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Bess Trial: Son testifies he saw father shoot stepmother

MURFREESBORO - The son of murder defendant Moses Bess testified today he saw his father blow his step-mother's head off when they argued in the bedroom of their Richland Road trailer on Moses' Mountain in 1986.

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Witness: Bess warned her not to talk to police

MURFREESBORO - One of Deborah Sherfield Bess's best friends testified Monday murder defendant Moses Bess threatened her life if she went to the police and told them she didn't think Deborah killed herself.

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Jury selection starts in Bess cold-case murder trial

MURFREESBORO - Jury selection is under way in the first-degree murder trial for Jewell Moses Bess, a cold case dating to 1986. The question is whether Bess, 65, killed his ex-wife Deborah Sherfield Bess or she committed suicide.

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City sets public hearing Thursday on $134M budget plan

MURFREESBORO - The City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday on a $134 million spending plan for fiscal 2016, a proposal adding 13 full-time positions, including five police officers. The hearing is set for 7 p.m. at City Hall, 111 W. Vine St.

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Democrats call for Insure Tennessee special session
Gov. Bill Haslam
Democrats call for Insure Tennessee special session

Democrats are calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to hold a special session immediately to pass Insure Tennessee, a Medicaid expansion proposal offering coverage to 280,000 working people caught in an insurance gap.

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Ethics panel wants details on whether county attorney approved sheriff's e-cigarette sales to inmates

MURFREESBORO - The Rutherford County Ethics Committee wants to know whether the county attorney gave Sheriff Robert Arnold approval to sign a contract with JailCigs to sell e-cigarettes to jail inmates.

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Budget-leery county commissioner believes sheriff should resign

MURFREESBORO - A key member of the Rutherford County Commission's Budget & Finance Committee believes Sheriff Robert Arnold has lost the people's trust and should step down amid a federal, state and local probe into his administration.

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Luker named principal of Smyrna Middle School
Steve Luker
Luker named principal of Smyrna Middle School

Director of Schools Don Odom is pleased to announce that Steve Luker has been named the new principal of Smyrna Middle School.

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Former band teacher guilty of improper relationship with minor


(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following contains some graphic language)

A former City Schools band teacher was found guilty Tuesday of carrying on an improper relationship with a Loretto High School student involving the exchange of sexually explicit photos.

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MTSU expands its Dual Enrollment program at high schools

Qualified high school juniors and seniors statewide will be able to take tuition-free online courses for college credit through Middle Tennessee State University's recently expanded dual-enrollment program.

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Sheriff's Office rehired employees who earlier resigned

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold hired his relative James Vanderveer as an officer in October 2014 despite a brush with the law in Georgia and a DUI charge here.

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Letter to the Editor

To the editor,

Well everyone is ready to bash the sheriff over some vapor-cigs. What about the good things he has done since he has been in office?

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Change in county insurance will affect 700 spouses

Rutherford County commissioners voted 15-5 recently to change the county's employee insurance plan and adopt a "carve-out" for spouses who have an insurance plan through their own employer.

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Glanton-Smith, NFL's Brown seek to end gang violence
Glanton-Smith, NFL's Brown seek to end gang violence
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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