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Rutherford teachers awarded innovation grants from Nissan, Business Education Partnership
Rutherford teachers awarded innovation grants from Nissan, Business Education Partnership

How does a raisin react when dropped in various liquids? Will it sink, float or fizzle?

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Investigated:
Investigated: "Inappropriate comments" about Stewarts Creek High School on social media

School Resource Officers identified and are now talking with a student who made "inappropriate comments" about Stewarts Creek High School Tuesday night on social media, an SRO captain said.

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Homeless School Students in Rutherford County
Homeless School Students in Rutherford County

The number of homeless school students in the Rutherford County School System continues to be high.

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Rutherford County Students DOMINATE State Choirs
Rutherford County Students DOMINATE State Choirs

Rutherford County Schools is singing the praises of more student success stories. This time, it's high school choir singers who are showcasing their exceptional talents at two Nashville concerts.

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School Board member Terry Hodge combines business background with love for hometown to provide opportunities for local students
School Board member Terry Hodge combines business background with love for hometown to provide opportunities for local students

The Murfreesboro that Hodge grew up in is much different than the city he lives in today.

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Rutherford County Schools is singing the praises of more student success stories
Rutherford County Schools is singing the praises of more student success stories

This time, it's high school choir singers who are showcasing their exceptional talents.

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Several new schools in pipeline based on School Board's building plan
Several new schools in pipeline based on School Board's building plan

Several new schools are in the pipeline throughout Rutherford County based on the proposed building plan approved by the Rutherford County Board of Education.

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Smyrna School Bus Crash Sends Victims to Hospital
Smyrna School Bus Crash Sends Victims to Hospital

Eight to 10 students and the driver of bus number 58 were taken to the hospital after being involved in an accident around 7:45 during Monday (10/24/2016) morning's rush hour.

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 Department Proposes to Phase-In Impact TNReady has on Student Grades
Department Proposes to Phase-In Impact TNReady has on Student Grades

At the Tennessee Board of Education meeting last week, Commissioner McQueen announced the department's proposal to phase TNReady scores into high school student grades over the next three years...

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Eagleville Teacher Suspended
Eagleville Teacher Suspended

Rutherford County Schools has suspended an elementary teacher at Eagleville School pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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Rumors of Clowns Visiting Rutherford County Schools Unfounded
Rumors of Clowns Visiting Rutherford County Schools Unfounded

Rumors were reported to the Rutherford County School System about subjects dressed as clowns hurting or visiting local high schools were found to be just that, rumors.

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Response to Gun at Siegel High Was Quick
Response to Gun at Siegel High Was Quick

It was an alert student who told Rutherford County Sheriff's SRO's at Siegel a student had a gun. Rutherford County Schools Testing and Safe Schools Coordinator Josh Kubly says the fact a student came forward speaks volumes for the SRO program.

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Meetings, public hearings set to decide Rocky Fork Middle School zone lines
Meetings, public hearings set to decide Rocky Fork Middle School zone lines

Rutherford County Schools will open its next school, Rocky Fork Middle School, in less than a year -- August 2017. The much-needed middle school in Smyrna will help relieve overcrowding at Rocks Springs Middle School, Smyrna Middle School and Stewarts Creek Middle School.

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Only One Court Ordered School in Rutherford County
Only One Court Ordered School in Rutherford County

Did you know there is a court ordered school in Rutherford County? It is called the Rutherford County Teen Learning Center. Charles Rippy is the program manager at the school...

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Pre-K at Kittrell Elementary Has Openings
Pre-K at Kittrell Elementary Has Openings

Kittrell Elementary School has openings in their Pre-K program for area four-year olds.

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Rutherford County teachers earn Mechatronics certification thanks to Bridgestone class in La Vergne
Rutherford County teachers earn Mechatronics certification thanks to Bridgestone class in La Vergne

Teachers from Rutherford County Schools and other education institutions recently completed a Mechatronics certification class at the Bridgestone Plant in La Vergne.

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Speedway Robbed; Riverdale Lockdown Lifted
Speedway Robbed; Riverdale Lockdown Lifted

The Speedway market at 1624 New Salem Highway, at the intersection of Warrior Drive, was robbed. Nearby Riverdale High School was placed on lockdown while Murfreesboro Police investigated.

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Eagleville High School - A Hidden Gem in our Community
Eagleville High School - A Hidden Gem in our Community

For the second consecutive year, students from Eagleville School, faculty, administrators, parents and members of the community gathered at the football stadium for the annual Eagles Community Tailgate to mark the beginning of the school year.

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Lindsay Halford named first Rutherford County Schools coordinator of fine arts
Lindsay Halford named first Rutherford County Schools coordinator of fine arts

Lindsay Halford has been named the new coordinator of fine arts for Rutherford County Schools, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Richard Zago announced.

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Tackling Dyslexia in Tennessee Schools
Tackling Dyslexia in Tennessee Schools

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen unveiled today a roster of education leaders and advocates to serve on the Dyslexia Advisory Council, a group designed to explore ways to screen students for characteristics of dyslexia and identify resources for teachers to support students with the characteristics of dyslexia.

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Back to School!
Back to School!

Rutherford County Schools' students returned to school for two hours Friday with the first full day Monday, Aug. 8.

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John Colemon Elem. School in Smyrna Shows Kindness by Delivering Packages to Every Student
John Colemon Elem. School in Smyrna Shows Kindness by Delivering Packages to Every Student

Last Thursday in Rutherford County, the principal and teachers of John Colemon Elementary School in Smyrna created care packages for every student in the school.

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Back to School This Week
Back to School This Week

It's back to school time for area students in Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools.

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UPDATE: Murfreesboro Back to School Blast will be Next Saturday
UPDATE: Murfreesboro Back to School Blast will be Next Saturday

This year over 18 community agencies will combine with several emergency responder vehicles, the mobile library, mobile health unit and snack stands to celebrate the new school year.

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30 Students Receive High School Diploma Friday Night
30 Students Receive High School Diploma Friday Night

A milestone in the lives of thirty students was celebrated at 6:30PM Friday evening with the summer graduation of 30 students in a ceremony at Riverdale High School.

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TN Dept. of Health Sends Out Second Message Regarding School Vaccinations
TN Dept. of Health Sends Out Second Message Regarding School Vaccinations

In just a few days, more than 42,000 students in Rutherford County will take their seats in classrooms to begin a new academic year filled with wonderful experiences and learning opportunities.

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High Schools Change Freshmen Orientation Date
High Schools Change Freshmen Orientation Date

Rutherford County Schools has announced a change in this year's freshmen orientation date.

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RuCo School Board to Discuss Booster Club Policies
RuCo School Board to Discuss Booster Club Policies

The Rutherford County School Board is having a Monday work session and Tuesday board meeting this week and some of the discussion will concern policies for booster clubs.

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Rutherford County Schools accept bid to build new Smyrna area school
Rutherford County Schools accept bid to build new Smyrna area school

Currently, site preparations are underway for the soon to be built Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna. In fact, the county school board accepted a bid of $33.98 million to build the new school. That number is $1.6 million.

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Sides Named Smyrna West Principal
Sides Named Smyrna West Principal

Judy Sides will be the next principal of Smyrna West Alternative School. Director of Schools Don Odom made the announcement Thursday, with the recent retirement of Kay Davenport.

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Four New RuCo Schools Principals Named
Four New RuCo Schools Principals Named

Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom has named four new principals for the 2016-2017 school year.

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More State Funding Helped Keep County Property Taxes Lower
More State Funding Helped Keep County Property Taxes Lower

As we previously reported, Rutherford County's property tax rate remained at $2.68 per one-hundred dollars of assessed value. County Mayor Ernest Burgess explains a major component of balancing this year's budget.

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New Principal at Thurman Francis Arts Academy in Smyrna
New Principal at Thurman Francis Arts Academy in Smyrna

Jeff McCann will be the next principal of Thurman Francis Arts Academy in Smyrna, Director of Schools Don Odom announced.

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40th Class Reunion for Riverdale and Oakland High Schools in Murfreesboro
40th Class Reunion for Riverdale and Oakland High Schools in Murfreesboro

Most of those that will be in attendance are 58 years old today. Graduation for the 40th year reunion would have taken place in 1976, in case you were curious.

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Rutherford County Schools Jenna Stitzel named School Health Coordinator of the Year
Rutherford County Schools Jenna Stitzel named School Health Coordinator of the Year

In the past five years, Rutherford County Schools' Jenna Stitzel has worked to provide funds for outdoor walking tracks at 19 elementary schools, fitness centers at three middle schools and implemented a stability ball chair program in more than 50 classrooms.

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Student Growth at Rutherford County Schools About 1,200 Students Annually
Student Growth at Rutherford County Schools About 1,200 Students Annually

The Rutherford County Education Committee has approved a budget for the County School System. The approval comes in the midst of student growth, according to Mayor Ernest Burgess...

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More PE (Physical Acitivity) for Elementary Students in Tennessee
More PE (Physical Acitivity) for Elementary Students in Tennessee

Starting in July Tennessee students in elementary schools will be doing more of just that with a change in state law that will require them to get additional physical activity.

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Mother who was charged with Truancy after taking her special needs son out of school is now looking forward to next year
Mother who was charged with Truancy after taking her special needs son out of school is now looking forward to next year

You may recall the story that WGNS brought you a couple of weeks ago involving the mother of an autistic teenager who took her son out of school due to problems he was having in the classroom. Wendy Walton was later charged with truancy due to her keeping her son Spencer at home.

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Kindergarten Registration Week for RuCo Schools
Kindergarten Registration Week for RuCo Schools

If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten in August, this information is for you. Rutherford County Schools are currently registering students for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten.

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Only 25% of High School Students in TN are Physically Active One Hour Daily
Only 25% of High School Students in TN are Physically Active One Hour Daily

Approximately 25 percent of Tennessee high school students indicated they were physically active for one hour per day; the national rate was 27.1 percent.

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RuCo Schools Kindergarten Countdowns Tuesday
RuCo Schools Kindergarten Countdowns Tuesday

The Rutherford County Schools' Instruction Department is hosting the annual Kindergarten Countdown meeting to help parents with the transition of their children going to kindergarten.

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La Vergne Middle Student Arrested at School
La Vergne Middle Student Arrested at School

A La Vergne Middle School student was arrested at school. Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans confirms to NewsRadio WGNS the student was arrested at the school Wednesday.

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RuCo Schools Reacts to Comptroller's Findings Regarding Blackman Football Boosters
RuCo Schools Reacts to Comptroller's Findings Regarding Blackman Football Boosters

Rutherford County Schools releases a statement in relation to the state Comptroller's Office findings into the Blackman High School Football Booster Club.

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Former Rutherford County School Superintendent Passes Away
Former Rutherford County School Superintendent Passes Away

Former Rutherford County School Superintendent Clifford Brothers, Jr. has passed away

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First of Five New Schools ON GO in Rutherford County
First of Five New Schools ON GO in Rutherford County

The Rutherford County Commission voted unanimously on March 17 to fund the first year of the Rutherford County Schools' building plan.

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Oakland High School Student Recognized on the Floor of the TN House of Representatrives
Oakland High School Student Recognized on the Floor of the TN House of Representatrives

Oakland High School has announced that student, Fernando Cardenas, was recognized on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives...

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TnReady Testing Begins This Week
TnReady Testing Begins This Week

Rutherford County school students are scheduled to begin taking the pen and paper version of the TnReady Assessment this week.

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Rutherford County CDC Prom Set
Rutherford County CDC Prom Set

Rutherford County CDC prom has been set. Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans says it will held this Wednesday from 10am until 1pm at the Smyrna Town Center.

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SE-YA in the 'Boro Young Adult Book Festival Friday and Saturday
SE-YA in the 'Boro Young Adult Book Festival Friday and Saturday

A one-of-a-kind book festival will connect area teens and the general public to authors of young adult literature with its launch in Murfreesboro Friday and Saturday.

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Handgun Found in Student's Backpack at Stewarts Creek High
Handgun Found in Student's Backpack at Stewarts Creek High

A tip from a student led to the search of another student at Stewarts Creek High School. Law enforcement and school administration found a loaded handgun in the student's back pack Thursday morning.

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Tip Leads to Handgun & Marijuana Discovered at Riverdale High School
Tip Leads to Handgun & Marijuana Discovered at Riverdale High School

A tip lead the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and Riverdale High School administration to discover a handgun and marijuana in a student's car.

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Forty-six teachers named Teachers of the Year by Rutherford County Schools
Forty-six teachers named Teachers of the Year by Rutherford County Schools

Forty-six teachers have been named Teachers of the Year by Rutherford County Schools and will be honored by their peers and families on March 23, 2016.

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FIVE New Schools for Rutherford County
FIVE New Schools for Rutherford County

The Rutherford County School Board building plan includes a new middle and elementary school on Rocky Fork Road...

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County Schools Director Shares Frustration on TNReady Failures
County Schools Director Shares Frustration on TNReady Failures

Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom sent an email to parents, sharing his frustrations on the failure of the TNReady assessments and answering some questions.

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Students Back in Schools - Except a Few
Students Back in Schools - Except a Few

Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City students were back in the classroom after being out a couple of days due to snow. At least the majority.

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UPDATE: TNReady Assessment Failure Leads to Pencil and Paper Use
UPDATE: TNReady Assessment Failure Leads to Pencil and Paper Use

Students in Rutherford County and around the state were prepared to take the TNReady Assessment Tests only to find out the online system at the state level failed. Testing now to be done by paper and pencil.

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Rutherford County Schools Looking for Teachers
Rutherford County Schools Looking for Teachers

Rutherford County Schools will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair from 9:00 to 11:00 Saturday morning, February 20th,at Siegel High School.

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New Teachers Needed in Rutherford County Schools
New Teachers Needed in Rutherford County Schools

Rutherford County Schools will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair at Siegel High School on Feb. 20 from 9-11 a.m.

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School voucher bill is moving forward in Tennessee, some dead against the idea in Rutherford County
School voucher bill is moving forward in Tennessee, some dead against the idea in Rutherford County

An effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has cleared its last major committee before a full House vote.

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A big change in testing for Rutherford County School Students this year for their TCAP or Tennessee Ready Assessments
A big change in testing for Rutherford County School Students this year for their TCAP or Tennessee Ready Assessments

If the student is working on a question that has two answers, he or she will have to check both answers to get it right.

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LaVergne High School students earn nearly 4,000 college hours through Dual Enrollment Academy
LaVergne High School students earn nearly 4,000 college hours through Dual Enrollment Academy

Faith Hart never imagined she would attend college. That changed during her sophomore year at LaVergne High School when Faith was told she had the grades and the scores to enroll in the school's new Dual Enrollment Academy, a program that allows students to earn college credits from two different universities while in high school.

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RuCo, M'Boro City Schools & MTSU OPEN Thursday
RuCo, M'Boro City Schools & MTSU OPEN Thursday

Rutherford County, Murfreesboro City and MTSU students will head back to the classroom Thursday as systems announce they'll be back in session.

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Local high schoolers get help in Nursing
Local high schoolers get help in Nursing

Twelve Rutherford County high schoolers completed a "fast track" nursing assistant certification course during winter break.

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Rutherford County Schools CLOSED on Wednesday
Rutherford County Schools CLOSED on Wednesday

James Evans, spokesperson of the Rutherford County Schools, confirmed that all county schools will be closed on Wednesday due to the threat of snow and or ice.

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12 Rutherford County high school students complete nursing certification course during winter break
12 Rutherford County high school students complete nursing certification course during winter break

Twelve Rutherford County high schoolers completed a "fast track" nursing assistant certification course during winter break.

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Roy Waldron students performing at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta
Roy Waldron students performing at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta

Thirty-eight students from Roy Waldron Elementary School are in Atlanta after an invitation to perform at the Junior Theater Festival.

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RuCo Subs Get Pay Raise
RuCo Subs Get Pay Raise

The Rutherford County School Board approved a measure to increase pay for most substitute teachers by five-dollars.

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McFadden School of Excellence Alumni's needed in Rutherford County
McFadden School of Excellence Alumni's needed in Rutherford County

McFadden School of Excellence teachers Christy Moore and Andy Roach are searching for alumni from the school from 1939 through the 1970s...

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Quality Industries computer equipment donation will help LaVergne High School students earn certifications
Quality Industries computer equipment donation will help LaVergne High School students earn certifications

A donation of computer and networking equipment from Quality Industries will benefit students at LaVergne High School who are working to complete IT certifications before they graduate.

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RuCo Seniors Taking Advantage of Tennessee Promise
RuCo Seniors Taking Advantage of Tennessee Promise

Rutherford County high school seniors met all of the community service and other requirements for the Tennessee Promise scholarships.

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Survey Shows Some of Tennessee's Best Schools in Rutherford County
Survey Shows Some of Tennessee's Best Schools in Rutherford County

According to just released school rankings by Niche.com, Rutherford County has some of the best schools in the state.

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Mother says her son was expelled from Siegel High School under the
Mother says her son was expelled from Siegel High School under the "Zero Tolence" rules for drugs, but in reality he was sick

The mother of a 15-year old Siegel High School student is upset with the Rutherford County School system and Siegel High for expelling her son for a full year.

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Local school bus driver convicted and sentenced in DUI case
Local school bus driver convicted and sentenced in DUI case

Layne has been sentenced to spend 15-days behind bars for the original DUI charge and 30-days for the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Three charges of reckless endangerment have been dismissed.

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Groundbreaking for new John Colemon school set for Thursday
Groundbreaking for new John Colemon school set for Thursday

One of the oldest and most overcrowded schools in Rutherford County will soon be replaced by a new facility.

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Graduation Rate at Rutherford County High Schools One of the Highest in Tennessee
Graduation Rate at Rutherford County High Schools One of the Highest in Tennessee

Rutherford County Schools has one of the highest graduation rates in Tennessee at nearly 94%, according to information released by the Tennessee Department of Education Thursday.

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Buchanan Elementary School in Rutherford County named Blue Ribbon School
Buchanan Elementary School in Rutherford County named Blue Ribbon School

Buchanan Elementary School is one of only six schools in Tennessee to be named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

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16 Rutherford students selected as National Merit semifinalists
16 Rutherford students selected as National Merit semifinalists

Sixteen students from Blackman High School and Central Magnet School have been named National Merit semifinalists, the organization announced today.

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UPDATE: La Vergne Teen Bullied; Commits Suicide
UPDATE: La Vergne Teen Bullied; Commits Suicide

We've learned more on the death of a La Vergne 14-year old who committed suicide. Sherokee Harriman was a freshman at La Vergne High School, which was painted pink in her memory and to bring attention to bullying.

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School Bells Ring This Week; Eagleville Addition Ribbon Cutting
School Bells Ring This Week; Eagleville Addition Ribbon Cutting

School bells will ring this week first for Murfreesboro City students, then Rutherford County students.

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3 Rutherford County Teachers help in the
3 Rutherford County Teachers help in the "Reconstruction and the African-American Experience in Tennessee"

Nearly two dozen Tennessee teachers participated in the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) summer teacher institute on "Reconstruction and the African-American Experience in Tennessee" last week.

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Rutherford County School Bus Driver charged with DUI heads to trial
Rutherford County School Bus Driver charged with DUI heads to trial

The case involving a Rutherford County School bus driver who was charged last year (2014) with DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Reckless Endangerment, will move to trial.

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Push to Finish County Budget this Week
Push to Finish County Budget this Week

Rutherford County Commissioners will make a final push this week to complete the budget process before the start of the next fiscal year July 1st. The budget committee will meet Wednesday to consider a final proposal.

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RCS announces new principals for David Youree, Lascassas Elementary
RCS announces new principals for David Youree, Lascassas Elementary

Director of Schools Don Odom has named Scott Bolden the new principal of David Youree Elementary School and Tamera Blair the new principal of Lascassas Elementary School.

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County Budget Committee Recommends 9% Tax Hike

Rutherford County Commission Budget Committee members recommended a nine-percent hike in property taxes to balance this year's budget.

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Nearly $2 Million in Stolen Public Money Remains Uncollected in TN; Some in RuCo
Nearly $2 Million in Stolen Public Money Remains Uncollected in TN; Some in RuCo

Theft and misuse of public money continue to be a concern as outlined in two reports released by the Tennessee Comptroller's office. Rutherford County agencies reported some losses.

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Steve Luker named principal of Smyrna Middle School
Steve Luker named principal of Smyrna Middle School

Director of Schools Don Odom is pleased to announce that Steve Luker has been named the new principal of Smyrna Middle School. Luker currently serves as the principal of nearby David Youree Elementary School, a position he has held for the past seven years.

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David Youree Elementary celebrates new awning for special education wing
David Youree Elementary celebrates new awning for special education wing

Rutherford County Schools and the David Youree Elementary School community celebrated a new addition to the school on May 15.

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Best Public School Art Reception Thursday At MTSU

There is a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 this Thursday afternoon at MTSU's Todd Art Gallery. It is an invitational exhibition of artwork from students of Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Schools. The Winner's Circle exhibit runs now though May 29th.

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Concussion & Safety Meeting for RuCo Athletes

Rutherford County Schools Athletic Director Tim Tackett invited parents, athletes and the community to an informational meeting on concussions and other safety issues in school sports.

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Concussion & Safety Meeting for RuCo Athletes

Rutherford County Schools Athletic Director Tim Tackett invited parents, athletes and the community to an informational meeting on concussions and other safety issues in school sports.

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TCAP Tests This Week

This is the week students in Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests or T-CAP.

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UPDATED: Siegel Middle Teacher/Coach Suspended
UPDATED: Siegel Middle Teacher/Coach Suspended

Rutherford County Schools Spokesperson James Evans responded to WGNS in regards to a situation at Siegel Middle School involving a 16-year old student from a different school...

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Rutherford Co. Board of Education will recognize and honor several student athletes
Rutherford Co. Board of Education will recognize and honor several student athletes

The Rutherford County Board of Education will recognize and honor several state champion and award-winning student-athletes at its meeting on Thursday, April 16 beginning at 5 p.m.

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RuCo School Zone Exemption Deadline

For those wanting to file a zone exemption for next school year in the county, you have just a few days left.

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SROs Recognized by RuCo Schools Accreditation Team

Adding school resource officers to every county school drew commendations from an international organization that recently accredited the Rutherford County Schools system.

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AdvancED Recommends RuCo Schools Accreditation
AdvancED Recommends RuCo Schools Accreditation

A global organization that evaluates academic quality and effectiveness has given Rutherford County Schools high marks and recommended the district for reaccreditation.

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Options: Local private school to host an open house April 1

Providence Christian Academy will host Visitors' Day for prospective students on Wednesday, April 1 from 8am-noon. During Visitors' Day, prospective students entering 1st- 12th grade and their families...

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Annual 'Child Find' Early Screening March 21 at Barfield, Stewartsboro

The annual RCS "Child Find" early childhood screening will be held at Barfield Elementary and Stewartsboro Elementary on March 21 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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County Report Cards on Thursday
County Report Cards on Thursday

Despite missing nine days since the start of school post-Christmas, Rutherford County students will be given report cards this Thursday.

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Rutherford County Schools CLOSED Friday
Rutherford County Schools CLOSED Friday

Rutherford County Schools will be closed Friday because of continuing poor road conditions. The district's Central Office will open at 9 a.m. Schools spokesman James Evans says they've used nine weather days and have two in reserve.

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Students Get Free Breakfast at County Schools Wednesday
Students Get Free Breakfast at County Schools Wednesday

This is National School Breakfast Week. At all Rutherford County Schools this Wednesday, breakfast will be served at no charge to students. They'll get to choose from sausage biscuits, yogurt parfaits, cereal and toast, mini pancakes, fresh fruit along with juice and milk.

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Rutherford County Schools CLOSED, City OPEN Thursday
Rutherford County Schools CLOSED, City OPEN Thursday

Rutherford County Schools will be closed today. County Schools spokesman James Evans says the schools are closed today because of road conditions, especially in the southern part of county.

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Local private school to host open house

Providence Christian Academy will host Visitors' Day on February 16 from 8am-noon and an Open House on Saturday, February 28 from 9-11am.

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RuCo School Opening Thursday 2-Hours Late
RuCo School Opening Thursday 2-Hours Late

The cold weather will delay the start of school Thursday. Because of the single digit temperatures and windchill that is forecast for Thursday morning, Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans says all schools will open two hours late.

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Tuberculosis Case at Smyrna High School
Tuberculosis Case at Smyrna High School

Rutherford County Schools has been notified by the Tennessee Department of Health that a student at Smyrna High School has tested positive for active tuberculosis.

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Discovery School at Bellwood is now accepting applications
Discovery School at Bellwood is now accepting applications

Application deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015.

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LaVergne Middle hosting annual 'Project Feed' on Nov. 25
LaVergne Middle hosting annual 'Project Feed' on Nov. 25

LaVergne Middle School will once again host a free community meal Tuesday for its annual "Project Feed" event.

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State Leaders to Hear from Educators

Rutherford County state legislative leaders will join members of both the Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County School Boards for a joint meeting this week.

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Rutherford County schools hosting various Veteran's Day events

Several Rutherford County schools are hosting activities to honor our veterans for Veteran's Day. The following is a list of those activities.

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Election Day: City Schools Open; County Closed
Election Day: City Schools Open; County Closed

With election day coming up Tuesday, Murfreesboro City Schools are making plans to have voters in their buildings while school is in session.

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2014 State Report Card has been released

The 2014 state Report Card­­­­--posted Thursday on the Tennessee Department of Education website--offers users the ability to view detailed breakdowns of last year's student achievement growth and other important data points.

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RuCo & M'boro City Schools Half Day Tuesday

Students in Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools will only go a half day on Tuesday.

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Healthy Me, Healthy You in Murfreesboro

The Discovery Center, Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools are proud to present Healthy Me, Healthy You...

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Central Magnet School's John Ash selected  as Tennessee middle school Principal of the Year
Central Magnet School's John Ash selected as Tennessee middle school Principal of the Year

Central Magnet School Principal John Ash has been selected as the Middle School Principal of the Year representing Tennessee for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Are Rutherford County Educators required to undergo random drug testing?
Are Rutherford County Educators required to undergo random drug testing?

In recent days, WGNS has been bombarded with the question, "Are teachers and administrators at schools in Rutherford County required to submit to randomized drug testing?"

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Heat Index Could Create Game Issues
Heat Index Could Create Game Issues

The hottest weather of the summer is on tap for the next several days and that could affect outdoor sports, like football.

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Heat Index Could Create Game Issues
Heat Index Could Create Game Issues

The hottest weather of the summer is on tap for the next several days and that could affect outdoor sports, like football.

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Educators from Japan to visit Rutherford County Schools on Monday
Educators from Japan to visit Rutherford County Schools on Monday

A delegation of educators from Japan will spend Monday, Aug. 18, at Central Magnet School talking with faculty members and students and potentially developing a cooperative learning partnership.

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Educators from Japan to visit Rutherford County Schools on Monday
Educators from Japan to visit Rutherford County Schools on Monday

A delegation of educators from Japan will spend Monday, Aug. 18, at Central Magnet School talking with faculty members and students and potentially developing a cooperative learning partnership.

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Can you volunteer to help refurbish local playgrounds?
Can you volunteer to help refurbish local playgrounds?

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is partnering with Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools to refurbish playgrounds on September 26, 2014.

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First half day for school students is Wednesday - first full day is then..
First half day for school students is Wednesday - first full day is then..

With hundreds of school children, cars, and buses coming and going, the City of Murfreesboro is taking extra precautions to make sure the first full day of school is a safe one.

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Local judge says that your children must be in school
Local judge says that your children must be in school

Have you recently heard about more parents being jailed in Rutherford County for failing to take their children to school?

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Back to School Week
Back to School Week

It's the week summer comes to an end for area school children. It's back to school week for both Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City school students and teachers.

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Rutherford County Schools releases TCAP results
Rutherford County Schools releases TCAP results

The latest achievement results for Rutherford County Schools show similar trends to the statewide outcomes, which were released today by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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Rutherford County School Teacher arrested for the second time on
Rutherford County School Teacher arrested for the second time on "Public Intoxication" charge in Murfreesboro

A Rutherford County School teacher has been rearrested for a second time on similar charges.

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Gearing Up for Back to School
Gearing Up for Back to School

We are getting closer, believe it or not, to back to school time for Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City students. In fact, it's just a little more than two weeks away. 

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NEW Principal at John Colemon Elementary School
NEW Principal at John Colemon Elementary School

Director of Schools Don Odom is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Haley as the next principal of John Colemon Elementary School.

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NEW INFORMATION: Governor Defends TCAP Score Delay
NEW INFORMATION: Governor Defends TCAP Score Delay

NASHVILLE - We've been continuing to follow the story about TCAP results being delayed. Now, Governor Haslam is weighing in.

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City Schools TCAP Scores Not with Report Cards
City Schools TCAP Scores Not with Report Cards

(MURFREESBORO) - WGNS reported Rutherford County School students would have TCAP scores reflected in their final report card, which will be given to students Thursday. We did find out from Murfreesboro City Schools spokesperson Lisa Trail that the system received a special waiver from the state and report cards went home without TCAP scores. 

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County Schools Spending Plan Approved

(MURFREESBORO) - In a joint meeting of the Rutherford County School Board and the County Commission's Health and Education Committee, the school's 307-point-four-million dollar budget was approved.

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County Report Cards Will Include TCAP Scores
County Report Cards Will Include TCAP Scores

(MURFREESBORO) - It's been a scramble for school districts across the state to get TCAP scores for final report cards. The state Department of Education announced last week that scores would be delayed. 

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UPDATE on Siegel High School Prank - 3-Students not allowed to participate in graduation ceremony
UPDATE on Siegel High School Prank - 3-Students not allowed to participate in graduation ceremony

Siegel High School principal Jason Bridgeman has now mostly completed his investigation into the Siegel High senior prank and all students involved will face some time of discipline.

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Senior Prank gone too far at Siegel High School
Senior Prank gone too far at Siegel High School

UPDATE: Officer J. Johnson wrote in a report, “The school had been toilet papered and ransacked.” The officer went on to report, “The teacher that was on scene advised that the students were allowed in the school, but they took the prank too far.”

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New Principal Named at Kittrell Elementary School
New Principal Named at Kittrell Elementary School

Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom has appointed Ynetia Avant the new principal of Kittrell Elementary School.

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Christiana Takes First Place at Annual Science Olympiad Tournament
Christiana Takes First Place at Annual Science Olympiad Tournament

Twenty-four 3rd-6th grade students from Christiana Elementary and Christiana Middle School competed in the 7th Annual Science Olympiad Tournament hosted by MTSU's Dr. Pat Patterson at John Pittard Elementary School in Murfreesboro

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Public schools in Rutherford County are not the only schools growing
Public schools in Rutherford County are not the only schools growing

Providence Christian Academy is on schedule to complete a 4,200 square foot addition to the current school building in time for the first day of school next year. 

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The Campus School in Murfreesboro Celebrates 85th Anniversary at Lytle Street
The Campus School in Murfreesboro Celebrates 85th Anniversary at Lytle Street

Noting its special role in educating students and preparing future teachers for the classroom, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee made a special presentation Thursday to the students, faculty and staff of Homer Pittard Campus School...

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New Attendence Supervisor named for the Rutherford County School System
New Attendence Supervisor named for the Rutherford County School System

Current Siegel Middle School principal Tom Delbridge has been named the attendance supervisor for Rutherford County Schools.

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What is the number one ranked
What is the number one ranked "Public, Magnet or Charter" high school in Tennessee?

In Rutherford County, Blackman High School and Siegel High School were not ranked on the list by number... 

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Students Begin TCAP Testing This Week

Students in grades 3 through 8 will begin taking TCAP tests this week. Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County School systems are preparing for the T-CAP testing.

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Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro "City" Schools closing Two Hours Early Today

MONDAY INFORMATION 4/28/14:  WGNS has confirmed that the Rutherford County School system will close two hours early due to bad weather. Murfreesboro City Schools now confirm they too will close two hours early. 

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Rutherford County Schools suspend educational assistant over allegations involving student
Rutherford County Schools suspend educational assistant over allegations involving student

Rutherford County Schools has suspended Maurice C. O'Neal without pay pending the outcome of a criminal investigation into allegations involving at least one student. The suspects mugshot has now been released. 

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Need a job? Could you be a teacher in Rutherford County, TN?

Rutherford County Schools will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair this Saturday, April 26, at Smyrna High School from 9 a.m. until noon.

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Rutherford County Schools are growing and so is their budget...
Rutherford County Schools are growing and so is their budget...

Local schools continue to grow by leaps and bounds. The Rutherford County School Board is currently ironing out...

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UPDATE: RuCo Bus Driver Suspended Indefinitely
UPDATE: RuCo Bus Driver Suspended Indefinitely

We have an update on the Rutherford County school bus driver who was arrested last week for DUI while on the job. As we first reported to you Friday, sheriff's deputies arrested 53-year old Jeffery Layne last Friday after he finished driving bus 110 for Stewartsboro Elementary.

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RuCo Bus Driver Charged with DUI
RuCo Bus Driver Charged with DUI

Rutherford County Schools was notified Friday evening that a bus driver serving Stewartsboro Elementary School has been charged with Driving Under the Influence after completing the elementary school route. The driver's name is Jeffery Layne, 53, of Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro, and he was driving bus 110.

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Should the TN Board of Education be Elected or Appointed?
Should the TN Board of Education be Elected or Appointed?

Legislation being debated at the General Assembly would have voters decide on some or all board members in regular elections. 

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Freshmen Orientation for Eighth Graders Next Tuesday
Freshmen Orientation for Eighth Graders Next Tuesday

Attention parents of eighth grade students. Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans says freshmen orientation will be held at all high schools this coming Tuesday, March 4th beginning at 7pm.

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Code Yellow
Code Yellow "Alert" at Blackman Area Schools for a Brief Period of Time

Blackman area schools were briefly placed under Code Yellow “Alert” Friday morning after reports of a nearby domestic disturbance. James Evans, spokesperson for the Rutherford County Schools told WGNS…

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Rutherford County Schools Opening 2-Hours Late

Rutherford County Schools are opening two-hours late today (Thursday) and Murfreesboro "City" Schools will open on time. Providence and Webb Schools (Private) will be open two hours late. 

Motlow will be closed today in Smyrna. 

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Rutherford County Schools addressing four roof leaks, schools open

Rutherford County Schools is addressing roof leaks at four schools. The leaks are believed to be the result of the cold weather from the past few weeks followed by Sunday's heavy rains. 

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Tennessee Children Have Problems READING - Do Your Kids?

A new report finds that despite progress made over the last decade, only about one-in-three students in the state are proficient at reading when he or she reaches the fourth grade.

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Another New School is Needed in Rutherford County, Already - Student Population GROWING
Another New School is Needed in Rutherford County, Already - Student Population GROWING

Mayor Burgess confirmed a new school is needed as our student population has grown to about 40,000 students.

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Grant Allowed for Rutherford County Area Teachers to Attend Special Seminar / Convention Focused on Gifted School Students
Grant Allowed for Rutherford County Area Teachers to Attend Special Seminar / Convention Focused on Gifted School Students

Gifted students spend 80%-90% of their day with general education teachers.  Knowing the why and the how makes a difference for all teachers and all students...

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"Peace and Justice Art Competition" in City Hall Rotunda

"The Murfreesboro Peace and Justice Art Project" officially opened Thursday evening in the rotunda of the Murfreesboro City Hall. 

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Blackman Teacher Arrested for Simple Assault - Returned to Class
Blackman Teacher Arrested for Simple Assault - Returned to Class
A Blackman High School teacher accused of hitting a student on Oct. 3 has returned to class after a 15-day suspension. Ronnie Bray was charged with simple assault.  
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Tackett Named County Athletic Director (With Audio, Hear from Tackett)
Tackett Named County Athletic Director (With Audio, Hear from Tackett)
As we first reported over the weekend, Tim Tackett has been selected as the county's first athletic director. He beat out 32 other applicants and six other finalists for the position.
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Tackett Names County Athletic Director
Tackett Names County Athletic Director
As we first reported over the weekend, Tim Tackett has been selected as the county's first athletic director. He beat out 32 other applicants and six other finalists for the position.
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UPDATE: Tim Tackett Selected as County Athletic Director
We have an update on the story WGNS first brought you on the hiring of a new athletic director with Rutherford County Schools. The list of 32 applicants was recently whittled down to six.
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UPDATE: Tim Tackett Selected as County Athletic Director
We have an update on the story WGNS first brought you on the hiring of a new athletic director with Rutherford County Schools. The list of 32 applicants was recently whittled down to six.
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Christiana Middle School Student Allegedly Beaten in School Bathroom - Grandmother Says Nothing Being Done - Schools Say Story not Adding Up
Christiana Middle School Student Allegedly Beaten in School Bathroom - Grandmother Says Nothing Being Done - Schools Say Story not Adding Up

UPDATE: The grandmother told WGNS that despite the schools questioning her story about her grandson being beat up, it really did happen. 

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UPDATE: Local Teen Threatens to Take His Own Life Over School Bullying
UPDATE: Local Teen Threatens to Take His Own Life Over School Bullying
According to the report that WGNS obtained, the teenager said that he was being bullied by several kids at school and that he was tired of it; that information may not be 100% accurate, according to the schools. 
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Reading in Schools Day was Held on Friday in Rutherford County
Reading in Schools Day was Held on Friday in Rutherford County
On Friday, Read To Succeed celebrated their 10th annual “Reading in the Schools Day” throughout Rutherford County.
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County Schools to Hire Athletic Director
Rutherford County Schools will soon have a new County Athletic Director. A total of 32 candidates have applied for the part-time position that will handle athletic director duties, as well as oversee the charter school process and work with the safe schools manager.
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County Schools to Hire Athletic Director
Rutherford County Schools will soon have a new County Athletic Director. A total of 32 candidates have applied for the part-time position that will handle athletic director duties, as well as oversee the charter school process and work with the safe schools manager.
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County Schools to Hire Athletic Director
Rutherford County Schools will soon have a new County Athletic Director. A total of 32 candidates have applied for the part-time position that will handle athletic director duties, as well as oversee the charter school process and work with the safe schools manager.
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Local Karate Expert Acknowledges that Children Often Miss School Out of Fear of Being Bullied
Local Karate Expert Acknowledges that Children Often Miss School Out of Fear of Being Bullied
More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. More than half of students report witnessing some type of bullying at school. 
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Drill Week at RC Schools
It's drill week at Rutherford County Schools. Spokesman James Evans says all schools will be conducting various scenarios as part of their ongoing safety training with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department. 
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UPDATE: Bed Bugs Confirmed at Rutherford County Operated School
UPDATE: Bed Bugs Confirmed at Rutherford County Operated School
On Wednesday night WGNS spoke to Rutherford County Schools Spokesperson James Evans who confirmed that bedbugs were recently found at Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School. We have posted the letter to parents on our website...
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Parents Receive Warning to Pass Along to Children About Social Media Threats in Rutherford County Schools...
Parents Receive Warning to Pass Along to Children About Social Media Threats in Rutherford County Schools...
"Any student who transmits by an electronic device any communication containing a credible threat to cause bodily injury or death to another student or school employee..."
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FREE Discovery Center Event Aimed at Getting Healthy
FREE Discovery Center Event Aimed at Getting Healthy
Discovery Center, Murfreesboro City Schools, Rutherford County Schools, and the Rutherford County Health Department present Healthy Me, Healthy You event! 
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2,000 BEES at the McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro
2,000 BEES at the McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro
Bees are all the buzz at the McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro. The school has a beehive with what appears to be close to 2,000 or so bees.
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10 County Schools named ‘Reward Schools’
The Tennessee Department of Education named 10 Rutherford County schools as “Reward Schools” today for scoring in the top 5% in the state either in student performance, student progress or in both categories. 
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New Redeemer Classical Academy in Murfreesboro
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A Brand New School Called Redeemer Academy is Now Open in Murfreesboro (With Audio)
The first day of school at Redeemer is Monday, August 12. The new school is Christ based, but is non-denominational.
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New Principal Takes Over at Homer Pittard Campus School
New Principal Takes Over at Homer Pittard Campus School
The school year is officially underway and with that being said, a school rich in history now has a new captain at the helm. 
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Back to School Blast at Cannonsburgh Village - Kids Having Fun at School
Back to School Blast at Cannonsburgh Village - Kids Having Fun at School
We are told the Blast features games and activities for students and the opportunity for parents to meet school representatives and local community outreach organizations. 
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Back to School for Area Students
It's back to school day for almost 78-hundred Murfreesboro City School students today (Monday) as summer draws to a close. County students also go back this week.
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County's Newest High School Opens Doors
County's Newest High School Opens Doors
Close to three-thousand parents and students flooded the halls and the gym of the brand new Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna to see it for the first time Sunday.
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Proof of Residence Required for ALL County Students
Parents of students in Rutherford County Schools may have received a message from their child's school about a new requirement for the upcoming year. Returning students are required to provide proof of residence to ensure your child is enrolled in the school in which they're zoned. 
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Rutherford County Schools have Special Lock Boxes in Each School for SRO's - What is in the Lock Boxes?
Rutherford County Schools have Special Lock Boxes in Each School for SRO's - What is in the Lock Boxes?
Mayor Ernest Burgess confirmed the lock boxes this past February. We asked the mayor what would be stored in the boxes…
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Lawsuit Against Rutherford County Schools and Former Siegel Principal to Head Back to Court
According to a Court of Appeals filing in Nashville, Tennessee, Blair contends the defendant’s violated the Education Truth in Reporting and Employee Protection Act of 1989.
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School Starts When for County and City Schools?
The first full day for county students will fall on Monday, August 12th. 
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New Walter Hill Elementary Principal Selected
New Walter Hill Elementary Principal Selected
Director of Schools Don Odom has named Helen Campbell the new principal of Walter Hill Elementary School. Campbell succeeds Kay Martin, who recently sought and received the assistant principal position at Central Magnet School.
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More News on a Relationship Between China and Rutherford County Area Schools

Earlier this month, WGNS told you about a newly formed educational partnership between MTSU, Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro City Schools and China.

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Some Schools in Tennessee to Get Extra FRUITS and VEGGIES! $3.3 Million Worth!

We see students pick up a kiwi or blood orange with wonder,” said Sarah White, Tennessee’s director of school nutrition. 

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Murfreesboro - Chinese Educational Ties Strengthened

A day after formalizing ties with Murfreesboro City Schools, a Chinese education group deepened its partnership with area schools on Friday (7/12/2013) by signing a similar pact with Rutherford County Schools for cultural and educational exchanges.

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Rutherford County Schools signs exchange agreement with Chinese education group

A day after formalizing ties with Murfreesboro City Schools, a Chinese education group deepened its partnership with area schools Friday (July 12) by signing a similar pact with Rutherford County Schools for cultural and educational exchanges.

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Dr. Sherry King named Principal of Homer Pittard Campus School
Dr. Sherry King named Principal of Homer Pittard Campus School

Director of Schools Don Odom has named Dr. Sherry King principal of Homer Pittard Campus School. King most recently served as an assistant principal at Rock Springs Elementary School, a consistently high-performing school for value-added learning gains. The school posted all 5’s for value-added performance on the 2012 state report card. 

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Multiple Positions OPEN in Rutherford County School System - Thousands Show Up for a Possible Job
Multiple Positions OPEN in Rutherford County School System - Thousands Show Up for a Possible Job
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess told WGNS that teaching jobs are in high demand.
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Three Rutherford seniors earn National Merit scholarships
National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that three Rutherford County seniors are among approximately 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. 
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Code Red at Rutherford County School - Incident Investigated, School Given All Clear Wednesday Morning
A Code Red alert involving a county school bus at Browns Chapel Elementary School had some parents, teachers and students briefly worried on Wednesday morning around 8:00. 
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UPDATE: Rutherford County School Worker Charged with Rape of 5-Year Old to file Plea This Month in Court
UPDATE: Rutherford County School Worker Charged with Rape of 5-Year Old to file Plea This Month in Court
40-year Rutherford County School worker to appear in court later this month to face child rape charges. William C. Henry  works as a plumber for the county schools.
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UPDATE: Oakland Middle School placed on lockdown, Thursday
Oakland Middle School had to be placed on lockdown Thursday. With the story, here is Kerry Boylan...

 
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MUSLIM LUNCH? Recent rumors of a special school lunch menu in Rutherford County are unfounded
Questions have recently been raised in Rutherford County about the introduction of a Muslim approve meal in our county school system.
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School Custodian Fired for Allegedly Touching Student
School Custodian Fired for Allegedly Touching Student
Rutherford County Schools terminated a middle school custodian before he was charged Thursday with inappropriately touching a 13-year-old student.
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New football coach hired at soon to open Stewart's Creek High School
New football coach hired at soon to open Stewart's Creek High School
New football coach announced for Stewarts Creek High School on Thursday.
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School safety in Rutherford County a priority in new and existing school plans
School safety in Rutherford County a priority in new and existing school plans
School safety is a priority in the construction of new schools and current schools in Rutherford County. The layout and floor plans for each school in the county system is now in an online database for emergency personnel. County School's Maintenance and Construction Superintendent Gary Clardy told WGNS…
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County Schools 2-hours late today *

Rutherford County Schools OPENING 2-HOURS LATE, Lancaster Christian Academy -OPENING 2-HOURS LATE, Providence Christian Academy - Opening 2-hours late, Murfreesboro "City" Schools OPENING ON TIME

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UPDATE: Bullets Found in Blackman Elementary, Some Parents Receive Notification and Some Don't
UPDATE: Bullets Found in Blackman Elementary, Some Parents Receive Notification and Some Don't
Bullets were found in the hallway of a Rutherford County School on Monday, January 14th. The .22-caliber bullets were found by a student a Blackman Elementary School. Some parents are outraged they did not receive a letter…
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Bullets Found in Hallway at Blackman Elementary School
Bullets Found in Hallway at Blackman Elementary School
A disturbing find at a Rutherford County operated school. WGNS’ Ron Jordon has more…
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