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NEWS BRIEFS: Broad Street intersection work begins

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

Although officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation are overseeing the $17.6 million project, crews with Bell and Associates Construction have been contracted to do the work.

Over the past week, the privately owned company, which is based out of Brentwood, Tenn., began setting up signs and marking the project boundaries in preparation for future utility work. 

According to state officials, the preliminary stages of the project are not expected to affect traffic in the area.

Applications available for fire academy

SMYRNA, Tenn. – The Smyrna Fire Department is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Fire Academy that will begin Thursday, March 6.

The deadline to enroll in the academy is Friday, Feb. 21.

The 12-week course, featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations, is designed to provide participants the opportunity to learn about the Fire Department and the daily life of firefighters.

Individuals who are interested in attending the classes must be at least 18 years old and live in Smyrna or work for the town government.

Applicants will be subjected to a limited background check.

For more information about the academy, contact Lt. James Lawrence, a prevention and education officer with the Fire Department, at james.lawrence@townofsmyrna.org or call 615-459-9735.

Target customers urged to monitor credit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State officials are urging residents who shop at Target to take advantage of a one-year free credit-monitoring program that is being offered by the company in the wake of a massive data breach.

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper said Wednesday that it is important for customers to sign up for the credit monitoring, regardless of whether they have identified any suspicious activity with their bank accounts.

He also recommended consumers change all of their online passwords, as well as the personal identification number for their debit and credit cards.  

Last month, Target reported that hackers had obtained the personal banking information of more than 40 million customers. Within a few days of that announcement, Target revealed hackers had stolen names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of nearly 70 million people in a second incident.

In response, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all customers who have bought items at one of its stores.

To find out more information about the program or to sign up, visit www.creditmonitoring.target.com. 

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