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Former Deputy Joe Russell pleads guilty

Former Deputy Joe Russell pleads guilty

The end of an ouster

The end of an ouster

With Robert Arnold pleading guilty to felony charges and tendering his resignation this week, an ouster suit filed against the former sheriff is moot, says the attorney representing a group of residents who fought for his removal.

Local man charged in murders

Local man charged in murders

A Rutherford County man has been charged with killing two people and seriously injuring another in Cannon County last weekend, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Yocca released after more than a year

Yocca released after more than a year

A national women's group is criticizing the year-plus-long incarceration of Anna Yocca, who was released from jail this week after pleading guilty to a felony charge in connection with a failed effort to perform her own abortion.

Permit approved for Middle Point Landfill

Permit approved for Middle Point Landfill

The state is giving Middle Point Landfill a permit to treat water from its rock-crushing operation despite opposition from area residents and an environmental group.

Motlow might see more funding

Motlow might see more funding

College needs space to accommodate growing student body.

Sen. Tracy appointed speaker pro tem

Sen. Tracy appointed speaker pro tem

State Sen. Jim Tracy is taking a big step in the Upper Chamber's power hierarchy.

Renew your driver's license at the library

Renew your driver's license at the library

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is partnering with Linebaugh Public Library to provide a driver's license renewal kiosk for Rutherford County residents.

City considers charter changes in lieu of costly election

City considers charter changes in lieu of costly election

Young's seat to remain vacant for now.

Arnold to plead guilty Wednesday

Arnold to plead guilty Wednesday

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is set to enter a guilty plea Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in federal court.

'From Dreams to Action'

'From Dreams to Action'

Murfreesboro NAACP celebrates Dr. King's legacy at annual breakfast.

Fast-acting team at county jail save inmate's life

Fast-acting team at county jail save inmate's life

An inmate trying to take his own life was saved by a team of Rutherford County Adult Detention Center booking officers and the nursing staff Sunday, a spokeswoman said.

Fitzhugh voted interim sheriff

Fitzhugh voted interim sheriff

A split Rutherford County Commission elected former Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Fitzhugh as interim sheriff Thursday in an 11-10 vote that took three tallies before one of four finalists received a majority vote.

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations during severe shortage

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donations during severe shortage

Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care.

Special election or council appointment?

Special election or council appointment?

City council addresses vacancy left by Young.

Local restaurant seeks public's help to stay afloat

Local restaurant seeks public's help to stay afloat

Despite positive reviews, The Block struggles to stay open.

UPDATED: Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County

UPDATED: Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County

Rutherford County received its first snow of the year last week, closing schools Friday and Monday, MTSU Friday afternoon and creating hazardous, icy roadway conditions.

Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County

Snowy skies mean icy streets in Rutherford County

Rutherford County received its first snow of the year last night and this morning, closing schools for the day and MTSU for the afternoon, and creating hazardous, icy roadway conditions.

Fundraising 4-year-old raises hundreds for firefighters

Fundraising 4-year-old raises hundreds for firefighters

He may be just 4 years old, but Hayes Owen, son of David and Stacey Owen of Murfreesboro, had a big wish for Christmas.

City of Murfreesboro prepared to handle winter ice and snow

City of Murfreesboro prepared to handle winter ice and snow

Murfreesboro is stocked and ready to clear streets of ice and snow again this winter season.

Deputy Vanderveer fired from RCSO

Deputy Vanderveer fired from RCSO

People close to jailed Sheriff Robert Arnold continue to be removed from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

Judge declines to drop charges against Arnold

Judge declines to drop charges against Arnold

A federal judge confirmed a Feb. 7 trial date for Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-conspirators and denied a request to drop seven counts of criminal charges filed against them.

Former director of All About Giving, Inc. pleads guilty to $1.5 million fraud

Former director of All About Giving, Inc. pleads guilty to $1.5 million fraud

LaShane Hayes, 44, of La Vergne, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and wire fraud after being charged with defrauding the United States Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through her sponsor agency, All About Giving, Inc.

Retirement ends Ricketts' alternative fuels era at MTSU

Retirement ends Ricketts' alternative fuels era at MTSU

The Cliff Ricketts era of alternative fuels research at MTSU ended recently with one final attempt to successfully drive U.S. 231 in Tennessee between the Kentucky and Alabama state lines using a wood gasification process.

8 months after Hobgood arrests, final report released

8 months after Hobgood arrests, final report released

With Murfreesboro Police preparing to discipline six officers in connection with the April arrest of Hobgood Elementary School students, community leaders say they're glad the department is taking action even if it's eight months after the incident.

U.S. attorneys oppose dismissal of charges against Arnold

U.S. attorneys oppose dismissal of charges against Arnold

U.S. attorneys are opposing efforts to have seven criminal counts dismissed against Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-defendants before their Feb. 7, 2017 trial on federal corruption charges.

Angela Jackson named Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Director

Angela Jackson named Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Director

City Manager Rob Lyons has named Angela Jackson director of the Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Department.

Arrest made in Indian Park murder

Arrest made in Indian Park murder

Dec. 27 Murfreesboro Police detectives served an arrest warrant on Danny Holmes Jr. for the murder of Cesar Lopez-Flores. A search warrant was also served at Holmes' West Main Street apartment.

Shooting on West Castle Street

Shooting on West Castle Street

An altercation on West Castle Street led to a deadly shooting this afternoon.

Grissom, Sharp named temporary assistant chiefs

Grissom, Sharp named temporary assistant chiefs

Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Keith Lowery named two veteran majors to serve temporarily as assistant chiefs to handle management duties until an interim sheriff is selected.

DA will 'enter an appearance' to aid with ouster

DA will 'enter an appearance' to aid with ouster

District Attorney Jennings Jones is set to provide assistance to a group seeking the ouster of suspended and jailed Sheriff Robert Arnold.

McBurney suspended without pay and decommissioned

McBurney suspended without pay and decommissioned

An indicted Rutherford County Sheriff's major was suspended without pay and decommissioned from his law enforcement duties effective Wednesday.

Inmate attacks officer at county jail

Inmate attacks officer at county jail

A Rutherford County jail inmate is charged with assault after allegedly attacking a detention center officer because he was mad about losing trusty status, records show.

Murder on Indian Park Drive

Murder on Indian Park Drive

Murfreesboro Police detectives are investigating the murder of a man late Friday night at an Indian Park Drive residence after several people allegedly kidnapped a woman, took her there and shot the victim.

The trial must go on

The trial must go on

U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Sharp is sticking with a Feb. 7 trial date for Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and two co-defendants, putting the onus on himself to rule soon on two motions to dismiss criminal charges.

Murfreesboro man charged in Bedford County murder

Murfreesboro man charged in Bedford County murder

Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, have arrested and charged a Murfreesboro man in connection to a homicide earlier this month in the Shelbyville area.

Funeral and visitation details announced for Murfreesboro City Councilman Doug Young

Funeral and visitation details announced for Murfreesboro City Councilman Doug Young

Colleagues call Young 'an example,' 'a champion,' and 'selfless.'

Did you win the lottery?

Did you win the lottery?

The winning ticket, worth $100,000, was purchased at Smyrna Liquors on Almaville Road.

La Vergne police increase DUI enforcement over the holiday season

La Vergne police increase DUI enforcement over the holiday season

The statewide "Booze It & Lose It" campaign is part of a national mobilization to prevent drunk and drugged driving.

County Commission weighs options for sheriff, plans on Motlow contributions

County Commission weighs options for sheriff, plans on Motlow contributions

The Rutherford County Commission met Dec. 15 to discuss plans for appointing an interim sheriff, as well as consider rezoning requests and a fundraising plea from Motlow State Community College.

From Murfreesboro to Aleppo, with love

From Murfreesboro to Aleppo, with love

"It's the holocaust of 2016," said Adnan Shamdin. "Why is this okay today?"

What happened the day Jonothan Maxwell died?

What happened the day Jonothan Maxwell died?

Lawsuit alleges negligence at Rutherford County Jail.

Hazardous material fire shuts down I-24

Hazardous material fire shuts down I-24

Emergency workers had to slow-walk their response to a truck fire early Wednesday off I-24 in the Buchanan area after they found out they were dealing with hazardous materials, according to Rutherford County Fire & Rescue Chief Larry Farley.

$100,000 Powerball winner in Smyrna

$100,000 Powerball winner in Smyrna

he holidays are even brighter for a Tennessee Lottery player in Smyrna, who won $100,000 from last night's Powerball drawing.

Man fatally shot at Indian Park Drive home

Man fatally shot at Indian Park Drive home

An alleged female victim reported she was kidnapped earlier in the night by several suspects in Bedford County, assaulted and directed to take the suspects to the home ofCesar Lopez-Flores, who was shot and killed.

Crews battle early morning fire downtown

Crews battle early morning fire downtown

Despite the crews' best efforts, the structure will be a total loss. The building is believed to be Eubanks Electric.

Officials break ground on Christiana fire station expansion

Officials break ground on Christiana fire station expansion

Firefighters in Christiana celebrated a ground-breaking last week as the crew looks toward making improvements to the station.

A historic 'first' for La Vergne

A historic 'first' for La Vergne

Voters elect African American alderman.

Abbott convicted of second-degree murder

Abbott convicted of second-degree murder

A Circuit Court jury convicted Dewey "Butch" Abbott of second-degree murder Friday in the July 22, 2015 shooting death of Jesse Sliepenbeek, a verdict that could force the defendant to spend at least 15 years in prison.

I-24 to reopen after hazardous materials fire this morning

I-24 to reopen after hazardous materials fire this morning

Emergency workers are preparing to allow traffic to move on I-24 near the Buchanan exit in southeast Rutherford County after extinguishing a hazardous materials fire that started after two big trucks crashed there this morning, according to Deputy Mayor Jeff Davidson.

Vouchers, seatbelts on buses, and more

Vouchers, seatbelts on buses, and more

School boards and legislators cover it all at annual joint pow-wow.

Sheriff's office delivers supplies to Gatlinburg

Sheriff's office delivers supplies to Gatlinburg

Food and supplies donated for Gatlinburg fire victims were delivered to Sevier County Wednesday by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office employees and the Explorer Post.

Cope to pay $200,000 fine for insider trader

Cope to pay $200,000 fine for insider trader

Former county attorney will also serve two years probation, nine months home confinement

Inmate dies after falling ill in jail

Inmate dies after falling ill in jail

A Rutherford County jail inmate has died after becoming ill while in detention, the sheriff's office reported.

RCSO K9s Samson and Tiko to get body armor

RCSO K9s Samson and Tiko to get body armor

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office K9s Samson and Tiko will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., sponsored by an anonymous donor.

MTSU grads' dreams come true at fall commencement

MTSU grads' dreams come true at fall commencement

Dreams came true for at least 1,892 people at MTSU Saturday, Dec. 10, as they accepted their hard-earned graduate and undergraduate degrees inside Murphy Center at the university's fall 2016 commencement ceremonies.

Body of missing woman found

Body of missing woman found

DNA results are still pending, but detectives have identified the body found Thursday as Francisca Gomez-Cordero, reported missing earlier this week.

Settlement reached in jail suicide lawsuit

Settlement reached in jail suicide lawsuit

Rutherford County paid $260,000 in a settlement reached with the wife of an inmate who committed suicide at the jail in late January 2016, county records show.

New advisory council to address future of waste

New advisory council to address future of waste

With Middle Point Landfill's capacity projected at eight years, the advisory committee is being formed to consider new methods for handling long-term solid waste needs across the county.

Murfreesboro woman kidnapped

Murfreesboro woman kidnapped

Anyone with information in this case should call Murfreesboro Police immediately at (615) 893-1311. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867).

Fraudster swindles $60,000 through Boro-based businesses

A Murfreesboro woman accused of stealing investors' money is being fined $50,000 and barred from securities work in Tennessee, according to the state Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Residents oppose approval at Middle Point permit hearing

Residents oppose approval at Middle Point permit hearing

In addition to arguing the permit is incomplete, SOCM members and community residents said blasting damages houses and could even rupture the landfill and cause pollution to leak into the Stones River East Fork and groundwater.

County jail loses certification

County jail loses certification

The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control decertified the Rutherford County jail last week after it failed a follow-up November inspection, a decision that increases the county's liability in cases dealing with the treatment of inmates.

Arrest made in cold case from 2007

Arrest made in cold case from 2007

Last Thursday Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit arrested a 31-year-old Houston, Texas woman for the murder of her boyfriend in 2007, a detective supervisor says.

Interim sheriff candidates have questions to answer

Interim sheriff candidates have questions to answer

Candidates for Rutherford County's interim sheriff post will be required to answer a series of leadership questions in writing before making their case in person at a County Commission meeting in January.

Murfreesboro-based businesses, operator cited for securities fraud

Murfreesboro-based businesses, operator cited for securities fraud

Migdalia Freyre (aka Mig Christian) permanently barred, fined $50,000.

Ride a bike to work!

Ride a bike to work!

Local 'two-wheel commuters' say the journey can be worth your while.

Ketron, Read consider county mayoral run

Ketron, Read consider county mayoral run
Ketron, left and Read, right.

Roughly a year from the campaign trail, two officials are considering a run for Rutherford County mayor in 2018 with Ernest Burgess set to step down after two terms.

16 throw their hats in the ring for interim sheriff position

16 throw their hats in the ring for interim sheriff position

Rutherford County commissioners will have a long list of candidates to cull for the interim sheriff post after Sheriff Robert Arnold was jailed and suspended while awaiting a Feb. 7, 2017 trial on federal corruption charges.

MFRD's final crews in Gatlinburg return home

MFRD's final crews in Gatlinburg return home

Exactly one week after initial deployment, all of Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue's crews and personnel have returned from Gatlinburg.

Waste disposal and rezoning proposals at Murfreesboro City Council

Waste disposal and rezoning proposals at Murfreesboro City Council

Thursday afternoon a special meeting to address issues associated with Middle Point Landfill opened Murfreesboro City Council's session.

Devoted police horse Checker Cash passes away at 21

Devoted police horse Checker Cash passes away at 21

Sgt. Jon Levi and partner, Checker Cash, were trusted brothers for the 16 years they worked together daily for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

Convicted sex offender pleads guilty a third time

Convicted sex offender pleads guilty a third time

A twice-convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual battery of a high school student he incapacitated four years ago

MTSU enhances security with active shooter guides, more cameras, call stations

MTSU enhances security with active shooter guides, more cameras, call stations

University unveils ongoing plans to upgrade technology.

Birthday greetings in blue and red

Birthday greetings in blue and red

'Boro police, firefighters make party special for 8-year-old twins.

Dunn pleads guilty to child porn charges

Dunn pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former Murfreesboro Police SWAT unit leader received an 18-year prison sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to child porn charges.

Morning lockdown at Stewarts Creek High School

Morning lockdown at Stewarts Creek High School

School Resource Officers have not identified the student who made "inappropriate comments" about Stewarts Creek High School but the found no actual threat was made, an SRO captain said.

MFRD personnel and fire apparatus deployed to assist Gatlinburg

MFRD personnel and fire apparatus deployed to assist Gatlinburg

On Monday evening at 8:30 pm, Chief Mark Foulks deployed 14 firefighters, a fire engine and two ladder trucks to the staging area located in Sevierville, Tenn., to assist with the uncontained fires spreading across Gatlinburg.

Kymari House receives $3,000 grant from MTE SharingChange

Kymari House receives $3,000 grant from MTE SharingChange

Middle Tennessee Electric's SharingChange has donated $3,000 of its funds to Kymari House.

MTSU names student-success leader Sluder as new University College dean

MTSU names student-success leader Sluder as new University College dean
The administrator leading MTSU's Quest for Student Success will now also serve as dean of the University College and will oversee work with students undecided on majors, as well as adult degree completion, online learning and academic outreach to high school students.

Campaign finance complaint filed against Sen. Tracy

Campaign finance complaint filed against Sen. Tracy

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance is waiting for a state attorney general opinion before making a decision on a campaign finance complaint filed against Sen. Jim Tracy, a state official said.

Suspect wanted in connection with La Vergne shooting

Suspect wanted in connection with La Vergne shooting

Police in La Vergne are investigating a shooting that injured one man yesterday and caused an auto accident.

Sgt. Hammond resigns from Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. Hammond resigns from Rutherford County Sheriff's Office

A Rutherford County sheriff's officer connected to an incident that led to the suspension of Robert Arnold is leaving the department.

Inmate tries to attack DA in court

Inmate tries to attack DA in court

A Rutherford County deputy was forced to spring into action Tuesday in Circuit Court to keep an inmate from attacking a district attorney.

New charges against Yocca in self-induced abortion attempt

New charges against Yocca in self-induced abortion attempt

Anna Yocca, 32, was indicted by the November grand jury on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted procurement of a miscarriage and attempted criminal abortion, all felonies, according to Circuit Court records.

Rutherford County Jail may lose certification

Rutherford County Jail may lose certification

After second failed inspection, decertification recommended.

Marijuana, guns seized from La Vergne man's home

Marijuana, guns seized from La Vergne man's home

About $134,400 worth of high grade marijuana and eight firearms were confiscated from a La Vergne resident after a search warrant was served last week at his home, a Rutherford County Sheriff's narcotics supervisor said Monday.

Cope hearing held up

Cope hearing held up

With a net worth of $12 million and monthly income of $37,000, Jim Cope should pay a fine of $200,000 as part of a plea agreement to inside trading, a federal judge said Monday.

Local Girl Scout saves sister, earns Medal of Honor

Local Girl Scout saves sister, earns Medal of Honor

Not many people can say they've saved a life. Eleven-year-old Lizzie Anderson is one of the few, but she says she was just doing what had to be done.

'More kindness, less judgement' at Friday rally of allies

'More kindness, less judgement' at Friday rally of allies

In the face of fear, kindness counts.

Gofundme for family of Nissan worker exceeds expectations

Gofundme for family of Nissan worker exceeds expectations

A Gofundme account to benefit the family of Dennis Pinkston has exceeded its fundraising goal.

Rutherford County churches under fire

Rutherford County churches under fire

Identity of the person who fired several rounds into two churches and damaged the buildings from Sunday through Wednesday are sought by a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective.

Interim sheriff hiring may take until January

Interim sheriff hiring may take until January

Despite what some termed an "emergency" at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, it could be mid-January before county commissioners hire an interim sheriff to take over for suspended and jailed Sheriff Robert Arnold.

McBurney indicted on three charges

McBurney indicted on three charges

The day a state Comptroller's report found Sheriff's Maj. Terry McBurney lied about his citizenship status on federal, local and state documents, a U.S. grand jury indicted him on three different charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Threatening note containing racial slur found in Blackman locker room

Threatening note containing racial slur found in Blackman locker room

'Bias-motivated' crime reported against local couple.

Russell fired from Sheriff's Office

Russell fired from Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Chief Administrative Deputy Joe Russell, facing indictment on 14 federal counts of official corruption, has been fired, according to county officials.

McBurney charged with unlawfully obtaining citizenship

McBurney charged with unlawfully obtaining citizenship

Terry McBurney, 47, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and a Major with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday, on charges of unlawful procurement of naturalization; making false statements under oath in matters relating to his application for U.S. citizenship and naturalization status; and wire fraud.

Maj. McBurney allegedly lied about citizenship

Maj. McBurney allegedly lied about citizenship

Amid the suspension of jailed Sheriff Robert Arnold from office, Rutherford County commissioners are concerned about the sheriff's office management and misleading statements by top officers.

Ketron announces Motlow State will receive $5.5 million for Advanced Robotics Center

Ketron announces Motlow State will receive $5.5 million for Advanced Robotics Center

State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), said today that Motlow State Community College will receive a $5.5 million Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grant to be used for their Advanced Robotics Training Center.

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