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A higher-than-normal number of provisional ballots has delayed certification of Rutherford County’s Nov. 3 election by a week, affecting the swearing-in of La Vergne and Eagleville candidates, officials said.

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Joe Frank Jernigan, a “sacrificial” public servant of 22 years on the Rutherford County Commission, has tendered his resignation due to health reasons.

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Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron’s daughter, Kelsey Ketron Randolph, who is on probation on charges related to an investigation of the family’s insurance business, unsuccessfully applied for two jobs in the county property assessor’s office, according to public records and a county official.

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This is a summary of a conference call Gov. Bill Lee held on Tuesday with community newspapers through the Tennessee Press Association.

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Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on Monday will provide video visitation for visits with inmates, said Jail Administrator Chris Fly.

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Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced that Patricia Breeding has been hired to serve in the new role of recovery director and Alissa Phillips has been promoted to probation director, effective Wednesday.

Members of the county government gave reactions to recent comments by city officials regarding county ambulance service and a failed attempt to collaborate on fire and ambulance dispatching.

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A Nashville man whom Smyrna Town Court Clerk Brittany Stevens sued for defamation has fired back with motions to dismiss the case and is accusing her of attacking him for being a “citizen watchdog” even as he has withdrawn portions of his initial ethics complaint.

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Plans for the construction of a massive distillery operation in Murfreesboro named Sazerac made headlines last year, and the project was approved by the City Council with a targeted opening date of “early 2020.”

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The Rutherford County Commission last Wednesday voted 14-6-1 to raise the property tax rate by 12 cents during a meeting that some commissioners say left them confused and voting the wrong way.

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Rutherford County government continues to make changes to its emergency services operations, an effort that likely will accelerate with the selection of its first-ever public safety director.

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A major shakeup has taken place inside the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services, with at least three administrators leaving the ambulance provider.