The homeless population has soared across U.S. cities, including Murfreesboro, since the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008.
The purpose of the public hearing is to present the proposed Third-Year Action Plan for allocating and expending grant funds in support of the 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan.
Since 1999 the City of Murfreesboro has been working on ways to help the homeless population and the less fortunate in our area.
Allen Chapel AME Church in Murfreesboro will be hosting meals for the homeless on the 4th Saturday of each month.
George and Brenda have had a rough year on the streets of Middle Tennessee. They have relocated camps, been in and out of the hospital and more.
Homelessness is a growing problem as Middle Tennessee increases in population. Kim Snell helps out homeless students within the Rutherford County School System.
He was sitting in the Sunday drizzle on a street side bench in Nashville.
East Main Church of Christ in Murfreesboro will be conducting another winter coat giveaway for all ages at their 300 East Main St. Annex building on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
The Contributor Newspaper is a paper that gives those who have nothing hope. The paper, which is printed in nearby Nashville, Tennessee, is now sold by homeless living in Murfreesboro.
Have you met 58 year old Liu Khai Trac, who is known around here as Lou?
On Tuesday, WGNS told you about a homeless man who was put in a chokehold, fell unconscious and then robbed. We have now confirmed that another homeless man was robbed about thirty days prior.
Mike Bivins with the Refuge in Murfreesboro says that a new program will help those in emergency need situations.
Convicted murderer Charles Warner has filed a motion for a new trial. Warner is the man who was convicted and sentenced for killing homeless resident Emad Al Azraki in Murfreesboro in 2014.
Vanessa Newsome had the idea to start a sewing class for homeless women at Greenhouse Ministries a while back, but she didn't have enough machines. That all changed on Thursday...
Vanessa Newsome is a volunteer at Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro, where she teaches homeless women how to sew.
Rutherford County has been chosen to receive $120,786 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county under Phase 33 of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP).
Murfreesboro Police were able to talk a 31 year old woman out of suicide early Thursday morning (7/14/16). The incident unfolded on Medical Center Parkway, where she wanted to jump from a bridge.
MPD Officer Earl Crow wrote in a report, "I determined that Mr. Ivory was the aggressor in the assault." As for the reported sexual assault that was reported, charges are pending.
During the event, Captain Monica Seiler talked about how her life as a child was turned upside down by domestic violence, drugs and alcohol. She also talked about how her mother fled her abusive father with her and her two siblings.
Pick up five free blessing bags at WGNS. After you hand out five bags, you are encouraged to stop by and grab five more.
The children at a local school have teamed up with the Murfreesboro Cold Patrol and WGNS to challenge the citizens in our community to pick up five free blessing bags at WGNS and then hand the bags to those in need over the next five days.
Charles Warner, the man who killed homeless resident Emad Al Azraki in Murfreesboro in 2014, was found guilty in February of this year. Warner is now asking for a new trial.
Police say they observed two cuts on the tent that were alleged to have been caused by the swinging machete.
Charles Warner, the man who killed homeless resident Emad Al Azraki in Murfreesboro along the banks of Lytle Creek in 2014, was found guilty.
Scott Walker with WGNS hits the streets on a weekly basis to photography life. His Street Photography began when he was in the US Navy in the mid 90's...
In 2014 witness Robert Strange testified before a Grand Jury that he was drinking beer at a friend Apartment when the accused suspect Charles Warner and murder victim Al Azraki...
When I was a child, I was homeless. In fact, it was through this circumstance that my family first came into contact with The Salvation Army. Thankfully, we were not homeless for long, nor do I have many bad memories from that experience.
The East Main Church of Christ will host a free coat giveaway on January 16th (Saturday) in Murfreesboro.
The Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness will coordinate Tennessee's efforts, and identify, develop, and ensure sustained partnerships among supporting agencies, service providers, and those who advocate for people experiencing homelessness.
One witness stated, "He was covered in blood [talking about the suspect]." The witness told the courts, "He had blood all over his face, arms and legs."
The plastic tote that was reportedly stolen from a Murfreesboro Walmart store was mainly filled with cold weather items, according to police.
This year, in partnership with Chick-fil-A and The Salvation Army of Murfreesboro, Tennessee Chapter 7 will host a 48-hour "Homeless Veterans Awareness" event at H3O Aquatics...
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is the recipient of $3.6 million in federal grant funds to help hundreds of homeless veterans and chronically homeless Tennesseans secure a place to live and to receive treatment for their mental illness and substance use issues.
The Noon Exchange Club is hosting a local Veterans Matter rally 11/11@7 to kick of a fundraising effort to house homeless veterans.
The Noon Exchange Club is hosting a local Veterans Matter rally 11/11@7 to kick off a fundraising effort to house homeless veterans.
Cold nights are here, and the NewsRadio WGNS Blanket Brigade is again handing out new blankets and new sleeping bags to help homeless persons stay alive.
What is it that your local Salvation Army does here in Rutherford County? Watch this video!
A homeless man in Murfreesboro was struck and killed by a CSX freight train around 8:00 o'clock Sunday morning.
A 33-year old homeless man has been charged with tampering with his monitoring device.
A Sock Drive for the homeless is going on now through the end of November.
Robert Strange stated, "He was covered in blood [talking about Warner]."Strange told the courts, "He had blood all over his face, arms and legs."
Since the process is in the early stages, concepts of exactly what the facility or facilities would look like vary.
A 27-year old homeless man has been arrested after punching another homeless man in the face.
A 24-year old Murfreesboro man who is homeless has been accused of sexual contact with a minor. Jordan Trey Harris, who goes by the nickname of Platypus, was arrested on Wednesday.
A number of years ago, a security guard working at a property in Middle Tennessee, killed another man. We promised the former security guard that we would not release his name, only this audio segment and a picture of him today, years after that life altering incident. WGNS is passing along this story to you, because it serves as a reminder that we never truly know what someone is going through, nor where they have been.
The man accused of robbing the homeless this past March in Murfreesboro has been released from jail after making bond. 45-Year old James Harrell Climer was arrested in March after he allegedly...
A huge percentage of those who are homeless were sexually abused or physically abused as a child.
I spoke to one woman who was in her early fifties and she told me that she was raped as a child by numerous persons that included two of her father's friends.
The City of Murfreesboro Community Development Department is seeking help from the public in developing its Consolidated Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program priorities for the next five years...
Murfreesboro Police went to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital the day after Christmas in reference to a possible stabbing incident.
This picture is simple, yet magical. Notice the smile on the face of the man receiving...
The Motlow College Smyrna Center is hosting a care-package drive for the homeless now until Dec. 18, according to Estelle Davis, secretary at the Smyrna Center.
The Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter will again be open Thursday evening as the temps dip down below 30.
Local resident and volunteer Ed Grimes confirmed that the Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter will once again be open over the next several evenings in Murfreesboro.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, members of the United States Military Vets Motorcycle Club (a non-profit organization) will be living outside for 48 hours in a shopping center parking lot in Murfreesboro.
Doors at First Baptist Church, home of the Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter will open at 7:00 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.
A drop off box is at Southeastern Tire on NW Broad Street in Murfreesboro.
The forecast for a bitterly cold winter has created a need for more blankets for local homeless persons. The WGNS Blanket Brigade is now partnering with all Wilson Bank & Trust locations in Rutherford County.
Scott Foster with the Journey Home told WGNS that the Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Season has started, with temperatures forecasted to dip into the 20's over the...
A homeless 41-year old woman in Murfreesboro was arrested for allegedly selling Oxycodone this past weekend.
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is embarking on a three-year strategy to reduce homelessness among veterans and other chronically homeless people...
Medication is prescribed when symptoms of mental or emotional illness are severe...
Homelessness is a growing problem in the United States. Statistics hit home in Rutherford County as well.
"We're commanded to look after the less fortunate, especially the widows and children," Blue Davis said.
Concert tickets are on sale now for a fundraiser to benefit Doors of Hope and The Journey Home, set for Sunday, July 20th.
A homeless man was reportedly assaulted early Sunday morning on Medical Center Parkway at I-24. The victim told Murfreesboro Police while holding a sign for money, a white male in his mid-20's, pulled up in his pickup truck.
I hesitated on actually putting this story online… but, with the consent of this gentleman, I decided to go ahead and post it, even though it is in Nashville. He wanted his story to be heard to hopefully help someone else. If someone can see his struggles, if someone can see what he is a slave to, then possibly… one person will quit drinking. - Scott Walker (WGNS)
The "unattended death" that was reported Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro has been investigated.
Many of the homeless persons living in Tennessee have mental illness problems, so the question we have is… how do homeless get help for mental illness?
You may recall, Sheriff Robert Arnold originally announced plans to clean the cemetery using inmate labor. Those plans fell through when it was realized the grave site was on private property. You can not use inmate labor on private property.
WGNS recently met with Scott Foster at The Journey Home in Murfreesboro. The outreach center on West Castle Street serves a warm breakfast
Suitcases, garbage bags and assorted carrying cases for clothing and personal items form a line just inside the entrance to the Way of Hope Women’s Resource Center off South Rutherford Boulevard and Dill Lane.
WGNS asked Lt. Monica Seiler how bad of a problem homelessness really is in Rutherford County.
Some might say, it’s just what the doctor ordered. The York VA Medical Center has added a new service to further help veterans out.
A “Faith and Finance” Conference will take place in Murfreesboro on March 6th at the Lane Agri Park on John R. Rice Blvd.
The homeless population appears to be increasing in Rutherford County, but what are individuals doing to make a difference?
When officers questioned the 19-year old his speech was hard to understand, he was in a sweat and he was acting erratic.
In this most recent video, the woman we spoke to told WGNS that she is homeless because she has been on the run from a domestic violence situation.
WGNS has been spending time with homeless persons living in the Murfreesboro City Limits in recent weeks and we have conducted several video interviews.
In this most recent story, a homeless man was badly beaten while staying at Old Fort Park.
The homeless population is increasing in Rutherford County. WGNS took the time to stop and speak with one homeless person who told us he enjoys conversations with strangers.
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