VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) earned "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader" designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) in the 12th edition of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released August 16.
Ending youth violence within Murfreesboro starts in the home. Murfreesboro Police Lt. Clayton Williams stated...
Embattled former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is now facing a probe into his campaign finances.
After 5-days on-the-run, 44-year old Curtis Ray Watson has been apprehended. To the amazement of most persons, he was still in Henning, Tennessee.
To help strengthen and expand workforce development programs in Tennessee's rural counties, the Tennessee Workforce Development Board recently approved a $3 million investment to support Governor Bill Lee's rural initiatives.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (TN, R) said, "Our nation cannot ignore these mass shootings."
Leasing is currently underway on Vintage Gateway, an upscale apartment community, Tim Keach, CEO of TDK, announced this past week.
The Tennessee Grain Indemnity Fund has surpassed its minimum balance requirement of $10 million and will suspend assessments from grain producers.
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.
Perhaps you saw a Russian aircraft flying over Rutherford County when the aircraft made its way towards the Air Force base in nearby Tullahoma, TN?
The bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the federal minimum wage from its present rate of $7.25 per hour.
Many of us are not aware of when we're able to prepare commercial food products at home versus when we need to use a commercial kitchen.
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.
A reckless homicide case that was investigated in Murfreesboro on March 13, 2019 will soon see the courtroom on June 21, 2019. Nathaniel Sherman, an intern at the Rutherford County District Attorney's Office told WGNS...
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two new studies detailing the volume and nature of crime on school campuses and crime identified as having a domestic violence nexus. Both studies utilize data from the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.
Bad guys beware--several new ANTI-CRIME laws take effect July 1, 2019 here in Tennessee as the state's new fiscal year begins.
Are you ready to travel during this coming 4th of July holiday? You're not the only one, AAA report that nearly 49 million persons are making plans to honor the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year.
Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service paramedics responded to the Mapco gas station at 3392 Memorial Boulevard earlier this month for a possible overdose.
The public is encouraged to attend the ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING of the Stones River Watershed from 9:00AM-1:00PM this coming Saturday (6/8/2019) at the Lions Log Cabin in Cannonsburgh, 407 Hickerson Drive.
One Tennessee soldier is helping fellow warriors with PTSD through quilting. His "Raising The Flag Over Iwo Jima" quilt will be on display in Smyrna throughout July. Andrew Lee is helping other veterans.
UPDATE: As heard last week on WGNS, there will no longer be a statute of limitations in felony child sex abuse cases if the crime took place when the victim was less than 13 years of age. The new bill on the statute will go into effect this coming July (2019).
This week the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2018 'Crime in Tennessee' report, which details the volume and nature of criminal across the state.
A multi agency investigation has resulted in the arrest of a man charged in connection to the murder of seven people and critical injuries to an eighth victim at two different locations in Sumner County last month.
As Rutherford County continues to grow, the local justice system will also expand. With that expansion comes new assistant district attorneys under the direction of elected District Attorney General Jennings Jones.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual 'Crime on Campus' publication, detailing the volume...
Longtime community newspaper columnist Dan Whittle has passed away Thursday. The popular humorist, writer, story teller and broadcaster died Thursday morning. Visitation 3-7PM Friday at Woodfin Chapel in Smyrna, funeral service there at 1PM Saturday, burial follows at the Mapleview Cemetery.
House members voted 86-5 on Monday for legislation that would scrap the twice-annual time shift - but only if Congress first passes a federal law allowing states to observe daylight saving year-round and the proposal was later adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly
While an effort to enact an abortion heartbeat bill failed last week, anti-abortion lawmakers have refocused their efforts to enact a "trigger" bill that would ban abortions in Tennessee should the Supreme Court alter or overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Tennessee, which has historically ranked among the highest states with civilian fire deaths, is now ranked No. 11 in the nation for fire deaths by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with 14.6 deaths per million from 2011 - 2015.
What has been labeled "The Fetal Heartbeat Bill" passed the House in the Tennessee General Assembly but was later moved to "Study" this summer by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
School vouchers maybe out in Tennessee, but what may pass the state legislation this year is the Education Savings Account (ESA).
Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma), co-sponsor of legislation to allow Tennesseans to receive medical cannabis under the care of a physician and pharmacist, expressed her continued support for the medical benefits it will provide.
Avid Hotels is a franchise based hotel brand originally launched in 2017 by InterContinental Hotels Group.
The Nashville/ Murfreesboro/ Franklin area is ranked number 1 in the nation for metro locations. Metropolitan areas have 50,000 or more residents.
The sugar maple tree yields autumn foliage, maple syrup and Tennessee whiskey. Wood from the tree is chopped into planks, stacked in piles and burned to form charcoal.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released their most recent KIDS COUNT Survey and it shows that Tennessee has placed 77% of youngsters that were in the states foster system into foster homes.
A 40 Caliber round was lodged into the flooring. The bullet evidently came from the apartment below.
There are changes in the billing for air ambulance service.
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).
On Tuesday United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released a statement after voting against the Democrats' Green New Deal.
Results from the most recent Tennessee Consumer Outlook Survey by MTSU indicate consumers' outlook on the economy has improved modestly following a steady decline from an all-time high this time last year.
With the growing popularity of protein-packed diets, farmers across Tennessee say the demand for meat is on the rise, and that trend is expected to continue.
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...
Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's Higher Education Reform Proposal:
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett appointed the state's two representatives to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards Board, in compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). One of those two lives and works in Rutherford County.
Middle Tennessee State University made its presence known at the Tennessee State Capitol on Tuesday, March 12, as campus officials held its annual Day on the Hill event for lawmakers.
The Town of Smyrna will receive a loan totaling $3 million for green infrastructure and waste water treatment plant expansion from 5.85 million gallons per day (MGD) to 9 MGD.
Steakhouse Five, a new high-end steakhouse concept, has leased 3,552-square-feet of space and will open at Fountains at Gateway in early summer, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
Tennessee Code Annotated 43-6-425, which governs the Boll Weevil Eradication Program, provides that a referendum authorizing assessments be held at least every 10 years.
On Monday evening, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee delivered his first State of the State address and presented budget priorities to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House Chamber.
RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Tennessee Right to Life respectfully underscores the concerns of our organization with regard to H.B. 77, the heartbeat abortion ban legislation.
A proposal is before lawmakers to create a "concealed only" permit which will cost the taxpayers about $1 million per year and will rename the existing permit as an "enhanced" permit.
The Division returned a record-breaking 48,425 claims last year, returning $32.9 million to those with missing money in Tennessee.
Murfreesboro City Schools' Extended School Program (ESP) has planned a summer filled with fun and learning including science, art and technology camps.
A bill banning most abortions once a heartbeat is detected has cleared a key hurdle in the Tennessee Legislature.
Several Tennessee lawmakers are pushing to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21.
Secretary Hargett said the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program that was sponsored by Sen. Kelsey and Rep. Farmer last year, made this program possible.
Are you looking for the perfect photo backdrop for an upcoming wedding? Tennessee is home to several farm venues that offer gorgeous views with barns,...
House Majority Whip Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) today named State Representative Charlie Baum (R-Murfreesboro) to fill one of three Deputy Whip positions within the Tennessee House Republican Caucus.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) applauds Gov. Bill Lee's leadership and immediate attention to funding urgent initiatives for mental health and suicide prevention efforts upon taking Office.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee announced that it will file a lawsuit if the "Fetal Cardiac Activity Bill" becomes law.
Sunshine will be a part of our day for most of the coming week and highs will be in the mid 50s to 60s. It's a "drying time" for the Volunteer State, where steady rainfall brought mudslides, flooding, and deaths.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a new investment in school safety to better protect teachers and students and prepare against the threat of violence.
A pair of lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban same sex marriage in Tennessee.
Alexander voted on February 14th for legislation that Congress passed and the president will sign that made a "significant down payment on border security."
The "Human Life Protection Act" is going to get a lot of attention in the halls of the state legislature
On Wednesday (02/13/2019), pro-life female legislators introduced legislation supported by Tennessee Right to Life that, upon reversal of Roe v Wade, would restore full legal protections for unborn children.
A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill to observe daylight saving time year-round in the Volunteer State.
Pregnant women whose babies are born addicted to drugs could face charges if a bill filed by two Tennessee lawmakers is passed.
Gas prices in Tennessee are inching lower again, after rising 2 cents last week. Drivers are currently paying an average price of $2.04 per gallon at the pump. Some Murfreesboro discounters started the week (2/11/2019) with regular gas at $1.91 per gallon.
On Tuesday (2/11/19) morning at 4:30 am, Rutherford County Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at a single-story home on Keystone Road.
Medical marijuana talk is growing in Tennessee and now it will be up for legislative debate.
Gov. Bill Lee says he supports banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
The gas price roller coaster continues, with the cost of petro dropping 2.5-cents in Tennessee over the past week. Some Murfreesboro discounters opened the week with regular gas at $1.92.
Congressman DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement in support of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF):
Local creatives are collaborating on a one-night multigenre show celebrating the "heart breakers, breath takers, and fate makers" of our lives.
"One suicide death is too many," says Scott Ridgway, executive director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. The public-private partnership responsible for reporting findings cites an almost 55 percent increase in suicides among children ages 10 to 17 in the last three years.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) encourages Tennessee employers to take part in the Payment Audit Independent Determination program or PAID.
New data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed statewide unemployment rates have held steady during the final month of 2018.
At the stroke of noon Saturday, Bill Lee became Tennessee's 50th governor during a ceremony inside the War Memorial Auditorium.
The requirement would not apply to pregnant women, elderly, disabled, one primary caregiver per household with a child younger than 6, caregivers for the medically frail, and other exemptions.
The state veterinarian is advising horse owners of four cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Middle Tennessee.
Lt. Governor Randy McNally has announced that State Senator Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) will serve in a leadership role in a key Senate Committee.
State Senator Janice Bowling of Tullahoma and Rep. Ron Travis say they will introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate access to medical cannabis.
The federal government's shutdown requires SNAP recipients to file paperwork by the end of the business day this coming Monday.
"Weak border security and bad laws are causing a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and in our local communities. Erecting more effective physical barri..."
UPDATE: The court date for a man accused of aggravated sexual battery against a 12-year-old was delayed last week.
Emma has unseated Ava as the number one name for baby girls born in Tennessee, rising to the top of the list of the most popular names for babies born in 2018.
Well this stinks... a sighting of an uncommon species of skunk in Bledsoe County has the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency asking everyone to be on the lookout.
The "Tennessee Sports Gaming Act" would allow local governments to decide whether or not to allow sports betting.
Rutherford County is one of several counties in the Volunteer State known to have higher Radon levels.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has confirmed that chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in ten wild deer, abnd have implemented emergency rules.
We're in the party season, and sometimes everyone doesn't have a designated driver. Here's great news from AAA and Anheuser-Busch. Phone (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
Georgia Meshotto, 75, has seen a lot over the years, serving under four mayors and four city managers since she arrived at City Hall, November 1, 1982.
On Thursday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a statement on immunizations. The statement read as follows:
Rutherford County Commissioner Pettus Read who represents the area of Rutherford County where the tornado took the life of MTSU Adjunct Professor Angie Walker, wife of WGNS' Scott Walker, said that a special resolution will honor her on Thursday evening (12/13/18).
Two earthquakes shook parts of East Tennessee Wednesday morning. They occurred a half-hour apart and were 30-miles distance from each other.
How do you feel? Many Tennessee residents are suffering from flu symptoms!
The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) will remain open December 5, 2018, the national day of mourning for former President George H. W. Bush.
Tennessee gas prices are approaching their lowest levels of the year, and motorists should see additional discounts this week. Here in Murfreesboro, some discounters opened the week at $2.01 per gallon. That gives the CHEAPEST GAS AWARD again to Murfreesboro.
On Friday former State Senator and new Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron was honored for his work dealing with the Human Trafficking Task Force.
Over 65,000 registered voters went to the election centers here in Rutherford County during this mid-term election. Forecasters say the record turnout will not help to predict the outcome of Tuesday's election.
School students from all three grand divisions of the state have cast their votes in the statewide races for Governor and U.S. Senate.
63,104 public school graduates who took the ACT increased their average score in most subject areas. The average ACT score for the public school graduating class of 2018...
When questioned, the suspect allegedly told officers that he sells meth and heroin for $20 per every "Point" one gram.
Tennessee corn farmers and landowners will be able to vote on a statewide checkoff referendum to consider a 1 cent per bushel assessment of corn sold.
In Tennessee, 77,355 people were identified as victims of intimate partner violence or IPV, in 2017 according to data collected by the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System...
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) received an endorsement from the Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) in the 49th District State House Race.
UPDATE: The TBI spokesperson who recently took over the West Tennessee wing for public relations has resigned.
A man who asked to be executed in Tennessee by electrocution instead of lethal injection has been denied his request.
Reportedly, a Cascade High School student from Shelbyville has died and another is hurt after a rollover crash in Bedford County on Sunday afternoon.
The Tennessee Business Barometer rebounded from its brief decline earlier this summer, according to the latest snapshot of business leaders' opinions as measured by MTSU's Jones College of Business.
Teen birth rates in Tennessee have drastically decreased from 53.8 births per 1,000 females aged 15 - 19 in 2008 to 26.6 in 2017.
Derek Faulkner has a facility in Christiana with 9 beds. Renewed Life serves the men enrolled in their one-year, residential discipleship training center.
The U.S. Geological Survey at Memphis reports a Magnitude 2.3 earthquake rattled folks in Grundy County and surrounding communities about 1 a.m. Monday.
The end result of the case that changed the pre-trial notice was eventually determined by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Several local businesses have filled lawsuits against local governments and leaders in connection with the February 12, 2018 OPERATION CANDY CRUSH when 23 local businesses were shut-down for selling products that contained CDB. However, stores were allowed to re-open because it was not illegal to sell products containing CDB.
After months of extensive restoration, the much-anticipated grand opening of The Gathering at Milton, a historic event venue will be celebrated THIS Saturday, October 13, 2018, with a Fall Market and Craft Fair.
This Friday (10/12/18), a child rape suspect will appear in the Rutherford County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Royce Taylor.
A majority of the Tennessee Supreme Court has held that death row inmates failed to establish that the current, three-drug lethal injection protocol violates prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment under the United States Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution.
"Graham and Zeke" tells the story of a transgender couple from Tennessee who share their insights on love, gender and pet snakes. Sultan said the filmmakers intended to give a voice to the trans community in the South.
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.
In a victory for opponents of abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case that has made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 14-20 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, to promote awareness of the importance of geoscience...
Tennessee has the potential to do a better job helping young parents. And failing to do so could leave an impact on multiple generations.
The Extended School Program (ESP) at Murfreesboro City Schools and the Murfreesboro Soccer Club have partnered to offer students a top-tier soccer experience - Strikers City Academy.
The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing a public health and safety advisory to warn Tennesseans about the risks of harm associated with use of products derived from Cannabis, including marijuana and hemp that claim to benefit health...
"The running community is a powerful force for change and good, particularly when united together for a cause," says Joey Pointer, CEO and President of Fleet Feet.
Seatbelt use in Rutherford County is high, compared to others areas across the country...
Across the state of Tennessee, the TN Department of Safety reports that 70 people have died in traffic fatalities this month alone (September 2018)...
Using an annual web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities.
A sizable theft was reported at TJ Maxx on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. The shoplifting incident was reported on Tuesday (9/18/18) afternoon.
UPDATE WITH AUDIO: Tennessee should consider fully eliminating statutes for most felony child abuse crimes like the majority of other states.
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Tennessee is set to receive $30.8 million to combat the opioid crisis.
Tennessee home prices increased 8 percent year-over-year, BERC Director Murat Arik noted. The increase in home prices remains above the national average, which has fluctuated around 6.5 percent over the past two years.
As children race through the corn maze or rush to find the perfect pumpkin, more of Tennessee's agritourism farms are now also featuring fall fun that's just for grownups.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 7,919 crashes last year (2017) in Tennessee involved alcohol impaired drivers or drivers who used drugs.
The 41-year-old man, who was indicted by the courts in 2017, was convicted after a case involving his step-daughter.
It's official--the Hurricane Creek Greenway in La Vergne, Tennessee is now open. This weekend's partly cloudy weather with temps in the mid 80s is perfect for a stroll down this beautiful nature setting.
There was lots of action on the Ocoee River this weekend. The river flows through the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the Southeastern United States. Whitewater competitions got underway this past Friday.
The City of La Vergne is excited to officially open the new Hurricane Creek Greenway on Saturday, August 25th.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announces today the approval of insurance rates requested by the five carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) ahead of Open Enrollment for 2019.
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
Caleb Walls' first day on the job as a Fire Trainee was August 6, exactly 28 years after his dad, Captain Clay Walls, started his firefighting career at Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department.
Evidently, the theft involved about $1500 worth of shingles. The original report shows they were stolen in the 2,000 block of East Main Street in Murfreesboro.
The teen is accused of molesting a 5 year old child on May 19 and a 4 year old on July 19 in restroom facilities at the fairgrounds in Alexandria, TN during separate ATV racing events.
Moving forward for apartment complexes in Murfreesboro, it may be a good idea to spread apartments out a little more... That thought according to Mayor Shane McFarland...
A Huntsville, Alabama woman has been taken to jail in Murfreesboro after allegedly trying to cash a fraudulent check.
CAPTURED: Nashville North Precinct Flex officers a short time ago arrested accused kidnappers/armed robbers Orlando Harris Jr. and Deion Glover from the Green Hills case. They were taken into custody without incident after being spotted at 17th Avenue North & Wheless Street by Officers Garren Hoskins, Khalid Abbady and Daniel Garrett.
The Tennessee State Museum is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at its new location on the corner of Rosa Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Tuesday (8/14/18) announced the first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities and safety procedures will be fully completed by the end of August, with unprecedented school security funding now available to school districts to implement identified school security and safety needs.
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.
Tennessee's first execution in almost 10-years took place. Billy Ray Irick was pronounced deceased at 7:48 Thursday night (Central Time) at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville after a 3-drug lethal injection.
Mr. Irick was sentenced to death following his 1986 convictions for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old child.
Spotted by Molly Peco in Murfreesboro TN at Coconut Bay Cafe...
A bag of what was believed to be cocaine was found along with marijuana and multiple drug paraphernalia items during the recent execution of a search warrant in Murfreesboro.
We have good news to report. The missing teenager we reported about on Tuesday afternoon has been found safe...
Reducing traffic fatalities and crashes on U.S. Highway 70 will be the goal of Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies joining other officers statewide in the "Safe on Seventy" campaign through Friday.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee celebrated the grand opening of a new distribution center in Smyrna.
The start of July marked another increase in the gas and diesel tax for Tennessee.
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released the results from the 2018 Tennessee Educator Survey, which was completed by nearly 40,000 Tennessee educators, representing 58 percent of the state's teachers...
The statement says it will return nearly $422 million to education programs, which is 9 percent more than the previous fiscal year.
Murfreesboro again came in with the lowest gas prices in Tennessee with regular gas at $2.42 at some discounters. That's a dime lower than the second cheapest price (Clevelenad).
WGNS' Scott Walker spoke to Jamie Alexander at the TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN...
The official report obtained by WGNS showed, "Mr. Wiley had sent out several photos of himself covered in blood and was bragging about beating up a gay man for grabbing his penis."
Thousands of Tennessee residents with HIV may have had their medical information compromised. Evidently, the medical records were on a public server for about 9 months before being discovered.
Four Republicans have spent $33 million-plus in Tennessee's primary for governor, unleashing about $33 million of personal wealth.
The Center for the Arts is taking the community on a musical journey of cultural revolution with Memphis the Musical on stage this Friday, July 13- 29.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is currently working on removing the last of the X-Lite guardrails in Tennessee.
A man died at a popular lake destination in the nearby DeKalb County area.
Today, Mariah Phillips, a public school teacher and candidate for Congress in Tennessee's 4th District, received the endorsement of former Middle Tennessee Congressman Bob Clement.
A Murfreesboro man who told police he was an Uber driver was arrested and charged with his second DUI after allegedly leaving the scene of a car accident. However, Uber says that he never drove for them.
A Murfreesboro man has been accused of attacking a security employee at a Target store in Williamson County, TN.
More than 20 young people died as a result of violence in Nashville in 2017, and the issue of youth violence is being addressed by a new community group - Gideon's Army.
Sometimes after a court case finds someone guilty, the person convicted moves elsewhere in hopes of starting over. However, there will be no starting over for one former Tennessee lawyer who will not be allowed to have his law license reinstated after pleading guilty to child pornography charges in 2007.
UPDATE: At 4:08 a.m. Monday, June 2nd a LaVergne Police officer attempted to pull over a driver on Sue Ellen Drive after noticing the vehicle did not have any working brake lights.
Job opportunities for inmates arrived in the form of a Hyundai forklift Friday at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
Research between the years of 2003 and 2014 shows that 2,631 drivers have been charged with DUI in Rutherford County alone.
The law to end auto emission testing in Tennessee is not a done deal yet, but that does not mean that lawmakers aren't excited about it. State Representative Mike Sparks of Smyrna, TN commented...
United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Monday (6/25/18) said that "bipartisan support for government-sponsored research should be part of the president's 'America First' agenda..."
Freshwater snails are the source of the bacteria that causes Potomac horse fever. Horses may be exposed when drinking from creeks or rivers...
John Ward died Wednesday evening at the age of 88 after a lengthy illness. U.S. Senator Alexander pays tribute to the legendary Tennessee broadcaster.
On Saturday, more than 1,000 Tennessee Democrats from across the state gathered in Lebanon to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Fight for the Future at the 2018 Three Star Dinner and Celebration.
WET and WILD Wednesdays will be conducted at Old Fort Park at the Overall Street entrance each Wednesday during the month of June.
New laws in Tennessee will give judges more tools to help domestic violence victims. WGNS' Scott Walker has the story...
A man who was added to the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list on Monday is now in custody after being captured in Grainger County.
The 2018 Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee's public waters.
A drug seizure made in Nashville will likely have an impact on neighboring communities as well.
David Harper, an associate professor of materials science in the UT Center for Renewable Carbon, will lead UTIA's newest effort, which is a $1.4M award from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Motorists will not be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee's highways this Memorial Day weekend.
Fleet Feet, the local retail leader in building and supporting the Murfreesboro running community, will participate in the brand's nationally coordinated running event, The Big Run, in celebration of Global Running Day on June 6.
A new mural is being painted on the side of Wheeler's Construction and Restoration, Inc. The mural, painted by a Murfreesboro artist, is an American flag in the shape of a magnolia with the word "Manchester" on it.
There's one last hope for Tennesseans who might benefit from a state-of-the-art cancer treatment.
What's in your salad? Reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration show that Tennessee is now included in the outbreak of E. coli believed to be from romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma Valley of Arizona.
Consumer demand for locally grown beef has some Tennessee beef producers pondering their options, while researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture examine the feasibility of a Tennessee Certified Beef program.
Our deepest sympathies continue for families of those who were lost in the horrific shooting at the Waffle House in Antioch, TN: Taurean C. Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, DeEbony Groves and Akilah DaSilva...
After a gunman shot and killed four people at a Waffle House early Sunday, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party Mary Mancini released the following statement:
It's pretty sobering to think that Tennessee has one of the highest rates of drug related traffic fatalities in the nation.
"As the legal field continues to evolve, the Court understands its rules must modernize and adapt to changing practice realities," said Chief Justice Jeff Bivins. "At the same time, it is essential we ensure attorneys practicing in Tennessee are well-qualified..."
World War II Marine Glenn H King is not your average 89 year old. He has seen and been involved in the history of America. He has also been a part of our nations military defense system.
Pastor Dale Walker, president of the the Tennessee Pastors Network will be in Murfreesboro at noon on Tuesday, April 16 at the Murfreesboro Courthouse Square to pray for the families suffering the effects of horrible addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Recently, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office reported that a young girl was struck and killed by a riding lawn mower. The incident occurred at a home on U.S. 41A North between Shelbyville and Unionville.
Tennessee's two United States Senators share their thoughts on Friday night's U.S. missile strike against Syria.
Asked, "In general, do you think laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?"
The Diane Black campaign announced that it has raised more than $6 million since the beginning of her campaign for Governor and more than $3.3 million during the 1st quarter of 2018.
Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) and Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) sponsored legislation this session that is a critical part of the conversation and will go a long way toward improving treatment options.
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) Tuesday (4/3/18) received confirmation that the omnibus funding bill recently passed by Congress releases $7.5 million in fresh funding for election security in Tennessee.
In a vote on Wednesday state lawmakers in a key House committee passed a stripped down medical cannabis bill by a vote of 9 -2.
Watching elk, photographing them, and anticipating those brief few weeks in the fall when bull elk bugle in search of a mate is a thrill for those who are aware of a unique place in Campbell County named Hatfield Knob.
Over this past week, legislators voted unanimously to support passage of State Representative Bryan Terry's (R-Murfreesboro) initiative designed to help Tennessee attract and retain the best and brightest educators.
The 2018 Status of Suicide in Tennessee report has been released and statistics show that in the past six years, traffic accident deaths rank lower than the number of deaths caused by suicide.
Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Chairman of the House Health Subcommittee Dr. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) today signed on as co-sponsors to the Medical Cannabis Only Act. Both Speaker Harwell and Chairman Terry believe that inaction at the federal level is harming patients.
A Republican-led House committee has voted down legislation to let Tennessee handgun permit holders bring guns most places, including hospitals and professional sports arenas.
Jason Neely grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was into sports, adventure and fun just like any teen. But, things slowed drastically by age 32. He even contemplated suicide.
UPDATE: Police wrote in their arrest report that the child was found naked and covered in both human and dog feces that the child was eating.
Following Governor Haslam's final State of the State address, Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement:
Wine and liquor may soon be sold in package and grocery stores on Sunday. If passed by lawmakers, "Seven Day Sales" could become active on July 1, 2018.
A Tennessee lawmaker is still fighting to allow liquor and wine purchases on Sundays.
One Representative said that the death of his father changed his world and how he feels about cannabis.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services division is offering Tennesseans more ways to reinstate their driver license. Citizens have the ability to reinstate online, in-person, or via mail.
This year at the concert Eminem, Sheryl Crow, Paramore, Muse and even the Grand Ole Opry.
An average of three people died by suicide each day in Tennessee in 2016, the highest recorded in the state in more than 35 years.
The TN Dept of Health found a total of 67 deaths associated with buprenorphine in 2016.
This woman, who is 53 today, talked about her ex and the violence and torment he caused in a way that would make one vomit. At one point, he broke her ankle so that she could not run from him. When her left ankle finally healed, he broke her right ankle.
We have an update on three missing teens from our area...We can now report that all three have been found.
The report, "Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016," utilizes data submitted by the state's law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Among the report's findings:
He was born blind in his left eye, he suffered a major car wreck while a teenager, his mother and father left him when he was a kid and he was addicted to cocaine... but is now clean and working to change the course of his life.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be joined by federal, state, and local public safety officials to host the 15th annual "Tennessee Season to Remember" on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Gasoline and motor fuel revenues increased by 36.82% and they were $7.9 million more than the budgeted estimate of $90.3 million....
Nearly all Tennessee counties continued to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in October 2017, following a record-breaking September when, for the first time ever, each of the state's 95 counties experienced a rate below 5.0 percent.
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.
In the 2017 State of Tennessee Education Survey, teachers responded to questions on 20 topics regarding education. Teacher Workload was rated as the most critical...
Tennessee's 2017-18 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 18. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.
Heather Dawbarn, Rutherford County register of deeds since 2010, has been elected president of the Tennessee Register of Deeds Association, a statewide organization that represents the interests of the state's 95 registers.
After initial reports on Sunday broke the news of the latest coaching change in college football, Tennessee Athletics Director John Currie has now confirmed it through a statement.
NewsRadio WGNS will have continuous reporting from the rally events in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Continue to check this article for updates.
We have placed a link, that was shared on the City of Murfreesboro's official Twitter page, with a YouTube live stream of the downtown square.
As the courthouse clock chimed one, police began to search everyone who entered the Murfreesboro public square.
The organizers of the White Lives Matter rally announced shortly after 3pm they were cancelling the event in Murfreesboro.
No injuries were reported, and no damages occurred during a rally Saturday in downtown Murfreesboro.
"For safety reasons, backpacks, purses and other bags will not be allowed into the rally Saturday in downtown Murfreesboro," said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh and Murfreesboro Interim Police Chief Michael Bowen. Everyone will be searched prior to entering square...
Tennessee unemployment rates for September have been released and reports indicate the rates have decreased when compared to August in Rutherford County.
The City of Murfreesboro Police Department and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office will partner with federal, state, and other local law enforcement agencies to ensure the constitutional rights and safety of citizens at an event, Saturday, October 28 in downtown Murfreesboro.
The rally that will take place on the Murfreesboro square this coming Saturday is gaining more and more attention of law enforcement and local leaders.
According to their rating system, Murfreesboro received a score of 12, which is extremely low on their list. Nashville had the highest score...
A missing 16 year old could be in Rutherford County... Reports indicate Serenity Burk was last seen in Woodlawn, Tennessee.
The Tennessee NAACP has released a statement about the "Pro-White National Socialist Movement" visiting Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, TN on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
After hearing people talk about homeless living "Under" the Lebanon, Tennessee square in a cave of sorts, I grew more and more curious about the scenario. I then searched online to find any information I could eventually locating an article in the Lebanon Democrat newspaper from 2013.
Hundreds of residents from states impacted by Hurricane Irma escaped the impact of the storm by seeking refuge in cities across Tennessee. Many are staying with family or at local hotels and campgrounds and are not able to work.
ARC is currently sheltering the animals at their Rescue Operation Center in nearby Lebanon TN where teams of volunteers are caring for them.
Gov. Bill Haslam says he is making the case for Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. to build a new assembly plant in Tennessee.
With Tennessee and the entire United States in the middle of an opioid crisis, State Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) and Senator Steven Dickerson, MD (R-Nashville) are working on new legislation in order to curb unlawful production and distribution of powerful opioids...
After being rushed to the hospital he had a heart attack. A coma followed the next 28 days and some family members thought that he wouldn't survive.
Numerous public health organizations and studies have proven the benefits of outdoor exercise on mental and physical health.
The Joint Ad-Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice is directed to study, evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review of the state's juvenile justice system using a data-driven approach...
The new Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies will be implemented in classrooms in the 2019-20 school year. This multi-year, comprehensive review...
The State Board of Education will hear and discuss revisions to the proposed draft of Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies at its July 27th workshop. The standards will be voted on final consideration the following day, July 28th.
Every day in Tennessee, dozens of members of our nation's military leave service and start their search for civilian employment. July 25, 2017 is the inaugural National Hire a Veteran Day in the United States.
Scientists have been "doing" teleportation since 2006, so why did China get so much media attention when they talked about it recently? With more, here is MTSU Professor Larry Burriss...
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now accepting applications for recycling and waste reduction grants totaling $4,500,000.
800 High school students fulfilled their "Tennessee Promise" community service requirements at Tennessee State Parks on June 24, a nearly 40 percent increase over 2016.
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) Tuesday appointed State Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) to the Tennessee Maintenance of Certification Task Force.
Research indicates 30 percent of the state's litter is "deliberate" - meaning trash is tossed right out of vehicle windows.
Authorities as of late Wednesday afternoon were continuing to search for a 9-year-old boy believed to have drowned in Duck River. By Thursday, he was found.
Rutherford County Commissioner and Middle Tennessee State University economics professor Charlie Baum is running in the Republican primary for the 37th District of the Tennessee House of Representatives seat, vacated by Rep. Dawn White.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Tullahoma Police Investigator Harry Conway charged Charles Eugene Anderson, 32, of North 10th Avenue, Decherd, in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee reports that nearly 24 percent of its commercially insured members in Tennessee filled at least one opioid prescription in 2015, compared to 21 percent nationally...
On Saturday, July 1, Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act will go into effect, addressing a $10.5 billion backlog in repairs and updates by prioritizing 962 projects across all of Tennessee's 95 counties.
State Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) announced that he and State Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) will be hosting the Fourth Annual Empowering Women Event at 5:30pm on July 10th in the Sports*Com Meeting Room.
A recent story by Sam Stockard in the Murfreesboro Post indicates the Rutherford County Property Assessor is considering a run for the governors seat in Tennessee.
Tennessee's housing market in the first quarter of 2017 is strong and stable, according to the latest statewide quarterly report from the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center.
While attendance has been on the decline with a sharp drop in 2016, the crowds seemed to be up this year.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that it will be accepting grant applications for "food waste diversion" through June 30, 2017.
The Tennessee House has cleared a bill that would let people use silencers on their guns.
A property on Mooreland Lane in Murfreesboro ranks 10th most expensive...
Tennessee currently bans drivers from drinking alcohol while at the wheel, but does not extend that prohibition to passengers.
La Vergne Police need your help in identifying this suspect.
The Rutherford County Commission is seeking approval for a broadband legislation which would provide internet access for students in rural areas.
The Rutherford County Democratic Party supports the Board of Education's stand against legislation proposed by the Tennessee General Assembly to create a school voucher system.
The Tennessee Firearms Association is tracking these bills that are before the state's general assembly.
"We have more than $10.5 billion in much-needed projects across this state," said Susie Alcorn, executive director of the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance.
In the Rutherford County Juvenile Courts, the courts have jurisdiction over almost everything... Almost.
Governor Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 22-28, 2017 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee.
Tennessee citizens with a valid handgun carry permit now have the option to upgrade to a lifetime permit for a lower cost. If you currently have a permit with an expiration date, and would like to upgrade to a lifetime permit, you can now pick up an application at any driver services center and pay the $200 upgrade fee at any time.
The Cliff Ricketts era of alternative fuels research at MTSU ended recently with one final attempt to successfully drive U.S. 231 in Tennessee between the Kentucky and Alabama state lines using a wood gasification process.
Tennessee has the second highest rate of opioid prescriptions per person, according to the state Department of Mental Health, and a simple, new technology offers a way to help curb abuse.
Lynne Davis, a Lascassas resident, area realtor and GOP State Executive Committeemember, was one of 11 electors to cast votes in Tennessee for President and Vice President.
Medical marijuana will again be a topic of discussion in the Tennessee state legislature as Rep. Jeremy Faison plans to introduce a bill during the next legislative session.
"Our teachers have always aimed to tailor their instruction to meet the needs of their students, but now we have an opportunity to take that approach to the next level," said Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.
How safe is your child? On two consecutive school days in Tennessee, there were three crashes involving school buses. Twenty-three students were injured in one crash, and six were killed in another. How safe are our school buses?
Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, responded to reports that Vanderbilt University would be out of network on all insurance plans available through Tennessee's Obamacare marketplace in 2017.
A recently report says local school districts get to decide how to spend that money on positions, whether it be through employee raises or on hiring new staff.
GM reopening in Spring Hill will likely equal a few jobs for Rutherford County residents as the plant aims to fill 650 jobs.
This new law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone to a person at risk of opioid overdose or to a family member, friend or other person to assist someone at risk of an opiate-related overdose.
The number of children receiving dental care through the state's TennCare program is on the rise.
Rutherford County continues to hold a ranking at number three on the list for having the lowest unemployment in the state.
The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee's leading small-business association, has endorsed Representative Bryan Terry, MD in the State House District 48 race. Representative Terry lives in Murfreesboro, TN.
During state fiscal year 2016, Tennessee's Child Support Program served nearly 550,000 children and distributed over $643 million in child support on behalf of these children.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced more than $1 million in grants for energy efficiency projects.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment of David Purkey as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security beginning September 1.
A survey of state residents and businesses has found that about 13 percent of Tennesseans do not have broadband internet access.
The Tennessee Historical Commission has awarded 31 grants from the federal Historic Preservation Fund to community and civic organizations for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources. MTSU is the recipient of 2 of the 31 grants.
The City of Murfreesboro is once again seeking input from residents, land owners, and developers as part of the process to develop its Murfreesboro 2035 Plan, a 20-year comprehensive plan for the future of Murfreesboro.
"Each year Opioid abuse is killing more Tennesseans than car accidents or gunshots do. More than 1,000 Tennesseans die from an opioid overdose or opioid abuse every year..."
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released an Independence Day statement.
A motorcycle was reported as stolen at Redwood Park Apartments on South Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
The state legislature has changed the date for TENNESSEE'S SALE TAX FREE WEEKEND, but the value remains the same. Freedom from sales tax on certain items begins at midnight when Friday, July 29th, rolls in. It continues until the midnight hour late Sunday, July 31st.
Air show patrons were saying that the Great Tennessee Air Show should continue as a tribute to Marine Captain James "Jeff" Kuss, the Blue Angel who died Thursday in a tragic crash during practice runs.
About 600 Murfreesboro City Schools' third-graders learned about the MTSU gardens and another 600 took in the dairy portion of the MTSU Experiential Learning and Research Center Thursday (May 12).
MTSU students are the beneficiaries of a new $700,000 Department of Aerospace Flight Simulator Building dedicated Thursday (May 5) at Murfreesboro Airport.
"Recovery courts are one of the most effective ways to divert people from incarceration and to reduce recidivism. By addressing their substance use and mental health challenges..."
As deputy commissioner, Warren will provide leadership for various offices and divisions within TDH including Family Health and Wellness; Policy, Planning and Assessment; Rural Health; Minority Health and Disparities Elimination; Health Planning; Grants Coordination and Strategic Alignment and Workforce Development.
County unemployment rates for March 2016 were released Thursday and they show a decrease in 92 counties, an increase in one, and the numbers remained the same in two counties.
Last year in Tennessee, 18 people died in work zone crashes, including workers, drivers and passengers
The Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named a 2015 All Star Award winner...
In the nearby Smithville area, a DeKalb County High School student who allegedly placed a female classmate in a choke hold and grabbed her breasts at school Monday, February 22 has been charged with sexual battery and aggravated assault.
The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution that directs the state attorney general to sue the federal government over policies surrounding refugee resettlement.
One Book of Rutherford County has chosen "The Girls of Atomic City" by Denise Kiernan for its 2016 selection. Butler Touchden talks about how the book focuses on Oak Ridge, Tennessee's role in making the Atomic Bomb...
A 42 year old Murfreesboro man suffered a major head injury after a recent assault.
When a child or young person is experiencing a mental health crisis, response time by a trained youth crisis specialist is of the essence.
"Travelers should understand mosquitoes can bite any time of the day or night and can bite both indoors and outdoors," said Abelardo Moncayo, PhD, director of the TDH Vector-Borne Disease program.
Here are some photos from today's snow showers provided by NewsRadio WGNS Reporter Jackson Jones!
With the threat of significant winter weather, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a Level III State of Emergency.
Police say Friday marked Hanson's 17th DUI arrest, when she hit another car head-on.
Friday evening, two organizations at the front lines of criminal justice reform and cannabis are joining ranks to celebrate this month of holidays and to help out the homeless in Nashville.
After the reported murders took place, Anderson drove to Rutherford County around 4:00 on Monday morning. He then knocked on several doors asking if the home was a safe place to stay because he was in trouble.
The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to an open house to discuss the proposed soccer practice facility under consideration for development on the Jordan Farm Property.
"We strongly encourage people who believe they need energy, weight loss or any other such products to talk with their doctor before using them," said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
The man convicted in a Rutherford County Courtroom this past September with attempted voluntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault will be sentenced this Friday.
On Monday afternoon, Governor Haslam announced that he would be requesting a suspension of refugee placement in Tennessee until the federal government was willing to work more closely with the state of Tennessee in the vetting process.
The Tennessee Department of Correction says there have been 32 assaults on correctional officers in the last 28 days, with hospitalization required in three of the attacks.
One of Murfreesboro's most wanted who was captured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was recently sentenced in a Rutherford County Courtroom.
"It's turkey season in Middle Tennessee!" announced Phillip Smith of Smith's Painting. The 5th annual 'Turkey Tee Off' golf tournament will be held on Saturday, November 7...
The infant mortality rate in 2013 was down to 6.8 per 1,000 births, the lowest infant mortality rate ever in Tennessee. That is the most recently available data.
Tennessee drivers are about four percent less likely to collide with a deer than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm.
In the past, it was not uncommon for some Tennessee counties to operate without a current budget into October.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement on today's planned meeting on Planned Parenthood:
TNStars® 529 College Savings Program is pleased to announce the success of the first qualifying period for Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars Program (TIPS).
From the Democratic Party of Tennessee: Fresh on the heels of calling for Governor Haslam's impeachment, Republican State Representative Rick Womick (R-Rockvale) has sent a letter to County Clerks across Tennessee urging them to break the law and refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.
Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen Thursday applauded the U.S. Department of Education's approval of Tennessee's waiver request from certain provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act...
Among those attending is the daughter of Trish Bryant of Murfreesboro, who says the camp provides a safe place for children with juvenile arthritis to be themselves and have fun.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold confirmed that in this day and age, local jails are becoming the mental institutions for those without help...
The Tennessee Department of Health's Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates.
In a historic development for gay rights and the institution of marriage, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. We have local and statewide reaction.
"Many Tennesseans have had their safe, routine lives changed by traumatic events such as ice storms, floods, tornadoes, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other events," said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Eagleville, Tennessee is actually the safest place to be. According to a recent survey that picked the safest cities in the Volunteer State, Eagleville, which is home to only around 600 people, was ranked just that - the safest city (Movoto.com).
Tennessee's Mental Health Institutes serve more than 7,000 people annually, individuals who are experiencing some of the most unstable periods in their lives in terms of mental illness.
Registration for the ninth annual Murfreesboro Half Marathon ("The Middle Half") will open Monday, June 1st.
NewsRadio WGNS has leearned that a murder case will hit the local courts this month. Facing charges is 22-year old Brandon D. Buchanan (pictured).
Christine Smith, 49, of La Vergne, Tennessee, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of possessing counterfeit securities, announced David Rivera, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
"Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars."
At a budget hearing yesterday on the president's fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that incentivizing wind and solar energy over nuclear power penalizes states and utilities, such as Tennessee...
The mental health of our children, like their physical health, starts from the beginning. The first five years of life are most important, but always know it's never too late to seek help.
In 2014, the State Public Health Laboratory conducted screenings for 80,542 newborns in Tennessee. Of these, 151 were identified with diseases or disorders.
Why not make your retirement years unique and fun? When Linda and Mike Stuart retired last July (2014), they sold everything and bought two bicycles. Since that time, those wheels have rolled 5,064 miles.
The Tennessee Democratic Party is pleased to announce the hiring of Lindsay Coleman as Director of Finance. Coleman will lead the Party's fundraising efforts and coordinate fundraising events across the state.
An area real estate blog has named Eagleville the safest city in Tennessee. The city's crime index is 99, with 100 being the safest.
Tennessee teachers are hopeful after Governor Bill Haslam proposed spending $100 million for teacher salary increases during his annual State of the State address Monday night.
Projections for enrollment in Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cover low-income Tennesseans have been revised upward to 280,000 people in the first year.
The entries were narrowed down to 15 messages that cover safety issues such as distracted driving, seatbelt usage, impaired driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.
State Collaborative Reforming Education, or SCORE has released its annual State of Education in Tennessee report.
A Nashville Democrat is proposing legislation that would allow wine to be grocery stores this July. You'll recall last November, wine in grocery stores passed in Murfreesboro and Smyrna.
A vehicle ran into the front of the AT&T Wireless store on South Church Street.
The City of Murfreesboro presents Chapter 1, Planning Context, to the community Tuesday as part of a participatory process to develop its 20-year comprehensive plan.
Tennessee lawmakers can look forward to a nearly $700 increase in their annual salaries and $10 bump in their daily allowance for expenses.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee corporations about a potentially misleading solicitation sent from an organization called the "Tennessee Council for Corporations."
TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin.
It's estimated that nearly five-percent of adults in Tennessee (about 221,000) have abused pain medications in the past year for non-medical purposes, and of those nearly 70,000 are addicted and require treatment.
The 18th annual "Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference" on Saturday (9/20/20140 at MTSU attracted curious middle and high school females.
Many Tennesseans who struggle with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring disorders are dedicating themselves to getting more active.
Cannon County boasts around 14,000 residents in its hill country, but with a slightly lower level in populace compared to most Tennessee counties, it breaks barriers in its authenticity.
Ketron sponsored Tennessee's "Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011" to cut off the support for terrorists who are planning to commit acts in Tennessee...
"Nicotine is a dangerous and highly addictive chemical no matter what form it takes - conventional cigarettes or some other tobacco product," said association President Elliott Antman, M.D.
Halfway up seven-story Corlew Hall in the heart of the MTSU campus, university President Sidney A. McPhee made his way to Caleb Wilson's new room for the next year.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Smyrna, Tennessee man accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor in Jackson County, Tennessee.
Andy Womack, United Way board member, emphasized United Way's impact saying, "In 2013, United Way's 2-1-1 information and referral line took 5,411 calls...
Andy Womack, United Way board member, emphasized United Way's impact saying, "In 2013, United Way's 2-1-1 information and referral line took 5,411 calls...
The State of Tennessee completed the sale of just over $190 million worth of general obligation bonds today at some of the lowest interest rates in Tennessee history.
Earlier this year in January, the Smyrna Police Department asked for the public's help in apprehending three individuals...
It's hard to imagine moving from church to church, building to building every night.
"Through the untimely death of entertainer Robin Williams, a bright light is shining once again on the often-avoided conversation about suicide..."
The polls in Rutherford County will be open from 7AM to 7PM, Thursday August 7th. Do you know where your polling precinct is located?
The first Sales Tax Holiday was August 4-6, 2006, saving Tennesseans about $15 million. Since then, Tennesseans have enjoyed $8 to $10 million in tax savings each holiday.
Rutherford County's new Election Administrator Alan Farley told WGNS News that he wants to get input from all employees at the Election Commission and discover new ways to better serve voters.
On Monday evening (7/28/2014) Alan Farley was selected by a 4 to 1 vote to be the next Rutherford County Election Administrator.
The final game at the Sam Davis Home for the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball is a double header beginning at noon on Sunday, July 27 at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna.
The Tennessee Department of Health, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is issuing polio vaccination guidance for individuals planning travel to and from 10 countries...
Recent Tennessee Department of Transportation Projects in Middle Tennessee are costly to taxpayers in our area. In fact, the cost is well over $50-million in Rutherford, Bedford and Marshall Counties.
We have brand new information on a cold case from 2006 that has landed one in jail this July 4th weekend. The case unfolded in Smyrna, Tennessee.
An MTSU senior is SURF-ing through samples of a body fluid this summer in a research project that will ultimately help her assist investigators in their quests to solve crimes.
"Worm Farming at Home" is the topic on Tuesday, July 1. It will be presented by Mimi Kiesling, from Rutherford County Environmental Education.
A patio table that belonged to Kroger on Northfield Boulevard, a roll of quarters from a theft at Mapco on South Church Street, someone else’s wallet, two tool sets from O’Reilly’s were all tell-tell signs...
State Representative Joe Carr, along with thirteen of his colleagues in the Tennessee General Assembly, released a signed letter and issued a statement calling on Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman to resign...
The animal-rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sent a letter to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves regarding 37 year-old Gregory Scott Hale.
As a convenience to Tennessee voters, the Secretary of State's office has posted the four proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the November 4 ballot.
Multiple people from Tennessee recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the illness is now a widespread epidemic with over 100,000 suspected cases. Now, cases in Tennessee are being investigated.
Tennessee’s electric cooperatives express concern following the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed guidelines that will limit emissions from thousands of existing power plants, including 11 coal plants operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Overall, Tennessee ranked as the 11th most dangerous state for pedestrians, with 800 deaths in the decade from 2003 to 2012.
NASHVILLE - The numbers are in from the state Department of Safety on the Memorial Day travel period. Five people were killed on Tennessee roadways during the holiday weekend. None of those deaths occurred in Rutherford County.
Behind the Motel Door: Some who live in Motels are disabled, but they say they don’t have the means for better living arraignments...
Behind the Motel Door: Some who live in Motels are disabled, but they say they don’t have the means for better living arraignments...
The celebration will consist of an official ribbon cutting and opening of the revitalized Historic Train Depot and refurbished Assembly Hall as well as the kickoff celebration of Smyrna’s new Farmers Market
On May 7th of this year, officers with the Smyrna Police Department responded to several 911 calls in regards to reports of shots being fired in the area of Old Nashville Highway and Davis Park Drive.
The Tennessee Department of Health is now investigating five cases of measles in...
One of the sentimental rings that was stolen was a wedding ring, valued at over $6,500.
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.
“Our mission is to protect the health of Tennesseans, wherever they are. We don’t want people to let down their guard about diseases they may encounter in other parts of the world..."
The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) has announced that they endorse Murfreesboro resident Steve Lane for the United States House - Tennessee’s Fourth District.
A Murfreesboro woman pulled over for a lane change violation ended up going to jail when police realized she had 7 prior driving on a suspended license charges.
The Smyrna Town Court will celebrate Law Day on May 1 to commemorate the importance of the law, citizens’ rights and the rule of law in American society.
After police placed the subject in handcuffs, they searched the bathroom he was in prior to being arrested. In that bathroom, officers found a cell phone that was said to link him to an aggravated robbery...
Heather Dawbarn has officially declared her intention to run for re-election for Rutherford County Register of Deeds on May 6th, 2014.
Huge news for Eagleville may equal massive growth in the near future...
Blackman standout Jauan Jennings has committed to play football at the University of Tennessee. He chose Knoxville over Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Northwestern during a press conference at Blackman High.
Blackman standout Jauan Jennings has committed to play football at the University of Tennessee. He chose Knoxville over Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Northwestern during a press conference at Blackman High.
George Dennehy offers many messages in his music — love, gratitude, determination, acceptance, faithfulness — but the one that seems to permeate the young singer/songwriter's conversation is joy.
La Vergne has been named one of the top places for home ownership in Tennessee by NerdWallet, a consumer-advocacy website.
This is the 85th annual “General Conference of the National Guard Association of Tennessee.” The event will be at the Embassy Suites.
Another drivers license checkpoint is being planned by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Rutherford County for this Friday.
Post writer Dan Whittle wrote a great article about our very own Scott Walker in recent days. If you have not checked it out, we invite you to do so today...
“Murfreesboro is supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people’s lives...”
“The president’s directive—combined with his support for a minimum wage hike, his executive order increasing minimum wage for federal employees..."
The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office claims they are appealing a federal decision forcing Tennessee to recognize same sex marriages of three couples.
Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ordered Tennessee state officials to recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples during consideration of their lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s constitutional amendment...
Located on Blue Raider Drive, the 58,000-square-foot facility with brick exterior opened for students and visitors. Added features include an approximately 270-foot bridge extending to the Student Union and an approximately 35-foot bridge connecting the east side of the new building to an adjacent parking deck for the MTSU Boulevard Garage.
A man who plead guilty to theft of property in Rutherford County and was ordered to pay back $60,000 as restitution has asked the courts to lower the amount of money he was ordered to pay each month.
Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1176th Transportation Company, based in Smyrna, TN are scheduled to depart on Sunday morning (Mar. 16), for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan...
One of the main criticisms of the standards is that they could lead to the sharing of personally identifiable student data with the federal government. Dunn’s proposal seeks to prevent that.
Murfreesboro City Schools are offering a “FREE” early childhood screenings for children ages 2 and a half years old to 4-years of age.
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department officials say that a fire at the Motel 6 located at 148 Chaffin Place started with a plumber soldering pipe in a first floor bathroom.
Close to $3,000 worth of shingles were stolen from a construction site on Janell Trail in Murfreesboro.
Tennessee remains among the top ten most obese states in America, according to a Gallup poll. The group compiles the list every year.
According to a Murfreesboro Police report, a 6-month old baby was injured in a road rage incident. Evidently, another motorist who was named in the report, is accused of throwing a cologne bottle...
The goal is to curb the production of methamphetamine in Tennessee, but concerns are being raised about the unintended impact that restricting sales of certain medicines will have on law-abiding consumers.
Should sex offenders have the status marked on their driver’s license in Tennessee? The idea received a good bit of debate last week on Capitol Hill.
"I have a grandson in the city school system in Murfreesboro. They have fully implemented Common Core. He is in Discovery School. They have to test to get in. He was reading fourth grade level in the first grade. He loves learning but he hates school this year because he said all they do is test all day..."
here’s a new push for stiffer penalties for people caught texting while driving. A House subcommittee wants to increase the fine for a second offense to up to $1,000.
The State of Tennessee has re-launched its transparency website in an effort to offer more user-friendly information to taxpayers.
The state’s violent crime rate of 643.6 incidents per 100,000 residents was the highest in the nation in 2012 according to the poll.
UPDATE on GUN RAFFLE: The Joe Carr for Senate campaign today announced that over 30,000 people have shown their support for the 2nd Amendment by signing up for a chance to win a Beretta 92A1.
Smyrna Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who can be seen on video at WGNSradio.com, breaking into the Kwik Sack Tobacco and Beer store at 543 Almaville Rd. In the video, the suspect appears to be in a red Chevrolet pick-up truck with a custom hood.
In a few weeks, thousands of students from across Tennessee will arrive at spring break destinations, primed for fun and adventure. How those students plan and prepare for these trips may affect their immediate safety and future health.
“We do scheduled and unannounced inspections to ensure rigorous safety and sanitary standards are always followed,” said Hugh Atkins, director of the TN Department of Health Division of General Environmental Health.
State Representative Mike Sparks, who lives in Smyrna and once worked at Nissan, told us that he believes if the workers at the Nissan plant in Rutherford County were to ever unionize, they would shut down...
The victim received non-life threatening, but serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
Phase III of the Street Tree Replacement Project to replace street trees in the downtown historic business district will begin late February or early March, weather permitting.
The Tennessee Lady Vols pick up another Murfreesboro girls basketball commitment. Blackman junior Jamasha "MeMe" Jackson announced over the weekend she had committed to play college basketball for Tennessee after a weekend visit.
The Tennessee Lady Vols pick up another Murfreesboro girls basketball commitment. Blackman junior Jamasha "MeMe" Jackson announced over the weekend she had committed to play college basketball for Tennessee after a weekend visit.
State Representative Rick Womick (R–Rockvale) was appointed this week to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Tennessee State Guard during an official swearing-in ceremony that took place in Nashville.
The Carr for U.S. Senate Campaign filed its fourth-quarter FEC fundraising report showing $405,150 cash on hand, $251,173 raised in the fourth-quarter, and $609,154 in total receipts for the campaign to date.
Farm Credit of Mid America presents Hobgood Elementary 6th Grade Teacher Chick Knitter and Principal Tammy Garrett with a check for $1,500. The check will cover the replacement parts needed to maintain the greenhouse currently located at Hobgood.
Mayor Burgess confirmed a new school is needed as our student population has grown to about 40,000 students.
Tennessee families now have a new resource to support their efforts to breastfeed babies.
A Murfreesboro man will face the DeKalb County courts after being accused of stealing $12,000 worth of jewelry. 41 year old Randy Glenn Haslam of Murfreesboro is charged with...
Now, vacant homes that were sold to make way for progress of two new Walmart stores are only a memory on South Church St. at County Farm Road (Joe B. Jackson Pkwy) and Memorial Boulevard in front of the Murfreesboro airport
“I’m the only Republican candidate who can be trusted to fight for the unborn. Senator Alexander sometimes claims to be pro-life, but he has made it clear on repeated occasions that he does not support a constitutional amendment protecting life. His unwillingness to stand for the unborn is unfortunate, and yet another reason why he should not be given a third term,” said Joe Carr.
A celebration welcoming home Oakland A's Sonny Gray will be held at the Boys & Girls Club (Smyrna Unit) 198 Culbertson Street, in Smyrna, TN this Saturday (January 25) from 6:30PM-8:30PM.
Four arrest warrants have been served on a man in Smyrna who has allegedly been exposing himself to women and reports indicate the culprit is due in court Tuesday…
Was one of your new year’s resolutions to make a difference in someone’s life?
The coolest thing about this story is that Rutherford County played a major role in attaining this status.
In any given year, over 900 people in Tennessee die by suicide. This includes an estimated 100 young people between the ages of 10 to 24 (about one every four days) and about 135 people over the age of 65—about one every three days.
"As introduced, expands and amends the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act to limit federal actions in this state; creates an offense to knowingly enforce or attempt to enforce any federal enactment or enforcement action..."
According to a Loss Prevention employee of Walmart, two women stole over $1,400 worth of merchandise and simply walked out of the store.
The homeless population appears to be increasing in Rutherford County, but what are individuals doing to make a difference?
Five states do not have a statewide sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. Of these, Alaska and Montana allow local leaders to charge local sales taxes.
Dan Henley from Mississippi who has only been playing the banjo for two years will hit the stage on Sunday…
The Tennessee Department of Education is hosting a second round of Common Core summer trainings for teachers.
The Tennessee Department of Health is working to educate Tennesseans that some antibiotics are no longer effective for some people due to antibiotic resistance, a condition that can be created when antibiotics are overprescribed or misused.
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Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home
820 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Woodfin Funeral Chapels
1488 Lascassas Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Also on, 203 N. Lowry Street
Smyrna, TN 37167
Murfreesboro Funeral Home
145 Innsbrooke Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Nelson & Sons Memorial Chapel
824 Lipscomb Street
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Rucker Memorial Chapel
1505 Bradyville Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Scales and Sons Funeral Home
318 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Hellum Funeral Home
611 S HIGHLAND AVE
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-4268
Smith Funeral Home
303 Murfreesboro Road
Phone: (615) 563-3237
Woodbury Funeral Home
Address: 504 W. Main Street; Woodbury, TN
Phone: (615) 563-2311
Obituary line (615) 563-2344
Fax: (615) 563-2316
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel
2022 N Main St.; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: (931) 684-8356
850 Union Street; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: ( 931) 684-1372
Hillcrest Funeral Home
1802 Madison St.; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: (931) 684-2256
Howell-Lawrence Funeral Home
739 N Main St.; Shelbyville, TN
Phone: (931) 684-5011
Welton & Son Funeral Chapel
1101 N Main St.; Shelbyville TN
Phone: (931) 684-1445
Coffee County Funeral Chapel Inc
Address: 786 McMinnville Hwy, Manchester, TN
Phone: (615) 723-3330
Fax: (615) 723-3329
Daves & Culbertson Funeral Home
Address: 401 North Jackson Street, Tullahoma, TN
Phone: (615) 455-3481
Gilmore Funeral Home
Address: 1600 Mc Arthur Drive, Manchester, TN
Phone: (615) 728-2936
Fax: (615) 728-2963
J Welton Funeral Home
Address: 715 S Jackson St, Tullahoma TN, 37388-3463
Phone: (615) 455-2723
Manchester Funeral Home
Address: 214 E Main St, Manchester, TN
Phone: (615) 728-3505
Tullahoma Funeral Home, Inc
Address: 401 Westside Dr, Tullahoma, TN
Phone: (615) 455-4567
Fax: (615) 393-2486
Walker Funeral Home, Inc.
Address: 301 West Main St., Smithville, TN 37166
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home
Address: 100 East Church St., Smithville, TN 37166
Phone: (615) 597-5275
Avant Funeral Home
Address: 109 High St., Alexandria, TN 37012
Phone: (615) 529-2323
Anderson Funeral Home
Address: 302 West Main St., Alexandria, TN 37012
Phone: (615) 529-2173
Lawrence Funeral Home and Crematory
203 South Horton Parkway; Chapel Hill, TN
Phone: (931) 364-2233
High Funeral Home, Inc.
Address: 101 N College St. McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: (931) 473-2137
Fax: (931) 473-7343
Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home
Address: 415 North Chancery, McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: (931) 473-4444
Fax: (931) 473-8428
McMinnville Funeral Home
Address: US Bypass 70S, McMinnville,, TN 37012
Phone: (931) 473-6606
Fax: (931) 473-7663
Hunter Funeral Home
Address: 208 W Main St, Watertown TN
Phone: (615) 237-9318
Ligon-Bobo Funeral Home Inc
Address: 241 W Main St, Lebanon, TN
Phone: (615) 444-2142
Mount Juliet Funeral Home
Address: 705 Hillview Dr, Mount Juliet, TN
Phone: (615) 758-5459
Partlow Funeral Chapel INC.
Address: 602 S Cumberland St, Lebanon, TN
Phone: (615) 444-7007
Fax: (615) 444-0618
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