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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Vehicle emissions testing centers in Rutherford County will close Monday, Jan. 20, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All stations will resume testing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and operate under regular schedules.

Normal hours of operations in Murfreesboro are Monday and Tuesday 7 a.m. till 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All testing centers are closed Sunday.

Foster parents needed for area children

Youth Villages is looking for adults in the Murfreesboro area to open their homes as foster parents to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The privately owned nonprofit organization will offer free foster parent training classes in the coming months on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. at its headquarters, located at 3310 Perimeter Hill Drive in Nashville.

Foster parents care for children until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them. If a child becomes available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free.

The agency also offers foster parents a monthly stipend to help them offset the costs of adding a child to their household, as well as 24-hour access to counselors and support groups.

Interested residents should be older than 25 years old and live in Rutherford County. They should also have a viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home assessment.

For more information about the upcoming training classes or how to become a foster parent, contact Wendy Lunsford, who serves as foster parent recruiter for Youth Villages, at 615-250-7282 or wendy.lunsford@youthvillages.org. 

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