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Group seeks to help homeless vets secure housing

A local group is brainstorming for ideas and support to deal with the city's growing homeless population, including establishment of a trailer park for homeless veterans or a nonprofit setup, Hope Farms, which could be made up of "tiny homes."

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Bess trial postponed due to procedural issue
Bess trial postponed due to procedural issue

The murder trial for Jewell Moses Bess is being postponed from February after defense and state attorneys clashed over a procedural issue for medical experts to testify.

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Citizens urged to take community development surveys

The city's Community Development Department is seeking community help through three surveys to put together priorities for using federal funds over the next five years.

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Bell & Associates to oversee judicial complex

The Rutherford County Public Building Authority has selected Bell & Associates as the construction manager for a projected $73 million judicial complex project.

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DA Office wants photos of murder victims in court

The Rutherford County District Attorney's Office is pushing for legislation that would allow photos of murder victims to be shown at trial for identification purposes.

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Circuit Court sends vendor notice of dispute over computers

Rutherford County has notified the vendor for a Circuit Court Clerk computer software program it is dissatisfied with the system, Mayor Ernest Burgess said last week.

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Violent crimes numbers drop in Rutherford County

Violent crimes dropped 5.4 percent last year in Rutherford County, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

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Supreme Court favors Benz over Barrett in road lawsuit

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

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Bess cold-case murder trial postponed
Bess cold-case murder trial postponed

MURFREESBORO - The murder trial for Jewell Moses Bess is being postponed from February after defense and state attorneys clashed over a procedural issue for medical experts to testify.

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County puts vendor on notice about Circuit Court Clerk computer

MURFREESBORO - Rutherford County has notified the vendor for a Circuit Court Clerk computer software program it is dissatisfied with the system, Mayor Ernest Burgess said today.

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Former Sheriff's Office colonel avoids jail time, registers as sex offender
Former Sheriff's Office colonel avoids jail time, registers as sex offender

Former Rutherford County Sheriff's Department Colonel Eddie Farmer was arrested in Robertson County this past February. In 2014, the Robertson County Sheriff's Office and Jail said Farmer was booked because he had a Capias filed in Circuit Court.

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Pearman served federal sentence for steroids

MURFREESBORO - Three years before he killed his wife, Jacob Pearman served a year in federal prison for illegal steroids, court records show, and prosecutors plan to use it against him at an early March sentencing hearing.

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Lawndale home catches fire
Lawndale home catches fire

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Engine 4, Ladder 6, and District 7 responded to a fire at a home located at 1018 Lawndale Drive around 12:30 Monday afternoon.

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Local lawmakers want more info on Insure Tennessee

As state lawmakers prepare for a Feb. 2 special session on Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, local lawmakers say they want more information before they can commit their support.

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State Rep. Sparks to introduce 'perma-temp' legislation

State Rep. Mike Sparks says he is preparing to sponsor legislation that would require companies receiving tax breaks and other government backing to make a certain percentage of their workforce full-time employees.

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Eagleville could soon get liquor by the drink

State lawmakers are helping pop the cork on wine and liquor sales at Eagleville restaurants as the Maple Street Grill opens for business in Rutherford County's smallest municipality.

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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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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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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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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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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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