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She hides her scars beneath her clothing
She hides her scars beneath her clothing

Surrounded by trees adorned with thorns in Murfreesboro, Tennessee stands 19 year old Crystal Chaney. The Alabama native is maybe 100 pounds on a day she has eaten a full meal. Crystal and her boyfriend David are homeless.

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Buy one t-shirt and a local homeless resident will get a Kelty brand low temperature sleeping bag
Buy one t-shirt and a local homeless resident will get a Kelty brand low temperature sleeping bag

Every "Get Warm" t-shirt sold will equal one low temperature Kelty brand sleeping bag and you will get 10% all purchases in the store. The t-shirts are only $28.

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Food gift-cards for homeless in Murfreesboro at participating eatery's
Food gift-cards for homeless in Murfreesboro at participating eatery's

Pastor Scott Coy in Murfreesboro aims to give the homeless in our community a little something extra to make it through the Christmas season with a full belly. Coy stated...

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New outdoors store helping homeless in a big way
New outdoors store helping homeless in a big way


The brand new "Get Outside" outdoors store in Murfreesboro is helping in a big way with sleeping bags for homeless in our area. They even had specially printed t-shirts made just to raise awareness and to bring in donations to buy the bags.

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Hand out
Hand out "Encouragement Bags" in Murfreesboro today

Barnabas Vision in Murfreesboro is handing out weatherproof "Barnabas" bags that founder David Coggin calls "Encouragement Bags."

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Sleeping Bag Drive / Tent Drive Continues
Sleeping Bag Drive / Tent Drive Continues

Cold nights are here, and WGNS Radio partners are again handing out new sleeping bags and tents to help homeless persons stay alive.

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Concert in Smyrna, TN to benefit food bank in time for Christmas
Concert in Smyrna, TN to benefit food bank in time for Christmas

The entrance fee is simply a nonperishable food item to help stock the "Nourish Food Bank" before Christmas. A list of needed items is below.

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Donate Sleeping Bags Now - 5 Drop Off Points
Donate Sleeping Bags Now - 5 Drop Off Points

Cold nights are here, and WGNS Radio partners are again handing out new sleeping bags and tents to help homeless persons stay alive.

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Cold nights means the need for shelter in Murfreesboro for area homeless
Cold nights means the need for shelter in Murfreesboro for area homeless

As the temperatures continue to drop at night, the Coldest Nights shelter for those without heat or a place to rest their head at night is once again planning to be open. The shelter locations are in downtown Murfreesboro.

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Local political organization aims to help the homeless this winter
Local political organization aims to help the homeless this winter

Democrats in our area are helping to collect 1,000 pairs of socks, 100 pairs of long johns, 1,500 hats and 100 sleeping bags. The items will be used throughout the winter season by homeless living in Rutherford County.

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Free Coats for those in need this Saturday
Free Coats for those in need this Saturday

East Main Church of Christ in Murfreesboro will be conducting another winter coat giveaway for all ages...

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Sleeping bags and tents for the homeless
Sleeping bags and tents for the homeless

Three local business owners are coming together for the good of our community... to serve those who have nothing and live on the streets this winter.

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Connecting on the Farm 2017 to Benefit The Journey Home
Connecting on the Farm 2017 to Benefit The Journey Home

The local non-profit will hold a fundraiser called "Connecting on the Farm 2017" to benefit The Journey Home on October 12, 2017. Executive Director Scott Foster explained the purpose of the event...

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UPDATE: Centralizing Social Services to one campus in Murfreesboro
UPDATE: Centralizing Social Services to one campus in Murfreesboro

The Murfreesboro/Rutherford County Homeless Alliance is seeking to centralize services into one location to serve those in need.

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The Fears of Some Homeless
The Fears of Some Homeless

At times, his mind might not agree with reality, which is common in the world of mental illness diagnoses.

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Homeless in Murfreessboro
Homeless in Murfreessboro

As for fear, she worries about her safety the most. She worries about being killed more than being dirty.

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City, Family Promise invite public to participate in Community Meeting Aug. 22
City, Family Promise invite public to participate in Community Meeting Aug. 22

The homeless population has soared across U.S. cities, including Murfreesboro, since the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008.

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Stepping Stones Safe Haven celebrating year one in their building
Stepping Stones Safe Haven celebrating year one in their building

Stepping Stones Safe Haven, Inc. has been in it's permanent building, The Haven, for over a year. You may be wondering what they do and who they serve.

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The past is now in the past
The past is now in the past

Lee, who is homeless, once had a large tattoo on his forearm that read, "Member - KKK." However, that is now covered by a cross...

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Salvation Army Shelter Expands to Include Woman
Salvation Army Shelter Expands to Include Woman

The homeless population in Rutherford County increased 71-percent in the four-years between 2012 and 2016.

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VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System to Host 5th Annual Mental Health, Homeless Summit in Smyrna, TN
VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System to Host 5th Annual Mental Health, Homeless Summit in Smyrna, TN

For the 5th year in a row, The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System will host a Mental Health / Homeless Summit that is attended by Veterans, Family Members and Community Partners.

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City invites public, non-profit organizations to participate in Family Promise
City invites public, non-profit organizations to participate in Family Promise

The homeless population has soared across U.S. cities, including Murfreesboro, since the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008.

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Murfreesboro grant to help with items like child care, fair housing initiatives, homeless, substance abuse treatment and more
Murfreesboro grant to help with items like child care, fair housing initiatives, homeless, substance abuse treatment and more

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.

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Centralized campus to help homeless and less fortunate in community still in works
Centralized campus to help homeless and less fortunate in community still in works

Since 1999 the City of Murfreesboro has been working on ways to help the homeless population and the less fortunate in our area.

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Free meals for the homeless at Allen Chapel AME Church in Murfreesboro
Free meals for the homeless at Allen Chapel AME Church in Murfreesboro

Allen Chapel AME Church in Murfreesboro will be hosting meals for the homeless on the 4th Saturday of each month.

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It will be a good Christmas after all
It will be a good Christmas after all

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.

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Two boys living outside while homeless and attending a local school
Two boys living outside while homeless and attending a local school

Homelessness is a growing problem as Middle Tennessee increases in population. Kim Snell helps out homeless students within the Rutherford County School System.

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Photo of the Day by Scott Walker
Photo of the Day by Scott Walker

He was sitting in the Sunday drizzle on a street side bench in Nashville.

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Margarita is homeless in Murfreesboro, but now has hope with the Contributor Newspaper
Margarita is homeless in Murfreesboro, but now has hope with the Contributor Newspaper

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.

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Do you know Lou from Vietnam?
Do you know Lou from Vietnam?

Have you met 58 year old Liu Khai Trac, who is known around here as Lou?

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Who is targeting homeless in local robberies?
Who is targeting homeless in local robberies?

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.

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Helping those with emergency needs in Rutherford County just got easier
Helping those with emergency needs in Rutherford County just got easier

Mike Bivins with the Refuge in Murfreesboro says that a new program will help those in emergency need situations.

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Convicted Murfreesboro Murderer Charles Warner WILL NOT Get a New Trial
Convicted Murfreesboro Murderer Charles Warner WILL NOT Get a New Trial

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.

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20 New Singer Sewing Machines Donated to Greenhouse Ministries for Sewing Class
20 New Singer Sewing Machines Donated to Greenhouse Ministries for Sewing Class

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...

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It is more than just a sewing class for homeless women - it is therapeutic
It is more than just a sewing class for homeless women - it is therapeutic

Vanessa Newsome is a volunteer at Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro, where she teaches homeless women how to sew.

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Rutherford County Awarded $120,786 in Federal Funds Under Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Rutherford County Awarded $120,786 in Federal Funds Under Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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).

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Police talk woman out of suicide on Thursday
Police talk woman out of suicide on Thursday

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.

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Man accused of assault in local homeless camp
Man accused of assault in local homeless camp

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.

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Salvation Army Luncheon Opens Eyes of the Community
Salvation Army Luncheon Opens Eyes of the Community

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.

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Pick up
Pick up "Blessing Bags" for the Homeless at WGNS for Free and Hand them to those in need

Pick up five free blessing bags at WGNS. After you hand out five bags, you are encouraged to stop by and grab five more.

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Pick up Five Free Blessing Bags on Monday at WGNS to give to those in need
Pick up Five Free Blessing Bags on Monday at WGNS to give to those in need

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.

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Convicted Murderer in Murfreesboro Asking for a New Trial This Week
Convicted Murderer in Murfreesboro Asking for a New Trial This Week

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.

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Attempted machete attack ends with one arrest and second in hiding

Police say they observed two cuts on the tent that were alleged to have been caused by the swinging machete.

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Man who killed homeless victim in Murfreesboro sentenced to life in prison
Man who killed homeless victim in Murfreesboro sentenced to life in prison

Charles Warner, the man who killed homeless resident Emad Al Azraki in Murfreesboro along the banks of Lytle Creek in 2014, was found guilty.

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A look at Small Town Big World - Street Photography
A look at Small Town Big World - Street Photography

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...

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Suspect accused of killing homeless man set for trial Monday
Suspect accused of killing homeless man set for trial Monday

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...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Trafficking in the Homeless Community
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Trafficking in the Homeless Community

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.

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Free Coats in Murfreesboro on Saturday January 16, 2016
Free Coats in Murfreesboro on Saturday January 16, 2016

The East Main Church of Christ will host a free coat giveaway on January 16th (Saturday) in Murfreesboro.

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A New Focus on Homeless in Tennessee
A New Focus on Homeless in Tennessee

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.

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Man who allegedly killed a homeless man in 2014 to be in court soon
Man who allegedly killed a homeless man in 2014 to be in court soon

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."

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Homeless man arrested in Murfreesboro for allegedly shoplifting clothing items to keep warm
Homeless man arrested in Murfreesboro for allegedly shoplifting clothing items to keep warm

The plastic tote that was reportedly stolen from a Murfreesboro Walmart store was mainly filled with cold weather items, according to police.

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Homeless Veterans Awareness in Murfreesboro
Homeless Veterans Awareness in Murfreesboro

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...

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New grant to help homeless
New grant to help homeless

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.

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Helping to house Homeless Veterans in Murfreesboro
Helping to house Homeless Veterans in Murfreesboro

The Noon Exchange Club is hosting a local Veterans Matter rally 11/11@7 to kick of a fundraising effort to house homeless veterans.

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Noon Exchange Club of Murfreesboro hosting rally to house homeless veterans
Noon Exchange Club of Murfreesboro hosting rally 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.

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WGNS is collecting NEW sleeping bags and NEW blankets for homeless
WGNS is collecting NEW sleeping bags and NEW blankets for homeless

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.

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VIDEO: Salvation Army Connected to Rutherford County
VIDEO: Salvation Army Connected to Rutherford County

What is it that your local Salvation Army does here in Rutherford County? Watch this video!

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Homeless Man Killed By Train In Murfreesboro
Homeless Man Killed By Train In Murfreesboro

A homeless man in Murfreesboro was struck and killed by a CSX freight train around 8:00 o'clock Sunday morning.

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Homeless Man Charged with Tampering with Monitoring Device
Homeless Man Charged with Tampering with Monitoring Device

A 33-year old homeless man has been charged with tampering with his monitoring device.

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Donate socks for the homeless in Rutherford County
Donate socks for the homeless in Rutherford County

A Sock Drive for the homeless is going on now through the end of November.

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Trial to begin September 22 for accused murderer who allegedly killed a homeless man in Murfreesboro
Trial to begin September 22 for accused murderer who allegedly killed a homeless man in Murfreesboro

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."

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Homeless Task Force seeks to centralize services into one campus
Homeless Task Force seeks to centralize services into one campus

Since the process is in the early stages, concepts of exactly what the facility or facilities would look like vary.

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Man punches victim in the face in Murfreesboro - Suspect arrested
Man punches victim in the face in Murfreesboro - Suspect arrested

A 27-year old homeless man has been arrested after punching another homeless man in the face.

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Local man accused of Inappropriately touching 13-year old
Local man accused of Inappropriately touching 13-year old

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.

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The man you don't really know...
The man you don't really know...

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.

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Man accused of kicking homeless woman in face released from jail
Man accused of kicking homeless woman in face released from jail

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...

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The count of the homeless population Monday night / Tuesday morning
The count of the homeless population Monday night / Tuesday morning

A huge percentage of those who are homeless were sexually abused or physically abused as a child.

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The reality of my night meeting with the homeless in Rutherford County
The reality of my night meeting with the homeless in Rutherford County

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.

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City of Murfreesboro asking for public's help
City of Murfreesboro asking for public's help

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...

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Man allegedly stabbed victim in the back in Murfreesboro behind Ashley Furniture
Man allegedly stabbed victim in the back in Murfreesboro behind Ashley Furniture

Murfreesboro Police went to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital the day after Christmas in reference to a possible stabbing incident.

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Helping those in Need during Christmas
Helping those in Need during Christmas

This picture is simple, yet magical. Notice the smile on the face of the man receiving...

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Motlow College Smyrna Center hosting care package drive for the homeless
Motlow College Smyrna Center hosting care package drive for the homeless

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.

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Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Program will be OPEN for the homeless Thursday
Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Program will be OPEN for the homeless Thursday

The Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter will again be open Thursday evening as the temps dip down below 30.

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Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter continues to remain OPEN
Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter continues to remain OPEN

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.

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U.S. Veterans to camp out in Murfreesboro to bring more awareness to homelessness
U.S. Veterans to camp out in Murfreesboro to bring more awareness to homelessness

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.

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Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Program will be OPEN for the homeless
Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Program will be OPEN for the homeless

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.

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Local MTSU Student and Writer Darcy Payne talks about living with the homeless
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Help homeless children in Rutherford County - Drop off a toy at Southeastern Tire
Help homeless children in Rutherford County - Drop off a toy at Southeastern Tire

A drop off box is at Southeastern Tire on NW Broad Street in Murfreesboro.

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WB&T Joins WGNS' Blanket Brigade To Help More Homeless
WB&T Joins WGNS' Blanket Brigade To Help More Homeless

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.

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Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Program will be OPEN for the homeless
Coldest Nights Emergency Shelter Program will be OPEN for the homeless

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...

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Homeless woman says she was selling drugs to buy groceries
Homeless woman says she was selling drugs to buy groceries

A homeless 41-year old woman in Murfreesboro was arrested for allegedly selling Oxycodone this past weekend.

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State of Tennessee has goal of reducing homelessness - Can they do it?
State of Tennessee has goal of reducing homelessness - Can they do it?

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...

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74% of females and and 43% of males in Rutherford County jail on psychotropic medications
74% of females and and 43% of males in Rutherford County jail on psychotropic medications

Medication is prescribed when symptoms of mental or emotional illness are severe...

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Homelessness: A Big Problem
Homelessness: A Big Problem

Homelessness is a growing problem in the United States. Statistics hit home in Rutherford County as well.

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Positive: Local band with ties to the Sheriff's Office to play benefit concert in the 'Boro
Positive: Local band with ties to the Sheriff's Office to play benefit concert in the 'Boro

"We're commanded to look after the less fortunate, especially the widows and children," Blue Davis said.

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Concert benefiting Doors of Hope and the Journey Home - July 20th
Concert benefiting Doors of Hope and the Journey Home - July 20th

Concert tickets are on sale now for a fundraiser to benefit Doors of Hope and The Journey Home, set for Sunday, July 20th. 

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Homeless Man Assaulted

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. 

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A visit to a homeless campsite higher than most...
A visit to a homeless campsite higher than most...

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)

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UPDATE: Deceased person found in an abandoned building Wednesday in Murfreesboro died of natural causes

The "unattended death" that was reported Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro has been investigated. 

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How do homeless get help for mental illness in Tennessee?
How do homeless get help for mental illness in Tennessee?

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? 

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VOLUNTEER: Help clear and clean Benevolent Cemetery in Murfreesboro
VOLUNTEER: Help clear and clean Benevolent Cemetery in Murfreesboro

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.

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The Journey Home serves breakfast and lunch to homeless daily in Murfreesboro, participating in The Big Payback
The Journey Home serves breakfast and lunch to homeless daily in Murfreesboro, participating in The Big Payback

WGNS recently met with Scott Foster at The Journey Home in Murfreesboro. The outreach center on West Castle Street serves a warm breakfast

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Imagine being a homeless woman and moving from shelter to shelter every night
Imagine being a homeless woman and moving from shelter to shelter every night

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.

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Salvation Army in Murfreesboro Celebrates 20th Anniversary for their Shelter as Homeless Population Grows
Salvation Army in Murfreesboro Celebrates 20th Anniversary for their Shelter as Homeless Population Grows

WGNS asked Lt. Monica Seiler how bad of a problem homelessness really is in Rutherford County. 

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Mental Health Help at the VA in Murfreesboro
Just What the Doctor Ordered: Mental Health Help at the VA in Murfreesboro

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.

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Special Conference will Give You the Tools to HELP

A “Faith and Finance” Conference will take place in Murfreesboro on March 6th at the Lane Agri Park on John R. Rice Blvd. 

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A New Homeless Shelter Expected in Murfreesboro
A New Homeless Shelter Expected in Murfreesboro

The homeless population appears to be increasing in Rutherford County, but what are individuals doing to make a difference?

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What Will Become of the Overgrown and Damaged Benevolent Cemetery in 2014 Off South Church Street?
What Will Become of the Overgrown and Damaged Benevolent Cemetery in 2014 Off South Church Street?
A local cemetery that sits on private property is in dire need of clearing and repair, however no plans are in place at this point to do anything about the Benevolent Cemetery.
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UPDATE: Death of Homeless Man Days Before Christmas - Mother Says She Needs Help with Memorial Service
Pijan told us her son will be cremated. She will then place the urn containing his ashes next to the urns containing her other two children who died at age 8 after being hit by a car and at age 37 while swimming in the Cumberland River. 
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Can Homeless in Murfreesboro Find Proper Mental Health?
Can Homeless in Murfreesboro Find Proper Mental Health?
WGNS has aired multiple stories in recent weeks about homeless persons living in our community and one question that has come to light revolves around mental illness. Includes our past video interviews with the homeless. 
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Hippie Hill for the Homeless and Homeless Travelers Wins Approval by Board of Zoning - Two Members Disagree
Hippie Hill for the Homeless and Homeless Travelers Wins Approval by Board of Zoning - Two Members Disagree
Hippie Hill, which sits on a 40-acre tract of land in Rutherford County near the Cannon County line, has been rezoned as a Hostel property by the Board of Zoning Appeals. 
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Hippie Hill Hosting a Fundraiser in Murfreesboro
Hippie Hill Hosting a Fundraiser in Murfreesboro
Hippie Hill, a location that many homeless call home in Rutherford County, is hosting a fundraiser on Friday night in Murfreesboro.
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Video series on homeless in Murfreesboro, TN
Video series on homeless in Murfreesboro, TN
This is a series of video interviews with homeless persons living in Murfreesboro, TN. Please check back often as we add more daily.
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WGNS Spoke to Two Homeless Persons who Told us they were THANKFUL this Thanksgiving... (Audio and Pictures)
WGNS Spoke to Two Homeless Persons who Told us they were THANKFUL this Thanksgiving... (Audio and Pictures)
Thanksgiving is here and many Rutherford County residents are counting their blessings. 58-Year old Debbie Nichols and her 32-year old son Lance told us what they are thankful for…
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Unregistered Homeless Sex Offender Caught Begging for Money Near Shopping Area in Murfreesboro
Unregistered Homeless Sex Offender Caught Begging for Money Near Shopping Area in Murfreesboro
A homeless sex offender seen begging for money has been apprehended for failing to properly register on the Sex Offender Registry. 
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UPDATE: Homeless Man Allegedly Exposes Himself to Female - Listen to what the Victim Told WGNS
UPDATE: Homeless Man Allegedly Exposes Himself to Female - Listen to what the Victim Told WGNS
A homeless man in Murfreesboro has been accused of exposing himself to a woman and telling her, “I’m going to have sex with you.” - Listen to what the victim told WGNS...
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Homeless Man On Side of Road Arrested
Homeless Man On Side of Road Arrested
Officers recently paid a visit to the I-24, South Church Street area where they met with William Carl Perkins who is homeless and who was seen asking passing motorist for money.
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WGNS Visits the Homeless Camp Under South Church Street That Many Don't Know Exist
WGNS Visits the Homeless Camp Under South Church Street That Many Don't Know Exist
Shortly after our conversation with him, he evidently wrote on his body with a marker that he needed food and “Smokes.”
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UPDATE: Tennessee One of the Poorest States in Country (This is of Course Financially Speaking)
UPDATE: Tennessee One of the Poorest States in Country (This is of Course Financially Speaking)
According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, the state’s poverty rate in 2012 was nearly 18 percent, making Tennessee the 11th poorest state in the nation.
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Final Interview Dealing with Local Homeless Persons in Murfreesboro, TN
Final Interview Dealing with Local Homeless Persons in Murfreesboro, TN
Our video interviews with local homeless persons living on the street in Murfreesboro comes to a close this weekend with one final interview (below). 
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UPDATE: Homeless Man Completely NUDE Walking Down the Street in Murfreesboro
UPDATE: Homeless Man Completely NUDE Walking Down the Street in Murfreesboro

When officers questioned the 19-year old his speech was hard to understand, he was in a sweat and he was acting erratic.

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WGNS is Continuing our Interviews with Local Homeless Persons - In This Interview We Talk to a 23-Year Old Homeless Mother
WGNS is Continuing our Interviews with Local Homeless Persons - In This Interview We Talk to a 23-Year Old Homeless Mother
Scott Walker spoke to Laticha Bennett who is currently living with the Way of Hope in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Positive News for the Mentally Ill in TN - First in the Nation Court to Focus on Mental Illness and Drug Recovery
As WGNS continues our interview series with homeless persons living in Murfreesboro we have uncovered some promising news that will help the mentally ill and those headed through our court system who have drug related problems. 
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Police Officers in Murfreesboro Often the First to Point Homeless in Right Direction to Seek Help
Rabkin suggested that police officers are trained to look for signs of mental illness and can point the homeless in the right direction to seek help.
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VIDEO: Our Homeless Video Series Continues on WGNS
VIDEO: Our Homeless Video Series Continues on WGNS
WGNS interviewed one woman who travels from church to church nightly for a place to lay her head. Her story is quite interesting.
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VIDEO: Interview Series with Local Homeless Residents Continue in this Sobering Conversation
VIDEO: Interview Series with Local Homeless Residents Continue in this Sobering Conversation
Our homeless interview series continues to dive into the problems that these residents are facing.
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VIDEO: We are Continuing our Video Series of Interviewing the Homeless in Murfreesboro
VIDEO: We are Continuing our Video Series of Interviewing the Homeless in Murfreesboro

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. 

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New Video Interview with One of Many Homeless Persons in Murfreesboro
New Video Interview with One of Many Homeless Persons in Murfreesboro

WGNS has been spending time with homeless persons living in the Murfreesboro City Limits in recent weeks and we have conducted several video interviews. 

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Homeless Population: Homeless Man Beat in Old Fort Park - Found Under a Table

In this most recent story, a homeless man was badly beaten while staying at Old Fort Park. 

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Special Interview With One of Many Homeless Persons Living in Murfreesboro (See Video)

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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Homeless Man Arrested on Robbery Charge
A homeless man wanted for robbery has been apprehended by Murfreesboro Police thanks to an anonymous tip on Thursday.
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Homeless Attack Homeless During Alleged Robbery Attempt in Murfreesboro
WGNS is continuing to follow the homeless situation throughout the City of Murfreesboro. 
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Panhandler Problem Being Addressed by the City of Murfreesboro
WGNS is continuing to follow the situation involving homeless in Murfreesboro and the problem of panhandlers begging for money on or next to busy city streets. Police Chief Glenn Chrisman stated…   
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More and More Homeless Arrested on Public Intoxication Charges this Past Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Is the homeless population increasing as the weather continues to warm? WGNS asked Murfreesboro City Councilman Eddie Smotherman this past April that question…
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Influx of Homeless Arrests Made in Recent Weeks in Murfreesboro
Many of the homeless persons in our community seem to have a past criminal history and many of the homeless population appears to be under probation at this time, based on the arrest records we have seen. 
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Man Walking Around With Two Rifles in Downtown Murfreesboro Arrested
Walking around with two rifles in hand is a sure way to get questioned by police, not that there is anything wrong with rifles… or walking for that matter.
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Second Time... Sex Offender Caught Messing With His GPS Tracking Device
For the second time in less than a week, a convicted sex offender has been arrested after allegedly tampering with their GPS monitoring device in Murfreesboro.
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City Takes Steps to Maintain Safety of Panhandlers, Motorists
City Councilman Eddie Smotherman explains how the influx of panhandling within the city has led to a number of unique traffic situations that could pose safety concerns...
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Way of Hope "Faces of Hope Fashion Show"
The Way of Hope has a fun way you can help this local non-profit raise needed operating funds. The Faces of Hope Fashion Show is coming up this Saturday. 
 
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West Main Mission providing lunch to the homeless daily
Jim Hargrove the director of the mission tells us there is a strong need to provide more assistance in Rutherford County to the homeless.
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Third Homeless Person Attacked in Past 3-Months in Murfreesboro
According to a report filed by the individual, the attackers said the word “country” as they approached him. The attackers hit the victim multiple times. One of the two men threw a beer bottle at the victims head and the second stated that he was armed with a gun.
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