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UPDATE 4-1-20: COVID-19 Cases at 2,683 in Tennessee, Up to 86 in Rutherford Co. and One Death Locally
UPDATE 4-1-20: COVID-19 Cases at 2,683 in Tennessee, Up to 86 in Rutherford Co. and One Death Locally

Wednesday, 4-1-20 Update: The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the positive cases for coronavirus to 2,683 across Tennessee. There are 86 cases reported in Rutherford County and one death. IMPORTANT: These numbers are updated daily but it takes approximately a week to get test results.

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Governor Says
Governor Says "Heroes Stay Home"; Plans for Surge in COVID-19

Governor Lee says Tennessee is planning for a surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks. He also addresses questions about his "safer at home" directive.

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First COVID-19 Death Reported in Rutherford County
First COVID-19 Death Reported in Rutherford County

The latest COVID-19 numbers released by the Tennessee Department of Health Wednesday also revealed Rutherford County's first death.

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WGNS Interactive Map of Businesses OPEN during the COVID-19 Pandemic
WGNS Interactive Map of Businesses OPEN during the COVID-19 Pandemic

See our interactive map to find out who is open for business during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

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MTSU Trustees approve two new undergraduate degree programs
MTSU Trustees approve two new undergraduate degree programs

Middle Tennessee State University's Board of Trustees, which met Tuesday by teleconference due to COVID-19 virus concerns, approved two new undergraduate degree programs for the coming academic year.

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Healthcare Workers Answer Local Concerns at Saint Thomas Rutherford
Healthcare Workers Answer Local Concerns at Saint Thomas Rutherford

Annie Lindsey is a Middle Tennessee native who has cared for the people OF Murfreesboro as an RN for more than 4 years. She is with Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Lindsey and her colleagues are working tirelessly to protect our community.

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RURAL AREAS: Cannon County has COVID-19 Task Force
RURAL AREAS: Cannon County has COVID-19 Task Force

So far as many already know, Cannon County has (3) confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 50 who have tested for it (47 tested negative as of 3/31/2020). Statewide reports of at least 2,2389 cases and 23 deaths, 121 people have recovered and 175 are currently hospitalized - as of March 31, 2020.

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Come to Walmart as an employee with a high temperature - Go home
Come to Walmart as an employee with a high temperature - Go home

Stores in places like Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Manchester, Nashville will tell workers to stay home or seek medical care if they have a fever of a least 100 or higher.

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TN Governor Updates and Reminds Residents to Stay Home (w/ Audio)
TN Governor Updates and Reminds Residents to Stay Home (w/ Audio)

Governor Bill Lee told the state that nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted...

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Rutherford County School Board enacting precautions for upcoming special-called meeting
Rutherford County School Board enacting precautions for upcoming special-called meeting

Some of the items to be discussed will include the authorization of employee pay, the policy dealing with the ability to close schools during emergencies and granting paid leave for staff, teachers and other employees during emergency situations...

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City of Murfreesboro on Alternative Work Schedule During COVID-19 Pandemic
City of Murfreesboro on Alternative Work Schedule During COVID-19 Pandemic

As WGNS continues to follow the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials remind residents to call a doctor if you start to have symptoms...

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Be careful to not fully isolate yourself because of COVID-19 anxiety
Be careful to not fully isolate yourself because of COVID-19 anxiety

Mai Ferrell, licensed clinical social worker with TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, said that social distancing is not the same as social isolation.

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Dogs are NOT Spreading COVID-19
Dogs are NOT Spreading COVID-19

Dogs are not giving people COVID-19... Thanks to social media, a large number of people feared that dogs were part of the problem and were actually spreading the virus to humans.

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A Change in Manufacturing in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic
A Change in Manufacturing in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Change in Manufacturing for Tennessee with COVID-19 Pandemic: Governor Bill Lee told the media that Tennessee is seeking help from the manufacturing community to battle COVID-19 illness.

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Executive Order 22: Stay Home
Executive Order 22: Stay Home

With the start of a new week yesterday (Monday), new suggestions came from the governor's office.

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Emergency Cash Assistance Available to Families Hurt by COVID-19 Job Loss
Emergency Cash Assistance Available to Families Hurt by COVID-19 Job Loss

Rep. Sparks said that unemployment is up by about 1300%, but our state is ready to tackle the big issues and has "Emergency Cash Assistance" available for families impacted with job loss due to COVID-19...

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Delivering Reliable Power 24/7 During COVID-19 Crisis
Delivering Reliable Power 24/7 During COVID-19 Crisis

As communities take action to slow the spread of COVID-19, one thing 10 million people across seven states don't have to worry about is having clean, reliable low-cost electricity from the nation's largest public power provider - the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Talking to Children about the COVID -19 Coronavirus
Talking to Children about the COVID -19 Coronavirus

MURFREESBORO: "Children are watching how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is important that we remain calm and reassure children they are safe."

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A Change in Manufacturing in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic
A Change in Manufacturing in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Change in Manufacturing for Tennessee with COVID-19 Pandemic: Governor Bill Lee told the media that Tennessee is seeking help from the manufacturing community to battle COVID-19 illness.

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More On MTSU Student Having Coronavirus
More On MTSU Student Having Coronavirus

More on the coronavirus case at MTSU. The university has been very cautious to self-quarantine and self-isolate potential COVID-19 illness in our community, both on and off campus. The student lived at Scarlett Commons and checked with Student Health Services over spring break where the test returned positive.

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Country Legend Joe Diffie dies from complications of COVID-19
Country Legend Joe Diffie dies from complications of COVID-19

Grammy-winning country music artist Joe Diffie, who told fans he tested positive for the Coronavirus this past Friday...

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WGNS to Air Blue Raider Classic Games
WGNS to Air Blue Raider Classic Games

As we continue to explore ways to fill the sports void with games on hold, WGNS will be airing some classic Blue Raider games in the coming weeks.

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Primetime Sports Extra to Air on WGNS
Primetime Sports Extra to Air on WGNS

WGNS will be airing a special series of shows, concentrating on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected area teams and sports events.

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Telling The Truth Is ALWAYS Best!
Telling The Truth Is ALWAYS Best!

Three Rutherford County deputies were isolated after a suspect they arrested told them falsely she had the COVID-19 to avoid jail, said Chief Deputy Keith Lowery of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Murfreesboro
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Police Officers assisted with traffic control at a drive-through testing site for the COVID-19. The testing station is at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic at it opened this past Thursday. You can NOT simply drive-up to get the test. You must be referred either after visiting the Rutherford County Health Department or being referred by your local physician.

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Update from the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation
Update from the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation

The foundation reports it is "steadfast in its commitment to our community's most vulnerable populations, as well as our own associates, who have been impacted by recent events."

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COVID-19: Will Students Have to Make Up School Days?
COVID-19: Will Students Have to Make Up School Days?

A frequently asked question by parents is will students have to make up days they missed due to the coronavirus crisis.

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Suspension of Statutes to Allow for More Medical Workers in TN during COVID-19 Crisis
Suspension of Statutes to Allow for More Medical Workers in TN during COVID-19 Crisis

Changes approved by the Governor will equal more help in the Volunteer State to fight the COVID-19 pandemic...

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COVID-19: Who Knows if you Test Positive?
COVID-19: Who Knows if you Test Positive?

Rutherford County Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald told WGNS NEWS that if you test positive, your information is not given to the public...

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"Message of Hope"

If you missed the Dave Ramsey Special "A Message of Hope," with Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze and Ken Coleman, you can listen to it on demand. WGNS carried it on radio at 6pm Friday night.

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EXTENSION: REAL ID in Tennessee - It will now start on 10/1/2021
EXTENSION: REAL ID in Tennessee - It will now start on 10/1/2021

It was determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

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Murfreesboro Mayor COVID-19 Briefing 3-26-20
Murfreesboro Mayor COVID-19 Briefing 3-26-20

A local 'State of Emergency' for the City of Murfreesboro has been issued in response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, pandemic. Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland held a media briefing Thursday evening, which was carried LIVE on WGNS. If you missed it, we have the audio on-demand.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Continues To Help Community
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Continues To Help Community

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is now providing on-site, drive-through, testing for COVID-19. However, until testing kits become readily available, MMC will only be testing those who have been screened and referred by the Rutherford County Health Department or local physicians.

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More Childcare Facilities Needed for workers in the Medical Field or Grocery Stores
More Childcare Facilities Needed for workers in the Medical Field or Grocery Stores

Childcare is a big need right now for those who have children and are working additional hours in grocery stores or in the medical field as schools remain closed. Governor Bill Lee stated...

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Classrooms Online, Prom and Graduation in the Rutherford County Schools
Classrooms Online, Prom and Graduation in the Rutherford County Schools

The Rutherford County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. In the meantime, schools remain closed, but remote classroom instruction will begin on the week AFTER Spring Break.

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UPDATE: Murfreesboro Parks OPEN - List of Programs Cancelled
UPDATE: Murfreesboro Parks OPEN - List of Programs Cancelled

WGNS has more news on our local parks in Murfreesboro, highlighting closures and highlighting what is currently open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Unemployment in TENNESSEE
COVID-19 UPDATE: Unemployment in TENNESSEE

For the week ending March 21, 2020, Tennesseans filed 39,096 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. The week prior, the state received 2,702 new unemployment claims. The latest figure represents a nearly 20 fold increase in week-to-week claims.

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Planning / Attending Funerals during COVID-19 Pandemic in Tennessee
Planning / Attending Funerals during COVID-19 Pandemic in Tennessee

During the changing times, multiple businesses are seeing a big change in how everything is done. Funeral homes are one of the businesses that have been hit with an impact that saddens not only the funeral home, but also local families.

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MTSU First Confirmed On-Campus COVID-19 Case
MTSU First Confirmed On-Campus COVID-19 Case

MTSU has its first on campus coronavirus case. Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland mentioned this during his Thursday night COVID-19 briefing.

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SMYRNA: National Guard WILL NOT Focus on Law Enforcement, but instead Humanitarian Aid Only
SMYRNA: National Guard WILL NOT Focus on Law Enforcement, but instead Humanitarian Aid Only

WGNS has more news on the Tennessee National Guard being mobilized and used to help in the testing for COVID-19. Troops are currently at the National Guard base in Smyrna, which is where they will leave from as needed.

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Rutherford County Non-profits Busy with Efforts to Offer Help
Rutherford County Non-profits Busy with Efforts to Offer Help

Greenhouse Ministries, a local non-profit, is helping hundreds of households with food as more and more people are finding themselves without work.

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Murfreesboro Parks for the most part - OPEN during COVID-19 Pandemic
Murfreesboro Parks for the most part - OPEN during COVID-19 Pandemic

While COVID-19 is spreading and people are isolating themselves, the parks are still open and they're a great place for social distancing...

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TN National Guard Mobilized to Help in Rural Areas
TN National Guard Mobilized to Help in Rural Areas

As heard on Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee established the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military.

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Breakfast and / or Lunch Available from Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Schools
Breakfast and / or Lunch Available from Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Schools

Murfreesboro City Schools are working to help keep children fed during this hard time. Spokesperson Lisa Trail told WGNS NEWS...

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Restaurant Business has Changed with COVID-19... Completely
Restaurant Business has Changed with COVID-19... Completely

The changes brought on by COVID-19 are having a huge impact on local businesses, many restaurant owners are turning to new ideas and business models to persevere. Peter Demos, President of Demos' Restaurant based in Murfreesboro, TN said...

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Contact the Rutherford County Health Department if you THINK you have Coronavirus
Contact the Rutherford County Health Department if you THINK you have Coronavirus

Do not visit the emergency room if you feel that you may have the coronavirus, that is the message from Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron...

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COVID-19: Sewage could back-up / clog due to wipes and papertowels
COVID-19: Sewage could back-up / clog due to wipes and papertowels

MURFREESBORO: "We've had technicians working long hours on our Thompson Lane station trying to unclog the pumps before they cause an overflow upstream. It's important for the public to properly dispose of these items as solid waste."

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BBB Alert: Coronavirus Stimulus Check and Grant Scams on the Rise
BBB Alert: Coronavirus Stimulus Check and Grant Scams on the Rise

Better Business Bureau serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky is warning that scammers are taking advantage of news coverage for the proposed federal stimulus package that was announced last week. The package, among other policy items, includes sending every American a check to offset lost income from the coronavirus crisis.

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COVID-19: Smyrna Mayor Briefing 3-24-20
COVID-19: Smyrna Mayor Briefing 3-24-20

Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed and Dr. Eric Schuck, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Room Director at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, brief the community on COVID-19

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State Farm Employees in Murfreesboro and Beyond Continue Working from Home
State Farm Employees in Murfreesboro and Beyond Continue Working from Home

The State Farm Operations Center in Murfreesboro on Memorial Blvd. at DeJarnette Lane continues to be closed to workers and visitors as employees work from home.

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PAWS Modifying Operations in Response to COVID-19
PAWS Modifying Operations in Response to COVID-19

Effective immediately: Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) of Rutherford County, TN is modifying its services and operations to protect residents, staff, and volunteers, while continuing to serve the community.

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COVID-19: Schools To Remain Closed until April 24
COVID-19: Schools To Remain Closed until April 24

Governor Bill Lee is recommending all Tennessee schools stay closed through Friday, April 24th. Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools will be following that recommendation.

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Crime Remains Low in Rutherford County During COVID-19 Situation
Crime Remains Low in Rutherford County During COVID-19 Situation

WGNS continues to follow the crime trends in Rutherford County as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps many out of work. The good news, crime is still remaining at a consistent level when compared to weeks previous to the closings of businesses and schools.

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Coronavirus Rumor Control by FEMA
Coronavirus Rumor Control by FEMA

FEMA released information to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The organization says, "Rumors can easily circulate within communities..."

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Governor Signs Executive Order 17: Alternative Business Models
Governor Signs Executive Order 17: Alternative Business Models

On Sunday (3/22/2020) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize...

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Murfreesboro State Farm Operations Center Employees gained tools to work from home
Murfreesboro State Farm Operations Center Employees gained tools to work from home

On Sunday (3/23/2020), State Farm Murfreesboro Operations Center employees lined up in their cars to pick up equipment to begin working from home.

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Non-profit Main Street Murfreesboro looking forward to the Future
Non-profit Main Street Murfreesboro looking forward to the Future

Local businesses are feeling the pinch of COVID-19. Business and community non-profits are also being hit, but some of those non-profits are working with local businesses to come up with new ideas.

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Changes in Minors and Adults Visiting the Hospital or Clinic
Changes in Minors and Adults Visiting the Hospital or Clinic

In the case of a minor entering the hospital, one parent (guardian) will be allowed to wait with the child and enter an exam room with the child. Siblings will not be able to enter the emergency room.

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Food Options for those in Need
Food Options for those in Need

For those without food during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are food sources available in Rutherford County.

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Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees to hold Teleconference Meeting
Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees to hold Teleconference Meeting

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees will hold its Tuesday, March 31, meeting via teleconference only.

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Congressman Aims to Help Businesses and Families - Paychecks
Congressman Aims to Help Businesses and Families - Paychecks

"This is about your paycheck," Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today in describing a collection of Republican and Democrat senators' ideas that he said will generate trillions in economic support to help keep employees...

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City of La Vergne closes city building lobbies amid COVID-19 pandemic
City of La Vergne closes city building lobbies amid COVID-19 pandemic

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, the City of La Vergne is expanding its precautionary measures to ensure the safety of residents and city staff. All lobbies at city buildings will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020...

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COVID-19: Mayor Urges Personal Responsibility
COVID-19: Mayor Urges Personal Responsibility

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, during a briefing from the council chambers carried LIVE on WGNS, said he's been asked by many about a "safer at home directive," similar to Nashville.

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TN Congressman: Politics and COVID-19 Financial Aid Package
TN Congressman: Politics and COVID-19 Financial Aid Package

"This is no time to be running a political campaign," U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today on the Senate floor as Democrats block legislation that will generate trillions in economic support to help keep employees on payrolls and to relieve Tennesseans..."

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County Mayor Ketron Addresses COVID-19 Concerns to Citizens in Signed Letter
County Mayor Ketron Addresses COVID-19 Concerns to Citizens in Signed Letter

Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron addresses COVID-19 concerns and the executive order from Governor Lee.

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Town of Smyrna Limits Social Gatherings, Dining Out, etc.
Town of Smyrna Limits Social Gatherings, Dining Out, etc.

The Town of Smyrna supports Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order No. 17, issued this morning, March 22, 2020. Executive Order No. 17 was issued to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by limiting social gatherings, dine-in service, and gym use; exposure at nursing and retirement homes; and providing flexibility for restaurants regarding the sale of alcohol.

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CBS Special Report: Coronavirus
CBS Special Report: Coronavirus

CBS News Radio presents a special report on the coronavirus. It will air this weekend on WGNS radio and you can listen to it here on demand.

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BBB Alert: Coronavirus Price Gouging is Up
BBB Alert: Coronavirus Price Gouging is Up

Price gouging is up over the past week as communities across the country react to COVID-19 (coronavirus), according to the Better Business Bureau.

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COVID-19: Nearby Nashville is usually bustling with tourist, not today
COVID-19: Nearby Nashville is usually bustling with tourist, not today

PHOTOS: See what downtown Nashville looks like as a near empty ghost town due to COVID-19.

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Batey's Farms in Blackman is OPEN
Batey's Farms in Blackman is OPEN

While the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, Tennessee's farms remain an ideal source...

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UPDATE: Unemployment Increases in Tennessee due to COVID-19
UPDATE: Unemployment Increases in Tennessee due to COVID-19

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has seen a large increase in the number of unemployment claims.

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Coronavirus 101 with Dr. Dan Rudd
Coronavirus 101 with Dr. Dan Rudd

Local physcian Dr. Dan Rudd breaks down critical information about the coronavirus that can help you make sense of what's happening. We have broken down the information into easy to listen to segments.

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UPDATE: Governor announced state funding for needed services
UPDATE: Governor announced state funding for needed services

Rutherford County was sitting at 1 confirmed case at last report, but confirmations being released by the Tennessee Health Department to the media have slowed greatly.

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Hospital Related Policy Changes due to COVID-19 (Rutherford County and Ascension Saint Thomas Facilities)
Hospital Related Policy Changes due to COVID-19 (Rutherford County and Ascension Saint Thomas Facilities)

"Ascension Saint Thomas Facility Visitation & Associate Screening Policies As part of a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ascension Saint Thomas has evaluated our visitor policies..."

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Massive downturn in business for Rutherford County and the United States
Massive downturn in business for Rutherford County and the United States

The changes are having a huge negative impact on local businesses all around the state and country. One local business owner is asking for citizens to contact their congressman.

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COVID-19 CHANGES: Do Not Visit Murfreesboro Police Headquarters for Non-Emergency Reports
COVID-19 CHANGES: Do Not Visit Murfreesboro Police Headquarters for Non-Emergency Reports

Authorities made changes to lower the number of persons in the police station as a result of the COVID-19 crisis currently underway.

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Buying a Gun in TN - Expect longer Delay in TBI Background Check
Buying a Gun in TN - Expect longer Delay in TBI Background Check

The increase in background check requests in Tennessee aligns with national trends during the pandemic. TBI processed 14,657 transactions between Thursday, March 12th and Monday, March 16th. During the comparable five-day period, February 13th through February 17th, TBI processed 7,901 transactions. Stores like Bullseye Pawn and Gun in Murfreesboro, TN seem to be well stocked, but the line to get in may take 10 to 15 minutes...

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COVID-19: Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing
COVID-19: Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing

Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting. What is the difference?

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MTSU Requiring Staff to Work from Home
MTSU Requiring Staff to Work from Home

MTSU is taking another step in the battle against COVID-19 and asking staff to work from home, if at all possible.

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Sheriff's SCAN, SRO's Deliver Food to Seniors
Sheriff's SCAN, SRO's Deliver Food to Seniors

About 80 Sheriff's Senior Citizens Awareness Network members were grateful to receive non-perishable food donated to them this week by Feed America First.

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TSSAA Hall of Fame Ceremony in 'Boro Postponed
TSSAA Hall of Fame Ceremony in 'Boro Postponed

Amid the concerns of COVID-19 and the recommendations being made by the CDC, we feel it is in the best interest of all involved to postpone the 2020 TSSAA Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony.

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Portico is OPEN during COVID-19 Crisis

Portico Pregnancy Center is open from 9-1:00 on Monday, and 9:00-5:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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Family Center: Keeping Our Families Safe Amid COVID-19
Family Center: Keeping Our Families Safe Amid COVID-19

These are unprecedented times for our community and the families we serve, and everyone with The Family Center is sensitive to the challenges facing us. With this in mind, we are working with our community partners to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, and interns and to help in flattening the curve of Covid-19 spread in Middle Tennessee.

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United Way Responds to COVID-19 Crisis
United Way Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties responds to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations due to Coronavirus Outbreak

To date (as of March 18, 2020), over 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled...

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Local shopping area remains open, but some individual stores closing
Local shopping area remains open, but some individual stores closing

The Avenue in Murfreesboro remains open, but some stores are altering hours or temporarily closing altogether.

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MESSAGE FROM Murfreesboro Medical Clinic
MESSAGE FROM Murfreesboro Medical Clinic

Right now MMC reports they know of no antiviral treatment for COVID-19*.

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Drinking Supply in Rutherford County Area - UPDATE
Drinking Supply in Rutherford County Area - UPDATE

"With regard to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control have noted that chlorine (used by our plant daily) is effective in eliminating the virus through the disinfection process for drinking water supplies..."

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Motlow Classes Online Only Beginning Mar. 23; Campus Facilities Closed
Motlow Classes Online Only Beginning Mar. 23; Campus Facilities Closed

Motlow State has announced its campuses will remain closed and classes will be online only.

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Small Glimpse of Multiple Changes in Rutherford County due to Coronavirus
Small Glimpse of Multiple Changes in Rutherford County due to Coronavirus

UPDATE:The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee told WGNS they are trying to determine how they will conduct their free legal clinic in Rutherford county.At this point, the answer as to how they will move forward with that event and others is unclear. The organization stated, "The COVID-19 pandemic has called into focus a need...

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Governor highlights schools closing / reopening and that the Cornavirus can go undetected for days
Governor highlights schools closing / reopening and that the Cornavirus can go undetected for days

The date as to when schools across the state of Tennessee will reopen is a floating date that could change. Governor Bill Lee said that the situation will be examined on March 31, 2020...

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Middle TN and Murfreesboro Electric to CLOSE Offices to Walk-in Traffic - Past due accounts won't be shut off
Middle TN and Murfreesboro Electric to CLOSE Offices to Walk-in Traffic - Past due accounts won't be shut off

To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, local electric departments will close their offices to walk-in traffic starting Thursday. In addition to the the lobby being closed, those who are trying to make ends meet with food, or the loss of a job - won't have to worry about their electricity being shutoff. Past due accounts will not be shut off during this period of time.

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Comorbidity and COVID-19 in Rutherford County and Far Beyond
Comorbidity and COVID-19 in Rutherford County and Far Beyond

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, it is key to remember that certain groups of people are more susceptible to the lethal side of the virus. Specifically, those with co-morbid conditions.

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Nissan Temporarily Closing Manufacturing in U.S.
Nissan Temporarily Closing Manufacturing in U.S.

Nissan, which has a plant in Smyrna, is halting production there and across the country in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Campus Pharmacy, Health Services  serve MTSU students at critical time
Campus Pharmacy, Health Services serve MTSU students at critical time

Middle Tennessee State University students are finding they can depend on Student Health Services and the Campus Pharmacy as the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 alter the higher education landscape.

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M'boro Electric Holding Off on Meter Shut Down, Cruise Ships Disembarking and a Vaccine for COVID-19
M'boro Electric Holding Off on Meter Shut Down, Cruise Ships Disembarking and a Vaccine for COVID-19

In Murfreesboro, the local electric provider is putting a halt on shutting off electric meters so that those unable to get out with weakened immune systems can stay healthy. WGNS' Scott Walker spoke to Amy Byers with Murfreesboro Electric on Tuesday (3/17/2020)...

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TSSAA Keeps Hoops
TSSAA Keeps Hoops "Suspended"; Hopeful to Play & Spring Sports Too

The TSSAA's Board of Control voted to "suspend" the state basketball tournaments for at least eight weeks while Tennessee is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They're also still hopeful spring sports postseason competition can still happen.

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County Schools asking for students to refrain from meeting, hanging out in groups
County Schools asking for students to refrain from meeting, hanging out in groups

The schools are asking that children in all grades don't hang out together or visit with one another...

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Murfreesboro City Cancellations & Postponments: Coronavirus
Murfreesboro City Cancellations & Postponments: Coronavirus

The city of Murfreesboro has announced a number of closings and event cancellations in light of the coronavirus situation.

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TSSAA Board of Control & Legislative Council to meet
TSSAA Board of Control & Legislative Council to meet

The TSSAA Board of Control and Legislative Council will meet via conference call on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, respectively. The Board will discuss the status of the currently suspended state basketball tournaments, a spring sports discussion, and the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

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Murfreesboro City Schools Closed thru April 3rd
Murfreesboro City Schools Closed thru April 3rd

Murfreesboro City Schools have announced they will remain closed through April 3rd, the end of spring break. The city's ESP will be closed at least thru Friday.

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Coronavirus Special Section
Coronavirus Special Section

Click here for continued updates on local and state response, school closures, breaking news, cancellations, important information and more concerning the coronavirus.

UPDATE 4-1-20: COVID-19 Cases at 2,683 in Tennessee, Up to 86 in Rutherford Co. and One Death Locally

First COVID-19 Death Reported in Rutherford County

MTSU Cancels Spring Graduation; Second Student with COVID-19

WGNS Interactive Map of Businesses OPEN during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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LOCAL Update 7:50AM Monday on WGNS
LOCAL Update 7:50AM Monday on WGNS

WGNS has connected with education, recreation, medical, emergency and government segments of this community to allow them an opportunity to talk directly to you and give UPDATES on the coronavirus locally.

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See some of the numbers Americans are really looking at
See some of the numbers Americans are really looking at

COVID-19: Above graphic, by the numbers. In the world, only 0.0019755115171793% of the Global Population actually has the Coronavirus.

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Governor Lee Issues Statement Regarding Statewide School Closure
Governor Lee Issues Statement Regarding Statewide School Closure

Governor Lee urges all school districts to close by Friday and remain closed through March 31st.

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Restaurants Respond to COVID-19
Restaurants Respond to COVID-19

Many restaurants have publicized their response to the coronavirus and the actions they're taking to keep customers safe.

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RCS offering free food at 10 sites during shutdown
RCS offering free food at 10 sites during shutdown

Rutherford County Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to any child 18 and under at no charge beginning Tuesday March 17, while the district is closed out of concern over the coronavirus.

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City Schools Offering Emergency Food
City Schools Offering Emergency Food

Murfreesboro City Schools' Nutrition Department will sponsor the free Emergency Food Service Program at over 30 locations through March 27.

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C-USA Cancels Spring Sport Competition
C-USA Cancels Spring Sport Competition

All MTSU spring sports are canceled immediately after Conference USA votes Monday.

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Dollar General Announces First Hour of Operations to be Dedicated to Senior Customers
Dollar General Announces First Hour of Operations to be Dedicated to Senior Customers

Dollar General Corporation announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning Tuesday, March 17.

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RuCo School Board Meets to Discuss COVID-19 Situations
RuCo School Board Meets to Discuss COVID-19 Situations

The Rutherford County School Board met to discuss a number of issues concerning the system amid the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the school calendar, classified employee pay and testing.

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Grocery Stores, Court System, Graphs by Age Groups with Coronavirus in TN - PHOTOS
Grocery Stores, Court System, Graphs by Age Groups with Coronavirus in TN - PHOTOS

Grocery stores are seeing large crowds making unusually large purchases of food, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Some items are being limited to three per customer while other items are not being limited. We are also seeing the courts limit in-person proceedings when able to do so, which is also a big change.

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2020 Census Moves Forward
2020 Census Moves Forward

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. We are adjusting some operations. As of today, over 5 million have responded online to the 2020 Census.

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St. Thomas Wellness Center/Cardiac Rehab Closed Until March 30
St. Thomas Wellness Center/Cardiac Rehab Closed Until March 30

In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, St. Thomas Rutherford's WELLNESS CENTER and CARDIAC REHAB CENTER in the Seton Building of the hospital's campus, has temporarily suspended service until March 30th.

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La Vergne Area: Free Food for Children due to COVID-19
La Vergne Area: Free Food for Children due to COVID-19

With schools being closed from COVID-19, La Vergne wants to make sure local children who receive free/reduced breakfast and lunch, still receive food.

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All 5 Rutherford County Library System Branches Closed
All 5 Rutherford County Library System Branches Closed

All branches of the Rutherford County Library System are closed through March 21, 2020 in effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Weekend Update:  26 Coronavirus Cases In TN
Weekend Update: 26 Coronavirus Cases In TN

The weekend update on the number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee has increased to 26.

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Governor's Guidance On MASS GATHERINGS
Governor's Guidance On MASS GATHERINGS

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued further guidance regarding mass gatherings, schools, state employees and the State Capitol Building as more confirmed cases of COVID-19 surface in Tennessee.

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Coronavirus Visitation Policy at Adult Detention Center
Coronavirus Visitation Policy at Adult Detention Center

As a precaution against the COVID-19 virus, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Adult Detention Center are implementing measures to protect citizens and inmates, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Public video visits at the Adult Detention Center are cancelled until April 1st, however, attorney visitation using the video system is allowed.

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City of La Vergne taking Extra Precautions due to Coronavirus
City of La Vergne taking Extra Precautions due to Coronavirus

The City of La Vergne is taking precautions to help keep its citizens safe due to the recent positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in Rutherford County.

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TSSAA provides update regarding spring sports and COVID-19
TSSAA provides update regarding spring sports and COVID-19

The TSSAA addresses policies and concerns surrounding spring sports amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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Asian Carp in tributaries like the Stones River
Asian Carp in tributaries like the Stones River

While the fight right now is against the Coronavirus, fights against other invasive things like Asain carp, now found in the Cumberland River and other tributaries, including Stones River are continuing.

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Rutherford County Schools Closed for One Week (COVID-19)
Rutherford County Schools Closed for One Week (COVID-19)

Director of Schools Bill Spurlock has announced a plan to close all Rutherford County schools for one week beginning Monday, March 16. All schools and school-related activities will be closed. All field trips and sporting events involving students or facilities will be put on hold and rescheduled, if possible.

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CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: An Emerging Disease Threat: How the U.S. Is Responding to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus
CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: An Emerging Disease Threat: How the U.S. Is Responding to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Senate Health Committee will hold its second committee hearing on the federal government's response to the coronavirus.

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Sheriff's Office / Detention Center Coronavirus Precautions
Sheriff's Office / Detention Center Coronavirus Precautions

As a precaution against the COVID-19 virus, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Adult Detention Center are implementing measures to protect citizens and inmates, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

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TSVH Suspends Visitation at All State Veterans' Homes
TSVH Suspends Visitation at All State Veterans' Homes

Tennessee State Veterans' Homes facilities in Murfreesboro, and around the state will restrict access to all visitors, vendors, and volunteers until further notice.

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Tennessee Firearms Association Release: Legislature closes doors and access to the public!
Tennessee Firearms Association Release: Legislature closes doors and access to the public!

News reports are coming out Friday afternoon that Governor Lee, Lt. Gov. McNally and Speaker Sexton have issued orders to close the capitol and the legislature's offices and committee rooms effective immediately to the public, advocacy groups, and paid lobbyists!

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Churches Respond to COVID-19
Churches Respond to COVID-19

Area churches are struggling with whether or not to have services this weekend in light of coronovirus.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education
The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education

Mirroring the steps other countries have taken to combat the spread of the virus, social-distancing policies are helping to drive down the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in places such as China.

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Rutherford County Schools To Cancel Some Activities & Limit Visitors in Response to Coronavirus
Rutherford County Schools To Cancel Some Activities & Limit Visitors in Response to Coronavirus

Rutherford County Schools has shared its Coronavirus Response Plan, which includes limiting some activities and visitors.

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TENNESSEE: State of Emergency
TENNESSEE: State of Emergency

Governor Bill Lee has declared a State of Emergency as the coronavirus continues to have an impact on sports, businesses, nursing homes, schools, government and more. MORE TO COME

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WGNS to Air All State Tournament Games, Beginning Friday
WGNS to Air All State Tournament Games, Beginning Friday

With the TSSAA limiting attendance to the state basketball tournament starting Friday due to COVID-19, WGNS will air all of the tournament games.

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TSSAA tournaments suspended
TSSAA tournaments suspended

Following the conclusion of the girls' state basketball tournament quarterfinal round Thursday, the TSSAA announced they were suspending the remainder of the girls' state tournament and next week's boys' state tournament. Whether we will be able to reschedule these events will depend on the length of the suspension and the availability of facilities.

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Local Schools in Rutherford County Prepared for Threat of Coronavirus
Local Schools in Rutherford County Prepared for Threat of Coronavirus

UPDATE: The Rutherford County School System is being proactive with the increased threat of the coronavirus.

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UPDATE: TSSAA announces new admittance policy for state tournaments
UPDATE: TSSAA announces new admittance policy for state tournaments

Beginning with the Friday March 13 session, attendance at the remainder of the girls' state tournament and throughout the boys' state tournament will be limited to the team party (23-person maximum including varsity players, coaches, and team support personnel), their immediate families, and school administrators of the qualifying schools.

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UPDATE: CUSA Hoops Tournament CANCELED; Spring Sports on PAUSE
UPDATE: CUSA Hoops Tournament CANCELED; Spring Sports on PAUSE

Just before the 11am airtime for the MTSU Lady Raider's first CUSA Tournament game with Louisiana Tech, news of the cancellation of the rest of the games was announced.

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COVID-19 Leads to Run on Sanitation Supplies
COVID-19 Leads to Run on Sanitation Supplies

With a SIXTH case of COVID-19 reported in Tennessee, shelves of sanitation supplies at local groceries are running low.

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Confirmed: SEVEN Cases of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee
Confirmed: SEVEN Cases of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to seven. 4 are in Williamson County, with 1 each in Davidson, Shelby and Sullivan counties.

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Local media coverage of the coronavirus and the influenza pandemic of 1918
Local media coverage of the coronavirus and the influenza pandemic of 1918

With recent confirmations in Williamson, Davidson and Shelby Counties, some are asking today if the coronavirus is being over-hyped by the media - something that can be compared to the flu of 1918.

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More on the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Williamson County
More on the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Williamson County

One man in Williamson County, TN has tested positive for the virus and the department of health laboratory tested the individual, and has submitted results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Governor Lee stated at a press conference:

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TN Dept. of Health Releases Further Information Regarding COVID-19 Case
TN Dept. of Health Releases Further Information Regarding COVID-19 Case

Thursday (3/5/2020) the Tennessee Department of Health announced the state's first case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. That case was confirmed to be in nearby Williamson County. TDH has released additional information regarding the case as well as the availability of tests in Tennessee.

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TN Dept. of Health Announces First Case of COVID-19 in Tennessee
TN Dept. of Health Announces First Case of COVID-19 in Tennessee

Case located in Williamson County, TN: "We are working closely with local health care partners to identify contacts and contain spread of this disease in our communities," said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

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Rutherford County Mayor calls for Special Meeting on Discussing Coronavirus
Rutherford County Mayor calls for Special Meeting on Discussing Coronavirus

Upon Governor Bill Lee delivering the news of the first COVID-19 case in Tennessee, Mayor Bill Ketron reached out to Rutherford County leaders, officials from other municipalities within the County, public safety...

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Alexander: Trump Administration, State and Local Health Systems Doing Their Job to Help Protect Americans Against Coronavirus
Alexander: Trump Administration, State and Local Health Systems Doing Their Job to Help Protect Americans Against Coronavirus

Says 10 days ago there were 14 infections and today there are 14 infections, plus the 39 Americans that were brought back from China and Japan...

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Special Hearing Called for the Novel Coronavirus
Special Hearing Called for the Novel Coronavirus

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the Senate Health Committee will hold a committee hearing on the novel Coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China.

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Coronavirus Hits 4 Tennesseans
Coronavirus Hits 4 Tennesseans

Here's an update on the two Tennessee families in quarantine for the coronavirus. The Tri-Cities physician and his wife remain in Tokyo, and the Grainger County couple are quarantined at a military base in Texas.

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MTSU Monitoring Coronavirus Closely
MTSU Monitoring Coronavirus Closely

Middle Tennessee State University continues to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak in China. There has been no travel between Murfreesboro and the Blue Raider's sister-school is Hangzhou, China.

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