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City Council Approves Solid Waste Collection Guidelines
City Council Approves Solid Waste Collection Guidelines

The Murfreesboro City Council voted Wednesday (7/10/2019) to approve design guidelines on qualifying for Solid Waste collection.

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City Council Raises Taxes...FY 2020 Approved!
City Council Raises Taxes...FY 2020 Approved!

The Murfreesboro City Council improved its first increase in over two-decades. With the new rate, an owner of a home of the average value in Rutherford County, $233,000, will pay about $16.50 more monthly effective July 1, 2019. That's roughly $0.54 cents a day.

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Council Meets 11:30AM Wednesday Re: FY 2020
Council Meets 11:30AM Wednesday Re: FY 2020

Changes in how much Murfreesboro businesses and residents pay in property taxes will come into focus at 11:30 this coming Wednesday morning as the Council convenes in regular session at the Murfreesboro City Hall to review and consider the proposed FY20 Budget ordinance on 'First Reading. Mayor McFarland on WGNS Action Line 8:10-9:00AM Wednesday morning.

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City Council Approves Next Step Of Improved Sidewalks On Mercury Blvd.
City Council Approves Next Step Of Improved Sidewalks On Mercury Blvd.

On Thursday evening the Murfreesboro City Council approved a $235,870 contract with Neel Schaffer, Inc. That study is reportedly needed before Phase 2 of the federally funded grant can begin that would enhance the sidewalk and pedestrian safety along Mercury Boulevard.

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City Council Approves Land Swap With New Vision Baptist
City Council Approves Land Swap With New Vision Baptist

The Murfreesboro City Council met Thursday evening and approved a land swap with New Vision Baptist Church on Thompson Lane. This is part of a roadway extension from Vanderbilt's facility being built on Garrison Drive.

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1st Reading, City Council Doubles Hotel/Motel Tax To Pay For Soccer Complex
1st Reading, City Council Doubles Hotel/Motel Tax To Pay For Soccer Complex

On Thursday night (1/17/2019) the Murfreesboro City Council adopted on first reading an increase in the Hotel/Motel occupancy tax from 2.5 percent to 5.0 percent per stay.

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Mayor and City Council Members Sworn In
Mayor and City Council Members Sworn In

The full room had a noticeable energy similar to the excitement you might remember from the first day of school, and it is like the first day of school in some respects. A new year of opportunities and challenges to manage a nearly un-harnessed rate of growth in a community is a blessing but also presents a special set of challenges to meet the needs and expectations of the residents of Murfreesboro.

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Council Approves New Meeting Time
Council Approves New Meeting Time

Meetings in a workshop format allow staff and Council to discuss City issues and are a useful means to facilitate discussions, provide information, and receive Council direction.

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Rick LaLance formally announces bid for re-election to Murfreesboro City Council
Rick LaLance formally announces bid for re-election to Murfreesboro City Council

"The next Council will truly help shape the future of Murfreesboro. Voters want someone who is going to listen to all sides and make smart, reasonable decisions.

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Murfreesboro City Council Recognizes STARS
Murfreesboro City Council Recognizes STARS

STARS has been designed to encourage everyday service excellence by city employees. STARS represent city employees who "Succeed Through Attitudes Reflecting Service Excellence...

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City Council Continues Special Meetings
City Council Continues Special Meetings

Murfreesboro City Council continued to meet with department heads on Thursday evening for the third of six special meetings where they are reviewing proposed budget plans for the upcoming 2018/2019 Fiscal year.

Prior to the series of meetings, each department head has been asked to reduce their spend by 10%. While most taxpayers would applaud this effort on reflex if nothing else, it often requires a gutwrenching decision...

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New name in the running for Murfreesboro City Council
New name in the running for Murfreesboro City Council

Terry Schneider, a long-time Murfreesboro resident, female small business owner, and active member of the community, announced today she will be a candidate for Murfreesboro City Council in the upcoming August 2nd election.

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Will BRIDGE OVER BROAD have new name and be finished on time?
Will BRIDGE OVER BROAD have new name and be finished on time?

Crews are feverishly working to complete the Bridge Over Broad project, while the Murfreesboro City Council is trying to secure a better suited name for the bridge.

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Murfreesboro's Miracle Field is Almost Here
Murfreesboro's Miracle Field is Almost Here

Construction is moving right along for the future Miracle Field in Murfreesboro which is projected to open April 1st.

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Council Approves Chief Durr's Request
Council Approves Chief Durr's Request

On Thursday the Murfreesboro City Council approved Police Chief Karl Durr's request to create the positions of Communications Manager and Finance Manager for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

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Madelyn Scales Harris Named Vice Mayor
Madelyn Scales Harris Named Vice Mayor

On Thursday evening, the Murfreesboro City Council named Councilwoman Scales Harris the vice mayor. She will be on WGNS this coming Tuesday morning at 8:10AM.

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City Council Charter Change Resolution
City Council Charter Change Resolution

The Murfreesboro City Council voted Thursday to adopt a resolution requesting the Tennessee General Assembly pass a Private Act amending the Murfreesboro Charter in order to fill the vacancy left by the late Vice Mayor Doug Young.

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Murfreesboro Looks to Fill Vacant Council Seat
Murfreesboro Looks to Fill Vacant Council Seat

The Murfreesboro City Council soon take up what to do with the vacant seat left after the passing of Vice Mayor Doug Young.

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City Council August Retreat to Take Up Employee Raises
City Council August Retreat to Take Up Employee Raises

The Murfreesboro City Council was set to discuss giving all full time employees a 12-hundred dollar pay raise at their most recent meeting. However, that discussion was deferred to a planned August retreat.

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City Council Approves Memory Care Addition
City Council Approves Memory Care Addition

Adams Place clears their first hurdle before the Murfreesboro City Council for a new memory care facility. NewsRadio WGNS' Dalton Barrett has the story...

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Temporary Change of Venue for Murfreesboro City Council Meetings
Temporary Change of Venue for Murfreesboro City Council Meetings

The Murfreesboro City Council will meet at Patterson Park Community Center and some City Boards and Commissions will conduct meetings in Conference Room 218 on the second floor of City Hall during renovations to Council Chambers, June 17 - July 11, 2016.

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Neighbors Voice Concerns Over Maddington Park Development
Neighbors Voice Concerns Over Maddington Park Development

A full house came to the City Council meeting Thursday night to address issues with the development of Maddington Park by Alcorn Properties near Oakton and Blackman Meadows in Murfreesboro.

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New and Free Fitness Programs in Murfreesboro for Seniors
New and Free Fitness Programs in Murfreesboro for Seniors

The fitness programs provide fully-paid membership access to City fitness centers along with training programs.

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Free Gym Membership Through Healthways Prime & SilverSneakers
Free Gym Membership Through Healthways Prime & SilverSneakers

Let's get physical. The city council approved a contract moving forward working with Healthway Prime and Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Programs to provide more fitness opportunities for the public.

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Voicing Concerns For Mason Pike Development
Voicing Concerns For Mason Pike Development

Many residents are having growing fears about possible residential development along Manson Pike in Murfreesboro.

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City Backs Funding for Community Technology Center
City Backs Funding for Community Technology Center

The Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro asked the City for funding towards the construction of the Community Technology Center at Hobgood Elementary School.

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Murfreesboro City Council Adopts New Payment System
Murfreesboro City Council Adopts New Payment System

The City Council is going digital. Thursday night, they approved to adopt a new process of paying with the new Enterprise Resource Planning Software.

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2015-2016 Budget Plan to Help Non-Profit Organizations
2015-2016 Budget Plan to Help Non-Profit Organizations

The Murfreesboro 2015-2016 Budget Plan will give over $291,000 to local non-profits.

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City Council to Consider Employee Pay Increases Study

Murfreesboro City Council will hear the results of a study, which recommends pay increases for employees. A special meeting will be held Thursday at 5:30pm in the council chambers inside City Hall.

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Council Gives the Go-Ahead to New Airport Partnerships in 2015

A new year brings new partnerships, as an agreement between the municipal airport and Air Methods will soon base LifeFlight services in Murfreesboro...

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Murfreesboro Pension Plans to be EQUAL for Same Sex Couples

The Murfreesboro City Council approved several items on the agenda, including various items that deal with trash collection as well as amending pension plans.

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City Council Seeks Recommendations
City Council Seeks Recommendations

City Council discusses traffic light camera recommendations from Chief of Police.

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Not That Bill Jones!
Not That Bill Jones!

Former Murfreesboro Police Commissioner Bill Jones IS NOT the same Bill Jones running for Murfreesboro City Council.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Murfreesboro 2035 Plan
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Murfreesboro 2035 Plan

City officials planning and making changes to help make Murfreesboro a better city.

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City Council Approves $2.7 Million Plan
City Council Approves $2.7 Million Plan

Murfreesboro City Council approves a $2.7 million dollar plan to expand and renovate Sports*Com

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McFarland Appointed To Succeed Gilley on Power Board

Mayor Shane McFarland has been appointed to replace recently departed council member Toby Gilley on the Power Board, as Gilley takes a judge's seat...

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City Schools' Request, Smotherman Succeeds Gilley on Planning Commission

At the September 11th Murfreesboro City Council Meeting, city schools requested approval of an amendment that would result in more state funding, in part due to Murfreesboro's ongoing population boom...

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Former Cavalry Banking Executive Bill Jones officially announces run for Murfreesboro City Council
Former Cavalry Banking Executive Bill Jones officially announces run for Murfreesboro City Council

Murfreesboro businessman and community leader Bill Jones announced today he is a candidate for the Murfreesboro City Council seat vacated by Rutherford County General Sessions Judge Toby Gilley.

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Council Say Final Farewells to Gilley

August's final meeting of the Murfreesboro city council was most notable for also being the final meeting for Councilman Toby Gilley, departing to take up a General Sessions Court judgeship...

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City Council Says
City Council Says "No" To Handguns on Greenway System

A rather routine meeting ended up becoming an all-out debate of the 2nd amendment at Thursday night's meeting of the Murfreesboro city council...

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Election to Determine Councilman Toby Gilley's Replacement
Election to Determine Councilman Toby Gilley's Replacement

It looks as if the Murfreesboro City Council seat, left vacant by Judge-Elect Toby Gilly can be filled by an election November 4th.

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Murfreesboro City Councilman to Resign Sept. 1, 2014
Murfreesboro City Councilman to Resign Sept. 1, 2014

The City Attorney has written a letter to the City Council on filling the vacancy of City Council member Toby Gilley...

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Council Thanks Community for Involvement, Urges More With Comprehensive Planning

Mayor and council thanked the community for Tuesday's excellent National Night Out attendance, and urged citizen input for the upcoming 20 year comprehensive planning...

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West View Mini-Park Will Soon Become Gladys Blanton Park
West View Mini-Park Will Soon Become Gladys Blanton Park

The renaming honors a a dedicated city worker who served as a Murfreesboro crossing guard from 1958 to 2009, mostly in the area of McFadden Elementary...

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Want to speak at the next Murfreesboro City Council Meeting? You can!
Want to speak at the next Murfreesboro City Council Meeting? You can!

Persons wishing to speak should call the Mayor’s office...

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City Council Adopts 2014-2015 Budget

The Murfreesboro City Council adopted the proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 with no increase in property tax rates at their June 26th meeting...

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Council Provides Guidelines for Citizen Comment Sessions at Future Meetings
Council Provides Guidelines for Citizen Comment Sessions at Future Meetings

The city council hashed out details at Thursday night's meeting outlining new time which will be provided for citizen comment at upcoming meetings...

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Indian Hills Says No to Restaurant, City Says Yes to Wine on the Square

Residents of the Indian Hills community showed up in force at Thursday's city council meeting to oppose amending 2.0 acres within their area for a new restaurant along South Church Street...

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Proposed City of Murfreesboro Budget Passes on First Reading

The proposed 2014-2015 City of Murfreesboro Budget quietly passed it's first of three votes, under little challenge or scrutiny from the public...

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New Councilman, Mayor Take Place in Chambers, Bragg Honored

Newly elected Mayor Shane McFarland and council member Rick LaLance officially took their seats in the council chambers for the first time at May 1st’s council meeting...

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Mayor Bragg, Council Say Their Goodbyes at Final Meeting

After serving as head of the Murfreesboro city council for 12 years, Mayor Tommy Bragg officially said his goodbyes at his final meeting on Thursday, April 24th...

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April 24th Is Now "Blackman Blaze Day", Reads City Proclamation

The Blackman High School boys and girls basketball teams, as well as cheer squad, were all honored at Thursday’s Murfreesboro city council meeting for their accumulated championship victories this year...

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Murfreesboro City Election Day Tuesday
Murfreesboro City Election Day Tuesday

Murfreesboro residents are voting for a new mayor, council and city school board. Tuesday is election day. With Mayor Tommy Bragg announcing his retirement, voters will choose between Councilman Shane McFarland and Vice Mayor Ron Washington to lead the city.

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Murfreesboro City Election Results are
Murfreesboro City Election Results are "IN"

The Rutherford County Election Commission report shows that Shane McFarland won the Mayoral race by a 68.09% margin to Ron Washington holding 31.69% of the votes. See the rest...

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Water & Sewer Sets Sights on High-Tech Enhancements in 2015

The Murfreesboro Water & Sewer Board provided a glimpse into the future of residential billing and leak detection, which they hope to have operational by next year...

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North Murfreesboro Greenway Trail Could Soon Begin Construction

Additional Greenway space could soon be coming to Murfreesboro, in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers.  Plans were revealed at the March 13th meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council...

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Tourism an Increasingly Major Economic Contributor for Rutherford County

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, delivered a glowing report at the March 6th meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council, dealing with tourism’s impact on Rutherford County...

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Council Meeting Shows, Finances Thrive and Love Blossoms in Murfreesboro

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was presented at Thursday's Murfreesboro City Council meeting, which as in years past, shows the city's assets to be in excellent condition...

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Who is Running for What in the City of Murfreesboro?

We are now left with a list of names of persons running. Out of that list of 18-names, only 2 are running for the seat of Mayor. 

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Council's First Meeting of 2014 Includes Move Forward on Election Date Change
Council's First Meeting of 2014 Includes Move Forward on Election Date Change

As you may have heard, there has been talk of moving the municipal election date; in 2014's first meeting, council opted to leave that decision to the voters, and the matter will be put to a referendum in the near future...

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New Police Headquarters Building Gets the Go-Ahead in Marathon Council Meeting
The findings from several studies conducted on the old Murfreesboro Medical Clinic office on North Highland Avenue and it's feasibility of use as the city's new police headquarters boasted enough positive results to prompt the council to vote for approval of the building's purchase...
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Murfreesboro Police Set Sights on Old Medical Clinic Building for New Headquarters
Murfreesboro Police Set Sights on Old Medical Clinic Building for New Headquarters

The Murfreesboro Police Department outlined some forthcoming upgrades at September’s last meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council, which include additional investigation into the feasibility of re-purposing the old Murfreesboro Medical Clinic building as a new police headquarters...

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New Park Could Soon Be Headed to West Side of Murfreesboro
A possible new park on the west side of Murfreesboro, heavily rumored this week, seems to have the support of the council in moving forward...
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Large New City Parks, Pay Raises, New Buses, New Police Cars and a New MTSU Building in the the Murfreesboro Budget?
Some of the other key items include a 3.5% pay increase for full time city employees and a $1-million contribution to MTSU for their new $140-million Science Building.
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2013-2014 Budget Talks Lead to Contentious City Council Meeting
Discussion over the specifics of pay increases and promotions for city employees leave certain members of the council unsatisfied, however, the budget still passes its first vote...
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City Conducts Preliminary Review of Budget, City Employees to Receive Pay Increase
Murfreesboro is once more leading the way in pay raises for city employees, coming in second to only Hendersonville in the mid-state for wage increases in the new 2013-2014 budget...
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Chief Chrisman Says Red Light Cameras Are All About Safety, Not About Revenue
Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman lept to the defense of red light enforcement systems at Thursday's city council meeting, after the cameras have come under recent heavy scrutiny...
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Big Turnout for Boro for Boston Event, Including City Councilman Toby Gilley
The quickly organized Boro for Boston event drew hundreds who ran or walked to show support for the victims of Monday's bombings...
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Gateway Island; LITERALLY Money Going Down the Drain?
Officials are hoping the latest round of repairs to the lake sticks, after even more leaks are found following work on the area less than one month ago...

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Mayors Take a Step Towards Health...Or Several
Mayor Bragg announced Murfreesboro’s new Mayor's Walks health and wellness program at the March 21st meeting of the Murfreesboro city council, which will feature both himself, as well as Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess...
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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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