extinct. Nowadays more and more folks have to have noise to exist, or at least to fall asleep. Machines that produce “white noise” have become hot items.

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WOODY: Face the facts: The truth can hurt, to be honest

Stock car racing legend Richard Petty got in hot water earlier this year when he made the mistake of not swerving around the truth and cutting through the infield. He was asked when he thought struggling NASCAR diva Danica Patrick might win a race.

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WOODY: Some people just don’t see the humor in humor

I was taken to task recently by a peeved reader for daring to suggest that Cher -- like many self-absorbed, snobby, snooty, smug, clueless, out-of-touch, air-headed Hollywood celebrities -- probably couldn’t order a Big Mac at a drive-thru.

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WOODY: Let’s face it, ‘happy news’ just not in demand anymore

One of those media think-tanks did a survey awhile back and came up with a number of interesting, but not totally surprising, conclusions:

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Part I: White House staffer describes how a Gore Presidency might have altered U.S. history
Part I: White House staffer describes how a Gore Presidency might have altered U.S. history
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WOODY: Snobby celebrities needing a major dose of reality

If you’re like me you’ve probably had trouble sleeping here lately, worrying about the terrible ordeals confronting some of our Beautiful People.

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The Moving Picture Boys screen Shovels & Rope documentary at Nashville Film Festival
The Moving Picture Boys screen Shovels & Rope documentary at Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival is set to take place April 17-26 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Green Hills Stadium 16 and Downtown Nashville.

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WOODY: Taking a refreshing gander at Mother Goose

 

While watching news about the state of the nation the other night, it dawned on me how different many of our childhood fables, nursery rhymes and storybook tales would turn out in today's world.

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Attorney: County commissioner victim of ‘political tactics’
Attorney: County commissioner victim of ‘political tactics’

 

Rutherford County Commissioner Joe Frank Jernigan fell victim to politics amid allegations he stole his opponent’s campaign signs, according to attorney Greg Tucker.

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WOODY: Helpful hints on how to take a load off

 

I was channel-flipping the other night and came across some leotard-clad young ladies cavorting around, so -- in the interest of journalism -- I stopped to see what was going on.

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WOODY: Beware of the asterisk when it comes to reading ads

 

The asterisk has become the fine-print of modern advertising .*
(* Based on no scientific study, just what I've sorta noticed here lately.)

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WOODY: Demise of local race tracks leads to much bigger problem

 

The old George Jones jukebox dirge, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" about the demise of authentic country music, could apply to stock car racing.

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WOODY: Let’s face it, pets' palates are pathetically pampered

 

The other night I watched a TV commercial about dog food, and it made me hungry. An attractive young lady explained why she settles for "nothing but the very best" for her pooch, as she served him a seven-course meal, complete with wine list and dessert tray.

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WOODY: England’s mooching monarchs run up a queen-sized tab

 

Get out your hankies and tune up the violins: Queen Elizabeth and England's other royal freeloaders have fallen on hard times.

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WOODY: My best guess is Buddy's just a sly old dog

 

As I've previously reported, I may have the world's only landlubber Lab -- Buddy, a Labrador Retriever who's afraid of the water -- and it's served him well during our recent cold spells.

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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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Gospel group to sing at Trinity United Methodist

Gospel quartet Work in Progress will be singing at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m.

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BURRISS: Reporters need survival skills given political climate

When my fellow professors and I talk to journalism students about job opportunities, we often mention the chance to travel to exotic lands and to experience first-hand events that readers and viewers are only going to see and read about.

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LOGUE: Pedophiles keep slipping into education system

How do pedophiles find their way into the teaching profession?

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Wanna hear The WannaBeatles?
Wanna hear The WannaBeatles?

Gladeville music minister rocks with Fab Four sound-alikes

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TBI agent jumps into race for sheriff
TBI agent jumps into race for sheriff

Veteran law enforcement officer Dale Armour announced Tuesday he has decided to enter the race for Rutherford County sheriff as an independent candidate.

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Sheriff's Office employee to run for County Commission

Midland resident Steve Spence, a longtime Rutherford County law enforcement official, is seeking the 8th District seat on the Rutherford County Commission, according to a press release.

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'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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Tracy campaign reaches $1M mark in contributions

Officials from the campaign of Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy raised more than $150,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total amount of contributions to more than $1 million since he announced his intention to run for Congress.

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Haslam proposes 'bold' new education plan
Haslam proposes 'bold' new education plan

Governor gives State of the State address

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Tennessee Valley Winds to take center stage
Tennessee Valley Winds to take center stage

The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform a free concert under the direction of composer Robert Sheldon on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Middle Tennessee State University.

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WOODY: Athletes owe it to fans to speak up
WOODY: Athletes owe it to fans to speak up

When I read that the NFL had fined Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for refusing to talk to the media during the regular season, I had one reaction: good.

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VINSON: Bloodshed on Senate floor prescursor to Civil War?

Right off, allow me to declare I am not a Civil War historian or expert by any stretch of the imagination.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Diary will provide memories forever
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Diary will provide memories forever

You may have noticed that I skirted by new year’s resolutions this year.

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BURRISS: People have right to know what data are collected

With all of the news about the National Security Agency tracking our cell phones and emails, it is easy to forget that it is not just the federal government that is collecting information about us.

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LOGUE: Defending Sherman's rant makes no sense
LOGUE: Defending Sherman's rant makes no sense

The rationalizations of Richard Sherman’s behavior by some members of the chattering class are rather interesting.

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MyTV30 introduces 'High School Hoops' to area
MyTV30 introduces 'High School Hoops' to area

Two Rutherford County high school rivals faced off on the hardwood last week when Oakland and Blackman met in another key District 7-AAA game.

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Obama to visit Nashville
Obama to visit Nashville

President to speak at Antioch high school

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Springhouse Theatre to present 'Pride and Prejudice'
Springhouse Theatre to present 'Pride and Prejudice'

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Springhouse Theatre Company, located at 14119 Old Nashville Highway, will present Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice," beginning next month.

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Mayercik resigns from Sheriff's Office

Detective Ralph Mayercik, who is a running against Sheriff Robert Arnold, has resigned from his job at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office amid an internal inquiry.

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Obama: Early education vital for children
Obama: Early education vital for children

President pushes for expanding programs during Nashville speech

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PICKIN' ON FILM: American flicks help teach foreign students

Ever since the world’s first motion picture exhibition was given in New York City in 1894 on one of Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscopes, the United States has consistently dominated the world of film-making.

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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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Tankards wrap up 1st season of reality show

Murfreesboro family stars in hit series

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WOODY: What is real reason for freezing temperatures?
WOODY: What is real reason for freezing temperatures?

Outside the cave an icy wind howled and snow and sleet swirled, but inside it was nice and toasty as Org hunkered by his campfire roasting a mammoth haunch and watching the sports channel.

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VINSON: Parking lot would have been smarter choice

Unless you’re wandering around lost in the parking lot, you should be familiar with, at least, the rudiments of the scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Questions remain regarding new gun law

The so-called “guns in trunks” or “guns in parking lots” law that was passed in 2013 by the Tennessee General Assembly took effect last summer, but much uncertainty remains about how it will affect employees.

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DADS 2 DADS: Try to be 'that guy' even from a distance

When we started writing this column, we said we would tackle only those common ordinary hurdles of fatherhood.

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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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BURRISS: Is net neutrality worth it?
BURRISS: Is net neutrality worth it?

Service providers have expended great sums of money on Internet infrastructure, so should they not be allowed to set whatever rates they want, with more favorable rates going to the largest users?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Public Notice Week gives citizens reasons to celebrate

Starting Tuesday, April 1, Tennessee newspapers that print public notices will also post them on the newspaper’s local website and upload them to a statewide website, www.tnpublicnotice.com, operated by the Tennessee Press Association.

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LETTER: Mooseheart provides real help

Since July 1913, Moosheart has provided opportunities for children whose families have fallen on considerable hardship.

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WHITTLE: Am I really here?

As I near 70, it has dawned on me – I’m here, but I’m not.

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HUNTER: Home has been sweet for MTSU squads

In the 40 years that the Murphy Center has been open, both the MTSU men's and women's teams have enjoyed a lot of success inside the “Glass House.”

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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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LETTER: Government should leave care to doctors

As a health care provider, I must provide personalized care to every one of my patients.

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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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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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VINSON: Boy offers defining moment with story

At first, it struck me as the movie “Big Fat Liar” meets the television series “Married with Children.”

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WOODY: Fascination with cooking shows is baffling

Every time I turn on the TV, there is a new cooking show. There are celebrity chefs, reality shows and even an entire channel devoted to food.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Recent deaths certainly hit home
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Recent deaths certainly hit home

Our daughter, Anne, became engaged in February 2005, and hours later one of her friends called to chat about it, saying: “And they’re getting married in May and moving to New York.”

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Melton vying for another term
Melton vying for another term

Gerald L. Melton has announced that he has decided to seek re-election as a public defender for the 16th Judicial District of Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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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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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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General worried helicopter units might fly away

Choppers could be cut from Army's inventory

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Many rural Americans left in dust following Medicaid expansion

A new analysis finds that especially in rural states, there are many who still cannot access affordable insurance.

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BURRISS: Copyright laws sometimes make no sense

A couple of weeks ago, a Chicago judge ruled that the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson have lost most of their copyright protection, and are in the public domain.

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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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'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions
'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions

Residents are invited to show off their talents for the chance to compete for a $1 million dollar prize on the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent.”

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Library plans 'Downton Abbey' tea party

To celebrate the return of “Downton Abbey” for its fourth season on PBS, the La Vergne Public Library is hosting a tea party for fans of the show.

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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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HALE: Biggio gets raw deal for 2nd straight year

Some people in this profession continue to amaze me, particularly those who are fortunate to vote on the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Unleash your inner rock star at music camp

Carpe Artista is now accepting registrations for its third annual rock ‘n’ roll camp for adults, Jukebox Hero.

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WOODY: Remote works wonders if you want to duck ‘Dynasty’
WOODY: Remote works wonders if you want to duck ‘Dynasty’

As I followed the recent “Duck Dynasty” uproar, it occurred to me how simple it would be to duck it – and other similar squabbles: If you don’t like something or someone on television, turn the channel.

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Carr sees surge in campaign contributions
Carr sees surge in campaign contributions

During the fourth quarter of 2013, state Rep. Joe Carr raised more than $250,000 in campaign contributions for his primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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BURRISS: Take control of your online choices

With the beginning of the new year, it is time for all those new year's resolutions, those promises we are going to make to try to make our lives better.

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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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Lawyer jumps into district attorney race

Attorney Chuck Ward announced Tuesday he has decided to run for the Republican Party nomination in the district attorney race.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Breaking Bad' binge watching made finale not so bad

“Breaking Bad” recently ended its five-season run and has been rated all over the Internet as the greatest TV show of the past decade, if not all time.

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Extension of unemployment benefits clears Senate hurdle

A glimmer of hope appeared Tuesday for those still unemployed, as legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits cleared a key hurdle in the U.S. Senate.

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VINSON: Take nothing for granted

For my first column of the year 2014, I had intended to write short review of a story a friend shared with me about some gritty bootlegger relatives who, years ago, behaved rather wildly in the area of Cannon and DeKalb counties.

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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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Comedian learning the ropes while poking fun at himself
Comedian learning the ropes while poking fun at himself

People would be hard-pressed to find a comedian who was named after his mother's lesbian lover.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Twitter lingo sure has changed communication
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Twitter lingo sure has changed communication

With rapid advances in technology and the popularity of texting, numerous new terms and acronyms have been cropping up in print and in the digital world.

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WOODY: Another silent season for Superspeedway

Middle Tennessee's biggest 2013 racing story was no story.

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LETTER: Survey participation vital for library
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Student-soldier featured in next 'MTSU On the Record'

Efforts to assist students who are military veterans will be the focus of the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

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WHITTLE: Helping young writers tops New Year's resolution list

The new year has triggered a reflective time to take stock and resolve to move into the future with a heightened purpose in life.

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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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BURRISS: Some believe media portray what Americans believe

One of the catchphrases we hear a lot these days is something called “cultural imperialism.”

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WOODY: When mayo hits the fan
WOODY: When mayo hits the fan

A tractor trailer recently crashed on a stretch of I-44 outside Springfield, Mo., spilling 20 tons of mayonnaise on the road.

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VINSON: Traveling to Memphis

When one thinks of Memphis, four areas of historical and cultural significance immediately come to mind: great barbecue, birthplace of blues music, home of Elvis Presley, and, infamously, site of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

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HUNTER: Winter Olympics just days away

Believe it or not, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are less than two months away from taking place in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will be hoping for the same success like it had in Vancouver four years ago.

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MTSU alumnus launches reality show

Calling himself a “coachepreneur,” Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Micheal Burt is a leadership coach of the highest order — bold, demanding and encouraging.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: 2013 was good

I’m sure there are those of you out there ready to see 2013 leave, but things have been going well for me this year and I am a little sad to see it go ‑‑ unlike some other years.

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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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LIVING WELL: Changing your habits key to lasting success

One of the things I noted is most very accomplished people place immense importance on the value of choosing their own habits.

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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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Get ready to boogie on Broadway
Get ready to boogie on Broadway

Artists to take Music City for New Year's Eve bash

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BURRISS: Church assured Virginia Santa does exist

In the fall of 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had a problem.

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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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LOGUE: Memories remain for film stars

Of all the actors who have joined the real stars in the heavens this year, two hold special places in my heart.

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Counselor bidding for County Commission seat
Counselor bidding for County Commission seat

A local attention deficient disorder life coach and counselor recently announced that he is running for the Republican Party nomination in the 9th District Rutherford County Commission primary slated for May 2014.

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VINSON: Hand jive makes a comeback

I remember those with enough rhythm to pull it off would eagerly hit the dance floor at nightclubs and perform the hand jive.

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WOODY: Stop the presses for Urban haircut?

Don't know if you missed it the other day, amid the floods, fires, famines and assorted other minor distractions, but Keith Urban got a haircut.

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WHITTLE: Recalling Christmases past

It was Christmas Eve 2003, when we laid Momma (Ruby Lee) Whittle to rest in Smyrna’s beautiful Maple View Cemetery.

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Real estate agent joins Wilson campaign

Longtime real estate agent John Jones recently signed on as the campaign manager for attorney Howard Wilson.

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LETTER: Country headed down dangerous path

Trading constitutionally backed freedoms for security is a dangerous path.

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BURRISS: Private companies share blame too
BURRISS: Private companies share blame too

Two things seem to have gotten people really stirred up about privacy lately: the revelations that the National Security Agency has a massive program of data mining and the fact that so many companies are collecting an inordinate amount of it about each of us.

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LOGUE: Reality TV continues to get out of hand

Reality television inches closer and closer to becoming a parody of itself, but the comedy is so dark that it’s not always easy to laugh.

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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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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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WOODY: To tree or not to tree?
WOODY: To tree or not to tree?

About this time of year, we have the great Christmas tree debate at our house: To tree or not to tree? That is the question.

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HALE: Random thoughts as Christmas rapidly approaches

I use the Christmas theme because if you want to give a gift to a friend or a relative, apparently there is a bargain out there for you.

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Griffin announces campaign leadership team

Phil Griffin, who is vying for the Republican Party nomination in the 7th District Rutherford County Commission race, recently announced his leadership team.

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VINSON: Music led to learning about Mandela

Possibly, the biggest gathering of celebrities, heads of state, and religious leaders the world has ever seen took place on Tuesday in a near-100,000 capacity football stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Midstate consumer outlook worsens
Midstate consumer outlook worsens

With the holiday season in full swing, midstate consumers have a gloomier economic outlook compared with their views earlier this fall, according to a recent study.

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Symphony to perform holiday classics
Symphony to perform holiday classics

'Sounds of Christmas' to celebrate season

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Baking Christmas goodies still fun despite hiccups

I’ve had an opportunity recently to indulge in a pleasure that has evaded me for a couple of years. I’ve been baking Christmas goodies.

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BURRISS: Self-restraint likely best online strategy

Can you sign away your right to criticize a company you do business with?

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LOGUE: Washington puts unique spin on holidays
LOGUE: Washington puts unique spin on holidays

They celebrate the holidays a little differently in the U.S. Capitol, where I have been enjoying a little recreational time with friends.

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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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Decision on Islamic cemetery deferred
Decision on Islamic cemetery deferred

Zoning board delays action on mosque burial site

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LETTER: Time has come to raise minimum wage

Cities that have passed living wage laws require higher than minimum wage so that workers contribute to the local community as consumers.

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Sinatra holiday review opens Friday

Nothing is silent about this night when four singers serve up cool versions of Frank Sinatra mainstays like “Fly Me To The Moon” in a holiday musical review of "Christmas My Way."

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Young Africans to perform at local church
Young Africans to perform at local church

The Young Africans, a group of performers who were all once a part of the African Children’s Choir, will perform Friday, Dec. 20, at Journey Pointe Church.

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Spruce up your iPhone with these apps

Lately, I have been more and more into taking great pictures with my iPhone 5, and I have found the best apps around that will help you take better photos on your iPhone’s 10-meagpixel camera.

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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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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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O Christmas trees!
O Christmas trees!

Wildwood Tree Farm offers holiday family fun

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WOODY: Watch out for snakes
WOODY: Watch out for snakes

My late golfing accomplice, Joe Caldwell, once described my swing as “looking like somebody killing a snake in the weeds.”

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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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LOGUE: Poll highlights sad trend

To the great surprise of no one in an age ruled by cynicism and irony, a poll conducted for the Associated Press by the firm General Social Survey finds that only one-third of Americans believe that most people are worthy of their trust.

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BURRISS: Nothing new about political satire
BURRISS: Nothing new about political satire

To hear kids today tell it, programs such as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have broken all kinds of new ground and brought viewers a brave, new world of televised political satire.

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HALE: Remembering yesteryear's best sports toy gifts

Black Friday has passed and the Christmas shopping season is in full swing.

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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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PICKIN' ON FILM: Plot thickens with DC Comics

I have never been a huge fan of comic books, but movies based on them have always been interesting to me.

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Dancers bringing ‘The Nutcracker’ to town
Dancers bringing ‘The Nutcracker’ to town

The Linebaugh Public Library will welcome storytellers on toes for selections from “The Nutcracker” ballet and story time on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m.

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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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FAIR: Words never been so eloquently written

As Tennessee’s high school football guru, I am often contacted about the game and what it means to so many people.

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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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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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Celebrate holidays with 'The Homecoming'
Celebrate holidays with 'The Homecoming'

Murfreesboro theater to present Christmas play

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INSIDE MTSU: University grateful for many blessings

At Middle Tennessee State University, we can be thankful for many things.

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LOGUE: North Dakota surprisingly ranks No. 1 for youth
LOGUE: North Dakota surprisingly ranks No. 1 for youth

Youth is a time of movement, both physical and geographical. They feel free to go just about anywhere their hearts, minds and careers take them.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movies on Thanksgiving remain family tradition

In my family, we go big for any cause for celebration, but the holiday that we have always assigned the most tradition to has always been Thanksgiving.

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BURRISS: American psyche changed through Kennedy years

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an outpouring of remembrances about President John Kennedy and the impact of his assassination 50 years ago.

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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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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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WOODY: Thanks for our Thanksgiving traditions

With Thanksgiving at hand, it’s fitting to reflect back on the original festival, when the Pilgrims invited neighboring Indians over to eat turkey.

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VINSON: Jennings amazed with his own state of independence
VINSON: Jennings amazed with his own state of independence

As of 1976, I very seldom listened to country music.

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Detective seeks GOP nod for sheriff

Detective Ralph Mayercik recently announced his intention to run for the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County sheriff.

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Part II: Remembering JFK
Part II: Remembering JFK

Former agent reflects on Oswald family

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Whittle brings Canalou to light in new book

Call it a seven-year itch. Actually, it goes back longer than that for Dan Whittle.

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HALE: Witty personalities make sports more enjoyable

Sports personalities, whether it be coaches, players or announcers, have always been an entertaining part of their respective teams.

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PART I: Remembering JFK
PART I: Remembering JFK

Secret Service agent reflects on assassination

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Mayor has great way with words

I’ve written about the person who inspired my love for watching movies before, that being my father, Tommy Bragg, but I have never sat down and asked him about what his favorite movies are and why.

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LOGUE: Survey results reveal much about personalities

An expatriate who lives in England thinks he knows how we’re feeling.

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BURRISS: Opinions vary on Kennedy assassination
BURRISS: Opinions vary on Kennedy assassination

A few years ago, I visited Dallas, Texas, and sat on the grassy knoll, the location from which some people believe a second gunman shot President Kennedy.

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LETTER: Citizens in uncivilized countries are brainwashed

I wonder if readers of The Murfreesboro Post notice the difference in civilized countries and uncivilized ones?

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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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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make the most of what you have

I have a lot of interests and do a lot of things halfway, but one of the things I think I do well is making do with what I have.

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WOODY: Decapitated dinosaur mystery finally solved
WOODY: Decapitated dinosaur mystery finally solved

If you're like me, you've often wondered: how on earth did a tyrannosaurus manage to eat a triceratops?

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VINSON: Stairway to heaven

A stunning redhead, a buxom brunette, and a leggy, athletic blonde — all former Playmates of the Year — walked toward the pearly gates.

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Gill picked as new Smyrna town manager

Harry Gill Jr. was unanimously selected Tuesday as the new town manger during a Smyrna Town Council meeting.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Now is time to transform higher education
GUEST EDITORIAL: Now is time to transform higher education

These are exciting and challenging times for higher education.

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LOGUE: Social media can be detrimental to future college students

Oh, my gosh! Your collegiate career could be scuttled by your use of social media.

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Rutherford County lawyer hoping to unseat Loughry

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

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BRAGG: Newspapers should still get support in social media age

The rapid development of the Internet over the past 21 years in conjunction with the arrival of smartphones and tablet computers, has made the move from print editions of newspapers into online formats the standard in most circumstances.

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BURRISS: Media blur reality with recent crash coverage

For years, we criticized television news operations for editing interviews out of sequence and creating false impressions about what newsmakers really said.

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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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Abortion debate heats up

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

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Veterans face challenges beyond battlefield
GUEST EDITORIAL: Veterans face challenges beyond battlefield

Upon returning from active duty, veterans often face considerable challenges as they try to reconnect with family and friends, search for jobs, and reclaim the lives they once knew while battling painful memories.

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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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LETTER: Everyone should support universal background checks

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

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VINSON: What split-second decision would you make?
VINSON: What split-second decision would you make?

It’s a given that on a near-daily basis most people cope with a variety of stresses that can lead them to being on edge – to some degree, at least.

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WOODY: NASCAR chase features bland vs. bland
WOODY: NASCAR chase features bland vs. bland

NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship is down to two – two races, two drivers – but with a one-flavor choice: vanilla.

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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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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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INSIDE MTSU: Recent projects offer big boost for students

Watching MTSU students scrambling behind the scenes at the recent Barry Gibb event in Tucker Theatre and at “Freedom Sings” in Nashville got me thinking.

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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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BURRISS: Newspapers should rethink approach
BURRISS: Newspapers should rethink approach

Perhaps, it’s time to rethink what we mean by “journalism” and “newspaper.”

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LOGUE: Remembering my dear mother

One of my favorite poems is the Emily Dickinson verse that begins, “After great pain, a formal feeling comes/The nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.”

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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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MTSU concert offers salute to veterans

The MTSU Concert Chorale and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society will team with the Faculty Brass Quintet to present a special “Salute to Veterans” this weekend.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Moviegoers can be drawn into symbolic complex

Like anyone who loves movies, I have always been drawn to films I haven’t seen but are constantly referred to by friends, seen online, or in other movies.

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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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Musician recalls Lascassas school performance
Musician recalls Lascassas school performance

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

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

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

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WOODY: Unlucky groom learns to check the backseat
WOODY: Unlucky groom learns to check the backseat

On their way home from their honeymoon, a German groom ran off and left his bride at a filling station when he stopped for gas.

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VINSON: Gun debate should focus on mental health

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

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

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

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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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November brings cuts to SNAP
November brings cuts to SNAP

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

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Attorney bidding for Chancery Court
Attorney bidding for Chancery Court

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

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

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

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Enjoy spooky good time with these flicks

These thrilling flicks, which are by far some of my favorite to watch, are sure to be a hit if you're not going out on the town in celebration of Halloween and choosing to stay home out of the hustle and bustle.

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Entrepreneur joins race for Carr's seat

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

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Consultant looking to unseat Farley

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

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BURRISS: Golden days of radio used to thrill us

It's time for trick or treating and to get the be-jeebers scared out of you, and, if you believe Linus, it is time for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the Pun’kin Patch.

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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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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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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tips to cozy up your guest room
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tips to cozy up your guest room

I received a real estate agent’s newsletter this week that featured several tips on how to make your guest room more comfortable for holiday visitors.

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New Judicial Building proposal unveiled
New Judicial Building proposal unveiled

Plans could cost Rutherford County $72M

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

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

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VINSON: When the ax was almost axed
VINSON: When the ax was almost axed

I imagine most rock ‘n’ roll guitar players and enthusiasts have heard the electric guitar referred to as an “ax.”

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

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

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Serve veterans as well as they served us

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

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FAIR: Trip to Union City proves more than worthwhile

At this time of the year, it’s always a struggle trying to decide what football games I plan to attend.

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BURRISS: Consumers need opt-in option

For years, consumers have been warned to read the fine print in any kind of financial transaction.

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LOGUE: Cyberbullying makes its way to court
LOGUE: Cyberbullying makes its way to court

If a child who has been bullied in cyberspace by your child commits suicide, should you, as a parent, be held criminally liable?

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

Gaming duo vanquishes goblins in October

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Corlew announces plans to retire from bench

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

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Bee Gees founding member coming to MTSU

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

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Privacy advocates: Stop watching Americans

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

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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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VINSON: October Magic: The human vacuum cleaner

As of this writing, many are predicting the American League’s Boston Red Sox will duke it out with the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals for the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series Championship.

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WOODY: UT had long haul to Bristol

Last week’s announcement that Tennessee will play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 had been 17 years in the making.

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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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MRS. MURFREESBORO: How I met my husband
MRS. MURFREESBORO: How I met my husband

I met my husband, Tommy Bragg, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968.

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Bragg will not seek re-election

Murfreesboro mayor not running for 4th term

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Top 5 television comedy shows to watch
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BURRISS: First Amendment exposes many abuses
BURRISS: First Amendment exposes many abuses

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

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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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VINSON: Standing in the rain at Parkland

Had I not been versed on the history thereof, my first impression very well might have been that it was a cultlike gathering, similar to Jim Jones and Jonestown, Guyana, or David Koresh and Waco, Texas.

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WOODY: Stop the presses for yoga?

Oh, my. A newspaper in a town up north has started conducting yoga workouts for its staffers.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: These websites are worth visiting

As an online society, we are very fortunate to have such a large amount of online data and news to draw upon when we want to learn more about a subject.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Birthdays bring mixed feelings
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Birthdays bring mixed feelings

I am at a place in my life right now where fortunately I have mostly good days, but among the loneliest days a parent endures, in my opinion, is the day when their child who has a birthday lives in another town.

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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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Military groups to call for end to shutdown

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

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JORDAN: Some friendly advice for all who play sports

This week, I’m going to try and help the image and reputation of many present and future players of every sport, from professional to middle school.

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Music in the Middle brings acts to hills
Music in the Middle brings acts to hills

With the various festivals and city music scenes in the region, Music in the Middle gave fans one more reason to look forward to October each year.

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HALE: MTSU amid most difficult part of schedule

MTSU’s football team is in the midst of a very difficult four-game grind.

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

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

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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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VINSON: Waiting for the heavyweight

Now, the following story is first hand: I was there when it went down and know all of the characters involved.

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

Made you look, didn’t I?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Newspapers can make a difference
GUEST EDITORIAL: Newspapers can make a difference

As a publisher of a weekly newspaper, you find yourself doing a lot of different things. Both news and advertising become part of the daily routine.

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LOGUE: Permission to raise Old Glory?

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

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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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BURRISS: Someone has to pay for programming

Remember back when all we had was over-the-air television, and everything was advertiser sponsored? We were told that the reason we had all of those free programs was because of advertising. 

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HALE: A lot can happen in next few weeks

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

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

Governor announces commitment to raise salaries

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‘Saturday Night Live’ returns with strong season opener

The 39th season of “Saturday Night Live” premiered Saturday on NBC, and with it one of the most indelible icons of American popular culture returned to our television sets and back into our collective pulse.

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Steering Committee discusses vacancy

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

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Census: Many still struggling despite improved poverty rate

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

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

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

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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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VINSON: Manly claws against paws tale still entertains
VINSON: Manly claws against paws tale still entertains

I’ll be the first to admit that a columnist has to be cautious and ethically responsible when writing a story revealed to him by a second party, versus experiencing the story first hand.

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WOODY: Slithery hellbenders need love too

Have you hugged a hellbender lately? Me neither.

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FAIR: 5-class football system could return to TSSAA

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

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WHITTLE: A free press remains vital

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

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CityTV wins national awards for programming

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

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Local GOP leader to launch campaign for county seat

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

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Get organized with these favorite finds

I’m always open to things that make life easier and have found a few goodies that I would like to share with you.

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Country artist changes his beat

Larsen tunes talent for Christian outreach

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BURRISS: Proposed shield law sets dangerous precedence
BURRISS: Proposed shield law sets dangerous precedence

One of the big questions we have had to deal with since the inception of the Internet is, “Who exactly is a journalist?” 

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O'Neal resigns as Smyrna town manager

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

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LOGUE: Emmy snubs underscore disconnect with viewers

The only parts of televised entertainment awards shows that entice me to watch are the In Memoriam packages.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Laughs abound with 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' launch

Last week, I set my DVR to record Fox’s newest police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” starring Andy Samberg as an experiment.

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Common Core hearings put spotlight on cost

Legislators discuss new federal standards

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VINSON: Online-only constraints could be deadly for some

It’s common knowledge that a majority of business communications is conducted online.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Collectibles bring back days gone by
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Collectibles bring back days gone by

I read once that to qualify as a collector you needed to have seven of something. I have sevens of a lot of things, and all are important to me.

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WOODY: Bambi still laughing at lettuce bikini stunt
WOODY: Bambi still laughing at lettuce bikini stunt

Sultry model Courtney Stodden recently donned a lettuce leaf bikini to show her support for vegetarianism.

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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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LOGUE: Password etiquette can be quite tricky

How many passwords do you have? I have so many entrees to the digital world that take me to so many password-protected places now that I can’t remember them all.

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

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

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Entertainment options abound this fall

As a big fan of movies, cable television can either be a highly enjoyable companion for movie viewing, or it can be a truly dreadful and necessary evil.

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

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

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GUEST EDITORIAL: No reason to panic over tapering

A Federal Reserve that argues it must prop up the economy with massive stimulus does not engender trust in that economy.

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Live on the Green wraps up season with area artists

On its final night, Live on the Green had a special 615 flair with The Wild Feathers, Will Hoge, The Weeks and Moon Taxi.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Fall lineup means busy DVR

With the exception of football games, which I love watching, television programming has been relatively boring lately, so I am ready for the new lineups that will come out this fall.

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

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

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

MTSU students to present Broadway classic

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

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

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LETTER: Stop this vicious war cycle

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

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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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LOGUE: Characters like Frost harder to come by today
LOGUE: Characters like Frost harder to come by today

Like Alistair Cooke a generation before him, Sir David Frost was one of Britain’s most delightful gifts to the United States.

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BURRISS: Ethical line grows murky in sports journalism

This past week was some kind of perfect sports and media storm.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Moviegoing experience needs overhaul

One topic I have touched on before is how, as a film columnist, I absolutely dread going to the movie theater. Before I am criticized, let me explain. My reasons are pretty simple.

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Gear-grinding fireball leaves audiences feeling mangled

“Moderation in all things,” cautioned the ancient Roman dramatist Terence, who obviously didn’t have anything to do with this smoking backfire of a modern movie.

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

Lifelong county resident makes history

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Obama protesters converge on overpass again

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

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Former captain announces candidacy for sheriff

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

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VINSON: World's best athlete came from MTSU

What would be your initial reaction if I boasted that years ago I used to hang out with a man who, arguably, was the greatest athlete in the world?

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WOODY: Rare blind spider weaves costly web
WOODY: Rare blind spider weaves costly web

A rare spider has been discovered living in the path of a San Antonio highway construction site, causing a shutdown of the $15 million project while officials figure out how to proceed.

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WHITTLE: Older siblings sometimes worst role models

Older siblings tend to hold high ranking in the eyes and hearts of younger brothers and sisters.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer comes to close as fall begins

While reading the newspaper this morning, I heard a subtle thump at the window and noticed two hummingbirds knocking it as they flew erratically through the air.

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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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Citizens protest US involvement in Syrian civil war

More than 30 people gathered in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse in downtown Murfreesboro Thursday afternoon to protest U.S. military involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

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Frightened Rabbit returns to Nashville next week

The relationship between Scotland and Tennessee can be traced back to the 1800s, but Glasgow-based rock group, Frightened Rabbit is making the acquaintance a more causal one of late.

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Carr revs up Senate campaign
Carr revs up Senate campaign

GOP lawmaker prepares for primary battle

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BURRISS: Texting drivers could get you arrested maybe
BURRISS: Texting drivers could get you arrested maybe

Last week, the “Twitter-verse” and blogo-sphere were all agog with stories about how if you text a driver who then gets into accident, you could be arrested.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Cult classics resonant with audiences

There are many reasons that a film might not make many waves when it is originally released, but luckily viewers have numerous ways to take a second look.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Attitude can change bad day
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Attitude can change bad day

Do you have those days when nothing goes your way?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: To authorize or not to authorize

Does President Barack Obama have constitutional authority to attack Syria on his own? Must he seek congressional approval? Should he do so?

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VINSON: Visitors were entertainment in old days

A beloved, departed family member – who would be 96 years old, if alive – shared this story with me several years ago.

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VAUGHN: Caregivers are special people

I appreciate and commend everyone who has chosen the health care industry as a career.

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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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Rhythm Kitchen ready to party in Woodbury

To say Rhythm Kitchen is excited about its upcoming show at the Arts Center of Cannon County is an understatement.

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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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LOGUE: Meetings make us dumber

Everyone reading this column who believes in the power of meetings, raise your hand.

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BURRISS: Anonymous Internet falls to name calling

Back in the early days of the Republic, newspapers were filled with scathing columns and editorials written by anonymous essayists.

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Fellow commissioners back Coggin

Several well-known local politicians have thrown their weight behind Rutherford County Commissioner Adam Coggin's efforts to become the next representative from the 48th District in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Smyrna mayor resigns
Smyrna mayor resigns

Tony Dover resigned Thursday as mayor. He will be replaced by Vice Mayor Mary Esther Reed, the first woman ever to serve as mayor in Smyrna history.

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Gonzales: Congress should get involved in Syria-strike decision

Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday criticized Congress for not taking a more active role in the discussion over whether the United States should attack Syria.

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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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'Kane' does not rise to challenge Alexander
'Kane' does not rise to challenge Alexander

Glenn Jacobs, a.k.a. “Kane,” won’t try to lay the smack down on Lamar Alexander in 2014.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: New flick is no stick in the mud

This summer, before I went to Spain to teach, I noticed that several of my friends had asked me if I had seen the 2012 film “Mud.”

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Ron Paul: Just legalize freedom
Ron Paul: Just legalize freedom

Retired Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul spoke at a conference in Nashville Friday.

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VINSON: Some secrets may be worth keeping forever

As a teenage girl, Carol Broderick has bounced around from one foster home to the other. With a few dollars saved, Carol packs some bags, catches a bus, and runs away from her foster home.

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WOODY: Bird poop beauty secrets revealed

For $180, a fancy beauty parlor in New York will smear bird poop on your face.

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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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Loving adults are responsible for idyllic childhoods

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t hear someone who grew up here say, “What has happened to Rutherford County? I just don’t recognize it anymore. I’m just glad that I grew up here in those good 'ole days.”

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WHITTLE: Wrong amount of water can kill you

It’s been in the news the past few months that multiple U.S. cities are suffering from lack of water.

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LETTER: US policies prop up Egyptian military
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Music City has more than country
Music City has more than country

Nashville may be Music City, but metal is not always the top genre that comes to mind when people think about what the city’s nickname embodies.

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BURRISS: E-mail should have same privacy protections

When you send letters or packages via the postal service do you expect the letter carriers to open them up to have a peek just because they want to?

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Chris Young released from hospital

Singer-songwriter Chris Young was released from a Denver hospital after contracting a dangerous bacterial infection as a result of a small cut on his leg.

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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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LOGUE: Savers are sexy

Can you imagine Jack Benny as the idol of today’s millennials?

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Carr changes course, announces Senate bid
Carr changes course, announces Senate bid

GOP lawmaker to challenge Alexander

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Music in the Middle downsizes

After complaints from the community, organizers of the up-coming Music in the Middle festival have downsized the concert from a three-day gathering to a one-day event.

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Students call for Nissan to unionize
Students call for Nissan to unionize

Concerned Students for a Better Nissan College Tour brought actor Danny Glover and its message to Smyrna in late July.

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FAIR: Heed dire warnings before it's too late

Last month, I received a warning that saved my life.

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WHITTLE: Loyal friends will never be forgotten

Neighbor Poppy Gowen was my first best friend.

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VINSON: Sinking of Sultana caused ‘Blue’ day in Memphis
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Snake handler show doesn't get tax breaks as 'Nashville'

Although Tennessee taxpayers help subsidize film and television programs like ABC’s “Nashville” provided they film on location, not all productions get the same treatment.

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LETTER: The message I brought to Washington
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Haslam shrugs off Forrester complaints
Haslam shrugs off Forrester complaints

Gov. Bill Haslam brushed aside an announcement this week that formal ethics complaints had been filed against him.

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Mazda's Skyactiv technology not run of the mill

Mazda engineers and designers appear to be different from the rest of the auto industry.

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LOGUE: Are you smarter than an 8th grader?
LOGUE: Are you smarter than an 8th grader?

Does it seem as though 100 years have passed since you were in the eighth grade?

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Cast makes 'Parks and Recreation'

By far, my favorite show on television at the current moment is NBC’s comedy “Parks and Recreation,” which follows the day-to-day operation of the fictional Pawnee, Ind., Parks department.

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WOODY: Uh no, ‘Crazy Ants’ are coming to Tennesee
WOODY: Uh no, ‘Crazy Ants’ are coming to Tennesee

A story on TV awhile back about ‘Crazy Ants’ invading the Southeast caught my attention.

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VINSON: ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Dr. J have something in common

Regardless of race, creed or political preference, most everyone is intrigued by a good old-fashioned gangster story.

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Amish market days big business in Lawrence County

I accompanied Rutherford County farmer Danny Fraley to Amish farming country where custom-made, blacksmith-hammered-out metal products are produced.

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MRS BORO: Old dogs can learn new tricks

I learned three new things today.

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DR. KESTNER: Climate change is real and coming soon

This article has no political agenda and is not based on the musings of Al Gore.

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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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PICKIN' ON FILM: Some sequels are better than originals

Sometimes, sequels are terrible. They lack the original creativity of the project, like in “The Hangover” films, or they just don’t have the same amount of character that others do.

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BURRISS: 'Sharknado' shows draw of creature features
BURRISS: 'Sharknado' shows draw of creature features

When I’m talking to community groups about television, and someone says “there’s nothing good to watch,” I remind them of all of the educational and cultural programs available.

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Rutherford Reader loses first round in court battle

Federal judge rules against publisher in lawsuit

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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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Tea Party candidate challenges Alexander
Tea Party candidate challenges Alexander

Lenard prepares for GOP primary battle

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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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WOODY: Empty seats scary sign for NASCAR
WOODY: Empty seats scary sign for NASCAR

Before launching into a doom-and-gloom rant about the sea of empty seats in which NASCAR is drowning, let’s add a tad of perspective: It’s not just a racing problem.

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VINSON: Assassin's bullet proves most powerful
VINSON: Assassin's bullet proves most powerful

The spoken word is powerful thing, more powerful, some might argue, than a bullet of the highest caliber.

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Revolutionaries nearly ended sisters' lives
Revolutionaries nearly ended sisters' lives

Smyrna resident recalls harrowing tale

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VAUGHN: Love of storytelling comes from mother

I count it a privilege to write my column, "Sharing Thoughts," once a month for The Murfreesboro Post.

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Cool music festivals lead into fall months

Though many of us are still experiencing a Bonnaroo hangover at this point in the year, there is much music on the horizon in the midstate for the remainder of the year.

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

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

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LETTER: Obama administration supports terrorists in Syria
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Extra work pays dividends
Extra work pays dividends

Recently, I was selected as an extra for the upcoming season premier of "Nashville."

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BURRISS: Control of media rests with consumers
BURRISS: Control of media rests with consumers

It’s certainly been an interesting couple of weeks for the media.

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Original stars reunite for espionage romp

A sequel to the surprise 2010 hit, this comedy-espionage romp reunites the original cast of Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as a trio of elite CIA assassins forced once again out of retirement to blast the rust off their not-quite-over-the-hill stuff.

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LOGUE: Monogamy is all about calories

Some men claim that men are hard-wired not to accept a state of monogamy.

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VINSON: Zimmerman defined as 'white Hispanic'

The thing that rubbed me the rawest was some anchors and race-baiting guests referring to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.”

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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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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Technology brings world to you

Who could have envisioned – even 10 years ago – the conveniences of modern life that we now enjoy?

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WOODY: American curiosity over monarch is puzzling

Did you hear about a baby being born last week to some young couple in England? I think there was something in the news about it.

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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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LOGUE: Tsarnaev shows banality of evil
LOGUE: Tsarnaev shows banality of evil

The editors of Rolling Stone undoubtedly are delighted at the publicity so many misguided people are giving them.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Wal-Mart offers good career path

Unfortunately, too few people understand Wal-Mart’s commitment to providing good, stable jobs and long-term career opportunities to its 1.4 million associates.

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Tenn.'s Black Caucus calls for review of 'shoot first' law
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LETTER: Parallels with Haslam, Sundquist are striking
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Issues in Farm Bill have the attention of animal advocates
Issues in Farm Bill have the attention of animal advocates

Animal-rights advocates are perched on the edges of their seats

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Payne is always a joy

Lately, I’ve been penning articles about my favorite filmmakers, those directors who constantly make movies that are engaging and highly enjoyable to watch.

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Local Tea Parties denounce Alexander’s voting record
Local Tea Parties denounce Alexander’s voting record
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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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VINSON: World could change remarkably by 2025

The year 2525 is almost 500 years away, and a lot can happen in 500 years.

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WOODY: Fire-balling seniors provide inspiration

When 71-year-old Morgan Shepherd became the oldest driver to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup race earlier this month, there was a national outburst of Geezer Pride.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer's bounty fills farmers markets
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer's bounty fills farmers markets

The rain has caused mixed blessings for all of this summer.

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Groups to protest against Alexander over voting record

The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty will be holding a protest on Saturday, July 20, to express disapproval over U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's voting record in Congress.

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'The Heat' brings laughs with zesty zingers
'The Heat' brings laughs with zesty zingers

“Being a woman in this field is hard,” says Sandra Bullock’s character at one point in this zesty zinger of a summer comedy in which she plays an uptight FBI agent ordered to track down a brutal drug smuggler.

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BURRISS: Nothing halts fun at film conference
BURRISS: Nothing halts fun at film conference

How many of you remember the 1958 version of “The Blob,” with Steve McQueen in one of his first movie roles?

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LOGUE: Living wage dispute highlights real problem

While most states and municipalities would drool over the possibility of six new store locations in their areas, the District of Columbia is telling the big-box boys to hit the Beltway and don’t look back.

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Coggin throws hat into ring

County Commissioner Adam Coggin announced his candidacy for the 48th District Tennessee House seat, which will be vacated by Joe Carr.

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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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VINSON: Midstate sees chilling Independence Day
VINSON: Midstate sees chilling Independence Day

Middle Tennessee set record for lowest high for July 4th.

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SHARING THOUGHTS: Howell flies into aviation history
SHARING THOUGHTS: Howell flies into aviation history

Reece Howell has a long and distinguished career in aviation that stretches more than 60 years.

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WOODY: Shark drops in, tees off golfers

I’ve heard of pool sharks and card sharks, but never a golf shark.

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WHITTLE THIS: Smyrna chaplin is gem among men

When events get the roughest, that’s when the police call Jim Diamond, chaplain.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Nashville boasts many stops for daytrippers
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Nashville boasts many stops for daytrippers

Like others my sister has been intrigued by the television show “Nashville” but had never truly visited many of sites.

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DR. KESTNER: Obesity is reversible disease

Recently it was announced that medical authorities should henceforth call obesity a disease according to the American Medical Association. 

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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Tombstone' still amazes
PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Tombstone' still amazes

Since the beginning of cinema, the film world has been fascinated by tales of the old Wild West.

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Survey: Government should help rural US more
Survey: Government should help rural US more

As the U.S. House prepares for another try at passing a farm bill, a new survey has found that a majority of those in rural America want to see a greater focus on small-business development and economic initiatives.

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LOGUE: Making work easier would be best family value
LOGUE: Making work easier would be best family value

Your mama used to say, “If you wait until you have enough money before you have a baby, you’ll never have a baby.”

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BURRISS: Obama right to refuse Westboro petition

Last week, President Barack Obama and his administration refused to cave in to public pressure to label Westboro Baptist Church a hate group.

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Tracy raises quarter million in 2nd quarter

The Jim Tracy for Congress campaign announced in a Wednesday press release it raised $303,000 in the second fundraising quarter.

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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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Haslam appoints new chairman of Parole Board

Gov. Bill Haslam recently appointed Richard Montgomery as chairman of the Board of Parole.

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Woodbury festival aims to showcase talent
Woodbury festival aims to showcase talent

Music merges in the middle this fall

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Roasting impacts coffee's flavor

This year, I will attend the Roasters Guild’s annual retreat.

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DUI checkpoint controversy rages on
DUI checkpoint controversy rages on

Rutherford County thrust into national spotlight

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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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New ESPN documentary reaches for Summitt

ESPN Films has turned its award winning “30 for 30” film series into a special “Nine for IX” series to highlight famous women in sports.

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Pickler’s trophy finds home at Country Music Hall of Fame

Kellie Pickler’s "Dancing with the Stars" finale costume and trophy are now on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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VINSON: Public has double standard on violence

An acquaintance chided me for being such a huge fan of “The Sopranos,” alleging that it promoted criminality, violence, and set a bad example for the public, especially impressionable young people.

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WOODY: More guys apparently getting dolled up these days
WOODY: More guys apparently getting dolled up these days

A TV news reporter read a story the other night about a growing trend: More and more men are using cosmetics.

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Local chef’s hot chicken hits the airwaves
Local chef’s hot chicken hits the airwaves

Restaurant owner to appear on TV show

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WHITTLE: Commercials are often quite distressing

Being a lifelong-addicted newspaper reader, I believe in commercial advertising of merchandise and services.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Add Broadway to your bucket list

I am becoming a victim of too much information.

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Baron set to record Down at Brown's

Lascassas native Jordan Baron is a man on a mission with his new sophomore project, "Down on Brown's."

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Banjo boy of the Glade
Banjo boy of the Glade

Williams picks on strings with gusto

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Court made right call in mosque lawsuit

There was good reason to exhale when the Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a Murfreesboro judge’s ruling in a public notice case that involved the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

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BURRISS: Printed word remains relevant despite Internet
BURRISS: Printed word remains relevant despite Internet

I don’t know how many times I have heard that no one cares about print any more.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Travel abroad without leaving your seat

I’m in Spain teaching this summer, and, naturally,  the idea of traveling has been on my mind a good bit. So, here are my favorite films about Americans traveling abroad.

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LOGUE: Independence should be easier to come by

Unfortunately, many of your fellow Americans aren’t feeling terribly independent this Independence Day.

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Mayors featured in 'Murfreesboro Storytellers'

The July edition of "Murfreesboro Storytellers" on City TV will feature the mayors of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro, officials announced Monday.

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New office charged with shrinking state government opens

Recent legislation aimed at cutting the size of Tennessee state government went into effect Monday with the newly created Office of the Repealer.

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Burgess: Tax increase necessary
Burgess: Tax increase necessary

Rutherford County raises property taxes

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VINSON: Gandolfini breathed life into fictional gangster

The first time I recall being aware of actor James Gandolfini was back in 1993, in “True Romance.” 

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Local sports coverage at all-time high

Following Major League Baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, was bred into farm boys who grew up in the cotton fields of remote southeast Missouri. 

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Books make perfect travel companions

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and have found some good books to accompany me along the way. 

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WOODY: Put 'country' back into country music

My late pal Waylon Jennings said it best one morning when we were on the Carl P. Mayfield radio show and Carl P asked Waylon what he thought about a recent CMA awards program.

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County Commission approves tax increase
County Commission approves tax increase

The Rutherford County Commission voted Friday morning in support of raising property taxes by 4.1 percent.

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Chappelle shows maturity to faithful fans
Chappelle shows maturity to faithful fans

It’s been a while since the name Dave Chappelle was in the press, but his faithful flock had the chance to catch his much-anticipated rebirth this week.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Fincher is perfectionist on silver screen

David Fincher is one of the best directors working today. His films include “Se7en,” “The Social Network,” and “Fight Club,” to name a few.

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LOGUE: Recovery possible if Congress concurs
LOGUE: Recovery possible if Congress concurs

If the researchers at Georgetown University are correct, Tennessee is in for some long overdue positive economic news.

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Left-behind actors face apocalypse in riotous flick

"This Is The End" is an adults-only, stoner comedy at its most extreme, straining hard to make sure every icky, grody, envelope-pushing moment of its R-rating is covered. 

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BURRISS: Snowden not first to spring leak

Despite all of the publicity surrounding the actions of former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, this will not be the last instance of government employees leaking secret information.

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VINSON: Consider this soul-searching question

Regardless of whether you are a preacher, kindergarten teacher, college student, criminal, judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, no one is immune to this issue.

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WHITTLE: These heroes enhance life
Heroes, I’ve known a few, though not the famous ones such as Jackie Robinson.
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WOODY: Bridge-jumping granny really quite inspiring
WOODY: Bridge-jumping granny really quite inspiring

Last week, a woman in Iowa jumped off a bridge to celebrate her 102nd birthday. I hope when that age I’m just able to blow out the candles on my birthday cake.

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A night at the drive-in
A night at the drive-in

Munching popcorn, baby boomer Donna Houston lounged in a lawn chair on a recent Friday evening, eagerly anticipating the double feature to begin at Woodbury’s Moonlite Drive-In.

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Uncle Dave festival has grown beyond founder's dreams
By 1987, after its small beginnings as a one-day banjo picking contest, Uncle Dave Macon Days had become one of the Southeast’s fastest-growing, old-time music festivals.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Fix the federal budget
The trajectory of our federal budget is not just fiscally irresponsible; it is morally bankrupt.
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LETTER: Felons should be given second chance

The purpose of this letter is to express my thoughts and feelings regarding the mistreatment of convicted felons released back into society.

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Councilwoman votes against herself again
Councilwoman votes against herself again

Councilwoman Madelyn Scales-Harris remains frustrated, but fellow Murfreesboro City Council members at Thursday night’s meeting seemed able to determine exactly why.

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LOGUE: Police can now use ESP in interrogations
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police may assume a talent for clairvoyance that they do not possess.
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McCartney leads star-studded cast at Bonnaroo
McCartney leads star-studded cast at Bonnaroo

Music legends wow thousands at festival

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Johnson consistently makes detailed films
Some directors are hit and miss, others are not. A director whose work I feel is consistently great is Rian Johnson.
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Residents voice concern over proposed tax hike
Residents expressed concern Monday over a proposed property tax increase that is being proposed to pay for the 2013-14 Rutherford County budget.
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BURRISS: 'Happy Birthday' embroiled in unhappy fight
Every once in a while we need to step back from doom and gloom, coups and catastrophes, floods, fires and famines, and deal with something really, really important.
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PART II: Music triggers Rutherford County tourism
Across Murfreesboro Public Square on MTSU’s campus, Southern Gospel music rings the rafters of Wright Music Hall each July.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Thoughts of dad flood Father's Day
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Thoughts of dad flood Father's Day
Father’s Day is bittersweet every year because, while I celebrate the loving father my husband is to our children, I don’t have my own father to hug anymore.
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WOODY: Could spitting be national pastime?

I don’t know what it is about the Grand Old Game that makes players drool and salivate.

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VINSON: DOJ lights more fireworks in Coffee County
My curiosity piqued when I learned about a public meeting sponsored by the Muslim community in Coffee County, though for different reasons.
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HUNTER: Celebrate Father's Day with variety of sports
Along with many other families across the country, one of the traditions in my family is either attending or watching a sporting event on television with my father.
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Music legends travel to Manchester
Music legends travel to Manchester
Sophisticated lineup headed to Bonnaroo
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Television is no longer wasteland
Lately, I have been watching more television than movies and been pleased with what is on the air.
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County wants public input on tax increase
County wants public input on tax increase
The Rutherford County budget proposal has been approved by the budget committee, and the committee members are ready for voter input.
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BURRISS: Companies just as guilty as government
BURRISS: Companies just as guilty as government
It’s been said it is better to debate an issue and not have it settled, than to settle an issue with no debate.
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MLT cast shines throughout 'The Tempest'
Local actors showcase exceptional talent
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WEEKEND PLANNER: 'Rent' opens Friday in Murfreesboro
The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents the rock musical “Rent,” beginning Friday, June 14.
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LOGUE: Bloomberg ban poses worthy questions
I wonder what Michael Bloomberg would think of me as I sit here sipping my large Diet Coke.
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Murfreesboro expands reach with Twitter
In its effort to better stay in touch with its residents, officials have announced the city of Murfreesboro has extended its social media presence through Twitter.
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VINSON: Government is worst kind of peeping Tom
Being a peeping Tom is treated as a crime of sexual deviancy, which normally deters that behavior - that is unless you're part of the federal government.
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WOODY: Witnesses take winding road to straight answers
WOODY: Witnesses take winding road to straight answers
I thought about the swear-to-tell-the-truth process the other day while watching assorted government employees being grilled on C-SPAN by congressional committees.
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Cultures invade for Folkfest
Cultures invade for Folkfest
Dancers converge in Murfreesboro
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PART I: Music triggers Rutherford County tourism
If you’re a fan of country or bluegrass, you have heard the music and names of Bill Monroe, Grandpa Jones and Leroy Troy, all of who have served as Heritage Award Winners at Uncle Dave Macon Days.
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Murfreesboro budget discussions get heated
Budget deliberations by the Murfreesboro City Council drew considerable ire Thursday from Councilwoman Madelyn Scales-Harris.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make life easier by seeing ahead
Within the past few months, I have started having difficulty reading street signs well even though directions were sometimes luxuriously offered to me by an automated voice on my car’s GPS.
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LOGUE: NFL should lose nonprofit status
If the National Football league is a nonprofit organization, then why did Roger Goodell make more than $11 million in salary in 2012?
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McBride mixes early influences on latest album
McBride mixes early influences on latest album
Somewhere in the middle of Americana and classic soul is where you find Tom McBride, a Boston native who has called Nashville home for the past few years.
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Johnny Cash stamp unveiled
Legendary Singer is second inductee into multi-year music icons series
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Report: Bonnaroo injects $50M into local economy
Report: Bonnaroo injects $50M into local economy
The study reports that the festival generated $36 million in direct expenditures and an additional $15 million in indirect and induced economic activity.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Worried Democrats should join repeal efforts
Some Democrats are extremely nervous that once Americans get a taste of Obamacare, voters will hold them accountable - and rightly so. But by postponing the law, they hope to avoid its political fallout.
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HUNTER: MT Athletics should add sports with C-USA move
With the impending move, I would like to make some suggestions to Director of Athletics Chris Massaro and Senior Women’s Administrator Diane Turnham about the 11 sports I would add to the Blue Raider program.
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WOODY: Cheating is part of NASCAR's history
How long has cheating gone on in NASCAR? From Day One, that’s how long.
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VINSON: Lost treasures uncover value of spring cleaning
Procrastination is a constant variable in the human formula. Though some are more prone than others, everyone at some point in life purposely puts off doing something he knows needs to be done.
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Morton was Uncle Dave’s ‘fairest child’
Rachel Morton of Murfreesboro is well-aware that Uncle Dave Macon Days are coming up on July 11-13 at Cannonsburgh Village.
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WHITTLE: Sumner, Faircloth families shared Great Depression
To the nation, J.D. Sumner was the legendary “voice” of gospel. To Dwight Faircloth, he was a lifelong friend.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Share, save your interests on Pinterest
It’s hard for me to get any work done on the computer lately because all I want to do is cruise Pinterest.
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DR. KESTNER: Spinal steroid injections controversy intensifies
DR. KESTNER: Spinal steroid injections controversy intensifies
There is now a similar situation developing in Newbern, Tenn.
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Budget Committee approves tax hike
Budget Committee approves tax hike
Proposal splits 10-cents between county, schools
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LOGUE: RFK assassination was end of America's innocence
LOGUE: RFK assassination was end of America's innocence
On Wednesday, June 5, Americans who are old enough to remember will reflect on the assassination 45 years ago of Sen. Robert “Bobby” F. Kennedy.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Flick examines strange life of Liberace
Over the long weekend I was able to catch Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Behind The Candelabra,” a story based off of Scott Thorson’s novel about his relationship with piano virtuoso Liberace.
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Times Free Press: Employers can still fire workers over guns in parking lots
Tennessee employers can indeed fire workers who violate company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers’ property despite a new state law, state Attorney General Bob Cooper says in a new legal opinion.
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BURRISS: Does less danger mean more freedom?
One of the hallmarks of the American judicial system is the idea that you do not need a law if there isn’t a problem.
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HUNTER: Memorial Day weekend brings racing excitement
Memorial Day means three of the biggest races of the year all being held on the same day in different series.
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Secret Garden Party channels British drama
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring will present the 21st annual Secret Garden Party and silent auction at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at 2261 Oakleigh Drive in Murfreesboro.
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WOODY: Visit showed Simpson's split personality
WOODY: Visit showed Simpson's split personality
With O.J. Simpson back in the news attempting to get his prison sentence overturned, I am reminded of a day in Murfreesboro when he went out of his way to befriend me.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Lost coat makes surprise appearance
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Lost coat makes surprise appearance
It is May 19, as I type and we have just returned from the wedding of a nephew in Florida.
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LIVING WELL: Concussions can cause serious consequences
LIVING WELL: Concussions can cause serious consequences

Along with this increase of soccer enthusiasm has come a disturbing increase in the frequency and severity of injuries, especially concussions.

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JORDAN: Football just a few months away
So, the major question today is: When does high school football start?
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VINSON: Manzarek opened doors of rock
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear “Light My Fire” on 105.9 FM.
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Dispatch returns with live album on horizon
A decade is a long hiatus for many, but when it comes to making music, Dispatch member Brad Corrigan admits it may be how you keep a band together.
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BURRISS: Press should be free to work without intrusion
Somehow, I thought we were done with various government agencies secretly accessing reporters’ phone records, but apparently not.
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Local actors romp through Shakespeare this weekend
Local actors romp through Shakespeare this weekend
The Murfreesboro Little Theater continues the comedic gem “Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25.
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HUD offices to close due to spending cuts
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will close its offices nationwide on Friday, May 24, as a result of automatic spending cuts that took effect in March.
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Wartrace MusicFest to feature diverse lineup
The ninth annual Wartrace MusicFest, set for Saturday, June 8, will feature a lineup of musical talent that will include an award-winning teenage blues band and a rising rock trio.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Love of movies born at father's knee
When I think about my intense love for movies, I sometimes think about where that love came from and wonder how I developed it.
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HUNTER: Pro wrestling heads to Nashville
The best kept secret in professional wrestling is coming to Music City for a Nashville Pro Wrestling event Friday, May 24.
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VINSON: Doesn’t take astronaut to plan space party
VINSON: Doesn’t take astronaut to plan space party
I will share this story with you only if you promise to not flog me the next time you see me in public. Also, be forewarned that once you read this and decide to repeat it in public, you might want to have a quick exit strategy in place to avoid being attacked yourself.
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Dover: No layoffs needed with tax hike
Dover: No layoffs needed with tax hike
Smyrna Town Council votes on increasing rate
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Spring finally blooms
I’ve been outside smelling the roses – coffee in hand – this morning.
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LIVING WELL: B3 can help cholesterol
LIVING WELL: B3 can help cholesterol
Cholesterol drugs account for some of the greatest profit sources ever developed by the pharmacological industry.
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JORDAN: Sports make Murfreesboro a destination
Until Sunday, May 26, Rutherford County will be the destination for thousands of high school student-athletes, their parents and fans of baseball, softball, boy’s soccer, tennis and track.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Teachers deserve praise
Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years.
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WHITTLE: 'Pay it forward' acts melt pain away
It started as a grey, gloomy and cold day, complete with sore throat, coughs, and accompanying headache.
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DR. KESTNER: Super tips to help memory problems
DR. KESTNER: Super tips to help memory problems
If you have problems with recalling names, remembering dates or details, or concentrating, you are in good company.
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Murfreesboro staple releases new album
Murfreesboro staple releases new album
The Features open up about 20-year history
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JORDAN: Choosing dinner guests takes much consideration
A few weeks ago I challenged you come up with one or more former or present athletes, living or dead, with who you would like to have dinner. I promised you my list and possibly another person’s list. Lucky you. Today is the day.
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Radio Hall of Fame inducts 2nd class
More than 300 members and guests attended the second annual Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held May 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.
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LOGUE: America has a rape problem
Despite whatever politically correct words they are using in public, it is clear that some men still don’t get it. The latest in a long line of sexual harassment scandals in the U.S. military brings this to light clearly.
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BURRISS: First Web page marks 20th birthday
BURRISS: First Web page marks 20th birthday
And unlike the first connections, which were pretty much limited to universities and government agencies, today anyone can go to the CERN website and see what was going on a little more than 20 years ago.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movies make perfect summer getaways
It’s graduation week here at the academy where I teach writing, so in honor of the closing of the school year here are five great movies about summer.
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HUNTER: Nashville Sounds inspire young fans
On May 7, the Nashville Sounds knocked off the Fresno Grizzlies 5-2 at Greer Stadium in Music City.
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LETTER: Precious metals better investment than paper money
I would like to prevail upon the people to give some thought into legalizing gold and silver as a medium of exchange and not subject to sales tax in Tennessee.
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Author treks from Short Mountain to bestseller list
Author treks from Short Mountain to bestseller list
Author Sandor “Sandy” Ellix Katz has achieved global scientific and academic acclaim.
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Cannon County character hawked papers till 93
Rain or shine, Tennessee native White Law Prater walked, walked and walked, virtually to every business on and near Woodbury to deliver the weekly Cannon Courier newspaper.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren greatest Mother's Day gifts
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren greatest Mother's Day gifts
Meeting deadlines for a newspaper should not be new to me, but I still fail to realize that articles come out on holidays and occasions, like Mother’s Day.
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'Morning after pill' approved for OTC sale
At drugstores across Tennessee, over-the-counter purchases of the morning-after pill are now available to anyone age 15 and older.
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WOODY: Reality TV not exactly Masterpiece Theater
Every time I think the glut of TV reality shows can’t get any quirkier, I change the channel and discover I was wrong.
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Man had 'pearl of great price'
At 47, the Rev. Robert Henderson had finally forsaken all, being determined to die to all selfish elements.
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LIVING WELL: Look past usual suspects solve pain mysteries
Not long ago a patient came to see me about pain in the lower back. She had had the pain for several years. She had tried chiropractic care at another clinic in town, as well as medications and physical therapy.
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VINSON: New Jackie Robinson flick hits grand slam
On May 3, a friend and I went to the Cowan Oldham Theater in McMinnville to watch the much-talked about movie, “42,” which is based on Jackie Robinson becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball.
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BURRISS: Better to be roughly right, than wrong
One of the things beginning journalism students often tell me is they want to go into a profession that doesn’t have a whole lot of numbers.
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LIVING WELL: Natural solutions could keep legs still
A few years ago, a patient came to see me with a fairly common complaint. She told me that she had trouble sitting still.
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HUNTER: New media partners show promise
Plans are starting to come together for Blue Raider fans to listen and watch the football team starting in August. Honestly, I like what I'm reading so far about the new broadcast partners both on the radio and television.
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Gowow to debut new EP at Murfreesboro show
Gowow to debut new EP at Murfreesboro show
If you’ve been hanging around Murfreesboro in the last decade, you could have run into Jonathon Gower behind a piano, singing at your favorite soiree or even at your dinner table at Five Senses.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Kubrick made best horror film ever
Numerous times this year, I have been sitting in my journalism class spitballing story ideas with my students when our discussion will inevitably turn to the topic of movies.
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LOGUE: Sanford stages amazing comeback
LOGUE: Sanford stages amazing comeback
Mark Sanford traded hiking on the Appalachian Trail for hanging out on the campaign trail. It worked.
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US Treasury to sell more GM shares
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving forward with its plan to sell approximately 241.7 million of the remaining shares of General Motors Co. common stock with the initiation of a second trading plan.
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LETTER: Media stereotypes all Muslims as violent
It might seem parodoxical that Muslims insist Islam is a peaceful religion, yet the media report terrorist attacks, killings and internecine fighting in Muslim lands on a daily basis.
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Road to stardom leads to pulpit
Road to stardom leads to pulpit
The scene happens over and over again on a regular basis.
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JUST LOVE COFFEE: New roasters among latest trends
The Specialty Coffee Associations 2013 Expo, or the “Event” as it’s known in the industry, was held in Boston this year on a chilly and rainy three days in late April – great weather for great coffee.
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'Evil Dead' rises again
'Evil Dead' rises again
The original “Evil Dead” is an agonizingly realistic plight where Fede Alvarez tells the story of five friends venturing to a secluded Tennessee cabin where they find a mystical book.
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TN REPORT: 'Ag-gag' bill reaches Haslam's desk
Rep. Mike Stewart, who voted against the so-called “ag-gag” bill, is still waiting for an Attorney General’s opinion on the constitutionality of the legislation.
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VINSON: ‘The Possum’ has gone to heaven
Regarding George Jones being referred to as “The Possum,” I couldn’t find anything definitive and reliable about how that particular moniker originated.
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WOODY: It’s dirty job, but someone has to do it
WOODY: It’s dirty job, but someone has to do it
The other day I saw a survey that ranked news reporting No. 1 on a list of “worst jobs.”
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No regrets for Craig Campbell
Country singer cherishes family life in Eagleville
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Johnny Barnett sounds trumpet in heaven
Smyrna loses ‘bedrock’ family member
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MRS. BORO: Movies show best of possibilities
It is rare that I watch a television show from start to conclusion but I watched two complete movies in one day recently.
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Workers’ comp overhaul signed into law
Workers’ comp overhaul signed into law
New regulations take effect in summer of 2014
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Confirmation vote next week on nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary
Sen. Larmar Alexander top Republican on Labor Committee
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Cruise plays spaceman in sci-fi mindbender
Cruise plays spaceman in sci-fi mindbender
Imagine his surprise when a decades-old NASA space pod crashes, and out pops that same beautiful, exotic-looking woman.
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LOGUE: Keep a Texas state of mind
LOGUE: Keep a Texas state of mind
The media have been poking and probing into every post-mortem angle of the Boston Marathon bombings and are still doing so.
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BURRISS: Print provides accuracy and detail
We all know television can bring us memorable visuals, and can provide an immediacy that is, quite frankly, impossible for newspapers and magazines.
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Joe Carr wants to represent you
Joe Carr wants to represent you
The Tennessee House member announced Thursday he is officially entering the race for the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District.
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TRACY: 108th General Assembly was great success
After a great deal of hard work and collaboration, this year’s session of the 108th General Assembly finally came to a conclusion on April 19, 2013.
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VINSON: Marathon is symbol of strength, discipline
VINSON: Marathon is symbol of strength, discipline
Inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known sporting events.
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WOODY: Darrell Waltrip’s motor is still humming
DW provided a wealth of words – as he has for the past 40 years that I’ve been covering him.
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New reality series features ‘Boro business owner
New reality series features ‘Boro business owner

Murfreesboro’s Brooklyn Tankard is celebrating the success of her new business.

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Southeast’s ‘prettiest’ mules expected in Woodbury
Southeast’s ‘prettiest’ mules expected in Woodbury
Mules will be hauling “tourism dollars” into Cannon County by the wagon loads at the May 11 Middle Tennessee Mule Skinner’s Show.
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TN REPORT: Haslam signs off on voter ID law
Library cards and other types of county-or-city-issued photo ID cards are no longer enough to cast a ballot in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a General Assembly measure outlawing their use at polling places.
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HUNTER: Perks, pits of America’s worst job
A recent study by CareerCast.com found being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the nation.
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TN REPORT:General Assembly wraps up, ed items left undone
The GOP-run Tennessee Legislature called it a year Friday, closing up shop on the earliest date in over two decades.
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LOGUE: Report: Best, worst jobs in America
Study finds actuary as best, reporter as worst
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Tenn. Dems cross fingers for Haslam vetoes
Tennessee House Democrats held a post-session press conference Tuesday to voice their disappointment with much of what the GOP-controlled Legislature passed this year.
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TN REPORT: Governor signs per diem reduction bill
Tennessee lawmakers living within a 50-mile radius of the Capitol can expect to see their daily lodging allowances drop in a couple years.
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DESJARLAIS: The Real Objective of President Obama’s Gun Control Efforts
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TN Report: Lawmakers cheer annexation bill
Applause and cheers went up in both the House and Senate Friday afternoon
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General Assembly calls it quits for year
The GOP-run Tennessee Legislature called it a year Friday, closing up shop on the earliest date in over two decades.
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WOODY: Drive-by hooligans pick elephant-sized target
WOODY: Drive-by hooligans pick elephant-sized target
Tupelo, Miss., police are investigating what they describe as a drive-by shooting of an elephant.
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INSIDE SPORTS: Collecting sports is a sport
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WHITTLE: Life’s road has led to fascinating places
You’ve got to love an inquiring mind.
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MRS. BORO: Warm weather brings thoughts of spring cleaning
Spring has finally arrived – about a month later than the calendar announced – and I’m enjoying the prolific blooms.
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DR. KESTNER: Be wary of drug side effects
DR. KESTNER: Be wary of drug side effects
In a perfect world, we would all enjoy tremendous health and never need drugs at all.
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HUNTER: Driver hopes to dominate in Long Beach
Tennessee is home to one of the top up and coming IndyCar Series stars, Josef Newgarden.
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LOGUE: Bullying doesn’t stop in schoolyard
LOGUE: Bullying doesn’t stop in schoolyard
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TN REPORT: Senate passes tax cut on groceries
A bill aimed at easing the pain at Tennessee’s grocery checkout lanes is headed to the governor’s desk for approval.
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County Dems elect new officers
County Dems elect new officers
The Rutherford County Democratic Party convened Saturday morning to elect a new executive committee and executive officers.
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TN Report: Bill restricting use of welfare cards heads to Haslam
Passage of the legislation brings Tennessee into compliance with the federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
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VINSON: Preacher is lesson in what's real
VINSON: Preacher is lesson in what's real
As most are aware, mega evangelist Joel Osteen recently was the victim of an elaborate, and potentially destructive hoax.
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WOODY: In my day, we handled our own skunks
WOODY: In my day, we handled our own skunks
Awhile back I read a story about a local elementary school that was evacuated after somebody smelled a skunk.
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Science fiction finds way into sports
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WHITTLE: Local radio rife with sports talk
If you were a farm boy of the 1940 or ’50s-era in Middle and East Tennessee, chances were you listened to Atlanta Braves baseball on the radio. But being a Missouri farm boy, Cardinal baseball was in our DNA.
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MRS. BORO: Prepare to travel, no matter destination
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Tennessee Senate passes law to protect citizens from drones
The State Senate passed legislation to protect citizens from unwarranted surveillance by drones and unmanned aircraft.
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Tracy honored with special award for legislative achievements
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Carr raises $200,000 for congressional campaign
Carr raises $200,000 for congressional campaign
Press Release: Joe Carr announced Tuesday in a press release his exploratory committee raised more than $200,000.
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TNReport: Anti-Affirmative Action measure clears legislature
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he plans to put his signature on the “Tennessee Wage Protection Act.”
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TN Report: Voter ID bill passes
TN Report: Voter ID bill passes
All that remains to block state-funded college IDs as valid identification for voting in Tennessee is the governor’s signature.
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VINSON: Movie shows US unable to keep secrets
A couple weekends ago, a friend and I kicked back with a large pizza to watch the much-talked-about, commercially successful movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”
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JORDAN: Some random thoughts on state of sports
Did you ever have the discussion that happens when friends gather about being stranded on a desert island and your choice of one companion?
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Head of arts center leaves director's chair
Head of arts center leaves director's chair
Cimono steps down from top spot
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Hall of Fame honors legacy of many
Since an initial meeting of 25 former and current radio broadcasters back in December 2010, the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has grown into a self-supporting organization with a proven track record.
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Nixing Senate primaries put off for now
The full state Senate heard opening salvos of debate Monday on a bill that would change the process by which Tennesseans pick their U.S. senators.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Keep handgun records public
The handgun carry permit registry maintained by the Tennessee Department of Safety has been open for public review since 1996 without any proof that public access has endangered any registrant.
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WOODY: Nothing wrong with NRA race sponsorship
Eddie Gossage, an MTSU grad and president of Texas Motor Speedway, has stirred up a tempest by granting the NRA naming rights for his upcoming NASCAR race.
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WHITTLE: Is it a bird bath or Muslim foot-washing basin?
Am I, a veteran American journalist who has faithfully operated under the U.S. Constitution’s guaranteed Freedom of the Press for more than 50- years, under suspicion?
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White appointed To Economic Council On Women
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LOGUE: Shoot for the moon with BRAIN project
LOGUE: Shoot for the moon with BRAIN project
President Barack Obama has been persuaded of something I have thought for a long time – inner space, not outer space, is the last frontier.
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BURRISS: International news colors view of foreign cultures
BURRISS: International news colors view of foreign cultures
What do most Americans know about foreign cultures, and what kinds of pictures of foreign countries do we get from the news?
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Star's family life recorded in pictures
Star's family life recorded in pictures
Stuart to sign copies of new book
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Epic flicks can be epic stories
Many times a great director and great story produce some excellent films that captivate audiences for decades.
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HUNTER: Dad turns golden
On April Fools' Day, my father celebrated his 50th birthday, and my family threw a huge surprise party in his honor. He deserved every bit of it because of the influence he has had on my life.
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Haslam scraps voucher plan
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Ketron uncorks more support for wine in grocery stores
Bill Ketron’s wine-in-grocery-stores bill just won’t quit.
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MTSU to present popular Sondheim musical
MTSU to present popular Sondheim musical
The Middle Tennessee State University fine arts department will present the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy classic, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” beginning Thursday, April 4.
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General Assembly looks at limiting forced annexations
Property owners across the state will have a two-year reprieve from forced annexation if a bill moving in the Tennessee Legislature becomes law.
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Bonnaroo announces comedy lineup
Comedy has been an integral part of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival over the years, and this year it recently announced additions to the lineup.
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State looks to strengthen penalties against cockfighting
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would strengthen penalties against spectators and participants of cockfights, the Republican Senate Caucus announced in a press release.
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WOODY: Punxsutawney Phil needs new Doppler
A Pittsburgh lawyer has suggested that Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather-predicting groundhog, be given the death penalty for being wrong about his spring forecast.
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Voucher bill could fund Muslim schools
Voucher bill could fund Muslim schools
Haslam proposal includes religious institutions
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Goodwin helps 'History Detectives' solve Western riddle
Goodwin helps 'History Detectives' solve Western riddle
Murfreesboro man helps TV show
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WHITTLE: Miracles come home as bundles of joy
With Beckett being only 3 years old, it was a tedious and dangerous surgery, but the good Lord hooked his parents, Patrick and Amanda, up with one of only two surgeons in the U.S. who perform the procedure.
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INSIDE MTSU: Celebrate spring with the arts
Spring seems to be arriving late this year, but Middle Tennessee State University art events are still busting out all over campus, as prevalent as pollen but much more pleasant.
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LETTER: Assessment on education correct
Larry Burriss’s March 21 column (“Media should be used more in education”) caught my eye, and I agree with his ideas 100 percent.
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Central Magnet named finalist for NBC grant
Central Magnet School’s theater program has qualified as one of 30 national finalists for NBC’s “SMASH” Make a Musical contest but needs votes to win the top prize.
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BURRISS: Anything can become a vice
BURRISS: Anything can become a vice
How many of you complain about your spouse spending too much time using the microwave oven? Sounds pretty silly, doesn’t it?
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Music springs eternal with new albums
Music springs eternal with new albums
Though Old Man Winter may have come back into the weather pattern this past week, there are plenty of new releases from the music world in the forecast for spring.
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Vietnam veteran returns to battlefield
Vietnam veteran returns to battlefield
Students travel with alumnus to Southeastern Asia
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Why I hate 'Girls'
I decided not long ago that I’ve had enough of HBO’s “Girls.” If you’re not familiar with it, the television series follows the post-college lives of four 20-something female friends living in present-day Brooklyn.
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LOGUE: Pundits are not celebrities
What happens when reporters become as famous as the people they cover?
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TN Report: Property disclosure requirement for lawmakers hits snag
Rep. Susan Lynn said she would still like to get the bill back in committee this year as a thermometer test.
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Smyrna control tower escapes federal cuts
Smyrna control tower escapes federal cuts
The Smyrna Airport’s historically important control tower has escaped the scalpel of cutbacks currently being ordered by federal officials in Washington, D.C.
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VINSON: Thin line remains between civil rights, law enforcement
It’s no great mystery the 9/11 terrorist attacks resulted in a tightening up of American security, giving our collective police forces greater latitude and longitude with fewer restrictions.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: City brims with sewing resources
MRS. MURFREESBORO: City brims with sewing resources
I love to sew. And while sewing seems to have skipped my children’s generation, it appears to be resurfacing with the next.
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WOODY: NFL finally recognizes its own fumble
WOODY: NFL finally recognizes its own fumble
The NFL has finally succumbed to criticism and rescinded its so-called “tuck rule.”
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BURRISS: Media should be used more in education
At an educational conference I’m attending, two strands keep coming up: Students at all levels don't know how to read, compute, communicate or think, and the media are having a negative impact on these same students.
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Allman lets it all hang out
Allman lets it all hang out
Legend recounts time in Middle Tenn.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Gangster movies echo changes in Hollywood
The progression from the old Hollywood of the 1920s to the new Hollywood of the 1970s ushered in the change from films being driven by good guys conquering over the bad into the bad guys becoming the heroes.
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LOGUE: What happened to recess?
If childhood obesity has risen to the level of a national crisis, why are schools cutting physical education classes?
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Journalism Hall of Fame names inaugural class
Journalism Hall of Fame names inaugural class
Tennessee's best honored for contributions to field
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Central Magnet students to present 'The Secret Garden'
Come and experience a story about love, loss, and self-discovery that will be presented by talented young actors and instrumentalists at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro.
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TN Report: Ketron promotes seat belt bill
TN Report: Ketron promotes seat belt bill
Sen. Bill Ketron said his seat belt bill is needed to promote safety.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Busy week produces quality bills
GUEST EDITORIAL: Busy week produces quality bills
Monday kicked off Sunshine Week, which is a time to emphasize the importance of transparency within the government in the United States.
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LETTER: Stop playing politics with American energy
President Barack Obama and his administration are once again threatening to raise taxes on American oil and gas companies.
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VINSON: No quacks is the genius of 'Duck Dynasty'
To say "Duck Dynasty" is popular would be a gross understatement.
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WOODY: Manatee crime spree teaches good lesson
WOODY: Manatee crime spree teaches good lesson
Sometimes, you feel the urge to ride a manatee for the same reason you climb a mountain: Because, it is there.
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Library, MTSU celebrating American music
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, in partnership with Linebaugh Public Library and the city of Murfreesboro, has been awarded a grant to mount a six-week “Celebration of America’s Music” program.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Being great grandparent is worth it
Within the past few minutes my granddaughter has taken everything out of the garbage can, figured out how to pull single sheets out of the filing cabinet, and fussed when I led her away from the shift bar on the computer.
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Ramsey unveils judicial redistricting plan
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey unveiled a consensus plan to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts.
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TN Report: Sparks vote helps table wine bill
TN Report: Sparks vote helps table wine bill
Despite what appeared to be growing momentum, a bill allowing local referenda on wine sales in food stores was stopped in its tracks Tuesday by the state House Local Government Committee.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Soundtrack should complement movie
Creating a movie soundtrack is a tough task, I'd imagine. Out of thousands of songs, how does one pick the perfect 10 or 12 to compliment a film?
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LIVING WELL: Everyone is an inventor
An ingenious fellow on “Shark Tank” has introduced a handy product that has become invaluable to me.
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WHITTLE: Sunshine Week is time for reaffirmation
It was at nearby Alexandria’s historic DeKalb County Fair that I first met Ray Blanton, a man destined to be one of the most infamous governors in Tennessee history.
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BURRISS: Media lets sunshine in
There seems to be a generalized fear that the media have grown too powerful and too aggressive.
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Press association introduces public notice legislation
Legal notices like public auctions and meeting announcements would have to be published online, as well as in newspapers, under a bill that is headed to both state House and Senate calendar committees to be scheduled for floor votes.
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TN Report: Voters to decide amendment on judicial selection
The Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday completed the final legislative step necessary to give the electorate an opportunity to weigh in on how high-level judges are picked in the Volunteer State.
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Legislation would put public notice online, in print
Legal notices like public auctions and meeting announcements would have to be published online, as well as in newspapers, under a proposed bill.
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Award-winning musicians to headline MTSU conference
Award-winning musicians to headline MTSU conference
Two award-winning musicians who have performed with several well-loved bands will perform this weekend at MTSU in Murfreesboro during an annual saxophone conference.
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Coalition forms to fight 2014 abortion amendment
Advocates from across the state will converge at the Capitol in Nashville this afternoon for the official launch of Healthy and Free Tennessee.
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LETTER: Workers’ Compensation Reform 2013 is compassionate conservatism
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INSIDE MTSU: Students to make films in Italy
The founder and former chief executive officer of The Documentary Channel, plans to take several students to Florence, Italy, in May so they can make films in the heart of the Renaissance.
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VINSON: Many could lose under judicial redistricting
With Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) apparently at the forefront, the Tennessee Republican party is turning up the heat to redraw state judicial districts.
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Musician, mule share top billing for Distillery Day
Musician, mule share top billing for Distillery Day
Leroy Troy, the banjo-clawing star of "The Marty Stuart Show," will perform Saturday, March 23, at the first anniversary celebration of Short Mountain Distillery.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Past makes me appreciate parenting today
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Past makes me appreciate parenting today
Some friends were raised in a two-parent home with times that sounded like the Cleavers, but further admissions have revealed that they, too, had secrets all their own.
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MTSU Poll: Neither party should compromise
MTSU Poll: Neither party should compromise
Neither Democrats nor Republicans in the state think their party should give ground.
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Artist returns to MTSU for film screening Tuesday
Artist returns to MTSU for film screening Tuesday
Wayne White is proud to say that MTSU is where his art and his life began to bloom.
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Teacher's union concerned over vouchers
As lawmakers in Tennessee consider a couple of proposals on school vouchers, the state's teachers are urging rejection over a variety of concerns.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Top 5 most overrated movies
It may take a few years, but eventually the public figures out that some best picture winners or box-office smashes were highly overrated.
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La Vergne names new city administrator
La Vergne names new city administrator
The La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted tonight to officially name Bruce Richardson as the city administrator.
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Orchestra to perform well-known symphonies
The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents "The Music of Heaven and Earth" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at First United Methodist Church.
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JazzFest schedule, lineup released
Main Street Murfreesboro has confirmed the weekend of May 3-4 for this year’s Main Street JazzFest.
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LOGUE: KlanWatch finds more than ever
Maybe they’re not as obvious as they used to be because we don’t see as many uniforms or costumes that help us identify them.
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BURRISS: Demand backfires on NASCAR
If you’ve been to a concert, sporting event or other public occasion recently, take a close look at the back of your ticket.
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MT Poll: Tennesseans don't like Obama
MT Poll: Tennesseans don't like Obama
Majority disapproval for the job that Barack Obama is doing as president is holding steady in Tennessee, according to the latest poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University.
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Deadline looms for expanding Medicaid
Tennessee lawmakers are weighing the option of whether to expand the state's Medicaid program.
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'Flashdance' opens March 19 in Nashville
"Flashdance The Musical" is the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation.
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Tracy, Womick halt efforts for ultrasound bill
State Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Rick Womick have announced they will not seek passage of with their ultrasound bill in order to focus on passage of a constitutional amendment initiative concerning abortion laws.
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'Jesus Christ Superstar' opens this week
Based on the strength of rehearsals, the Center for the Arts decided to open "Jesus Christ Superstar" a week earlier than originally scheduled.
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Backstage Bash to benefit local theater
The Center for the Arts swings into action Saturday, March 16, for its fourth annual Backstage Bash fundraising gala that will be held in downtown Murfreesboro.
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AEDC offers help for troubled employees
AEDC’s Department of Defense employees have a program available to resolve personal problems before these issues interfere with their work.
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Ketron bill will allow student IDs as voter ID
Ketron bill will allow student IDs as voter ID
The bill also clarifies that locally issued photo library cards are not allowed under Tennessee’s voter ID law.
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WOODY: Cruise ship passengers afloat in sea of sick
I’ll bet you, just like me, were riveted by the recent ordeal of the Carnival Cruise ship that became stranded at sea when its motor conked out and the captain discovered he had left the paddle back at the dock.
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VINSON: Misperception could be deadly these days
VINSON: Misperception could be deadly these days
In walked this stocky man, dressed in winter garb such as mentioned above. For some strange reason, this man immediately exuded a menacing presence that permeated the entire store.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Struggle to organize touches all
While it is against my inherent nature to be organized, I strive to be so daily.
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BURRISS: Companies have bad luck with celebrity endorsements
We are way beyond simple questions about whether celebrities use the products they endorse.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Oscars deliver few surprises
Admittedly, I only watched about 45 actual minutes of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, but what I saw I generally liked.
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SWANN: Nostalgia brings up early audio memories
It seems the way people listen to music changes every day.
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LOGUE: Nashville is sadder than Murfreesboro
LOGUE: Nashville is sadder than Murfreesboro
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that an academic study has found Hawaii to be the happiest state in the union.
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MT Poll: Put wine in grocery stores
Opinion has been stable and decidedly in favor of wine sales for four years
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MT Poll: Majority of respondents support 'guns in trunks'
A majority of Tennesseans support a key provision of the “guns in trunks” measure that was easily passed today in the state House of Representatives.
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College administrators meet to discuss retention rates
A college president addressing the retention and graduation issue in higher education Monday at MTSU emphasized creating a campus culture that nurtures students.
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MT Poll: Tennesseans split over vouchers
Haslam reforms received mixed reviews
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Senate condemns North Korea nuclear test
The Senate unanimously voted in a favor of a resolution Tuesday condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test that violated numerous international agreements.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Winter days bring fireside nights
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Winter days bring fireside nights
These blustery winter days have kept me confined to home lately, but I have enjoyed knitting and smocking by the fireplace while my husband, Tommy, watches television.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: What people don't know can hurt them
For months last year, I kept asking members of the Coalition for Open Government and the Tennessee Press Association if they knew anything about the history of the Tennessee Public Records Act of 1957 but few did.
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Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Smyrna
Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Smyrna
Living gospel music history will be on stage Sunday, March 3, when the Chuck Wagon Gang will appear in concert at Parkway Baptist Church in Smyrna.
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Federal spending fight has local consequences
Federal spending fight has local consequences
Air Force expects mass furloughs
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VINSON: Blaxploitation films leave impression
VINSON: Blaxploitation films leave impression
The term “blaxploitation” comes from combining the words “black” and “exploit,” much the same as the term “smog” derives from a combination of “smoke” and “fog.”
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LETTER: Local Muslims owed an apology
Like many Americans, I am a member of a religious minority. The overwhelming majority, including those who do not belong to any of the above religions, are good and decent people.
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Flip, twirl and jump for 'Traces'
Flip, twirl and jump for 'Traces'
Energetic show comes to TPAC
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama shows White House has no plan
GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama shows White House has no plan
I had hoped President Barack Obama would put forth sound, bipartisan solutions to tackle the serious obstacles facing this nation. Unfortunately, all that we have heard is more of the same.
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EBT card abuse bill gains support in Senate
EBT card abuse bill gains support in Senate
A bill designed to rein in EBT card abuse passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee in the Tennessee General Assembly this week.
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Report: Financials for Medicare improving
Projections for the cost of the Medicare program have fallen by a half trillion dollars since the last estimate three years ago.
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Arts Center celebrates Beatles this week
Arts Center celebrates Beatles this week
The Arts Center of Cannon County presents the music of The Beatles on Friday, Feb. 22, in celebration of the music that forever changed rock ‘n’ roll history.
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Living in Style expo slated for Saturday
The Living in Style expo is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Middle Tennessee Expo Center in Murfreesboro.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Sports films offer endless enjoyment
Sports films have a special place in the American psyche. Ask any fan about what his or her favorite film is and you’re likely to get a myriad of answers.
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LETTER: Hollywood crosses line of decency
The media once again crossed the line of decency on Feb. 16.
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LOGUE: Value of reading lost along the way
By now, we all know Johnny can’t read. Apparently, other people can, though, because the president of Central Connecticut State University has compiled his yearly ranking of America’s most literate cities.
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TN Report: Womick's per diem bill advances through committee
TN Report: Womick's per diem bill advances through committee
Rep. Rick Womick’s bill to discontinue per diems for local lawmakers sailed through the House State Government committee Tuesday.
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Bill to protect student athletes with concussions passes committee
Legislation designed to protect student-athletes who suffer concussions overcame its first hurdle this week.
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MTSU researcher targets African-American students
Nine colleges’ academic scholars visit state lawmakers in Nashville
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County to buy Lascassas garbage site
County to buy Lascassas garbage site
Officials to spend $220K on location
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WOODY: Today's advertising has nothing on comics
While rummaging through the attic, I came across my old comic book collection, circa the 1950s, and as I thumbed through the silverfish-nibbled copies they brought back some nostalgic memories.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Techology can be harder than it looks
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Techology can be harder than it looks
My goal for this week is to back up my iPad to my computer. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It is not.
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Knoxville's Rhythm N' Blooms releases lineup for April festival
Rhythm N’ Blooms has recently announced the lineup for their April festival that will take place across several venues in Knoxville.
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Miss Daisy drives into Center for the Arts this weekend
Miss Daisy drives into the Center for the Arts this weekend for a two-week stand.
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LOGUE: Congress gets thorny in protecting women
Some conservatives said they were against the Violence Against Women Act because it constituted an unjustifiable growth of the federal government’s reach into Americans’ lives.
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DesJarlais: Obama ignores reality in address
Following his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama drew little praise from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who described the speech as an attempt to defy reality.
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'Little Mermaid' extends stay in Woodbury
'Little Mermaid' extends stay in Woodbury
Because of the tremendous demand for tickets, the Arts Center of Cannon County has added three additional matinee performances to Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr."
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Same-sex couple to discuss Defense of Marriage Act at MTSU
A same-sex couple will shed light on the marriage equality issue at Middle Tennessee State University on the day before Valentine’s Day.
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An Affair Of The Art gets superstar preview
An Affair Of The Art gets superstar preview
The cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar" treated patrons to a preview of the show during An Affair of the Art benefit held Tuesday at Middle Tennessee State University.
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MTSU alumni score at Grammys
MTSU alumni score at Grammys
Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Josh Kear brought home his third country song of the year honor Sunday at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for Carrie Underwood’s hit single “Blown Away.”
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Longtime fundraiser joins Carr exploratory committee
A longtime fundraiser has been chosen to lead fundraising efforts for an exploratory committee recently formed for state Rep. Joe Carr.
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Tennesseans oppose gay marriage more than any other state
Opposition to gay marriage is more widespread in Tennessee than nearly anywhere else in the country.
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VINSON: Next generation woefully lacks gardening skills
Recently, a friend that he felt as though we – American society collectively – are raising a generation of modern-day morons and imbeciles.
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WOODY: NASCAR stars should prepare for singles spotlight
WOODY: NASCAR stars should prepare for singles spotlight
It’s not unusual for the ship of matrimony to crash on the rocky reef of discord – it happens all the time – but when it occurs to high-profile celebrity couples it generates attention.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Trivial concerns occupy my thoughts
I bought a quality name-brand down-filled coat on sale last year, and at first, I loved it. But after about five wearings, the zipper started separating at tummy level.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: WSIX changes morning lineup
The Big 98 WSIX announced it will begin broadcasting "The Bobby Bones Show" weekday mornings from 5 a.m. till 10 a.m., beginning Monday, Feb. 18.
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City Council approves north Murfreesboro rezoning
In a rare display of concerted opposition at the Murfreesboro City Council's meeting Thursday evening, a third reading for annexation of property adjacent to James Ridley's historic Evergreen home was just as contentious as the first.
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MTSU Poll: Majority want wine in grocery stores
MTSU Poll: Majority want wine in grocery stores
In terms of public opinion in the state, opposition to wine in grocery stores seems to be driven primarily by political ideology and religious beliefs.
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Lamplighter's Theatre to present story of love
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Lamplighter’s Theatre Company is offering the best love story many have never heard of, “Last Train To Nibroc.”
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Gun control debate highlights political divide
Gun control debate highlights political divide
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais witnessed first hand Friday how the gun control debate has thrust different constitutional interpretations at the forefront of political discourse.
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Tickets for 'The Lion King' go on sale Friday
Tickets for 'The Lion King' go on sale Friday
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of “The Lion King” will go on sale to the public this week.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Seven Psychopaths' delivers on point
While watching Martin McDonagh’s film “Seven Psycopaths,” I recently came to the conclusion that he is one of the most talented writers and directors working today.
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Fiction Family reunites for new album
Fiction Family reunites for new album
Collaborations have their place in the overall framework of the music landscape. Such is the case with Fiction Family.
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LOGUE: UK company gets smart with wearable phone
LOGUE: UK company gets smart with wearable phone
There’s a new product for sale in the United Kingdom that is either an indicator of consumer confidence or consumer nuttiness.
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BURRISS: Demand for knowledge will continue in China
News out of China this past week has shown a more liberal policy toward the media, as government officials seem to be easing restrictions against newspapers and the Internet.
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Travel beneath the sea with Ariel this weekend
Travel beneath the sea with Ariel this weekend
Residents are invited to go "under the sea" as the Arts Center of Cannon County joins Ariel (Rachel Nichols), a young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home for the world above, in "The Little Mermaid Jr."
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President visits upper Midwest to talk gun safety
The debate over gun safety resumed this week, as President Barack Obama is taking his plans outside of Washington, D.C., for the first time, with a visit to Minnesota.
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Former first lady’s favorite tunes focus of concerts
Thanks to the Center for Popular Music and the James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, the community can get a glimpse into the music of a former first lady in two free public concerts.
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Public speaks against north Murfreesboro rezoning
A somewhat contentious annexation and rezoning request dominated Thursday’s brief meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council.
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VINSON: Shades of Marlboro Man reflected at public library
It has been said the Marlboro Man campaign is the most successful of all time, reportedly increasing sales of the name-brand cigarette, worldwide.
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LIVING WELL: Viral illnesses spreading rapidly through state
Every day that you are in close contact with other people is a day you are being exposed to a variety of viral illnesses.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memorials bring thoughts on life
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memorials bring thoughts on life
Although it may sound somber, I enjoy reading stories at the end of a year about about people who have passed.
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VAUGHN: Humble beginnings taught importance of hard work
Many of us Baby Boomers believe that our parents and others from that age group were truly the Greatest Generation.
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INSIDE MTSU: Customized alerts keep campus safer
But it can be a life-saving one. So, can the free emergency-alert system at Middle Tennessee State University.
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Tracy wants to cut Tennessee's excise tax
Tennessee legislators look to reduce the excise tax on Tennessee businesses.
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BURRISS: Freedom of information helps public keep eyes on officials
BURRISS: Freedom of information helps public keep eyes on officials
The safety and health of children are of compelling interest to the community, and the public needs to know if agencies that deal with minors are doing so effectively.
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Shovels and Rope play their song all night long
Shovels and Rope play their song all night long
Shovels & Rope could quite possibly be one of the best-kept secrets of the previous year, but the secret will soon be out the door.
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Stevens makes comedy music at the Mill
Stevens makes comedy music at the Mill
Longtime personality to perform Saturday
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Sometimes movies just as good as book
When I started to do some research for this article, I looked up movies based off novels and ended up finding the results to be too numerous to codify.
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Tracy files bill to rein in EBT card abuse
Tracy files bill to rein in EBT card abuse
State Sen. Jim Tracy has filed legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly to curb abuse of purchases made through EBT cards.
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Ketron: Allow voters to decide on wine in grocery stores
Ketron: Allow voters to decide on wine in grocery stores
Bill would leave issue up to counties
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WMOT celebrates Black History Month with abolitionist music
Middle Tennessee Public Radio, WMOT-FM 89.5, is joining hands with a New England peer to celebrate Black History Month with “Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Abolitionists.”
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Teachers' union responds to Haslam's voucher plan
In his State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam devoted a lot of time to public education but left the audience with a mixed message on his plans for schools, Tennessee Education Association officials said Tuesday.
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Bipartisan group announces immigration reform plan
140,000 Undocumented Immigrants in Tennessee
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Sparks appointed as vice chair of Transportation Committee
State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) has been named vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
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Music ensemble brings history to life Sunday
Music ensemble brings history to life Sunday
Performing the music beloved by a gender bending, 17th century Swedish queen sounds like quite a challenge, but the acclaimed musical ensemble Armonia Celeste is ready to meet it.
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Haslam proposes increased funding for jails
Haslam proposes increased funding for jails
Governor calls for expanding public safety
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VINSON: Cooking up white lies eventually burns everyone
Based on my experience, a white lie refers to an untruth that, for the most part, is benign and not intended to actually hurt anyone, versus an outright lie purposely told with malice, with the potential to hurt the innocent.
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WHITTLE: Arming teachers might just blow up in our face
As a 50-year veteran of covering crime scenes for the news media, I never dreamt – or had the nightmare – that our society would ever be faced with a need for armed educators in elementary schools.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: To-do list clutters the new year
Is it because it’s the first of the year that my mind is bouncing around with so many things to do? Or is it because we’ve been so busy since Thanksgiving that I feel so burdened?
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Businesses embrace new technology
Businesses embrace new technology
Companies turn to social media
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Siblings witness US history
Siblings witness US history
Murfreesboro residents attend inauguration
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NAACP praises Civil Rights Week
NAACP praises Civil Rights Week
The first-ever Civil Rights Week wrapped up Monday after a weeklong series of educational and fun events sponsored by the Murfreesboro chapter of the NAACP.
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Rutherford County delegation stays busy during recess
Rutherford County delegation stays busy during recess
During the Tennessee General Assembly’s two-week recess, some of Rutherford County’s legislative members have been busy filing bills.
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WOODY: Pimpleback not just an insult anymore
WOODY: Pimpleback not just an insult anymore
The Cumberland monkeyface and orangefoot pimpleback are among some 70 endangered species in Tennessee, and we’re not supposed to mess with them.
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Christian artist sheds light at Believer's Chapel
Christian artist sheds light at Believer's Chapel
Peterson to perform in Murfreesboro
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District attorneys focus on strengthening sentencing
The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference will push an aggressive legislative agenda during the upcoming session.
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Bahamas brings southern drawl and more to Nashville
Bahamas brings southern drawl and more to Nashville
The music of Bahamas is definitely a getaway in its own right.
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Lascassas residents to petition county
Lascassas residents to petition county
Worry grows over convenience center relocation
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Cast defines this list of favorite films
My top five favorite films with an ensemble cast encompass a variety of genres.
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Flute Festival at MTSU to feature guest-artist recital
Flute Festival at MTSU to feature guest-artist recital
The 13th annual MTSU Flute Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, in Murfreesboro
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Tracy taps more for leadership team
On Tuesday, state Sen. Jim Tracy announced additions to his 4th Congressional District campaign leadership team, which reads as a virtual who's who of Rutherford County.
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Planned Parenthood looks past 'pro-choice' label
Planned Parenthood looks past 'pro-choice' label
On 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood says it's time to remove labels, because the decision is complex and deeply personal.
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Ketron joins fight against gun control
Senator rallies in opposition to proposals
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tricky printers take up too much time
I often write about my innate tendency to be disorganized, though I try very hard to fight it, and I get peeved when objects or things betray me.
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VINSON: New movies leave audiences wondering
VINSON: New movies leave audiences wondering
These days, as is the case with many others, I very seldom go to a theater to watch a movie on the big screen.
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WHITTLE: Quiet beauty of Mother Nature is all around
Jim Demos and I recently broke bread of fellowship and shared the wisdom of actually listening to people and the beauty of Mother Nature.
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Carr fires back at Washington
Legislator takes stand against gun control
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WOODY: Another forlorn forecast for racing fans
WOODY: Another forlorn forecast for racing fans
Nashville Superspeedway is destined for another season of silence, a somber symbol of the state of auto racing in Middle Tennessee.
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BROWN: Nonprofits still have needs after holidays
Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.
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New app helps open government
New app helps open government
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly app is designed to help Tennessee residents connect with their legislators.
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White appointed to state House committees
White appointed to state House committees
State Rep. Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) has been named to the House Business and Utilities Committee for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.
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BURRISS: Conspiracy theories thrive for many reasons
BURRISS: Conspiracy theories thrive for many reasons
Here’s a little computer exercise for you to try: Go to Google and search for the name “Emilie Parker.”
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Catch them while you can
Catch them while you can
Driving down the road last week, a live cut of “Nashville to Kentucky” shuffled through my iPod, and it immediately made me reminisce about the first time I heard it.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Awards season has arrived
A friend encouraged me to watch the Golden Globe Awards last week, and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcomes of my viewing.
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LIVING WELL: Weather can cause pain for several reasons
This past week’s drastic weather changes have brought about increased pain for a number of area residents who have arthritis or sinus-related issues.
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Gun advocates praise Obama's gun plan
The package of legislation for Congress includes a ban on high-capacity magazines and the reinstatement of a ban on some assault-style weapons.
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MPD trades gift cards for guns
MPD trades gift cards for guns
The Murfreesboro Police Department collected about 20 guns at its Gift Cards for Guns event held Thursday afternoon, spokesman Kyle Evans said.
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HUNTER: Next media star could be just around the corner
For a long time, Middle Tennessee State University has been known for having one of the best electronic mass communication programs in the nation.
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TPAC stages '50 Shades of Grey' parody
The hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life, comes to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater in May
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Carr pushes back against Obama proposals
Carr pushes back against Obama proposals
Lawmaker targets new gun control plans
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Comic books revisited in 'Kavalier and Clay' adventure
Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” was recently recommended to me by a friend and teaching colleague, and then, oddly enough, by Nora Ephron.
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LOGUE: Country's moral compass thrown off by Armstrong
LOGUE: Country's moral compass thrown off by Armstrong
The Lance Armstrong debacle brings to mind several thoughts about both hero worship and the confessional culture.
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Mayor names new deputy mayor
Mayor names new deputy mayor
Burgess picks Eagleville resident for post
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Democratic leader calls for DCS hearings
Democratic leader calls for DCS hearings
State Rep. Mike Turner is requesting that an investigation be opened into the Tennessee Department of Children's Services in connection with abuse allegations.
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Gavel falls on opening day of 108th General Assembly
Lawmakers throughout Tennessee gathered Tuesday in Nashville for the opening gavel of the 108th General Assembly.
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VINSON: Designer bottled water comes at high price
VINSON: Designer bottled water comes at high price
Over the years, I’ve stated many times the concept of “bottled water” falls somewhere between one of the biggest scams of all time versus one of the most brilliant marketing strategies of all time.
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WOODY: Sad demise of storied New Year’s Eve tradition
Folks in Brasstown, N.C., couldn’t properly ring in the New Year awhile back when they weren’t permitted to plunge a possum off a rooftop.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Holiday hangover lingers on
It’s been two weeks since Christmas left, and I still feel like I’ve been run over by a freight train.
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Musician’s talent started with mother’s prayer
Musician’s talent started with mother’s prayer
While musician Billy Yearwood was in his mother’s womb 85 years ago, she prayed, asking God for a musician son.
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Tracy to remain head of Transportation and Safety Committee
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) has been reappointed chairman of the Senate’s Transportation and Safety Committee.
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Carr appointed to General Assembly committees
Republican Rep. Joe
 Carr, of Lascassas, has been appointed to serve as chair of the Subcommittee on Local Government in the Tennessee General Assembly this session.
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Resolve to drink more coffee this year
Resolve to drink more coffee this year
In this attempt for self improvement many people decide to reduce or cut out their intake of caffeine.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Guilty pleasures are better than nothing
Over last weekend, I saw Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Django Unchained.” It was a great film peppered with horrific violence, sparkling yet vulgar dialogue, and a great ensemble cast.
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LOGUE: Fickle finger of fate flips off neighbors
LOGUE: Fickle finger of fate flips off neighbors
Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer, led by the intrepid red-nosed Rudolph, weren’t the only things in the sky over the Christmas holiday.
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Corker offers plan for entitlement reforms
Corker offers plan for entitlement reforms
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is urging Congress to begin making reforms to entitlement programs, including Social Security, in an effort to reduce long-term deficits.
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Nobel Prize economist James Buchanan dies
Nobel Prize economist James Buchanan dies
Nobel Prize-winning economist and Middle Tennessee State University alumnus James M. Buchanan died Wednesday morning in Blacksburg, Va.
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Go rest high on yonder mountain
It is a fair estimate to claim the amount of artists surfacing over the past several years playing string music or Americana has moved as fast as a Tennessee season.
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Beloved musical makes impressive big-screen splash
Beloved musical makes impressive big-screen splash
By now, if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Anne Hathaway’s hair-raising performance.
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BURRISS: Reality remains elusive in recent movies
I remember back in high school I had to do a report about Julius Caesar, and for one of my references I used Shakespeare’s play.
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White sworn in as 37th District representative
The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session Tuesday, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee and a new era for Rutherford County.
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VINSON: Remember to hit the streets with open eyes
Many years ago, at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Center in Nashville, a symposium featured renowned Hollywood director and producer Robert Wise as the guest speaker.
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WOODY: Tomorrow came without my toothbrush
WOODY: Tomorrow came without my toothbrush
When my alarm clock went off the other morning, I knew I was in trouble. The world hadn’t come to an end overnight, as the Mayans predicted.
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Center for the Arts to stage 'Footloose'
A generational clash between a stern pastor and small town teenagers comes to the Center for the Arts beginning Friday, Jan. 11, in the form of the musical “Footloose."
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MTSU alumna publishes first novel
MTSU alumna publishes first novel
Inspired by the guidance she received while in school, one Middle Tennessee State University alumna has published her first novel, “The Baker’s Man."
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WHITTLE: Black-eye peas could offer more than luck
Fellow fast food fan Fant Smith has resolved to not eat any meal dispersed out of a window during 2013.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Countdown until next visit begins
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Countdown until next visit begins
This was our year to have the grandchildren for Christmas, and they came like a windstorm and left like a tornado. Things are normally fairly calm around here, but when all that activity arrives, it is mayhem.
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Tracy launches bid for Congress
Tracy launches bid for Congress
State Sen. Jim Tracy has announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District seat, currently held by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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Sports metaphors can be found in everyday use
The world is run in large part by the government and private business, but the nation’s No. 1 hobby appears to be sports.
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New Tarantino film not for the squeamish
New Tarantino film not for the squeamish
The “D” of the title may be silent, but director Quentin Tarantino’s super-charged, violent, sporadically comical movie mash-up of sweaty ’60s spaghetti Westerns and old South pulp starts out with a bang and gets even louder.
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Casting call extended for musical
The Center for the Arts has filled almost all of its roles for the March production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” but still needs a few adult actors to serve as high priests in the cast ensemble.
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Award ceremonies pay tribute in song
Award ceremonies pay tribute in song
Last week, the Kennedy Center honored musicians Buddy Guy and Led Zeppelin, two longtime veterans of the game whose work can stand up against any other group or artist to this day.
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BURRISS: Being too open minded could cause side effects
In case you missed it, the world was supposed to end last week.
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Residents invited to take the plunge Saturday
The 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in the outdoor Boro Beach pool at SportsCom in Murfreesboro.
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Murder, muslims, money dominate 2012 news
Murder, muslims, money dominate 2012 news
2012 was a year of court battles, sexual harassment and MTSU finally getting its way.
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VINSON: Teaching children well may be only hope
Just mention “Columbine,” and most any adult will immediately recognize the event to which you’re referring.
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WOODY: ‘Progress’ is political-speak for more tax money
My buddy and I didn’t go quail hunting this fall because the old sage field we’d hunted in since we were kids is now a housing development.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Resolved not to resolve in 2013
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Resolved not to resolve in 2013
My resolutions for 2012 didn’t materialize at all, and while they’d still be worthy goals for 2013, I’m not going to have a plan this year.
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New farm bill remains in limbo
New farm bill remains in limbo
Barring a last-minute miracle, it appears Congress will not pass a new Farm Bill before the end of the year.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Christmas no longer holds surprises
I told my daughter Beth there aren’t any surprises in Christmas any more. I remember more surprises in earlier years.
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VINSON: Story of Elijah is quite amazing
VINSON: Story of Elijah is quite amazing
With the Christmas holiday a mere two days away, this story, from a different angle, should fit the bill.
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Various factors determine price at auction
People always want to know what how much their home will sell for at auction. There are many factors that can affect selling price of a home at auction.
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WOODY: Before Danica, there was Janet
It’s ironic – and fitting – that a week after Danica Patrick was voted the most popular driver in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, Janet Guthrie was honored at the Winners Circle Awards Celebration in Indianapolis.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Batman sees perfect end to trilogy
Last week I wrote about the amount of time I waited to see Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” and about how I avoid going to the actual movie theaters like the plague. This week I wanted to tell you what I thought of the film. It was amazing.
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Butler stars in scrambled soccer-themed flick
Butler stars in scrambled soccer-themed flick
In the spirit of the last-minute holiday scramble, here’s a father-son heart-tugger wrapped around a mushy reconciliation romantic comedy sprinkled with the tinsel of shiny Hollywood supporting stars acting like they’re in another movie entirely.
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LOGUE: There is no UN plot
LOGUE: There is no UN plot
Rick Santorum, call your proctologist. The doctor found your head.
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Downtown offers ideas for procrastinators
Downtown offers ideas for procrastinators
Whether you’re searching for that final gift or just beginning your holiday shopping, locally owned businesses have it all.
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Joe Carr looks at challenging DesJarlais
Joe Carr looks at challenging DesJarlais
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced Thursday the formation of a campaign exploratory steering committee focused on testing the waters in a potential bid for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District.
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Seniors try to keep footing at edge of fiscal cliff
Nearly one million seniors in Tennessee could see cuts to their Social Security benefits.
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Plan for New Year's now
The year is drawing to a close and over the next week many resolutions and choices will be top of mind.
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BURRISS: Newspapers are worth the cost
It seems almost an article of business faith that as revenues shrink you make the product smaller in an effort to save money.
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VINSON: Lighthouse provides more than a home
The first time I pulled open the door to walk inside, I admit I had mixed feelings: I needed to conduct my business as quickly as possible and vacate the premise as quickly as possible.
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WHITTLE: Searching for the perfect Christmas tree
This farm boy’s overall galluses had nearly burst with chest-swollen pride when Daddy decided I, at age 5, was old enough to be chosen to go with him in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
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WOODY: Heed the Christmas humbugs
WOODY: Heed the Christmas humbugs
Christmas gets more complicated every season.
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What does the future hold for sports?
My grandson, Jake Bolden, is a freshman at Eagleville, a baseball player and a real sports fan. One problem: He thinks he knows everything. Another problem: He just might.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Why people avoid the movie theater
Last week was big for movies and myself. After waiting the better part of two years, I finally saw “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Batman trilogy.
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BURRISS: Be thankful for Founding Fathers
We've heard a lot this past week about the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, individual freedom and the rights of the states to set their own laws.
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Stunning tale of survival offers much to ponder
An epic tale of faith, survival and the circle of coexistence, the stunning-looking “Life of Pi” loads a lot – and a lot to think about – into its more than two hours of running time.
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Ketron retains leadership position with Republican Caucus
Tennessee Senate Republicans met Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Nashville to elect leaders for the 108th General Assembly.
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Corker introduces debt ceiling legislation
Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker introduced legislation Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling by roughly $1 trillion in exchange for reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
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Kneiser finds balance in solo project
Kneiser finds balance in solo project
Murfreesboro artist releases new album
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Ketron pleased with Haslam's health care exchange decision
Ketron pleased with Haslam's health care exchange decision
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Players to present Christmas classic
The Sunshine Players will stage the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” beginning Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Patterson Park Community Center Theatre in Murfreesboro.
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VINSON: Wild night leads to stranger in hotel room
VINSON: Wild night leads to stranger in hotel room
The friend who shared the following story with me is not your soft, run-of-the-mill Joe who is easily unnerved. Rather, he is a crusty, street-savvy, hardened type who has “been there and done that,” as the old saying goes.
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WOODY: Good deer hunter has smell of success
On opening day of deer season, I got up early to get my makeup on.
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Survey finds sharp drop in consumer confidence
Following a yearlong period of steady increases in consumer confidence, midstate residents have suddenly changed their minds and become much less optimistic about the future of the American economy.
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Lady Raiders reflect on impact of Title IX
Lady Raiders reflect on impact of Title IX
Former members of the Lady Raiders basketball team were honored Thursday for their efforts in paving the way for current players.
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WHITTLE: Car talk helped pass time while chopping cotton
A gathering cloud of dust on our unpaved farm road triggered great interest, during the crop-growing seasons of youth.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Bug sends holiday plans down the drain
While 'tis the season to be jolly, Mother Nature overturned my holiday plans by presenting me with a nasty abdominal virus this week.
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Median home prices rising
The biggest real estate news is that the national median home sales prices are up 11.1 percent from last year.
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INSIDE MTSU: Put time-saving calendar on your to-do list
There is one gift you can give yourself this holiday that will help. You can even make it part of a New Year’s resolution, if you like. Bookmark, and use, the University Master Calendar.
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Help local theatre raise money for the arts
Help local theatre raise money for the arts
In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Uncle Billy loses $8,000 in cash, which almost bankrupts the Bailey Building and Loan and causes most of the drama for the show’s hero, George.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movie relives Hilter's last days
Growing up, my father, Tommy Bragg, was in the Air National Guard where he was fortunate to retire as a colonel.
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LOGUE: Chiefs should have postponed game
LOGUE: Chiefs should have postponed game
The rationale behind the decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to play the scheduled game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday baffles me.
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Record shop brings nostalgia back
Record shop brings nostalgia back
Music abounds in downtown Murfreesboro
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Tolkien creates fairy tales for all ages
Whether you have been a long-time J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast, or are merely passing acquaintances, "Letters from Father Christmas" deserve a spot on your bookshelf, if for no other time than the holidays.
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Hood recalls past in latest album
Hood recalls past in latest album
With his third solo album, Patterson Hood summons up a period when he was at a low and pins it against the new stage that he is in now in life.
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Spunky tale puts edgy twist on familiar characters
Spunky tale puts edgy twist on familiar characters
Do you believe in Santa Claus? For children, there should only be one answer to that question – and the Guardians want to keep it that way.
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BURRISS: Staff likely behind pope Twitter feed
As of Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI supposedly has his own Twitter account, which has the potential of having billions and billions of followers.
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LIVING WELL: Everyone can be successful at something
Have you ever had a goal or dream that you gave up on?
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Danica divorce adds intrigue to NASCAR
Danica divorce adds intrigue to NASCAR
Danica is a celebrity, the most famous woman racer since the invention of the wheel, and celebrity is a double-edged sword. It cuts both ways, conveniently and inconveniently.
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VINSON: Petreaus scandal is spooky
Did retired Gen. David Petraeus admit to an affair only because he was backed into a corner and had no other choice?
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Favorite finds make perfect gifts
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Favorite finds make perfect gifts
If you’re reading this on Sunday there are 23 days left until Christmas and you may still be looking for that “perfect” gift.
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County bucks statewide domestic violence trend
County bucks statewide domestic violence trend
While the domestic violence rate in Tennessee has slightly decreased, the number of reported incidents in Rutherford County continues to rise.
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INSIDE MTSU: Blessed to help generate media attention
Although we occasionally face challenges with not-so-good news, there is an abundance of good, positive news that makes our beacon shine even brighter.
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Times-Free Press: Health board opens file on DesJarlais
Times-Free Press: Health board opens file on DesJarlais
The Tennessee Department of Health has acknowledged opening a "complaint file" against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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Every time we say goodbye
Every time we say goodbye
Local jazz legend remembered
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PICKIN' ON FILM: These great movies are worth watching
Now that winterlike temperatures are keeping many people from enjoying the outdoors, here are five great movies to watch indoors.
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LIVING WELL: Coffee has some surprising health benefits
LIVING WELL: Coffee has some surprising health benefits
As my wife, Ginny, will attest, I am kind of a nut about coffee. I’m not a coffee nut, just a little bit eccentric about coffee.
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LOGUE: Hollywood should forget 'Casablanca' sequel
LOGUE: Hollywood should forget 'Casablanca' sequel
How can any rational human being suggest a sequel to “Casablanca?”
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Election observer finds similarities with US
Election observer finds similarities with US
Former administrator travels to Ukraine
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BURRISS: Petraeus scandal highlights privacy issues
Supporters of government intrusion into private lives often like to say, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what does it matter?”
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Football team repels invaders in misguided remake
The bad news: We’ve been invaded. The good news: Kids are taking America back.
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Haslam to keynote Chamber Power Lunch
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Lunch featuring Tennessee’s 49th governor, Bill Haslam.
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VINSON: Trimble exuded dignity over the years
VINSON: Trimble exuded dignity over the years
Many years ago, Frank Ritter, a close friend and former columnist with the The Tennessean, told me the Marcia Trimble murder case was the most significant murder case in Nashville’s history.
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WOODY: Keselowski is refreshing as NASCAR champ
A few years ago, I sat in a local eatery with a young race car driver, and over burgers and fries listened as he gushed about his plans to be a NASCAR champion someday.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Time to declutter those cabinets
It’s that time of year when papers, magazines and notes start finding their way into stacks. And it’s already getting on my last nerve.
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LIVING WELL: Time to fill the red kettle
LIVING WELL: Time to fill the red kettle
One of my favorite activities leading up to Christmas is to volunteer as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.
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BURRISS: Powerful people are just as clueless
One of the great things about scandals is that we get to laugh at those in power and say, “How could they be so stupid? Even I know better than to try that.”
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Knox News Sentinal: DesJarlais breaks silence
Knox News Sentinal: DesJarlais breaks silence
Scott DesJarlais addresses past marital troubles, political future
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Cheekwood holiday festivities begin Friday
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art begins its monthlong celebration Friday of “A Storybook Christmas" with performances and festivities for the entire family.
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Craig is sensational in latest Bond flick
Craig is sensational in latest Bond flick
Daniel Craig makes his third appearance as 007, the dapper British MI6 officer with a license to kill in the latest Bond flick, "Skyfall."
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La Vergne Aldermen sworn in
Aldermen Tom Broeker and Dennis Waldron won reelection bids in the most recent city elections on Nov. 6 and were sworn in for their next term on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
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Times Free Press: Some Republicans disappointed in DesJarlais
Some Republican activists want an explanation from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais as he approaches a week of silence on court records showing he supported his ex-wife's two abortions before declaring himself "a consistent supporter of pro-life values."
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MTSU Can Jam to benefit local food banks
An upcoming concert at Middle Tennessee State University will be more than a feast for the ears — it’ll also provide a good meal for hungry students and community neighbors in need.
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WOODY: Leave Charlie Brown alone
WOODY: Leave Charlie Brown alone
Just when you thought the politically correct police couldn’t possibly get any nuttier, they proved us wrong.
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VINSON: Rolling Stones still rocking 50 years later
VINSON: Rolling Stones still rocking 50 years later
For this week’s column, I had to make a difficult choice between two high-profile subjects: David Petraeus and the Rolling Stones.
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Dishing it to the governor
Dishing it to the governor
Murfreesboro resident serves it up
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Fall colors are reason enough to thankful
These last few weeks of fall weather been beautiful, haven’t they?
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LIVING WELL: Effectiveness of epidural steroids questioned
Recent news involving the deaths of dozens of patients from spinal meningitis resulting from epidural injections has brought this treatment option to the forefront of medical news.
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Haslam still unsure about insurance exchange
Haslam still unsure about insurance exchange
Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday no decision has been made regarding whether Tennessee will participate in a federally run insurance exchange under Obamacare.
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Residents protest Israeli air strikes
Residents protest Israeli air strikes
Murfreesboro activists rally in opposition
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CRIME BRIEFS: Mother indicted for child abuse
A 29-year-old Murfreesboro mother has been indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury on multiple child abuse charges two months after her newborn twins tested positive for cocaine and opiates.
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Sugar Plum Fairy to visit Smyrna in holiday classic
Sugar Plum Fairy to visit Smyrna in holiday classic
The sparkling magic of the season comes to life in Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s enchanting version of "The Nutcracker."
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Isbell puts Heart of Dixie on the map
Barr Weissman’s documentary explores the Drive-By Truckers at a tumultuous time when their existence was somewhat reminiscent of the characters about which they write.
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LOGUE: Thanksgiving is time to be thankful
Some of the magic of the Black Friday sales extravaganza escapes me, I must admit.
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BURRISS: Big data is watching you
One of the newest buzz words going around these days is “big data,” the idea that organizations are collecting more and more information about all of us.
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Times Free Press: DesJarlais supported ex-wife's abortions
Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to get two abortions before their marriage ended, according to recently released court documents.
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‘White gold’ is center of sweet saga in Cuban documentary
The story of sugar’s prominence as the “white gold” of the Caribbean will be told at the world premiere of an MTSU professor’s new documentary.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Themes clash darkly 'In Bruges'
One summer away from home during my undergraduate studies at Rhodes College I spent a summer taking classes at St. John’s College, one of the 29 schools that make up Oxford University.
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Washington stars as pilot in terrific new drama
After what was obviously a wild night, a hung-over Whip Whitaker rouses from his stupor.
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Farm bill on Congress's long, lame duck to-do list
Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, says everything from conservation programs to help for beginning farmers and rural development hangs in the balance if federal lawmakers can't agree on a Farm Bill.
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MTSU Poll: Haslam enjoys high, bipartisan support
MTSU Poll: Haslam enjoys high, bipartisan support
Majorities of Republicans, independents and even Democrats approve
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Election official says delays not due to faulty machines
Despite technical delays in churning out results, Rutherford County election officials insisted Friday that all votes have been accurately counted.
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Lorrie Morgan’s Christmas gift
Lorrie Morgan’s Christmas gift
Country star sings for the holidays
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MOVIE: Hostage drama based on true 1979 story
Ben Affleck stars as Tony Mendez in Argo a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films.
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LOGUE: Youth, minorities carry Obama
LOGUE: Youth, minorities carry Obama
It might not have been the deciding factor in the presidential election, but the youth vote came through for Barack Obama.
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BURRISS: China enlists cabs, pigeons to fight speech
But you know what, maybe all of the time and money spent on election posturing isn’t so bad, especially compared with restrictions in place in China in the face of this week’s upcoming party congress.
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Rutherford County votes solidly Republican
Rutherford County voters helped lead the Republican Party to a supermajority Tuesday in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
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Stewart concedes to DesJarlais
Stewart concedes to DesJarlais
Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart has conceded to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District race.
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Don't forget your ID
A new state law requiring Tennessee voters to show photo identification will be put to the test today as voters head to the polls.
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UPDATED: Rutherford County results delayed due to turnout
UPDATED: Rutherford County results delayed due to turnout
Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, officials with the Rutherford County Election Commission released the results of absentee ballots and early voting.
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Times Free Press: Judge releases DesJarlais divorce transcript will be released today
Times Free Press: Judge releases DesJarlais divorce transcript will be released today
A Hamilton County judge is still reviewing previously unavailable court transcripts involving U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his former wife to determine whether they will be released later today.
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Republicans strengthen hold on state politics
Research shows GOP gains ground with voters
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VINSON: Streaker left quite an impression
Now, what I’m about to share with you, indeed, was a trendsetter and – by far – got more attention and drew greater enthusiasm than any other single event I can recall during my years at Middle Tennessee State University.
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WOODY: Mole rats need love too
WOODY: Mole rats need love too
Awhile back there was a story about a gaggle of animal activists who were up in arms over the plight of baby fur seals.
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Arts Center plans trip to Neverland
Arts Center plans trip to Neverland
Peter Pan flies into the Arts Center of Cannon County this month for children of all ages to enjoy.
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Veterans rally for Stewart in Murfreesboro
Veterans rally for Stewart in Murfreesboro
Democratic candidate garners local support
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Weekly news binge quite informative
Wednesday is my favorite day to read newspapers. I read three papers a day and it can take up a lot of time, depending on how much I have to spend.
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Nashville, Rutherford County chambers form new partnership
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce have formed a new advocacy partnership that will allow members to have a stronger voice in the Tennessee General Assembly.
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Stewart-DesJarlais race tightens, report says
Stewart-DesJarlais race tightens, report says
The Cook Political Report has upgraded the race for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.”
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MT Poll: Tennesseans have little faith in Washington
Republicans and Democrats agree on at least one thing in Tennessee: The stalemate in Washington probably will continue after next week’s election.
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Album still sounds young after 40 years
Album still sounds young after 40 years
Some albums never get old. When speaking on this subject, Neil Young’s 1972 classic, “Harvest,” is always one that comes to mind.
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Murfreesboro performers to offer singular sensation
That singular sensation is coming to The Center for the Arts starting Friday, Nov. 2, in Murfreesboro.
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BURRISS: Do your part to make sure our system works
It might be hard to believe, but the 2012 election season is rapidly winding down; some of us would say, "not rapidly enough."
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LOGUE: Youth of America saw Obama as hero
LOGUE: Youth of America saw Obama as hero
The “can-do, one-person-can-change-the-world” spirit associated with youth is still there, but is it there in sufficient numbers to re-elect Barack Obama?
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'Sinister' is unsettlingly scary
'Sinister' is unsettlingly scary
If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween jolt here’s a scary-movie treat that’ll do the trick.
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State senators target Obamacare
State senators target Obamacare
Two Tennessee senators announced Monday they will introduce legislation to prevent expansion of the Tennessee Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
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MT Poll: Tennessee gets redder
State's independents lean further to right in 2012
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Times Free Press: Second DesJarlais mistress comes forward
Times Free Press: Second DesJarlais mistress comes forward
The Chattanooga Times Free Press uncovered another alleged mistress of Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who claimed the relationship began when she was his patient.
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WOODY: Health concerns could signal changes for Dale Jr.
WOODY: Health concerns could signal changes for Dale Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was wise to sit out a couple of races after suffering a concussion in an Oct. 7 crash in Talladega, Ala.
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LIVING WELL: Ghost surgeons do exist
Not many would think of a modern day surgeon as being a ghost. Yet, some of the scariest tales that some patients have heard involve “ghost surgeons.”
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Auctions offer sellers a multitude of perks
Selling your home is a major life decision, but figuring out how to sell it is even more important. One important method most homeowners overlook is the real estate auction method.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Be sure to enjoy the wonders of fall
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Be sure to enjoy the wonders of fall
Cooler weather, trees in brilliant colors, and darker mornings can only mean one thing: It’s fall.
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DesJarlais, Stewart fight for county voters
DesJarlais, Stewart fight for county voters
Candidates discuss hot-topic issues
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LETTER: Capitalism has caused injustice
American citizens are guaranteed rights to life, liberty and property on paper according to the Fourteenth Amendment, but statistics show that is far from reality for too many people.
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LETTER: Romney is best choice for president
I have followed with interest your recent coverage of the election. However, one key fact has been under emphasized in your reporting.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
The phrase “job creators” has become a political buzzword that is often times used to denounce any form of regulation and used to support theories that big corporations should continue to receive large tax breaks and exemptions.
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LETTER: Obama should be re-elected
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America’s middle class.
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MTSU Poll: Romney leads Obama in Tenn.
Republican Mitt Romney leads Democrat Barack Obama in the race for president in Tennessee, bolstered at least partly by the support Romney has gained among Tennessee’s white evangelical voters since last spring’s primary.
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East goes west to record new double disc album
Making a record can be a difficult task, but for Nashville’s Anderson East the notion was one that took time and well-thought exercise.
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Anderson movie full of romantic references
I mentioned a few weeks back about Stanley Kubrick being the greatest director who ever lived. This week, I want to talk about my favorite living director, Wes Anderson.
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New meaning of journalist may have backfired
Life used to be so much easier when “freedom of the press” just meant newspapers.
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McGovern's legacy is beating immorality
McGovern's legacy is beating immorality
Just as U.S. Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 loss to Richard Nixon marked the start of a new era in dirty politics, his death marked the end of high-school civics naivete.
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Deputy mayor interviews to begin next month
Deputy mayor interviews to begin next month
The search for a deputy to the Rutherford County mayor has reached a new phase, and interviews should begin in a few weeks.
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Magic returns to Murfreesboro
As The Middle Tennessee Magic Club prepares for their next big production, “The Fall Festival of Magic 2012,” the team responsible for the overall look of the show is striving to showcase as wide a variety of talents as possible.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Placing blame becomes silly habit
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Placing blame becomes silly habit
My husband, Tommy, and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. Several of our conversations have started with, “Do you remember where you put my (fill in the blank)?”
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VINSON: Kennedy endured communist threats with resolve
VINSON: Kennedy endured communist threats with resolve
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. The media has been covering this historical event with in-depth regularity, so I’ve been attempting to gather my thoughts on how I would approach this week’s column.
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Journalists to be honored for lifetime of service
Journalists to be honored for lifetime of service
Officials announce formation of Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame
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WOODY: PETA chooses sharks over swimmers in Florida
WOODY: PETA chooses sharks over swimmers in Florida
After a Florida teenager almost lost a leg in a shark attack while spear-fishing, PETA showed which side of the food chain it’s on.
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Music is a family tradition
Music is a family tradition
Ancestors continue spreading country tunes worldwide
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Music abounds this fall in midstate
It’s difficult to believe, but we’re kicking off the fourth quarter, and it brings with it another mix of music choices to the midstate.
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King story was instant classic
King story was instant classic
Much like every typical day, I was on the Internet Movie Database and looking for something to spark my imagination for the particular periodical I hope you’re reading at the moment.
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Mind bender could become new sci-fi classic
Imagine a future America in which mobsters use time travel to zap anyone on their hit list back 30 years to 2044.
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BURRISS: Social media users are still responsible for actions
One of the hallmarks of the American system of media is called the “social responsibility theory,” which says you can publish what you want without government interference, but you have to face the consequences of your actions.
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LOGUE: Debates show little of consequence
LOGUE: Debates show little of consequence
If there’s one thing that’s not up for debate in this presidential campaign, it’s the debates themselves – they stink.
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October surprise leaves DesJarlais, Stewart in dead heat
October surprise leaves DesJarlais, Stewart in dead heat
Voters in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional district are not reacting favorably to the news about Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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Clay expressions to be featured at art gallery
The Todd Art Gallery will present “Forms of Expression: A Survey in Contemporary Clay” from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 1.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Rain brings quiet sounds of fall
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Rain brings quiet sounds of fall
Until recently, every time my head hit the pillow, my eyes immediately shut, and I was off to Never-Never Land. Lately, things have changed.
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Group captures hearts during Smyrna serenade
On Aug. 23, a world famous gang invaded a home in Rutherford County.
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Affirmative action remains one hot potato
Affirmative action remains one hot potato
If an issue at hand has anything to do with a political campaign, the vast majority of candidates are prone to say whatever best serves their personal agenda.
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DesJarlais: Attacks meant to distract voters
DesJarlais: Attacks meant to distract voters
Congressman pushes back against allegations
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Salt in coffee can enhance natural flavors
So, I recently read an article in a trade publication about using salt in your coffee to enhance flavors.
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Laughs abound in world of college singing groups
Laughs abound in world of college singing groups
Fans of “Glee” and popular singing competitions will dig this high-spirited, youthful comedy romp.
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Is Big Bird protected under labor laws?
I have to start with a confession, or disclosure, or whatever the politically correct term is: I have personally met both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
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Closing public access hurts researchers of all stripes
Closing public access hurts researchers of all stripes
Social Security officials are finding out that making it more difficult for citizens to gain access to death records is hurting millions of people.
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Huffington Post: DesJarlais pressured mistress to get abortion
Huffington Post: DesJarlais pressured mistress to get abortion
Congressman accused of pressuring woman
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Parents, kids dread 'birds and bees'
Parents are becoming more comfortable having "the talk" with their teenagers, but half of parents say they're still not fully comfortable discussing sexuality with their sons and daughters.
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Whitehorse set to play The Basement
Whitehorse set to play The Basement
The husband and wife duo, Whitehorse, is set to play The Basement on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Nashville.
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American students could learn from humble girl
American students could learn from humble girl
If you've been at a Tennessee elementary school lately and observed school-age children, you have probably noticed a worrisome trend: Too many are overweight.
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Case of sleepy defendant defies logic
Case of sleepy defendant defies logic
It could be called the sleepyhead defense. An airplane passenger went bonkers, pitched a fit and has to be restrained, yet afterward was found not guilty by reason of insomnia.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Making dinner vegetarian style
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Making dinner vegetarian style
Television personality Dr. Nehmet Oz had a food expert on his show this week who discounted the value of Omega 3 acids found in fish.
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Heart problems lead to life revelations
Columnist recalls his battle with heart disease
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Heart disease does have funny side
When I was released from the hospital after eight days, the medical professionals gave me some specific instructions.
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Uncle Dave Macon Days named best festival in midstate
Uncle Dave Macon Days named best festival in midstate
The readers of The Tennessee Magazine have selected Uncle Dave Macon Days as the best festival in Middle Tennessee.
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New MTSU library exhibit turns pages of texts
Medieval manuscripts and contemporary creations make up two fascinating new displays in MTSU’s James E. Walker Library.
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Greene finds silver lining with new project
It hasn’t been too many moons since Jackie Greene broke onto the music scene and radio waves with the single, “Honey I Been Thinking About You,” in 2005, but since then, he’s come a long way.
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Kubrick’s demands turned into cinematic genius
If you’ve read my articles, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to pick out particular directors and cite them as the genesis of incredible vision on most movies.
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LIVING WELL: Learning to live without pain
LIVING WELL: Learning to live without pain
Everyone I know has pain, at least occasionally. Sometimes, we all have to just accept a little discomfort and press on with our lives. That is not the same as living with chronic pain.
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Sun Belt deserves more respect
I hope the Sun Belt finally gets some respect after MTSU went into Georgia Tech territory Saturday and pulled off an unbelievable 49-28 victory over the ACC school.
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War of words leaves voters confused
Boy, am I ever dazed and confused. In just a few weeks, we’ll be talking about how, in late October 1938, hundreds of thousands of people thought a radio dramatization about a Martian invasion of the earth was real.
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If talk show hosts were drugs
If talk show hosts were drugs
Only the creative mind of Billy Wilder could praise someone by comparing him to not one, but two drugs.
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Rutherford County leads nation in job growth
Rutherford County leads nation in job growth
As the nation’s economy continues to regain its strength, jobs are more important than ever, and Rutherford County is doing its part to ensure stability in the local market.
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October Scarefest is waiting in the dark for you
Frighten yourself into a monthlong film frenzy when the Student Programming and Activities Films Council brings October Scarefest, its annual offering of horror movies, back to the Middle Tennessee State University campus.
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Debate scheduled for La Vergne alderman candidates
Voters will have the opportunity to listen to La Vergne alderman candidates discuss issues and share their vision for the city Thursday, Oct. 11, during a debate at City Hall.
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Gere stars as corrupt billionaire in web of lies
He’s been an American Gigolo, an Officer and a Gentleman, and a Pretty Woman’s prince charming. And now Richard Gere has found another memorable, meaty role – just not in a movie with a title anywhere near as catchy.
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A carnival of commonality shows power of words
What does a lion, train wreck and carnival have in common? More than what you might think, I wager. Yet, the commonality among the three might not be what you think.
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Parkway Baptist dedication to be star-studded event
Parkway Baptist dedication to be star-studded event
Country music stars Connie Smith and Marty Stuart are scheduled to present a “Country Gospel Concert” as part of a dedication of a new sanctuary for Smyrna Parkway Baptist Church the night of Sunday, Oct. 14.
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Comedic showcase to examine racial stereotypes
Racial stereotypes, ethnic clichés and culture differences will be at the forefront Tuesday, Oct. 2, as The Out Front on Main Theatre plays host to "The Most Races Show on Earth."
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memories remain locked away
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memories remain locked away
My husband, Tommy, said the other day that no one has photographs anymore because they're all locked up in someone's computer or camera. The more I think about it, he's right.
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Haunting history in Murfreesboro
Haunting history in Murfreesboro

Shadow Chasers holding Halloween walks

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Play hide 'n' seek in a cornfield near you
Shuck-N-Shake turns grain into grins
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Gordon named officer in French Legion of Honor
Gordon named officer in French Legion of Honor
MTSU alumnus and former U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon was honored recently for his nearly 30 years of public service,including his focus on innovation, science and technology.
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Military, overseas ballots are in mail
The last day to register to vote in the November Election is Columbus Day.
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Residents protest rezoning at City Council meeting
Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included lengthy public hearings for rezoning a trio of properties along North Memorial Boulevard.
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Volunteer spirit breathes new life into Granville
Volunteer spirit breathes new life into Granville
Longtime educator returns to Jackson County roots
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Normandy concert a time to give back
Normandy concert a time to give back
There’s much that runs through the blood of musicians, and the question of whether many do it for the money or the love is always one to consider.
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'Godfather' leads all movies
While the gangster genre is filled with incredible, tightly wound pictures that shed light on the darker sides of life, like “Goodfellas” or “Bonnie & Clyde, “the best and most famous is “The Godfather.”
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Baseball drama hits sweet spot
Baseball drama hits sweet spot
A Hollywood icon takes a swing at America’s pastime in “Trouble With the Curve,” a about an elderly professional baseball scout who strikes out when it comes to relating to his now-grown-up daughter.
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Paleo diet may help stem weight gain
Many people in the health field attribute a lot of the blame for chronic illnesses and the epidemic of obesity to our modern diet.
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Lockout hurting more than NHL
The National Hockey League has done it again, staging another lockout for the fourth time in the past 20 seasons.
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Vinyl captures very best music has to offer
All the way back in 1811 a movement began in England which lent its name to people who are accused of being opposed to technological developments: Luddites.
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Hollywood doesn't shun disabled like society
Hollywood doesn't shun disabled like society
The woman entered the conference room prepared to make a contribution to the committee meeting.
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Property assessor settles hundreds of appeals
Rutherford County’s new property assessor announced Monday the office has settled more than 400 outstanding appeals cases.
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Experts: Uncertainty preventing stronger economic recovery
Although the economy is beginning to heal, uncertainty over fiscal policy and future tax rates is hindering a stronger recovery, according to several experts who spoke recently at an annual conference.
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MTSU performers open season in ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’
Tennessee students will depict a tragic and confusing moment in history when MTSU Theatre and Dance opens its 2012-13 season Wednesday, Oct. 3, with George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard.”
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Report: Income tax data differ from rhetoric
When it comes to taxes and who is or isn't paying them, one group aims to separate the facts from fiction.
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MTSU alumnus named chair of prestigious film program
Clinton is an award-winning film composer who has built a reputation for scoring diverse films including the Austin Powers’ movies, Mortal Kombat, and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, among others.
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WOODY: Life could use more Burma Shave poetry
WOODY: Life could use more Burma Shave poetry
Back in the 1940s automobiles – like everything else – traveled at a considerably slower pace, allowing motorists ample opportunity to soak in the roadside sights.
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VINSON: Cell phones welcomed, no drawers allowed in hospitals
VINSON: Cell phones welcomed, no drawers allowed in hospitals
Many columns back, I wrote that the two most significant inventions of my 58 years on earth are the Internet and the cell phone.
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WHITTLE: ‘Real men’ must take united urinal stand
In seventh grade, a “fancy dan” school teacher with long polished and manicured finger nails attempted to teach us country boys about good hygiene.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Needing vacation from my vacation
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Needing vacation from my vacation
I ran into my friend Andy Womack the other day, and he had a good idea for a column based on a conversation we had years ago.
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Americana reigns in statewide showcases
Americana reigns in statewide showcases
Last week was inevitably one to remember for roots music fans. On Sept. 12, the Americana Music Association kicked off their festivities with an awards show like no other.
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Prohibition saga packs a strong punch
Like a familiar song goes, the hills of “Lawless” are alive. But the thing that keeps the Prohibition-era community of Appalachian mountain men humming in this movie isn’t music, but moonshine.
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'Hunger Games' proves book usually better than movie
Recently, I took a group of students on a weekend trip to Disney’s Blizzard Beach and after getting bored with the water slides, I sat down at the fake beach and read “The Hunger Games” cover to cover.
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LIVING WELL: Pineapple may help joint pain
As long ago as the 1800s, a constituent of the pineapple plant has been used to treat inflammation and pain. As a bonus, this substance may benefit digestion.
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Being sports reporter still a dream job
Being a sports reporter is a dream job for me. It’s something I have wanted to do since I was a child.
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People cause riots, not movies
In what may be an apocryphal story, Abraham Lincoln supposedly greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Toms’ Cabin,” as “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.”
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Being inspired to read does not translate into writing
Teachers used to ask why Johnny can’t read. Now, they’re asking why Johnny can’t write.
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MTSU marks Constitution Day with naturalization ceremony
MTSU marks Constitution Day with naturalization ceremony
MTSU celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday by holding a naturalization ceremony at the Murphy Center.
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Six local agencies receive highway safety grants
More than $162,000 in grants have been approved to aid six Rutherford County agencies in their highway safety efforts.
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La Vergne alderman kicks off re-election bid
La Vergne Alderman Tom Broeker kicked off his bid for re-election with a very successful fundraiser dinner at Willstan's Grille Tuesday evening in La Vergne.
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WOODY: Isn’t road-kill stew, highway hash yummy?
WOODY: Isn’t road-kill stew, highway hash yummy?
A few years ago our august State Legislature, with nothing better to do to earn their per diem, passed a law allowing their constituents to collect and eat road kill.
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VINSON: Saint Peter and Jethro Bodine show value of an education
VINSON: Saint Peter and Jethro Bodine show value of an education
One day, St. Peter was sitting at the Pearly Gates working on his crossword puzzle.
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MTSU alumni bring 'Thursday Night Lights' to life
MTSU alumni bring 'Thursday Night Lights' to life
Each week, a group of former MTSU students help bring the biggest high school games in the area to the public.
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WHITTLE: ‘Burma Shave’ signs marked girl's early Middle TN journey
WHITTLE: ‘Burma Shave’ signs marked girl's early Middle TN journey
It started with Sunday go-to-meeting clothes and long drives in the 1940s.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: iLove my iPhone
MRS. MURFREESBORO: iLove my iPhone
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it seems that all the world has iPhones these days.
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DR. KESTNER: Reverse effects of aging by increasing flexibility
DR. KESTNER: Reverse effects of aging by increasing flexibility
If you have ever awoke with stiffness or acutely realized that you can’t turn or bend a certain way, this article is for you.
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Republicans to open North Rutherford office
The Rutherford County Republican Party is set to open a second county office in Smyrna for the November election campaign.
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SoundLand releases lineup for 2012 festival
SoundLand Music Festival is less than a month away and it's gearing up for the biggest year ever.
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Locals represent Rutherford at the DNC
Locals represent Rutherford at the DNC
As the Democratic Party gathered last week for its national convention, two delegates from Rutherford County had the honor of representing Tennessee.
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VINSON: ‘Hidden’ message in old Burma Shave ads
VINSON: ‘Hidden’ message in old Burma Shave ads
When I was a young boy, late ‘50s-early ‘60s, life was much more simple and common-sense themed than now.
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WOODY: The Chase puts the race back in NASCAR
WOODY: The Chase puts the race back in NASCAR
A few years ago NASCAR – alarmed at the growing number of fans who were dozing off and toppling out of the grandstands during races – decided it needed to do something to wake them up.
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WHITTLE: Man slipped surly bonds of earth with Armstrong
WHITTLE: Man slipped surly bonds of earth with Armstrong
Former Sewart Air Force Base “army brat” David Bucher shared two milestone dates with famed astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: World is too much with us
MRS. MURFREESBORO: World is too much with us
If William Wordsworth were alive to see how encumbered by the world I am in 2012 I think he’d be truly shocked.
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Ingenuity resonates at Americana festival
Ingenuity resonates at Americana festival
The 13th Americana Music Festival is scheduled to jumpstart next week across five venues in Nashville with more than 100 performers.
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Routine run becomes deadly pursuit
In “Premium Rush,” an everyday routine turns deadly when a corrupt cop tries to intersect an envelope that’s been handed over to a bicycle delivery courier.
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News provides fertile ground for films
As a writer, I love to see movies about the business of writing.
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Campaign ads lack substance
If the past is any indication, some hot-button issues will consume more and more radio and television time until the election in November.
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Party conventions evoke memories
Party conventions evoke memories
The Republicans’ and Democrats’ latest soirees spark remembrances of other conventions.
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Time for NFL football
Last night, America’s No. 1 popular sport,the National Football League, began its 2012 season with a match up between NFC East divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and the defending Super Bowl champions, New York Giants.
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Corker concerned about US approach to Syria
Corker concerned about US approach to Syria
Following a meeting Saturday with groups near the border of Syria, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said he is concerned about whether American involvement could bring unintended consequences.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Local art supply owner's work on display
Local business owner Glenn Merchant spends his time helping young arti