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The fate of older downtown Rutherford County Government Buildings is Undecided
The fate of older downtown Rutherford County Government Buildings is Undecided

County Mayor Ernest Burgess told WGNS that a contractor is studying the buildings and departments to help decide what departments should move and what buildings need to be refurbished or possibly torn down...

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Study to mostly decide fate of two old buildings on the Murfreesboro Square
Study to mostly decide fate of two old buildings on the Murfreesboro Square

Talks have already taken place that involved the idea of tearing down the Goldsteins building that currently houses the county codes department, engineering, planning and the county election offices.

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Iron gate valued at about $5,000 vandalized at Oakland's Mansion
Iron gate valued at about $5,000 vandalized at Oakland's Mansion

An iron gate valued at about $5,000 was damaged at the historic Oakland's Mansion entrance in Murfreesboro.

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Historic home marking in downtown Murfreesboro this Sunday
Historic home marking in downtown Murfreesboro this Sunday

The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA), Rutherford County Chapter, will hold a marking Sunday, Nov. 22, of the Historic Rion Home to note its historical designation.

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"Heritage Talks" in Rutherford County this October

Join the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County on Tuesdays at 11:30 this October for a series of lively lunchtime Community Heritage Talks.

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New Heritage Tourism Booklet Highlight's Tennessee's Reconstruction History
New Heritage Tourism Booklet Highlight's Tennessee's Reconstruction History

For heritage tourism visitors and residents alike, there is a booklet to almost 100 properties that tell how the decade after the Civil War - what is called the Reconstruction era - changed Tennessee and Tennesseans.

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Take the fascinating journey into the Civil War via The Legacy of Stones River
Take the fascinating journey into the Civil War via The Legacy of Stones River

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Murfreesboro by exploring the conflicting emotions of Southerners at the outset of the conflict and the destruction caused by four years of war.

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Boro Beach pictures from when the pool opened on May 24th this year and throwback photos from 1987
Boro Beach pictures from when the pool opened on May 24th this year and throwback photos from 1987

The SportsCom outdoor pool, known as Boro Beach, officially opened on May 24th this year. These are a few photos taken by Jim Davis with the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department. 

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Boro Beach pictures from the recent opening of the SportsCom pool
Boro Beach pictures from the recent opening of the SportsCom pool

The SportsCom outdoor pool, known as Boro Beach, officially opened on May 24th this year. These are a few photos taken by Jim Davis with the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department. 

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History: The Maney Avenue Service Station in Murfreesboro
History: The Maney Avenue Service Station in Murfreesboro

You may recall, the Maney Avenue Service Station had someone pump the gas for you. They would also check the air in your tires, check your wiper blades and even top off the oil.

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Visit Oaklands Mansion for a Special Event
Visit Oaklands Mansion for a Special Event

Ever long to return to the days of Rhett and Scarlett? Girls ages 12 and up can do just that during the Antebellum Academy, presented by Oaklands Historic House Museum from June 23-27, 2014.

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Like Old Houses? Plan to be at Oaklands Historic House Museum for the “Rehabilitation and Restoration
Like Old Houses? Plan to be at Oaklands Historic House Museum for the “Rehabilitation and Restoration" Lecture
MTSU’s Department of Human Sciences, in partnership with Oaklands Historic House Museum, will welcome ArchitectureWorks partner Cindy Coyle Tuesday, Oct. 8, for a free public lecture on “Rehabilitation and Restoration.”
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Community events involving WGNS - Lots of photos from the 90's and 80's
Community events involving WGNS - Lots of photos from the 90's and 80's
The 1980's and 1990's were a fun time for WGNS. It was a time of CONSTANT growth in Rutherford County. With growth came radio remote after radio remote. These are a few of the pictures we gathered over the years.
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Take a look at WGNS history - We are posting some really cool pictures!
Take a look at WGNS history - We are posting some really cool pictures!
WGNS is in the process of posting hundreds of old photos of our studio's and live remotes online from years past. We invite you to check out our progress so far. Keep in mind, these are real photographs that are scanned in - so the quality is not 100% in some photos. 
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First Baptist Church (which dates back to 1843) has a new preacher
First Baptist Church has declared this Sunday, March 10th, “Celebration Sunday” in honor of its new pastor, Dr. Noel Schoonmaker.  Located at 200 East Main Street in Murfreesboro, the church has altered its usual schedule to accommodate the day’s activities.
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1980's: Several ads and news releases from the 1980's
1980's: Several ads and news releases from the 1980's
In the 1980's, WGNS would send out a daily fax that updated business owners on new topics for the day. Of course, this was before people could simply "log on" to WGNSradio.com to read the daily news. Below are some of the faxes that WGNS sent out in 1986. The below stories were also reported on AM 1450. 
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Meetings of Interest This Week
There will be several county committee meetings this week of local interest. The commission's Property Management Committee will tackle the loss of the Lascassas convenience center and a proposed judicial building at their Thursday meeting.
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Educators to Meet with State Lawmakers
Local educators will be meeting with state lawmakers this week. Both the Rutherford Education Association and the Murfreesboro Education Association will meet with with the policy makers this Thursday afternoon at Cason Lane Academy. 
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Big Sports Week Coming Up
Big Sports Week Coming Up
A big week of sports coverage on WGNS begins tonight (Monday). The Rick Insell and Kermit Davis Coaches Shows will be broadcast beginning at 6 this (Monday) evening. Tuesday night, it's the much anticipated matchup Blackman at Siegel. 
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Darius Thompson Commits
One of Rutherford County's best boys basketball players has decided to stay close to home to play college ball. 
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VITA Sites Up and Running
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties formed a partnership with Greenhouse Ministries to provide VITA sites. 
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"Blue Book" Goes Digital
You may remember the Tennessee Blue Book, which was a directory of the General Assembly, their contact information and more. That concept has now hit the digital world.
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Child Safety Seat Inspections
Child Safety Seat Inspections
Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue and Safe Kids will conduct a child safety seat inspection Thursday. It will be held at Fire Station number 2, which is on Runnymeade Drive, from 4-6pm.
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Old Man Winter Returns
Old Man Winter Returns
Baby, it's COLD outside. An arctic front has arrived, putting the brakes on the mild weekend weather. In fact, the colder air may be around for awhile, with several fronts ushering in reinforcing cold air over the coming days and a chance of snow towards the end of the week.
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A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950
A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950
WGNS had an overwhelming response of positive feedback on past post we created that take a look back into Murfreesboro and Rutherford County history. Most of these pictures are from Shacklett's Photography. 
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Christiana man charged with 8th DUI on Friday, released from jail on Saturday
Christiana man charged with 8th DUI on Friday, released from jail on Saturday
This most recent arrest of Richard Bobbitt occurred on Friday, January 18th in Rutherford County. A booking document from the Sheriff’s Office shows that Bobbitt was released 9-hours later after posting bond on Saturday, January 19th. The outline of Bobbitt’s charges state, “Driving on revoked first offense and greater” and “DUI 4th or greater (Felony).”
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The Early Years of WGNS Radio (1940's - 1960's)
The Early Years of WGNS Radio (1940's - 1960's)

As the New Year of 1947 approached, rural Rutherford County had a dramatically different feel than that of today. Approximately 8,000 persons populated the entire county. It was a big thing for the county to get its first radio station! Word is that on the night of December 31, 1946, throughout the county people were tuning their radio dials.

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