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Barber shop, pool hall cited for housing illegal gambling operation

Barber shop, pool hall cited for housing illegal gambling operation

Nine individuals were charged with misdemeanor gambling and one was charged with promotion of gambling and possession of gambling machines after Murfreesboro Police executed a search warrant at a downtown business recently.

One Mile Lane murder bound over to grand jury

One Mile Lane murder bound over to grand jury

A Wilson County man accused of killing a One Mile Lane resident hit him in the head with a sledgehammer and then stabbed him in a fight over a drug debt, according to court testimony.

Board says schools need elbow room

Board says schools need elbow room

Portables and 'inappropriate' instructional spaces criticized.

MTSU faculty members "get in the know" with MT Engage Summer Institute

MTSU faculty members "get in the know" with MT Engage Summer Institute

University continues focus on applied learning techniques.

Blue Angels jet to rest at Smyrna park in honor of the fallen Capt. Jeff Kuss

Blue Angels jet to rest at Smyrna park in honor of the fallen Capt. Jeff Kuss

The retired aircraft will carry Capt. Kuss' Number Six on its vertical stabilizer.

Study will examine city employee compensation

Study will examine city employee compensation

Murfreesboro City Council is preparing to look at a pay and benefits study for city employees this month, a year sooner than expected. But council members won't acknowledge any complaints are being levied about unfairness under the current scale.

Board passes revisions to MCS health standards

Board passes revisions to MCS health standards

At the May 9 Murfreesboro City School Board meeting, members unanimously voted for a revised version of the "Promoting Student Wellness" health policy, which summarizes school guidelines for student nutrition, physical activity and health education.

New Salem Highway widening coming soon

New Salem Highway widening coming soon
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Projects to widen New Salem Highway from Cason Lane to I-24 and Old Fort Parkway will start a year sooner than expected in the wake of two moves to bolster the state's transportation fund.

County jail aims to reduce inmate population

County jail aims to reduce inmate population

Education, counseling, skills training to get folks on their feet.

John Black honored as Good Scout of Smyrna

John Black honored as Good Scout of Smyrna

John Black, the executive director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority, received the Good Scout Award during the Friends of Scouting breakfast held yesterday morning at LifePoint Church in Smyrna.

Devin Bond update: Detectives say he planned to run

Devin Bond update: Detectives say he planned to run

Devin's mother told Detective Pinson her son took a black Nike drawstring backpack, a red and gray North Face pullover jacket, a gray and white Nike hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Two arrested in Smyrna gambling bust

Two arrested in Smyrna gambling bust

With ten hotels, their meeting rooms and more than a thousand guest rooms fronting Interstate 24 on Hotel Row in Smyrna, some say it was just a matter of time before a major vice bust.

Impact of apartments key topic at south Murfreesboro council forum

Impact of apartments key topic at south Murfreesboro council forum

Holding apartment complex owners more accountable for traffic and nuisance problems created by high-density growth was among the topics discussed at a Murfreesboro City Council community meeting Sunday.

MTSU to test tornado sirens on May 10

MTSU to test tornado sirens on May 10

MTSU plans to test its tornado sirens on campus and at the Miller Coliseum Complex on Wednesday, May 10, at 11:15 a.m.

New fire hall site delayed

New fire hall site delayed

Concerned about the high cost of site development at a fire hall site on Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro officials are looking at other sites for a fire hall on city-owned property in that area.

Former sheriff sentenced in JailCigs case

Former sheriff sentenced in JailCigs case

A tearful Robert Arnold admitted Thursday he "betrayed" the people of Rutherford County and lied to them when he directed an e-cigarettes operation at the county jail, making tens of thousands of dollars illegally.

Smyrna's Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrates grand opening

Smyrna's Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrates grand opening

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity opened their second ReStore in Smyrna last week.

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital provides comprehensive services to sexual assault victims

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital provides comprehensive services to sexual assault victims

With one in five women and one in 71 men experiencing rape or attempted rape at some time in their lives, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has made its sexual assault treatment program a key priority over the past 10 years.

Bus crowding rumors dispelled at La Vergne Mayor and Aldermen meeting

Bus crowding rumors dispelled at La Vergne Mayor and Aldermen meeting

Due to the seriousness of the allegations, Rutherford County Schools performed a study, pulling school bus interior video and GPS data. After analyzing the information, it was determined that at no time were buses crowded beyond their design capacity.

Rockvale High gets a new old name

Rockvale High gets a new old name

School board votes to name the new school after an old one in 2020.

Tensions bubble at Planning Commission

Tensions bubble at Planning Commission

More growth, more neighbors -- but current residents worry about traffic, flooding.

The Big Payback nets $42,213 for Rutherford nonprofits

The Big Payback nets $42,213 for Rutherford nonprofits

Rutherford County nonprofits will benefit from the gifts of 518 generous donors, who contributed $42,213 May 3 to The Big Payback's grand total of nearly $2.6 million.

One killed in latest Greenland Drive shooting

One killed in latest Greenland Drive shooting

Three shootings in two weeks on Greenland Drive have resulted in multiple gunshot injuries, with the most recent costing one young man his life.

Shooting victim named, arrest warrant issued

Shooting victim named, arrest warrant issued

The Murfreesboro Police Department has named the victim of yesterday's fatal shooting, and issued an arrest warrant.

Former detention deputy arrested for child rape

Former detention deputy arrested for child rape

Mark A. Garza, a detention deputy at Rutherford County Jail, was arrested May 4 for aggravated sexual battery and rape of a child.

Third shooting on Greenland Drive

Third shooting on Greenland Drive

Witnesses described the suspect as a black male, 6', thin build, short hair, wearing khaki pants, a white shirt and a black coat.

Former sheriff sentenced to 50 months

Former sheriff sentenced to 50 months

May 4 a federal judge sentenced Rutherford County's former sheriff to 50 months in prison, with credit for time already served.

Cat reported stolen from Murfreesboro apartment

Cat reported stolen from Murfreesboro apartment

A Siamese cat was reported stolen from an apartment on Kingwood Drive this week.

La Vergne High School student remembered

La Vergne High School student remembered

While the families of most high school students are worried about driving for the first time or picking out the perfect prom dress, one local family is asking for help with funeral expenses for their daughter who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Solicitation of a minor investigated in Murfreesboro

Solicitation of a minor investigated in Murfreesboro

Detectives with the Special Victims Unit served a search warrant at a home on Shade Court in Murfreesboro this morning, accord to MPD Sgt. Kyle Evans.

Rep. Sparks accused of sneaking in Forrest resolution

Rep. Sparks accused of sneaking in Forrest resolution

Chairwoman of the Black Caucus calls move 'a bit disingenuous.'

TCAP scores lowered to 10 percent of final grade

TCAP scores lowered to 10 percent of final grade

Murfreesboro City Schools receives $64,600 in grants for summer programs.

Abbott sentenced to 15 years

Abbott sentenced to 15 years

A man convicted of second-degree murder in the July 22, 2015 shooting death of Jesse Sliepenbeek will serve a 15-year prison sentence after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

Barrett enters guilty pleas in fatal hit-and-run case

Barrett enters guilty pleas in fatal hit-and-run case

A Nashville woman was killed in a hit-and-run last July in Smyrna. Now the motorist who struck her has pleaded guilty to two charges connected to the incident.

Oakland teacher, coach suspended over criminal investigation

Oakland teacher, coach suspended over criminal investigation

A teacher at Oakland High School has been suspended without pay, according to Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans.

Police seek help locating missing teen

Police seek help locating missing teen

UPDATE: Hannah Porter has been found.

Still missing: What will it take to bring Devin home?

Still missing: What will it take to bring Devin home?

"We're doing a balloon release, just to kind of get the community involved and let people know that my son is still missing," said Heather Simmers-Bond on Friday afternoon, her voice breaking. "I just want people to keep looking for him."

Spate of shootings in Murfreesboro

Spate of shootings in Murfreesboro

Several shootings occurred in Murfreesboro yesterday evening, and including the second shooting on Greenland Drive this week, which severely injured one man who was later LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Gunshot injury on Greenland Drive

Gunshot injury on Greenland Drive

At 1:37 p.m. April 25 officers with Murfreesboro Police Department responded to 920 Greenland Dr. Apt. 124 in reference to a report of gunshots being fired.

HOA calls for action on perennial water, light problems

HOA calls for action on perennial water, light problems

Residents of a La Vergne subdivision say the recent rains only prove that the neighborhood's drainage system doesn't work, exhibited by rivers of water through backyards, between homes, across roads and in crawlspaces of the newly-built homes.

Jail hopes for June re-certification

Jail hopes for June re-certification

'We're ready for them to come in and make their final inspection,' says sheriff.

Fire spreads to attic at apartments

Fire spreads to attic at apartments

700 rounds of ammo escape involvement in blaze.

Construction cost rolled back

 Construction cost rolled back

County school board approves deducting more than $61,000

Turn around, don't drown

Turn around, don't drown

Several Rutherford County roads are closed or dangerous due to excessive rain.

Ethics complaint against County Commissioner Will Jordan dismissed

 Ethics complaint against County Commissioner Will Jordan dismissed

'There's no way someone can be responsible for something of which they had no knowledge,' says Ethics Committee Chairman.

Former deputy's real estate license revoked

Former deputy's real estate license revoked

The Tennessee Real Estate Commission revoked the license of former Rutherford County sheriff's administrator Joe Russell for failing to meet a deadline for notifying the state agency of a felony conviction, according to the Department of Commerce & Insurance.

County schools budget includes across-the-board 3 percent raise

County schools budget includes across-the-board 3 percent raise

Board also approves hiring 3 safety coaches.

MCS expands Gifted Education Program with Gifted Academy

MCS expands Gifted Education Program with Gifted Academy

Twenty-five teachers from Murfreesboro City Schools received their Tennessee Employment Standard for Gifted Teaching after completing the MTSU/MCS Gifted Academy.

New MTSU board will help university 'play to its strengths'

New MTSU board will help university 'play to its strengths'

A new board of trustees took over direction of MTSU from the Tennessee Board of Regents in a "historic first meeting" with Gov. Bill Haslam saying the new structure will enable the university to "play to its strengths."

Smyrna Council declares May 1 'Senior Citizens Day'

Smyrna Council declares May 1 'Senior Citizens Day'

The highlight of the meeting was a Proclamation by the mayor, declaring May 1, 2017 Senior Citizens Day in Smyrna, to follow up on the single day declared in 2016.

New airport fire chief Jeff Harris will 'carry the torch'

 New airport fire chief Jeff Harris will 'carry the torch'

"I'm happy to be here. This is an excellent opportunity, a new chapter in my career, a new chapter in my life, I'm really excited about it."

Enrollment Report shows increase in pre-k, special-ed students

 Enrollment Report shows increase in pre-k, special-ed students

The Murfreesboro City Schools board meeting April 12 commenced with a number of congratulations for the educators of the district.

Tip line, fundraiser, set up to bring Devin home

Tip line, fundraiser, set up to bring Devin home

Bond still missing after more than two weeks.

MTSU football coach Stockstill dismisses Akins, Alaverez

MTSU football coach Stockstill dismisses Akins, Alaverez
Rick Stockstill

MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill has dismissed defensive end Justin Akins and linebacker Shalom Alvarez after they became the center of investigation for animal cruelty.

Arnold sentencing reset to May 4

Arnold sentencing reset to May 4

The new judge handling the official corruption case of former Sheriff Robert Arnold reset his sentencing for May 4.

Officer involved shooting on Double Springs Road

Officer involved shooting on Double Springs Road

A Rutherford County man is being treated at Vanderbilt after a sheriff's deputy shot him following a physical alteration Wednesday afternoon.

Two MTSU football players being investigated for animal cruelty

Two MTSU football players being investigated for animal cruelty

Two MTSU football players are at the center of an investigation for animal cruelty, according to Murfreesboro Police records.

Smyrna revitalizing three miles of Lowry Street, one block at a time

Smyrna revitalizing three miles of Lowry Street, one block at a time

Revitalizing a three-mile stretch of Lowry Street in Smyrna is a very large and complicated project.

Free the streetlights

Free the streetlights

La Vergne to negotiate with builder so subdivision can see the light

Three apply for 19th district seat

Three apply for 19th district seat

Two former Rutherford County commissioners and a nonprofit agency worker are vying so far for the 19th District seat left open by the departure of Shawn Kaplan.

Board eyes hiring safety coaches

Board eyes hiring safety coaches

The question is, how many can county schools afford?

Oral chemo bill pulled from Senate

Oral chemo bill pulled from Senate

Legislation by Sen. Bill Ketron designed to lower the cost of oral chemotherapy will have to wait until next year.

Saving man's best friend

Saving man's best friend

Donor helps La Vergne firefighters breath life into rescued pets.

Smyrna TCAT program sets pace for public-private partnerships

Smyrna TCAT program sets pace for public-private partnerships

More than 400 people - including Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Dr. Flora Tydings - descended upon the new Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus in Smyrna for a ribbon cutting marking the school as fully operational.

Where is Devin Bond?

Where is Devin Bond?

Candlelight vigil held for missing Murfreesboro teen.

Fame, film crew coming to county

Fame, film crew coming to county

La Vergne High School chosen for documentary spotlight.

Search party seeks missing teen

Search party seeks missing teen

Today search parties are combing the woods in and around Barfield Crescent Park on foot, on ATVs and with drones, looking for missing teenager Devin Bond.

'We will continue to search diligently'

'We will continue to search diligently'

Vigil for missing child offers community support to fearful family.

Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare

Rep. DesJarlais rejects Trumpcare

'To get it right, we're going to work even harder,' says DesJarlais.

Rutherford County teen still missing

Rutherford County teen still missing

Locating a missing Riverdale High School student is of "utmost importance" to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, said Chief Deputy Keith Lowery.

Rutherford teen missing since Thursday

Rutherford teen missing since Thursday

The parents of 17-year-old Devin Ray Bond and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office are asking for help locating the boy who's not been seen since he went to bed late Thursday night.

Wilson County man charged with One Mile Lane murder

Wilson County man charged with One Mile Lane murder

A 47-year-old Wilson County man is charged with first-degree murder less than 30 hours after an acquaintance was found near death at his One Mile Lane home 2 p.m. Friday, Rutherford County Sheriff Michael Fitzhugh said.

Sudden passing of MTSU student mourned by community

Sudden passing of MTSU student mourned by community

MTSU students are grieving after the death of a friend this past week who was described as a "nice, loving, hard-working person."

Kittens rescued from Douglas Avenue fire

Kittens rescued from Douglas Avenue fire

New MED manager on his role, goals

New MED manager on his role, goals

P.D. Mynatt moves from CFO to GM.

Meet the deputy, make a friend

Meet the deputy, make a friend

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies would like to meet residents who live in the zones they protect, the sheriff's patrol major said.

Smyrna Airport hangar loses roof in thunderstorm

Smyrna Airport hangar loses roof in thunderstorm

High winds from a severe thunderstorm Monday afternoon peeled the waterproof roof covering off aircraft hangar 621 at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport.

Sparks to introduce resolution recognizing state's 'rich and vast history'

Sparks to introduce resolution recognizing state's 'rich and vast history'

House Joint Resolution 92 would honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, Sampson Keeble.

Board reviews ripped-off roof, pool shortage

Board reviews ripped-off roof, pool shortage

Storm damage repairs under way, but middle schools may lose swim teams.

Smyrna Sister City fundraiser signals visit from Zama students

Smyrna Sister City fundraiser signals visit from Zama students

Zama is in the Kanagawa Prefecture in eastern Japan, about 24 miles from Tokyo, with a population of more than 129,000.

No solitary confinement for children

No solitary confinement for children

In wake of lawsuit, judge prohibits punishing any more youths with solitary confinement.

Bottoms, Highland study recommendations adopted at Murfreesboro Planning Commission

Bottoms, Highland study recommendations adopted at Murfreesboro Planning Commission

From city staff, to the Planning Commission, to Ragan Smith Associates, to Terri Sterling Communications, to the Steering Committee, to members of the public who showed up and spoke out, this plan was made possible because a whole bunch of people got to work. It will take just as much community involvement moving forward.

Mortar rounds, hand grenade found at Murfreesboro apartment complex

Mortar rounds, hand grenade found at Murfreesboro apartment complex

A backpack containing several mortar rounds and a training hand grenade was found by the dumpster at Ashwood Cove apartment complex this morning, according Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans.

Sentencing for former sheriff postponed

Sentencing for former sheriff postponed

A new judge handling the official corruption case of former Sheriff Robert Arnold is postponing his sentencing until early September.

Injuries not critical at demolition site on Nissan Smyrna property

Two Demo Plus Inc. subcontractors performing demolition work on the back side of the Smyrna Nissan plant were injured when the aging coal plant structure they were cutting apart collapsed, throwing them to the ground with the debris.

Ellis murder charge bound over

Ellis murder charge bound over

A first-degree murder charge against the man accused of robbing and killing Smyrna resident Kimberly Allen has been bound over to a Rutherford County grand jury.

Airport project crosses first hurdle at Murfreesboro City Council

Airport project crosses first hurdle at Murfreesboro City Council

On behalf of Mayor Shane McFarland, Vice Mayor Madeline Scales Harris was pleased to proclaim last week "Blue Raider Basketball Week" at Thursday night's meeting.

Deputy counseled following Facebook post

Deputy counseled following Facebook post

Former Sheriff's major awarded $224K settlement

Former Sheriff's major awarded $224K settlement

Rutherford County paid nearly a quarter-million-dollar settlement to former Sheriff's Maj. Tommy Thompson after he dismissed a lawsuit claiming ex-Sheriff Robert Arnold wrongfully fired him in 2016, records show.

Lowry Street plan approved at Smyrna Town Council

 Lowry Street plan approved at Smyrna Town Council

Mayor Mary Esther Reed and the Smyrna Town Council unanimously approved the Lowry Street Revitalization Overlay Plan at Tuesday night's meeting.

Habitat for Humanity celebrates leaving a legacy

Habitat for Humanity celebrates leaving a legacy

Habitat for Humanity's annual Leave a Legacy Breakfast drew more than 200 people Friday morning.

Board eyes nearly $25 mil budget hike

Board eyes nearly $25 mil budget hike

3 percent enrollment growth requires $13.5 mil for new teachers.

Kaplan resigns from Rutherford County Commission

Kaplan resigns from Rutherford County Commission

Former commissioner says he inadvertently moved out of District 19 after selling his Riverbend house.

County to consider in-house attorneys to save money

County to consider in-house attorneys to save money

At urging of the Rutherford Neighborhood Alliance, Rutherford County commissioners are requesting reports on the cost of setting up an in-house attorney as well as a monthly compilation on lawsuits against the county government.

La Vergne librarian praises city's 'cavalry' for rescuing flooded library

La Vergne librarian praises city's 'cavalry' for rescuing flooded library

"The carpet was covered with two inches of water, with rivers flowing through the library," La Vergne Library Director Donna Bebout explained to Mayor Dennis Waldron and the aldermen last Tuesday night.

Rudd sponsors sign legislation conflicting with city's ordinance

Rudd sponsors sign legislation conflicting with city's ordinance

The city government is taking a neutral stance on legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd allowing unlimited political signs on private property, in conflict with its sign ordinance.

La Vergne SRO fired over inappropriate conduct

La Vergne SRO fired over inappropriate conduct

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office fired its second school resource officer in the past year for inappropriate conduct regarding a woman.

DA recuses himself from Parsons case

DA recuses himself from Parsons case

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office will prosecute first-degree murder charges against former Murfreesboro resident Sara Parsons after District Attorney Jennings Jones recused himself from the case, citing a family friendship.

Science Fair at Smyrna Town Hall

Science Fair at Smyrna Town Hall

The lobby of Smyrna Town Hall was packed to the doors with the Brown's Chapel Elementary School Science Fair on display, prior to the Feb. 23 Town Council Workshop meeting.

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