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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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Medicaid expansion a key issue for state Legistlature

Rutherford County legislators are mulling Gov. Bill Haslam's Medicaid expansion proposal to see if it meets "conservative" standards as the 109th General Assembly approaches in January.

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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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Grinch arrested for burglary

A Grinch accused of trying to steal Christmas at a Rutherford County home early Christmas morning is now behind bars, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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Premiere 6 to show 'The Interview' on Christmas

MURFREESBORO - The Premiere 6 is set to show "The Interview" on Christmas Day, the movie that was pulled from many theaters because of purported threats from the North Korean government.

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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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Arrested bondsman faces license suspension

A bondsman accused of coercing women into sexual acts in return for getting their men out of jail faces a Jan. 6 hearing to determine whether his bonding privileges will be suspended.

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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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Circuit Court computer woes trouble County Commission

Rutherford County commissioners are looking for answers in the wake of a decision to suspend installation of a $730,000 computer software program designed to upgrade the Circuit Court Clerk's office.

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Video challenges police sobriety checkpoint

A YouTube video posted recently shows Murfreesboro Police detaining three men at a DUI checkpoint and requiring the driver to take a field sobriety test, even though the men in the vehicle say they weren't drinking.

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Tech center groundbreaking to be held in Smyrna

Construction is set to start this month on a $35 million Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Smyrna, a partnership for training Nissan workers and Tennessee students, officials confirmed.

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Rutherford County man named Beekeeper of Year

Keith Elrod put some beehives in his orchard about 20 years ago, hoping they would help his apples trees produce. As it turned out, he had the wrong kind of apple trees, but the bees have been buzzing ever since.

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Woodbury City Attorney forced to resign

Woodbury City Attorney Dale Peterson is set to resign his position and be disbarred for up to five years after pleading guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from Riverside Center while overseeing TennCare patient accounts, according to officials.

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Elderly couple killed leaving Franklin Road Baptist

An elderly couple killed in an Old Fort Parkway crash as they left Franklin Road Baptist Church were "fixtures" at the house of worship, their minister says.

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Sherrell seeking Democratic Party chair post

Lenda Sherrell, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the Nov. 4 election, confirmed Thursday she will seek the open position for chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

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DA still seeking phone password of Walmart murder suspect

The District Attorney's Office is moving forward with efforts to obtain the password of an iPhone belonging to one of the brother's charged in a January 2014 Walmart doubt murder after he refused to turn over the information

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Municipal elections, amendments drive voters to polls

With voter participation hitting 33 percent in Tuesday's wine-in-stores referendum and City Council race, residents here affirmed an April decision in which they voted to move the municipal election to August.

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Shacklett bests Jones in City Council race

Winning a City Council seat for the second time, Bill Shacklett rolled past two contenders Tuesday to claim a vacant post on the seven-member body, even though he was outraised 10-to-1 by the nearest competitor.

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Reed bests Hollingshead in Smyrna mayoral race

In her first mayoral run, incumbent Mary Esther Reed bested challenger Jeff Hollingshead by more than 7 percent to gain a four-year term.

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Sherrell-DesJarlais Congressional race heating up

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Lenda Sherrell are duking it out in an old-fashioned media slugfest during the final days of the 4th Congressional District race.

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Early voting down in Rutherford County

Early voting for Tuesday's election dropped off by 1,600 votes compared to numbers in the mid-term election of 2010, according to Rutherford County Election Office records.

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Motlow president says 'significant' decisions upcoming

Motlow State Community College President MaryLou Apple isn't completely worry-free when it comes to handling hundreds of new students expected to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise's tuition-free education.

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