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2017 Main Street Awards winners, finalists

Winner and Finalists have been awarded for the 2017 Main Street Awards (formerly Besties) sponsored by All Access Coach Leasing.

More than 30,000 votes were cast in four local categories, Flavor, Retail, Services and Community, in more than 300 subcategories.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Georgia fugitives arrested near Christiana
Georgia fugitives arrested near Christiana

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 Main Street Awards (formerly Besties) Finalists named
2017 Main Street Awards (formerly Besties) Finalists named

The Finalists have been announced for the 2017 Main Street Awards (formerly Besties) sponsored by All Access Coach Leasing.

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Recertification at Rutherford County Jail
Recertification at Rutherford County Jail

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

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

Annual program features monthly workshops, mentoring with experienced members.

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

County schools' budget also includes 3 percent raises.

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

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

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Wrongfully detained in Rutherford County?
Wrongfully detained in Rutherford County?

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

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

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

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'Boro business owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portables and 'inappropriate' instructional spaces criticized.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fresh from the farm
Fresh from the farm
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County jail aims to reduce inmate population
County jail aims to reduce inmate population

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 Main Street Awards -- Vote May 8-June 2

Who's the BEST in Sumner County? VOTE here and let us know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal care takes priority at the family practice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miss Phenomenal celebrates unique beauty of overcoming stigma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mechatronics is burgeoning at MTSU
Mechatronics is burgeoning at MTSU

Lunar rovers designed and handcrafted by students win NASA prizes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donor helps La Vergne firefighters breath life into rescued pets.

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Where is Devin Bond?
Where is Devin Bond?

Candlelight vigil held for missing Murfreesboro teen.

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

La Vergne High School chosen for documentary spotlight.

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Search party seeks missing teen
Search party seeks missing teen

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

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Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare
Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare

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

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

Mayor Waldron delivers meals to La Vergne seniors.

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

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

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

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

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

Vigil for missing child offers community support to fearful family.

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

Miss Phenomenal pageant highlights high schoolers in challenging circumstances.

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Rutherford County teen still missing
Rutherford County teen still missing

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

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

Consider This, Inc., presents innovative local entertainment.

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

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

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Rutherford teen missing since Thursday
Rutherford teen missing since Thursday

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

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

P.D. Mynatt moves from CFO to GM.

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Smyrna Airport hangar loses roof in thunderstorm
Smyrna Airport hangar loses roof in thunderstorm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No solitary confinement for children
No solitary confinement for children

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

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

Even the fences tell tales in Rutherford County.

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

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

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

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

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Ellis murder charge bound over
Ellis murder charge bound over

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

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Injuries not critical at demolition site on Nissan Smyrna property

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stick a fork in March 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An extravaganza of classical music, awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case against county, probation services is 'extraordinarily complex'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lane pleads guilty to murder
Lane pleads guilty to murder

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

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

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

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SRO rodeo coming next month
SRO rodeo coming next month

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

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

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

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La Vergne McDonald's upgrade looks like a million bucks
La Vergne McDonald's upgrade looks like a million bucks

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

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

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

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

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

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NHC announces new chief information officer
NHC announces new chief information officer

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

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

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

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

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

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Service dog lost in Rutherford reunited with Missouri family.

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

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

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Free trees for Rutherford Countians
Free trees for Rutherford Countians

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

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Finding love at Linebaugh Library
Finding love at Linebaugh Library

Romance blossoms over love of literature.

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

A Murfreesboro man was shot in the shoulder Friday night.

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

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

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Haslam visits TCAT in Smyrna
Haslam visits TCAT in Smyrna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blackman students expelled over swastika
Blackman students expelled over swastika

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smyrna rep backs Trump's travel ban.

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Princess Night at Oaklands Mansion
Princess Night at Oaklands Mansion

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

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

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

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

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

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McBurney pleads guilty
McBurney pleads guilty

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

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

Chicken renting makes backyard birds more accessible.

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

Homeless Alliance joining together to help their neighbors.

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

Prices at the pump may rise to fund roads.

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

It was all in the family!

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McFadden students succeed, give back
McFadden students succeed, give back
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Jail administrator Derrell Cagle fired
Jail administrator Derrell Cagle fired

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

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Rutherford Republicans celebrate Inauguration Day
Rutherford Republicans celebrate Inauguration Day

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

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

Protesters chant and cheer on Main Street.

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Local man charged in murders
Local man charged in murders

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

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

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

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Motlow might see more funding
Motlow might see more funding

College needs space to accommodate growing student body.

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

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

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

Our state is riddled with prescription drug abuse.

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

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

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

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

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Fitzhugh voted interim sheriff
Fitzhugh voted interim sheriff

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

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

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

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

Despite positive reviews, The Block struggles to stay open.

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

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

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

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

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

Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care.

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

These construction projects could affect your commute.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OHS students give back
OHS students give back

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

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

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

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

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

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The trial must go on
The trial must go on

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

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Murder on Indian Park Drive
Murder on Indian Park Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community MATTERS
Community MATTERS

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

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

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

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

Lawsuit alleges negligence at Rutherford County Jail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Body of missing woman found
Body of missing woman found

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

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Interim sheriff candidates have questions to answer
Interim sheriff candidates have questions to answer

Candidates for Rutherford County's interim sheriff post will be required to answer a series of leadership questions in writing before making their case in person at a County Commission meeting in January.

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

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

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

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

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Fraudster swindles $60,000 through Boro-based businesses

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

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

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

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16 throw their hats in the ring for interim sheriff position
16 throw their hats in the ring for interim sheriff position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University unveils ongoing plans to upgrade technology.

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

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

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Morning lockdown at Stewarts Creek High School
Morning lockdown at Stewarts Creek High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small businesses get a boost on Black Friday, too.

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

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

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

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

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

After second failed inspection, decertification recommended.

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

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

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

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

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

In the face of fear, kindness counts.

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

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

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

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

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Rutherford County churches under fire
Rutherford County churches under fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Program registration starts this week.

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Rutherford County Republicans rejoice
Rutherford County Republicans rejoice

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

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

Don't forget to vote!

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

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

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Limbaugh for president
Limbaugh for president

Riverdale teacher wants to offer 'another answer.'

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Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford native played for Opry star, declined matrimony
Remembering Rutherford: Rutherford native played for Opry star, declined matrimony

Part two of a two part series.

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

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

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'I have a hit out for me,' says Arnold
'I have a hit out for me,' says Arnold

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

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Townhouse fire on Sitting Bull Crossing
Townhouse fire on Sitting Bull Crossing
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Halloween Roundup
Halloween Roundup

Don't miss these spooky activities in Rutherford County.

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

Ketron alleges voter fraud remains a problem.

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Election season in Rutherford County
Election season in Rutherford County

Early voting off to a great start.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avenue, Stones River Mall to close Thanksgiving Day.

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Helping troubled families get together
Helping troubled families get together

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

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

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

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Taking cardio training to heart
Taking cardio training to heart

Code One CPR teaches everyone from babysitters to doctors.

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

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

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice
Pumpkin spice and everything nice

That's what October is made of.

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City construction projects through Oct. 8
City construction projects through Oct. 8
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Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial dedicate home to local family
Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial dedicate home to local family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This handsome guy is Abracadabra.

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Sheriff Arnold taken into custody
Sheriff Arnold taken into custody

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

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

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

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

U.S. Probation and Pretrial now recommends jail time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eagleville releases fall fest entertainment schedule
Eagleville releases fall fest entertainment schedule

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

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

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

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FedEx deal a 'gamer changer' but could cause congestion
FedEx deal a 'gamer changer' but could cause congestion

As local leaders tout a $189.5 million investment here by FedEx, the proposal still must go through Murfreesboro's annexation and rezoning process and a traffic study to determine how to move delivery trucks on congested roads.

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

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

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Transformed center glitters for guests
Transformed center glitters for guests

Occasions Events provides venue for banquets, anniversaries and more.

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

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

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TrustPoint Hospital announces 148-bed expansion
TrustPoint Hospital announces 148-bed expansion

Healthcare provider to create close to 400 jobs over the next five years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Food for thought from stakeholders
Food for thought from stakeholders

Reactions given to proposed food truck ordinance

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Hounds around town
Hounds around town

Pet-friendly shopping in Rutherford County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No more apartments, says commission

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

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TrustPoint grows and Purlingbrook lowers numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rutherford County centenarians honored
Rutherford County centenarians honored

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

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

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

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

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

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2035 is lookin' mighty fine
2035 is lookin' mighty fine
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National Night Out gears up across county
National Night Out gears up across county

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim 'n' Nick's sponsors Special Kids' camp luncheon
Jim 'n' Nick's sponsors Special Kids' camp luncheon
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County mayor accused of neglecting security

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

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Gotta catch 'em all
Gotta catch 'em all

Pokemon Go has kids, adults, playing outside.

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

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

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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Rhonda Allen chooses to serve
Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Rhonda Allen chooses to serve

La Vergne native now living in Smyrna is county commissioner.

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Early voting sites
Early voting sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos on display at Baldwin Gallery throughout summer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When children are charged
When children are charged

How student sex crimes affect school safety.

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Recline, dine and catch latest flicks

Carmike's site plan for new nine-plex at Stones River Mall approved.

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Show-and-tell asserts value of SROs
Show-and-tell asserts value of SROs

Public comments also include request to restrict fireworks in county.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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School board to decide zone appeals
School board to decide zone appeals

Votes 4-2 to begin ruling on where kids attend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2016
July 2016
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Remarkable Rutherford Woman: Susan Gulley 'seizes the art' in Smyrna

Café, workshop reflect her dedication and creativity.

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70 townhomes off Fortress get nod

Planning commission recommends project to council.

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

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

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Uncle Dave Macon Days only weeks away
Uncle Dave Macon Days only weeks away
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PCC, Rutherford County 'cannot shield' themselves from lawsuit, says judge
PCC, Rutherford County 'cannot shield' themselves from lawsuit, says judge
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Heating up the dance floor in the 'Boro
Heating up the dance floor in the 'Boro

NDC hosts seventh annual ballroom championships at Embassy Suites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Smyrna Rotary Scholarship Recipients
2016 Smyrna Rotary Scholarship Recipients
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June 2016
June 2016
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Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. to open customer service center in La Vergne
Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. to open customer service center in La Vergne
Human resources benefits administrative company to invest $2.9 million, create 120 new jobs.
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Several Rutherford nonprofits participating in 'The Big Payback'
Several Rutherford nonprofits participating in 'The Big Payback'

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

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

Planning Commission recommends approval of facility on existing campus.

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

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

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Fashion, networking tips at women's expo April 30 at MTSU
Fashion, networking tips at women's expo April 30 at MTSU

Fun, food and fashion await young women eager for the latest strategies to propel them to success.

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

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

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Jordan joins Senate race
Jordan joins Senate race

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

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Commercial rezoning next to Cloisters OK'd
Commercial rezoning next to Cloisters OK'd

Residents agree businesses might be better neighbors than apartments.

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

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

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Community Care hires new administrator
Community Care hires new administrator

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee now accepting registrations.

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Banquet celebrates Bradley Academy history
Banquet celebrates Bradley Academy history

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Board fears voucher bill may still pass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sheriff speaks after possible drive-by
Sheriff speaks after possible drive-by

"It startled me for my kids' sake and my wife's sake," said Sheriff Robert Arnold at today's press conference.

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Citizens flood meeting over drainage concerns
Citizens flood meeting over drainage concerns

Project's impact feared; apartments centered on historic home okayed.

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Rutherford ribbon cuttings
Rutherford ribbon cuttings
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Uncle Dave Macon Days to put city, county 'on the map'
Uncle Dave Macon Days to put city, county 'on the map'

Last Tuesday morning Uncle Dave Macon Days organizers thought a record breaking square dance on the Square would be Wednesday's big announcement. Late that afternoon, they found out they were wrong.

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2015 set the stage for busy 2016
2015 set the stage for busy 2016

Bye, bye, 2015. You were a very good year for Rutherford, according to county and school officials including Mayor Ernest Burgess and Director of Schools Don Odom.

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County officials explore renewable solution to landfill problem
County officials explore renewable solution to landfill problem

Rutherford County is in the early stages of planning for a waste-to-energy facility designed to turn garbage into power or fuel as an option to dispose of trash when Middle Point Landfill runs out of space.

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States' rights or discrimination?
States' rights or discrimination?

Resolution called both before being amended, passed.

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Action deferred in retirement plan alterations

Rutherford County commissioners deferred action on a proposal to change the county's retirement system, saying they need more information - and possibly a study - before making a decision.

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Advance Auto brings new jobs to Rutherford County
Advance Auto brings new jobs to Rutherford County

Advance Auto Parts is set to invest $24.5 million in a La Vergne distribution center and create 200 new jobs in Rutherford County, officials announced.

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Court costs could help build new Judicial Complex
Court costs could help build new Judicial Complex

Commission approves issuing bonds, asks state to OK possible filing-fee hike.

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Gateway's growing by 8
Gateway's growing by 8

New stores, expansions get city's nod.

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Daycare permit denied on Haynes Drive

BZA listens to neighbors' concerns about traffic & more.

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County commits $400k to tech center
County commits $400k to tech center

Commission also passes controversial rezonings.

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Fire destroys historic home in Eagleville
Fire destroys historic home in Eagleville

Rutherford County Fire and Rescue assisted Eagleville Fire Department with a two-story house fire in the 900 block of South Main Street in Eagleville, just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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Room for wetlands tightens parking

Concerned, planning commissioners defer approval.

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Antebellum mansion preserved - for now
Antebellum mansion preserved - for now

Council defers zoning that would allow 277 apartments on site.

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OPINION: We all have a stake in middle Tennessee's future transportation plans
OPINION: We all have a stake in middle Tennessee's future transportation plans

Between 2010 and 2040, Rutherford County's population is projected to increase by 135 percent from 251,000 to 592,000 residents, second only to Williamson County.

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A flood of honors

Council thanks firefighters who helped out in South Carolina.

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BZA appointment, expansion debated
BZA appointment, expansion debated

Nominee wins seat by 19-2 vote over alternate member of board.

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Growing pains accompany rezoning approvals
Growing pains accompany rezoning approvals

Neighbors protest changing Cut Off Road, Epps Mill area designations.

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'Remembering Rutherford' highlights local lore

Historian Greg Tucker will bring his "Remembering Rutherford" column on local history to The Murfreesboro Post beginning on Monday, Oct. 19.

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Delegation opposes gas-tax increase

Rutherford County's entire legislative delegation promised to oppose a gas-tax increase despite a backlog of $259 million unfunded road projects here.

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Conn's distribution center coming to La Vergne
Conn's distribution center coming to La Vergne

Houston-based Conn's HomePlus is set to build a distribution center in La Vergne, a $17 million investment expected to create 100 jobs, officials announced today.

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Schwan Cosmetics to create jobs
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Sunnington celebrates 14th anniversary
Sunnington celebrates 14th anniversary
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Window sign regulations get nod over protests
Window sign regulations get nod over protests

It was a busy meeting Wednesday, even without the controversial commission decision.

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County to pay off Walter Hill fire station
County to pay off Walter Hill fire station

The Walter Hill Volunteer Fire Department became part of the Rutherford County Fire Department this summer, but when it did, the county also became responsible for Walter Hill's debts.

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Concerned citizens crowd planning meeting
Concerned citizens crowd planning meeting

Rezonings and projects approved nevertheless.

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Community Calendar 8.31
Community Calendar 8.31
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Bomb threat at Holloway High School
Bomb threat at Holloway High School

Holloway High School students were evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was received about 11:15 a.m., officials said.

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Four bomb threats reported across region
Four bomb threats reported across region

Holloway High School evacuated, Central Magnet and Homer Pittard Campus School also briefly locked down.

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Rutherford County residents selected for upcoming Leadership Middle Tennessee class

Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) selected 37 leaders from 10 counties' community, nonprofit, academic and business sectors to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership Middle Tennessee.

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Bomb threat at La Vergne High School
Bomb threat at La Vergne High School

Sheriff's school resource officers and La Vergne Police searched La Vergne High School Monday after receiving a bomb threat inside the school.

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County's state highways 'need $259 mil'
County's state highways 'need $259 mil'

Rutherford County faces a $259 million problem with a lack of funding for highway construction, but the problem isn't with the county budget.

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County settles software dispute for $250k
County settles software dispute for $250k

Child support, bonding checks 'went unissued' due to glitches.

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Ethics attorney hired for advising costs county $5,396
Ethics attorney hired for advising costs county $5,396

A Shelbyville attorney who advised the Rutherford County Ethics Committee in a complaint on Sheriff Robert Arnold is charging the county nearly $5,400 for his work.

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Black Fox bomb threat one of seven in state
Black Fox bomb threat one of seven in state

'Synthesized voice' made some of the calls, raising 'red flag'

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Local centenarians of Rutherford County honored
Local centenarians of Rutherford County honored
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Woman complaining of noisy neighbors charged with disorderly conduct

An eastern Rutherford County woman is facing a misdemeanor in an unusual neighborly feud.

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital adds five new board members

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital recently announced the addition of five members to its board of directors.

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Merchants can't see benefit to signage limits, view obscured by city's 'clear vision zone'
Merchants can't see benefit to signage limits, view obscured by city's 'clear vision zone'

Objections voiced at stakeholders' meeting Tuesday

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Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Boyd announce new manufacturing plant in La Vergne
Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Boyd announce new manufacturing plant in La Vergne

Kitchen & Bath Manufacturer to Invest $22 Million, Create Approximately 600 New Jobs.

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Three arrested for card fraud
Three arrested for card fraud

Three suspects were charged with credit card fraud after they allegedly possessed fake gift cards and credit cards during a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County.

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New schools are Smyrna-bound
New schools are Smyrna-bound

Board buys Rocky Fork Road site

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Eight county students among ETSU grads
Eight county students among ETSU grads

Congratulations, graduates.

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Local centenarians to be honored
Local centenarians to be honored

Honoring Rutherford County residents who have lived 100 years or more.

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'Stuff the Bus' deadline approaches
'Stuff the Bus' deadline approaches

There is still time to collect school supplies for children in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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Hibbet Sports opens second Murfreesboro location
Hibbet Sports opens second Murfreesboro location

National athletic retailer Hibbett Sports, Inc. opened its newest store in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Allstate agent Poplin earns prestigious designation
Allstate agent Poplin earns prestigious designation

As a business leader and involved citizen in Murfreesboro, Agent Christopher Poplin of the Christopher Poplin Allstate Insurance Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2015.

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County Commission hires ethics attorney from Bedford County
County Commission hires ethics attorney from Bedford County

Rutherford County commissioners approved hiring Bedford County Attorney John T. Bobo to represent the county Ethics Committee as it handles a complaint into Sheriff Robert Arnold's administration.

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Stones River Mall sold
Stones River Mall sold

Sterling Organization vertically integrated private equity real estate investment firm headquartered in Palm Beach, Fla., has announced the acquisition of Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro. The asset was purchased via the firm's institutional fund Sterling Value Add Partners II, LP.

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Realtors Scholarship deadline March 30
Realtors Scholarship deadline March 30

The deadline for college scholarship applications for the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (MTAR) Scholarship program is quickly approaching.

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The Fresh Market could come to Murfreesboro
The Fresh Market could come to Murfreesboro

An upscale grocery store proposed for a 15-acre tract on Memorial Boulevard could be The Fresh Market.

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County to hire one of four construction manager candidates
County to hire one of four construction manager candidates
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Bear It No More provides mix of craftsmanship with cause
Bear It No More provides mix of craftsmanship with cause

The daily lives of Rutherford County's Clark and Christi Powers do not differ too much from that of the everyday person, but their cause is one that is full of meaning and dates back to their childhood and upbringing.

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Rutherford County spotlighted by ConventionSouth Magazine

Rutherford County has been chosen as one of ConventionSouth magazine's Editors' Picks for the 2015 South's Surprising Recreational Havens for Groups list.

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Early voting for Nov. 4 election opens Wednesday

Early voting opens Wednesday and continues through Oct. 30 for Rutherford County voters participating in the Nov. 4 state, federal and municipal elections.

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Starting your own business seminar Sept. 18

MTSU’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on Sept. 18 from 3-6 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.

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August home sales rise 8 percent in county

August home sales in Rutherford County jumped 8 percent over last year’s mark, and closings have increased 5.5 percent for 2014, even as prices rose, showing overall improvement in the market’s health.

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Property Assessor's Office to use grant for new vehicles
Property Assessor's Office to use grant for new vehicles

The Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office will use a Clean Energy Grant to buy two Ford C-max hybrid vehicles to boost fuel efficiency and help improve the county’s air quality, Property Assessor Rob Mitchell said today.

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Rutherford County election results
Rutherford County election results

Rutherford County election results

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Property Assessor’s Office to use grant for new vehicles
Property Assessor’s Office to use grant for new vehicles

The Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office will use a Clean Energy Grant to buy two Ford C-max hybrid vehicles to boost fuel efficiency and help improve the county’s air quality, Property Assessor Rob Mitchell said today.

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The way we were, and ready for 25 more!
The way we were, and ready for 25 more!
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Inside the race: Q&A with mayoral candidates
Inside the race: Q&A with mayoral candidates
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United Way to host Business Before Hours in partnership with MTSU athletics

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties will host the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours in partnership with MTSU Athletics on Aug. 21 at 7:30 a.m.

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Murfreesboro Detective receives Crime Stoppers award

Detective Tommy Massey was recently recognized at the Rutherford County Crime Stoppers annual awards ceremony. Detective Massey was selected to represent the Murfreesboro Police Department as the Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year because of his involvement in two cold case homicide investigations.

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TYBA state tourneys begin at Barfield Park
TYBA state tourneys begin at Barfield Park

Some of the best youth baseball teams from the southeast gathered at Barfield Crescent Park for the 2014 TYBA State Tournament starting this past weekend.

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‘Starting your own Business’ seminar July 10

MTSU’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on July 10 from 306 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.

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Haley Road Recycling Center operates under new guidelines

Effective July 4, 2014, The Rutherford County Solid Waste Department will now have new hours of operation at the Haley Road Recycling Center in Murfreesboro.

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Hutson, Young trial scheduled for July 30-31
Hutson, Young trial scheduled for July 30-31

Circuit Court Judge David Bragg set trial for July 30-31 in the assault and kidnapping case against a Rutherford County commissioner and two businessmen charged with choking, burning and threatening a partner in a ticket-selling deal that went awry.

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Tennessee Rampage crowned 7-8 county champions
Tennessee Rampage crowned 7-8 county champions

The Rutherford County Recreation Department crowned its youth baseball and softball champions this past weekend at the various sites around the area.

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Barry Buckley of Wilson Bank and Trust receives Rutherford Impact Award
Barry Buckley of Wilson Bank and Trust receives Rutherford Impact Award

Wilson Bank & Trust Regional President Barry Buckley was among the local honorees who received a Rutherford County Impact Award from the Nashville Business Journal recently.

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Patti James Named Executive Director for Leadership Middle Tennessee
Patti James Named Executive Director for Leadership Middle Tennessee

The Leadership Middle Tennessee board of directors announce that Patricia (Patti) James has been selected as the new executive director of the regional leadership program.

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Property assessor introduces new employee handbook
Property assessor introduces new employee handbook

Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell introduced an employee handbook Thursday night that gives workers in his office the opportunity to have him removed through a grievance process.

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County Commission budget hearing Tuesday

The Rutherford County Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a $480.5 million spending plan for fiscal 2015.

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Rutherford County Recreation schedule

The Rutherford County Conservation Board has sponsored a county-wide recreation program for the past 41 years.
The program has served many needs throughout the county and has carried recreation to communities it serves.

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Three named to First National advisory board

Officials of First National Bank Manchester announce the addition of three local businesspersons to its Murfreesboro Advisory Board.

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County Clerk alerts business owners of change in 2014 business tax renewal process

Rutherford County Clerk Lisa Duke Crowell wants to remind county business owners of a critical change in the business tax license renewal process --- the renewals must be filed online.

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Raiders’ Closet founder honored as MTSU student service gets new location
Raiders’ Closet founder honored as MTSU student service gets new location

Beginning next academic year, the service that makes sure MTSU students look their best when interviewing for jobs will have a permanent location.

Raiders’ Closet, the collection of donated gently used professional attire, will move into the former testing center next to the Career Development Center on the third floor of the Keathley University Center.

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Porter Flea returns to Track One for summer market
Porter Flea returns to Track One for summer market

The time once again is at hand for Nashville’s premier, modern handmade market, Porter Flea. Taking place June 6-7, the market returns to the Track One building in Nashville for a consecutive time.

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Rutherford County Recreation schedule

The Rutherford County Conservation Board has sponsored a county-wide recreation program for the past 41 years.
The program has served many needs throughout the county and has carried recreation to communities it serves.

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Committee approves County Fire and Rescue budget
Committee approves County Fire and Rescue budget

Rutherford County’s budget committee approved a $1.89 million budget last week for the County Fire and Rescue Department, including funds to pay volunteers who undergo training and certification.

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Business seminars at Chamber on May 28-29

A seminar aimed at giving aspiring entrepreneurs insight on what a business plan is, why it is important, and what the major sections of the plan are will be held at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce on May 28 from 3-6 p.m.

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Affordable Care Act for small business owners May 20

Small business owners are invited to learn what options are available for themselves, their families and their businesses under the Affordable Health Care Act at seminar in Columbia on May 20.

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Rutherford County Government launches new website design

The Rutherford County Government has launched a new website viewable at rutherfordcountytn.gov. Improvements are intended to make the site easier to navigate with better routes to get citizens where they need to go, with lots of new content and with improved mobile device access.

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Gunshot victim by deputy had weapon returned by RCSO in previous dispute

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office returned a weapon to the man who was shot May 6 in a confrontation with a sheriff’s deputy three years after investigating a previous domestic dispute at his West Jefferson Pike home, according to the sheriff’s office.

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TBI releases name of deputy who shot domestic violence suspect

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a shooting involving a Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy who fired on a man who pointed a gun at him Tuesday night.

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Vasquez to speak at Heritage Center May 15

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will host a discussion with Dr. Antonio Vásquez on “Life Along the Fence: A Long View of Guest Worker Programs”.

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Burgess defeats Evans for county mayor; Arnold beats Asbury
Burgess defeats Evans for county mayor; Arnold beats Asbury

County Mayor Ernest Burgess soundly defeated challenger Jimmy Evans while Sheriff Robert Arnold rolled past former Deputy Chief Bob Asbury in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

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Rutherford County 4-H Horse Show May 10

The annual Rutherford County 4-H Horse Show will be held at the Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., in Murfreesboro on May 10 at 9 a.m. The rain date will be May 17.

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‘The Rookie’ to speak at annual Steak & Burger
‘The Rookie’ to speak at annual Steak & Burger

 

Jim Morris will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming Rutherford County Boys and Girls Club’s 27th annual Stake & Burger Dinner on May 8.

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Dawbarn seeks re-election for Register of Deeds
Dawbarn seeks re-election for Register of Deeds

 

Heather Dawbarn has officially declared her intention to run for re-election for Rutherford County Register of Deeds on May 6.

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Local General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon accused of threatening grocery store clerk
Local General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon accused of threatening grocery store clerk

 

Rutherford County General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon has been accused of threatening a 16-year old. The incident was said to have unfolded at Jr’s Foodland, according to a Murfreesboro Police report filed on Friday.

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MTSU ‘BEST’ career fair a ‘win-win’ for students, employers
MTSU ‘BEST’ career fair a ‘win-win’ for students, employers

 

After making the rounds speaking with representatives from companies ranging from the Hershey Co. to Walgreens to PepsiCo, MTSU senior Tyler Baker was pleased with his visit to the Business Exchange for Student Talent, or BEST, career fair inside the Student Union Ballroom.

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Coconut Bay celebrates 15 years by giving back
Coconut Bay celebrates 15 years by giving back

 

Coconut Bay Café celebrated its 15th year in business on Tuesday night, and at the same time, took advantage of an opportunity to give back to the community.

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The basic steps of business banking
The basic steps of business banking

 

Business owners who have a relationship with a business banker have the benefit of an experienced partner to help them meet their business objectives.

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Rutherford County: A Seal of Approval

 

The previous year was an advantageous one for Rutherford County and 2014 looks to be one with much promise as well.
When it comes to jobs, Rutherford County saw over 2,300 new jobs created and $283 million in capital investments were made by the relocation or expansion of companies operating in the county.

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Rutherford County Schools mourns the passing of School Board member Helen Blankenship
Rutherford County Schools mourns the passing of School Board member Helen Blankenship

 

Officials with Rutherford County Schools were saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Rutherford County Board of Education member Helen Blankenship.

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Election Coverage: List of candidates running

Here is a quick list of the current candidates running for office in the upcoming elections.

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City School rezoning to affect all schools
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'Starting your own Business' seminar on March 5


 

MTSU's Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on March 5 from 3-6 p.m.

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Doing government business seminar on March 4

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: Ways you can give back to community

The following organizations offer Murfreesboro residents the opportunity to give back to their community.

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Man arrested in Food Mart break-in

 

The Food Mart across from Bell Jewelers was hit by an unknown culprit who may have been caught on tape, according to a recently filed report. It was the fifth business broken into in the past week and a half in Murfreesboro.

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Local ADHD coach picked to speak at conference
Local ADHD coach picked to speak at conference

New Beginning Coaching Services announced this week that Jason B. Bour has been picked to speak at the Tennessee Department of Education’s Partners in Education Conference at the Opryland Hotel and Conference later this month.

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

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

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Sheriff's Office employee to run for County Commission

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

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Future business leaders to compete at conference
Future business leaders to compete at conference

Future business leaders will test their mettle against their peers in a competition at Middle Tennessee State University this week.

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Fifth Third promotes longtime employee
Fifth Third promotes longtime employee

Fifth Third Bank has promoted Ryan Walsh to assistant vice president and retail regional manager, company officials announced Tuesday.

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Brentwood Services names new claims examiner

Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. recently promoted Amber Johnson, of Murfreesboro, to the position of claims examiner, according to a press release.

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Domino's prepped for busy Super Bowl
Domino's prepped for busy Super Bowl

Forty-eight years ago, America tuned in to a football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It was Super Bowl I.

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FNB Mortgage announces promotions

Two high-producing mortgage loan officers have been promoted to vice president by First National Bank of McMinnville, company President Pieter van Vurren recently announced.

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AAA to hold job fair in Nashville

AAA is holding a career fair next week in an effort to hire more than 100 people to fill roadside assistance customer advocate positions for its brand new customer interaction center.

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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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Bringing communities together through recreation

Four decades ago, Rutherford County was going through several changes within the area.

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ExpressJet hires MTSU flight instructors
ExpressJet hires MTSU flight instructors

An agreement between the Middle Tennessee State University aerospace department and ExpressJet Airlines recently paid dividends when six university flight instructors were hired after all completed the same-day interview process.

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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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District attorneys launch initiative to increase school safety
District attorneys launch initiative to increase school safety

District Attorney General Bill Whitesell is working with law enforcement officers, school principals and guidance counselors to combat school violence by identifying warning signs among teens, as part of a new initiative that is being launched statewide.

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New middle school champs to be crowned Thursday

The Middle School Basketball Tournament got underway at Blackman Middle on Saturday with six games, three of which were won by the lower seeded teams.

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Buick Encore offers elegant package

Years ago, older and wiser friends and family advised us to travel while we still can, and not wait until it became too difficult because of age and ailments.

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Tennessee Oncology recognized for service

Tennessee Oncology has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program as a practice committed to delivering the highest quality in cancer care, company officials announced Tuesday.

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New CEO of StoneCrest named
New CEO of StoneCrest named

Louis F. Caputo has been named chief executive officer of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, company officials announced Friday.

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McDonald's restaurants raise funds for Ronald McDonald House repairs

McDonald’s restaurants in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky raised more than $76,000 on Monday for the Nashville Ronald McDonald House by donating all proceeds from 79-cent cheeseburger sales, company

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United Way names new board officers

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced its 2014 board officers and members.

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Moving company expanding to Murfreesboro
Moving company expanding to Murfreesboro

Nick Roerig and Gordon Shaffer, the owners of the Two Men And A Truck franchise are opening a new office in Murfreesboro, according to a recent announcement.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Police seek help identifying theft suspects

Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying two men wanted in connection with a felony theft at Wal-Mart.

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Part II: Night people keep communities safe
Part II: Night people keep communities safe

Public safety personnel crucial as region grows

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New dental institute opening soon

The Tennessee Professional Training Institute grand opening will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, company officials recently announced.

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Moxie Art Supply offers hometown service

The city may be rapidly growing, but when it comes to businesses there are many that are still owned by individuals from right here in town.

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Fire causes $25K in damages to barn
Fire causes $25K in damages to barn

A heater and a heat lamp too close to objects apparently caused a storage barn to ignite, resulting in about $25,000 in damages Wednesday morning in Christiana, said Rutherford County Fire Rescue Chief Larry Farley.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Broad Street intersection work begins

Crews have started preliminary construction work for the new bridge overpass at the Memorial Boulevard and Northwest Broad Street intersection.

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County students compete in state bowling tourney

The top bowlers in the state came to the Smyrna Bowling Center on Thursday and Friday for the 2014 TSSAA State Bowling Championship.

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The story of the circuit rider

From the beginning, religion has been an important ingredient in the lives of the people of Rutherford County.

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Kennedy vying to be next sheriff

Bill Kennedy, a former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office employee, recently announced his candidacy for sheriff.

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Pedestrian killed near MTSU campus
Pedestrian killed near MTSU campus

Police investigating fatal crash

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Neighborhood Watch brings communities together

Residents partner to combat crime

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

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

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Fifth Third Bank names new county executive

Bob Gerard has been named the new Rutherford County executive for the Tennessee affiliate of Fifth Third Bank, company officials announced Friday.

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Bed, Bath and Beyond relocates to The Avenue
Bed, Bath and Beyond relocates to The Avenue

Bed, Bath and Beyond has relocated to The Avenue Murfreesboro from its longtime location in The Oaks shopping center off North Thompson Lane.

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Privately purchased hydrant comes to rescue
Privately purchased hydrant comes to rescue

A fire hydrant purchased by neighbors helped firefighters with the Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department combat a blaze inside a detached garage Wednesday on Orchard Park Drive, said Fire Chief Larry Farley.

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Veloster Turbo gets new look

We have watched Hyundai with great interest since the Korean company started selling cars in the U.S. in 1986, but we’ve been especially fascinated the last few years as it went from being the butt of jokes to being an industry leader.

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Realtors offering scholarships

The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors has begun its annual scholarship awards process for fall 2014.

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Fifth Third Bank names new sales managers

Fifth Third Bank recently announced the promotion of two affiliate leaders to the roles of area sales managers for the Tennessee mortgage division.

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Arnold to run for re-election
Arnold to run for re-election

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has announced he will seek re-election during the Republican Party primary slated for May.

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Amazon looking to fill 500 positions

Amazon.com Inc. is actively hiring for more than 500 full-time positions with benefits starting at its fulfillment center in Murfreesboro, company officials recently announced.

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Sherrill Pest Control receives national recognition
Sherrill Pest Control receives national recognition

Sherrill Pest Control has been recognized by Pest Control Technology, a national trade publication for the industry.

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Bonnaroo partners with Nashville airport for arts program

Officials with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority have formed a new partnership for the award-winning Arts at the Airport program.

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Farmers starting to mix up cover crop cocktails

Industry looks to benefits of latest trend

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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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Charges against Murfreesboro accountant dismissed
Charges against Murfreesboro accountant dismissed

All charges against a retired accountant accused of mismanaging nearly $1 million in retirement funds have been dismissed following the death of the alleged victim in the case.

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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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Tri-Star Title owner wins leadership award
Tri-Star Title owner wins leadership award

Leadership Rutherford has named the owner of Tri-Star Title and Escrow LLC as the 2013 recipient of the Pinnacle Award.

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New Jaguar model offers luxurious amenities

We can’t think of any auto company that has made as massive of turnaround as Jaguar.

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Fire damages home on Old Woodbury Highway
Fire damages home on Old Woodbury Highway

Fire caused heavy damage to a mobile home about 4:15 p.m. Monday on Old Woodbury Highway.

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MMC leader named Business Person of the Year
MMC leader named Business Person of the Year

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named Joey Peay, chief executive officer of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, as the 2013 Business Person of the Year, officials announced Friday.

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Perfect Equipment updates company name

Perfect Equipment Inc. in Murfreesboro, a leading wheel balance weight company in North America, has updated its operating name to Wegmann automotive USA Inc.

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Residents escape injury from stray bullets

Four people escaped injury when several men who were target shooting allegedly fired rounds toward them Wednesday near Christiana, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sheriff's Office sponsoring Project Reality Check program

Youths experiencing discipline issues with parents or trouble at school might consider getting a free reality check beginning in February at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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History of Smyrna slave revealed

Story of 'Uncle' Charlie told in new Sam Davis Home exhibit

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Learning to wait on God
Learning to wait on God

New Beginnings Conference to focus on patience

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Businessman announces bid for county seat

Local businessman Rusty Dallas has announced his candidacy in the Republican Party primary for Rutherford County Register of Deeds Office.

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MTSU alumnus wants others to get a Gulley Grip

Former Blue Raider invents innovative workout

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Relief from cold snap arrives
Relief from cold snap arrives

Temperatures on the rise following arctic blast

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Ford Focus ST offers higher performance
Ford Focus ST offers higher performance

We’ve driven the latest generation Ford Focus and the Focus Electric and liked them both, but to us, they simply don’t compare to the latest offering, the Focus ST.

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Chamber names Hood Business Legend of Year

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named John Hood as the 2013 Business Legend of the Year.

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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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Tangerine wins national philanthropy award

Tangerine Salon and Spa has been named for the second year in a row as one of the Top 200 salons in the nation.

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Cornerstone offering $25K scholarship

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union recently announced that it is accepting applications for its fourth annual $25,000 scholarship fund, supporting college-bound students in Middle Tennessee.

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Realtor receives award for ethics
Realtor receives award for ethics

The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors has awarded John Turner of Bob Parks Realty, Northfield, the 2013 Rutherford County Code of Ethics Award of Excellence.

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Schools to remain closed Tuesday

All Rutherford County and Murfreesboro schools will stay closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, due to the extremely cold weather that has swept across Tennessee.

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INSIDE SPORTS: Plenty of must-see district play set for January

Assuming no weather delays, here are the District 7-AAA high school basketball games you simply cannot afford to miss in January.

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Local entrepreneur keeps pushing Alley Cat Tea

Stephen Ashburn, of Murfreesboro, said he sometimes feels as if he is like David taking on Goliath. He has the faith and believes his mission has merit, but knowing where to place his best shot is a little daunting.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Christmas tree recycling now available
NEWS BRIEFS: Christmas tree recycling now available

The Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department is accepting live Christmas trees and greenery at its public works facility at 4765 Florence Road.

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Police officer vying for county seat

A veteran police officer announced Friday that he has decided to run for the District 17 seat on the Rutherford County Commission during the upcoming elections slated for later this year.

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United Way collecting baby items

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties will host its inaugural Community Baby Shower in January 2014 to benefit at-risk families in the area.

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Let there be light
Let there be light

A look back at electricity in Rutherford County

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INSIDE SPORTS: Siegel boys look to be best in District 7-AAA

Last week, we looked at pre-2014 girls basketball in 7-AAA. This week, let’s look at the boys.

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Retired officer donates pet rescue kits to firefighters

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department has received a donation to assist crews with the rescue of pets.

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Centerstone honored with Program of Excellence Award
Centerstone honored with Program of Excellence Award

The Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations recently recognized Centerstone for its mental health services and community outreach efforts during its annual awards ceremony in Murfreesboro.

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Popularity of vaping continues to grow

As more and more people try to quit smoking, the electronic cigarette industry continues to gain ground, including here in Rutherford County.

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Redesigned Corolla should help Toyota keep top spot
Redesigned Corolla should help Toyota keep top spot

When a company sets out to reinvent the best-selling vehicle of all time – over 40 million sold worldwide to date – it has to work very carefully, especially when it comes to the design.

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Children of inmates get special Christmas treat
Children of inmates get special Christmas treat

Bishop Allen P. Powell said he appreciated the Christmas presents his grandson, Jalyn, received Saturday at Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

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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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United Way adds to staff

Michelle Russell has joined the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties staff in the role of relationship manager, according to a press release.

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Target data breach could bring more problems

The massive data breach at Target Stores that exposed debit and credit information for millions of shoppers is leading to even more dangers ahead, according to experts.

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Deputy receives statewide award
Deputy receives statewide award

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy A.J. Ross earned honors as Deputy of the Year from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office last week.

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Longtime insurance agent joins Allstate

Allstate Insurance Company continues is expanding with the addition of the Thomas Insurance Group to its agency force in Rutherford County.

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

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

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Fellowship draws diners to Parsley's Store
Fellowship draws diners to Parsley's Store

More than food brings customers to rural eatery

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La Vergne purchases fire department
La Vergne purchases fire department

La Vergne city officials approved spending $4 million Tuesday to purchase the privately owned and contracted La Vergne Fire Department Inc.

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Vehicle testing station holiday schedule announced

Vehicle emissions testing centers in Middle Tennessee will operate during special hours for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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Investigation into homicide continues
Investigation into homicide continues

Motive still unknown in fatal shooting

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First Tennessee to open office in Charleston

The mid-Atlantic division of First Tennessee Bank announced Monday it will soon open its first office in the Charleston, S.C., area.

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County first responders offering bikes to kids

This week, the personnel from the Rutherford County Fire Department and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service, along with Mapco Stores, will be donating 50 bicycles to area children.

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Hippie Hill gains county approval
Hippie Hill gains county approval

The owner of Hippie Hill will be allowed to continue offering homeless people a place to seek shelter and receive food as part of a special exception granted by the Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Input sought on citywide comprehensive plan

The city of Murfreesboro has released a request for proposals for qualified consultants to prepare a citywide comprehensive plan.

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Mosque opponents denied court intervention
Mosque opponents denied court intervention

Foes fail to stop Islamic cemetery request

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Peach bidding for Rutherford County judgeship
Peach bidding for Rutherford County judgeship

Jeffrey L. Peach has announced he will seek the Republican Party nomination on the May 2014 ballot for a Rutherford County Circuit Court judgeship.

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CRIME BRIEFS: Man wanted in connection with stolen checks case
CRIME BRIEFS: Man wanted in connection with stolen checks case

Detectives are looking for a North Carolina man who allegedly cashed two stolen checks valued at $9,000 from Rutherford County residents.

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Exit Realty agent receives national award

Joseph Petno, an agent with Exit Realty of the South was recently honored with the coveted Silver Award by Exit Realty Corp. International.

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Psychologist relocates practice to Murfreesboro
Psychologist relocates practice to Murfreesboro

Dr. David Mathis has relocated his psychology practice to Murfreesboro, following many years of serving the Tullahoma area.

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Smyrna man found shot to death
Smyrna man found shot to death

Sheriff's Office launches homicide investigation

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Griffin announces campaign leadership team

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

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United Way annual financial report released

The United Way’s annual report for June 1, 2012, to July 30, 2013, is now available at www.yourlocaluw.org.

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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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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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Student entrepreneurs win cash for best business ideas

Three Middle Tennessee State University students recently earned cash for their business concepts after pitching them during the university’s first Student Business Idea Competition.

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Middle school basketball league in full swing

The 11 Rutherford County middle schools are in the middle of another competitive basketball season. 

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Decision on Islamic cemetery deferred
Decision on Islamic cemetery deferred

Zoning board delays action on mosque burial site

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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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County reaches $1M mark in Circuit Court collections

The Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office has collected more than $1 million in fees and court costs since establishing a collections division, as of the end of October.

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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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Nissan makes changes to leadership

In a move designed to enhance performance across key areas within its North American operations, Nissan recently announced a number of leadership changes.

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O Christmas trees!
O Christmas trees!

Wildwood Tree Farm offers holiday family fun

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Eastes whips up delish recipes
Eastes whips up delish recipes

Chef recalls long career in spotlight

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Longtime banker returns to Wilson Bank

A longtime banker who once worked for Wilson Bank & Trust has rejoined the company as a financial adviser at the Northwest Broad Street location in Murfreesboro.

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Haslam: Skilled workforce vital for economy
Haslam: Skilled workforce vital for economy

Governor cites grant in pushing for education goals

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TSU president joins Pinnacle board
TSU president joins Pinnacle board

Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Pinnacle Financial Partners.

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Make some Christmas memories downtown
Make some Christmas memories downtown

In the distance, the belfry from the Rutherford County Courthouse chimes piercing through the darkness.

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Read to Succeed names new literacy coordinator
Read to Succeed names new literacy coordinator

Amy Swartz has been named the new family literacy coordinator for Read to Succeed, according to a press release.

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Roscoe Brown hires new sales rep

Elizabeth “Liz” Stuard has joined Roscoe Brown Inc. as service and sales representative, company officials recently announced.

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Farlers persevere through toughest of times
Farlers persevere through toughest of times

Double amputee defies the odds

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Former employee accused of stealing from Outpost Armory
Former employee accused of stealing from Outpost Armory

Theft charges were filed Monday against a former Outpost Armory employee accused of stealing scopes, knives and accessories from his employer.

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Rockvale school traffic congestion causes concern
Rockvale school traffic congestion causes concern

Officials are expected to make recommendations this month regarding the best possible ways to address traffic congestion near Rockvale schools.

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INSIDE MTSU: Workshops aimed at drawing out entrepreneurs

MTSU recently celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with a series of workshops and speakers designed to tap into the innovative and creative juices in abundant supply throughout the midstate.

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New generation of Rogue gets nice redesign
New generation of Rogue gets nice redesign

Totally redesigned and re-engineered for 2014, the Nissan Rogue is a product of the company’s Common Module Family architecture.

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Former head of nonprofit joins Crye-Leike
Former head of nonprofit joins Crye-Leike

Diane Stockard, a former branch director of the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County in Smyrna, has joined Crye-Leike Realtors.

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School board vice chairman elected to statewide post

Rutherford County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Wayne Blair has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Tennessee School Boards Association.

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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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United Way to benefit from Reeves-Sain flu shot program

A portion of every flu shot given by Reeves-Sain Drug Store will benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties this year.

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Man dies following One Mile Lane domestic assault

A man who allegedly assaulted his father and two children last week died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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Small-business seminar to be held next week

The Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on starting a business on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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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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County school board receives statewide recognition

The Tennessee School Boards Association has named the Rutherford County Board of Education the 2013 School Board of the Year.

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Journeys secures state contract to package drug-testing kits

Journeys in Community Living has secured a new contract that allows the individuals served by the nonprofit to learn valuable job skills while earning cash, officials recently announced.

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Doctor joins TriStar StoneCrest medical staff

Dr. Meredith Schweitzer has joined TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, company officials recently announced.

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Fifth Third names new regional manager
Fifth Third names new regional manager

Fifth Third Bank recently announced the promotion of Dewayne King to vice president and retail regional manager.

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New Mercedes models offer many variations
New Mercedes models offer many variations

Mercedes-Benz has more models, variations and trims than any other automaker, and the model that brings the most cars to the list is the E-Class.

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Guaranty Trust hires new account executives

Guaranty Trust Company has announced the hiring of Bill Hart and Mark Wilson as wholesale account executives.

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MidSouth Bank to merge with Franklin Synergy

MidSouth Bank in Murfreesboro will merge with the Franklin-based Network Inc., the parent company of Franklin Synergy bank, it was announced on Thursday.

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Officials: Family seriously injured in disturbance

Four family members suffered injuries after a disturbance Thursday evening at a One Mile Lane home near Smyrna, according to Rutherford County authorities.

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Crews battle Stones River Battlefield grass fire
Crews battle Stones River Battlefield grass fire

Firefighters contain blaze likely caused by cigarette

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Attorney announces bid to unseat McFarlin

Attorney Aaron Conklin recently announced that he is seeking the nomination of the Republican Party for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge.

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EPA seeks public input on fuel standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public feedback on a proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol that is required in gasoline.

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MTSU, property assessor partner to create new art gallery

The MTSU art department through the Todd Art Gallery has collaborated with Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell to create a new community art gallery.

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FAIR: Longing for good old days of high school playoffs

Remember the good old days?

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Former deputy chief to challenge Arnold

A former deputy chief has announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Rutherford County sheriff in the May 2014 primary.

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Vehicle testing closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Vehicle emissions testing centers in Rutherford County will close on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Dozens arrested in drug bust
Dozens arrested in drug bust

Rutherford County authorities round up suspects

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Smyrna Primary upgrades approved

The Rutherford County Commission agreed Thursday to finance $2.2 million for renovations at Smyrna Primary School.

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Special Kids breaks ground
Special Kids breaks ground

Special Kids Inc. broke ground Friday on its new rehabilitation services building near downtown Murfreesboro.

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Former newspaper editor joins open government group

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government has named Deborah Fisher as its new executive director.

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Secret Santas needed to help child abuse victims

Every year, the Child Advocacy Center comes alive with the true spirit of the holidays when secret Santas sponsor needy families for Christmas.

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Sheriff's Office to raise funds for needy children this Christmas

The sheriff and School Resource Officers hope to raise enough funds to take 25 children shopping for Christmas presents through the Shop with the Sheriff event.

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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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JORDAN: Good matchups on tap in 2nd round of playoffs

Picking football games is fun and sometimes has surprising results.

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Saint Thomas employee recognized for outreach efforts

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

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

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

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Rutherford County lawyer hoping to unseat Loughry

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

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

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

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Tenn. reaches agreement in airlines merger challenge

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

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Improved Mazda6 offers smooth drive
Improved Mazda6 offers smooth drive

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

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Realtors perform community service

Members of the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors performed a monthlong community service project during October.

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Area students awarded Community Foundation scholarships

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

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Schwan Cosmetics relocating headquarters to Murfreesboro

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

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Read to Succeed unveils One Book selection

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

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

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

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

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

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Urban Environmental employee earns arborist certification

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

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No one seriously hurt in school bus crash

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

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

Group provides opportunities for former military

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Acura RLX steps up competition

The 2014 Acura RLX -- all new from the name up -- is advancing on the competition.

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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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Retired professor to discuss global warming

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

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FAIR: BlueCross Bowl weekend has plenty of possibilities

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

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Musician recalls Lascassas school performance
Musician recalls Lascassas school performance

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

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Bob Lamb & Associates receives national award
Bob Lamb & Associates receives national award

Exit Realty Corp. International has honored one of the local leading real estate companies Exit Realty Bob Lamb & Associates with a top award.

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MTSU to conduct first veterans job fair

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

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Murfreesboro mosque appeal denied
Murfreesboro mosque appeal denied

Islamic Center opponents lose final showdown

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Another Wilson Bank lawsuit headed to trial

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

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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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Discovery Park opens in West Tenn.

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

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Six county teams in TSSAA state playoffs

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

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JORDAN: New athletic director faces daunting task

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

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

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

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

Islamic Center opponents lose final showdown

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Authorities keeping eye on sex offenders

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

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Attorney bidding for Chancery Court
Attorney bidding for Chancery Court

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

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Volkswagen impresses with 2014 lineup
Volkswagen impresses with 2014 lineup

There may be lots of enchanted places in the world, but few can compare to Napa Valley, which is also home to some of the most magnificent resorts in the country.

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Asian beetles swarm Murfreesboro
Asian beetles swarm Murfreesboro

Residents alarmed by pesky bugs

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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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Nissan executive joins Family Center board

Susan Brennan, vice president of manufacturing for Nissan North America, has joined the board of directors of Exchange Club Family Center.

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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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Longtime marketing executive joins Barker & Christol

The owners of Barker & Christol LLC, a Murfreesboro-based advertising and public relations firm, recently announced that Lee Rennick has assumed the role of vice president of marketing at the agency.

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New Judicial Building proposal unveiled
New Judicial Building proposal unveiled

Plans could cost Rutherford County $72M

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

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

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Company looking to fill 5K warehouse positions

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

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

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

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Detectives recover stolen property
Detectives recover stolen property

Rutherford County authorities bust theft ring

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Sports Clips opens new store

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Oakland, Blackman set for big showdown

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

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Oakland Middle wins county championship

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

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Mercedes CLA sports new sleek design
Mercedes CLA sports new sleek design

I often hear that some new product is a “game changer,” but I can’t think of any recent new car that would fit that description – until now.

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Crews respond to machine fire at Paulo Products

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

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POLITICAL BRIEFS: Washington to run for mayor

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

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Part III: Ghostly encounters
Part III: Ghostly encounters

Great spirit leads Native Americans to Pow Wow

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Azalea Court receives high health care marks

Employees and residents at The Arbors at Azalea Court celebrated this month when the assisted living facility received a deficiency-free rating from state inspectors.

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Nissan celebrates 10 millionth vehicle at Smyrna plant

Nissan celebrated two major milestones Tuesday with the first American-produced 2014 Nissan Rogue rolling off the line in Smyrna as the facility’s 10 millionth vehicle.

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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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MTSU students, alumni turn out for Fall Career Fair

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

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Budget Committee approves EBT card agreement

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

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Company pays it forward with donations to Raiders' Closet

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

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

Made you look, didn’t I?

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FAIR: Some team records are quite deceiving

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

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Friends pay tribute to Davidson

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

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Baptist Healing Trust awards grant to local clinic

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

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

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

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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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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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Nissan revises Pathfinder for 2014
Nissan revises Pathfinder for 2014

It has been our experience, as we grow older and wiser, that we gravitate to more relaxed and refined things. The same goes for vehicles.

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

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

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HALE: A lot can happen in next few weeks

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

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AAA tow trucks go pink for breast cancer awareness

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

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

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

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Economic experts offer optimistic outlook
Economic experts offer optimistic outlook

Speakers look to future at Murfreesboro conference

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Roly Poly serves it right up

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

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

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

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For the love of the game
For the love of the game

Baseball icon Jolly retiring from scouting

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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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DoubleTree employee receives Hilton award

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

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

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

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

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

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Report: tourism spending in county tops $272M

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

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Donations needed to fill 'love bags'

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

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Toyota impresses with new Tundra model
Toyota impresses with new Tundra model

Toyota didn’t take me to the far reaches of the Alaskan tundra to introduce the all-new 2014 Toyota Tundra, rather they held the introduction at the Suncadia Resort.

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Sprinkler rules take hold next month

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

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Commissioners vote to raise DUI fees
Commissioners vote to raise DUI fees

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

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Fifth Third Bank awards $20K grant to Urban League

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

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WEEKEND PLANNER: Heritage Days kicks off Thursday

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

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Inmate policy change aims to eliminate contraband

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

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INSIDE MTSU: Initiative aims to dress graduates for success

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

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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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Saint Thomas adds board members
Saint Thomas adds board members

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

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Pinnacle recognized for workplace atmosphere

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

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Educational business seminars to be held next week

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

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New Range Rover handles variety of needs with ease

A few weeks ago, I wrote about driving the new Jaguar F-Type sports car on a variety of roads near Mount Rainer in Washington State.

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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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Home energy help available for eligible residents

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

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

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

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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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Hazmat crews contain spill following crash

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

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Knowing how to use social media becoming vital

As technology advances, so does the way businesses operate.

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

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

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

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

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JORDAN: Still time for upsets in middle school football

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

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Nissan offers perfect fit with new cargo van
Nissan offers perfect fit with new cargo van

While in San Diego covering the introduction of the new Versa Note recently, I also had a chance to spend a little time in the all-new Nissan NV200 van.

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Nissan sales surge in August

Nissan Division sales, spurred by gains of its top-selling, core models rose nearly 25 percent in August.

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

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

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

Plaintiffs hoping for trial in Wilson Bank case

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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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Henry's Florist closes
Henry's Florist closes

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

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United Way looking for local nonprofit agencies

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced that the letter of intent application is available for local nonprofit agencies who are interested in the Community Impact Grant program.

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Mitchell designated certified public administrator

The University of Tennessee recently honored Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell as a certified public administrator.

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Tensions with Syria send oil prices up

Although gas prices are more than last week, overall they still remain about 20 to 25 cents less than last year's averages for the Labor Day weekend.

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Two drown over Labor Day weekend

It was a tragic Labor Day weekend in Rutherford County.

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Foreclosures see year-over-year decrease

CoreLogic, a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, last week released its July National Foreclosure Report, which provides data on completed U.S. foreclosures and the national foreclosure inventory.

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Heart Association names board of directors

The 2013-14 chair of the board is Kim Brogli.

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

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

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Caution: Creative artist at work
Caution: Creative artist at work

Woman lets multimedia creative juices flow

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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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FDA approves test for illness-causing bacteria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently allowed marketing of the first mass spectrometer system for automated identification of bacteria and yeasts that are known to cause serious illness.

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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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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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Entrepreneur creates new course for MTSU recording industry students
Entrepreneur creates new course for MTSU recording industry students

Nationally known music and tech entrepreneur Mark Montgomery has created a new class focusing on new music business models for Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Recording Industry.

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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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Clinic now offering newest hearing aid

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

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Nissan to export cars from Smyrna
Nissan to export cars from Smyrna

Nissan is now able to export vehicles from its Smyrna, Tenn., vehicle assembly plant to 61 markets around the world.

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Gas prices are down as travel is up

Retail gas prices are expected to remain below last year's holiday average of $3.83 nationally.

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Thrift stores are next best thing to yard sales

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

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Readyville Mill to reopen in September

Good, old-fashioned, stone-ground grits, pancakes and steel-cut oats are on the menu Saturday, Sept. 7, when the Readyville Mill reopens for breakfast.

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

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

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

Department to remember terrorism victims

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

Graduates comprise locally owned newspaper

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Jail population creates new job in Rutherford County

Federal mandates require hiring a coordinator to investigate allegations of sexual assaults for inmates when a county houses more than 1,000 adult and youth inmates.

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United Way sets $3.6M campaign goal
United Way sets $3.6M campaign goal

From July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, United Way provided a one-to-nine return on investment back into the community.

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County Clerk's Eagleville office to open Sept. 9
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Ford focuses on first frugal electric

Unless you have been keeping close tabs on Ford, you might have missed their recent flood of frugal vehicles – there are five variations now.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Kroger to expand store

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

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ACLU chides school for removing anti-bullying posters

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

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MTSU master’s program internships can lead to full-time jobs
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10 county schools named top schools for achievement, growth
10 county schools named top schools for achievement, growth

The Tennessee Department of Education named 10 Rutherford County schools as “Reward Schools” Monday.

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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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Sheriff's Office strikes five off Most Wanted list

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

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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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MTEMC re-elects incumbents to board
MTEMC re-elects incumbents to board

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation members re-elected four incumbents to its board Aug. 10 at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro.

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Gas prices drop as Egyptian violence grows

Retail gas prices fell 2 cents from last week and remain 15 to 20 cents less than last year.

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Meeting on Gateway changes set for Monday

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

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Commemorative Air Force eyes Smyrna
Commemorative Air Force eyes Smyrna

The same organization that brought FIFI, the iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress, to Rutherford County may bring its headquarters to Smyrna.

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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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Local business partnership helps honor volunteers

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

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Home appliances devour suprising amount of energy

Some of the biggest energy consumers in your home are your most needed and used appliances and electronics.

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Sheriff warns 'booze it and lose it'

Four more people lost their lives in traffic crashes this year as compared to last year in Rutherford County.

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Masons donate to SCAN
Masons donate to SCAN

Older residents who need help with minor home repairs may benefit from a donation from Mt. Moriah Lodge to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Senior Citizens Awareness Network.

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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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State health exchanges will impact pharma, health industry
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Second class of inmates graduates from electrical wiring class

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.

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StoneCrest adds new doctor to team

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center has a new internal medicine physician, Chief Executive Officer Mark Sims recently announced.

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Sprinklers draw fire
Sprinklers draw fire

County planners debate new regulations

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IRS offers tax tips for starting a business

Here are five basic tips from the IRS that can help you get started.

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Houston-based company buys The Avenue

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

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Center offers workshop for aspiring government contractors

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

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

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

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

Doughtie pushes back against criticism

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MTSU business professor named finalist in competition

Middle Tennessee State University business professor Sandra Benson’s innovative way of getting her business law students more engaged in the classroom has gained her a spot in a national competition for business law professors.

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JORDAN: Anything can happen on middle school gridiron

Middle School football opens up next week.

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Hyundai takes top prize concept awards
Hyundai takes top prize concept awards
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Rutherford Reader loses first round in court battle

Federal judge rules against publisher in lawsuit

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Skechers refund checks issued to eligible consumers

Residents who filed a refund claim for Skechers toning shoes should be receiving a $34 check soon for each pair they purchased a few years ago, as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

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Campus School welcomes new principal
Campus School welcomes new principal

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

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Biz Journal: La Vergne firm bets on bedpans
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Oil, gas prices stabilize

Tennessee’s average of $ 3.38 fell 4 cents from last week.

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

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

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Sheriff's Office getting new uniforms

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is planning to replace its current style of uniforms due to everyday wear and tear, Sheriff Robert Arnold said.

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La Vergne police collecting school supplies for kids
La Vergne police collecting school supplies for kids

The La Vergne Police Department is collecting school supplies to be donated to city schools as part of an initiative launched by Chief Mike Walker.

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Report: More than half of students play sports

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

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New school resource officers get ready for class

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

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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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United Way 'stuffs the bus' for students

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties recently held its annual Stuff the Bus to benefit at-risk children in Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

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Saint Thomas debuts new Mobile Health Unit
Saint Thomas debuts new Mobile Health Unit

Ministry in Motion launches in Murfreesboro

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Tots' Landing celebrates national accreditation

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

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RuthefordCABLE to present leadership workshop

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

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Revamped Corolla puts new face on Toyota

Toyota showed a new face and attitude early in June with the Hollywood-style unveiling of the all-new 2014 Corolla.

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Bozeman to head BEP Foundation
Bozeman to head BEP Foundation

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

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

Attorneys file another appeal in Islamic Center case

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Biz Journal: College Grove sells for $20.7M

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

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Gas prices dip slightly

Oil and gas prices are expected to remain volatile in the weeks to come, especially as peak hurricane season approaches.

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Tennessee leads nation in auto manufacturing

Business Facilities has released its annual state Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking.

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County schools 'out-performed the state average'
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State celebrates 7th annual Sales Tax Holiday
State celebrates 7th annual Sales Tax Holiday

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

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

Chinese restaurant facing federal lawsuit

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Citizens National Bank names new branch manager

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

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MidSouth Bank announces promotions

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

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Maney's act showed forgiveness heals deepest hurt

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

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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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Burgess names new county engineer

Eric Hill was promoted to the county engineer July 12, Mayor Ernest G. Burgess recently announced.

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Gas prices speed past $3.50/gallon

Retail gas prices jumped another 10 cents across the Southeast last week

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Families seek to commemorate relatives
Families seek to commemorate relatives

Community Care collects names of those buried in paupers cemetery

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Crime Stoppers names Officers of the Year
Crime Stoppers names Officers of the Year
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Helen Campbell named principal of Walter Hill
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Officials: Crane population might be thinned
Officials: Crane population might be thinned

Thousands of sandhill cranes fly in annually, causing problems outside the state’s two wildlife refuge areas in West and East Tennessee, according to state officials.

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Sheriff's Office names K-9 Officer of Month
Sheriff's Office names K-9 Officer of Month

Capturing three dangerous and violent offenders in 24 days resulted in a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office corporal and his K-9 earning Officer of the Month honors.

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United Way to kick off annual campaign

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

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Vance retiring from First National Bank

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

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

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

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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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Playing with fire puts boy in hospital
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Gas prices spike after July 4th holiday

The price for a gallon of regular retail gasoline jumped an average of 11 cents from last week in the Southeast.

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Old-time religion
Old-time religion

Historic church is cornerstone of Fosterville

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Become an expert at yard sales

Every yard sale is only as good as its customers.

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Fun ripe for picking in Eagleville
Fun ripe for picking in Eagleville

Ripe watermelons will be cracking open by the truck load at the Lucky Ladd Farms second annual Watermelon Festival this weekend.

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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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MTMC gets new name
MTMC gets new name

Center now called Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

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

Arnold rebukes DUI checkpoint claims

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Infiniti sports sedan deliveries begins in August
Infiniti sports sedan deliveries begins in August

Infiniti announced deliveries of the much-anticipated 2014 Infiniti Q50 luxury sports sedan will begin on Monday, Aug. 5, at Infiniti retailers nationwide.

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Murfreesboro medical company merges with Michigan firm

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

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DUI checkpoint controversy rages on
DUI checkpoint controversy rages on

Rutherford County thrust into national spotlight

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

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

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

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

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Taylor Farms to expand Smyrna operations

Taylor Farms officials have announced the company is expanding its operations in Smyrna, resulting in a $5.9 million investment and the creation of 170 new positions in Rutherford County.

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MTMC marks 15 years of neonatal care

Murfreesboro hospital celebrates anniversary

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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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First responders save boys from river

No one was injured Sunday afternoon when firefighters and first responders were called to the dam near Manson Pike Trailhead to save two boys who were trapped in the river, according to Murfreesboro officials.

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Stuff the Bus still in full swing

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is still collecting items that will be used for literacy kits.

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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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MMC adds to medical team with new doctor
MMC adds to medical team with new doctor

The Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter is expanding its services with the recent hire of Dr. Brannon D. Mangus, a physician who specializes in otolaryngology.

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County approves annexation for sewer plant
County approves annexation for sewer plant

The Rutherford County Commission has agreed to allow the city of Murfreesboro to annex 3.2 acres of land in order to expand a sewer treatment plant.

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Southern Community Bank hires new representative

An Oakland High School graduate who has worked nearly a decade in the banking industry has been hired as a customer service representative and loan assistant for the Murfreesboro branch of Southern Community Bank, according to a press release.

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Residents graduate from Citizen's Academy

More than 40 residents graduated recently from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy.

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Burgess: Tax increase necessary
Burgess: Tax increase necessary

Rutherford County raises property taxes

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Adult novelty store opens on Square
Adult novelty store opens on Square

Body Boutique passes city inspection

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Independence Day events illuminate county

Independence Day, celebrated with cookouts and fireworks, commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

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Saint Thomas Health announces directors of training program

Saint Thomas Health has named three directors of its medical residency program that was recently expanded in conjunction with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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Rutherford County ranks 3rd in nation for employment growth

For the fifth consecutive quarter, Rutherford County is among the nation’s top counties in terms of employment growth.

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County jail now offers online visits

Families and friends may now visit from the comfort of their own home computers with inmates locked up at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

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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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Clean air study takes off in Smyrna
Clean air study takes off in Smyrna

Some of the world’s top atmospheric scientists are flying all around Tennessee for the next few weeks as part of a study on man-made emissions. 

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Mayday Brewery plans to double production

Mayday Brewery has announced it will double its current brewing production with the addition of two new fermentation tanks in Murfreesboro.

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Chamber names new VP of workforce development

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Beth Duffield will assume the role of vice president of workforce development

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Nissan to add 900 jobs
Nissan to add 900 jobs

Nissan announced Thursday that it will add 900 new jobs at its Smyrna vehicle assembly plant to support future production of the Nissan Rogue.

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New Campus School principal named

Director of Schools Don Odom has named Dr. Sherry King principal of Homer Pittard Campus School.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days celebrates 36 years

The twang of banjo and squeal of fiddle will soon have hands clapping and toes tapping for the 36th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.

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Investigation into hay fire continues

Authorities are continuing their investigation into a suspicious hay bale fire that broke out in a field Saturday morning near Dejarnette Lane in Murfreesboro.

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Boat Day sets sail Saturday
Boat Day sets sail Saturday

Residents will have the chance to learn more about the Stones River on Saturday, June 29, at the annual Boat Day event in Murfreesboro.

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Tennessee sees spike in unemployment
The state unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.3 percent in May, according to date released Monday.
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Consumer Price Index sees modest gain
The Consumer Price Index for increased 0.1 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this week.
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Counselor wants to be light in darkness
Counselor wants to be light in darkness
Lighthouse Counseling and Mental Health Services is a relatively new counseling service known for its affordable prices and easygoing approach to serving clients.
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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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Lost paupers cemetery found
Lost paupers cemetery found

Community Care head searching for old graves

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Renovated Goodwill store in Smyrna reopening

The Goodwill store on South Lowry Street in Smyrna will reopen this month, and company officials are inviting the public to come celebrate the occasion on Thursday, June 27.

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Roscoe Brown receives Carrier award
Roscoe Brown receives Carrier award
Roscoe Brown Heating & Cooling recently received the 2013 President’s Award from Carrier for its quality, leadership and excellence in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry, according to a press release.
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Company auctioning off woodworking tools
Company auctioning off woodworking tools

Various woodworking tools are being sold in an online auction that will conclude Wednesday, June 26, in Franklin.

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Biz Journal: 'Nashville' stays in Nashville
The Nashville Business Journal reports ABC's "Nashville" will continue filming in the city that bears its name.
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Budget Committee approves tax increase proposal

Despite concerns and public opposition to increased taxes, the Rutherford County Budget Committee has approved the current budget proposal.

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Bridgeman threatens lawsuit over reassignment
Bridgeman threatens lawsuit over reassignment
Chontel Bridgeman, the embattled former principal of Homer Pittard Campus School, is threatening to sue the county over her transfer.
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Benchmark Realty adds longtime agent to team
Owner Phillip Cantrell, of Benchmark Realty, recently announced there have been new additions to the rapidly growing staff.
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Small-business center partners with bank to boost state exports

The Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington, D.C., has signed a partnership with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to bolster jobs by stimulating Tennessee exports.

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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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TWRA, Verizon partner to combat wild hogs
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has turned to innovative technology to assist landowners with controlling wild hogs.
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Bob Parks adds affiliate broker

Christina Scott recently joined the Bob Parks Realty office in Brentwood as an affiliate broker, according to a press release.

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Geo-political tensions drive up oil prices
Last week, motorists saw a slight increase in both oil and gas prices after President Barack Obama authorized support and arms for Syrian rebels.
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United Way announces annual investment
United Way announces annual investment
Nonprofit to invest $2.5M in communities
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Retailer grants child's wish
Retailer grants child's wish
When asked to help make a wish come true for Caden Goodrich, a 6-year-old battling childhood leukemia, the local Wal-Mart stepped in to help.
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Photographer's passion goes on display
Photographer's passion goes on display
Murfreesboro native showcases work in Woodbury
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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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Opportunities lay behind Doors of Hope
Volunteers are needed for Doors of Hope, a program for women who have recently been released from the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center.
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Income inequality largely permanent, study suggests

Those taxes Americans paid to the federal government in April are coming from less and less pretax income, and change is not in the offing, according to Middle Tennessee State University economist.

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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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Experts offer Tennesseans storm-related tips
Weigh damage, read coverage terms and check contractors before hiring
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Gas prices remain stable across Southeast
Although gas prices have remained relatively stable across the Southeast in recent weeks, motorists could see pump prices move a little higher because the cost of a barrel of oil increased on positive employment data.
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Storms rip through Rutherford County
Storms rip through Rutherford County
Trees block multiple roadways
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Storm damages strip of Franklin Road
A portion of Franklin Road has remained closed for more than three hours while crews work to rid the area of downed treas and power lines near Royal Glenn.
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Attorney: Murfreesboro accountant broke no laws
A Murfreesboro accountant facing allegations that he posed as an investment adviser to clients is innocent of all charges, according to attorneys who represent him.
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Deltas reflect on century of activism
Deltas reflect on century of activism
Alumnae celebrate 100th anniversary
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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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New veteran unemployment rate decreases
The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans slightly declined in May to 7.3 percent, according to data the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.
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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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TBI arrests Murfreesboro man for posing as financial adviser
TBI arrests Murfreesboro man for posing as financial adviser
Longtime Murfreesboro accountant Ralph H. Turley is facing allegations that he invested funds for clients even though he did not have a valid license in the state of Tennessee.
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Biz Journal: Nashville Symphony reports $11.7 million loss in 2012
According to the Nashville Business Journal, "preliminary steps" toward foreclosure proceedings have begun.
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Calsonic Kansei announces health care savings
Nissan’s largest supplier in the U.S. announced the implementation of an employee health management program resulted in a reduction of health care spending and projections.
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Barrett honored with Spirit of America Award
Murfreesboro firearms manufacturer Ronnie Barrett is the latest recipient of the Joe M. Rodgers Spirit of America Award from Middle Tennessee State University.
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Teens rescued from river at Nice Mill Dam
Teens rescued from river at Nice Mill Dam
Group saved after Stones River swells
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Home price index increase 8.4 percent from 2012 to 2013
Home prices nationwide increased 12.1 percent on a year-over-year basis in April 2013 compared to April 2012.
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Murfreesboro to install charging stations
Part of 'largest single deployment of electric infrastructure in history'
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Company offers medical grants for children’s health care needs
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments.
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Appeals Court sides with Rutherford County
Appeals Court sides with Rutherford County
Judges overturn Murfreesboro mosque ruling
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New site makes volunteering easier
The site allows both groups and individuals to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
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MTSU students are finalists in national natural-gas advertising contest
A team of MTSU students were in Washington, D.C. as finalists for the America’s Natural Gas Alliance Scholastics Achievement Award
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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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Planning Commission reaches deal on sprinkler plan
The Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission approved regulations that could put sprinklers in some area home at its regular meeting Tuesday morning.
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Part of Jefferson Pike named after longtime historian
Part of Jefferson Pike named after longtime historian
A stretch of Route 266 will be named after Rutherford County Historian Ernest Johns in honor of his service to the community, officials recently announced.
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Family Staffing Solutions names new Nashville director
Family Staffing Solutions names new Nashville director
Trey Webber has been named director of the Nashville office of Family Staffing Solutions Inc., according to a company press release.
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Volkswagen looks at layoffs in Chattanooga
Volkswagen looks at layoffs in Chattanooga
Earlier this spring, executives with Volkswagen announced their plan to cut hundreds of jobs at their Chattanooga manufacturing facility due to slower-than-expected sales of their midsize Passat model.
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Appeals Court overturns mosque ruling
Appeals Court overturns mosque ruling
Islamic Center decision reversed
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Hudgins Noblitt joins Stones River Mall
Stones River Mall has announced the addition of former Murfreesboro Post writer Melinda Hudgins Noblitt as marketing manager.
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Handmade crafts abound at Porter Flea
Handmade crafts abound at Porter Flea
Annual event featuring local artists
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Small-business owners give Tennessee high marks
Small-business owners view Tennessee quite favorably, especially its business-friendly regulatory systems, according to a recent nationwide survey.
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MTSU strengthens ties with China
MTSU strengthens ties with China
University partners with design center
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Gas prices remain stable over holiday
Gas prices continued to remain relatively stable as millions of Americans hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend.
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Former MTSU professor joins Murfreesboro clinic
Former MTSU professor joins Murfreesboro clinic
The Primary Care and Hope Clinic has hired a former associate professor from Middle Tennessee State University to its team of practitioners, company officials announced Tuesday.
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Herzog is one busy lady
Even as Murfreesboro sprawls into Rutherford County, there is just no place that provides a sense of community and neighborhood like downtown.
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Yard sale season hits high
Because it is yard sale season here in Murfreesboro, let’s jump right in with a few tips on how to have a more successful yard sale.
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1997: Subdivision looked like a 'war zone'
1997: Subdivision looked like a 'war zone'
Destruction caused by a powerful tornado looked "like somebody had dropped bombs" throughout the Southridge subdivision in 1997.
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Rutherford County’s Top 10 tornadoes
Here is what The Murfreesboro Post picked as the top 10 tornadoes that have struck Rutherford County.
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Opry Mills to hold job fair
Opry Mills retailers will hold an employment fair for job seekers from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the Opry Mills Stage in the mall, located at 433 Opry Mills Drive in Nashville.
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Kehew joins Waterstone Title
A longtime escrow veteran has joined Waterstone Title as a closing agent, according to a recent press release.
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1913: Killer tornado strikes Murfreesboro
Historic County Seat of Rutherford bears brunt of catastrophe, being damaged to extent of $500,000
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1997: Tornado destroyed belongings, but not his spirit
Survivor remembers the F-4 tornado that whipped through his Barfield subdivision about 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 1997.
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Budget Committee votes to fund more SROs
Budget Committee votes to fund more SROs
Citing the need to ensure safety remains a top priority, members of the Rutherford County Budget Committee voted 5-1 in favor Monday of hiring 11 full-time school resource officers for every elementary school.
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Jobs4TN Online tops 100K users in first year
May 14 marked the first anniversary of Jobs4TN Online, Tennessee’s comprehensive jobs database launched by Gov. Bill Haslam in May 2012.
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Auto supplier expanding in Manchester
$16.8 million Coffee County investment to create 104 new jobs.
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Manufacturer to expand Murfreesboro facility
Manufacturer to expand Murfreesboro facility
NHK Seating of America Inc. is moving forward with plans to expand its facility on Joe B. Jackson Parkway in Murfreesboro.
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Deputy fired for bringing drugs into jail
Rutherford County guard accused of wrongdoing
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Taylor celebrates 40 years of teaching karate
Taylor celebrates 40 years of teaching karate
Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate had more than 200 people turn out for a May 18 open house at the Murfreesboro studio in celebration of its anniversary.
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MTSU offers new master’s in management degree
Starting in the fall, Middle Tennessee State University will offer a new master’s degree in management geared toward professionals in the workforce looking to advance in their careers.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Pair partners for on-point service
By combining interior remodeling experience with a business-savvy mind, On Point Solutions provides custom renovations to both residential and commercial spaces.
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Report: Midstate consumers more optimistic
Confidence in economy continues to grow
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YEAH! gets ready to rock
Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities brings three weeks of camp to the Middle Tennessee community of students and musicians this summer, starting in June.
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HollerDesign goes deep into the woods
HollerDesign goes deep into the woods
Cainsville man stays true to roots
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Child Advocacy Center hopes to shine light on abuse
The CAC is sponsoring Darkness to Light, a nationwide training project for adults, teaching them the “Seven Steps to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse.”
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Try the Y for summer camps
The Rutherford County Family YMCA and North Rutherford YMCA are offering day camps to give kids in Rutherford County an adventurous, active and healthy summer.
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City Council wants study before granting Blackman rezoning
The Murfreesboro City Council expressed concern about how some requested rezonings could impact schools.
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Robber targets women on Old Nashville Highway
Robber targets women on Old Nashville Highway
Two women escaped injury Thursday when a robber who was after prescription drugs allegedly fired two rounds inside a vehicle on Old Nashville Highway.
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Housing market shows continued improvement
Rutherford County home sales showed continued improvement last month, with a 14 percent year-over-year gain, according to newly released data.
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MTMC honors longtime employees
MTMC honors longtime employees
Middle Tennessee Medical Center recently held its annual service award ceremony, recognizing associates who have served the company up to 40 years.
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Rutherford County women accused of TennCare fraud
Two Rutherford County women have been charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly selling prescription drugs paid for by the state, according to Tennessee authorities.
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Agencies to honor fallen law enforcement officials
Residents are invited to pay tribute to fallen law enforcement officers during an annual memorial service Thursday, May 16, as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day 2013.
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Woodbury’s first liquor store opens
Woodbury’s first liquor store opens
Woodbury’s first liquor store got off to a rousing start May 3 with owner Thomas Mears hustling to take care of his customers.
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Report: Gas prices remain stable
Retail gas prices remained relatively stable last week as oil prices yo-yoed.
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Make Cannon County your destination
Make Cannon County your destination
Chambers partner to pull in tourism
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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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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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Oakland girls follow in diamond dominance
Lady Chargers win softball championship
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Duck Derby: Something to quack about
Duck Derby: Something to quack about
Adopt some ducks to win some bucks
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County looks to revise subdivision rules
County looks to revise subdivision rules
Home builders concerned about sprinkler provision
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Farmers' markets sprout up around county
Sun is shining, birds are chirping, plants are growing – Farmers’ Market season has arrived.
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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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Roscoe Brown names new chief financial officer
Brian Byrd has been named the new chief financial officer for the Murfreesboro-based Roscoe Brown Inc., President Norman Brown announced.
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Eat wings, support rings
Eat wings, support rings
Support Special Olympians by dining on wings and rings from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Toot’s restaurant on Northwest Broad Street.
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RCS announces summer food service sites, schedule
The Rutherford County Schools nutrition department will once again offer the Summer Food Service Program, which will be held Monday through Friday beginning in June.
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Tennessee creates 'Recovery Courts'
Specialized courts will combat mental health and substance abuse issues
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Local nonprofit professional receives designation
Local nonprofit professional receives designation
Kacy Plunkett, of Special Kids Inc., has received the National Council on Family Relations’ certified family life educator provisional designation.
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Scam targets seniors
Beware of people seeking personal information when you haven’t asked for services, an official with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
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Tatum ascends to top of organization
A Middle Tennessee State University professor has been elected vice chair of the Association for Corporate Growth.
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Bill Taylor’s Bushido celebrates 40th anniversary
Bill Taylor’s Bushido celebrates 40th anniversary
After 40 years, Sensei Bill Taylor will celebrate the studio’s anniversary Saturday, May 11.
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Hundreds attend Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
America’s national anthem and “God Bless America” got standing ovations, when sang by Dean Newkirk at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast last Thursday.
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Kentucky police search for answers in RuCo
Kentucky police search for answers in RuCo
Vonnie Priddy wants answers about her son’s death, and she’s willing to pay for them.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Batey’s strawberry patch opens for season
Cure that sweet tooth with some locally grown strawberries – Batey Farms Berry Patch is open for the season!
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Celebrating JazzFest is easy as A-B-C
Celebrating JazzFest is easy as A-B-C
Main Street's 17th annual JazzFest is this weekend, and organizers say it will be the best one yet.
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Oakland High honored by Habitat for Humanity
Oakland High honored by Habitat for Humanity
Oakland High School principal Bill Spurlock and his faculty planned to present a financial donation to Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity, but Habitat had a presentation of its own for the school.
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Run United 5K set for May 18
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Relying on kindness of strangers
Relying on kindness of strangers
Senior Citizens Awareness Network helps elderly meet safety needs
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Nissan turns a new LEAF
Nissan turns a new LEAF
Tennessee-based car maker introduces next generation zero-emission vehicle
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MINUTE: Mayday invites public to celebrate May Day
Ring the first of next month with a May Day celebration at Murfreesboro’s own Mayday Brewery.
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INSIDE SPORTS: The only constant is change
How does change affect you? I’m doing better with it as I age.
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TBI Report: Crime down statewide
For the third year in a row, Tennessee saw a slight drop in crime in 2012, when compared to 2011, according to the annual “Crime in Tennessee 2012.”
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Shop local at annual Earth Day Celebration
Shop local at annual Earth Day Celebration
As part of the Murfreesboro’s 12th annual Earth Day Celebration, Pa Bunk's will debut a line of Bunk’s Brew Jars.
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Man stabbed during argument with neighbor
One man was treated for multiple stab wounds during an argument with a neighbor Wednesday on Hearthstone Court, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy reported.
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Murfreesboro, county firefighters battle blaze
Murfreesboro, county firefighters battle blaze
On Sunday afternoon, the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department let aid to Rutherford County firefighters at a house fire on Franklin Road.
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First tech class graduates at county jail
First tech class graduates at county jail
Six inmates made history Thursday when they graduated from an electrical class taught by Tennessee Technology Center at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
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Marriot breaks ground on upper-end hotel
Murfreesboro’s hospitality campus continues growing along Medical Center Parkway with the addition of a new hotel.
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First National Bank adds new VP, branch manager
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Local flavors combine in new product
Local flavors combine in new product
Marcy Jams owner, Marcy Beavers, could not be more excited about this latest addition to her flavor line up.
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Conference seeks to ‘break silence’ on suicide
James Butler hopes to get the word out and prevent suicide with the African American Suicide Prevention Community Conference.
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Trap teams aim for greatness
Trap teams aim for greatness
This weekend some of Rutherford County’s top middle and high school clay target teams will take part in a competition at Big Springs in Christiana as preparation for the upcoming state tournament in June.
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RuCo has budget issues on horizon
The key to balancing any budget is to have revenues match expenditures.
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Students see what it takes to live on their own
Students see what it takes to live on their own
Students in Carrie Ott’s Life Connections class at Riverdale learned important lessons in personal finance this week.
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Economic news signals lagging fuel demand
Fuel prices decreased further after the Commerce Department reported retail sales dropped in March and a report showed consumer sentiment is at a nine-month low.
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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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Buchanan Elementary, Whitworth-Buchanan Middle schools released after lockdown
Buchanan Elementary School and Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School were on a precautionary lockdown while sheriff’s deputies and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter searches for an armed suicidal man.
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National Bookmobile Day highlights importance to literacy
On Wednesday, libraries across the country will celebrate National Bookmobile Day.
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County saves millions in bond deal
Rutherford county refinanced $69.28 million of its outstanding debt, which will save more than $15.18 million in future interest payments over the next 20 years.
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Police end standoff with help from armored vehicle
Police end standoff with help from armored vehicle
Smyrna Police successfully subdued a suicidal gunman with assistance from the Sheriff’s Office following a five-hour standoff.
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A cut above the rest
A cut above the rest
Charlie Pitts notches 50th anniversary as barber
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Local shop prepares for Record Store Day
Local shop prepares for Record Store Day
When Grant and Sandi Polston decided to open Little Shop of Records, the couple knew they would participate in Record Store Day.
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Gun locks, child ID kits, child safety seat instruction are at health fair
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Sheriff’s detectives find record amount of meth
Sheriff’s detectives find record amount of meth
Bust broke the record for the most “shake and bake” bottles seized in Tennessee.
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Tennessee’s quiet golf legend
Tennessee’s quiet golf legend
Emmett Spicer left amazing legacy on the links
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Housing market is getting healthier by the month
Middle Tennessee's housing marketing continues trending upward, according to newly released home sales data.
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Applications available for summer business camp
Give your student a chance to learn skills they can use for a lifetime by having them apply for the 12th annual State Farm Summer Business Camp.
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Ford dealer welcomes back collision center manager
Ford dealer welcomes back collision center manager
Ford of Murfreesboro welcomed back Collision Center Manager David Warrick after a five-year absence from the dealership.
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9-1-1 operators honored at luncheon
Public safety agencies across the county recognize the instrumental role played by telecommunicators during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
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Tell Read To Succeed 'Y' to read
Tell Read To Succeed 'Y' to read
Readers all over Rutherford County have read "The Fault in Our Stars" as part of Read To Succeed's 2013 One Book community read.
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Alive Hospice in need of volunteers
Alive Hospice is seeking volunteers in Rutherford County to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients.
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Legal troubles continue for Wilson Bank
Legal troubles continue for Wilson Bank

Fraud allegations resurface in Coconut Bay lawsuit

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Moxie revamps gallery space
Murfreesboro’s only independent art supply store is growing and making some changes this spring.
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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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Amazon cuts ribbon on new warehouse
Amazon cuts ribbon on new warehouse
Company leads Rutherford County job growth
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Watershed group celebrates 10 years
The Stones River Watershed Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, to celebrate its 10th anniversary and to hear a local engineer describe the methods that will be used to dismantle remains of a low-head dam on the East Fork.
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Sheriff's Office catches alleged Internet predator
Sheriff's Office catches alleged Internet predator
Detectives nabbed an armed 46-year-old man Tuesday when he attempted to enter a girl’s home in the Almaville community after meeting her on an Internet chat room.
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Save today for tomorrow
This month is best known for its showers and innocent pranks of April Fools’ Day, but it has also been named National Financial Literacy month.
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Haslam scraps voucher plan
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Diabetes workshops upcoming in north Rutherford County
MTSU will sponsor a free six-session workshop series to help diabetics deal with their illness.
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Health fair set to be first of its kind
Healthy living will come to the forefront Saturday, April 20, at the Stones River Regional Health Fair at Embassy Suites Conference Center.
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United Way, MTSU partner to help others
United Way, MTSU partner to help others
Volunteers join together for project
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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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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Gourmet oil store opening
Calling all olive oil lovers: Murfreesboro will soon be home to an olive oil boutique.
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Take an adventure in agriculture
Take an adventure in agriculture
Group plans day of farming fun
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Restaurant serves farm fresh fellowship
Restaurant serves farm fresh fellowship
Prayer and fresh vegetables are stated recipes for a tasteful life in this man’s kitchen.
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Mind2Marketplace to explore 3D printing
Mind2Marketplace will explore how 3D printing technology is already at work in high school classrooms and innovative parts fabrication facilities in Middle Tennessee at its next meeting.
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Custodian fired for inappropriately touching student
Custodian fired for inappropriately touching student
A Rutherford County Schools custodian who has been fired is facing multiple charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl.
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City schools schedules job fair
Murfreesboro City Schools presents an opportunity for job applicants to meet our principals and other support area administrators at a job fair.
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Short Mountain celebrates anniversary
Moonshine distillery marks first year
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CRIME BRIEFS: Blackman home hit by gunfire
No one was injured Friday night when a stray bullet shattered a bedroom window at an Axelwood Drive home in the Blackman Farm subdivision.
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Education reduces recidivism
Education reduces recidivism
Students will learn the skills to support themselves after being released from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
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Plaintiff hopes Wilson Bank honors verdict
Developer awarded $7.5M in fraud lawsuit
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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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Special Olympics fundraiser slated for Tuesday
Special Olympics fundraiser slated for Tuesday
Celebrate birthdays with a serenade by school resource officers and hear Dick Peach croon Elvis songs during the Special Olympics Wings and Rings benefit slated for Tuesday, March 26, at Toot’s South.
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INSIDE MTSU: Scholars Week bringing research to forefront
Scholars Week will feature five full days of activity among the various colleges on campus and culminate with a university-wide event on Friday, April 5, at MTSU.
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Chamber announces new Visitors Bureau vice president
Chamber announces new Visitors Bureau vice president
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named Nicky Reynolds as the vice president of the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Funky Trunk offers everything but junk