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What is happening at non-profits in Murfreesboro like Barnabas Vision - A REAL Inside Look
What is happening at non-profits in Murfreesboro like Barnabas Vision - A REAL Inside Look

"Just today, we met with Sarah whose household income diminished from $7,000 per month to $1,500 overnight due to the layoff-s and closures of businesses. This client, her husband, and their 2 children had..." Listen to the interview with David and Marie Coggin, founders of Barnabas Vision in Murfreesboro.

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Thoughts of Suicide Increasing during COVID-19 Pandemic - Help Available
Thoughts of Suicide Increasing during COVID-19 Pandemic - Help Available

Murfreesboro Police Officers responded to 26 calls involving persons who were having suicidal thoughts or who had attempted suicide.

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Enforcing Statewide Stay at Home Order Locally
Enforcing Statewide Stay at Home Order Locally

Governor Lee's stay at home order is in effect, which directs Tennesseans to stay home unless they're engaged in an essential activity.

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Tennessee Under STAY AT HOME Order
Tennessee Under STAY AT HOME Order

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will sign Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state.

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Primetime Sports Extra: Sonny Gray & Shawn Middleton Guests on First Show
Primetime Sports Extra: Sonny Gray & Shawn Middleton Guests on First Show

The first edition of Primetime Sports Extra will feature Cincinnati Reds pitcher and former Smyrna athlete Sonny Gray and Siegel softball and girls basketball coach Shawn Middleton.

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MTSU Cancels Spring Graduation; Second Student with COVID-19
MTSU Cancels Spring Graduation; Second Student with COVID-19

MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee has canceled spring graduation ceremonies amid the COVID-19 crisis. He also said a second student has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Murfreesboro Mayor COVID-19 Briefing 4-1-20
Murfreesboro Mayor COVID-19 Briefing 4-1-20

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland held a media briefing Wednesday (4-1-20), which was carried LIVE on WGNS. If you missed it, we have the audio on-demand.

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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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McFarland Talks about Shelter in Place; CHOW Bus & More
McFarland Talks about Shelter in Place; CHOW Bus & More

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland held a COVID-19 briefing for city residents. He touched on several topics, including exploring a shelter in place order, keeping CHOW buses running and an expected surge in cases.

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UPDATE: Murder Trial Postponed in Murfreesboro due to Coronavirus
UPDATE: Murder Trial Postponed in Murfreesboro due to Coronavirus

The May 4, 2017 murder of Jessie Buford in Murfreesboro was scheduled to be heard during an April trial, but that trial has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones has more...

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Retro Re-Air: 2016 Siegel Baseball AAA State Championship
Retro Re-Air: 2016 Siegel Baseball AAA State Championship

WGNS is working to fill the sports void by looking back over some memorable high school sports games. This Thursday night at 6pm, join Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins for the State Farm Retro Re-air of the Riverdale girls state championship victory over Houston from 2018.

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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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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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Barnabas Vision: Encouragement During Difficult Times
Barnabas Vision: Encouragement During Difficult Times

Message from Barnabas Vision in Murfreesboro: "You are likely a little uncomfortable right now because this is new territory. When we are faced with new situations, we often are fearful of the unknown. We like the familiar and predictable."

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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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COVID-19 Testing: Go to RuCo Health Dept. or Primary Care Provider
COVID-19 Testing: Go to RuCo Health Dept. or Primary Care Provider

FYI: Testing centers on the list sent out with the below release Thursday (3-19-20) are no longer available test sites. Persons with medical concerns are urged to contact the Rutherford County Health Department at 615-898-7880 or their primary healthcare provider to be connected with appropriate resources.

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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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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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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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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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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 on the links below for continued updates on local and state response, breaking news, cancellations, important information and more concerning the coronavirus.

UPDATE 4-5-20: COVID-19 Cases at 3,633 in Tennessee, 147 in Rutherford Co. and Three Deaths Locally

Tennessee Under STAY AT HOME Order

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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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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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Retro Re-Airs of Memorable Prep Games
Retro Re-Airs of Memorable Prep Games

Miss sports like we do? WGNS is here to help you through the withdrawal with a retro re-air of some memorable prep games.

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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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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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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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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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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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Rutherford Co. Deputy Involved Shooting
Rutherford Co. Deputy Involved Shooting

Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies were involved in a shooting just after noon Friday on Mt. Herman Road. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now handling the investigation.

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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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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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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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Former MT Baseball Coach Steve Peterson Passes Away
Former MT Baseball Coach Steve Peterson Passes Away

Steve Peterson, the all-time winningest coach in Middle Tennessee baseball history, has passed away. Peterson, 68, died at St. Thomas Hospital Wednesday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.

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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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New Trial a NO-GO For Man Convicted of Second Degree Murder in Murfreesboro
New Trial a NO-GO For Man Convicted of Second Degree Murder in Murfreesboro

After a local post-conviction hearing, it was learned that a new trial will not take place for a man who was convicted of second degree murder.

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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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30 Year Loan for $18 Million to help the Town of Smyrna with Water Treatment
30 Year Loan for $18 Million to help the Town of Smyrna with Water Treatment

The Town of Smyrna loan comes from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program. It will address wastewater treatment plant expansion to allow for treatment capacity of 9 million gallons per day.

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Blackman to Play Mt. Juliet to Open State Play
Blackman to Play Mt. Juliet to Open State Play

The Blackman boys will open up play in the 2020 Blue Cross Basketball Championships next Wednesday (March 18th) at 1:15pm with Mt. Juliet. All state tournament games will be played at MTSU's Murphy Center.

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Eagleville's McClaran Mr. Basketball; 2020 Awards presented in Murfreesboro
Eagleville's McClaran Mr. Basketball; 2020 Awards presented in Murfreesboro

The top girls and boys basketball players in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association were honored by being named the winners of the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards. Eagleville's Riley McClaran was chosen the winner in Class A boys. Riverdale's Alasia Hayes was a finalist for Class AAA Miss Basketball.

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ALLEGED "HIT LIST" Note Found at Christiana Middle School in Murfreesboro

A note found at Christiana Middle School in Murfreesboro on Highway 231 South was alleged to contain a "Hit List" with names on it. The note was reportedly found on the floor at the school and turned into the school principal Friday morning (3/6/2020).

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POSTSEASON BASKETBALL: Tournament Brackets
POSTSEASON BASKETBALL: Tournament Brackets

Below are the tournament brackets for our local Rutherford County prep basketball teams.

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Local Salvation Army Major Helping Out in Cookeville
Local Salvation Army Major Helping Out in Cookeville

Major Joe Irvin, who heads up the Rutherford County Salvation Army, is currently helping out in tornado ravaged areas of eastern Middle Tennessee.

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Identity Theft is Never a Good Thing
Identity Theft is Never a Good Thing

Imagine being turned down for a loan due to someone stealing your identity? Worse yet is being turned down for an apartment because you are told you already have an apartment!

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UPDATE: Murder of Danny Wright Scheduled for March Court Date
UPDATE: Murder of Danny Wright Scheduled for March Court Date

The August 2014 murder of Danny Wright in Smyrna will soon be in court after an arrest was made this past December.

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Old Murfreesboro Bank and Trust building likely to go on SALE
Old Murfreesboro Bank and Trust building likely to go on SALE

Several people are interested in what was once a bank and later transformed into the Rutherford County District Attorney's office on the Murfreesboro square.

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Native on NBC Sitcom Thursday
Native on NBC Sitcom Thursday

Murfreesboro native Spencer Ralston, son of Larry Ralston at Premiere 6 Theater, will be on NBC's Superstore sitcom Thursday night.

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Blackman Boys Take District Hoops Championship
Blackman Boys Take District Hoops Championship

After winning the regular season title, the Blackman boys take the tournament crown over Siegel.

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Oakland Girls Claim District Tournament Championship
Oakland Girls Claim District Tournament Championship

Coming off their semifinal win over number one Blackman, the Lady Patriots captured the District 7-AAA Tournament Championship defeating Riverdale 27-24.

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Final District 7AAA Basketball Standings
Final District 7AAA Basketball Standings

Here are the final regular season standings for District 7AAA girls and boys basketball.

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Two Locals Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists
Two Locals Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists

Riverdale's Alasia Hayes and Eagleville's Ryley McClaran are finalists for Mr. and Miss Basketball. They were announced finalists Thursday by the TSSAA.

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FRIDAY (2-7-20)
SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FRIDAY (2-7-20)

Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools are CLOSED today.

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UPDATE: Subject Accused of Gouging Eyes out of Nurse
UPDATE: Subject Accused of Gouging Eyes out of Nurse

The 36 year old Memphis, Tennessee man arrested in Murfreesboro after allegedly trying to gouge the eyes of a nurse out at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in 2018 will be in court on Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2019).

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Eagleville Principal Announces Retirement
Eagleville Principal Announces Retirement

Eagleville principal Bill Tollett announced his retirement Monday (2-3-2020) at the end of the school year.

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MTSU Baseball Player / Employee George Zimmermann Remembered
MTSU Baseball Player / Employee George Zimmermann Remembered

Services for former baseball standout and longtime Middle Tennessee State employee George Zimmermann have been finalized.

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Quit Smoking in Tennessee
Quit Smoking in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners across the state in celebrating the fifth annual Tennessee Quit Week February 3 - 7, 2020.

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Arena to be renamed to honor Earle
Arena to be renamed to honor Earle

Middle Tennessee will rename the arena inside Murphy Center on Feburary 15 to honor former head coach and Director of Athletics Jimmy Earle.

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Stewarts Creek Stays In House for New FB Coach
Stewarts Creek Stays In House for New FB Coach

Stewarts Creek High School has named Ben Caudill as the next head football coach.

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District 7AAA Basketball Standings
District 7AAA Basketball Standings

Check out the current District 7AAA basketball standings.

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Grant Awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County
Grant Awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County has received a $5,000 grant for Ultimate Journey program from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which is designed to cultivate environmental stewardship to help Club members appreciate and care for the place they live.

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Blackman Girls & Boys and Eagleville Boys Hoops Ranked
Blackman Girls & Boys and Eagleville Boys Hoops Ranked

The Blackman girls and boys are ranked in the latest AAA poll while Eagleville boys are in the top ten in A.

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Browne Resigns as Stewarts Creek Football Coach
Browne Resigns as Stewarts Creek Football Coach

Bert Browne has resigned as the head coach at Stewarts Creek after only one season at the helm.

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WGNS Now Signing On Daily with National Anthem
WGNS Now Signing On Daily with National Anthem

WGNS is bringing back what was a standard practice for radio and television stations.

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Siegel Hires Renshaw as Football Coach
Siegel Hires Renshaw as Football Coach

The Siegel Stars have a new football coach. Adam Renshaw has been tapped by principal Larry Creasy to lead the program.

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Barnabas Vision is Helping Others in Rutherford County
Barnabas Vision is Helping Others in Rutherford County

As year 2019 comes to a close, local non-profit Barnabas Vision in Murfreesboro is on track to serve over 300 Middle Tennessee neighbors with emergency financial assistance to keep them in their homes and keep utilities on...

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Can you avoid the flu?
Can you avoid the flu?

It's that time of year. As many are mingling with large numbers of people while shopping, attending parties, participating in religious celebrations or traveling, the risk for encountering someone infected with influenza increases.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 Closings / Cancellations / Delays
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 Closings / Cancellations / Delays

Rutherford County Schools will be closing TWO HOURS EARLY today (Tuesday) due to continued light snow and falling temperatures. Murfreesboro City Schools will dismiss ON TIME. PLUS, several school events have been postponed. Check it out here!

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Arrest Made in 2014 Murder Case in Rutherford County
Arrest Made in 2014 Murder Case in Rutherford County

5 Years ago, Wright was killed outside of his home in Smyrna at 109 Kings Road.

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Accumulating Snowfall Possible Tuesday
Accumulating Snowfall Possible Tuesday

Rain will transition to a rain/snow/sleet mix followed by all snow during the day on Tuesday.

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MTCS' Kamari McGowan Mr. Football
MTCS' Kamari McGowan Mr. Football

Middle Tennessee Christian School's Kamari McGowan is Mr. Football. Blackman's Conner Murphy was a finalist.

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Oakland's Football Season Ends in Semifinals
Oakland's Football Season Ends in Semifinals

Oakland's quest to defend their 2018 state championship fell short at Maryville in a 12-0 loss.

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Meet Frozen Characters, See Frozen 2 at Premiere 6 Theater
Meet Frozen Characters, See Frozen 2 at Premiere 6 Theater

Premiere 6 Theater will welcome Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen on November 30th.

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Local Law Firm Keeping Toys for Tots Recipients Safe
Local Law Firm Keeping Toys for Tots Recipients Safe

In keeping with their commitment to giving back to their community, The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. will be participating in the 9th Annual Bikes or Bust charity event, benefitting Toys for Tots.

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Oakland Defeats Blackman; Rematch with Maryville Next Friday
Oakland Defeats Blackman; Rematch with Maryville Next Friday

Oakland scored 31-unanswered enroute to a 31-14 win over Blackman and will play at Maryville next Friday for a spot in the state championship game.

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Free Coats for those in need Nov. 23rd - Saturday
Free Coats for those in need Nov. 23rd - Saturday

East Main Church of Christ in Murfreesboro will be conducting another winter coat giveaway for all ages...

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INTERVIEW: Penile Curvature
INTERVIEW: Penile Curvature

Dr. Kevin Billups with The Billups Center talks with WGNS' Penny Ray about penile curvature.

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Oakland Downs Mt. Juliet; All RuCo FB Playoff Scores
Oakland Downs Mt. Juliet; All RuCo FB Playoff Scores

Oakland broke open a close game in the third quarter to down Mt. Juliet 24-14. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Walter Hill Principal/Teacher Suspended & Charged with Child Abuse
Walter Hill Principal/Teacher Suspended & Charged with Child Abuse

A special needs teacher and the principal at Walter Hill Elementary are charged with misdemeanor child abuse and have been suspended by the school system. The school will be open Monday with an interim principal in place.

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WGNS Off The Air When Vehicle Downs Pole
WGNS Off The Air When Vehicle Downs Pole

An early morning accident on N.W. Broad Street which sent a car into a power pole near the intersection with South Church Street caused a power outage downtown Saturday. The power outage forced WGNS off the air for a few hours.

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Prep Football Playoff Brackets RuCo Teams
Prep Football Playoff Brackets RuCo Teams

The playoff push is on for many of our Rutherford County prep football teams. Check out the TSSAA playoff brackets here.

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Blackman Declaws Wildcats; All RuCo FB Playoff Scores
Blackman Declaws Wildcats; All RuCo FB Playoff Scores

Blackman declaws the Wildcats of Wilson Central 24-0 in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Murfreesboro Aviation Offering Free Discovery Flights to Veterans
Murfreesboro Aviation Offering Free Discovery Flights to Veterans

Murfreesboro Aviation, Tennessee's largest aviation school, is offering free Discovery Flights all day on Veterans Day for veterans of all branches.

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Fatal Crash on I-24 in Rutherford Co.
Fatal Crash on I-24 in Rutherford Co.

An out-of-state person is dead after a crash on I-24 in Smyrna. It happened Tuesday around 6pm eastbound (toward Murfreesboro) at mile marker 69, just after the Sam Ridley Parkway exit. The crash included an overturned tractor-trailer rig and several other vehicles.

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Salvation Army Seeking Volunteer Bell Ringers
Salvation Army Seeking Volunteer Bell Ringers

Parents, Sunday School teachers, employers, civic organizations and community members -- the Salvation Army has a great volunteer opportunity for you. Sign ups are going on for the Christmas red kettles now.

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New practice targets the underlying cause of ED, not just symptoms
New practice targets the underlying cause of ED, not just symptoms

Erectile Dysfunction is the "Check Engine" light of the male body because it is often the first sign of a larger problem that is undetected or optimally controlled.

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Siegel Football Coach Resigns
Siegel Football Coach Resigns

Siegel football coach Michael Copley has resigned.

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Siegel Defeats Rockvale; All RuCo FB Scores & Playoff Matchups
Siegel Defeats Rockvale; All RuCo FB Scores & Playoff Matchups

Siegel wins a shootout at Rockvale 45-27 to win their final game of the season. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Prep Football Playoff Possibilities 2019
Prep Football Playoff Possibilities 2019

Here's a look at the playoff scenarios for Rutherford County teams going into the final week of the regular season in high school football.

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Murfreesboro Electric Responds to Storm Damaged Counties
Murfreesboro Electric Responds to Storm Damaged Counties

Amy Byers, spokesperson for Murfreesboro Electric, told WGNS they sent local crews to help in the Clarksville, TN area...

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Girls' State Soccer Tournament postponed until next week
Girls' State Soccer Tournament postponed until next week

Due to the current condition of fields at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex from this past weekend's rain and the projected forecast for Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the decision has been made to postpone the 2019 Girls' Soccer State Championships.

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Blackman Downs Siegel; All RuCo FB Scores
Blackman Downs Siegel; All RuCo FB Scores

Blackman jumped out to an early lead and didn't look back as they defeated county foe Siegel 42-8. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Car Crashes into Salon
Car Crashes into Salon

A 76-year old woman was taken to the hospital after crashing her vehicle into the Mood Studios Salon & Barbershop on Memorial Blvd.

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FCA Night of Impact Held at New Vision
FCA Night of Impact Held at New Vision

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes held their annual Night of Impact. It was Sunday at New Vision Church on Thompson Lane.

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Oakland Wins Battle of the 'Boro; All RuCo FB Scores
Oakland Wins Battle of the 'Boro; All RuCo FB Scores

Oakland wins their eighth in a row over Riverdale with a 31-14 win. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Oakland Downs Blackman; All RuCo FB Scores
Oakland Downs Blackman; All RuCo FB Scores

Oakland jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter en-route to a 40-0 win at Blackman. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Blackman Edges Riverdale; All RuCo FB Scores
Blackman Edges Riverdale; All RuCo FB Scores

Blackman comes from behind and defeats Riverdale 23-22 for a big region win against their rival. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Stewarts Creek Holds Off La Vergne; All RuCo Scores
Stewarts Creek Holds Off La Vergne; All RuCo Scores

Stewarts Creek holds off La Vergne to take a 24-6 homecoming win in region play on Friday night. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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Smyrna Upsets Riverdale; All RuCo Scores
Smyrna Upsets Riverdale; All RuCo Scores

Smyrna celebrated homecoming, their 100th anniversary as a school and an upset win over Riverdale. The final score was 27-17 in favor of the Bulldogs. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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MTCS Names Varsity Boys Soccer Coach
MTCS Names Varsity Boys Soccer Coach

Middle Tennessee Christian School is pleased to announce that Coach Braden Stewart has been named the head coach for the varsity boys soccer team.

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Oakland Downs Siegel; All RuCo Scores
Oakland Downs Siegel; All RuCo Scores

Oakland jumped on Siegel with three first quarter touchdowns enroute to a 69-16 win over their rival. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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SATURDAY: Greenhouse Ministries to Hosts Another Fix-It-Fair
SATURDAY: Greenhouse Ministries to Hosts Another Fix-It-Fair

Greenhouse Ministries will host another Fix-It-Fair in September! The date of the 7th is nearing quickly...

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Rockvale Falls in Shootout; All RuCo Scores
Rockvale Falls in Shootout; All RuCo Scores

The Rockvale Rockets have their first EVER football game at the school, re-established this year after 47-years -- and it was a shootout with Franklin County. PLUS ALL RUTHERFORD COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCORES!

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VIDEO: Turfed Ray Hughes Stadium at Oakland to Debut Friday
VIDEO: Turfed Ray Hughes Stadium at Oakland to Debut Friday

Oakland Patriot football will officially open their new Ray Hughes Stadium turf field on Friday.

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Three 'Boro Teams in State Top 10
Three 'Boro Teams in State Top 10

The first statewide poll for Class 6A football has three Murfreesboro teams in the top ten.

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Murfreesboro City Offices closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day holiday
Murfreesboro City Offices closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day holiday

In observance of Labor Day, City of Murfreesboro offices, most Parks & Recreation facilities, and St. Clair Street Senior Center, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

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Alcoa Downs Blackman; Bart Smith Field Dedicated
Alcoa Downs Blackman; Bart Smith Field Dedicated

The dedication of Bart Smith Field at Blackman and the return of Gary Rankin to Rutherford County made the Blaze matchup with Alcoa a special night. In the end, it was the Tornadoes that took the 23-14 victory.

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MTSU Convocation speaker to large freshman class: 'Take your passion seriously'
MTSU Convocation speaker to large freshman class: 'Take your passion seriously'

Addressing the new batch of Middle Tennessee State University freshmen, the Class of 2023, near the end of her nearly 20-minute talk, historian and author Tara Westover provided sound advice.

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High School Football Returns to WGNS for 72nd Season
High School Football Returns to WGNS for 72nd Season

The 72nd season of high school sports coverage on NewsRadio WGNS begins this week.

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Eminent nursing researcher shares publishing tips with MTSU nursing faculty
Eminent nursing researcher shares publishing tips with MTSU nursing faculty

One of the most prominent nursing professors in the nation has tips for MTSU nursing faculty to help them share their knowledge.

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Pageant winner excited to meet Tennessee governor, travel to Los Angeles and visit Disneyland
Pageant winner excited to meet Tennessee governor, travel to Los Angeles and visit Disneyland
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Wet run showcases new Blue Raider Beer Garden
Wet run showcases new Blue Raider Beer Garden

No secrets have been made about Middle Tennessee's strive to enhance its fan experience at Blue Raider football games this season, and Blue Raider Athletics Association members got an early chance to see some of those enhancements on Thursday.

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Cheap Crude Oil Paves Way for Significant Savings at the Pump
Cheap Crude Oil Paves Way for Significant Savings at the Pump

When filling-up at the pump this fall, the majority of U.S. motorists will find savings of potentially more than 25-cents/gallon compared to this summer. The national gas price average, which is already 15-cents cheaper than just five weeks ago, is poised to continue pushing less expensive due to several factors, including less expensive crude oil prices, the drop-off in gasoline demand after Labor Day and the move to winter-blend gasoline.

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The Webb School kicks off 150th year as classes begin in Bell Buckle
The Webb School kicks off 150th year as classes begin in Bell Buckle

The Webb School recently celebrated the start of its 150th school year as classes resumed on its historic Bell Buckle campus. The first day of school officially marked the beginning of a year-long celebration of the institution's longevity and success.

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Two Passengers Rescued from SUV After Crash with Semi on Memorial
Two Passengers Rescued from SUV After Crash with Semi on Memorial

A man is facing multiple charges after a serious injury crash with a semi-truck that left two passengers trapped Thursday night (Aug. 22), closing parts of Memorial Blvd. for hours.

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Wallet Swiped at Murfreesboro Department Store
Wallet Swiped at Murfreesboro Department Store

Murfreesboro Police are asking for your help in identifying a suspect who reportedly stole the wallet of a customer at a local department store.

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Murfreesboro Car Theft Suspect Sought
Murfreesboro Car Theft Suspect Sought

Detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department are asking for your help in finding a man suspected to stealing a car this week from a home on Netherland Drive.

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Amazon Kicks Off School Year for Hobgood Elementary with $15,000
Amazon Kicks Off School Year for Hobgood Elementary with $15,000

Representatives from Amazon Murfreesboro helped kids at Hobgood Elementary school kick off the year with a special surprise - $15,000 to expand STEM programs for the school's more than 700 students.

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Oakland Pounds Hendersonville 59-0 & Co. Prep Results
Oakland Pounds Hendersonville 59-0 & Co. Prep Results

The Oakland Patriots defeat the Maryville Rebels 38-0 to advance to the Blue Cross Bowl 6A State Championship Game. Check out stats, players of the game, replays and more here.

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Hepatitis A - Get Vaccinated
Hepatitis A - Get Vaccinated

The Tennessee Department of Health and numerous state and local partners continue to investigate and respond to a large, multi-state hepatitis A outbreak. More than 2,000 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Tennessee, including 13 resulting in the deaths of the patients.

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DRIVE Class for Teens
DRIVE Class for Teens

Teens may build their driving skills and experience by taking the Rutherford County School Resource Officers' DRIVE class, a school resource officer said.

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Rick Stockstill Radio Show Begins Monday
Rick Stockstill Radio Show Begins Monday

The 2019 Middle Tennessee football season is here - and Monday not only begins game week, but it brings the first Rick Stockstill LIVE of the season. This year with a new time for the live show and an evening airing on the radio.

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18-Year Old Loses 104 Lbs with Bariatric Surgery
18-Year Old Loses 104 Lbs with Bariatric Surgery

Catherine Shaw celebrated high school graduation a little differently from most 18-years-old.

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Two New Stores Coming to The Oaks Shopping Center
Two New Stores Coming to The Oaks Shopping Center

The Oaks Shopping Center, at the corner of Medical Center Parkway and Thompson Lane, will welcome two new stores this week.

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Senator Shane and Amanda Reeves named Firefly Supper Honorary Chairs
Senator Shane and Amanda Reeves named Firefly Supper Honorary Chairs

Doors of Hope has announced Tennessee State Senator Shane and Amanda Reeves as Honorary Chairs for the 5th annual Firefly Supper to be held on October 17th at The View at Fountains.

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It's Been Two Years Since Total Solar Eclipse
It's Been Two Years Since Total Solar Eclipse

Most people don't remember what they were specifically doing two years ago. But I bet if we told you the total solar eclipse happened two years ago today (Wednesday, August 21st), you'll remember exactly what you were doing.

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First graduating class of Motlow Medical Laboratory Technicians
First graduating class of Motlow Medical Laboratory Technicians

Members of the first graduating class of one of Motlow State's newest programs, Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), were recognized in a recent pinning ceremony at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

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Tennessee Army National Guard Donates Personal Finance Curriculum to Stewarts Creek High
Tennessee Army National Guard Donates Personal Finance Curriculum to Stewarts Creek High

The Tennessee Army National Guard is donating Ramsey Solutions' Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum to Stewarts Creek High School. Foundations in Personal Finance is the premier curriculum for teaching financial literacy to students.

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Free Hunting Day is Saturday
Free Hunting Day is Saturday

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license this Saturday, Aug. 24th which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season.

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Heat + Humidity = Life Threatening
Heat + Humidity = Life Threatening

You can be certain there will be more hot and humid days before summer gives way to fall. In fact, heat index readings today (Wednesday) are expected to be around 100-degrees here in Rutherford County.

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As girls' math-science registration deadline nears, conference 'all-star' business panel announced
As girls' math-science registration deadline nears, conference 'all-star' business panel announced

Four women with outstanding business and finance credentials will headline a high school panel as part of the 23rd annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at MTSU in late September.

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Local Woman Killed in Mississippi Crash
Local Woman Killed in Mississippi Crash

A Rutherford County woman was killed in a crash in Mississippi.

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More Human Trafficking in Tennessee - Arrests made
More Human Trafficking in Tennessee - Arrests made

Human trafficking arrests have been made just a two hour drive from Rutherford County by the TBI. The investigation by Special Agents with the Human Trafficking Unit...

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Rape reported outside of gas station
Rape reported outside of gas station

Murfreesboro Police were recently called to a gas station at the corner of John R. Rice Blvd and Old Fort Parkway in reference to a rape.

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Rutherford County Courthouse to see Face-lift and New Museum
Rutherford County Courthouse to see Face-lift and New Museum

MORE NEWS ON THE LOCAL SQUARE: The courthouse on the local square in Murfreesboro is due a face-lift. Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron told WGNS News...

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Volunteers Needed at Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro
Volunteers Needed at Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro

Cliff Sharp with Greenhouse Ministries told WGNS the annual Fix it Fair will be in September.

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Teen Allegedly Raped by Visitor in Home
Teen Allegedly Raped by Visitor in Home

It was around mid to late December that a man sexually assaulted a teen victim whom lived in the home the suspect was visiting, according to police reports.

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Police Search Mayor Ketron's Insurance Office
Police Search Mayor Ketron's Insurance Office

Murfreesboro Police executed search warrants at the insurance office of Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron.

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FREE Backpacks and School Supplies
FREE Backpacks and School Supplies

The East Main Church of Christ will host a free Backpack and School Supply Giveaway on July 20th (Saturday) in Murfreesboro.

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Report Finds Legal Aid Organizations Hard Hit By Opioid Epidemic; Recommends Expanded Partnerships
Report Finds Legal Aid Organizations Hard Hit By Opioid Epidemic; Recommends Expanded Partnerships

Dr. Marcovitz said that at least one-third of patients like Amanda find themselves in the criminal justice system each year and have a history of arrest or probation.

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Blackman High School Graduate Completes Basic Military Training
Blackman High School Graduate Completes Basic Military Training

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Brian E. Morgan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Prep Football Schedules by Week (2019)
Prep Football Schedules by Week (2019)

We have the prep football schedules for 2019, in both week-by-week and individual teams. Plus, planned broadcast games are indicated.

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Terry Barber Found Dead; Homicide Investigation
Terry Barber Found Dead; Homicide Investigation

Information is needed about the homicide of Terry Wayne Barber, 68, whose body was found Wednesday night at his Walnut Grove Road home, said Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Lt. Todd Sparks.

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County Property Tax Rate Increased 12-Cents
County Property Tax Rate Increased 12-Cents

The Rutherford County Commission at their last meeting during the fiscal year passed a budget which included a 12-cent property tax hike.

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RuCo Schools Planning 7 Schools in 5-Years
RuCo Schools Planning 7 Schools in 5-Years

Seven new schools are in the Rutherford County School's five-year building plan. Including the next high school. Where would it be located?

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City offices closing for Independence Day holiday July 4
City offices closing for Independence Day holiday July 4

In observance of Independence Day, City Hall and most other City offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019.

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Tennessee Opioid Prescriptions on the Decline
Tennessee Opioid Prescriptions on the Decline

Opioid prescriptions in Tennessee dropped by about one-third between 2013 and 2018, according to new data released by the Tennessee Medical Association.

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Mentors Needed in Tennessee
Mentors Needed in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee is looking for 9000 mentors for the Tennessee Promise program.

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New Law Allows Online Course for Gun Permits
New Law Allows Online Course for Gun Permits

Tennessee has a new gun law that allows people to get their concealed carry permits online.

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Suspect sought in a fatal shooting
Suspect sought in a fatal shooting

Murfreesboro Police Detectives are searching for the suspect who shot and killed a Murfreesboro man Friday night.

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Another Round of Severe Weather Blasts Rutherford County
Another Round of Severe Weather Blasts Rutherford County

Mother Nature has been lashing Rutherford County this week with thunderstorms packing high winds and the potential for more this weekend. Severe thunderstorms rolled through Friday night in the eight o'clock hour, with wind gusts of upwards of 80 miles an hour. There were numerous reports of downed trees and power lines were downed.

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Former Asst. DA Hale Joins Brunelle | Conklin
Former Asst. DA Hale Joins Brunelle | Conklin

Fromer Assistant DA Allen D. Hale as an associate attorney at Brunelle | Conklin

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Storms Pack a Punch
Storms Pack a Punch

Severe thunderstorms packed a punch Wednesday as they rolled through Rutherford County.

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Murfreesboro to host
Murfreesboro to host "Celebration Under the Stars" July 4

The City of Murfreesboro will host its annual "Celebration Under the Stars" Thursday, July 4 at McKnight Park. Festivities kick off with a "Rock the Pool" party from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Boro Beach...

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MPD Officer Death Investigation
MPD Officer Death Investigation

29-year old Murfreesboro Police Officer Derek Quakir was found deceased in his Murfreesboro residence Tuesday afternoon.

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Woman Reports Rape inside Local Motel on NW Broad at Medical Center Pkwy
Woman Reports Rape inside Local Motel on NW Broad at Medical Center Pkwy

A 43 year old woman in Murfreesboro told police that she was raped inside her Jackson Motel room on NW Broad Street.

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Samuel Wayne "Sammy" Smith
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Bomb Threat at GOP Headquarters
Bomb Threat at GOP Headquarters

The all clear has been given by emergency personnel after a bomb scare at the Republican headquarters on East Main Friday morning.

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Two Rutherford County Men Charged in CA Triple Murder
Two Rutherford County Men Charged in CA Triple Murder

Two men were arrested in Rutherford County and two other suspects were arrested in Canoga Park, California Wednesday and Thursday in connection with a triple murder April 18 in Glendale, California, authorities said.

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Wednesday Spring Fling Results - Thursday Coverage
Wednesday Spring Fling Results - Thursday Coverage

Riverdale baseball wins two and Siegel softball a win away from the championship game.

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What's New: Rutherford County Library System
What's New: Rutherford County Library System

Here is the latest look into the Rutherford County Library System (4 min and 23 sec):

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Casada Resigning as House Speaker
Casada Resigning as House Speaker

House Speaker Glen Casada will resign his speakership.

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Rutherford County Sports Scores
Rutherford County Sports Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Spring Fling HQ & Local Game Coverage
Spring Fling HQ & Local Game Coverage

Spring Fling HQ Show is a will air on WGNS during Spring Fling Tuesday, May 21st through Thursday, May 23rd. Plus, Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins will cover games of local baseball and softball teams competing for a state championship.

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Juvenile Escapee in Custody
Juvenile Escapee in Custody

Tai Harrell, 16, the juvenile who was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) wanted list and has been on the run since April 11. This after escaping from the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention facility. He's now in custody and being held in a Kentucky detention facility.

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Oakland Middle Wins Overall All Sports Trophy, Siegel & Stewarts Creek Also Winners
Oakland Middle Wins Overall All Sports Trophy, Siegel & Stewarts Creek Also Winners

It's the 14th school year WGNS Primetime Sports has teamed with Little Caesars Pizza to award the middle school all sports trophies for girls, boys and overall sports.

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Central Magnet Principal Finalist for Coffee Co. Director
Central Magnet Principal Finalist for Coffee Co. Director

Central Magnet principal John Ash is one of five finalists for Coffee County Director of Schools.

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Blackman Assistant Tapped as Oakland Girls Basketball Coach
Blackman Assistant Tapped as Oakland Girls Basketball Coach

The Oakland Lady Patriots basketball team will be led by Blackman assistant Shelby Campbell.

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Tennesseans Reminded to Purchase Vital Records through Approved Partner
Tennesseans Reminded to Purchase Vital Records through Approved Partner

The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding new parents and others in need of vital records to be sure to order these documents through approved channels to avoid scams or excessive fees.

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Stolen Identity in Murfreesboro
Stolen Identity in Murfreesboro

A 27-year-old Murfreesboro woman told police that someone stole her identity... or at least tried to.

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Free Pet Event Saturday
Free Pet Event Saturday

Everyone and their fur babies are invited to Kelton's True Value Hardware and Pet on Saturday, May 18th for "Pet Day in May 2019."

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Stockstill at Titans Rookie Mini Camp
Stockstill at Titans Rookie Mini Camp

The NFL's Tennessee Titans held rookie mini camp over the weekend in Nashville. And all Blue Raider eyes were on former quarterback Brent Stockstill, who was among the invitees to try out for the team.

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UPDATE:Trial next week for Memphis Man Accused of Child Rape with 2 Victims
UPDATE:Trial next week for Memphis Man Accused of Child Rape with 2 Victims

UPDATE: A trial will take place in Murfreesboro for a Memphis man by the name of William Hightower. The suspect was arrested in Murfreesboro on multiple charges dealing with the rape of a child...

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NOW HIRING: Job Fair in Murfreesboro on Friday
NOW HIRING: Job Fair in Murfreesboro on Friday

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's American Job Center (AJC) in Murfreesboro will host a hiring event for Yates Services and Envision AESC this Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m

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Cyber Security Seminar
Cyber Security Seminar

Attention small business owners. Cyber security attacks has grown into one of the biggest threats for your business. You're invited to a free seminar, presented by FBI Special Agent Matthew Billings.

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Allen joins First National Bank of Middle Tennessee
Allen joins First National Bank of Middle Tennessee

First National Bank of Middle Tennessee recently announced the addition of John Allen. Allen joins First National Bank of Middle Tennessee as Vice President and Loan Officer.

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District 7AAA Baseball & Softball Tournament Brackets
District 7AAA Baseball & Softball Tournament Brackets

Check out the brackets for both the District 7AAA Baseball and Softball Tournaments.

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Grandstaff Steps Down as Oakland Girls Basketball Coach
Grandstaff Steps Down as Oakland Girls Basketball Coach

Oakland girls basketball coach Jennifer Grandstaff is stepping down as head coach.

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Hensley Named Stewarts Creek Girls Basketball Coach
Hensley Named Stewarts Creek Girls Basketball Coach

Bianca Hensley has been tapped to lead the Stewarts Creek Lady Red Hawk basketball program. She will replace Lindy King, who left after four seasons to begin the Rockvale girls program.

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Charles Barkley BGCRC Stake & Burger Speaker
Charles Barkley BGCRC Stake & Burger Speaker

Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County recently released the featured guest for their 32nd Annual Stake & Burger, one of the greatest NBA players in history, and Emmy Award-winning television host, Charles Barkley.

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UPDATE: Murfreesboro Police Continue Search for 2016 Murder Suspect
UPDATE: Murfreesboro Police Continue Search for 2016 Murder Suspect

UPDATE: The Murfreesboro Police Department continues to work with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office regarding the 2016 discovery of a deceased Hispanic female near Elam Mill Rd. Rutherford County District Attorney Jennings Jones stated...

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UPDATED: Campbell Brandon Passes Away
UPDATED: Campbell Brandon Passes Away

Hall of Fame basketball coach Campbell Brandon has passed away.

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Free Car Seat Safety Check SATURDAY
Free Car Seat Safety Check SATURDAY

The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. will be partnering with the Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department on Saturday (April 13th) for a "Car Seat Check" event the whole family can enjoy!

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Links to Funeral Home Websites (including addresses & phone numbers)
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Telecommunicators Week to be celebrated in Murfreesboro on April 15, 2019
Telecommunicators Week to be celebrated in Murfreesboro on April 15, 2019

They are the calm voices behind the scenes, working together to answer 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls for service and coordinating public safety emergency responses.

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County Highway Department Reminds Motorists of Work Zone Safety
County Highway Department Reminds Motorists of Work Zone Safety

The Rutherford County Highway Department reminds you work zone safety is everyone's responsibility. It's Work Zone Safety Week!

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UPDATE on the Future of the Old First Methodist Church Site in Murfreesboro
UPDATE on the Future of the Old First Methodist Church Site in Murfreesboro

More news on a new downtown Murfreesboro hotel and condominium facility. City Council Member Eddie Smotherman updates WGNS on the future site of what was once home to First Methodist Church on College a North Church Streets.

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BBB Shred Event Saturday, April 27th
BBB Shred Event Saturday, April 27th

FREE shred event, sponsored by the local Better Business Bureau and MaxShred, will take place Saturday, April 27th.

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Brett Favre to Speak at MTCS Legacy of Light Gala
Brett Favre to Speak at MTCS Legacy of Light Gala

An appearance at the big game is a dream shared by every child who dons pads and a helmet. Only a very select few can claim two Super Bowl appearances and wear a championship ring.

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Adventures in Agriculture to be held April 13th
Adventures in Agriculture to be held April 13th

Adventures in Agriculture is celebrating their 10th year. The event is at the Lane Agri Park on John R. Rice Blvd in Murfreesboro.

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Local Bar Association Holds Free Legal Clinic at MTSU Veterans Center
Local Bar Association Holds Free Legal Clinic at MTSU Veterans Center

On March 16, 2019, the Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association (RCCBA) partnered with Middle Tennessee State University and the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center to provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans in the community.

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Navigating Medicare Event at Stones River Manor
Navigating Medicare Event at Stones River Manor

You're invited to Stones River Manor for an event with McKnight Advisory Group called "Navigating Medicare." Hilleary Broome will help those in attendance understand the challenges of picking the right Medicare plan and help them understand how to make the right choices.

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David Givens Named Rockvale Boys Basketball Coach
David Givens Named Rockvale Boys Basketball Coach

David Givens is coming back to Rutherford County to become the first head coach of the Rockvale High School Boys Basketball program.

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UPDATE on FATAL ACCIDENT: Pedestrian Struck and Killed
UPDATE on FATAL ACCIDENT: Pedestrian Struck and Killed

The pedestrian hit and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night, March 19, in the 2400 Block of S. Church Street (Hwy 231) has been identified as Julio A. Martinez, 58, of Orlando, FL.

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Shoplifting in Murfreesboro
Shoplifting in Murfreesboro

From the WGNS Shoplifting Files this week, we head to Walmart on South Rutherford Boulevard.

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Free Rides for St. Patrick's Day
Free Rides for St. Patrick's Day

The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. will be offering safe rides home once again this year in Rutherford County.

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Lindy King Named Rockvale Girls Coach
Lindy King Named Rockvale Girls Coach

The first ever coach of the Rockvale High School Rockets will be a familiar face to Rutherford County hoops fans. Lindy King will become the first coach, leaving Stewarts Creek.

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Indoor Shooting Range Groundbreaking
Indoor Shooting Range Groundbreaking

Murfreesboro Armory and The Outpost Armory will soon host a ground-breaking ceremony for the new state of the art shooting facility and retail store.

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Severe Weather in Rutherford County
Severe Weather in Rutherford County

Severe thunderstorms, one which prompted a tornado warning, left behind downed power lines and trees across Rutherford County Saturday.

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Prep Tournament Brackets
Prep Tournament Brackets

Girls and Boys State Tournament Brackets for AAA (Riverdale girls / Oakland boys) and A (Eagleville girls / boys).

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TVA Provides Electricity to Local Electric Providers Taps New Board of Directors Member
TVA Provides Electricity to Local Electric Providers Taps New Board of Directors Member

The TVA, which generates and sells electricity to providers like Murfreesboro Electric and Middle Tennessee Electric, both based in Murfreesboro, has a new leader on their board of directors.

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Barnabas Vision and the
Barnabas Vision and the "Adopt-A-Grandparent" program in Murfreesboro

Activity Directors match a volunteer with a grandparent. Volunteers spend between 20 minutes to an hour a week with their grandparent. A meeting will be held on Monday, March 18th where you can learn more.

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Another Construction Theft in Murfreesboro - No Locks, Only Strings
Another Construction Theft in Murfreesboro - No Locks, Only Strings

"[The Victim] stated he did not have locks for the building he was constructing yet so he tied the doors closed with string. One of the strings had been torn and entry was made. He stated he normally locks all his tools in a container at night, but he stated he "got lazy" and left them out."

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Friday 3-1-19 Sports Update
Friday 3-1-19 Sports Update

Bryan Barrett wraps up region boys basketball coverage and looks ahead to the sectionals for the six Rutherford County teams advancing.

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Consumers Urged To Stay Aware of Medicare Scammers and Report Suspected Fraud
Consumers Urged To Stay Aware of Medicare Scammers and Report Suspected Fraud

Unfortunately, Tennessee consumers end up paying when they're duped by Medicare swindlers who are after consumers' money and personal information.

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Rutherford Co. Schools CLOSED, Murfreesboro City OPEN Monday
Rutherford Co. Schools CLOSED, Murfreesboro City OPEN Monday

Due to some county roads still being impassable or closed, Rutherford County Schools will remain CLOSED on Monday (February 25th).

Murfreesboro City Schools will be OPEN Monday. ROAD CLOSURES are also listed here.

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2 Lawmakers want to Ban Same Sex Marriage in Tennessee
2 Lawmakers want to Ban Same Sex Marriage in Tennessee

A pair of lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban same sex marriage in Tennessee.

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Rutherford County Library System News
Rutherford County Library System News

Here is a look into the Rutherford County Library System (13 min and 17 sec):

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Convicted Rutherford County Child Rapist Remains Behind Bars
Convicted Rutherford County Child Rapist Remains Behind Bars

Looney will remain behind bars as originally sentenced in the Rutherford County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Keith Siskin. Looney will be released from prison when he is 101 years old.

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Deadly Shooting on National Drive
Deadly Shooting on National Drive

Murfreesboro Police are investigating a deadly shooting. It happened just before 7pm Friday (February 15) at Summerlake Apartments on National Drive.

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Rape Under Investigation
Rape Under Investigation

The 41 year old victim told authorities that she was in her bedroom getting dressed when she was forcibly raped by the suspect.

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Deputy Involved Shooting
Deputy Involved Shooting

A 43-year-old man died after brandishing a firearm and threatening Rutherford County Sheriff's Office deputies outside his home late Wednesday night,said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

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TN Congressman says President Trump has Clarified Border Crisis
TN Congressman says President Trump has Clarified Border Crisis

Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) attended the President's State of the Union Address to Congress Tuesday night (2/5/19).

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Drug Overdose Reported at a local motel
Drug Overdose Reported at a local motel

Murfreesboro Police responded to Knights Inn on South Church Street in regards to an overdose case. Upon their arrival, a man was located on the floor of room 140.

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2018-2019 All Rutherford County Middle School Basketball Team Announced
2018-2019 All Rutherford County Middle School Basketball Team Announced

NewsRadio WGNS Primetime Sports and Winners' Trophies are once again proud to honor the best Rutherford County Middle School basketball athletes.

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Stolen Truck in Murfreesboro Recovered by THP
Stolen Truck in Murfreesboro Recovered by THP

A vehicle that was stolen in Murfreesboro was recovered the following morning, thanks to the fast work of law enforcement.

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"Let's Call It Quits" Campaign Supports Tobacco Users with Resources for Quitting

Are you in a toxic relationship? You are if you use tobacco products. The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners across the state...

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Robbery at Hammer Point in Murfreesboro
Robbery at Hammer Point in Murfreesboro

The male and female victims said that the suspect was holding the hammer over his head while demanding money.

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Closings / Cancellations / Delays for Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Closings / Cancellations / Delays for Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Rutherford County Schools - CLOSED
Murfreesboro City Schools - OPEN & ON TIME

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Marijuana and Proposed Changes in Tennessee
Marijuana and Proposed Changes in Tennessee

Medical Cannabis "Out of State" ID Cards for those who are visiting the Volunteer State would allow those visitors to posses weed.

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UPDATE: Local Dentist Facing Federal Healthcare Fraud Charges
UPDATE: Local Dentist Facing Federal Healthcare Fraud Charges

UPDATE: Dentist Dr. Nate Schott in Murfreesboro is scheduled to appear in court this coming June.

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Stewarts Creek High School Names Bert Browne Head Football Coach
Stewarts Creek High School Names Bert Browne Head Football Coach

Stewarts Creek High School announces the selection of Bert Browne as the next head football coach for the Red Hawks. Browne, a former Tennessee Tech standout quarterback, brings over 27 years coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and most recently Georgia.

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Happy 20th Birthday Greenhouse Ministries
Happy 20th Birthday Greenhouse Ministries

Greenhouse Ministries is celebrating its 20th anniversary. They are also offer programs on mentoring, goal setting, and marriage to everyone in the community.

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Latest from the Rutherford County Library System
Latest from the Rutherford County Library System

What's happening at the different branches of our Rutherford County Library System? Here are all the details:

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OsteoUp Being Offered at Villiages of Murfreesboro
OsteoUp Being Offered at Villiages of Murfreesboro

A fitness class in Middle Tennessee is targeting brittle bones is being offered at the Villiages of Murfreesboro.

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Smyrna Fatal Accident Investigation Continues
Smyrna Fatal Accident Investigation Continues

The investigation into a head on collision that occurred on January 10, 2019 continues in Smyrna.

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SNAP Benefits Continue
SNAP Benefits Continue

You can use SNAP benefits at stores throughout the county and also at the local Farmers Market on John R. Rice Boulevard.

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Tennessee 4th District Congressman Swears Oath of Office
Tennessee 4th District Congressman Swears Oath of Office

This past week Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a physician from South Pittsburg, Tennessee, took his oath of office to represent his state's Fourth District in Congress, promising to "support and defend the Constitution."

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New Tennessee Law Creates Program to Identify Causes of Suicides and Work to Prevent Suicide
New Tennessee Law Creates Program to Identify Causes of Suicides and Work to Prevent Suicide

As 2019 begins, a new Tennessee law will create a statewide program to identify causes of suicides and work to prevent suicide deaths.

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Biggest National Stories in 2018
Biggest National Stories in 2018

Here's a review, from CBS News, of some of the biggest stories of 2018.

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New Laws in Tennessee for 2019
New Laws in Tennessee for 2019

Over 30 laws will be in effect, ranging from the prescribing of drugs and notification of opioid abuse.

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Thanks Brent Stockstill for the Great Memories
Thanks Brent Stockstill for the Great Memories

As MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill prepares to lead the Blue Raiders one final time, friends and family share their thoughts.

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Stewarts Creek Only Football Coach Steps Down
Stewarts Creek Only Football Coach Steps Down

The first and only football coach at Stewarts Creek High School is stepping down. David Martin has announced his retirement after leading the program for the first six-years in school history.

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The Wake Up Crew Debuts
The Wake Up Crew Debuts

You'll hear familiar voices on a brand new morning show from NewsRadio WGNS. Bryan Barrett, Jon Dinkins and Dalton Barrett are the new "Wake Up Crew," which will be on the air from 6am until Swap N' Shop each weekday morning.

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POSTPONED CASE:
POSTPONED CASE: "Rape of a Child" in Murfreesboro

William "Tate" Hightower was arrested in Murfreesboro on multiple charges dealing with the rape of a child in 2017.

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For Some, the Holidays are Anything but Jolly
For Some, the Holidays are Anything but Jolly

The holiday season is ramping up, and while most people look forward to festivities with friends and family, for others this time of year can worsen stress, sadness and depression.

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Trustpoint Hospital: Growing to Serve Rutherford County
Trustpoint Hospital: Growing to Serve Rutherford County

Christy Muscarella is the Human Resources Coordinator at Trustpoint Hospital. She shared her experience with WGNS' Penny Ray about working at Trustpoint and excitement about the expansion.

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Law Offices of John Day Recognized
Law Offices of John Day Recognized

The Law Offices of John Day is proud to announce that Best Lawyers In America has recognized the exceptional performances by Laura Baker and Brandon Bass in the area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs.

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Duplex Fire Displaces Five Adults and Three Children
Duplex Fire Displaces Five Adults and Three Children

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department's Engine 4 and Ladder 6 and District 7 responded to a duplex fire at 812 Corner Court around 3:15 Saturday morning.

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Siegel Softball Chili Supper & Silent Auction
Siegel Softball Chili Supper & Silent Auction

Siegel High School softball invites you to their chili supper and silent auction. It's coming up on Friday, December 14th at 6pm in the school's cafeteria. Among the auction items are a signed items from Marcus Mariota, Sonny Gray and David Price.

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Deadly Tanker Fire on I-24 in Smyrna
Deadly Tanker Fire on I-24 in Smyrna

A tanker hauling food grain caught fire on I-24 at mile maker 70, which is the Almaville Road exit. The driver of the big rig was killed in the crash.

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Help Oakland Football Celebrate Championship with Rings
Help Oakland Football Celebrate Championship with Rings

After a 14-1 campaign in 2018, Oakland football celebrated with a Class 6A State Championship. You can help these young men remember the magical season with championship rings.

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Oakland's Creasy Named Titans Coach of the Year
Oakland's Creasy Named Titans Coach of the Year

Kevin Creasy of Oakland High School has been named the 2018 Tennessee Titans High School Coach of the Year after leading his football team to a 14-1 season and winning the Class 6A state championship.

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Central Photos from Reeve-Sain Back at the School
Central Photos from Reeve-Sain Back at the School

Old class photos from the old Murfreesboro Central High School that were inside Reeves-Sain Drug Store are back at the school.

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Stones River Mall rebrands to Stones River Town Centre
Stones River Mall rebrands to Stones River Town Centre

Stones River Mall, now Stones River Town Centre hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating its re-branding. It was a festive event, held center court with food, drinks, fashion show, and door prizes.

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Fire at Vintage at the Park Apartments Veterans Parkway
Fire at Vintage at the Park Apartments Veterans Parkway

MFRD's Districts 1, 2, and 9 and Engine 3 were dispatched to a fire at Vintage at the Park (261 Veterans Parkway) just before 11:30 Sunday night.

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Teens Killed in Crash
Teens Killed in Crash

A crash over the weekend on Fortress Boulevard took the lives of two teens. Murfreesboro Police say it happened about 6pm Saturday near Blackman Elementary.

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Trustpoint Hospital: A Patient's Experience
Trustpoint Hospital: A Patient's Experience

As Trustpoint Hospital expands here in Murfreesboro, new job opportunities come as well. WGNS' Penny Ray met with Trustpoint's newly hired Chief Nursing and Operations Officer, Teresa Williams to learn more about her role and the new nursing positions available.

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Bethlehem Marketplace Coming Up
Bethlehem Marketplace Coming Up

The 37th reenactment of the Bethlehem Marketplace will be held on December 8 and 9, 2018 from noon to 5pm both days.

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Oakland Football - State Champions
Oakland Football - State Champions

Oakland's mantra this season was to win the last game. They did that blanking Whitehaven 37-0 in the Blue Cross Bowl.

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Region 3-6A Superlatives and All-Region Team Announced
Region 3-6A Superlatives and All-Region Team Announced

Now that the football season is officially over for all teams in Region 3-6A, this year's superlatives and all region players have been announced.

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MFRD Responds to House Fire at 1320 Diana Street
MFRD Responds to House Fire at 1320 Diana Street

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department's Districts 1, 3, and 8 and Rescue 9 responded to a house fire at 1320 Diana Street just before 10:00 Friday morning.

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Oakland Coach Kevin Creasy on Championship Thursday
Oakland Coach Kevin Creasy on Championship Thursday

Bryan Barrett sat down with Oakland football coach Kevin Creasy to talk about the Patriot's semifinal win over Maryville and tonight's Blue Cross Bowl 6A Championship Game with Whitehaven. Tune in tonight for State Farm Prep Football as Oakland takes on Whitehaven. Pregame begins at 6:15pm with a 7pm kickoff.

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Woman Suffering from Human Trafficking Escapes Captors Thanksgiving Day
Woman Suffering from Human Trafficking Escapes Captors Thanksgiving Day

A Murfreesboro woman who was part of a human trafficking case managed to escape her captors Thanksgiving Day.

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Medical Oxygen Warning from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal
Medical Oxygen Warning from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal

Medical oxygen is a necessity for those suffering from respiratory illnesses, but, tragically, medical oxygen has been present in several home fires that resulted in the deaths of Tennesseans in 2018.

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Diversity and Inclusion Message Shared with Motlow Campuses
Diversity and Inclusion Message Shared with Motlow Campuses

Dr. Kimetta R. Hairston shared a message of diversity and inclusion for two days at Motlow State Community College.

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Murfreesboro Man Charged with Indecent Exposure
Murfreesboro Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

A 43-year old Murfreesboro man has been arrested on several charges, including indecent exposure.

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MTSU report: U.S.-China trade war contributes to 'rather mediocre' third quarter for Tenn. exporters
MTSU report: U.S.-China trade war contributes to 'rather mediocre' third quarter for Tenn. exporters

Tennessee's exporters had "another rather mediocre quarter" and showed the first signs of impacts from the U.S.-China trade war, according to the latest "Global Commerce" report from MTSU's Business and Economic Research Center.

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'Middle TN Staging' Helping Furries Find Homes For The Holidays
'Middle TN Staging' Helping Furries Find Homes For The Holidays

Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) is partnering with local home staging company, Middle TN Staging, to find forever homes for shelter pets this holiday season. Thanks to Middle TN Staging, those with good homes can adopt at no cost during the "15 Days of Christmas" adoption special December 9-23.

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Redstone Federal Credit Union sponsors CAC's
Redstone Federal Credit Union sponsors CAC's "Letters to Santa" Campaign

Have fun this holiday season! Help your child write a Letter to Santa with their Christmas wishes and brighten another child's life.

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Boro Art Crawl Coming Up
Boro Art Crawl Coming Up

The December Boro Art Crawl will take place 6-9pm, Friday, December 14th in and around downtown Murfreesboro.

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Scammers Posing as RCSO Deputies
Scammers Posing as RCSO Deputies

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department is warning citizens of a scam.

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Shop with the Sheriff fundraiser at Toot's
Shop with the Sheriff fundraiser at Toot's

Most people remember the excitement of opening gifts Christmas morning. But some Rutherford County Schools' students don't have any expectation of receiving presents because parents some families don't have the finances to buy gifts. That's where you can help Shop with the Sheriff.

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Local Fire Organizations to Install 1,000 Smoke Alarms
Local Fire Organizations to Install 1,000 Smoke Alarms

To commemorate the 100th smoke alarm canvass through the lifesaving "Get Alarmed, Tennessee!" program, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) will coordinate volunteers from four agencies who will attempt to install 1,000 free smoke alarms in a day's time in Middle Tennessee communities on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

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Smyrna Mourning the Passing of Shannon Williams
Smyrna Mourning the Passing of Shannon Williams

A popular Smyrna High School teacher and football coach's wife has passed away after battling cancer.

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Bolden named principal of Rocky Fork Elementary
Bolden named principal of Rocky Fork Elementary

Scott Bolden has been named the principal of Rocky Fork Elementary School. Director of Schools Bill Spurlock announced Wednesday Bolden will lead the new school in north Rutherford County.

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Free Flu Shots
Free Flu Shots

The Rutherford County Health Department will be giving out free flu shots on December 5th.

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Rutherford County Courthouse Face Lift
Rutherford County Courthouse Face Lift

Rutherford County officials will be looking at ways to spruce up the Rutherford County Courthouse and surrounding lawn area.

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Grant Available to Help Veterans with Home Repairs
Grant Available to Help Veterans with Home Repairs

A grant to help repair homes of veterans living in Rutherford County is available through Greenhouse Ministries.

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Oakland Plays for State Football Championship
Oakland Plays for State Football Championship

The Oakland Patriots take their 13-1 record to Cookeville to battle Memphis Whitehaven for the Class 6A Blue Cross Bowl Championship Thursday night.

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Wife of Longtime Smyrna Principal Passes Away
Wife of Longtime Smyrna Principal Passes Away

Margaret Raikes, the wife of longtime Smyrna High School principal Robert Raikes, passed away on Monday.

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State Expects Revenue Growth
State Expects Revenue Growth

Tennessee officials are projecting growth in general state revenue to range from 2.7 to 3.2 percent during the budget year that starts in July.

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Dec. 1 deadline looms for MTSU's enhanced scholarships
Dec. 1 deadline looms for MTSU's enhanced scholarships

Applications from incoming freshmen who are eligible for one of Middle Tennessee State University's guaranteed academic scholarships are up 26 percent as of mid-November, prompted in part by the newly enlarged Presidential Scholarship unveiled earlier this fall.

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Siegel Volleyball Hires New Head Coach
Siegel Volleyball Hires New Head Coach

The defending state runner up Siegel Lady Stars volleyball team is under new leadership.

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Dr. Theowauna Hatchett named principal of Smyrna Middle School
Dr. Theowauna Hatchett named principal of Smyrna Middle School

Dr. Theowauna Hatchett has been named principal of Smyrna Middle School. Director of Schools Bill Spurlock says Hatchett succeeds Steve Luker, who has been named the principal of Rockvale High School, which will open in August 2019.

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Murfreesboro Rotary's Hotcakes and Holly Fundraiser
Murfreesboro Rotary's Hotcakes and Holly Fundraiser

Santa and his elves from the Murfreesboro Rotary invite you to the annual Hotcakes and Holly fundraiser. It will be held Saturday, December 8th at Middle Tennessee Christian School from 7am until 10:30am.

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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment on MTSU Police Department
Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment on MTSU Police Department

A team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Monday, Dec. 3, to examine all aspects of the Middle Tennessee State University Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

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Trustpoint Hospital: Growing to Serve Rutherford County
Trustpoint Hospital: Growing to Serve Rutherford County

As Trustpoint Hospital expands here in Murfreesboro, new job opportunities come as well. WGNS' Penny Ray met with Trustpoint's newly hired Chief Nursing and Operations Officer, Teresa Williams to learn more about her role and the new nursing positions available.

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Oakland Kicker Garrett Taylor - Mr. Football Kicker of the Year
Oakland Kicker Garrett Taylor - Mr. Football Kicker of the Year

Oakland senior kicker Garrett Taylor was selected as the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Kicker of the Year.

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MFRD and LVFRD Personnel Complete Second In-House Motlow State EMT Class
MFRD and LVFRD Personnel Complete Second In-House Motlow State EMT Class

Last week wrapped up an intense accelerated Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) class provided by Motlow State Community College (MSCC) for personnel from Murfreesboro and La Vergne Fire Rescue Departments.

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MTSU students to apply shoe leather to documenting Nashville history Dec. 6
MTSU students to apply shoe leather to documenting Nashville history Dec. 6

For the second straight year, MTSU's "Doing Digital History" class will take to the streets of Nashville to document Music City's rich heritage.

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City Schools Zoning Meeting Wednesday
City Schools Zoning Meeting Wednesday

Murfreesboro City Schools will hold their last public meeting to discuss rezoning this week.

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Principal of New Murfreesboro Elementary School Named
Principal of New Murfreesboro Elementary School Named

Trey Duke has been named Principal of Murfreesboro City Schools' newest elementary school, scheduled to open in August 2019. Duke will assume his new role in January and will oversee the opening and hiring for the school.

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MT FB Press Conference before CUSA Championship Game
MT FB Press Conference before CUSA Championship Game

Hear from MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill and players about their win over UAB Saturday and the upcoming CUSA Championship Game with the Blazers this Saturday.

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Warning about Holiday Scams
Warning about Holiday Scams

The Tennessee Department of Commerce warns buyers that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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Motlow commencement to be held at MTSU in May 2019
Motlow commencement to be held at MTSU in May 2019

Officials at Motlow State Community College recently announced the commencement ceremony for the 2018-19 academic year will be at Middle Tennessee State University's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro in May.

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Oakland Blanks Maryville 38-0; Play Whitehaven for State Title
Oakland Blanks Maryville 38-0; Play Whitehaven for State Title

The Oakland Patriots defeat the Maryville Rebels 38-0 to advance to the Blue Cross Bowl 6A State Championship Game. Check out stats, players of the game, replays and more here.

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FB: Blue Raider to host CUSA Championship after beating UAB
FB: Blue Raider to host CUSA Championship after beating UAB

Middle Tennessee's senior day turned into a preview of the Globe Life Conference USA Championship Game Saturday in Murfreesboro. Thanks to FIU's 28-25 home loss to Marshall earlier in the day, the Blue Raiders (8-4, 7-1) clinched at least a share of their first C-USA East Division title. Then, they finished out the big day with a 27-3 win over UAB (9-3, 7-1) to clinch home-field advantage in the championship game and an outright East crown.

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MTSU students get up-close view of CMA Awards
MTSU students get up-close view of CMA Awards

Students from Middle Tennessee State University's College of Media and Entertainment went behind-the-scenes at the 52nd Country Music Association Awards earlier this month to learn from the media professionals staging one of the industry's biggest award telecasts.

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MTSU showcases entrepreneurship with guest speakers, high school fair
MTSU showcases entrepreneurship with guest speakers, high school fair

MTSU students aspiring to be entrepreneurs received a wealth of advice and insights -- from the importance of networking to succession plans to following their passions -- from an enthusiastic lineup of guest speakers for this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week activities.

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RCFR Phone Solicitation Scam
RCFR Phone Solicitation Scam

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and Rutherford County Fire and Rescue are warning residents of a phone solicitation scam.

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Rutherford Co. Approved for Drone Operations Over People
Rutherford Co. Approved for Drone Operations Over People

Unmanned Aerial Online reports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has OK'd commercial drone operations over people for the government of Rutherford County.

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Unemployment Remains Low for Rutherford County and Tennessee
Unemployment Remains Low for Rutherford County and Tennessee

The unemployment rate for Rutherford County is tied for the second lowest in the state.

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Mayor Declares November 24, 2018  Small Business Saturday
Mayor Declares November 24, 2018 Small Business Saturday

Mayor Shane McFarland announced his endorsement of and participation in the ninth annual Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018.

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PREVIEW: Oakland hosts Maryville
PREVIEW: Oakland hosts Maryville

Oakland will host Maryville Friday night in the semifinals of the Class 6A football playoffs. These two teams have really gotten to know each other in recent years. In fact, this is the seventh meeting since 2014 and for the past five seasons, they've met in the semifinals.

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NewsRadio WGNS Blanket Brigade Needs New Blankets for Homeless
NewsRadio WGNS Blanket Brigade Needs New Blankets for Homeless

Cold nights are here, and the NewsRadio WGNS Blanket Brigade is again handing out new blankets to help homeless persons stay alive.

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Report on MT MBB from the Bahamas
Report on MT MBB from the Bahamas

The Middle Tennessee men's basketball team is in the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Voice of the Blue Raiders, Chip Walters, has conversation from Nassau with a couple of Blue Raider players.

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Ohio Fugitive in Murfreesboro
Ohio Fugitive in Murfreesboro

Investigators in Dayton, Ohio, say a youth soccer coach accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year old girl was in Murfreesboro.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips from MFRD
Thanksgiving Safety Tips from MFRD

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue wants to remind everyone of some important safety information for this Thanksgiving.

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Online Predators Target Rutherford County Children
Online Predators Target Rutherford County Children

"Good parents are the best defense against online predators," said Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer. "It is important that parents are educated on how to protect our children from becoming victims."

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Juvenile Detention Officer Fired
Juvenile Detention Officer Fired

A Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center officer has been fired after allegedly hitting a child with a belt.

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Nashville Christmas Tree from Murfreesboro
Nashville Christmas Tree from Murfreesboro

The Christmas tree for the city of Nashville is from Murfreesboro. The tree was delivered Tuesday after being donated from the Hutchison family.

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COMMENTARY: Follow-Ups
COMMENTARY: Follow-Ups

Here's a question for you: who is the "press" the First Amendment talks about, and what is it supposed to be doing? Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism has the answer.

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Christiana Fire Damages Home
Christiana Fire Damages Home

Rutherford County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at 223 Eidolon Court in Christiana. The call came in around 10:30am and was quickly brought under control.

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Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting
Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting

Time is drawing near for the annual Rutherford County Christmas Tree lighting will be 6:00 o'clock Friday night, December 7, 2018.

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Hope Clinic Helps Families Dealing with Opioid Crisis
Hope Clinic Helps Families Dealing with Opioid Crisis

The Primary Care & Hope Clinic is proud to partner with The Child Advocacy Center and other local organizations for the 7th Annual 19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth.

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Rutherford County Prep Football in the Playoffs (Since 1993)
Rutherford County Prep Football in the Playoffs (Since 1993)

Rutherford County has had a rich tradition of prep football, especially for the last two-and-a-half decades. If you like numbers, statistics and highlights, check this out!

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State Troopers Hit Highways for Thanksgiving Travel
State Troopers Hit Highways for Thanksgiving Travel

Over the next few days, drivers should expect to see an increased Tennessee Highway Patrol presence across the state.

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Firefighters Have Thanksgiving Lunch with Local Elementary Students
Firefighters Have Thanksgiving Lunch with Local Elementary Students

What started out as an idea from a Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) Captain, became an amazing partnership between MFRD and the school systems to deliver some holiday joy to some local elementary students.

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Tickets on Sale for Oakland / Maryville Game
Tickets on Sale for Oakland / Maryville Game

The Oakland Patriots host the Maryville Rebels on Friday night with a trip to the Blue Cross Bowl on the line. Tickets can be purchased online now or the school will open Friday for a short time to purchase early.

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RCSO: Scary Video of Narrow Crash Miss
RCSO: Scary Video of Narrow Crash Miss

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office shared a recent encounter with a driver who nearly missed crashing into a cruiser.

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Wellington Place Arrested for Attempting to Meet 12-year old
Wellington Place Arrested for Attempting to Meet 12-year old

A 40-year old Wellington Place man has been arrested after attempting to meet a 12-year old girl.

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Agritourism class plans Christmas Village at MTSU Dec. 1
Agritourism class plans Christmas Village at MTSU Dec. 1

MTSU's agritourism class is preparing for the annual Christmas Village featuring Santa and the MTSU farm animals from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Tennessee Livestock Center's large arena space.

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TN Teens in Foster Care Need Permanency
TN Teens in Foster Care Need Permanency

Experts say the instability of foster care often adds trauma to the lives of children in the system, with special challenges for older youths.

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TDOT Halts Construction for Holiday
TDOT Halts Construction for Holiday

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during the busy travel holiday.

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Oakland Defeats Mt. Juliet 14-7 & Scoreboard
Oakland Defeats Mt. Juliet 14-7 & Scoreboard

The Oakland Patriots are in the state's final four in Class 6A football for the fifth straight year with a 14-7 win at Mt. Juliet. Hear replays from the game, stats and our players of the game. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Angie Walker's MTSU Students Celebrate their Teacher
Angie Walker's MTSU Students Celebrate their Teacher

Close to 75 MTSU students, faculty, friends and family gathered Thursday to remember Angie Walker.

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Tennessee Promise Mentors Needed
Tennessee Promise Mentors Needed

Some 25-hundred volunteers are still needed to mentor Tennessee Promise students across the state. The deadline to register is November 30.

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Greenhouse is giving away free turkeys
Greenhouse is giving away free turkeys

Greenhouse is scheduling times for people to come in on November 17th to pick up a free turkey if they cannot afford one. They need help from the community to bring by donated frozen turkeys on Friday, November 16th.

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Smyrna Police Partners with CAC for 19 Days of Activism
Smyrna Police Partners with CAC for 19 Days of Activism

The Smyrna Police Department in a partnership with the Child Advocacy Center is proud to participate in the 19 Days of Activism.

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Rutherford County experiencing shortage of school crossing guards
Rutherford County experiencing shortage of school crossing guards

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is seeking to hire 15 much-needed school crossing guards, Sgt. Tim Hayes said.

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Local Legal Aid Society Staff Receive Recognition
Local Legal Aid Society Staff Receive Recognition

Two local staff of the Legal Aid Society are recognized by their peers across Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

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County Schools Magnet School Info Nights
County Schools Magnet School Info Nights

Rutherford County Schools has released information about upcoming parent information meetings for those interested in applying for one of the magnet schools or the Oakland High School International Baccalaureate program.

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MTSU Encouraging Alumni to Get Behind Bridge over Broad Naming
MTSU Encouraging Alumni to Get Behind Bridge over Broad Naming

We told you recently about the efforts to name the Bridge Over Broad either "True Blue Bridge" or "Blue Raider Bridge." Now, MTSU officials are asking supporters and alumni to get behind the idea.

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MTSU seeks True Blue Secret Santas for 2018 Little Raiders gift-giving campaign
MTSU seeks True Blue Secret Santas for 2018 Little Raiders gift-giving campaign

True Blue Secret Santas are again needed for this year's MTSU Little Raiders gift-giving campaign.

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St. Thomas Health: First in TN to Implement Artificial Intelligence Technology
St. Thomas Health: First in TN to Implement Artificial Intelligence Technology

Saint Thomas Health is the first health system in Tennessee to implement a new medical technology that uses artificial intelligence to transform the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated

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TBI Announces 2019 Missing Children's Day Poster Contest
TBI Announces 2019 Missing Children's Day Poster Contest

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling on all 5th graders, from across the state, to participate in 2019 National Missing Children's Day poster contest!

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MFRD Crews Respond to Apartment Fire at 1321 Dudley Street
MFRD Crews Respond to Apartment Fire at 1321 Dudley Street

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue's Districts 1, 4, 8, and Rescue 7 responded to an apartment fire located at 1321 Dudley Street just before 11:00 Wednesday morning.

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Tennessee Department of Education Releases Report on School Safety and Security
Tennessee Department of Education Releases Report on School Safety and Security

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released a new report to provide insight on the landscape of school safety in Tennessee.

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Woman Charged with Arson of Sulphur Springs Road Home
Woman Charged with Arson of Sulphur Springs Road Home

An investigation by the Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department and the Sheriff's Office into a March 27 house fire has resulted in an arrest.

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Carver Ave. Man Facing Six Burglary Counts
Carver Ave. Man Facing Six Burglary Counts

A 38-year old Carver Avenue man is facing six counts of burglary after an investigation by the Murfreesboro Police Criminal Investigations Division.

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RCSO Deputy Fired
RCSO Deputy Fired

A Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy has been terminated.

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Parks and Recreation to hold Master Plan Open House Nov. 19
Parks and Recreation to hold Master Plan Open House Nov. 19

The City of Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Department will hold an open house for all citizens regarding existing and future facilities and programs of the Parks and Recreation Department from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Monday, November 19.

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Black Friday Hikes in Tennessee
Black Friday Hikes in Tennessee

If you think you will need to walk off your Thanksgiving Day meal, Tennessee's state parks are offering free hikes on "Black Friday" later this month.

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Intentional oil spill contained and suspect in custody
Intentional oil spill contained and suspect in custody

Emergency crews have been working to clean up thousands of gallons of motor oil, antifreeze and soapy water that was allgedly dumped near Lytle Creek by a disgruntled employee.

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Amazon Operations Center Coming to Nashville
Amazon Operations Center Coming to Nashville

Amazon has announced it will bring a new operations center to Nashville, creating about five-thousand new jobs.

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Secret Santa for CAC Children/Families Needed
Secret Santa for CAC Children/Families Needed

The Child Advocacy Center is looking for those who would like to be a Secret Santa for abused children and families.

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Mr. Football Finalists Announced
Mr. Football Finalists Announced

Two Oakland football players have been selected as Tennessee Titans Mr. Football finalists.

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Big Blue Raider Weekend Continues Monday
Big Blue Raider Weekend Continues Monday

It was an exciting weekend of Blue Raider sports on NewsRadio WGNS, which continues into today with two big events.

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Veterans Day Tribute 11AM Monday On Square
Veterans Day Tribute 11AM Monday On Square

The annual Veterans Day Tribute was held inside the Rutherford County Courthouse due to the rain outside. We have a podcast of the event.

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Opioids and Endangered Rutherford Co. Children
Opioids and Endangered Rutherford Co. Children

People who know a child living in a home where parents are using opioids or other drugs may report the abuse to the Department of Children's Services Child Abuse Reporting Hotline at 1-877-237-0004 or to local law enforcement.

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Trey Adams named Director of 'Boro Golf Department
Trey Adams named Director of 'Boro Golf Department

Trey Adams has been named Director of Golf for the City of Murfreesboro, appointed by Executive Director of Community Services Angela Jackson.

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Dyersburg extends MTSU Promise to its students
Dyersburg extends MTSU Promise to its students

Middle Tennessee State University signed an agreement to extend the MTSU Promise to Dyersburg State Community College, the fourth such pathway established for students with associate degrees to move seamlessly to the four-year university.

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Greenhouse Ministries Celebrating 20-Years
Greenhouse Ministries Celebrating 20-Years

Greenhouse Ministries begins its 20th year of service here in Rutherford County this month.

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Another Successful Celebrity Spelling Bee for RTS
Another Successful Celebrity Spelling Bee for RTS

Several hundred supporters of Read to Succeed enjoyed a fun filled night at the annual 2018 Celebrity Spelling Bee held in the The Grove at Williamson Place. Local realtor Meredith Thomas was the "top speller".

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Oakland Downs Hendersonville 28-0 & Scoreboard
Oakland Downs Hendersonville 28-0 & Scoreboard

Oakland downs Hendersonville 28-0. Hear replays from the game, stats and our players of the game. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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NWS Christiana Storm Survey
NWS Christiana Storm Survey

Multiple tornadoes struck Middle Tennessee after dark on November 5th and 6th and the National Weather Service sent survey teams out to access the damage. The Christiana tornado was rated a high-end EF-2, the strongest of the seven total tornadoes. It was the strongest tornado to strike Middle Tennessee in nearly three years.

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Senator-Elect Dawn White Eager to Get to Work
Senator-Elect Dawn White Eager to Get to Work

Fresh off her general election win over Democrat Kelly Northcutt, State Senator-Elect Dawn White is eager to get to work in the upper chamber.

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Local Law Enforcement Receive Nearly $421K in Grants
Local Law Enforcement Receive Nearly $421K in Grants

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) announces $22 million federal grant funds will be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2018-2019 Federal Fiscal Year.

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Enrollment Up Again at Motlow
Enrollment Up Again at Motlow

For the fourth consecutive year, Motlow State Community College has the largest enrollment in school history and remains among the fastest-growing colleges in Tennessee, according to Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) official enrollment numbers released for the fall 2018 semester. Motlow's Smyrna campus is the largest.

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AAA: Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Be Up
AAA: Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Be Up

AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

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Path of Destruction: RCEMA Video of Christiana Tornado Aftermath
Path of Destruction: RCEMA Video of Christiana Tornado Aftermath

Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency documents the trail of destruction from the November 6th Christiana tornado, which took one life and injured others. You can see the video at WGNSRadio.com.

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Trash in Storm Affected Areas
Trash in Storm Affected Areas

Rutherford County Solid Waste has delivered extra open top containers to the two Recycling/Convenience Centers nearest the storm area.

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McDevitt era starts with win over Lees-McRae
McDevitt era starts with win over Lees-McRae

The 2018-19 season and Nick McDevitt era started with a win Tuesday night for Middle Tennessee. At MT's Murphy Center, the Blue Raiders (1-0) took down Division II Lees-McRae (0-1) 91-69. It wasn't just McDevitt's first win in Murfreesboro, but also his first season-opening win of his six-year head coaching career after going 0-5 at UNC Asheville.

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Publishers Clearing House Scams Affect Locals
Publishers Clearing House Scams Affect Locals

Have you ever received an email, phone call or letter from Publishers Clearing House saying that you were a big winner?

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Arrangements for Angie Walker
Arrangements for Angie Walker

Arrangements have been announced for Angie Walker, who passed away during Tuesday morning's tornado.

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Walker's Thank Community for Prayers, Calls & More
Walker's Thank Community for Prayers, Calls & More

The Walker family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Rutherford County community for their thoughts, prayers, calls of condolences and concern after the passing of Angie Walker in the Tuesday tornado.

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Story of Survival After Tuesday's Tornado
Story of Survival After Tuesday's Tornado

There are stories of survival from Tuesday's tornado that struck in Christiana. The National Weather service says the Rock Springs Road home of John Erdmann and family took a direct hit from the EF-2 tornado, with winds up to 135 miles an hour.

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Christiana Storm Causes Death & Destruction
Christiana Storm Causes Death & Destruction

One person was killed and two others were injured when a possible tornado passed over their homes in Christiana.

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RCSO Releases Information on Storm Damage in Christiana
RCSO Releases Information on Storm Damage in Christiana

One woman lost her life and two others were injured during a storm about midnight in the Christiana area, Rutherford County authorities said.

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NWS: Deadly EF-2 Tornado in Christiana
NWS: Deadly EF-2 Tornado in Christiana

The National Weather Service had surveyed storm damage in the Midland Road area of Christiana and determined it was a deadly EF-2 tornado with 135-mile per hour winds, that hit the area early Tuesday morning.

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ELECTION RESULTS
ELECTION RESULTS

La Vergne and Eagleville will have new mayor and there's a new state senator for Rutherford County. Those are the local headlines from this year's record turnout.

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Blackman Area Fire Destroys Home
Blackman Area Fire Destroys Home

Fire destroys a home in the Blackman area, near Browns Chapel Elementary School.

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Siegel Boys Win Cross Country State Championship - AGAIN
Siegel Boys Win Cross Country State Championship - AGAIN

The Siegel boys cross country team - the defending state champions - defended their title over the weekend, taking the large school division title for a second year in a row.

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MFRD Recruits Graduate from the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy
MFRD Recruits Graduate from the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy

Four Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Recruits graduated from the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement (TFACA) in Bell Buckle.

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Severe Weather Possible Evening/Overnight
Severe Weather Possible Evening/Overnight

Severe thunderstorms with high winds and isolated tornadoes are expected to impact the mid-state this (Monday) evening and into the overnight.

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Barber Shop Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In
Barber Shop Shooting Suspect Turns Himself In

The 24-year old man suspected of shooting another man inside Eclipse Barber Shop has turned himself into police.

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Another Friday Shooting Leaves on Hurt
Another Friday Shooting Leaves on Hurt

Murfreesboro Police have a second shooting to investigate - that's not related to the barber shop incident that also occurred on Friday.

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Tuesday is Election Day
Tuesday is Election Day

Tuesday is election day and if early voting is any indication, turnout is expected to be very heavy.

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Traffic Diverted Hwy 41 After RCSO Stop
Traffic Diverted Hwy 41 After RCSO Stop

Traffic on U.S. Highway 41 or Manchester Highway was diverted near Fieldstone Drive after a stop by a Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy.

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'Boro Father Facing Vehicular Homicide Charge After Son's Death
'Boro Father Facing Vehicular Homicide Charge After Son's Death

A 59-year old man is charged with vehicular homicide and DUI after a crash on East Northfield Boulevard. The driver's son was killed in the crash.

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Local High Schools Recognized in A.F. Bridges Awards
Local High Schools Recognized in A.F. Bridges Awards

Local schools and sports contributors are part of this year's A.F. Bridges Awards program from the TSSAA.

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Blackman Defeats Lebanon 44-7 & Scoreboard
Blackman Defeats Lebanon 44-7 & Scoreboard

Blackman defeats Lebanon 44-7. Hear replays from the game, stats and our players of the game. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Win season tickets to Blue Raider Men's and Women's Basketball Games from WGNS
Win season tickets to Blue Raider Men's and Women's Basketball Games from WGNS

WGNS has your chance to win a pair of season tickets to every MTSU men's and women's basketball regular season game at the Murphy Center.

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5 Rutherford Co. Players Selected as Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalists
5 Rutherford Co. Players Selected as Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalists

Five Rutherford County football players were named Tennessee Titans Mr. Football semifinalists. The announcement was made Thursday by the TSSAA.

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Rockvale High Principal Named
Rockvale High Principal Named

Steve Luker has worked as an educator in every grade and and has led successfully as a principal at the elementary and middle school levels. He now has been selected as the first principal of the new Rockvale High School.

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Murfreesboro Officers grow beards to fight cancer
Murfreesboro Officers grow beards to fight cancer

Murfreesboro Police officers and detectives are participating in the American Cancer Society's "No Shave November" for the sixth year.

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Big Football Friday on NewsRadio WGNS
Big Football Friday on NewsRadio WGNS

A rivalry college football game and prep football playoffs are both highlighted on NewsRadio WGNS.

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WGNS is your home to local, state and national news 24/7

WGNS makes sure that our news is current hourly. We update our news everytime we learn of a new news story. We do not "hold" news for the next publish day. We update news all the time. The same is true with our national news as well as national political news.

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Election Night Coverage
Election Night Coverage

We will have "LIVE" election coverage on WGNSRadio.com Tuesday, beginning at 7pm.

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Haunted Houses and Trick or Treating in the Murfreesboro Area
Haunted Houses and Trick or Treating in the Murfreesboro Area

In Tennessee, the SFMO regulates Special Amusement Buildings - popularly known around Halloween as haunted houses or haunted mansions. State law defines Special Amusement Buildings as: A building that is temporary...

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Blackman Defeats Riverdale 41-0 & Scoreboard
Blackman Defeats Riverdale 41-0 & Scoreboard

Blackman defeats Riverdale 41-0. Hear replays from the game, stats and our players of the game. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection November 3rd
Household Hazardous Waste Collection November 3rd

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in collaboration with Rutherford County and City of Murfreesboro governments, are hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) on Saturday, November 3rd.

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Extra Traffic Enforcement on U.S. Highway 70
Extra Traffic Enforcement on U.S. Highway 70

Sheriff's deputies will join law enforcement officers throughout Tennessee to reduce traffic deaths and injuries during increased enforcement Tuesday and Friday on U.S. Highway 70 South across the state.

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MTSU: Donate blood Oct. 29-31 to save lives and Bleed Blue, Beat WKU
MTSU: Donate blood Oct. 29-31 to save lives and Bleed Blue, Beat WKU

Want to help make a True Blue difference in the MTSU community? Make an appointment today to donate blood Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31, to save our neighbors' lives -- and continue our winning streak in the eighth annual blood drive competition with Conference USA rival Western Kentucky University.

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MTSU student ministry hosts Tuesday guest lecture on faith and science
MTSU student ministry hosts Tuesday guest lecture on faith and science

A faith-based student ministry at MTSU is co-hosting a Tuesday (Oct. 23) public lecture featuring an astronomer who will outline his views on how science and faith can be reconciled.

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FB: Blue Raiders earn Homecoming win
FB: Blue Raiders earn Homecoming win

It wasn't pretty, but Middle Tennessee captured a homecoming victory Saturday over Charlotte 21-13.

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Freeze Warning for Rutherford County
Freeze Warning for Rutherford County

The lowest temperatures of the fall led the National Weather Service to issue a freeze warning for Rutherford County and much of Middle Tennessee.

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Mega Millions Fever, Record 1.6 Billion Now
Mega Millions Fever, Record 1.6 Billion Now

After no one purchased a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket last week, the Tuesday drawing is now up to a record high 1.6 billion dollars.

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Early Voting Brisk in Tennessee
Early Voting Brisk in Tennessee

The first three days of early voting last week saw record numbers go to the polls in Tennessee. Rutherford County showing a brisk voter turnout.

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Dozens sickened in salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken
Dozens sickened in salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken

Ninety-two people from 29 states, including Tennessee, have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

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Federal Judge Orders State to Stop Suspending Driver Licenses of People Unable to Pay Fines
Federal Judge Orders State to Stop Suspending Driver Licenses of People Unable to Pay Fines

A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to stop suspending the driver's licenses of people who are unable to pay traffic fines and court costs.

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COMMENTARY: Politics & Social Media
COMMENTARY: Politics & Social Media

People who voluntarily put themselves in the public eye lose at least a measure of control over their own lives, including their social media lives.

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Riverdale, MTSU hosting mental health event Oct. 25 for parents
Riverdale, MTSU hosting mental health event Oct. 25 for parents

Riverdale and MTSU are hosting a mental health event this Thursday, which is open to all Rutherford County School families. The event will be held at Central Magnet.

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Candlewick Ct. Man Charged with Rape
Candlewick Ct. Man Charged with Rape

A 60-year old Candlewick Court man has been charged with rape and domestic assault.

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Blackman Downs Stewarts Creek 34-21 & Scoreboard
Blackman Downs Stewarts Creek 34-21 & Scoreboard

Blackman Downs Stewarts Creek 34-21. Hear replays from the game, stats and our players of the game. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Weather Concerns Cause Prep Football Changes
Weather Concerns Cause Prep Football Changes

Concerns about Friday night weather have caused most local high schools to move up their football games to Thursday night.

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Siegel Volleyball in State Title Game
Siegel Volleyball in State Title Game

After making their 12th trip to the state tournament in the school's 15 year history this year, the Siegel Lady Stars Volleyball team is in the title game for the first time.

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Another Shoplifting Incident at Kohls in Murfreesboro
Another Shoplifting Incident at Kohls in Murfreesboro

Once outside, the woman loaded the $237 of loot into her white Chevy Impala with Alabama tags and drove away.

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Kelton's Pet Food Co. Hosts Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest
Kelton's Pet Food Co. Hosts Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest

Kelton's Pet Food Co. is hosting their annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest during the month of October on their Facebook page. Pet owners can send photos of their pet dressed up for Halloween to the Kelton's Pet Food Co. Facebook page during the month of October. Entries began Oct. 1 and the final day to submit photos is Oct. 27.

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UPDATE: Investigation into the 2015 murder of Gregg Hawkins continues
UPDATE: Investigation into the 2015 murder of Gregg Hawkins continues

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 will mark year three that a local murder has gone unsolved.

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Judge Hearing Class-Action Lawsuit Against the State concerning TennCare
Judge Hearing Class-Action Lawsuit Against the State concerning TennCare

A federal judge is hearing arguments in a class-action lawsuit that claims delays in processing TennCare applications have left thousands of low-income Tennesseans without timely access to medical care.

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MT FB hosts Charlotte (Football Press Conference)
MT FB hosts Charlotte (Football Press Conference)

Hear from MT football coach Rick Stockstill and players about the tough loss at FIU and the upcoming battle with Charlotte.

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UPDATE: Smyrna's Omni Hut Permanently Closed after Friday Lunch
UPDATE: Smyrna's Omni Hut Permanently Closed after Friday Lunch

The locally famous Polynesian fare is now gone. The Omni Hut in Smyrna closed their doors to business on Friday after lunch - 10/12/18.

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Oakland Defeats Siegel 62-13 & Scoreboard
Oakland Defeats Siegel 62-13 & Scoreboard

Oakland Defeats Siegel 62-14. Hear replays from the game, stats and our players of the game. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Rutherford County School Back to Normal Operations
Rutherford County School Back to Normal Operations

Rutherford County Schools are back to normal operating procedures after the capture of the jail escapees.

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Local Escapees Added to TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted
Local Escapees Added to TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation acted quickly to add two Rutherford County Jail escapees to their Top 10 Most Wanted List.

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SRO Quits After Public Intoxication Charge
SRO Quits After Public Intoxication Charge

We have an update on the school resource officer who was arrested for public intoxication in Murfreesboro.

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MTSU Theatre ready to deliver a 'Royale' punch with knockout new play Oct. 11-21
MTSU Theatre ready to deliver a 'Royale' punch with knockout new play Oct. 11-21

Local audiences can have a ringside seat to the first production in MTSU Theatre's 2018-19 season when the acclaimed new play "The Royale" rumbles into the Anderson Studio Theatre Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 17-21.

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COMMENTARY: News Flow
COMMENTARY: News Flow

Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism, gives his take on how news WAS delivered and IS delivered now.

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UPDATE: 'Boro Woman Charged in Fatal I-24 Hit & Run, Local Victim Identified
UPDATE: 'Boro Woman Charged in Fatal I-24 Hit & Run, Local Victim Identified

Police in Nashville have charged a Murfreesboro woman with a fatal hit and run accident on I-24 which took the life of an 18-year old Murfreesboro man.

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Johnny Jones, former Kittrell Teacher/Coach, Passes Away
Johnny Jones, former Kittrell Teacher/Coach, Passes Away

The community is mourning the death of former Kittrell School teacher and basketball coach Johnny Jones.

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MT FB secures gutsy road win at Marshall
MT FB secures gutsy road win at Marshall

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders make football history, winning at Marshall 34-24.

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Oakland Downs Franklin 45-7 & Scoreboard
Oakland Downs Franklin 45-7 & Scoreboard

Oakland runs their record to 6-1 with a 45-7 win over Franklin. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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What will neighboring counties do when the Walter Hill Landfill CLOSES?
What will neighboring counties do when the Walter Hill Landfill CLOSES?

More and more counties that utilize the Walter Hill Landfill to dump the household trash of their residents are trying to figure out what to do when that landfill reaches capacity and closes in 5 to 8 years.

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Tennessee Maintains Highest Graduation Rate on Record
Tennessee Maintains Highest Graduation Rate on Record

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced that the 2017-18 high school graduation rate held steady at 89.1 percent, which is the highest graduation rate on record for Tennessee.

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Raiders Down Defending CUSA Champion FAU 25-24
Raiders Down Defending CUSA Champion FAU 25-24

Fresh off its bye week, Middle Tennessee started its Conference USA slate with a tough home matchup on Saturday and came up with an unbelievable comeback win 25-24 over Florida Atlantic.

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Are you getting a Flu Shot?
Are you getting a Flu Shot?

Experts are saying it is time to go ahead and get this year's flu vaccination. Also, do you know if you have a common cold or the actual flu?

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Riverdale defeats Cookeville 40-34 in 2OT & Scoreboard
Riverdale defeats Cookeville 40-34 in 2OT & Scoreboard

Riverdale defeats Cookeville 40-34 in 2OT. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Local Salvation Army Major in Flood Ravaged N. Carolina
Local Salvation Army Major in Flood Ravaged N. Carolina

Major Joe Irvin of the Salvation Army of Rutherford and Cannon County is among the Hurricane Florence relief workers lending aid.

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Siegel High K-9 Scan
Siegel High K-9 Scan

Four Siegel High School students were cited for simple possession of marijuana after K-9s scanned lockers and vehicles parked outside the school Tuesday.

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Flash Flood Watch through Monday Night
Flash Flood Watch through Monday Night

Autumn is off to a soggy start. A rainy weekend has soaked Rutherford County and most of Middle Tennessee, leading the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Watch until Monday night.

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Couchville Pike Home Fire
Couchville Pike Home Fire

Rutherford County Fire and Rescue crews are among the various emergency responders on the scene of a structure fire at 8038 Couchville Pike.

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MTSU celebrates mechatronics engineering accreditation
MTSU celebrates mechatronics engineering accreditation

Middle Tennessee State University academic officials laid the groundwork for a new mechatronics engineering program in 2012-13. With the state's blessings, the program went from ground zero in early August 2013 to 20 students that first semester.

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Unemployment Near Historic Low Levels
Unemployment Near Historic Low Levels

The state's unemployment rate remains low. In fact, near historic lows.

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Two Charged with Attempting to Burn 15-year old Girl
Two Charged with Attempting to Burn 15-year old Girl

A Rutherford County Sheriff's sergeant reported that a 15-year-old girl escaped injury when her ex-boyfriend allegedly sloshed gasoline on her, ignited a lighter and then threatened to burn the teen at her home on Saturday.

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D.C. policy-maker comes back home to share knowledge with MTSU students
D.C. policy-maker comes back home to share knowledge with MTSU students

As a way of giving back to his alma mater, a successful policy maker who served in the Carter White House and later as a government relations professional is returning to MTSU as a visiting professor.

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Rutherford County Schools on Social Media & Threats
Rutherford County Schools on Social Media & Threats

Social media has changed the landscape of communication. But one negative is the ability for students to lodge threats that all have to be taken seriously and be investigated. Last week's threat of violence at Riverdale High School caused major disruption.

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$25K in Renovations to Salvation Army by Lowe's Heroes
$25K in Renovations to Salvation Army by Lowe's Heroes

Over 25-thousand dollars in renovations were completed at The Salvation Army of Rutherford and Cannon Counties as part of the Lowe's Heroes Project.

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Oakland Defeats Blackman & Scoreboard
Oakland Defeats Blackman & Scoreboard

Oakland defeats Blackman 24-14. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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PREVIEW: #2 Blackman at #3 Oakland
PREVIEW: #2 Blackman at #3 Oakland

Blackman travels to Oakland Friday night. The Blaze are ranked second in the latest high school football poll for Class 6A and the Patriots are third.

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Stolen Sedan Recovered by Murfreesboro Police - Arrest Made
Stolen Sedan Recovered by Murfreesboro Police - Arrest Made

A Murfreesboro man has been arrested and charged with theft after police pulled over the vehicle he was operating that returned as stolen.

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Meth and needles seized by Murfreesboro Police
Meth and needles seized by Murfreesboro Police

8 Grams of meth, 16 grams of marijuana, hypodermic needles, a metal pipe and a digital scale with what looked to be meth residue on it were all seized by police as evidence during a recent arrest.

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Blue Raider FB Falls at #3 Georgia
Blue Raider FB Falls at #3 Georgia

Middle Tennessee was tasked with facing its toughest competition of the season on Saturday and couldn't stand up against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs, falling 49-7.

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Riverdale Falls to Oakland & Scoreboard
Riverdale Falls to Oakland & Scoreboard

Oakland defeats Riverdale 49-6. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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THIS SATURDAY: City Schools Foundation hosts 3rd annual 5K/10K
THIS SATURDAY: City Schools Foundation hosts 3rd annual 5K/10K

The City Schools Foundation's Back to School 5k/10k is this Saturday, September 15, 2018 with start time at 7 a.m. The Back to School Dash begins and ends at Overall Creek Elementary and features 5k and 10k USATF certified timed courses.

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More than 100 Jobs to be Filled in Rutherford, Bedford and Davidson Counties
More than 100 Jobs to be Filled in Rutherford, Bedford and Davidson Counties

The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 2955 S. Church St. in Murfreesboro will host a job fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, for four employers seeking to fill more than 100 positions in Rutherford, Bedford and Davidson counties.

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IRS Scam Targets Young Murfreesboro Woman - Turned Victim
IRS Scam Targets Young Murfreesboro Woman - Turned Victim

IRS Scams in Murfreesboro have started up again and it is not even the end of the year yet... The most recent scam was reported by a 22-year-old woman who said she got the call from a "515" area code, which is Iowa.

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Reliant Bank Names Natalie Hughes Branch Manager of New Murfreesboro Location
Reliant Bank Names Natalie Hughes Branch Manager of New Murfreesboro Location

Reliant Bank has announced the selection of Natalie Hughes as AVP, Branch Manager of the bank's new Murfreesboro location at 1835 E. Northfield Blvd.

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Beer Sold at MTSU Game for First Time Saturday
Beer Sold at MTSU Game for First Time Saturday

For the first time ever, MTSU fans were able to buy alcohol at sporting events on campus. The football home opener against UT-Martin on Saturday was the first event.

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Blue Raiders roll to victory in home opener against UT-Martin
Blue Raiders roll to victory in home opener against UT-Martin

It wasn't pretty at times, but a win is a win. That's what Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill told his team after the Blue Raiders (1-1) sent their fans home happy with a 61-37 win over UT Martin (0-2) Saturday at Floyd Stadium.

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Ambitious MTSU fall Honors Lecture Series focuses on 'governors, policies that govern'
Ambitious MTSU fall Honors Lecture Series focuses on 'governors, policies that govern'

One of the most ambitious University Honors College lecture series ever is scheduled for this fall at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Everybody Drum Some Presents Next Community Rhythm Event on Sept. 22
Everybody Drum Some Presents Next Community Rhythm Event on Sept. 22

Murfreesboro area rhythm enthusiasts will gather on the Murfreesboro Public Square the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, for another one of the seasonal community rhythm events presented by Everybody Drum Some.

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Show your true colors by donating at MTSU 'branch battle' blood drive Sept. 11
Show your true colors by donating at MTSU 'branch battle' blood drive Sept. 11

You can help community neighbors across Middle Tennessee and add some red to the white and blue of your favorite U.S. military branch this Tuesday, Sept. 11, by giving lifesaving support at MTSU's annual "Battle of the Branches" blood drive.

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MCS' Gilbert Named 2019 Superintendent of the Year
MCS' Gilbert Named 2019 Superintendent of the Year

The 2019 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year was announced at the state banquet Sunday night in Gatlinburg. This year the honored award recipient was Dr. Linda Gilbert of Murfreesboro City Schools, representing the Mid-Cumberland region of Tennessee.

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Longtime Oakland Swim Coach Doris Coady Passes Away
Longtime Oakland Swim Coach Doris Coady Passes Away

Doris Coady, former Oakland High School swim coach, has passed away.

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COMMENTARY: Senior Officials
COMMENTARY: Senior Officials

We like to teach our journalism students their primary tool is not electronic equipment, but the English language. And we also like to teach them that accuracy is their most important consideration. Unfortunately, putting these two together, language and accuracy, has produced some unusual news stories the past week.

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Estes and Young named chair and vice chair of RC School Board
Estes and Young named chair and vice chair of RC School Board

The Rutherford County Board of Education has a new chairman and vice chairman, along with two new elected members after the departure of two members with a combined 20 years of service.

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MT FB Press Conference for Georgia Game
MT FB Press Conference for Georgia Game

Middle Tennessee Football held their weekly press conference to discuss the win over UT-Martin and look ahead to the next game, which is at Georgia.

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RC Schools Conducting Safety Drills
RC Schools Conducting Safety Drills

Rutherford County Schools will begin conducting safety drills this week at schools, continuing for three weeks.

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Blackman Downs Smyrna & Scoreboard
Blackman Downs Smyrna & Scoreboard

Blackman defeats Smyrna 45-10. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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RCSO Detention Officer Terminated / Charged
RCSO Detention Officer Terminated / Charged

A Rutherford County Detention Center deputy was terminated Friday after being indicted by the grand jury, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

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PREVIEW: Blackman at Smyrna
PREVIEW: Blackman at Smyrna

While Smyrna and Blackman aren't in the same region anymore, that doesn't change the importance of the game for both teams.

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Chef Wangs Closed
Chef Wangs Closed

Chef Wangs Chinese Restaurant is closed.

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Beer sales highlight MTSU football game day changes
Beer sales highlight MTSU football game day changes

For the first time ever, Middle Tennessee will offer alcohol at sporting events this year, and the football home opener will kick it off.

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Mosquito-borne Illness Circulating throughout Tennessee
Mosquito-borne Illness Circulating throughout Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to take preventive steps to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

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Raiders drop opener to Vandy
Raiders drop opener to Vandy

Middle Tennessee dropped a 35-7 decision at Vanderbilt to open the 2018 campaign Saturday in Nashville.

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Motlow Adds Grant to Help Oakland Mechatronics Students
Motlow Adds Grant to Help Oakland Mechatronics Students

Motlow State Community College will receive a $250,000 state grant to help high school students earn two-year degrees in the high-demand field of mechatronics. Part of the grant will help Oakland High School.

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Tennessee Department of Health Urges Steps to Avoid Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Tennessee Department of Health Urges Steps to Avoid Mosquito-Borne Diseases

The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to take preventive steps to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.

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TDOT Halts All Lane Closures for Labor Day Weekend
TDOT Halts All Lane Closures for Labor Day Weekend

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.

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72nd Annual Murfreesboro City Closed Tennis Championship Tournament accepting entries
72nd Annual Murfreesboro City Closed Tennis Championship Tournament accepting entries

The Murfreesboro City Closed Tennis Championship is now accepting entries for its annual tournament which will be held Saturday, September 15 through September 18 at the Adams Tennis Complex (ATC) in Old Fort Park.

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Junior League of Murfreesboro Supports Child Abuse Victims with Snack Drive
Junior League of Murfreesboro Supports Child Abuse Victims with Snack Drive

Junior League of Murfreesboro has a long history of supporting the Child Advocacy Center. At their recent new member retreat Junior League collected snacks and juice boxes for children who visit the Center.

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MTSU students explore part-time job opportunities at fair
MTSU students explore part-time job opportunities at fair

MTSU students filtered into the Student Union Ballroom at a steady rate Thursday (Aug. 30), with about 100 in the opening hour of the Student Employment Fair to find part-time work while going to college.

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MTSU closes Sept. 3 for Labor Day
MTSU closes Sept. 3 for Labor Day

MTSU will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day Holiday. All offices will be closed and no classes will be held.

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Hayes Dismissed from Lady Vols
Hayes Dismissed from Lady Vols

Former Riverdale Lady Warrior prep player Anastasia Hayes has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball program.

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Murfreesboro City Offices closed September 3 for Labor Day holiday
Murfreesboro City Offices closed September 3 for Labor Day holiday

In observance of Labor Day, City of Murfreesboro offices, most Parks & Recreation facilities, and St. Clair Street Senior Center, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

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Riverdale defeats Siegel & Scoreboard
Riverdale defeats Siegel & Scoreboard

Riverdale defeats Siegel 33-25. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Rep. Terry Hosts Town Hall Sept. 4
Rep. Terry Hosts Town Hall Sept. 4

Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) will be kicking off the Tennessee general election season with a special "Tuesday with Dr. Terry Meet and Greet Town Hall". The event is schedule to be held on Tuesday, September 4th.

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PREVIEW: Riverdale at Siegel
PREVIEW: Riverdale at Siegel

Two hungry football teams will suit up for the first region game of the season when Riverdale travels to Siegel Friday night.

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Move planned for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center
Move planned for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center is excited to announce the proud ownership of a new, updated and larger office space. The public office for the center, currently located on East Main Street, will move to the new building located at 1423 Kensington Square Place in Murfreesboro late September.

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McDevitt announces first non-conference schedule
McDevitt announces first non-conference schedule

Middle Tennessee Head Men's Basketball Coach Nick McDevitt revealed Wednesday the 13-game non-conference portion of the Blue Raiders' 2018-19 schedule.

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Healthcare System Suing TennCare
Healthcare System Suing TennCare

A large Tennessee hospital system is suing the state's Medicaid program, TennCare, claiming it's purposefully siphoning money from hospitals that treat the neediest patients in order to favor insurance companies that often employ former TennCare employees.

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New TVA Center to Be Built
New TVA Center to Be Built

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it'll build a $300 million system operations center in the state as part of upgrades to its power grid but some residents have complained the federal utility hasn't been transparent.

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Tennessee Reconnect Receives Record Applications
Tennessee Reconnect Receives Record Applications

Officials say a new program allowing adults to attend community college or technical schools tuition-free in Tennessee has received thousands more applications than anticipated.

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Murfreesboro Man Dies in I-840 Crash
Murfreesboro Man Dies in I-840 Crash

A crash on I-840 in Williamson County claims the life of a Murfreesboro man.

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UPDATE: Kirkwood Ave. Man Convicted on Sexual Related Charges Against 9 Year Old
UPDATE: Kirkwood Ave. Man Convicted on Sexual Related Charges Against 9 Year Old

A 30-year old Kirkwood Avenue man has been convicted on sexual battery by an authority figure charges in Murfreesboro...

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Blackman Middle Teacher Suspended
Blackman Middle Teacher Suspended

A Blackman Middle School teacher has been suspended after having an alleged inappropriate verbal altercation with a student during class.

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RCSO Explorer Post Golf Tournament
RCSO Explorer Post Golf Tournament

Teams of golfers and sponsors are needed for a tournament sponsored by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 116.

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Active Shooter Training Open to Area Citizens
Active Shooter Training Open to Area Citizens

Would you know how to respond in an active shooter situation? Did you know 80-percent of active shooter events occur in the workplace? The Better Business Bureau wants to help. They're hosting an active shooter workshop.

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Work Center Re-Accredited
Work Center Re-Accredited

The Rutherford County Correctional Work Center has formally received their American Correctional Association (ACA) re-accreditation.

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Nissan Invests Millions to Produce Altima Sedan
Nissan Invests Millions to Produce Altima Sedan

Nissan has announced it will pump 170-million dollars into it's assembly plant here in Smyrna and another in Mississippi to produce the new Altima sedan.

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Message of Hope and Mercy at MTSU  Convocation
Message of Hope and Mercy at MTSU Convocation

Alabama attorney and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson left thousands of new and returning MTSU students and others with a message of hope and mercy when he spoke Saturday (Aug. 25) at the 17th Middle Tennessee State University Convocation in Murphy Center.

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TVA Approves Rate Increase
TVA Approves Rate Increase

The Tennessee Valley Authority is all set for another year, as their Board of Directors approved a $10.55 billion budget Wednesday, which begins October 1.

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Jordan Reflects on Years as School Board Chairman
Jordan Reflects on Years as School Board Chairman

The Rutherford County School Board will soon elect a new chairman. Current Chairman Jeff Jordan, who decided not to seek a third year leading the board, reflects on highlights of the last two years.

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COMMENTARY: Mass Comm Education
COMMENTARY: Mass Comm Education

Classes start at MTSU this week, and as Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris says more than 20-thousand students come back to campus, there's a big question he'll get.

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Former SRO Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
Former SRO Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

The lawsuit against a former Rutherford County Sheriff's school resource officer has been settled.

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Coach Stockstill Press Conference for Vanderbilt Game
Coach Stockstill Press Conference for Vanderbilt Game

Coach Rick Stockstill speaks at the opening season press conference about their upcoming game with Vanderbilt on Saturday. You can hear the game here on NewsRadio WGNS beginning at 5pm pregame.

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Ketron Resigns Senate; Sworn In As County Mayor Thursday
Ketron Resigns Senate; Sworn In As County Mayor Thursday

State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) resigned Monday as senator for the 13th District in Tennessee effective August 31, two months before his term of office is set to expire. Ketron will take office as Rutherford County Mayor on September 1 and state law prohibits holding certain public offices at the same time.

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Maryville Edges Oakland & Scoreboard
Maryville Edges Oakland & Scoreboard

Maryville edges Oakland 24-21. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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PREVIEW: Oakland at Maryville
PREVIEW: Oakland at Maryville

The state's top two ranked Class 6A football teams. In a rematch of last year's state semifinals playoff game, Oakland returns to Maryville.

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Large grant to be awarded to the Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department
Large grant to be awarded to the Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department

With the grant money, it expands the possibility of opening another location to better serve the growing population...

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Have you lost an iPad? Perhaps Mr. James found it?
Have you lost an iPad? Perhaps Mr. James found it?

A Murfreesboro man found an iPad and told WGNS he wants to get it back into the hands of the proper owner. Thomas James stated

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Providence Christian Academy Growing in Murfreesboro
Providence Christian Academy Growing in Murfreesboro

Providence Christian Academy has experienced unprecedented growth in student enrollment again this year. The total enrollment for students in PreK- 12th grade has increased nearly 40% over the past two years. PCA now has more than 530 students enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Prescription Opioids Most Common Drugs Linked to TN Overdose Deaths
Prescription Opioids Most Common Drugs Linked to TN Overdose Deaths

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,776 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2017, the highest annual number of such deaths since reporting began. Prescription opioids are still the most common drugs associated with overdose deaths in Tennessee.

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La Vergne Fire Chief Passes Away
La Vergne Fire Chief Passes Away

Rick McCormick, the La Vergne Fire Chief, passed away. He was 49-years old. Details surrounding his sudden passing have not been released.

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Stewarts Creek Defeats Siegel & Scoreboard
Stewarts Creek Defeats Siegel & Scoreboard

Stewarts Creek used a strong second half to push past Siegel 28-0 to open the 2018 prep football season. PLUS, scores on every Rutherford County football game.

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Blackburn, Bredesen, Dean and Lee to speak to stakeholders and leaders from across Tennessee about the OPIOID CRISIS
Blackburn, Bredesen, Dean and Lee to speak to stakeholders and leaders from across Tennessee about the OPIOID CRISIS

In a statement announcing the summit, Dr. Manny Sethi, founder of Healthy Tennessee said "I have traveled to every corner of Tennessee, and the opioid crisis has touched every community in our state

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PREVIEW: Siegel at Stewarts Creek
PREVIEW: Siegel at Stewarts Creek

All football teams have questions to answer going into the first prep game of the season. Siegel and Stewarts Creek are no different.

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UPDATE: Fatal Crash on Halls Hill Pike
UPDATE: Fatal Crash on Halls Hill Pike

We have more on the fatal accident on Halls Hill Pike. We now know 52-year old Keith Smith was killed in the crash and two passengers in the vehicle were hurt. It happened on Halls Hill Pike, near Kittrell Road about 3pm Monday.

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MFRD Welcomes Five Fire Trainees and Three Firefighters
MFRD Welcomes Five Fire Trainees and Three Firefighters

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department welcomed five Fire Trainees and three Firefighters last week.

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Tennessee Democrats to meet for press conference in Murfreesboro Wednesday
Tennessee Democrats to meet for press conference in Murfreesboro Wednesday

With under 90 days to go until the general election, Tennessee Democrats are excited to come together as a united party and win more seats up and down the ballot.

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Fire at MTSU Tennis Courts
Fire at MTSU Tennis Courts

The Fire Marshal is investigating a fire at the Bouldin Tennis Center on the MTSU campus. Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue responded to the fire just after 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

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CDC Warns about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
CDC Warns about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now warning five states, including Tennessee about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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Prep Football for 2018 Season Kicks Off Friday
Prep Football for 2018 Season Kicks Off Friday

High school football is back. Rutherford County football teams will be preparing this week for the first battle of the season on Friday.

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Pedestrian Hurt in Hit & Run in La Vergne
Pedestrian Hurt in Hit & Run in La Vergne

A pedestrian was hurt after a hit and run crash in La Vergne.

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Nobody's Grille Closed
Nobody's Grille Closed

It appears the nine year run of Nobody's Grille in Murfreesboro is over. According to the Facebook page New Stores in Murfreesboro, Nobody's will not renew their lease and have closed.

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Oakland, Eagleville students named national finalists for FFA proficiency awards
Oakland, Eagleville students named national finalists for FFA proficiency awards

(MURFREESBORO) -- The National FFA Organization has announced that Kaitlin Taylor of Oakland High School and Matthew Roberson of Eagleville School were each selected as national finalists for the National FFA Proficiency Award.

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Person in Crisis on St. Andrews Drive
Person in Crisis on St. Andrews Drive

A large police presence at a St. Andrews Drive apartment complex snarled traffic and raised curiosity Monday morning.

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Small Fire at Cheddar's in Murfreesboro
Small Fire at Cheddar's in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department officials are investigating a small fire that occurred at the Cheddar's restaurant.

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Dietrich joins First National Bank of Middle Tennessee
Dietrich joins First National Bank of Middle Tennessee

A well-known, service-oriented community banker has joined the staff of First National Bank of Middle Tennessee, Brian Wilcox, executive vice president, announced.

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Uncle Bud's to Open 'Boro Location in September
Uncle Bud's to Open 'Boro Location in September

Murfreesboro used to be a place with several catfish restaurants. While that's not necessarily the case any longer, a mid-state favorite is locating here.

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TSSAA to Consider Rockvale High Membership
TSSAA to Consider Rockvale High Membership

The TSSAA Board of Control will meet on Monday (August 13th) to consider, among other business, a request for membership from Rockvale High School.

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Survivors of Cardiac Arrest Set
Survivors of Cardiac Arrest Set

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service (RCEMS) is having a first ever "Survivors of Cardiac Arrest" event on August 15th, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. At the City of LaVergne Multipurpose Building located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road, LaVergne, TN.

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More growth and more living around the Murfreesboro Square
More growth and more living around the Murfreesboro Square

The downtown square and the area around the historic area is poised for development and mixed-use growth.

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Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland
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Pedestrian Killed on S. Church Street
Pedestrian Killed on S. Church Street

Murfreesboro Police FACT investigators are looking into a crash which resulted in a pedestrian killed on South Church Street.

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Murder at 614 East State, near Ewing Boulevard
Murder at 614 East State, near Ewing Boulevard

Murfreesboro Police are investigating a murder. It happened Monday around 9pm at 614 East Street near Ewing Boulevard.

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Scams continue for Murfreesboro Electric Customers
Scams continue for Murfreesboro Electric Customers

Scams continue in Murfreesboro that involve the customers of Murfreesboro Electric. Spokesperson Amy Byers stated...

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New Law in Action Now - No talking or texting on phone in school zones
New Law in Action Now - No talking or texting on phone in school zones

With schools now open again, motorists in school zones should be aware that talking on a cell phone with the device in hand is now illegal in an active school zone.

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ICYMI: Blue Raider Football Kickoff Press Conference
ICYMI: Blue Raider Football Kickoff Press Conference

Hear what head coach Rick Stockstill, his coordinators and players have to say about the upcoming Blue Raider football season. And don't forget, NewsRadio WGNS is the flagship station for Middle Tennessee sports. Hear every snap of the season right here!

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AUGUST 2ND ELECTION RESULTS
AUGUST 2ND ELECTION RESULTS

As the election results come in, WGNS will have "LIVE" coverage on-air (FM 101.9, FM 100.5, AM 1450) and streaming here at WGNSRadio.com. Plus, you can check out the results here and keep up with Rutherford County and statewide results you want to know.

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County Commission Races
County Commission Races

There were several contested races for Rutherford County Commission seats.

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City and County School Board Races
City and County School Board Races

There were several seats on both the Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City School Boards up for grabs in Thursday's general election.

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Kent Syler Comments on Election News
Kent Syler Comments on Election News

Kent Syler, Political Science Professor at MTSU, talks local, state and national politics with NewsRadio WGNS. He discusses many issues that will face voters not only today (Thursday 8-2-18) in the county general and state primary, but in the state and federal general election in November.

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Fatal Accident on West Jefferson Pike
Fatal Accident on West Jefferson Pike

A two vehicle crash claims a life on West Jefferson Pike, between Murfreesboro and Smyrna.

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M'boro City Council: Scales-Harris, LaLance & Martin Win
M'boro City Council: Scales-Harris, LaLance & Martin Win

Incumbents Madelyn Scales Harris and Rick LaLance were returned by Murfreesboro voters to the city council while newcomer Ronnie Martin took the third seat.

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Bill Ketron is County Mayor
Bill Ketron is County Mayor

State Senator Bill Ketron is County Mayor-Elect after receiving 62-percent of the vote.

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Fitzhugh Elected Sheriff
Fitzhugh Elected Sheriff

Appointed in January 2017, Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh won election to office.

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White Defeats Burgess for State Senate's GOP Nomination
White Defeats Burgess for State Senate's GOP Nomination

State Representative Dawn White defeated County Mayor Ernest Burgess for the State Senate, District 13 Republican nomination.

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City Cafe Straw Poll Shows Tight Races
City Cafe Straw Poll Shows Tight Races

City Cafe patrons weigh in on the upcoming election, showing some races will be very close if their straw poll ballots are any indication.

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No Smoking in Public Housing as of July 31, 2018
No Smoking in Public Housing as of July 31, 2018

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing units across Tennessee and the U.S. effective July 31, 2018. The smoke-free rule is part of a larger ///

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MPD Detective Shot in Leg
MPD Detective Shot in Leg

A Murfreesboro Police Detective was shot in the leg while working with other officers in execution of a search warrant.

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Ichiban Japanese Restaurant Open
Ichiban Japanese Restaurant Open

More than a year after announcing they'd close the popular downtown Nashville location, Ichiban Japanese Restaurant on Northwest Broad is open.

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Early Voting Over, Push to Thursday for Candidates
Early Voting Over, Push to Thursday for Candidates

Early voting is over and the push to Thursday is on. Alan Farley predicts "record vote", and huge savings in cost of election!.

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Retailers Cash in on Sales Tax Holiday Weekend
Retailers Cash in on Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

It wasn't a holiday from work, but the sales tax holiday weekend in Tennessee has many retailers smiling today.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Participates in Statewide
Tennessee Highway Patrol Participates in Statewide "Safe on Seventy" Traffic Enforcement Campaign

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO), Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee in an effort to keep one of the state's busiest roads safe.

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Murfreesboro Teen Airlifted After Smithville Motorcycle Crash
Murfreesboro Teen Airlifted After Smithville Motorcycle Crash

A 16 year old Murfreesboro boy was airlifted after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon on Dale Ridge Road in Smithville.

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Mother of Missing Local Teen Fights to Change AMBER Alert System
Mother of Missing Local Teen Fights to Change AMBER Alert System

Heather Simmers is hoping by speaking out, she can help lead the change to Tennessee's AMBER Alert system.

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COMMENTARY: Viral Baseball Video
COMMENTARY: Viral Baseball Video

Back in the good ol' days, and you know when those were, you had to wait probably 24 hours for the latest news, which meant reporters had a lot of time to gather information, clear up conflicts and put together a fairly comprehensive review of the truth.

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Burgess to serve one term, donate salary & forgo per diem
Burgess to serve one term, donate salary & forgo per diem

Ernest Burgess, current Rutherford County Mayor and Republican candidate in the 13th senatorial district, announced today his "Rutherford First Pledge" for District 13.

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MTSU REPORT: Optimism remains amid concerns about future economic pace
MTSU REPORT: Optimism remains amid concerns about future economic pace

"Even though the decline in the Tennessee Business Barometer appears significant, it is not a cause for alarm," said Tim Graeff, MTSU marketing professor and coordinator of the index through the Office of Consumer Research in MTSU's Jones College of Business.

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Seat Belt Checkpoint in Walter Hill This Week
Seat Belt Checkpoint in Walter Hill This Week

Six people were not wearing seat belts when they were killed in traffic crashes this year in Rutherford County, a sheriff's corporal said.

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Motlow Joins Achieving the Dream National Reform Network
Motlow Joins Achieving the Dream National Reform Network

Motlow State Community College has strengthened its commitment to improving student success by becoming part of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Reform Network.

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Cyber Bullying a big issue in Rutherford County Schools as the SRO Program Celebrates an Anniversary
Cyber Bullying a big issue in Rutherford County Schools as the SRO Program Celebrates an Anniversary

Retired Sheriff Truman Jones started the SRO Program in Rutherford County in the early 1990's with five officers in five schools. Today, SROs are working in all 47 county schools helping to assure students safety and education.

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Whittle to Be Inducted to Journalism Hall of Fame
Whittle to Be Inducted to Journalism Hall of Fame

You hear his wit on the Truman Show. You've read his articles in local newspapers for many years. And now, Dan Whittle will soon be a member of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

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Four Long-Time Employees Retire from MFRD
Four Long-Time Employees Retire from MFRD

Four long-time Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department employees are retiring after a combined 131 years of service to the City.

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RCSO Detective Fired
RCSO Detective Fired

A 20-year veteran Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective is under investigation.

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MTSU renews academic partnership with Ningbo University in China
MTSU renews academic partnership with Ningbo University in China

Middle Tennessee State University renewed an academic partnership that allows actuarial science students enrolled at a Chinese university to finish their classwork and earn their degree at the Murfreesboro campus.

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Registration continues for girls' Oct. 27 math-science event at MTSU
Registration continues for girls' Oct. 27 math-science event at MTSU

Registration is underway for the 22nd annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at MTSU, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

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Last Week of Early Voting in Rutherford County
Last Week of Early Voting in Rutherford County

Nearly 10-thousand Rutherford Countians have voted early for the August 2nd county general and state primary elections.

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Hale Outpaces DesJarlais in Fundraising
Hale Outpaces DesJarlais in Fundraising

The Christopher Hale for Tennessee Campaign raised over $40,000 in the first six weeks according to the campaign's financial disclosure. This figure well outpaced Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais for the same time period, according to the Hale campaign.

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Rutherford County Schools and Overcrowding
Rutherford County Schools and Overcrowding

As students head back to schools in a few weeks, parents will notice construction at some and portables at others as Rutherford County Schools scrambles to keep up with population growth.

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Senators Congratulate Murfreesboro City Schools
Senators Congratulate Murfreesboro City Schools

State Senator Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) and Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) congratulated students, parents and the staff in the Murfreesboro Public School District for being identified as a top 10 district based on improvement in 6-8 grade English language arts (ELA).

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Mobile Food Pantry this Saturday in Murfreesboro
Mobile Food Pantry this Saturday in Murfreesboro

A mobile food pantry will take place this Saturday at Greenhouse Ministries on Spring Street.

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TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 2AM SATURDAY
TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 2AM SATURDAY

A TORNADO WATCH is in effect for Rutherford County until 2am. High winds, hail and isolated tornadoes are possible all across Middle Tennessee.

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Nunnally Announces Candidacy for RuCo Commission
Nunnally Announces Candidacy for RuCo Commission

Stacy Nunnally wants to bring a new energy and fresh perspective to the County Commission. She is running for County Commissioner in District 19 in the August 2 county and local general election.

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Lighting Deaths Up in Tennessee
Lighting Deaths Up in Tennessee

Lightning deaths are at a 10-year high in Tennessee and make up for 25 percent of deadly lightning strikes nationwide.

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Council Passes Rezoning of Westlawn PUD
Council Passes Rezoning of Westlawn PUD

Homeowners expressed concern over what type of buildings may be established on this portion of the development even after being assured that any development proposed within this area will meet the GDO design...

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Drunken Joyride & Multi-County Chase Ends in Arrest
Drunken Joyride & Multi-County Chase Ends in Arrest

A woman is in the Rutherford County jail after being accused of going on a drunken joyride in a stolen, high dollar Corvette.

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Fatal Crash at Middle Tennessee and Lascassas
Fatal Crash at Middle Tennessee and Lascassas

A crash at the intersection of West Clark Boulevard - Middle Tennessee Boulevard and Lascassas Highway claims the life of a 61-year old Murfreesboro man.

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Arnold Seeking Presidential Pardon
Arnold Seeking Presidential Pardon

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is seeking a presidential pardon.

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Changes Coming to Square Parking Limits
Changes Coming to Square Parking Limits

Since the new Judicial Center and new Rutherford County parking garage opened, citizens have raised concerns over parking regulations on the downtown square. The city has taken a step that will lessen those parking restrictions.

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Early Voting Strong in Rutherford County
Early Voting Strong in Rutherford County

Early voting continues to be strong in Rutherford County. Through Wednesday, there were over 68-hundred early votes cast.

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RCSO Safe Exchange Zone in Operation
RCSO Safe Exchange Zone in Operation

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office has created a secure place for online buyers and sellers to trade.

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Local Chicken Bandit Sought
Local Chicken Bandit Sought

The search is on in Murfreesboro for a chicken bandit.

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Shimming Can Steal Bank Information
Shimming Can Steal Bank Information

A new technique called "shimming" is another way scammers can steal your bank account information - even if your card has a chip.

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Tennessee's Sales Tax is the Highest in the Country
Tennessee's Sales Tax is the Highest in the Country

Tennessee no longer has the second highest sales tax rate in the country. It's now the highest - if only slightly.

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PHOTOS: City Breaks Ground on 13th Elementary School
PHOTOS: City Breaks Ground on 13th Elementary School

Murfreesboro City Schools officially broke ground on the 13th elementary school in the system.

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Thomas named a Doak Walker candidate
Thomas named a Doak Walker candidate

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum released the preseason candidates for the 2018 Doak Walker Award and Middle Tennessee's Tavares Thomas made the list. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation's top college running back.

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Motlow joins Achieving the Dream National Reform Network
Motlow joins Achieving the Dream National Reform Network

Motlow State Community College has strengthened its commitment to improving student success by becoming part of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Reform Network. ATD, the nonprofit leading a movement to ensure student success for colleges that champion educational equity, continues to expand its Network with the addition of 20 colleges in 2018.

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Delta partnership to thrust MTSU student pilots, alums to careers
Delta partnership to thrust MTSU student pilots, alums to careers

MTSU's partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will not only be a boon for the aerospace department's professional pilot majors, including student veterans, but also for prospective students, the department's growth and potentially Delta's major hubs in Nashville, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

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MCS Teacher Chosen as State Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award
MCS Teacher Chosen as State Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

Dr. Heather Knox, a fifth-grade mathematics teacher at Northfield Elementary, has been selected as a Tennessee State Finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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MT QB Stockstill named to Davey O'Brien list
MT QB Stockstill named to Davey O'Brien list

The Davey O'Brien Foundation unveiled the 2018 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, a group that includes 26 of the nation's top college quarterbacks and Middle Tennessee's Brent Stockstill is among the elite for the third straight year.

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Small Business Endorses Rep. Sparks
Small Business Endorses Rep. Sparks

The NFIB Tennessee Political Action Committee has endorsed State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) in the 49th House District race. The PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

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Delta partners with MTSU Aerospace through Innovative Propel Program
Delta partners with MTSU Aerospace through Innovative Propel Program

Delta is launching the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program to identify and mentor the next generation of pilots and the Middle Tennessee State University Department of Aerospace has been selected as one of eight initial collegiate partners.

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Murfreesboro Electric Battles Storms & Critters in Summer
Murfreesboro Electric Battles Storms & Critters in Summer

Summer time thunderstorms and pesky critters can sometimes be a problem for electric power crews.

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Special 'Boro Council Meeting on Reorganization & Other Issues
Special 'Boro Council Meeting on Reorganization & Other Issues

The Murfreesboro City Council will have a special meeting this week to discuss issues like reorganization, building security and remodeling, economic development and future council workshops.

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Communities Help Needed for Local Cancer Patient
Communities Help Needed for Local Cancer Patient

The roommate of a Murfreesboro man battling cancer needs the communities help.

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MTSU extends its China education exchange program for K-12 students
MTSU extends its China education exchange program for K-12 students

Dancing, singing and classroom work greeted Nashville-area schoolchildren, parents and educators in China Monday as Middle Tennessee State University renewed its exchange with a top Chinese magnet school system.

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Duo Face Drug Charges After Stopped for Stolen Vehicle
Duo Face Drug Charges After Stopped for Stolen Vehicle

Two Murfreesboro women are behind bars after being stopped by local police in an alleged stolen vehicle.

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MTSU Campus Rec lifting student toward 100-pound weight loss goal
MTSU Campus Rec lifting student toward 100-pound weight loss goal

In the fall of 2016, MTSU student Caleb King had no idea that an elective class would change his outlook on his health -- and change his life for the better. A 100-pound weight loss journey that started in the Murphy Center and became permanent at the MTSU Recreation Center, better known as the Rec, now leaves King only 15 pounds away from his desired weight.

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Man Jailed in Rutherford County Facing Nashville Murder
Man Jailed in Rutherford County Facing Nashville Murder

Davidson County authorities have levied murder charges against a man presently jailed in Rutherford County.

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Hale Launches Volunteer Effort in Bid for Congress
Hale Launches Volunteer Effort in Bid for Congress

This weekend, Congressional Candidate Christopher Hale will join volunteers and supporters across the 16 counties of Tennessee's 4th District to engage voters as part of what the campaign is calling "the biggest volunteer weekend in Tennessee Democratic Congressional history."

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Upcoming Events at Rutherford County Library System
Upcoming Events at Rutherford County Library System

The Rutherford County Library System is growing and WGNS is working to highlight positive new changes.

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MT FB: Four Blue Raiders on Preseason Team
MT FB: Four Blue Raiders on Preseason Team

Four Middle Tennessee football players were named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference USA.

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Phillips Outraises DesJarlais For The Second Consecutive Quarter
Phillips Outraises DesJarlais For The Second Consecutive Quarter

According to her campaign, Mariah Phillips, a public school teacher and candidate for Congress in Tennessee's 4th District, raised over $76,000 in Q2, bringing her total fundraising to nearly $300,000.

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MT QB Stockstill named to Maxwell list
MT QB Stockstill named to Maxwell list

Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List for the 82nd annual award given each year to the nation's top football player.

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Prostitution Investigation Lands Two in Jail
Prostitution Investigation Lands Two in Jail

A 46-year old Antioch man and a 23-year old Smyrna woman have been arrested for promoting prostitution at the Quality Inn on South Church Street in Murfreesboro.

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Arrest After Alleged Drug Manufacturing in Local Motel
Arrest After Alleged Drug Manufacturing in Local Motel

A 30-year old Murfreesboro man has been arrested by local police after receiving an anonymous call saying drugs were being manufactured and sold out of the Regal Inn on South Church Street.

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Indecent Exposure at Campus Crossings
Indecent Exposure at Campus Crossings

A 20-year old resident of Campus Crossings reports to Murfreesboro Police a man exposed himself to her.

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Pickup Game at Old Fort Park Leads to Robbery
Pickup Game at Old Fort Park Leads to Robbery

A 20-year old Wedgewood Street man is robbed by two men after playing a pickup game of basketball with them at Old Fort Park.

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Rutherford Co. Library's TEC Grand Opening Wednesday
Rutherford Co. Library's TEC Grand Opening Wednesday

A new kind of library is opening in Murfreesboro. State and civic leaders, community representatives and residents are coming together to celebrate the ribbon cutting on Wednesday (July 18) at 10 a.m. The Technology Engagement Center, or TEC, will serve residents as a technology training center and provide meeting and maker spaces for all ages.

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CAPTURED: Lincoln Co. Man on TBI's 10 Most Wanted
CAPTURED: Lincoln Co. Man on TBI's 10 Most Wanted

A fugitive who was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list over the weekend is now in custody after being captured in Davidson County.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days a HUGE Success This Year
Uncle Dave Macon Days a HUGE Success This Year

The 41st annual Uncle Dave Macon Days didn't disappoint. The music festival held each July in Cannonsbugh Pioneer Villiage in Murfreesboro honors traditional American music and the career of Dave Macon, the first Grand Ole Opry superstar.

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Rep. Sparks Receives Housing Hero Award From Rutherford Home Builders Association
Rep. Sparks Receives Housing Hero Award From Rutherford Home Builders Association

Legislative leader honored for advocacy of affordable housing and area builders. State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) received the Housing Hero Award from the Rutherford County Home Builders Association (RCHBA) last week.

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Southern Gospel Showcased at MTSU Music Camp
Southern Gospel Showcased at MTSU Music Camp

Fifty participants at the Ben Speer's Stamps-Baxter School of Music soaked in more than 90 years of tradition as they learned different ways to better communicate the Southern Gospel sound

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Signing Day for City School Teachers
Signing Day for City School Teachers

Signing day is not just for athletes anymore. Murfreesboro City Schools will hold the signing day event for new teachers on Tuesday between 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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FDA Warns of Online Medication Scam
FDA Warns of Online Medication Scam

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers of a new scam that involves fake government warning letters being sent to people who buy medications online or on the phone.

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La Vergne Man Robbed at Gun Point at 'Boro Apartment Complex
La Vergne Man Robbed at Gun Point at 'Boro Apartment Complex

Murfreesboro Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at gun point that occurred at a Willowbrook Drive apartment complex.

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Road Rage Incident at Memorial/East Clark Intersection
Road Rage Incident at Memorial/East Clark Intersection

A road rage incident is being looked into by Murfreesboro Police that happened near the intersection of Memorial and East Clark Boulevards.

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Tennessee Consumers Have New Levels of Protection
Tennessee Consumers Have New Levels of Protection

It's Christmas in July for Tennessee consumers as lawmakers prioritized consumer protection in the last legislative session, and this month many of those new laws take effect.

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Suspicious Fire of Flat Rock Road Home
Suspicious Fire of Flat Rock Road Home

A Flat Rock Road home is a total loss after a fire.

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Heroin Arrest on Maymont Drive
Heroin Arrest on Maymont Drive

As part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of heroin and cocaine in the county, Rutherford County Sheriff's narcotics detectives recovered about 1-1/2 ounces of heroin valued at $2,500 and about one-half ounce of cocaine valued at $600 during a search warrant Friday at a Maymont Drive home in Murfreesboro.

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Early Voting is Underway
Early Voting is Underway

With political campaigns in their final weeks, early voting for the August 2nd county general and state primary elections is underway. It will end July 28th.

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Birdsong and Harris Named Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year
Birdsong and Harris Named Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year

Middle Tennessee announced Blue Raider softball players Morgan Harris and Precious Birdsong are the school's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

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Operation Southern Shield to Crack Down on Speeders
Operation Southern Shield to Crack Down on Speeders

Law enforcement agencies across the southeast are gearing up to put the brakes on high-speed drivers.

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Candidates for Governor Spending $$$
Candidates for Governor Spending $$$

Four Republicans have spent $33 million-plus in Tennessee's primary for governor, unleashing about $33 million of personal wealth.

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Federal Grants to Help Veterans Find Jobs
Federal Grants to Help Veterans Find Jobs

The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs.

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More Heat & Humidity for Rutherford County
More Heat & Humidity for Rutherford County

Expect the heat and humidity to continue to keep its grip on Rutherford County through the week.

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Missing Murfreesboro Woman Found
Missing Murfreesboro Woman Found

Murfreesboro Police have found a missing woman last seen on Fairfax Drive.

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High schoolers ponder multimedia careers at MTSU Innovation J-Camp
High schoolers ponder multimedia careers at MTSU Innovation J-Camp

Central Magnet High School student Moyin Onafowokan was eager to be a part of this year's Innovation J-Camp at MTSU because she knew there would be "new."

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No Smoking in Public Housing
No Smoking in Public Housing

Smoking will no longer be allowed inside public housing nationwide starting on July 31.

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Omni Hut Back Open for Business
Omni Hut Back Open for Business

A Smyrna favorite is back open. The Omni Hut Restaurant welcomed in customers for the first time since being forced to close in April to revamp their business model.

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"In God We Trust" to be displayed in Tennessee All Schools

The bill says local districts shall require each school to display 'In God We Trust" in a prominent location such as an entry, cafeteria or common area.

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Judge Rules people who can't pay Court Costs can keep their Driver's Licenses
Judge Rules people who can't pay Court Costs can keep their Driver's Licenses

A federal judge has struck down a law that allowed Tennessee officials to revoke driver's licenses for defendants who did not pay court costs.

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MTSU Professor and the Flow of News / Information in the National Media
MTSU Professor and the Flow of News / Information in the National Media

Some want to stop the flow of information that comes from big market NEWS media nationwide... One MTSU professor has a few thoughts on the subject.

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Murfreesboro Parks want YOUR Input
Murfreesboro Parks want YOUR Input

The City of Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation Department will hold a public input meeting regarding existing and future facilities and programs of the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Heroin Overdose at Apartment Complex in Murfreesboro
Heroin Overdose at Apartment Complex in Murfreesboro

Paramedics responded to an address at Olympus Hillwood Apartments on Monday night where they found an unresponsive man in a bathroom.

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MFRD and MPD coordinate safety efforts for Fourth of July
MFRD and MPD coordinate safety efforts for Fourth of July

As the Fourth of July approaches, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department and Murfreesboro Police Department are coordinating efforts to keep our community safe.

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Massaro tabs Blackburn as new Senior Associate AD
Massaro tabs Blackburn as new Senior Associate AD

David Blackburn, the former Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at Chattanooga, has been hired as Middle Tennessee's Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs as announced by Blue Raider Director of Athletics Chris Massaro on Monday. Blackburn takes over for Whit Turnbow who stepped down in May.

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Murfreesboro offices closing for Independence Day holiday July 4
Murfreesboro offices closing for Independence Day holiday July 4

In observance of Independence Day, City Hall and most other City offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018. St. Clair Street Senior Center will be closed. Rover, the City's public transportation system, will not run on Independence Day.

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Tennessee Promise Community Service Deadline is July 1
Tennessee Promise Community Service Deadline is July 1

All current and incoming Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise students have until July 1 to complete and submit eight hours of community service in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

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Jim Toman Named MTSU Baseball Coach
Jim Toman Named MTSU Baseball Coach

Jim Toman has been named the 22nd head coach of Blue Raider baseball.

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Rutherford County's Eldest Resident Turns 107 Today
Rutherford County's Eldest Resident Turns 107 Today

Rutherford County's eldest resident turns 107 years young today (Tuesday). Mary Soper was born in 1911 in Wayne County. Mary moved to Rutherford County in 1988.

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MPD Administrative Offices on the Move
MPD Administrative Offices on the Move

The administrative and alarm offices of the Murfreesboro Police Department were closed Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday in the new headquarters building.

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Shelbyville Man Wins $2 Million
Shelbyville Man Wins $2 Million

Twice was nice for a lucky Shelbyville man, who won big the second time he played Powerball.

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Postponements-Weir Trial Delayed for 4th Time
Postponements-Weir Trial Delayed for 4th Time

The 47-year-old Weir is facing a 16-count indictment after being charged with having sex with a 15-year-old Coffee County student in 2015.

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UW Helps Community Save $3.1M on Prescriptions
UW Helps Community Save $3.1M on Prescriptions

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and FamilyWize announced that local community members have saved three-point-one-million dollars on prescription medications through the organizations' partnership.

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MTSU-led math conference makes IMPACT with K-8 teachers
MTSU-led math conference makes IMPACT with K-8 teachers

With multiple MTSU degrees mostly in the science fields but taking a new position as an instructional coach at Nashville Collegiate Academy, Chatoria Franklin "had light bulbs going off" Thursday (June 14) during the Project IMPACT summer conference at Coffee County Middle School.

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Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Remains Low
Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Remains Low

Tennessee's May 2018 statewide unemployment rate of 3.5 percent marked the 11th consecutive month the figure has been 3.5 percent or lower.

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Honor Flight Recruiting Veterans
Honor Flight Recruiting Veterans

The next "Honor Flight" of Middle Tennessee will take off on September 26th. The Honor Flight team is currently recruiting WWII, Korean & Vietnam Veterans.

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Bear Sightings Normal for Spring
Bear Sightings Normal for Spring

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency obtains more phone calls about bear activity in the spring than any other time during the year.

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First Hemp Dispensary in TN Opens in Murfreesboro
First Hemp Dispensary in TN Opens in Murfreesboro

The first hemp dispensary in Tennessee opens in Murfreesboro. Tennessee Hemp Supply is located at 1370 West Clark Boulevard, selling hemp from Tennessee farms.

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COMMENTARY: Polls -- Again!
COMMENTARY: Polls -- Again!

It's been said, perhaps facetiously, a definition of insanity is doing the same thing time after time and expecting different results. MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris says, following blunder after blunder, he would think the pollsters would finally get the message: they can't seem to get it right.

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Not All Local Walmart's Open 24-Hours
Not All Local Walmart's Open 24-Hours

The next time you need to make an overnight run to Walmart, you may find the store closed as several locations are no longer open 24-hours a day.

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69th Annual Blackman Barbecue is Friday
69th Annual Blackman Barbecue is Friday

The Blackman Barbecue has been a Rutherford County tradition for decades. In fact, this Friday's event is the 69th.

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Hodges announces resignation from Lady Raider staff
Hodges announces resignation from Lady Raider staff

Longtime Middle Tennessee women's basketball assistant Tom Hodges will be leaving the coaching staff to join his family business, Lady Raider Head Coach Rick Insell has announced.

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Three Blue Raider men's basketball players no longer on team
Three Blue Raider men's basketball players no longer on team

Middle Tennessee Head Men's Basketball Coach Nick McDevitt announced today that three student-athletes are no longer with the program.

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More Area Prep Coaching Changes
More Area Prep Coaching Changes

Jennifer Fernandez has been named the second head coach in the history of Stewarts Creek High School. Bob Fortel is the new head coach at Blackman. He replaces Jesse Messick, who last week took a job on the school's baseball staff.

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Accuplacer Assessment Testing set for Motlow
Accuplacer Assessment Testing set for Motlow

Motlow State Community College is offering the Accuplacer Assessment Test at all Motlow campuses multiple times through the 2018 calendar year.

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Josephson Named Riverdale Girls Basketball Coach
Josephson Named Riverdale Girls Basketball Coach

Amy Josephson has been named the next Riverdale girls head basketball coach. Principal Ryan Nance made the announcement Monday.

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Highway 231 (Memorial Blvd) at Cherry Lane Closed After Crash
Highway 231 (Memorial Blvd) at Cherry Lane Closed After Crash

Highway 231 - also known as Memorial Boulevard and Lebanon Road - at Cherry Lane is closed while authorities work to clear an accident involving a tractor trailer, which is down a 10-foot embankment. It happened around 10:30 Friday morning.

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Riverdale FFA Hosting 2nd Annual Free Fishing Day June 16th
Riverdale FFA Hosting 2nd Annual Free Fishing Day June 16th

Have you thought about fishing but never have because you're inexperienced? Do you have kids you'd like to take fishing? Then the free fishing day, put on by Riverdale FFA, is for you. It will be held on Saturday, July 16th from 8am until 12pm at the Lane Agri-Park on John R. Rice Boulevard (down from Sam's and next door to PAWS).

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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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Wendi Scott Named Lady Blaze Basketball Coach
Wendi Scott Named Lady Blaze Basketball Coach

Wendi Scott is the next head coach of the Blackman Lady Blaze girls basketball program. She takes over for Jessica Jackson, who left to become an assistant principal at Blackman Middle School.

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MURFREESBORO MURDER: Update on a local Murder Case
MURFREESBORO MURDER: Update on a local Murder Case

The 20-year old man accused of shooting and killing 23 year old Jessie Buford at Student Quarters Apartments will head to trial on July 9, 2018 in Rutherford County.

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Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Inducting MTSU Player; Honoring Another
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Inducting MTSU Player; Honoring Another

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will hold their 52nd induction on Saturday, June 16th. Among the inductees this year is Jackie Pope. MTSU basketball player Nick King will also be honored.

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Blue Raider baseball great Taylor passes away
Blue Raider baseball great Taylor passes away

Chuck Taylor, who was one of Middle Tennessee baseball's greats and the second Blue Raider ever to reach the Major Leagues, died Tuesday (June 5) at Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro.

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Proposed $169.7 million Fiscal Year 2018-19 Murfreesboro Budget
Proposed $169.7 million Fiscal Year 2018-19 Murfreesboro Budget

The Murfreesboro City Council has scheduled six Special Budget Review Meetings on the proposed $169.7 million Fiscal Year 2018-19 (FY 19) Budget during the month of June.

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MTCS Hires Cross Country Coach
MTCS Hires Cross Country Coach

Middle Tennessee Christian School has announced Courtney Pragel as it's new Head Coach in Varsity Cross Country.

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Siegel & Stewarts Creek Fall in Spring Fling
Siegel & Stewarts Creek Fall in Spring Fling

The season for Siegel and Stewarts Creek baseball teams comes to a close with losses on Wednesday.

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Spring Fling: Stewarts Creek Baseball beats Arlington 2-1
Spring Fling: Stewarts Creek Baseball beats Arlington 2-1

Stewarts Creek won a pitchers dual with Arlington, claiming a 2-1 win in their opening game of the TSSAA Class AAA Baseball State Tournament.

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Rossview beats Siegel 13-3
Rossview beats Siegel 13-3

Rossview put up runs in every inning but the first and defeat Siegel 13-3 in the Stars opening game of the TSSAA Class AAA Baseball Tournament.

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County Students Graduate; School's Almost Out
County Students Graduate; School's Almost Out

The last of Rutherford County's high schools have given seniors their diplomas, signifying the start of a new chapter for thousands. The rest of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City students anticipate the start of summer break this week.

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Mass Casualty Readiness in Rutherford County
Mass Casualty Readiness in Rutherford County

With the recent events in Texas, Florida and across the country, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services and the Special Operations wants the community to know they're ready to respond.

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Historic Blue Raider Softball Season Ends in NCAA Regional
Historic Blue Raider Softball Season Ends in NCAA Regional

What was maybe the best softball season in Middle Tennessee history came to a close over the weekend as the Blue Raiders fell in NCAA regional action to Oregon State.

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Armadillos in the Midstate
Armadillos in the Midstate

A non-native nocturnal animal is being seen more and more in Tennessee. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports armadillos have been migrating for years into the state.

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Murfreesboro City Offices to Close Memorial Day
Murfreesboro City Offices to Close Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, City Hall and most other City offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018. Some recreational facilities and St. Clair Street Senior Center will be closed Saturday May 26 and Memorial Day. Rover, the City's public transportation system, will not run on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

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Time to Get Wet as Summer Approaches
Time to Get Wet as Summer Approaches

With the ring of school bells soon to fade, laughs and screams at local public pools will usher in the summer season.

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TFI Fridays in Murfreesboro Closed
TFI Fridays in Murfreesboro Closed

The TGI Fridays in Murfreesboro is closed.

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Siegel & Stewarts Creek in AAA Baseball State Tournament
Siegel & Stewarts Creek in AAA Baseball State Tournament

The 2016 state champion and 2017 runner up in Class AAA baseball make a return in 2018 to the TSSAA Championships. Siegel battles Rossview Tuesday at 6:30pm at Siegel while Stewarts Creek takes on Arlington at 4pm from Oakland. We will have coverage of the games!

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MTSU to Close Memorial Day
MTSU to Close Memorial Day

MTSU will be closed Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. All offices will be closed and no summer term classes will be held.

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UPDATE: Fatal Accident on S. Church at Joe B. Jackson
UPDATE: Fatal Accident on S. Church at Joe B. Jackson

We have more information on the crash that claimed the life of a 16-year old Riverdale High School student. Murfreesboro Police report Sunday around 12:15pm, they responded to the crash on South Church Street at Joe B. Jackson.

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Fatal Saturday Night Crash In Christiana
Fatal Saturday Night Crash In Christiana

A woman was killed and a child was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Christiana.

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'17-'18 Middle School All Sports Trophies Presented
'17-'18 Middle School All Sports Trophies Presented

Two schools receive the Rutherford County Middle School All Sports Trophies for the first time in school history. Christiana Middle School wins their first ever overall sports trophy. Rock Springs Middle wins the boys overall sports trophy for the first time. Siegel Middle School takes the girls overall sports trophy. The awards are presented by WGNS Primetime Sports and Little Caesars Pizza.

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Bassham Hired at MTCS for Middle School Baseball & Football
Bassham Hired at MTCS for Middle School Baseball & Football

Middle Tennessee Christian School is pleased to announce Brandon Bassham as it's new Head Coach in both Middle School Baseball and Football.

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 Blackman High School Athletic Hall of Fame Plans Unveiled
Blackman High School Athletic Hall of Fame Plans Unveiled

Blackman High School held an inaugural event on Thursday, May 17th to announce the opening of their Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was held at The Grove at Williamson Place.

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Siegel & Creek Punch Tickets to Spring Fling; Eagles Eliminated
Siegel & Creek Punch Tickets to Spring Fling; Eagles Eliminated

The Siegel Stars punched their ticket to Spring Fling with a dominating 7-1 win over Cookeville Friday night. Stewarts Creek won 14-2 at Bradley Central. Eagleville lost a heartbreaker at South Pittsburg 3-2 on a walk-off double that scored three runs.

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RuCo Has Two Mr. Baseball Finalists
RuCo Has Two Mr. Baseball Finalists

Rutherford County has two Mr. Baseball finalists. Drew Benefield of Siegel and C.J. Campbell from Central Magnet.

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Man accused of raping 85 year old Murfreesboro woman due in court Friday
Man accused of raping 85 year old Murfreesboro woman due in court Friday

The man has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated robbery, 2 counts of robbery in concert with two or more persons, assault with bodily injury, theft, 6 counts of aggravated rape and 1 count of aggravated robbery.

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Multiple ounces of Meth and half ounce of Heroin found in Murfreesboro house - 1 Woman Arrested
Multiple ounces of Meth and half ounce of Heroin found in Murfreesboro house - 1 Woman Arrested

As luck would have it, Barrett said that she was weighing the small amount of heroin for a friend when police knocked on the door.

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Local Teen Drowns A Week before Graduation
Local Teen Drowns A Week before Graduation

Tragedy strikes a local family anticipating high school graduation after a drowning at Percy Priest Dam.

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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Supports the Need for More  Resources
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Supports the Need for More Resources

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) applauds the Tennessee General Assembly approving the legislation of the passing of The Suicide Prevention Act of 2018...

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Eagleville Baseball Receives Bye to Region Finals
Eagleville Baseball Receives Bye to Region Finals

Claiming the District 8-A baseball title with a win over Cascade not only gave the Eagleville Eagles a district championship, it automatically put them in the region finals.

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2018 Salvation Army Beyond the Bells a Success
2018 Salvation Army Beyond the Bells a Success

A record crowd was on hand for the Salvation Army of Rutherford and Cannon Counties' "Beyond the Bells" Luncheon. Over three hundred community members were at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro for this year's event.

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Speakers urge record 2,641 MTSU grads to use knowledge to 'do great things'
Speakers urge record 2,641 MTSU grads to use knowledge to 'do great things'

The trio of guest speakers at MTSU's two-day series of spring 2018 commencement ceremonies offered similar suggestions to the record 2,641 graduates reaching this life-changing moment: use your hard-earned knowledge and skills to meet new challenges and to serve others.

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Sneak Peek of MTSU Fermentation Science Lab
Sneak Peek of MTSU Fermentation Science Lab

Attendees of the Brewers Association's national 2018 Craft Brewing Conference in Nashville got a sneak peek last week (May 4) of MTSU's Fermentation Sciences laboratory under construction at the Hop Springs agritourism destination being built by Steel Barrel Brewery.

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Gilbert Named Mid-Cumberland Superintendent of the Year
Gilbert Named Mid-Cumberland Superintendent of the Year

Murfreesboro's Director of Schools, Dr. Linda Gilbert, has been named the 2018 Mid-Cumberland Superintendent of the Year by her colleagues. Sixteen school districts from the following counties make up the Mid-Cumberland region: Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson.

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Arboretum Ribbon Cutting at Oaklands Mansion
Arboretum Ribbon Cutting at Oaklands Mansion

A new addition to Oaklands Mansion is a Native Tree Arboretum. It will be located at Oaklands Park. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 17th to experience the former grounds of this historic plantation, now open as a public park.

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17 Rutherford seniors achieve certification as nursing assistants
17 Rutherford seniors achieve certification as nursing assistants

Nursing students from two Rutherford County high schools - Stewarts Creek and Siegel - were at the Chamber of Commerce last week for a celebratory pinning ceremony after becoming certified nursing assistants.

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Bill Spurlock: Focused on Families and Future
Bill Spurlock: Focused on Families and Future

When Bill Spurlock assumes the reins as Director of Rutherford County Schools on July 1, he will become leader of one of the largest organizations in Tennessee that serves families. But being part of a big family is nothing new to Spurlock.

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District 7AAA Softball Weekend Roundup & All District
District 7AAA Softball Weekend Roundup & All District

The top two seeds in District 7AAA softball will play Tuesday for a spot in the tournament title game.

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Vote Centers A Hit After First Election Under New Format
Vote Centers A Hit After First Election Under New Format

Voters who work in Nashville, are traveling or had to travel past precincts to vote at theirs are all happy with the new vote center format for elections. Rutherford County Election Administrator Alan Farley took listener comments on the new vote centers.

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Moving Trucks at Murfreesboro Police S. Church Headquarters
Moving Trucks at Murfreesboro Police S. Church Headquarters

The move is underway for Murfreesboro Police. The weeks long process of moving from their South Church Street headquarters to their new state of the art facility on Highland Avenue is underway.

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It's JazzFest Weekend in Murfreesboro
It's JazzFest Weekend in Murfreesboro

It's not spring in Rutherford County until JazzFest arrives, sponsored annually by Main Street Murfreesboro. Friday's events went perfectly, however--HEAVY STORMS are wreaking havoc with Saturday's performances.

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Students with Autism on the Rise
Students with Autism on the Rise

The number of students living with autism in Tennessee is on the rise.

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Three speakers, 2,641 grads are ready for MTSU's May 4, 5 commencement events
Three speakers, 2,641 grads are ready for MTSU's May 4, 5 commencement events

A trio of leaders will help 2,641 new MTSU graduates reach their educational goals in three spring 2018 commencement ceremonies set this Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

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The Big Payback hosted by The Community Foundation   Raises Record $3.1M for Middle Tennessee Nonprofits
The Big Payback hosted by The Community Foundation Raises Record $3.1M for Middle Tennessee Nonprofits

Boosted by a record number of participating area nonprofits, The Big Payback's fifth-annual 24-hour online giving event Wednesday helped raise a record amount of funds for the organizations.

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UPDATE: Early Morning Shooting on S. University
UPDATE: Early Morning Shooting on S. University

The search for a suspect in the early morning shooting of a man in front of 417 South University Street at Reid Alley continues.

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Prayer on the Plaza Held Thursday
Prayer on the Plaza Held Thursday

Prayer on the Plaza, previously known as the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, was held outside the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza. The program was held Thursday morning at 7 o'clock.

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MTSU-led effort assists cedar glades wildlife festival May 4-5
MTSU-led effort assists cedar glades wildlife festival May 4-5

The Center for Cedar Glade Studies at MTSU and Cedars of Lebanon State Park are co-hosting the 40th Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival May 4-5 at the park off U.S. Highway 231, about 6 miles south of Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Predators Foundation Awards Child Advocacy Center Grant
Predators Foundation Awards Child Advocacy Center Grant

The Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Inc. is proud to be selected as a recipient of a 2018 Nashville Predators Foundation grant. The Foundation set a new record by distributing 149 grants with the Child Advocacy Center being one of several Rutherford County organizations to receive funding.

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$10K donation to MTSU equine therapy efforts with vets
$10K donation to MTSU equine therapy efforts with vets

A second $10,000 donation in a year's time from Grammy Award-nominated Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down's Better Life Foundation will continue to benefit MTSU students and faculty working in equine therapy with veterans from the Murfreesboro-based Veterans Recovery Center.

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Murfreesboro Man Among Those Found Dead in Smith Co. Home
Murfreesboro Man Among Those Found Dead in Smith Co. Home

A 38-year old Murfreesboro man was among the victims found inside an abandoned home in Smith County.

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Aggravated Assault at Memorial Walgreens
Aggravated Assault at Memorial Walgreens

A 49-year old Jackson, Tennessee, woman fought off a would-be armed attacker in the Walgreen's parking lot at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Thompson Lane.

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Man Shot at While Driving on East Vine at Maney
Man Shot at While Driving on East Vine at Maney

A 32-year old Reed Avenue man reported to Murfreesboro Police he was shot at while driving at the intersection of East Vine Street at Maney Avenue.

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Victim Finds Bullet Holes in Car at The Grove
Victim Finds Bullet Holes in Car at The Grove

A resident of The Grove on Journey Drive found a surprise first thing in the morning - his vehicle had been hit by bullets.

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Rep. Terry Tackles Transparency and Drug Pricing
Rep. Terry Tackles Transparency and Drug Pricing

With prescription drug prices and health care costs on the rise, Rep. Bryan Terry, MD(R-Murfreesboro) tackled the problem head on during the 110th General Assembly with various measures aimed at transparency and pro-rating copayments.

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MTSU, Motlow State presidents sign agreement to ease transfer process
MTSU, Motlow State presidents sign agreement to ease transfer process

The presidents of Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University signed an agreement Tuesday that highlights the pathways for Motlow students with associate degrees to move seamlessly to the four-year university.

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Portion of Stones River Greenway near Cason Trailhead to close for construction project May 7
Portion of Stones River Greenway near Cason Trailhead to close for construction project May 7

The Stones River Greenway will be closed from the Cason Trailhead to just past the Highway 99 overpass starting Monday, May 7, 2018, for the Highway 99 (New Salem Highway) widening project.

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Marcela Gómez is Keynote Speaker for  RUTHERFORD Cable Meeting Tuesday, May 8
Marcela Gómez is Keynote Speaker for RUTHERFORD Cable Meeting Tuesday, May 8

Marcela Gómez will share her experience and advice with RUTHERFORD Cable members and guests during the organization's upcoming breakfast meeting Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 a.m. at Stones River Country Club, 1830 N.W. Broad Street in Murfreesboro.

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Sparks Sponsors Bill Recognizing Fatherless Epidemic
Sparks Sponsors Bill Recognizing Fatherless Epidemic

House members have unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) that recognizes Tennessee's fatherless epidemic.

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PHOTOS: Siegel Day at Miracle Field
PHOTOS: Siegel Day at Miracle Field

This past Saturday was Siegel Day at Murfreesboro's Miracle Field. Check out photos from the event!

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Rover' public transportation system marks 11-year anniversary
Rover' public transportation system marks 11-year anniversary

Rover, the Murfreesboro Transit System, is turning eleven. As part of the celebration Rover patrons and the public are invited to enjoy a day of free ridership all day. Hot dogs, potato chips, and soda will be available from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday, May 11 at the Rover Transit Hub, located at 222 W Burton.

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Purple Paws Hosting Dog Wedding
Purple Paws Hosting Dog Wedding

It's the wedding of the season and you don't want to miss it. Purple Paws will be hosting 'Til Bark Do Us Part, a dog wedding, on Sunday, May 20 from 2:00-5:00pm at Mayday Brewery.

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Beesley Animal Foundation Offering $10 Spay/Neuter Surgeries
Beesley Animal Foundation Offering $10 Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Beesley Animal Foundation is offering 10-dollar spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.

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TBI Releases Crime Studies on Hate Crime, Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers
TBI Releases Crime Studies on Hate Crime, Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports, detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and violence against the state's law enforcement officers

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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network on Suicide Prevention Act of 2018
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network on Suicide Prevention Act of 2018

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) applauds the Tennessee General Assembly approving the legislation of the passing of The Suicide Prevention Act of 2018.

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La Vergne Police Promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
La Vergne Police Promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The La Vergne Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May, which is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

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County Mayor Candidate Allen Concedes
County Mayor Candidate Allen Concedes

Rutherford County Mayoral Candidate Randy Allen concedes the Republican primary.

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School Board Asked to NOT Count TNReady Scores
School Board Asked to NOT Count TNReady Scores

The Rutherford County School Board will meet Thursday and is expected to take up a motion to allow local schools to NOT count TNReady scores this year.

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Ketron Wins County Mayor Republican Primary
Ketron Wins County Mayor Republican Primary

A three way race for the Republican nomination for Rutherford County Mayor was won by Bill Ketron.

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Fitzhugh Wins Republican Nomination for Sheriff
Fitzhugh Wins Republican Nomination for Sheriff

Incumbent Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh won his first election, defeating Republican challenger Jim Tramel.

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Tidwell Remains Circuit Court Judge Part III
Tidwell Remains Circuit Court Judge Part III

After being appointed by Governor Haslam to succeed the late Circuit Court Judge Keith Siskin, Barry Tidwell has won election to the seat he's held since November.

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Harrell Wins Tight Race for Circuit Court Clerk
Harrell Wins Tight Race for Circuit Court Clerk

Incumbent Republican Melissa Harrell fought off a challenge from Robin Eades Gentry to retain the office of Circuit Court Clerk. She won by 989 votes.

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Dawbarn is Re-Elected Register of Deeds
Dawbarn is Re-Elected Register of Deeds

Heather Dawbarn turned back a challenge from Mimi Genet to remain Rutherford County Register of Deeds. She won by just over 18-hundred votes.

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Rutherford County Commission Primary Races; General Set
Rutherford County Commission Primary Races; General Set

Voters in Rutherford County's 21 commission districts went to the polls with four primary races deciding the general election roster.

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Former Men's Basketball Coach Bill Stokes passes away
Former Men's Basketball Coach Bill Stokes passes away

The Blue Raider family lost one of its own on when former Head Men's Basketball Coach Bill Stokes passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

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School Board to host community meeting on School Safety
School Board to host community meeting on School Safety

The Rutherford County Board of Education will host a special-called meeting on May 7 to discuss safety procedures and school security.

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Gift provides robot, equipment  for MTSU's Gould Mechatronics Lab
Gift provides robot, equipment for MTSU's Gould Mechatronics Lab

Holding the actual clipping in The Tennessean from 2017, where the newspaper reported MTSU's Department of Engineering Technology needed a new building for its growing mechatronics engineering program, Jean Gould admitted publicly she "didn't even know anything about mechatronics."

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Mixed emotions as county schools retirees approach 'Last, Last Day'
Mixed emotions as county schools retirees approach 'Last, Last Day'

Forty three Rutherford County Schools employees, including Director of Schools Don Odom, are to be honored at annual Retirement Reception May 8th at Embassy Suites.

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Middle School Softball All-Star Game May 12th
Middle School Softball All-Star Game May 12th

Rutherford County middle school softball teams will have some of their athletes play in the first ever All-Star Game.

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Blackman Athletic Hall of Fame Coming; Banquet Planned
Blackman Athletic Hall of Fame Coming; Banquet Planned

As Blackman High School approaches the 20th year, school administrators and coaches felt it was time to recognize student athletes who passed through their hallways.

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City Cafe County Primary Straw Poll Released
City Cafe County Primary Straw Poll Released

The City Cafe straw poll for the Rutherford County primary has been released. As voters head to the polls on Tuesday for election day, the straw poll results have often been a bellwether as to how voting will go.

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Early Voting Up; County Primary Election Day Tuesday
Early Voting Up; County Primary Election Day Tuesday

Local voters will head to the polls Tuesday in the Rutherford County Primary. Election Administrator Alan Farley reports 8,217 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period.

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$40K in Crystal Meth Seized from Old Lascassas Road Man
$40K in Crystal Meth Seized from Old Lascassas Road Man

Almost $40,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine and about $100 worth of heroin were seized from a Murfreesboro man after a one-month investigation. Rutherford County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau supervisor Will Horton says the arrest happened last week.

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Vandals Defacing Campaign Signs
Vandals Defacing Campaign Signs

Bill Ketron for County Mayor signs are being defaced by vandals around Rutherford County. Rutherford County Sheriff's detectives are investigating over 20 instances of vandalism to signs.

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Fatal Crash on N. Thompson Lane
Fatal Crash on N. Thompson Lane

A fatal crash takes the life of a Murfreesboro man on North Thompson Lane near the Stone River National Battlefield.

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Public Gets First Look at New Murfreesboro Police Headquarters
Public Gets First Look at New Murfreesboro Police Headquarters

The public got their first chance to see the new Murfreesboro Police headquarters on Highland Avenue. The city held a special community viewing event on Sunday (April 29th).

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Local Attorney Announces Run for Murfreesboro School Board
Local Attorney Announces Run for Murfreesboro School Board

Local attorney and parent Amanda Moore announces her candidacy for Murfreesboro City Schools Board of Education's August 2 city-wide, at-large election.

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Waffle House Mass Shooting: Former MTSU Student Among Those Killed
Waffle House Mass Shooting: Former MTSU Student Among Those Killed

Four people were killed at the Waffle House in Antioch where a gunman opened fire. Among those, 23 year old rapper Akilah (ah-KIL-ah) DaSilva, also known as Natrix DaSilva, a former computer engineering technology major at MTSU.

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Burnette Chapel Minister Reacts to Waffle House Shooting
Burnette Chapel Minister Reacts to Waffle House Shooting

The Waffle House in Antioch where a gunman opened fire, killing four people, is just two-miles from Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. That's where just seven months ago, Emanuel Samson of Murfreesboro, allegedly opened fire, killing Melanie Smith of Smyrna.

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County Schools Enact
County Schools Enact "Additional Security" in Wake of Waffle House Shooting

Rutherford County Schools have "additional security procedures in place" because of the search for a mass shooting suspect in Antioch.

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UPDATED: Waffle House Shooting Suspect IN CUSTODY
UPDATED: Waffle House Shooting Suspect IN CUSTODY

Areas very close to Rutherford County are in the zone where dozens of police officers are searching for the suspect in the Antioch Waffle House mass shooting.

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MTSU offers hands-on, accelerated foreign language classes at summer institute
MTSU offers hands-on, accelerated foreign language classes at summer institute

MTSU's campus community and the general public have an opportunity to quickly improve their language skills thanks to the Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition's upcoming 15th annual Summer Language Institute at MTSU.

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Waffle House Shooting Suspect Had Local Job for One Day
Waffle House Shooting Suspect Had Local Job for One Day

The man in custody, suspected in the mass shooting at Waffle House in Antioch, spent all of one day on the job for a La Vergne employer.

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MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24
MTSU offers prescription drug take-back event April 24

The MTSU campus community and general public are welcome to participate in the next MTSU Drug Take-Back Day from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 24) near the Campus Pharmacy drive-thru.

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Shots Fired Investigation on Poplar Avenue at Ridgely Drive
Shots Fired Investigation on Poplar Avenue at Ridgely Drive

Murfreesboro Police are investigating a shots fired call near the intersection of Poplar Avenue at Ridgely Drive.

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Arapaho Drive Man Charged with Aggravated Animal Abuse
Arapaho Drive Man Charged with Aggravated Animal Abuse

A 34-year old Arapaho Drive man has been arrested by Murfreesboro Police and charged with aggravated animal abuse.

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Tennessee Higher Education Commission to honor MTSU professor, student
Tennessee Higher Education Commission to honor MTSU professor, student

Two members of the MTSU community will be celebrated for their service to their fellow citizens.

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Calling all local artist
Calling all local artist

The City of Murfreesboro will recognize its second inaugural Painter, Photography, and Poet Laureates in 2018, with a term beginning in July of this year and ending in June of 2019. Cultural Arts is calling on all local, professional artists specializing in poetry, photography, or painting to submit for this opportunity.

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MTCS Hires HS Girls Soccer Coach
MTCS Hires HS Girls Soccer Coach

Middle Tennessee Christian School has announced Coach Braden Stewart has been named the head coach for the varsity girls soccer.

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Hartsfield Named Girls Basketball Coach at Smyrna
Hartsfield Named Girls Basketball Coach at Smyrna

Jordyn Hartsfield is the new head basketball coach for Smyrna girls.

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TNReady Testing Delayed in Rutherford County for Second Day
TNReady Testing Delayed in Rutherford County for Second Day

TNReady testing continues to hit bumps in the road. This after numerous school districts statewide - including Rutherford County - reported problems on the first day of testing. Problems persisted Tuesday with what the Tennessee Department of Education called a "deliberate attack".

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Terry Bradshaw to Speak at Boys & Girls Club, Stake & Burger
Terry Bradshaw to Speak at Boys & Girls Club, Stake & Burger

Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County recently released the featured guest for their 31st Annual Stake & Burger, co-host and analyst, Fox NFL Sunday, and NFL legend, Terry Bradshaw.

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A giant sale in the back of a tractor trailer truck
A giant sale in the back of a tractor trailer truck

It is something that most grocery stores don't do... Well, no stores do it.

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End of course testing did not take place in Rutherford County Schools Monday
End of course testing did not take place in Rutherford County Schools Monday

James Evans, spokesperson for the Rutherford County Schools stated, "The Tennessee Department of Education and its testing vendor, Questar, identified the problem, which was caused by a software conflict within the login system..."

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Art Bell Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72
Art Bell Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72

A voice heard regularly on WGNS since the 1990's has died. Several publications report Art Bell died at his Las Vegas home on Friday, April 13th.

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Dinkins Retires; Barnes Named Principal at Wilson Elementary
Dinkins Retires; Barnes Named Principal at Wilson Elementary

After 40-years as an educator in Rutherford County Schools, Jon Dinkins is retiring at the end of this year as principal at Wilson Elementary. Assistant Principal Angela Barnes has been named the new principal.

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Law Offices of John Day to Host Children's Bicycle Helmet Giveaway
Law Offices of John Day to Host Children's Bicycle Helmet Giveaway

The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. will be giving away bicycle helmets to children on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the 42nd Annual Pioneer Days at Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro. The free bike helmet giveaway is designed to raise awareness about the benefits of bike helmets in preventing serious head injuries.

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UPDATE: Double Murder Suspect from Texas Arrested in Murfreesboro
UPDATE: Double Murder Suspect from Texas Arrested in Murfreesboro

UPDATE: We have more news on a double murder suspect out of Texas who was arrested in Murfreesboro.

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Murfreesboro Event for Crime Victims' Rights Week Honors Victims and Advocates
Murfreesboro Event for Crime Victims' Rights Week Honors Victims and Advocates

The Board of Parole (BOP), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the Department of Correction (TDOC) and the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) are marking 10 years of ceremonies honoring crime victims and victim advocates statewide. All events this year take place April 9-13, which coincides with the observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

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I-24 at Epps Mill Road Crash Claims Life
I-24 at Epps Mill Road Crash Claims Life

A crash involving a motorcycle and pickup truck on I-24 westbound at Epps Mill Road claims a life.

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Candidates Qualify for Local Races
Candidates Qualify for Local Races

The deadline has come and gone for those wishing to run in the August 2nd elections. See whose running for local and state offices.

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Contract for New RuCo Director of Schools Discussed
Contract for New RuCo Director of Schools Discussed

The contract for the man the Rutherford County School Board tapped to become the next director of schools will be up for discussion at a special called meeting this week.

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MTSU Poll: Democrat Bredesen leads GOP's Blackburn in open-ended race for U.S. Senate
MTSU Poll: Democrat Bredesen leads GOP's Blackburn in open-ended race for U.S. Senate

Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen holds a 10-percentage-point lead over Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among state voters in a head-to-head contest for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to the latest MTSU Poll.

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Legislature Passes New Corporal Punishment Bill
Legislature Passes New Corporal Punishment Bill

The State Legislature has passed a bill that would require public schools in Tennessee to report to the state Department of Education on their use of corporal punishment.

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New Law Banning Tanning Bed Use for Under 16
New Law Banning Tanning Bed Use for Under 16

Governor Haslam has signed a bill banning anyone under 16 from using a tanning bed in Tennessee.

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UPDATE: Former MTSU Student Suspected in Double Murder in Chattanooga Area
UPDATE: Former MTSU Student Suspected in Double Murder in Chattanooga Area

A multi-state manhunt is over for a 23-year old Hamilton County man, who is suspected of shooting and killing his mother and her friend.

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COMMENTARY: Backpage
COMMENTARY: Backpage

The advertising site Backpage, known more for its sex ads than garage sale ads, was shut down by the FBI last week, and it founder reportedly charged in a sealed indictment with 93 counts of various criminal activities.

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UPDATE: SILVER ALERT Cancelled for Howard Wayne Patton
UPDATE: SILVER ALERT Cancelled for Howard Wayne Patton

Murfreesboro Police issued a silver alert for a missing 72-year old local man, who has now been found. Howard Wayne Patton was last seen yesterday at Sal's Pizza on North Thompson Lane, where employees called police due to his appearing disoriented. Again, authorities report he's been found.

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State Department of Education Announces New Steps to Reduce Testing
State Department of Education Announces New Steps to Reduce Testing

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today the approval of recommendations that will reduce student testing in 2018-19. The recommendations are the first to be released by the state's third Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment - which includes educators, parents, and education leaders from across the state - and they resulted from months of analysis and discussion, as well as additional surveys of high school teachers and parents.

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Middle Tennessee Boulevard Man Arrested for Fleeing
Middle Tennessee Boulevard Man Arrested for Fleeing

A 27-year old Middle Tennessee Boulevard man was charged with felony evading - among other charges - after allegedly leading Murfreesboro Police on a chase through downtown streets.

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Second Murder Suspect Apprehended in Murfreesboro
Second Murder Suspect Apprehended in Murfreesboro

A second man wanted for an out-of-state murder charge was apprehended Monday in Rutherford County.

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Former DA Whitesell Endorses Nichols for Judge
Former DA Whitesell Endorses Nichols for Judge

Rutherford and Cannon Counties' former top crime fighter, District Attorney General Bill Whitesell, recently made his choice in the race for Circuit Court Judge.

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Rutherford County SORT at Unmanned Aircraft Disaster Training
Rutherford County SORT at Unmanned Aircraft Disaster Training

Members of the Rutherford County SORT or special operations response team were in Nashville to learn about a new tool for disaster management.

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Guns & Drugs Found in Oakland Students Vehicle
Guns & Drugs Found in Oakland Students Vehicle

A check of student parking permits at Oakland High School turns up drugs and guns in a student's vehicle.

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Storms Cause Damage
Storms Cause Damage

Severe thunderstorms leave behind some cleanup. La Vergne was particularly hard hit by the Tuesday night storms.

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Shots fired at local apartment complex
Shots fired at local apartment complex

Four to five shots were heard at "The Blue Apartments" at 2707 South Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro around 8:00 Tuesday night (4/3/18).

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Severe Weather Possible This Evening
Severe Weather Possible This Evening

The Storm Prediction Center has placed northwestern Rutherford County in a moderate risk (level 4 of 5) for severe weather, while the rest of the county is in an enhanced risk (level 3 of 5).

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MTSU Professor chimes in on Government Leaks and More
MTSU Professor chimes in on Government Leaks and More

Ever thought about government leaks of confidential information? MTSU Professor Larry Burriss has...

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Dixon tabbed as first addition to men's hoops staff
Dixon tabbed as first addition to men's hoops staff

After just a few days on the job, head men's basketball coach Nick McDevitt announced Friday the hiring of his first assistant coach in former UNC Asheville associate head coach Sean Dixon.

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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office will promote the fourth annual
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office will promote the fourth annual "Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving" in April

Deputies will join other agencies in enforcing the texting law during an event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 5 throughout Rutherford County.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days Returns for 41st Year
Uncle Dave Macon Days Returns for 41st Year

The music of Uncle Dave Macon Days will again fill downtown Murfreesboro for the 41st season. Event organizers today (Wednesday) announced the event which honors American music and the first star of the Grand Ole Opry will take place July 13th and 14th.

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TNReady Standardized Tests Score could count Larger Percentage of Student's Final Grade
TNReady Standardized Tests Score could count Larger Percentage of Student's Final Grade

Midstate students may have a tougher time getting good grades if a proposed bill passes.

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MFRD Conducts Car Seat Safety Checks
MFRD Conducts Car Seat Safety Checks

Statistics show three out of every four car seats are installed wrong. That's why Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue will be doing car seat safety checks.

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation Welcome New Team Members
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation Welcome New Team Members

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is excited to welcome Sandy Smith, Director of Maternal Child Services, to its staff. The Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation team is excited to announce Gina DeJean has joined the Foundation as Director.

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Texas Fugitive Arrested in La Vergne
Texas Fugitive Arrested in La Vergne

A fugitive out of Harris County, Texas was arrested Friday night in La Vergne.

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Search Warrant Ends in Drug Arrest in La Vergne
Search Warrant Ends in Drug Arrest in La Vergne

One man was arrested after La Vergne Narcotics and Detectives executed a search warrant along with the La Vergne Swat team at a home on Sunrise Avenue Friday night.

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COMMENTARY: Political Persuasion
COMMENTARY: Political Persuasion

More than 60 years ago, in 1957, Vance Packard wrote a book that shocked America. His book, "The Hidden Persuaders" was an expose that demonstrated how advertisers and politicians were trying to influence American consumers and voters.

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Preventing DUI Offenders from Buying Alcohol
Preventing DUI Offenders from Buying Alcohol

Tennessee lawmakers are trying to prevent DUI offenders from getting their hands on alcohol. 
A bill to that effect has advanced in the Tennessee House.

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State Lawmakers Pass
State Lawmakers Pass "In God We Trust" Bill

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill to require public schools to prominently display the national motto, "In God We Trust."

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Rutherford Co. Property Reappraisal Information
Rutherford Co. Property Reappraisal Information

Rutherford County Property Assessor Rob Mitchell gives information on this year's reappraisals.

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MTSU Campus Safety Summit gets bars, restaurants involved in sexual assault prevention
MTSU Campus Safety Summit gets bars, restaurants involved in sexual assault prevention

A new program at MTSU is taking aim at bystanders' tendency to want to stay uninvolved in potential sexual assaults.

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New MT MBB Coach Given Key to City; Introduced Tuesday on WGNS
New MT MBB Coach Given Key to City; Introduced Tuesday on WGNS

While new MTSU men's basketball coach Nick McDevitt will be formally introduced as coach this (Tuesday) morning at a press conference, he's already received a warm Murfreesboro welcome.

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Christiana Middle School Awarded During the Caught Green Handed Initiative
Christiana Middle School Awarded During the Caught Green Handed Initiative

Christiana Middle School teachers, students, and custodians were awarded for their exceptional recycling efforts during the "Caught Green Handed" initiative sponsored by Operation: Rutherford Recycles.

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MT MBB Taps UNC-Asheville's Nick McDevitt as Head Coach
MT MBB Taps UNC-Asheville's Nick McDevitt as Head Coach

A new era for Middle Tennessee men's basketball has officially begun as Nick McDevitt has been tabbed as the 20th head coach of the Blue Raiders, announced Saturday by MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Director of Athletics Chris Massaro.

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MT MBB Coach Nick McDevitt Introduction Tuesday at 10am
MT MBB Coach Nick McDevitt Introduction Tuesday at 10am

Join NewsRadio WGNS as we welcome new Blue Raider men's basketball coach Nick McDevitt to Murfreesboro. Chip Walters, the Voice of the Blue Raiders, will broadcast the "LIVE" press conference Tuesday morning from the Murphy Center at 10am right here.

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Crash on I-24 at Joe B. Jackson Parkway
VIDEO & PHOTOS: Crash on I-24 at Joe B. Jackson Parkway

A crash involving a tractor trailer and a black Corvette blocked the westbound lanes of I-24 at Joe B. Jackson Parkway for nearly five-hours.

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Senator Reeves Appointed to Committees
Senator Reeves Appointed to Committees

State Senator Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) has been appointed to two key committees in the Tennessee Senate.

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Mental Healthcare in Rutherford County, TN
Mental Healthcare in Rutherford County, TN

Ranking as one of the country's fastest growing counties, Rutherford County faces new challenges in meeting the demand for mental health care.

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School Board HOLDING OFF on the naming of the next Rutherford Co. Director of Schools until April
School Board HOLDING OFF on the naming of the next Rutherford Co. Director of Schools until April

The naming of the next Rutherford County School Director will have to wait...

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Two La Vergne Officers Injured During Arrest, Foot Pursuit
Two La Vergne Officers Injured During Arrest, Foot Pursuit

A man was arrested after leading officers on a foot pursuit Monday afternoon. Anne Smith, spokesperson for the City of La Vergne, says two officers approached suspect Majibu Kisesa while he was sitting in his car on Centrepoint Way in La Vergne around 3:30 p.m. Monday (March 19).

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Rockvale Man Arrested for Alleged Threats on Judge
Rockvale Man Arrested for Alleged Threats on Judge

A suspect who claimed to carry a gun to kill a judge in the Judicial Building Monday was arrested by Court Security deputies.

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Severe Weather Expected Monday
Severe Weather Expected Monday

A strong system will bring the threat of severe thunderstorms to Rutherford County and much of southern Middle Tennessee Monday.

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TORNADO WATCH for Rutherford Co. Until 11pm
TORNADO WATCH for Rutherford Co. Until 11pm

A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for Rutherford County until 11pm. High winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible with storms this afternoon and evening.

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Kermit Davis Era Ends in MT 84-68 Loss to Louisville
Kermit Davis Era Ends in MT 84-68 Loss to Louisville

The Kermit Davis era at Middle Tennessee came to an end with an 84-68 loss at Louisville in the second round of the NIT.

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Riverdale High School Raises about $40K for St. Baldrick's
Riverdale High School Raises about $40K for St. Baldrick's

Riverdale High School students, faculty and staff raised about $40,000 Friday in memory of Little Warrior Princess Leah Smallwood.

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STILL Missing  - Endangered Teen in Murfreesboro
STILL Missing - Endangered Teen in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Police Officer Amy Norville told WGNS on Thursday (3/15/18) morning that detectives are still following up on local leads in a case of a missing teenage girl.

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Tennesseans need to Remain Diligent when it comes to Reporting Fraud / Scams
Tennesseans need to Remain Diligent when it comes to Reporting Fraud / Scams

The cost of fraud was steep: Tennessee's total consumer losses topped $13.7 million last year.

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Raiders begin national search to replace Kermit Davis
Raiders begin national search to replace Kermit Davis

After a historic 16 seasons at the helm of the Blue Raider men's basketball program, head coach Kermit Davis has accepted the same position at the University of Mississippi effective at the end of Middle Tennessee's appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

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Become a Hometown Heroes Business and Help Child Abuse Victims
Become a Hometown Heroes Business and Help Child Abuse Victims

Support child abuse victims and honor the Hometown Heroes that help them by partnering with the Child Advocacy Center's 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 20.

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Blackman and Riverdale Boys End State Tournament Run
Blackman and Riverdale Boys End State Tournament Run

The season for both Blackman and Riverdale boys ends in the Blue Cross Basketball Championship quarterfinals. The Blaze dropped a 52-33 decision to Memphis East while Clarksville Northeast defeated Riverdale 56-36.

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Lady Raiders Invited to WNIT; At Ball State Thursday (5:30p airtime on WGNS)
Lady Raiders Invited to WNIT; At Ball State Thursday (5:30p airtime on WGNS)

Middle Tennessee will face Ball State in the first round of the Women's NIT in Muncie, Ind., Thursday. Game time has yet to be announced. The game will be broadcast on NewsRadio WGNS! Pregame coverage begins at 5:30pm with a 6pm tipoff.

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State Senate 14th District Special Election Coverage
State Senate 14th District Special Election Coverage

Get up-to-the-second vote totals, reports and more from Rutherford County and the four other counties that make up State Senate District 14. The race is between Republican Shane Reeves and Democrat Gayle Jordan.

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TSSAA Takes Up Soccer, Baseball, Softball and Football Changes
TSSAA Takes Up Soccer, Baseball, Softball and Football Changes

Among the items taken up by the TSSAA in their Board of Control meeting was an extension of their girls soccer championships, potential postseason baseball and softball format changes and adding a 40-second play clock in football.

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Shane Reeves Wins Special State Senate Election
Shane Reeves Wins Special State Senate Election

Shane Reeves will soon head to Nashville as the newest state senator. This after being overwhelmingly elected by voters in Rutherford and four other counties in District 14.

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Donate food in Murfreesboro to those in need
Donate food in Murfreesboro to those in need

This Sunday (March 18), volunteers from Student Ministries at Central Christian Church will be hanging grocery bags on doorknobs in Gold Valley, Surrey Court/Berkeley St, and Savannah Ridge neighborhoods.

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Middle Tennessee Pounds Vermont to Open NIT
Middle Tennessee Pounds Vermont to Open NIT

Middle Tennessee looked like a team on a postseason mission, pounding Vermont 91-64.

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Ticket information for Tuesday's NIT MT MBB Game
Ticket information for Tuesday's NIT MT MBB Game

Middle Tennessee will host Vermont on Tuesday night at 7 PM CT in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. CLICK READ MORE FOR TICKET INFORMATION.

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MT MBB  to host Vermont Tuesday in NIT opener
MT MBB to host Vermont Tuesday in NIT opener

Middle Tennessee earned its fourth consecutive postseason berth Sunday following a 24-7 season that saw the program's first ever Associated Press Top 25 ranking. The Blue Raiders earned a No. 3 seed in the National Invitational Tournament and will host No. 6 seeded Vermont in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.

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Snowy Monday Morning
Snowy Monday Morning

Snow - yes, snow - fell early Monday morning across Rutherford County and Middle Tennessee.

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Triple Fatal Crash in Cannon Co. Claims Lives of Locals
Triple Fatal Crash in Cannon Co. Claims Lives of Locals

Two Murfreesboro residents were among the three killed in a fatal crash in Cannon County.

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COMMENTARY: Unplugging from Social Media
COMMENTARY: Unplugging from Social Media

Here's a technology question for you: what does it mean when you say you are going to "unplug" from social media?

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Expect More Potholes
Expect More Potholes

Rain, followed by freezing temperatures and even a little snow, may be annoying for some. For drivers, it's going to be a bigger issue and it's not because of slick streets. Expect to see even more potholes.

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Rep. Terry's Opioid Hotline Bill Clears Subcommittee
Rep. Terry's Opioid Hotline Bill Clears Subcommittee

Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro), has passed legislation through the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee for an opioid hotline.

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Bradley Museum celebrates 100th year with Willie McGowan Banquet
Bradley Museum celebrates 100th year with Willie McGowan Banquet

Willie McGowan will be remembered at a banquet in his honor, Saturday,March 24, 2018, as supporters of Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center celebrate 100 years of African-American education. The Willie McGowan Banquet will be held at the museum, 415 S. Academy St. in Murfreesboro, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Special State Senate Election Day Tuesday
Special State Senate Election Day Tuesday

A special election for voters to choose the person they want to replace former State Senator Jim Tracy is set for Tuesday.

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Senator Ketron Helps Advance 5G Technology Legislation
Senator Ketron Helps Advance 5G Technology Legislation

Major legislation passed the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Monday that would accelerate investment in mobile broadband infrastructure and prepare the State of Tennessee for the next wave of economic development in the digital economy via 5G technology.

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Riverdale Girls Capture Third State Title in a Row
Riverdale Girls Capture Third State Title in a Row

It's a three-peat for the Riverdale Lady Warriors as they claimed a 77-50 win over Houston for the Class AAA championship.

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Riverdale Girls Play for Third Straight State Title
Riverdale Girls Play for Third Straight State Title

The Riverdale Lady Warriors will battle Houston Saturday for their third straight Class AAA State Championship after defeating Bearden 77-59 in the quarterfinals at MTSU's Murphy Center.

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Raiders & Lady Raiders Fall in CUSA Tournament
Raiders & Lady Raiders Fall in CUSA Tournament

The tournament maxim survive and advance did not apply for Middle Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Men's and Women's Tournament in Frisco, Texas.

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Raiders & Lady Raiders Open Up CUSA Tourney Play
Raiders & Lady Raiders Open Up CUSA Tourney Play

The Lady Raiders will compete on this Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, against Rice. This (Thursday) afternoon, the men's basketball team will battle Southern Miss at 6pm. We will have the games here on NewsRadio WGNS.

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BBB Partnering with Google for Online Marketing Workshop
BBB Partnering with Google for Online Marketing Workshop

The Better Business Bureau is partnering with Google for a FREE workshop to help you enhance your online marketing. The event is Wednesday, March 14th. But you need to RSVP.

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Riverdale Downs Ravenwood in Girls State Tournament
Riverdale Downs Ravenwood in Girls State Tournament

Riverdale jumped out to a 28-8 lead in the first quarter and didn't look back enroute to a 77-50 win over Ravenwood in the first round of the TSSAA Class AAA Blue Cross Basketball State Championships.

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Board of Education selects four finalists for next Rutherford County Director of Schools
Board of Education selects four finalists for next Rutherford County Director of Schools

The Rutherford County Board of Education has selected four candidates to be considered as the next director of Rutherford County Schools.

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Blackburn, DesJarlias to Host Rally for State Senate Candidate Shane Reeves
Blackburn, DesJarlias to Host Rally for State Senate Candidate Shane Reeves

Republican candidate for the state senate district 14 special election, Shane Reeves, announced that Congressmen Marsha Blackburn and Scott DesJarlais will be campaigning with him in Murfreesboro this coming Saturday.

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Educating the community on Lymphedema
Educating the community on Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease that results in disfiguring swelling in one or more parts of the body. Cancer treatment survivors, patients that experience severe physical trauma, individuals born with abnormalities in the lymphatic system, certain surgeries or infections

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Girls State Starts Today; Boys Draw Takes Place
Girls State Starts Today; Boys Draw Takes Place

The Riverdale girls begin defense of their back-to-back state titles with Ravenwood at the TSSAA Blue Cross Basketball Championships this (Wednesday) morning at 10am. Blackman and Riverdale boys find out next week's first round opponent.

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Blackman & Riverdale Reach AAA Boys State Tournament
Blackman & Riverdale Reach AAA Boys State Tournament

While Blackman has waited for a whole year for a chance to get back to the state tournament, Riverdale has waited for over three decades. But both punched their ticket to the Blue Cross Boys Basketball Championships.

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Saturday, March 3rd Basketball Scores
Saturday, March 3rd Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Blue Raider Basketball in CUSA Tournament
Blue Raider Basketball in CUSA Tournament

Check out the brackets for the Conference USA men's and women's basketball tournament.

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Prep Boys State Basketball Tournament Coverage
Prep Boys State Basketball Tournament Coverage

Click for coverage plans for the Boys State Tournament.

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Thursday, February 1st Basketball Scores
Thursday, February 1st Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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High Water Areas in Rutherford County
High Water Areas in Rutherford County

Heavy rains caused flooding throughout Rutherford County. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department has a list of roads to watch.

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Riverdale Downs Blackman for Region Title; Boys Championship Tonight
Riverdale Downs Blackman for Region Title; Boys Championship Tonight

The Riverdale Lady Warriors ran their record to 32-and-1 with a 70-47 win over Blackman in the Region 4AAA championship game. Blackman and Riverdale play for the boys region title tonight (Thursday).

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MTSU Emergency Alert TEST on Wednesday
MTSU Emergency Alert TEST on Wednesday

MTSU will briefly test its emergency alert system Wednesday, Feb. 28, with a special message for the university's 25,000-plus registered users via email, text and automated phone calls.

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Monday, February 26th Basketball Scores
Monday, February 26th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Region Basketball Semifinals Ahead for 10 Rutherford County Prep Teams
Region Basketball Semifinals Ahead for 10 Rutherford County Prep Teams

Ten of Rutherford County's 11 region prep basketball teams survived elimination over the weekend to advance to this week's semifinals, a win away from the state's Sweet 16, a region championship game and a sectional berth.

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UPDATE: Unattended Death near Blackman Elementary School
UPDATE: Unattended Death near Blackman Elementary School

We now know the name of the woman found dead near Blackman Elementary School over the weekend.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week

A taste of spring storms over the weekend came just before Severe Weather Awareness Week. Through March 3rd, the National Weather Service and emergency agencies across the state will work to raise awareness of severe weather.

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Time to Renew Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Time to Renew Hunting and Fishing Licenses

If you have a 2017-2018 hunting or fishing license, those expire February 28th. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now selling licenses that will be good through February 2019.

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State Lawmakers File Bills to Fight Opioid Crisis
State Lawmakers File Bills to Fight Opioid Crisis

At least 15 bills have been filed by state lawmakers in an effort to combat Tennessee's opioid crisis.

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No. 24 MT Thump UAB; Host Western Ky. Thursday
No. 24 MT Thump UAB; Host Western Ky. Thursday

It didn't take long for No. 24 Middle Tennessee to prove worthy of its first-ever Associated Press Top 25 ranking against UAB over the weekend. The Blue Raiders got a double-digit lead early enroute to a 79-54 thumping of UAB in front of over 97-hundred fans. Middle hosts Western Kentucky Thursday night!

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Students, criminal justice pros slated to chat, network March 14 at MTSU
Students, criminal justice pros slated to chat, network March 14 at MTSU

MTSU is providing those interested in careers in the ever-changing world of criminal justice with an extraordinary opportunity to chat with practitioners.

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MTSU Theatre invites audiences to see -- and hear -- ASL-inclusive 'A Taste of Sunrise' March 1-4
MTSU Theatre invites audiences to see -- and hear -- ASL-inclusive 'A Taste of Sunrise' March 1-4

MTSU Theatre performers are becoming bilingual for their March 1-4 production, "The Taste of Sunrise,"creating an eloquent and multifaceted presentation that incorporates American Sign Language into the story of a man's adventure-filled life.

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Africana Studies director Louis Woods receives MTSU's John Pleas Faculty Award
Africana Studies director Louis Woods receives MTSU's John Pleas Faculty Award

The leader of MTSU's fledgling Africana Studies program is the recipient of its highest award for minority faculty.

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COMMENTARY: A Horse Named Stewball
COMMENTARY: A Horse Named Stewball

Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism, is attending a popular culture conference in Las Vegas, where one of the topics is the intersection of music and real life. And one of the strangest such intersections involves a horse named Stewball.

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Saturday, February 24th Basketball Scores
Saturday, February 24th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Friday, February 23th Basketball Scores
Friday, February 23th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Blackman High School Closed Friday; Others Open
Blackman High School Closed Friday; Others Open

Blackman High School will be closed on Friday. James Evans with Rutherford County Schools tells NewsRadio WGNS Blackman High School cancellation is due to ongoing air conditioning repairs.

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A hotel proposed for Murfreesboro Square area
A hotel proposed for Murfreesboro Square area

You may recall the Murfreesboro Council asked for developers interested in the property to submit proposals to the City.

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Visiting Pastor Charged with 3 Counts of Rape in Murfreesboro
Visiting Pastor Charged with 3 Counts of Rape in Murfreesboro

A child sex abuse case has lead to rape charges being filed against a Florida pastor who visited Murfreesboro. The two victims in the case are sisters. The case was originally opened in 2017.

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$40,000 Nissan Pathfinder Stolen in Murfreesboro
$40,000 Nissan Pathfinder Stolen in Murfreesboro

A Nissan Pathfinder was stolen from a Mckinley Place address in Murfreesboro. The brand-new SUV was valued at about $40,000.

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Free Trees in Murfreesboro
Free Trees in Murfreesboro

The Rutherford County Soil Conservation District will give away bare-root tree seedlings to Rutherford County landowners...

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MTSU ROTC Building named After Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to REMAIN Forrest Hall
MTSU ROTC Building named After Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to REMAIN Forrest Hall

Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was known to have close ties to the original formation of the Ku Klux Klan, was also known for his battle tactics.

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New Technology Engagement Center Opening; Your Help is Needed
New Technology Engagement Center Opening; Your Help is Needed

Families with children, temporarily homeless and small businesses will all be major benefactors of the Rutherford County Library System's new Technology Engagement Center which opens this spring on Minerva Drive.

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Randy Allen announces candidacy for Rutherford County Mayor
Randy Allen announces candidacy for Rutherford County Mayor

Randy Allen recently announced his plans to enter the race for Rutherford County Mayor.

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Senator Alexander Statement on Administration Rule to Expand Access to Short-term Insurance Plans
Senator Alexander Statement on Administration Rule to Expand Access to Short-term Insurance Plans

The chairman of the Senate health committee, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the Administration issuing a proposed rule to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance:

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Applications being accepted for Adults to Enroll Tuition-Free for Community or Technical College
Applications being accepted for Adults to Enroll Tuition-Free for Community or Technical College

In a news release Thursday, the governor's office says Tennessee Reconnect applications can be completed online.

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Tuesday, February 20th Basketball Scores
Tuesday, February 20th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Blue Raiders crack AP Top 25 for first time
Blue Raiders crack AP Top 25 for first time

When Middle Tennessee takes the court Saturday at home against UAB, it will do so with the program's first Associated Press Top 25 ranking.

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MTSU Professor of Journalism Larry Burriss comments on dirty politics
MTSU Professor of Journalism Larry Burriss comments on dirty politics

In politics, it is sometimes hard to know what is real and what is created to make you believe one thing or the other.

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City, MTSU Police introducing Crime Free Multi-Housing safety program
City, MTSU Police introducing Crime Free Multi-Housing safety program

Murfreesboro is working to reduce crime at local apartment complexes, which has been a growing problem.

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Monday, February 19th Basketball Scores
Monday, February 19th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Deceased Woman Found Near West College Street and Hope Way
Deceased Woman Found Near West College Street and Hope Way

The body of a deceased woman was found in Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro Police PIO Amy Norville tells NewsRadio WGNS Saturday, officers responded to a call of a possible lifeless body on Hope Way just off West College Street.

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Saturday, February 17th Basketball Scores
Saturday, February 17th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Friday, February 16th Basketball Scores
Friday, February 16th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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MTSU Baseball is Back - and on NewsRadio WGNS
MTSU Baseball is Back - and on NewsRadio WGNS

The temperature is rising, rain is in the forecast and the pings of bats can be heard at Reese Smith Jr. Field. That only means one thing: baseball is back at Middle Tennessee.

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Thursday, February 15th Basketball Scores
Thursday, February 15th Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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9 Deaths in Tennessee due to Flu
9 Deaths in Tennessee due to Flu

In the state of Tennessee, eight children and one pregnant woman have passed away due to the flu, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

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Overdose reported in Murfreesboro
Overdose reported in Murfreesboro

A drug overdose was reported in a home on Foxworth Court in Murfreesboro. The incident was said to have involved a 30 year old man.

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Wednesday, February 14th Prep Basketball Scores
Wednesday, February 14th Prep Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Blue Raiders, NewsRadio WGNS Enter New Relationship
Blue Raiders, NewsRadio WGNS Enter New Relationship

Middle Tennessee Athletics and its multimedia rightsholder, Learfield's Blue Raider Sports Properties, announced today that long-time station affiliate WGNS will now serve as the university's radio production home for the next five years.

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TBI Director to discuss Retirement on Wednesday
TBI Director to discuss Retirement on Wednesday

On Wednesday (2/14/18), the director of the TN Bureau of Investigation will officially discuss his plans to retire during a media conference. The retirement is expected before the 2019 year.

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Big Prep & MT Basketball Week
Big Prep & MT Basketball Week

It's a busy week in local sports as prep teams gear up for district tournament play while the Blue Raider teams look to finish out the regular season strong.

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Rutherford County Schools seeking land to build new schools
Rutherford County Schools seeking land to build new schools

The Rutherford County Board of Education is now soliciting proposals for land purchases for proposed school sites.

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Providence Christian Girls Win District Tournament
Providence Christian Girls Win District Tournament

Providence Christian Academy's girls basketball team made school history Saturday by claiming the Division II, 1-A Middle District Championship.

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Flu Season is Record Breaking; Not Over
Flu Season is Record Breaking; Not Over

This flu season is turning out to be so intense that the number of people seeking care at doctors' offices and emergency rooms has risen to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

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Push in State Legislature to End Emissions Testing
Push in State Legislature to End Emissions Testing

There's a push in the state legislature to end emissions testing in Rutherford and five other Tennessee counties where it's currently required.

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COMMENTARY: Journalists Protection Act
COMMENTARY: Journalists Protection Act

A bill being proposed in Congress has some journalists in a dither, and reports about the measure vividly illustrate how parsing words and shading meaning have become political games in Washington.

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Publishers Clearing House Scam Circulating
Publishers Clearing House Scam Circulating

Local and state authorities are warning everyone of a phone scam that tells recipients they won a car and need to make a deposit. Police say it is a scam.

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Overturned Semi on Thompson Lane Snarls AM Drive Traffic
Overturned Semi on Thompson Lane Snarls AM Drive Traffic

A tractor trailer has overturned in Murfreesboro on Thompson Lane, causing a delay for morning commuters.

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Riverdale's Alexander Miss Basketball Finalist
Riverdale's Alexander Miss Basketball Finalist

Another local prep athlete is a finalist for the TSSAA's Miss Basketball. Riverdale senior Brinae Alexander is a Class AAA finalist.

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A Silver Lining to Winter Weather for TN Forests
A Silver Lining to Winter Weather for TN Forests

The frigid temperatures experienced in parts of Tennessee this season - and likely future visits by Jack Frost - have at least one benefit: Low temps help kill the hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native species responsible for killing thousands of mature hemlock trees.

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Local store employees admits to theft - Totals over $2,000
Local store employees admits to theft - Totals over $2,000

A 33 year old Kroger employee has been arrested after admitting to stealing over $2,000 in gift cards.

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Tuesday, February 6th Prep Basketball Scores
Tuesday, February 6th Prep Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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MFRD Responds to Fire at 2363 Crown Hill Drive
MFRD Responds to Fire at 2363 Crown Hill Drive

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue's Engine 4, Ladder 6, and District 7 responded to a house fire located at 2363 Crown Hill Drive just after 1:30 Friday afternoon.

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Mt. Juliet Man Arrested on 'Boro Theft Charge
Mt. Juliet Man Arrested on 'Boro Theft Charge

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Mt. Juliet man on a Murfreesboro theft charge.

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Friday, February 2nd Prep Basketball Scores
Friday, February 2nd Prep Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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45th Annual MTSU Baseball Groundhog Day Luncheon
45th Annual MTSU Baseball Groundhog Day Luncheon

You know spring is around the corner when MTSU Baseball holds it's annual Groundhog Day Luncheon.

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Preliminary Hearing for Man Charged with Rape of 85-year old Woman
Preliminary Hearing for Man Charged with Rape of 85-year old Woman

A preliminary hearing was held in the alleged aggravated rape and aggravated robbery of an 85-year old Murfreesboro woman.

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Helping Kimberly
Helping Kimberly

In September of 2017 she learned that she has cervical cancer. Doctors told her that she needed to be on medication and have surgery. To date, neither of the two have occurred. Kimberly explained, "It's so expensive to get help, so I'm not dealing with it."

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Tuesday, January 30th Prep Basketball Scores
Tuesday, January 30th Prep Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard. Plus, listen in Wednesday night at 5:50 pregame for Blackman at Stewarts Creek coverage on State Farm Prep Basketball with Bryan Barrett and Jon Dinkins.

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Heroin overdose in Murfreesboro on Brinkley Avenue
Heroin overdose in Murfreesboro on Brinkley Avenue

Another heroin overdose was reported this past weekend in Murfreesboro. The report came in from Brinkley Avenue, a local mobile home park.

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The search for a new Murfreesboro City Manager is taking form
The search for a new Murfreesboro City Manager is taking form

The search for a new Murfreesboro City Manager is about to get underway. WGNS asked Murfreesboro Interim City Manager Jim Crumley if he planned to submit his resume to be considered as the future hire...

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MTEMC Says Braces for High Electric Bills
MTEMC Says Braces for High Electric Bills

Brace yourself when you open your electric bill. Middle Tennessee Electric is telling members to know their bills will be higher due to the cold weather.

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Tanker Crash on I-24 Closes Lanes
Tanker Crash on I-24 Closes Lanes

A tanker truck carrying motor oil overturned on I-24 Eastbound, going toward Manchester, near the Rutherford - Coffee Co. line around 2am Monday.

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COMMENTARY: Beetle Bailey Creator Dies
COMMENTARY: Beetle Bailey Creator Dies

Cartoonist Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey, died at age 94. Walker created the Beetle comic strip in 1950. MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris takes a not-so-serious look at Army private Beetle Bailey.

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St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Receives $6 Million for Expansion
St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Receives $6 Million for Expansion

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has accepted a $6 million donation from the Christy-Houston Foundation to be used for hospital expansions currently underway.

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PCA Students Record Song Benefiting Baylor Bramble
PCA Students Record Song Benefiting Baylor Bramble

Five PCA 7th grade students recently recorded a song to benefit Baylor Bramble. The song titled 'I Do Too' was written by PCA parent and songwriter Tim James and was recorded in a studio in Murfreesboro.

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Pulitzer winner Chivers examines troubled Marine's descent into violence Feb. 6 at MTSU
Pulitzer winner Chivers examines troubled Marine's descent into violence Feb. 6 at MTSU

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer C.J. Chivers will explain how he traced a troubled U.S. Marine's descent into postwar violence during a free public event set Tuesday, Feb. 6, at MTSU.

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Media literacy lecturers at MTSU help teachers, students define 'fake news'
Media literacy lecturers at MTSU help teachers, students define 'fake news'

MTSU is hosting two events designed to help educators and students unravel the term "fake news."

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McCluskey Promoted to MFRD Battalion Chief
McCluskey Promoted to MFRD Battalion Chief

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue recently promoted Captain Mark McCluskey to the position of Battalion Chief.

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Detention lieutenant saves life at jail
Detention lieutenant saves life at jail

Detention Lt. Phillip Davis earned a Life Saving award after providing emergency first aid to an inmate.

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Friday, January 26th Prep Basketball Scores
Friday, January 26th Prep Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Tennessee Republican Party on Reeves Victory

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released the following statement on the results of the special primary election for Senate District 14, won by Shane Reeves.

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Former Judge Bob Corlew to run for the 6th Congressional Seat
Former Judge Bob Corlew to run for the 6th Congressional Seat

Former Judge Bob Corlew has announced his candidacy for the open 6th Congressional Seat in Tennessee via a statement and announcement video.

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Search for Next RuCo Director of Schools Underway
Search for Next RuCo Director of Schools Underway

The search is underway for the next Rutherford County Director of Schools. Current Director Don Odom announced his retirement earlier this month.

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Tuesday, January 23rd Prep Basketball Scores
Tuesday, January 23rd Prep Basketball Scores

Check out the latest scores on the Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home Scoreboard.

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Two car jackings in Rutherford County this month
Two car jackings in Rutherford County this month

An increase in car burglaries has thieves happy in Rutherford County, but the victims frowning. In addition to car burglaries, there have also been two car jackings during the month of January in our community. Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh says...

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UPDATE: Man who allegedly tried to gouge nurses' eyes out faces multiple charges
UPDATE: Man who allegedly tried to gouge nurses' eyes out faces multiple charges

The 36 year old Memphis, Tennessee man arrested in Murfreesboro after allegedly trying to gouge the eyes of a nurse out at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is also facing charges elsewhere.

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THURSDAY CLOSINGS / CANCELLATIONS
THURSDAY CLOSINGS / CANCELLATIONS

Click READ MORE for additional cancellations, delays and changes for schools, businesses and events.

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Remembering Guy Dotson, Sr.
Remembering Guy Dotson, Sr.

Friends of former District Attorney Guy Dotson, Sr., share their memories. Arrangements have been announced by Woodfin Funeral Chapel.

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FRIDAY CLOSINGS / CANCELLATIONS
FRIDAY CLOSINGS / CANCELLATIONS

Rutherford County & Murfreesboro City Schools are CLOSED Friday. Click READ MORE for additional cancellations, delays and changes for schools, businesses and events.

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VA Becomes First Hospital System to Release Opioid Prescribing Rates
VA Becomes First Hospital System to Release Opioid Prescribing Rates

The disclosure is part of VA's promise of transparency to Veterans and the American people, and builds on VA's strong record of transparency disclosures -- including on wait times...

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34 Year old man in Murfreesboro pleads guilty to Sexual Battery
34 Year old man in Murfreesboro pleads guilty to Sexual Battery

The Murfreesboro man plead guilty to Sexual Battery, which is a Class E felony. He will now have to register as a sex offender...

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No charges filed against Smyrna woman who accidentally struck pedestrian
No charges filed against Smyrna woman who accidentally struck pedestrian

A woman from Smyrna, TN accidentally struck and killed a man on Interstate 24 this past weekend. Evidently, the man who was hit by the motorist pulled his car to the shoulder of the road, got out and allegedly sat down...

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Former District Attorney Guy Dotson, Sr. Passes Away
Former District Attorney Guy Dotson, Sr. Passes Away

Condolences are coming in for the family of former District Attorney Guy Dotson, Sr., who passed away Tuesday. Two men who worked as assistant DA's under Dotson, Jeff Henry and Bill Whitesell, will be guests on Thursday's "Truman Show."

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Frost Quakes Accompany Bitter Cold
Frost Quakes Accompany Bitter Cold

Several online reports in Rutherford County indicate some loud booms, something that maybe shakes their home or sounds like an explosion, are happening while we're in the deep freeze.

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TSSAA Bowling Tournament Changes at Smyrna Bowling Center
TSSAA Bowling Tournament Changes at Smyrna Bowling Center

The schedule for the TSSAA State Bowling Tournament will be changed for Thursday due to inclement weather.

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County & City Schools Closed Again Thursday
County & City Schools Closed Again Thursday

Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools will be closed again on Thursday.

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Hundreds in Cannon Co. without Heat After Deputy Wrecks
Hundreds in Cannon Co. without Heat After Deputy Wrecks

Around 300 natural gas residents in the Bradyville and Readyville area were without heat Wednesday morning.

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Indiana Man Found Deceased at S. Church Store
Indiana Man Found Deceased at S. Church Store

A 57-year old Fort Payne, Indiana, man was found deceased inside the sleeper section of his truck at the Pilot on South Church Street.

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Memphis Man Charged with Assaulting Hospital Nurse
Memphis Man Charged with Assaulting Hospital Nurse

A 36-year old Memphis man is charged with assaulting a nurse at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

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MTSU Begins Spring Semester Thursday
MTSU Begins Spring Semester Thursday

Middle Tennessee State University will be open and spring semester classes for the first day Thursday.

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WEDNESDAY CLOSINGS / CANCELLATIONS