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 Farmers Market to Open June 2, Accepting Vendors Applications
Farmers Market to Open June 2, Accepting Vendors Applications

The La Vergne Farmers Market will be back for the summer. City staff are taking extra precautions to ensure everyone's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic while still providing fresh fruits and vegetables for citizens.

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Heroes to Heroes: ED Staff and Ascension Saint Thomas Leaders Thank EMS Colleagues
Heroes to Heroes: ED Staff and Ascension Saint Thomas Leaders Thank EMS Colleagues

Emergency Department (ED) staff at Ascension Saint Thomas facilities are sending love to another group of frontline heroes this week.

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Serious Auto Accident Closes 231 South in Murfreesboro Monday Night
Serious Auto Accident Closes 231 South in Murfreesboro Monday Night

UPDATED: Names have been released in the Monday night accident... As of Friday (5/15/2020), the man who was ejected from his vehicle is now resting in "Stable" condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

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How did the Blue Eyed Daisy store in Downtown Murfreesboro get its name?
How did the Blue Eyed Daisy store in Downtown Murfreesboro get its name?

The historic downtown Murfreesboro square may have been overly quiet during the "Stay at Home" days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but now it is alive with increasing shoppers daily.

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Rutherford County Emergancy Medical Service Teams ALL NEGATIVE for COVID-19
Rutherford County Emergancy Medical Service Teams ALL NEGATIVE for COVID-19

A lot has changed over the past few months, especially in the field of medicine and medical care. One change deals with 9-1-1 dispatchers asking more medical related questions when paramedics are sent to a call.

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Main Street Saturday Market to hold Grand Opening Saturday June 6th
Main Street Saturday Market to hold Grand Opening Saturday June 6th

The Main Street Saturday Market will open again this year on the historic Murfreesboro Public Square starting in June. The first day for the market will be on Saturday, June 6th.

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Could Rutherford County Pick Up Davidson County Growth?
Could Rutherford County Pick Up Davidson County Growth?

If Rutherford County picked up the growth that Nashville has and saw their current growth go from 23.7% to 34.2%, then Rutherford County would see their population grow from 332,285 residents (2019) to 445,926 residents.

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How old does a child have to be - Before leaving the child home alone?
How old does a child have to be - Before leaving the child home alone?

Many people ask how old a child has to be - before leaving that child home alone, but is there a simple answer? Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport chimes in on the age-old question...

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THIS FRIDAY: Rutherford County Farmers Market - Opening Day and Current Guidelines for COVID-19
THIS FRIDAY: Rutherford County Farmers Market - Opening Day and Current Guidelines for COVID-19

Don't miss the return of your Rutherford County Farmers Market this Friday on May 8th.

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Changes within the Local Court System
Changes within the Local Court System

The Rutherford County Court System announced Friday changes to its operations effective May 4, 2020.

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Changes within the Rutherford County Schools
Changes within the Rutherford County Schools

The Rutherford County School Board has approved a modified grading plan because of the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Ascension Saint Thomas and Cigna Announce LocalPlus Agreement
Ascension Saint Thomas and Cigna Announce LocalPlus Agreement

Ascension Saint Thomas and Cigna (NYSE: CI) today announced they have reached an agreement to provide Cigna's LocalPlus customers in Middle Tennessee with access to high value, high quality care at Ascension Saint Thomas facilities and affiliated physician practices.

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Business Change: Workers Furloughed as Companies Try to Re-Open
Business Change: Workers Furloughed as Companies Try to Re-Open

As businesses re-open, it is important to remember to use caution, as stated by Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron...

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Emergency Rooms Prepared to Safely Treat Patients
Emergency Rooms Prepared to Safely Treat Patients

For people experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, mental health, abdominal pain or other acute illness or injury, a hospital emergency room is still the safest, most appropriate place to get care.

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Ascension Saint Thomas Collecting Plasma to Treat Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19
Ascension Saint Thomas Collecting Plasma to Treat Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19

Ascension Saint Thomas is collecting convalescent plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19 as part of an investigational treatment for very sick hospitalized patients currently battling the virus, in an Expanded Access Research Program (EAP), via a partnership of the FDA, Mayo Clinic and the American Red Cross. In order to provide the treatment, the health system is asking for plasma donors who meet certain criteria.

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Unemployment Certifications Move to Staggered Days
Unemployment Certifications Move to Staggered Days

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development moves to a staggered schedule for unemployment claimants completing their weekly certifications.

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Send a Note to a LOCAL Nurse, Doctor or Hospital Staff Member during COVID-19 Pandemic
Send a Note to a LOCAL Nurse, Doctor or Hospital Staff Member during COVID-19 Pandemic

Giving financial help is not an option right now for the majority of residents, but showing your support in a kind message - knowing that nurses, doctors and hospital staff are at the front line of battle against COVID-19 - is something we can all do!

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Rutherford County had a US Census Response Rate of 49%
Rutherford County had a US Census Response Rate of 49%

Rutherford County ranks number 22 in Tennessee for their response rate on the US Census...

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Churches may not be meeting in person, but they are giving worshipers hope for today
Churches may not be meeting in person, but they are giving worshipers hope for today

Local churches are having to change everything about the way worship is done due to the COVID-19 Pandemic - everything is now online. At the same time, some of the smaller churches in our community have completely halted everything and don't even have an online presence.

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Ascension Saint Thomas Announces Commitment to Protect Pay of Employees Shifted or Unable to Work During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ascension Saint Thomas Announces Commitment to Protect Pay of Employees Shifted or Unable to Work During COVID-19 Pandemic

Ascension also will offer daycare subsidies and reimbursements for employees who care for infected patients and may need to stay in a hotel for social-distancing purposes...

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Silent Carriers of COVID-19
Silent Carriers of COVID-19

Dr. Julian Yang, Chief Medical Officer of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital described the basic symptoms of COVID-19...

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Murfreesboro Slows to One Feeding Time Daily to SLow COVID-19 Spread
Murfreesboro Slows to One Feeding Time Daily to SLow COVID-19 Spread

As a recommendation from the state, the Murfreesboro City Schools CHOW bus that serves lunch and breakfast to school aged children, will only be serving once daily...

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MTSU offers students remote tutoring  in 200 subject areas -- and it's free
MTSU offers students remote tutoring in 200 subject areas -- and it's free

MTSU junior biology major Steffany Jenkins of Franklin, Tenn., helps a fellow student as a tutor in the Office of Student Success initiative. MTSU has 170 tutors and 30 supplemental instructors in 200 subject areas.

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Help for Businesses impacted by COVID-19 is Available Now
Help for Businesses impacted by COVID-19 is Available Now

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that Tennessee small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for loan assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration's new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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MTSU donates, delivers bottled milk for Hobgood Elementary's CHOW Bus
MTSU donates, delivers bottled milk for Hobgood Elementary's CHOW Bus

MTSU Creamery provides 400-plus bottles of famous chocolate milk for meals program...

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Mayor Jason Cole is issuing a
Mayor Jason Cole is issuing a "Safer at Home" initiative for La Vergne

As of April 2, 86 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Rutherford County by the Tennessee Health Department and there has been one (1) death. A breakdown of reported cases by city has not been released.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Help Available during the COVID-19 Crisis in Tennessee
Local Help Available during the COVID-19 Crisis in Tennessee

Community Helpers of Rutherford County will provide emergency financial assistance for clients via phone appointments only beginning March 24, 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic crisis flattens. All client assistance is performed by scheduled phone interviews.

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

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

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UPDATE: More Feeding Sites Open as Income Slows
UPDATE: More Feeding Sites Open as Income Slows

As income slows, more feeding sites are being opened. Murfreesboro City Schools Director Dr. Linda Gilbert stated...

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CENSUS Count Continues  -  Check Mail for Forms
CENSUS Count Continues - Check Mail for Forms

As coronavirus precautions continue to necessitate more time at home for everyone, Rutherford County residents are urged to check their mailboxes and stacks of mail for their 2020 Census forms that for the first time can be filled out online as the April 1 Census Day approaches.

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So far, no increase in crime due to COVID-19 for Rutherford County, TN
So far, no increase in crime due to COVID-19 for Rutherford County, TN

At this point, there has not been an uptick in crime, according to Larry Flowers, Murfreesboro Police Spokesperson.

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UPDATE: Ag Day on the Hill Postponed
UPDATE: Ag Day on the Hill Postponed

UPDATE: Speaker Cameron Sexton and Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally issued a joint statement relative to COVID -19...

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Construction on La Vergne School Addition Continues
Construction on La Vergne School Addition Continues

The new addition costs come in at $11.4 million and was included in the Rutherford County Schools budgeting plans...

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Rutherford County has Second Lowest Unemployment Rate in TN
Rutherford County has Second Lowest Unemployment Rate in TN

Davidson and Rutherford counties have the next lowest rates at 2.7%. Both counties saw an increase of 0.4 percentage points when compared to December, but a 0.1 percentage point decrease compared to a year ago.

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FREE 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Rutherford County
FREE 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Rutherford County

"This collection event is only held in our county twice a year," said Rutherford County Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen. "That is why it is important to take advantage of the opportunity to do a little 'Spring Cleaning'."

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

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

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12th Annual
12th Annual "FREE Trees for Streams" in Murfreesboro

Rutherford County Stormwater, City of Murfreesboro, and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) are gearing up for the 12th Annual "FREE Trees for Streams" event which places free trees in the hands of property owners near streams.

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New School Proposal and School Additions in Rutherford County
New School Proposal and School Additions in Rutherford County

A request for funding to add new schools to the Rutherford County education system is a top priority as the community continues to grow. Trey Lee with Rutherford County Schools stated...

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EPA Water Rule to Help Farms in Rutherford County and Beyond
EPA Water Rule to Help Farms in Rutherford County and Beyond

This clarification comes after some farmers in Rutherford, Bedford, Coffee and Cannon Counties voiced their concerns about the unfair impact they felt this would have had on their ponds and even on some of the streams that travel through their farmlands.

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

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

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New Trial Approved for Female Accused of Rape in Rutherford County
New Trial Approved for Female Accused of Rape in Rutherford County

There has been a turn of events for a woman convicted on charges that included the rape of her son in Rutherford County between 1999 and 2003.

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DUI Cases Increases, but not always Alcohol DUI Cases
DUI Cases Increases, but not always Alcohol DUI Cases

Over the years law enforcement in Murfreesboro and throughout the state have seen an increase in the different types of DUI arrests that are being made.

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Sex Offender Convicted in Murfreesboro DENIED Post Conviction Relief, Again
Sex Offender Convicted in Murfreesboro DENIED Post Conviction Relief, Again

You may recall the name Matthew Whitehair from past news stories... he was the man convicted on one count of simple assault, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of sexual battery, five counts of attempted incest, one count of incest, one count of statutory rape by an authority figure, and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure

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Large Heroin Bust and More Drug Overdoses in Rutherford County
Large Heroin Bust and More Drug Overdoses in Rutherford County

A large-scale drug bust took place several weeks ago in Rutherford County. WGNS also talked to the Sheriff's Department about an increase in heroin related drug overdoses.

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New Chief of Staff, Vice Chief at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford
New Chief of Staff, Vice Chief at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford

"I am a strong proponent of collaborative work that unites people with different perspectives so that we can strategize creatively," said Dr. David Sellers, Chief of Staff, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford.

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Man Accused of Killing Father in Murfreesboro Now Accused of Killing Jail Cell Inmate in Nearby County
Man Accused of Killing Father in Murfreesboro Now Accused of Killing Jail Cell Inmate in Nearby County

You may recall the name "Jacob Kado." He was the man in Murfreesboro who was accused of killing his own father in 2015. Kado is now in trouble with another murder, this time one he is accused of committing while jailed in "Trousdale County, TN.

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Business at its BEST Awards Event by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
Business at its BEST Awards Event by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

UPDATED with MORE SOUNDBYTES: State Senator Shane Reeves from Murfreesboro received the 2019 "Pinnacle Award." Deb Thompson with State Farm was named the "2019 Business Person" of the year. The "Business Legend" award for 2019 went to long time banker Lee Moss.

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Wear Red on February 7th
Wear Red on February 7th

Cardiovascular disease kills one woman every 80 seconds and takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke also impact...

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Siegel High School's Phil Young Addresses Cross Country Coaches
Siegel High School's Phil Young Addresses Cross Country Coaches

Phil Young just finished his 12th season as Head Cross Country Coach at Siegel High School, where he has taught for seventeen years.

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Rutherford County Schools More Advanced
Rutherford County Schools More Advanced

The Rutherford County School system aims to bring more business into the local schools. Part of that goal brings with it more technology to better prepare students for the future. Technological advances in the Rutherford County Schools equals more opportunity for advancement after graduation.

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FIrstBank Is Acquiring Franklin Synergy Bank
FIrstBank Is Acquiring Franklin Synergy Bank

FirstBank's parent company FB Financial is acquiring Franklin Financial Network, the parent of Franklin Synergy Bank, for $611-million. This arrangement increases the presence of FirstBank in both Rutherford and Williamson Counties.

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CHRISTMAS EVENT: Santa and his Reindeer on the Murfreesboro Square This Friday Night at 6
CHRISTMAS EVENT: Santa and his Reindeer on the Murfreesboro Square This Friday Night at 6

The event starts with the Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus and "LIVE" Reindeer at 6 this Friday night on the Historic Downtown Square.

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Convicted felon arrested after fighting with officers during traffic stop
Convicted felon arrested after fighting with officers during traffic stop

In the vehicle officers found an altered weapon and ammunition as well as illegal narcotics including suspected gray heroin.

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Travis Johnson announces candidacy for Rutherford County Property Assessor
Travis Johnson announces candidacy for Rutherford County Property Assessor

Local businessman and licensed real estate appraiser Travis Johnson has announced that he will seek the office of Assessor of Property for Rutherford County in the upcoming March 3rd Republican primary.

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Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Officials Seek Public's Assistance with Weekend Arson Fire
Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Officials Seek Public's Assistance with Weekend Arson Fire

Rutherford County Fire & Rescue (RCFR) officials are seeking the public's assistance with an intentionally set fire that occurred early Saturday morning on the playground at Wilson Elementary School located at 1545 Cut Off Road.

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Tennessee Grain Indemnity Fund Reaches $10 Million
Tennessee Grain Indemnity Fund Reaches $10 Million

The Tennessee Grain Indemnity Fund has surpassed its minimum balance requirement of $10 million and will suspend assessments from grain producers.

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Rutherford County #3 Lowest Unemployment
Rutherford County #3 Lowest Unemployment

Sixty-one counties have unemployment rates below 5 percent, while 34 counties now have unemployment rates at, or above, 5 percent. Rutherford County has the third lowest unemployment in Tennessee.

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Rutherford County Schools: 'Focus on what works'
Rutherford County Schools: 'Focus on what works'

As the new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Jimmy Sullivan says teachers attending the annual Summer Conference training should target academic standards as most effective way to help students

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Riverdale hosts for College Career Signing day April 5
Riverdale hosts for College Career Signing day April 5

Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro will host their Inaugural College & Career Signing Day this Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10:00am.

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Rutherford and Davidson Counties Tie For 2nd Lowest Unemployment
Rutherford and Davidson Counties Tie For 2nd Lowest Unemployment

The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee's counties improved in February according to new information released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

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Affordable Housing in Murfreesboro is $300,000
Affordable Housing in Murfreesboro is $300,000

Changes in federal funding for public housing are driving redevelopment of public housing in Murfreesboro. Mayor Shane McFarland said that the costs are all federally covered and that the idea of renovating existing government housing is too costly...

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January 2019 Statewide Rate Continues Consecutive Run of Record Low Unemployment
January 2019 Statewide Rate Continues Consecutive Run of Record Low Unemployment

The State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that 4,234 jobs are currently open in Rutherford County. The department statistics show that there are 8,490 potential job candidates for those job openings.

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MTSU students, faculty on spring break March 4-9
MTSU students, faculty on spring break March 4-9

MTSU students and faculty will be on spring break from Monday, March 4, through Saturday, March 9. Classes will resume Monday, March 11.

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$1 Per Tire Fee Collected in Rutherford County - Where is the Money
$1 Per Tire Fee Collected in Rutherford County - Where is the Money

What happens to old tires when you buy new tires in Rutherford County?

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Saint Thomas Completes 1,000th Minimally Invasive Heart Procedure
Saint Thomas Completes 1,000th Minimally Invasive Heart Procedure

The Saint Thomas Heart Team recently completed the 1,000th TAVR procedure since the program launch in 2012.

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Five industry councils create workforce pipelines to fill positions, while local students reap the benefits in the short- and long-term
Five industry councils create workforce pipelines to fill positions, while local students reap the benefits in the short- and long-term

Key industries in Rutherford County are facing challenges. Parents and students, it's time to take note.

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Day of Nations comes to Oakland High School Homecoming
Day of Nations comes to Oakland High School Homecoming

Students and parents set up and worked information tables based on their own backgrounds and traditions representing over 15 different countries.

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Early Detection, Timely Treatment Keys to Improving Breast Cancer Survival Rates
Early Detection, Timely Treatment Keys to Improving Breast Cancer Survival Rates

In Rutherford County, the breast cancer rate for women is classified as "Stable." However, in the past five years there has been a 5.6% increase in breast cancer cases. On average, 173 women in Rutherford County are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

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Fewer blood and platelet donors due to flu
Fewer blood and platelet donors due to flu

As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need.

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Record Crowd at Rutherford American Heart Association annual Heart Walk
Record Crowd at Rutherford American Heart Association annual Heart Walk

The Rutherford American Heart Association held its annual Heart Walk this past Saturday, September 22, 2018 on the Greenway at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic.

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Will you donate a Christmas Tree for the Murfreesboro Square?
Will you donate a Christmas Tree for the Murfreesboro Square?

Main Street: Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is in search of a large tree to celebrate Christmas this holiday season.

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Suspect in LaVergne Statutory Rape Case Facing 19 Charges in October
Suspect in LaVergne Statutory Rape Case Facing 19 Charges in October

A plea date for an aggravated rape suspect is nearing in the Rutherford County Courts.

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Commission Sends Three Names to Governor for 16th Judicial District Circuit Court Opening
Commission Sends Three Names to Governor for 16th Judicial District Circuit Court Opening

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met Wednesday, August 8, 2018 to consider seven candidates for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 16th Judicial District - Cannon and Rutherford Counties.

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Grant for Volunteer Fire Departments Available
Grant for Volunteer Fire Departments Available

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting grant applications for the 2018-19 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program from now until Sept. 14, 2018.

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Police Chase on I-24 in nearby Coffee County
Police Chase on I-24 in nearby Coffee County

On Monday afternoon at approximately 12:15 pm on I-24 in Coffee County, Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark received a "Be on the Lookout" for a stolen vehicle traveling westbound on the interstate.

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Female Passenger Killed Thursday Morning in W. Jefferson Pk. Head-On Crash
Female Passenger Killed Thursday Morning in W. Jefferson Pk. Head-On Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle head-on fatal crash that occurred on Thursday (8/2/18) morning on West Jefferson Pike near Mona Road in Rutherford County.

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More Sobriety Checkpoints Coming Up
More Sobriety Checkpoints Coming Up

More sobriety checkpoints are being planned for Rutherford County...

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Cole Joins Staff at Local United Way
Cole Joins Staff at Local United Way

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties recently hired Michael Cole as the Vice President of Collective Impact and Strategic Initiatives.

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital announces Chief Operating Officer and Director of Emergency Services
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital announces Chief Operating Officer and Director of Emergency Services

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is pleased to announce Thomas Roddy has joined the senior leadership team as Chief Operating Officer, and Susan Miller has joined the clinical leadership team as Director of Nursing...

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Rutherford county Constable added to National Law Enforcement Memorial
Rutherford county Constable added to National Law Enforcement Memorial

A Rutherford County constable who died in the line of duty in 1878 was memorialized this year on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Man to face 4 Rape of a Child Charges after arrest by Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Detective
Man to face 4 Rape of a Child Charges after arrest by Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Detective

Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Andrea Knox will be in court as one of the subjects she arrested in 2017 appears before Judge David Bragg. Knox investigates cases of child rape on a daily basis in our community.

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Sobriety Checkpoints in LaVergne, TN
Sobriety Checkpoints in LaVergne, TN

Don't drive drunk over the Valentines weekend!

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Former Rutherford County Sheriff Chief Deputy of Administration Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison
Former Rutherford County Sheriff Chief Deputy of Administration Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison

Joe L. Russell II was sentenced Thursday (Nov. 16, 2017) to 15 months in prison for operating a private electronic cigarette company in the county jail for personal gain...

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John Vanderveer Sentenced in JailCigs Case
John Vanderveer Sentenced in JailCigs Case

John Vanderveer was sentenced for his part in selling e-cigarettes to inmates, including here at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. The uncle of former Sheriff Robert Arnold was sentenced by a federal judge Monday.

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NEW JUDGE: Commission Accepting Applications for Vacancy in 16th Judicial District Circuit Court - Rutherford / Cannon Counties
NEW JUDGE: Commission Accepting Applications for Vacancy in 16th Judicial District Circuit Court - Rutherford / Cannon Counties

Any interested applicant must be a licensed attorney who is at least 30 years of age, a resident of the state for five years, and a resident of the 16th Judicial District.

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Former Rutherford County Sheriff now in a Federal Penitentiary
Former Rutherford County Sheriff now in a Federal Penitentiary

The former Sheriff of Rutherford County is now in a federal penitentiary and out of the jail he was being held in that was located in Grayson County, Kentucky.

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Robert Arnold Pleads Guilty...Resigns As Sheriff
Robert Arnold Pleads Guilty...Resigns As Sheriff

Robert Arnold is now officially the former Rutherford County Sheriff after pleading guilty to corruption charges. He also resigned from the office of sheriff.

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Arnold to Enter Guilty Plea
Arnold to Enter Guilty Plea

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is expected to enter a guilty plea as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

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UPDATE: Rutherford County Commission to pick an Interim Sheriff on January 12, 2017
UPDATE: Rutherford County Commission to pick an Interim Sheriff on January 12, 2017

Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess confirmed that if Sheriff Arnold is not found guilty of the 14 federal charges against him, he could remain in office.

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Riverdale's Chelsea Spaulding Culbreth selected for prestigious Governor's leadership program
Riverdale's Chelsea Spaulding Culbreth selected for prestigious Governor's leadership program

Riverdale Assistant Principal Chelsea Spaulding Culbreth will soon get a career opportunity that many won't in Tennessee.

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Sheriff Suspended With No Pay
Sheriff Suspended With No Pay

Davidson County Chancellor Bill Young has suspended Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold - without pay - pending the outcome of his February 2017 federal JailCigs trial.

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United Way Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Charity Tracker Launch
United Way Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Charity Tracker Launch

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is providing Charity Tracker, a shared case management and communications tool for local leaders in the nonprofit, faith-based, foundation, civic, academia, and government sectors in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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Rutherford County Sheriff JAILED up until his 2017 Federal Court Date
Rutherford County Sheriff JAILED up until his 2017 Federal Court Date

UPDATE: The Sheriff of Rutherford will be jailed until the date of his trial on February 7, 2017 after a domestic violence incident was reported to have occurred on Labor Day.

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Who's Leading the RuCo Sheriff's Office?
Who's Leading the RuCo Sheriff's Office?

With Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold behind bars after having his bond revoked by a federal magistrate, who's in charge?

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Commissioner Says Arnold Situation is
Commissioner Says Arnold Situation is "Embarrassment to my County"

In light of the on-going legal issues surrounding Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, the vice-chair of the County Commission's Public Safety Committee says it's an embarrassment.

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Sheriff Arnold in Kentucky Jail; Considering Resignation
Sheriff Arnold in Kentucky Jail; Considering Resignation

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is in a Kentucky jail, being detained by the federal government after his bond was revoked. NewsChannel 5 is reporting the sheriff may be "strongly considering" resigning from office, if it would mean his release from jail before his federal trial next year.

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Two vehicle thefts, a fire and a pursuit in Rutherford County
Two vehicle thefts, a fire and a pursuit in Rutherford County

Deputies located two suspects who went on a crime spree by stealing two vehicles, leading a sergeant on a pursuit and burning a truck Thursday morning...

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A possible reduction of retirement benefits for newly hired Rutherford Co. Employees
A possible reduction of retirement benefits for newly hired Rutherford Co. Employees

Property Assessor Rob Mitchell told WGNS in an email, "This program will result in a 30% reduction in benefits for anyone hired after April 1, 2016."

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Man accused of trying to cash a fake check
Man accused of trying to cash a fake check

A 49-year old Manchester man is facing multiple charges after being arrested in Murfreesboro on Wednesday afternoon.

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Exercising each day can help keep the doctor away
Exercising each day can help keep the doctor away

In a new study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, researchers say more than an hour of moderate or half an hour of vigorous exercise per day may lower your risk of heart failure by 46 percent.

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35,000 Visitors in Murfreesboro on Labor Day will help the local economy
35,000 Visitors in Murfreesboro on Labor Day will help the local economy

The event runs Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1, 2014 and will bring teams from across the region and across the country.

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Subject claiming to be an officer of the law fires a gun at an apartment door
Subject claiming to be an officer of the law fires a gun at an apartment door

Unknown subject yells, "Rutherford County Police" before shooting a hole in an apartment door at University Gables in Murfreesboro. Of course, there is no police force called "Rutherford County Police." 

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Rutherford Cable to honor 14 Women on Thursday

The ATHENA International Leadership Award was founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz. The ATHENA non-profit organization seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspiring them to reach their full potential and create balance in leadership worldwide.

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

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

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Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau wins AWARD

The Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau has received the 2013 All Star Award from Constant Contact for its monthly e-newsletter. 

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A well deserved award to a hard working farmer and his wife in Rutherford County! Great story for our WGNS friends...
A well deserved award to a hard working farmer and his wife in Rutherford County! Great story for our WGNS friends...

On the pristine Rutherford County Century Farm where MTSU alumnus Katherine Batey Whitt grew up in the Blackman community outside of Murfreesboro, she and husband and fellow alumnus Brandon Whitt received a special prize Wednesday (March 5) for being nationally recognized.

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A well deserved award to a hard working farmer and his wife in Rutherford County! Great story for our WGNS friends...
A well deserved award to a hard working farmer and his wife in Rutherford County! Great story for our WGNS friends...

On the pristine Rutherford County Century Farm where MTSU alumnus Katherine Batey Whitt grew up in the Blackman community outside of Murfreesboro, she and husband and fellow alumnus Brandon Whitt received a special prize Wednesday (March 5) for being nationally recognized.

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Ground Breaking Event in Murfreesboro for Cosmetics Company
Ground Breaking Event in Murfreesboro for Cosmetics Company

Schwan Cosmetics USA will hold a ground breaking event on the new state-of-the-art building that will house its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Murfreesboro next Tuesday (March 11). 

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Rutherford County Commission Race GROWS
Rutherford County Commission Race GROWS

The County Commission race in Rutherford County continues to grow.  Oakland High School Assistant Principal, Tim Roediger, has announced...

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UPDATE: Former Colonel for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Arrested in Robertson County, TN
UPDATE: Former Colonel for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Arrested in Robertson County, TN

Farmer is charged with two counts of especially aggravated exploitation of a minor, two counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of solicitation of a minor...

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Rutherford County Property Assessor Announces New E-File Program
Rutherford County Property Assessor Announces New E-File Program

The Rutherford County Property Assessor tells us that a brand new “E-File” program for businesses will make it easier for business owners to file their personal property schedule online. Assessor Rob Mitchell stated…

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

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

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Free Flu Shots Were Administered on Monday in Smyrna - You Can Still Get a Flu Shot for Free This Week
Free Flu Shots Were Administered on Monday in Smyrna - You Can Still Get a Flu Shot for Free This Week

The St. Thomas Mobile Health Unit worked with the Rutherford County Health Department to give out free flu shots on Monday in Smyrna and the crowd was steady throughout the day.

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Woman Charged with DUI after Allegedly Driving to Gas Station with Children
Woman Charged with DUI after Allegedly Driving to Gas Station with Children
According to the report, it would appear that police did not observe Weeks driving the vehicle prior to her arrest.
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Another Name has been Submitted in the Rutherford County Commission Race
Another Name has been Submitted in the Rutherford County Commission Race
Jason Bour of Smyrna told WGNS he has decided to run for County Commissioner in the 9th district...
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Mary Scales Remembered at City Council, While Veterans Are Honored at Commission
The Murfreesboro City Council took time to mourn the passing of Mary Scales, the first African-American council member at their October 17th meeting, while the Rutherford County Commission praised MTSU for their upcoming events honoring veterans...
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Local Group That Helps Residents With Intellectual Disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon Counties Receive Major Grant
Local Group That Helps Residents With Intellectual Disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon Counties Receive Major Grant
The Christy-Houston Foundation’s recent awarding of a nearly $40,000 grant to Journeys in Community Living will help the nonprofit deliver more streamlined services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Cannon and Rutherford counties.
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ANOTHER Lawsuit Against Rutherford County? This Time Involving a Local Newspaper?
ANOTHER Lawsuit Against Rutherford County? This Time Involving a Local Newspaper?
An example of a public notice may involve a divorce, a foreclosure or a bankruptcy.
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All the More Reason to Eat Breakfast - Read This!
Men who reported they skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who reported they didn’t.
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Middle TN Electric (MTEMC) has new President
Middle TN Electric (MTEMC) has new President
Middle Tennessee Electric’s Board of Directors has named Chris Jones as the cooperative’s new president. Jones, MTEMC’s Vice President of Communications and Member Services, will succeed Frank Jennings, who has served as president for 11 years and has been with MTEMC for more than 42 years. Chris will be on the WGNS Action Line this Friday at 8:10 A.M.
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County Schools 2-hours late today *

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

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Construction on the Increase in Rutherford County
There appears to be a building boom in Rutherford County. WGNS’ Ron Jordon reports…
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State Budget Proposal Will Not Include Federal Health Care Dollars
State Budget Proposal Will Not Include Federal Health Care Dollars
Governor Bill Haslam says he’ll propose a budget for next year without deciding whether to accept hundreds of millions of federal healthcare dollars.
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Local representative Rick Womack supports bill that limits expense account payment for lodging
Local representative Rick Womack supports bill that limits expense account payment for lodging
“I should not be reimbursed for a hotel stay if I sleep in my own bed at night”
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Junior League of Murfreesboro seeking women to explore being a part of their 2013 group
Founded locally in 1992, the Junior League of Murfreesboro explores the needs of the community and concentrated on focus areas such as women and children at risk, educational disadvantages, health, voluntarism and quality of life.
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Special program to help local residents prepare tax returns is FREE
The 2012 VITA sites resulted in 346 accepted tax returns with a total refund amount of $492,000 going back into the communities of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. This year the United Way and Greenhouse Ministries aim to help even more residents.
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Murfreesboro Police Recover Stolen Police Handgun on Wednesday
Murfreesboro Police Recover Stolen Police Handgun on Wednesday
Police did an inventory of the car after the area around it was secured. Inside the vehicle they found a.45 caliber  Glock handgun that had been stolen from a LaVergne Police Cruiser. Officers also recovered a .45-caliber magazine for the gun and ammunition.
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Senator Tracy files resolution asking Congress to balance its budget
Senator Tracy files resolution asking Congress to balance its budget
The federal government should act now in practicing fiscal responsibility according to State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) who filed a resolution in the Tennessee State Senate urging Congress to immediately adopt a balanced budget.  Forty nine states, including Tennessee, maintain balanced budgets through a constitutional requirement or by state statute.  
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A Pictorial Step Back to the 1900's in Rutherford County
A Pictorial Step Back to the 1900's in Rutherford County
Rutherford County is a community that is rich in history. From Oakland’s Mansion to the Princess Theater, there are so many memories for so many people. Below are photos gathered from around the community that date back to the 1900's. The following photographs below are stored at Shacklett’s Photography on South Church Street in Murfreesboro, TN.
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Prep Games Rescheduled
The icy weather conditions forced high school games to be postponed. The WGNS State Farm Prep Basketball broadcast of Blackman at Siegel has been moved to next Tuesday the 22nd.
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