NEWS BRIEFS: Christmas tree recycling now available

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department is accepting live Christmas trees and greenery at its public works facility at 4765 Florence Road.

The Christmas greenery can be dropped off for recycling on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 a.m. until 3:55 p.m., excluding holidays.

Items are also being accepted until Saturday, Jan. 18, at clearly marked, designated areas in the Cannonsburgh Village. Cannonsburgh is located at 312 S. Front St.

The Solid Waste Department will be picking up live Christmas trees and garland from Murfreesboro residences during normal brush pickup routes, which is generally every 14 to 21 days.

All trees and garland will be chipped by the Murfreesboro Urban Environmental Department or Solid Waste Department, so that the items can later be used as mulch.

Residents are asked to remember to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lighting, wire, tree stands, plastic wrapping and tinsel. Flocked trees will not be accepted.

For more information about dropping off any items, call the Solid Waste Department at 615-893-3681.

Postage rates to increase

A first-class letter will cost more to mail beginning Sunday, Jan. 26, when the price of a stamp will rise from 46 cents to 49 cents.

The U.S. Postal Service is raising the price on various types of letters and packages as part of an effort to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the agency.

The rate hike will not affect those who already own the “forever” stamps until they need to buy a new batch. After the increase goes into effect, the “forever” stamps will cost 49 cents.

Pricing for standard mail, periodicals, package services and extra services will also be adjusted as part of a filing recently approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the agency.

To find out more information about the postage rate increases, visit

Firefighters respond to tractor-trailer fuel leak

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched Thursday to the Pilot gas station on South Church Street after a tractor-trailer leaked several gallons of diesel fuel in the area.

The incident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. in the 2400 block of South Church Street near Interstate 24.

When crews arrived on scene, they were able to locate the driver the truck. He informed them that he had a small leak in his fuel tank and that it only released about 5 gallons into the parking lot, as well as the overflow pond behind Pilot.

Earlier reports suggested that nearly 150 gallons of fuel was seen leaking into the pond. However, officials were unable to determine the exact amount.

Environmental crews hired by Pilot also responded to the scene to mitigate the spill and begin the process of cleaning up, which has since been completed.

Missing elderly man found safe

A 72-year-old man who went missing on New Year’s Eve has been safely found following an intensive search by state and local authorities.

Murfreesboro resident Jerry Scott, who suffers from dementia, was found early Wednesday in Kentucky.

He was reported missing Tuesday night when he did not return home after leaving to go to the post office at about 4:30 p.m.

Upon learning of his disappearance, officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department notified the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation so that a Silver Alert could be issued for Scott.  

Scott was found less than 12 hours later, due in large part to the coordinated efforts of the law enforcement community and media, and he is now at home recovering from the incident.

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