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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with motions to dismiss the case and is accusing her of attacking him for being a “citizen watchdog” even as he has withdrawn portions of his initial ethics complaint.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.

The City of Murfreesboro launched a fourth new division – the Community Services Division – on Aug. 27 as it continued to reorganize its administrative structure to enhance customer service.

Rutherford County is putting together plans for a solid waste department complex on county-owned property off Florence Road while looking for land to construct a transfer facility to handle garbage and recyclables when a private landfill closes.

Murfreesboro City Manager Craig Tindall has appointed Donald Anthony as director of the City of Murfreesboro Planning Department, replacing Gary Whitaker who was recently promoted to assistant city manager.

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Democratic political newcomer Mariah Phillips won primary contests Thursday and advance to face each other in the November General Election for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District seat.

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Four-term State Rep. Mike Sparks squeaked past Smyrna Town Councilman Tim Morrell in a hotly-contested Republican Primary that saw the incumbent fend off comments he made about teacher pay being “adequate.”

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Three-term State Rep. Dawn White upset the State Senate bid of Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess rolling past him in the Republican Primary by 16 percentage points in the battle to fill a vacant seat.