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AUDIO: Celebrating 70 Years of Local Sports Broadcasts on WGNS
AUDIO: Celebrating 70 Years of Local Sports Broadcasts on WGNS

WGNS signed on the air January 1st, 1947. Since then, covering local sports has been a major part of the fabric of the station's legacy. Here are just a few of the audio highlights of the tens of thousands of games broadcast by announcers like Ray Duffy, B.K. Hamm, Monte Hale, Chip Walters, Jeff Jordan, Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins.

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WGNS Sports Audio 1947-Present
WGNS Sports Audio 1947-Present

WGNS signed on the air January 1st, 1947. Since then, covering local sports has been a major part of the fabric of the station's legacy. Here are just a few of the audio highlights of the tens of thousands of games broadcast by announcers like Ray Duffy, B.K. Hamm, Monte Hale, Chip Walters, Jeff Jordan, Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins.

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Prep Coaches Show Begins 23rd Season from New Home - Bojangle's
Prep Coaches Show Begins 23rd Season from New Home - Bojangle's

The 2015-2016 sports season will begin the 23rd year in a row for the Prentice Alsup Heating and Air Coaches Corner. It will be the first of what we hope is many on-location at Bojangle's. The first show is this Saturday from the Memorial Boulevard location.

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Prep Coaches Show Begins 24th Season from New Home - Bojangle's
Prep Coaches Show Begins 24th Season from New Home - Bojangle's

The 2015-2016 sports season will begin the 24th year in a row for the Prentice Alsup Heating and Air Coaches Corner. It will be the first of what we hope is many on-location at Bojangle's. The first show is this Saturday from the Memorial Boulevard location.

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High School Sports Kicks Off Friday
High School Sports Kicks Off Friday

Prep football kicks off Friday as teams will have one more big practice under the lights before the regular season kicks off. The Rutherford County Football Jamboree is Friday and NewsRadio WGNS will broadcast all four match-ups from Stewarts Creek.

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Do you recognize this Santa's helper?
Do you recognize this Santa's helper?

For children of the 1960's, 70's and 80's, you most likely remember Santa's Murfreesboro helper.

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Monte Hale to Co-Host Prep Coaches Shows
Monte Hale to Co-Host Prep Coaches Shows

Longtime Rutherford County sports writer and co-host of All Sports Talk, Monte Hale, Jr., will join Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins this fall to co-host the Prentice Alsup Heating and Air Coaches Corner.

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Monte Hale to Co-Host Prep Coaches Shows
Monte Hale to Co-Host Prep Coaches Shows

Longtime Rutherford County sports writer and co-host of All Sports Talk, Monte Hale, Jr., will join Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins this fall to co-host the Prentice Alsup Heating and Air Coaches Corner.

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Podcast: January 18th, 2014: State Farm Prep Basketball: Oakland at Riverdale (Girls)
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Podcast: January 18th, 2014: State Farm Prep Basketball: Oakland at Riverdale (Boys)
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Smyrna Wins, Riverdale Loses in Last Day of State Farm Classic (WITH PHOTOS)
Smyrna Wins, Riverdale Loses in Last Day of State Farm Classic (WITH PHOTOS)
The Smyrna girls defeated Rossview 62-43, behind 12 points from Brooklyn Blanchard and 11 from Allie Bolton. They improve to 12-and-4 with the win.
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Mourning the Loss of Stephanie Dinkins
Mourning the Loss of Stephanie Dinkins

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Stephanie Dinkins, the wife of WGNS sportscaster & Wilson Elementary principal Jon Dinkins. UPDATED WITH FUNERAL INFORMATION

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High School Coaches Shows to Debut August 17th
High School Coaches Shows to Debut August 17th
It's almost time for the Prentice Alsup Heating and Air Coaches Corner. The first show of the year is Saturday, August 17th. This year, we'll be at a new home, Farmer's Family Restaurant off Old Fort Parkway. Bryan Barrett, Jon Dinkins and Phil Dye will host the program, which will begin at 9am.
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High School Coaches Shows to Debut August 17th
High School Coaches Shows to Debut August 17th
It's almost time for the Prentice Alsup Heating and Air Coaches Corner. The first show of the year is Saturday, August 17th. This year, we'll be at a new home, Farmer's Family Restaurant off Old Fort Parkway. Bryan Barrett, Jon Dinkins and Phil Dye will host the program, which will begin at 9am.
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Podcast: Blue Cross Spring Fling: State Championship Softball Game (Smyrna vs Dickson Co.)
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Podcast: Blue Cross Spring Fling Baseball (Riverdale vs Kingsport D-B)
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Podcast: Blue Cross Spring Fling Baseball (Central Magnet vs Pigeon Forge)
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Region Championship Softball & Baseball Roundup
Region Championship Softball & Baseball Roundup
Rutherford County softball and baseball teams went two-and-two in region championship games. County rivals Smyrna and Riverdale met in the championship game, heard on WGNS State Farm Prep Sports last (Wednesday) night. 
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Region Championship Softball & Baseball Roundup
Region Championship Softball & Baseball Roundup
Rutherford County softball and baseball teams went two-and-two in region championship games. County rivals Smyrna and Riverdale met in the championship game, heard on WGNS State Farm Prep Sports last (Wednesday) night. 
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Region Semifinal Roundup: Baseball & Softball
Region Semifinal Roundup: Baseball & Softball
Elimination Monday left some winners happy and losers taking inventory after ending their season in baseball and softball. Riverdale baseball hosted Columbia for the third straight year in the region semifinals. 
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Region Semifinal Roundup: Baseball & Softball
Region Semifinal Roundup: Baseball & Softball
Elimination Monday left some winners happy and losers taking inventory after ending their season in baseball and softball. Riverdale baseball hosted Columbia for the third straight year in the region semifinals. 
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Podcast: State Farm Prep Softball (Smyrna at Riverdale)
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Podcast: State Farm Prep Baseball (LaVergne at Riverdale)
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Podcast: State Farm Prep Baseball (Riverdale vs. Blackman)
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Basketball Boys Accolades
Basketball Boys Accolades
Basketball postseason accolades continue. Siegel senior Damien Clark was a Triple-A All State Tournament selection over the weekend. Also, Blackman senior Darius Thompson and MTCS junior Derrick Spears, were announced at last week's state tournament as Mr. Basketball finalists.
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Podcast: Siegel vs. Dyer County (Boys State Championship Basketball)
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Podcast: Blackman vs. Brentwood (Boys State Championship Basketball)
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Podcast: Siegel vs. Maryville (Boys State Championship Basketball)
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Baseball-Softball Schedule for March 11th-16th
Prep baseball and softball starts this week. Here's a day-by-day schedule of this week's games.
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Podcast: Riverdale vs. Science Hill (Girls State Championship Basketball)
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Podcast: Riverdale vs. Memphis Central (Girls State Championship Basketball)
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Podcast: Riverdale vs. Brentwood (Girls Basketball)
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Riverdale Blitzes Brentwood
Riverdale Blitzes Brentwood
The Riverdale girls flexed their muscles in the first round of the Blue Cross Basketball Championships. WGNS' Bryan Barrett has more.
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Blackman & Siegel Boys in State Tournament
Blackman & Siegel Boys in State Tournament
Rutherford County will be well represented in the boys Blue Cross Basketball Championships next week. WGNS' Bryan Barrett has more.
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Riverdale Girls WIN Wednesday Game Against Brentwood at 10AM, Wednesday
Riverdale Girls WIN Wednesday Game Against Brentwood at 10AM, Wednesday
RHS Girls WIN! State Farm Prep Girls Basketball Score: Riverdale- 83 vs. Brentwood- 37 FINAL...
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Riverdale Girls vs. Brentwood Wednesday at 10am
Riverdale Girls vs. Brentwood Wednesday at 10am
The Riverdale girls will attempt to make school history this week and defend their 2012 state title. 
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Blackman Boys Edge Siegel for Championship
Blackman Boys Edge Siegel for Championship
An exciting finish to the region tournament. WGNS' Bryan Barrett recaps the boys championship game.
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Riverdale & Blackman Girls Play for State Tournament Berth
Riverdale & Blackman Girls Play for State Tournament Berth
Two Rutherford County girls teams will try to get to the big dance...the Blue Cross Basketball Championships. WGNS' Bryan Barrett previews the girls sectional tournament.
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4AAA: Riverdale Defeats Blackman
4AAA: Riverdale Defeats Blackman
The fourth battle between Riverdale and Blackman was another close one. WGNS' Bryan Barrett recaps the region title game.
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4AAA: Blackman & Siegel Battle for Title
4AAA: Blackman & Siegel Battle for Title
The Region 4-AAA boys championship is up for grabs tonight (Thursday). WGNS' Bryan Barrett has a preview.
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Riverdale vs. Blackman: Girls 4AAA Championship
Riverdale vs. Blackman: Girls 4AAA Championship
Two teams, very familiar with each other, will match up tonight (Wednesday) in the girls region championship game. WGNS' Bryan Barrett has a preview.
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Region Boys Semifinal Recap
Region Boys Semifinal Recap
Five boys teams competed in region semifinal games and there are two left after last (Tuesday) night's play. WGNS' Bryan Barrett has a recap.
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4AAA: Riverdale & Blackman Girls Advance
4AAA: Riverdale & Blackman Girls Advance
It's an all Rutherford County region final in girls. Bryan Barrett has a recap of last night's games.
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4AAA: Boys Semifinal Preview
4AAA: Boys Semifinal Preview
It's boys region semifinals tonight. Bryan Barrett has a preview of tonight's games. 
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4AAA 1st Round: 7AAA Sweeps 8AAA Boys
4AAA 1st Round: 7AAA Sweeps 8AAA Boys
It was a clean sweep for the District 7-Triple-A boys over 8-Triple-A in boys first round region action. Blackman, Oakland, La Vergne and Siegel were all winners and will advance to Tuesday's 4-Triple-A semifinals.
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District 7-AAA Basketball Records
The District 7-AAA girls and boys basketball records and ranking as of the final regular season games, Monday, February 11th.
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Tuesday, February 5th Scores/Recap
The Blackman boys and girls win a pair over Siegel in Tuesday night WGNS State Farm prep basketball coverage...
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Governor Haslam directly mentions Smyrna Nissan plant in State of the State Monday
Governor Haslam directly mentions Smyrna Nissan plant in State of the State Monday
“I am very excited about the new workforce training center that the Governor has proposed today in partnership with Nissan in Smyrna."
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Tennessee Lawmakers will be limited on the number of bills they can file
Tennessee Lawmakers will be limited on the number of bills they can file
About 4,600 bills are presented every two years in the Tennessee General Assembly. Local State Senator Bill Ketron told us that lawmakers will be limited on what they can file during this session…
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Man pays .57-cents for $400 nail gun - theft charges likely
Man pays .57-cents for $400 nail gun - theft charges likely
At the Murfreesboro store, the individual left the store with a $400 nail gun that he ended up paying $.57-cents for. It is suspected that the same man has pulled a similar scam at other Home Depot stores.
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Woman deposits nearly $2,000 for selling her dog, check turns out to be a FAKE
The dog was advertised by the victim on CraigsLists.org for $650. The culprit who was purchasing the animal told the victim to take $650 out of the check to cover the cost of the dog and mail the rest back. She did. The bank later told the woman that the check was no good and that she was responsible for the money deposited.
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Suspect forges MRI results to get prescribed narcotics
Suspect forges MRI results to get prescribed narcotics
The clinic in Nashville that was one of the two victims in this case will have to report the suspect to the Metro Police Department, which means charges, may be filed in both jurisdictions. A copy of the forged MRI, which likely belongs to another patient, has been seized by police in Murfreesboro as evidence.
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Group with what looks to be official document misleading Tennesseans into paying fees
Group with what looks to be official document misleading Tennesseans into paying fees
It appears that these notices began arriving in mailboxes around January 22, 2013. Corporate Records Service is not registered, affiliated, or associated with the Tennessee Secretary of State.
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Meetings of Interest This Week
There will be several county committee meetings this week of local interest. The commission's Property Management Committee will tackle the loss of the Lascassas convenience center and a proposed judicial building at their Thursday meeting.
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Educators to Meet with State Lawmakers
Local educators will be meeting with state lawmakers this week. Both the Rutherford Education Association and the Murfreesboro Education Association will meet with with the policy makers this Thursday afternoon at Cason Lane Academy. 
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Big Sports Week Coming Up
Big Sports Week Coming Up
A big week of sports coverage on WGNS begins tonight (Monday). The Rick Insell and Kermit Davis Coaches Shows will be broadcast beginning at 6 this (Monday) evening. Tuesday night, it's the much anticipated matchup Blackman at Siegel. 
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Darius Thompson Commits
One of Rutherford County's best boys basketball players has decided to stay close to home to play college ball. 
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VITA Sites Up and Running
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties formed a partnership with Greenhouse Ministries to provide VITA sites. 
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"Blue Book" Goes Digital
You may remember the Tennessee Blue Book, which was a directory of the General Assembly, their contact information and more. That concept has now hit the digital world.
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Child Safety Seat Inspections
Child Safety Seat Inspections
Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue and Safe Kids will conduct a child safety seat inspection Thursday. It will be held at Fire Station number 2, which is on Runnymeade Drive, from 4-6pm.
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Old Man Winter Returns
Old Man Winter Returns
Baby, it's COLD outside. An arctic front has arrived, putting the brakes on the mild weekend weather. In fact, the colder air may be around for awhile, with several fronts ushering in reinforcing cold air over the coming days and a chance of snow towards the end of the week.
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A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950
A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950
WGNS had an overwhelming response of positive feedback on past post we created that take a look back into Murfreesboro and Rutherford County history. Most of these pictures are from Shacklett's Photography. 
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Christiana man charged with 8th DUI on Friday, released from jail on Saturday
Christiana man charged with 8th DUI on Friday, released from jail on Saturday
This most recent arrest of Richard Bobbitt occurred on Friday, January 18th in Rutherford County. A booking document from the Sheriff’s Office shows that Bobbitt was released 9-hours later after posting bond on Saturday, January 19th. The outline of Bobbitt’s charges state, “Driving on revoked first offense and greater” and “DUI 4th or greater (Felony).”
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Prep Games Rescheduled
The icy weather conditions forced high school games to be postponed. The WGNS State Farm Prep Basketball broadcast of Blackman at Siegel has been moved to next Tuesday the 22nd.
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