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State Expects Revenue Growth
State Expects Revenue Growth

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

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

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

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Georgia Man Arrested for RAPE X2 in Murfreesboro
Georgia Man Arrested for RAPE X2 in Murfreesboro

33 Year old Robert Davis of Stone Mountain, Georgia has been arrested in Murfreesboro on two counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery.

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Applications being accepted for Adults to Enroll Tuition-Free for Community or Technical College
Applications being accepted for Adults to Enroll Tuition-Free for Community or Technical College

In a news release Thursday, the governor's office says Tennessee Reconnect applications can be completed online.

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New Social Studies Standards in Tennessee Finalized for Schools
New Social Studies Standards in Tennessee Finalized for Schools

The new Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies will be implemented in classrooms in the 2019-20 school year. This multi-year, comprehensive review...

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Changes in School Social Studies
Changes in School Social Studies

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.

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Tennesseans to Save More at the Store Than They Pay at the Pump
Tennesseans to Save More at the Store Than They Pay at the Pump

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.

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TN Senator Tracy announces signing of the Teacher Bill of Rights
TN Senator Tracy announces signing of the Teacher Bill of Rights

Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 14 which creates a list of rights and protections afforded to Tennessee educators.

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Nation's new education law: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Nation's new education law: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released a new report today highlighting the feedback gathered from educators, advocates, parents, students, and the public to determine how to implement specific components of the nation's new education law: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Are you an alcoholic? Answer these questions to see...
Are you an alcoholic? Answer these questions to see...

Many Rutherford County residents enjoy an adult beverage from time to time as a way to unwind and relax. But when that occasional drink or substance use becomes more and more frequent, it can be cause for concern.

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Breastfeeding in Tennessee
Breastfeeding in Tennessee

In communities across Tennessee more than 650 businesses have taken the ''Breastfeeding Welcomed Here'' pledge!

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A child rape suspect in Tennessee has been CAPTURED
A child rape suspect in Tennessee has been CAPTURED

Now, Harris, 37, of Bulls Gap, Tennessee was located and arrested in Perry, Oklahoma. He was transported to the Noble County Jail where he is being held as a Fugitive from Justice.

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Group Looking into Better Health Care in Tennessee
Group Looking into Better Health Care in Tennessee

A new proposal from the 3-Star Healthy Task Force is looking at ways to help people's health care in Tennessee.

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A Military Pay Increased Proposed by Congress - Must be signed by President
A Military Pay Increased Proposed by Congress - Must be signed by President

A 1.6 percent pay increase for members of the military, including troops at Ft. Campbell and the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, and reauthorizes more than 30 bonuses and special payments for service men and women.

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What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? A Better Understanding...
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? A Better Understanding...

"Someone experiencing PTSD will typically mentally and emotionally relive the event," said Dr. Burley. "In some cases they will go out of their way to make constant efforts to avoid reminders of the event, and develop signs of overwhelming sensitivity to changes in the local environment."

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Sex Offender Sweep Focuses on Finding Sex Offenders Not Following Rules
Sex Offender Sweep Focuses on Finding Sex Offenders Not Following Rules

Operation: Clean Sweep builds on the daily supervision of the roughly 80,000 offenders on probation and parole across Tennessee.

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TBI Has Four Polygraph Examiners
TBI Has Four Polygraph Examiners

Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced its Polygraph Unit has been awarded accreditation through a national board, Polygraph Law Enforcement Accreditation (PLEA).

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Human bite marks, burn on fingers and more to 4 year old
Human bite marks, burn on fingers and more to 4 year old

A Manchester woman was arrested after being indicted by the Coffee County Grand Jury for inflicting injuries on her 4-year-old daughter.

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New law to end  hiring illegal aliens goes to the governor for signature
New law to end hiring illegal aliens goes to the governor for signature

Legislation which puts more teeth in Tennessee's E-Verify law to ensure that new hires are in the state legally is now on its way to the governor after unanimous approval in the House of Representatives Thursday.

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Will the Bible be the official Book of Tennessee?
Will the Bible be the official Book of Tennessee?

Having already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers voted Monday to make the Holy Bible the state's official book.

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State of Tennessee Says Don't Drink Raw Milk
State of Tennessee Says Don't Drink Raw Milk

Milk, whether it comes from seemingly healthy cows, goats or any other animal, can cause serious health problems, including death, if it has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria.

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State Leaders want to change Texting and Driving from Non-moving to Moving Violation
State Leaders want to change Texting and Driving from Non-moving to Moving Violation

The state House has narrowly passed a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving in Tennessee.

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State of TN Hires New Elevator Inspectors
State of TN Hires New Elevator Inspectors

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has hired four new elevator inspectors, including the first female elevator inspector in the state's history.

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TN General Assembly Named Most Conservative Legislature In The Country
TN General Assembly Named Most Conservative Legislature In The Country

This past week, the Tennessee General Assembly was officially named the most conservative legislature in the entire country during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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New Rules from the Department of Labor for Business Owners / Managers
New Rules from the Department of Labor for Business Owners / Managers

Senator Alexander: "Now the administration, which just sped up the election process for employers and employees with the ambush election rule, has made a new rule to discourage employers from seeking the legal advice they need to fulfill their obligations..."

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Oral and Patch Contraceptives Could Soon be Obtained Without Doctor Visit
Oral and Patch Contraceptives Could Soon be Obtained Without Doctor Visit

House Bill 1823 is currently being discussed in Tennessee. The bill would allow over-the-counter provisions of contraception by a pharmacist.

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Bill requiring transgender school students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth has failed
Bill requiring transgender school students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth has failed

A bill in Tennessee that would require transgender students to use bathrooms that match their sex at birth has failed.

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Automation Could Kill 1.4 Million Jobs in Tennessee
Automation Could Kill 1.4 Million Jobs in Tennessee

A report released by the state of Tennessee suggests that up to 1.4 million people are at risk of losing their jobs to automation.

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Tennessee has Affordable Car Repair Compared to Other States
Tennessee has Affordable Car Repair Compared to Other States

Tennessee was ranked as one of the most affordable states in the country to get a car repaired.

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TN Sen. Alexander Says Supreme Court Right to Block Obama Clean Power Plan
TN Sen. Alexander Says Supreme Court Right to Block Obama Clean Power Plan

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Tuesday released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges to the law are resolved.

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Children in Crisis
Children in Crisis

When a child or young person is experiencing a mental health crisis, response time by a trained youth crisis specialist is of the essence.

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Murfreesboro is not an expensive place to raise a family
Murfreesboro is not an expensive place to raise a family

Murfreesboro, Tennessee is at the bottom of the list when it comes to expensive cities in Tennessee to raise a family.

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TN Health Dept. warns of mosquito bites while traveling in the Bahamas
TN Health Dept. warns of mosquito bites while traveling in the Bahamas

"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.

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Tennessee State Board of Education wants YOUR input on Social Studies programs
Tennessee State Board of Education wants YOUR input on Social Studies programs

The Tennessee State Board of Education launched a review website to collect public feedback on Tennessee's grade K-12 social studies standards.

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Bedford County Escapee Caught
Bedford County Escapee Caught

20-Year old Harley Caffee was caught on Thursday morning (12/17/15). Evidently, authorities believe that after he escaped on Tuesday night, he broke into several businesses.

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Tennessee ranked 9th on the top ten list of thefts
Tennessee ranked 9th on the top ten list of thefts

According to State Farm, Tennessee is ranked ninth on the list of states for December theft claims in 2014:

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State of Tennessee says get a flu shot and wash your hands
State of Tennessee says get a flu shot and wash your hands

In addition to the very young, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, it is important to remember that flu can lead to serious illness or deaths among children and adults who are otherwise healthy.

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President Signs Bill to Reform K-12 Education
President Signs Bill to Reform K-12 Education

"Today we are unleashing a new era of innovation and excellence in student achievement--one that recognizes that the path to higher standards, better teaching and real accountability is classroom by classroom, community by community, and state by state--and not through Washington, D.C,"

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Tennessee Cannabis Coalition and Tennessee NORML helping out the homeless
Tennessee Cannabis Coalition and Tennessee NORML helping out the homeless

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.

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TN Democratic Party Chair Mancini calls on Tennessee Republicans to Reject Trump's Rhetoric
TN Democratic Party Chair Mancini calls on Tennessee Republicans to Reject Trump's Rhetoric

"These Tennessee Republicans have pledged to support Donald Trump and they must be held accountable for that support," said Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini...

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Tennessee Health Department warning of diet supplements
Tennessee Health Department warning of diet supplements

"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.

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Alexander Statement on NGA Endorsement of Every Student Succeeds Act
Alexander Statement on NGA Endorsement of Every Student Succeeds Act

"The National Governors Association's full endorsement of our bipartisan legislation to fix No Child Left Behind--the group's first such endorsement of any federal legislation in nearly 20 years--is of huge significance..."

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Alexander Votes to Stop Burdensome Carbon Regulations for States
Alexander Votes to Stop Burdensome Carbon Regulations for States

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) voted today to stop carbon regulations for states in President Obama's so-called Clean Power Plan, saying the plan incentivizes states to invest in wind power production, instead of more reliable nuclear facilities.

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Incoming Syrian Refugees plan in Tennessee on HOLD
Incoming Syrian Refugees plan in Tennessee on HOLD

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.

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More Correctional Officers in Tennessee are being attacked on the job
More Correctional Officers in Tennessee are being attacked on the job

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.

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Murfreesboro man arrested on a theft charge after allegedly attempting to buy a gun
Murfreesboro man arrested on a theft charge after allegedly attempting to buy a gun

Murfreesboro Police responded to Murfreesboro Pawn and Gun when a 47-year old man allegedly tried to purchase a gun who evidently had a warrant for his arrest.

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Newborn parent leave time a problem for some in Tennessee and other states
Newborn parent leave time a problem for some in Tennessee and other states

Tennessee's parental-leave law gives eligible employees up to four months of unpaid leave for adoption, pregnancy, childbirth and nursing an infant, but they have to work for an employer with more than 100 employees.

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Haslam Proclaims This Earth Science Week in Tennessee
Haslam Proclaims This Earth Science Week in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 11 through Oct.17 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, which will promote the important role that geology and other earth sciences play in Tennessee's safety, health, welfare and economy, and increase awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet's natural systems.

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Tennessee stands to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees
Tennessee stands to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees

Tennessee will likely receive some of the 10,000 Syrian refugees that President Barack Obama says the U.S. will admit for resettlement over the next 12 months.

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All 95 Tennessee counties have adopted their annual budget resolutions by August 31
All 95 Tennessee counties have adopted their annual budget resolutions by August 31

In the past, it was not uncommon for some Tennessee counties to operate without a current budget into October.

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A Cost for Information in Tennessee?
A Cost for Information in Tennessee?

Right now, accessing public records in Tennessee costs nothing more than your time, but that may change as the state considers legislation that would charge people to inspect records.

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Tax Free Weekend nearing in Tennessee for back to school shoppers
Tax Free Weekend nearing in Tennessee for back to school shoppers

The State of Tennessee's Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night.

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TN Retreat for Arthritic Children: Camp AcheAway
TN Retreat for Arthritic Children: Camp AcheAway

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.

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To execute by lethal injection or not to execute?
To execute by lethal injection or not to execute?

Attorneys for the state have argued much of the testimony is irrelevant. They say inmates are not guaranteed a painless death.

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Court Case Over The Method for Executing Prisoners Is Underway
Court Case Over The Method for Executing Prisoners Is Underway

Steve Kissinger represents 33 death row inmates who say lethal injection is unconstitutional. Assistant Attorney General Scott Sutherland countered that the U.S. Supreme Court has said inmates aren't guaranteed a painless death.

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Suspect in DUI Hit and Run case arrested
Suspect in DUI Hit and Run case arrested

A man who was allegedly involved in a hit and run accident in Murfreesboro was stopped by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. When Murfreesboro Police arrived on the scene, the suspect was already detained and sitting next to the Sheriff's Department Patrol vehicle.

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Local resident concerned about legal representation for children
Local resident concerned about legal representation for children

LaVergne resident Kathy Hines, a local advocate for family restoration, told News Radio WGNS that she is concerned for children who get arrested.

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TBI Arrests Lawrenceburg Police Department lieutenant
TBI Arrests Lawrenceburg Police Department lieutenant

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Lawrenceburg Police Department lieutenant accused of borrowing a firearm from his subordinate and then pawning it without his knowledge.

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TN Gov. Bill Haslam riche$t elected official in the USA
TN Gov. Bill Haslam riche$t elected official in the USA

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is now the richest elected official in America, according to Forbes.

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AIDS in Tennessee continues to be a considerable problem
AIDS in Tennessee continues to be a considerable problem

Dr. Tim Jones notes that the group with the greatest risk of contracting HIV continues to be men who have sex with men, but he says increased outreach is also needed for Tennessee's communities of color.

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And the Tennessee Teacher of the YEAR is...

"The Teacher of the Year awards not only allow us to recognize some of the best teachers in the state, but also provide an opportunity to share..."

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TN Dept. of Health warns of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
TN Dept. of Health warns of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, and people and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing the gas.

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Helping others by staying active in Tennessee?

Many Tennesseans who struggle with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and co-occurring disorders are dedicating themselves to getting more active.

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Tennessee says "Breastfeed"

The Tennessee Department of Health has been helping mothers give their babies the best start in life for more than 90 years, and education and support for breastfeeding are a big part of these important efforts...

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Same contractor accused a second time of fraud in Murfreesboro
Same contractor accused a second time of fraud in Murfreesboro

A Bowers Lane resident in Murfreesboro called the police when a contractor she hired failed to follow through on a recent project.

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Politics: Joe Carr, Candidate for U.S. Senate - Releases statement on Senator Lamar Alexander

TN State Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr released the following statement in reaction to Sen. Lamar Alexander going negative and attacking Carr:

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Should the Tennessee Supreme Court Justice answer to a political party? Justice Clark says NO
Should the Tennessee Supreme Court Justice answer to a political party? Justice Clark says NO

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark was in Murfreesboro on Wednesday morning. 

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Fewer teens giving birth and less teens using alcohol in Tennessee
Fewer teens giving birth and less teens using alcohol in Tennessee

The number of teens who abuse alcohol dropped by a full 2%. That number now stands at 6%.

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Government Contractors must now make
Government Contractors must now make "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" a protected status

In the Volunteer State, sexual orientation and sexual identity are not protected statuses for employers. However, the State...

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Local politician running for State Representative Seat and County Commission Seat - What happens if he wins both?
Local politician running for State Representative Seat and County Commission Seat - What happens if he wins both?

Have you ever heard of a politician holding two offices in Rutherford County at the same time?

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Did you know that 7 residents are running against Congressman Scott DesJarlais? Meet John Anderson, who has been sleeping in a tent...
Did you know that 7 residents are running against Congressman Scott DesJarlais? Meet John Anderson, who has been sleeping in a tent...

A Bell Buckle man by the name of John Anderson is hiking about 700-miles in a trek that he is calling “A Journey to Congress.” Each night, he sleeps in some of the most beautiful valley's and hilltops of Middle Tennessee...

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Did you know the TBI has a citizens academy for you?

State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) joined with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently to participate in the Bureau's Citizens’ Academy. 

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Frequently asked questions about the FREE or REDUCED LUNCH Program
Frequently asked questions about the FREE or REDUCED LUNCH Program

How do I apply for my child to be on a FREE or reduced lunch plan at school? You should have received an application from your child’s school. If not, please contact the school directly

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State Representative Joe Carr signs letter asking TN Education Commissioner to RESIGN
State Representative Joe Carr signs letter asking TN Education Commissioner to RESIGN

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...

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Suicide numbers are seeing a spike in Rutherford County, according to recent police reports observed by WGNS
Suicide numbers are seeing a spike in Rutherford County, according to recent police reports observed by WGNS

New Life University (NLU), in cooperation with Branches Counseling Center – Murfreesboro , will conduct a Suicide Prevention class July 18-19, taught by Tracey Robison, LPC, MHSP, the clinical director of Branches Counseling Center. 

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TN Sees fewer "TB" cases, but case complexity is more difficult than ever

The number of confirmed cases of tuberculosis, one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases, reached a historic low in Tennessee in 2013. However, many TB cases seen in Tennessee in recent years are complex and more challenging for health care providers to treat. 

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Some Still Smoking, Despite Warning Issued Way Back in 1964

The once commonly held belief that smoking tobacco was harmless, and perhaps even good for some, was shattered Jan. 11, 1964. 

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HELPING OTHERS: Local Couple Campaigns for
HELPING OTHERS: Local Couple Campaigns for "Safe Sleep" After Couple Loses Son to "SIDS"

Charlie’s Kids Foundation was established in 2011 after Sam and Maura Hanke lost their first son, Charlie, to sudden infant death syndrome.

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Honda Accord was Stolen In Front of a Local S. Church St. Business - 9:30 Wednesday Morning!
Honda Accord was Stolen In Front of a Local S. Church St. Business - 9:30 Wednesday Morning!
On Wednesday, a Honda Accord parked outside of a local business was stolen. The subject was previously arrested in March...
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Man Charged with 4th DUI in Murfreesboro
During a search of Elmore’s vehicle, officers say they found 28 Xanax pills with someone else’s name on the bottle. 
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TBI “Crime on Campus 2012” Report released for Tennessee
There were 7,326 offenses reported in 2012 compared with 7,639 in 2011, a 4.1% decrease overall. However, violent crime was up again for the third year in a row.

 
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State of TN releases information on juvenile behavioral guidelines for the public
The state has recently completed a revision of “Behavioral Health Guidelines for Children and Adolescents from Birth to 17 Years of Age."
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Newly proposed law would make it
Newly proposed law would make it "officially" against the law to traffic human organs in Tennessee
The proposed bill would make it a class B felony to traffic bodily organs in Tennessee. If the body parts belong to a child, the felony would be considered a class A offense.
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