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UPDATED: Person killed in Memorial crash
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UPDATED: Person killed in Memorial crash

MURFREESBORO - A motorist died of injuries suffered today in a four-car crash when a dump truck rear-ended a vehicle on Memorial Boulevard and wound up crushing it in a chain-reaction collision.

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Womick fails to amend teacher evaluation bill
Womick fails to amend teacher evaluation bill

NASHVILLE - State Rep. Rick Womick failed to extend changes in teachers' evaluations through 2021, but he did get Tennessee's commissioner of education to commit to softening the impact on teachers if a new assessment process turns disastrous.

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Ketron sponsoring legislation to stop human trafficking
Ketron sponsoring legislation to stop human trafficking

Concerned about the explosion of human sex trafficking in Tennessee, state Sen. Bill Ketron is sponsoring legislation designed to increase law enforcement and improve training to combat this scourge on society.

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David charged with embezzling from Young Republicans
David charged with embezzling from Young Republicans

A former City Council candidate charged with embezzling $570 from the Rutherford County Young Republicans says he is being singled out for punishment by Sheriff Robert Arnold for posting unflattering YouTube videos about the sheriff's office.

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Two businesses, apartment searched in prostitution investigation
Two businesses, apartment searched in prostitution investigation

MURFREESBORO - Vice unit detectives working with TBI and Franklin Police served search warrants at two businesses and an apartment in connection with pending prostitution charges, police reported.

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Winter weather advisory issued for Middle Tennessee

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Tennessee with a developing storm system moving across the Gulf Coast states this afternoon into tonight and producing snowfall accumulations, according to the National Weather Service.

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Firefighters put out blaze at Silverado Way

MURFREESBORO - Firefighters put out a fire in minutes early this morning when they were called to Silverado Way where smoke was pouring out of the home.

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Murfreesboro firefighters put out two blazes

Murfreesboro firefighters put out a vehicle fire at the South Church Street Pilot store Saturday night, then extinguished a potential blaze on Birch Court Sunday morning.

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AAA: Gas prices rise for 27th consecutive day
AAA: Gas prices rise for 27th consecutive day

Gas prices jumped another 4 cents last week. The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29. Motorists are now paying 26 cents more a gallon since prices hit a low of $2.03 on January 26th.

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Jagemann Plastics to expand in Murfreesboro

Jagemann Precision Plastics is set to expand its facility here and add 90 jobs to a 20-employee workforce to meet increased demand for automotive parts, officials announced.

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MTSU Greek organizations taking stand against sexual assault

MTSU's Health Services and Health Promotion office helps students find ways to cut down on substance use and to prevent violence. It also offers wellness programs and topics on alcohol, drugs and sexual responsibility, including health information and campus resources.

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MTSU female students getting message about sexual assault

MTSU Lady Raiders basketball player MacKenzie Sells believes college students here are getting the message about the dangers of sexual assault and the reality that it could happen to them.

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State Supreme Court rules in favor of Benz

The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled in favor of south Rutherford County resident Brenda Benz in her lawsuit against gun manufacturer Ronnie Barrett, deciding that a statute of limitations did not run out for legal action over access to her land.

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White still supports publicly-funded vouchers

State Rep. Dawn White is reiterating her support for publicly-funded vouchers that would allow Tennessee students to attend private schools.

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Ketron: Feds should stay out of local schools

Trying to break ties with federal education rules, state Sen. Bill Ketron is seeking passage of a resolution designed to end what he calls overreach by the U.S. Department of Education.

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MTSU poll on Insure Tennessee reveals interesting data

The Republican-led state Legislature defeated the governor's Insure Tennessee plan even though an MTSU Poll showed most people who knew much about the proposal gave it substantial support.

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County legislators overwhelming opposed Insure Tennessee

NASHVILLE - Rutherford County's legislative delegation, all Republicans, overwhelmingly opposed Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, most saying they would have voted against it if they had gotten the chance.

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Crohn's disease forces Siskin into hospital

Circuit Court Judge Keith Siskin recently spent a week in the hospital being treated for a flare-up of Crohn's disease.

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Area Crime Briefs

Inmate allegedly assaults cellmate at Detention Center

Charges are expected against a Rutherford County Adult Detention Center inmate after he allegedly assaulted his cellmate late Saturday (Dec. 20), said Detention Maj. Tommy Thompson.

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Rehab facility plans bigger facility on Florence Road

A company running a rehabilitation group home in a Southeast Broad Street house tangled in a lawsuit is preparing to build an even bigger facility on Florence Road on the north side of Murfreesboro.

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M-TEK gets tax break, but will still pay $10.9 million

An automotive parts manufacturer that netted a $3.6 million land donation from the city for a corporate headquarters site is receiving a $34,791 personal property tax break over 10 years but will pay a total of $10.9 million in taxes over that time, documents show.

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Statement issued regarding Open Meetings Act

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the East Tennessee Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists have issued a joint statement of concern about efforts to interpret the Tennessee Open Meetings Act that could fundamentally reduce citizen access to public meetings.

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Man pleads to manslaughter in 2013 murder

A man charged with first-degree murder in a June 2013 shooting death in La Vergne pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday (Dec. 5) in Circuit Court.

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Warner homeless murder trial set for May

Trial is set May 11, 2015 for Charles Warner, a homeless man charged with killing another homeless person in early May and dumping his body in Lytle Creek.

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Local woman goes more than a month without check from Circuit Court

A local woman due a check from the Circuit Court Clerk's office says she went more than a month without the payment due to a faulty new computer system before Mayor Ernest Burgess delivered the payment to her personally.

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