Monday, 3-30-20 Update: The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the positive cases for coronavirus to 1,834 across 77 counties. There are 57 cases reported in Rutherford County and there are several reported in Tennessee numbers but from other states or countries. IMPORTANT: These numbers are updated daily but it takes approximately a week to get test results.
Rep. Sparks said that unemployment is up by about 1300%, but our state is ready to tackle the big issues and has "Emergency Cash Assistance" available for families impacted with job loss due to COVID-19...
As communities take action to slow the spread of COVID-19, one thing 10 million people across seven states don't have to worry about is having clean, reliable low-cost electricity from the nation's largest public power provider - the Tennessee Valley Authority.
MURFREESBORO: "Children are watching how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is important that we remain calm and reassure children they are safe."
A Change in Manufacturing for Tennessee with COVID-19 Pandemic: Governor Bill Lee told the media that Tennessee is seeking help from the manufacturing community to battle COVID-19 illness.
More on the coronavirus case at MTSU. The university has been very cautious to self-quarantine and self-isolate potential COVID-19 illness in our community, both on and off campus. The student lived at Scarlett Commons and checked with Student Health Services over spring break where the test returned positive.
Grammy-winning country music artist Joe Diffie, who told fans he tested positive for the Coronavirus this past Friday...
As we continue to explore ways to fill the sports void with games on hold, WGNS will be airing some classic Blue Raider games in the coming weeks.
WGNS will be airing a special series of shows, concentrating on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected area teams and sports events.
Three Rutherford County deputies were isolated after a suspect they arrested told them falsely she had the COVID-19 to avoid jail, said Chief Deputy Keith Lowery of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.
Murfreesboro Police Officers assisted with traffic control at a drive-through testing site for the COVID-19. The testing station is at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic at it opened this past Thursday. You can NOT simply drive-up to get the test. You must be referred either after visiting the Rutherford County Health Department or being referred by your local physician.
The foundation reports it is "steadfast in its commitment to our community's most vulnerable populations, as well as our own associates, who have been impacted by recent events."
A frequently asked question by parents is will students have to make up days they missed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Changes approved by the Governor will equal more help in the Volunteer State to fight the COVID-19 pandemic...
Rutherford County Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald told WGNS NEWS that if you test positive, your information is not given to the public...
If you missed the Dave Ramsey Special "A Message of Hope," with Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze and Ken Coleman, you can listen to it on demand. WGNS carried it on radio at 6pm Friday night.
It was determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.
A local 'State of Emergency' for the City of Murfreesboro has been issued in response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, pandemic. Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland held a media briefing Thursday evening, which was carried LIVE on WGNS. If you missed it, we have the audio on-demand.
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is now providing on-site, drive-through, testing for COVID-19. However, until testing kits become readily available, MMC will only be testing those who have been screened and referred by the Rutherford County Health Department or local physicians.
Childcare is a big need right now for those who have children and are working additional hours in grocery stores or in the medical field as schools remain closed. Governor Bill Lee stated...
The Rutherford County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. In the meantime, schools remain closed, but remote classroom instruction will begin on the week AFTER Spring Break.
WGNS has more news on our local parks in Murfreesboro, highlighting closures and highlighting what is currently open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the week ending March 21, 2020, Tennesseans filed 39,096 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. The week prior, the state received 2,702 new unemployment claims. The latest figure represents a nearly 20 fold increase in week-to-week claims.
During the changing times, multiple businesses are seeing a big change in how everything is done. Funeral homes are one of the businesses that have been hit with an impact that saddens not only the funeral home, but also local families.
MTSU has its first on campus coronavirus case. Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland mentioned this during his Thursday night COVID-19 briefing.
WGNS has more news on the Tennessee National Guard being mobilized and used to help in the testing for COVID-19. Troops are currently at the National Guard base in Smyrna, which is where they will leave from as needed.
Greenhouse Ministries, a local non-profit, is helping hundreds of households with food as more and more people are finding themselves without work.
While COVID-19 is spreading and people are isolating themselves, the parks are still open and they're a great place for social distancing...
As heard on Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee established the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military.
Murfreesboro City Schools are working to help keep children fed during this hard time. Spokesperson Lisa Trail told WGNS NEWS...
The changes brought on by COVID-19 are having a huge impact on local businesses, many restaurant owners are turning to new ideas and business models to persevere. Peter Demos, President of Demos' Restaurant based in Murfreesboro, TN said...
Do not visit the emergency room if you feel that you may have the coronavirus, that is the message from Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron...
MURFREESBORO: "We've had technicians working long hours on our Thompson Lane station trying to unclog the pumps before they cause an overflow upstream. It's important for the public to properly dispose of these items as solid waste."
Better Business Bureau serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky is warning that scammers are taking advantage of news coverage for the proposed federal stimulus package that was announced last week. The package, among other policy items, includes sending every American a check to offset lost income from the coronavirus crisis.
Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed and Dr. Eric Schuck, Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Room Director at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, brief the community on COVID-19
The State Farm Operations Center in Murfreesboro on Memorial Blvd. at DeJarnette Lane continues to be closed to workers and visitors as employees work from home.
Effective immediately: Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) of Rutherford County, TN is modifying its services and operations to protect residents, staff, and volunteers, while continuing to serve the community.
Governor Bill Lee is recommending all Tennessee schools stay closed through Friday, April 24th. Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools will be following that recommendation.
WGNS continues to follow the crime trends in Rutherford County as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps many out of work. The good news, crime is still remaining at a consistent level when compared to weeks previous to the closings of businesses and schools.
FEMA released information to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The organization says, "Rumors can easily circulate within communities..."
On Sunday (3/22/2020) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize...
On Sunday (3/23/2020), State Farm Murfreesboro Operations Center employees lined up in their cars to pick up equipment to begin working from home.
Local businesses are feeling the pinch of COVID-19. Business and community non-profits are also being hit, but some of those non-profits are working with local businesses to come up with new ideas.
In the case of a minor entering the hospital, one parent (guardian) will be allowed to wait with the child and enter an exam room with the child. Siblings will not be able to enter the emergency room.
For those without food during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are food sources available in Rutherford County.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees will hold its Tuesday, March 31, meeting via teleconference only.
"This is about your paycheck," Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today in describing a collection of Republican and Democrat senators' ideas that he said will generate trillions in economic support to help keep employees...
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, the City of La Vergne is expanding its precautionary measures to ensure the safety of residents and city staff. All lobbies at city buildings will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020...
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, during a briefing from the council chambers carried LIVE on WGNS, said he's been asked by many about a "safer at home directive," similar to Nashville.
"This is no time to be running a political campaign," U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today on the Senate floor as Democrats block legislation that will generate trillions in economic support to help keep employees on payrolls and to relieve Tennesseans..."
Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron addresses COVID-19 concerns and the executive order from Governor Lee.
The Town of Smyrna supports Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order No. 17, issued this morning, March 22, 2020. Executive Order No. 17 was issued to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by limiting social gatherings, dine-in service, and gym use; exposure at nursing and retirement homes; and providing flexibility for restaurants regarding the sale of alcohol.
CBS News Radio presents a special report on the coronavirus. It will air this weekend on WGNS radio and you can listen to it here on demand.
Price gouging is up over the past week as communities across the country react to COVID-19 (coronavirus), according to the Better Business Bureau.
PHOTOS: See what downtown Nashville looks like as a near empty ghost town due to COVID-19.
While the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, Tennessee's farms remain an ideal source...
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has seen a large increase in the number of unemployment claims.
Local physcian Dr. Dan Rudd breaks down critical information about the coronavirus that can help you make sense of what's happening. We have broken down the information into easy to listen to segments.
Rutherford County was sitting at 1 confirmed case at last report, but confirmations being released by the Tennessee Health Department to the media have slowed greatly.
"Ascension Saint Thomas Facility Visitation & Associate Screening Policies As part of a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ascension Saint Thomas has evaluated our visitor policies..."
The changes are having a huge negative impact on local businesses all around the state and country. One local business owner is asking for citizens to contact their congressman.
Authorities made changes to lower the number of persons in the police station as a result of the COVID-19 crisis currently underway.
The increase in background check requests in Tennessee aligns with national trends during the pandemic. TBI processed 14,657 transactions between Thursday, March 12th and Monday, March 16th. During the comparable five-day period, February 13th through February 17th, TBI processed 7,901 transactions. Stores like Bullseye Pawn and Gun in Murfreesboro, TN seem to be well stocked, but the line to get in may take 10 to 15 minutes...
Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting. What is the difference?
MTSU is taking another step in the battle against COVID-19 and asking staff to work from home, if at all possible.
About 80 Sheriff's Senior Citizens Awareness Network members were grateful to receive non-perishable food donated to them this week by Feed America First.
Amid the concerns of COVID-19 and the recommendations being made by the CDC, we feel it is in the best interest of all involved to postpone the 2020 TSSAA Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony.
Portico Pregnancy Center is open from 9-1:00 on Monday, and 9:00-5:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
These are unprecedented times for our community and the families we serve, and everyone with The Family Center is sensitive to the challenges facing us. With this in mind, we are working with our community partners to ensure the safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, and interns and to help in flattening the curve of Covid-19 spread in Middle Tennessee.
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties responds to the COVID-19 crisis.
To date (as of March 18, 2020), over 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled...
The Avenue in Murfreesboro remains open, but some stores are altering hours or temporarily closing altogether.
Right now MMC reports they know of no antiviral treatment for COVID-19*.
"With regard to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control have noted that chlorine (used by our plant daily) is effective in eliminating the virus through the disinfection process for drinking water supplies..."
Motlow State has announced its campuses will remain closed and classes will be online only.
UPDATE:The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee told WGNS they are trying to determine how they will conduct their free legal clinic in Rutherford county.At this point, the answer as to how they will move forward with that event and others is unclear. The organization stated, "The COVID-19 pandemic has called into focus a need...
The date as to when schools across the state of Tennessee will reopen is a floating date that could change. Governor Bill Lee said that the situation will be examined on March 31, 2020...
To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, local electric departments will close their offices to walk-in traffic starting Thursday. In addition to the the lobby being closed, those who are trying to make ends meet with food, or the loss of a job - won't have to worry about their electricity being shutoff. Past due accounts will not be shut off during this period of time.
As the COVID-19 virus spreads, it is key to remember that certain groups of people are more susceptible to the lethal side of the virus. Specifically, those with co-morbid conditions.
Nissan, which has a plant in Smyrna, is halting production there and across the country in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Middle Tennessee State University students are finding they can depend on Student Health Services and the Campus Pharmacy as the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 alter the higher education landscape.
In Murfreesboro, the local electric provider is putting a halt on shutting off electric meters so that those unable to get out with weakened immune systems can stay healthy. WGNS' Scott Walker spoke to Amy Byers with Murfreesboro Electric on Tuesday (3/17/2020)...
The TSSAA's Board of Control voted to "suspend" the state basketball tournaments for at least eight weeks while Tennessee is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They're also still hopeful spring sports postseason competition can still happen.
The schools are asking that children in all grades don't hang out together or visit with one another...
The city of Murfreesboro has announced a number of closings and event cancellations in light of the coronavirus situation.
The TSSAA Board of Control and Legislative Council will meet via conference call on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, respectively. The Board will discuss the status of the currently suspended state basketball tournaments, a spring sports discussion, and the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
Murfreesboro City Schools have announced they will remain closed through April 3rd, the end of spring break. The city's ESP will be closed at least thru Friday.
WGNS has connected with education, recreation, medical, emergency and government segments of this community to allow them an opportunity to talk directly to you and give UPDATES on the coronavirus locally.
COVID-19: Above graphic, by the numbers. In the world, only 0.0019755115171793% of the Global Population actually has the Coronavirus.
Governor Lee urges all school districts to close by Friday and remain closed through March 31st.
Many restaurants have publicized their response to the coronavirus and the actions they're taking to keep customers safe.
Rutherford County Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to any child 18 and under at no charge beginning Tuesday March 17, while the district is closed out of concern over the coronavirus.
Murfreesboro City Schools' Nutrition Department will sponsor the free Emergency Food Service Program at over 30 locations through March 27.
All MTSU spring sports are canceled immediately after Conference USA votes Monday.
Dollar General Corporation announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning Tuesday, March 17.
The Rutherford County School Board met to discuss a number of issues concerning the system amid the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the school calendar, classified employee pay and testing.
Grocery stores are seeing large crowds making unusually large purchases of food, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Some items are being limited to three per customer while other items are not being limited. We are also seeing the courts limit in-person proceedings when able to do so, which is also a big change.
In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, St. Thomas Rutherford's WELLNESS CENTER and CARDIAC REHAB CENTER in the Seton Building of the hospital's campus, has temporarily suspended service until March 30th.
With schools being closed from COVID-19, La Vergne wants to make sure local children who receive free/reduced breakfast and lunch, still receive food.
All branches of the Rutherford County Library System are closed through March 21, 2020 in effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The weekend update on the number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee has increased to 26.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued further guidance regarding mass gatherings, schools, state employees and the State Capitol Building as more confirmed cases of COVID-19 surface in Tennessee.
As a precaution against the COVID-19 virus, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Adult Detention Center are implementing measures to protect citizens and inmates, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Public video visits at the Adult Detention Center are cancelled until April 1st, however, attorney visitation using the video system is allowed.
The City of La Vergne is taking precautions to help keep its citizens safe due to the recent positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in Rutherford County.
The TSSAA addresses policies and concerns surrounding spring sports amid the COVID-19 crisis.
While the fight right now is against the Coronavirus, fights against other invasive things like Asain carp, now found in the Cumberland River and other tributaries, including Stones River are continuing.
Director of Schools Bill Spurlock has announced a plan to close all Rutherford County schools for one week beginning Monday, March 16. All schools and school-related activities will be closed. All field trips and sporting events involving students or facilities will be put on hold and rescheduled, if possible.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Senate Health Committee will hold its second committee hearing on the federal government's response to the coronavirus.
As a precaution against the COVID-19 virus, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Adult Detention Center are implementing measures to protect citizens and inmates, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.
Tennessee State Veterans' Homes facilities in Murfreesboro, and around the state will restrict access to all visitors, vendors, and volunteers until further notice.
News reports are coming out Friday afternoon that Governor Lee, Lt. Gov. McNally and Speaker Sexton have issued orders to close the capitol and the legislature's offices and committee rooms effective immediately to the public, advocacy groups, and paid lobbyists!
Area churches are struggling with whether or not to have services this weekend in light of coronovirus.
Mirroring the steps other countries have taken to combat the spread of the virus, social-distancing policies are helping to drive down the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in places such as China.
Rutherford County Schools has shared its Coronavirus Response Plan, which includes limiting some activities and visitors.
Governor Bill Lee has declared a State of Emergency as the coronavirus continues to have an impact on sports, businesses, nursing homes, schools, government and more. MORE TO COME
With the TSSAA limiting attendance to the state basketball tournament starting Friday due to COVID-19, WGNS will air all of the tournament games.
Following the conclusion of the girls' state basketball tournament quarterfinal round Thursday, the TSSAA announced they were suspending the remainder of the girls' state tournament and next week's boys' state tournament. Whether we will be able to reschedule these events will depend on the length of the suspension and the availability of facilities.
UPDATE: The Rutherford County School System is being proactive with the increased threat of the coronavirus.
Beginning with the Friday March 13 session, attendance at the remainder of the girls' state tournament and throughout the boys' state tournament will be limited to the team party (23-person maximum including varsity players, coaches, and team support personnel), their immediate families, and school administrators of the qualifying schools.
Just before the 11am airtime for the MTSU Lady Raider's first CUSA Tournament game with Louisiana Tech, news of the cancellation of the rest of the games was announced.
With a SIXTH case of COVID-19 reported in Tennessee, shelves of sanitation supplies at local groceries are running low.
The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to seven. 4 are in Williamson County, with 1 each in Davidson, Shelby and Sullivan counties.
With recent confirmations in Williamson, Davidson and Shelby Counties, some are asking today if the coronavirus is being over-hyped by the media - something that can be compared to the flu of 1918.
One man in Williamson County, TN has tested positive for the virus and the department of health laboratory tested the individual, and has submitted results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Governor Lee stated at a press conference:
Thursday (3/5/2020) the Tennessee Department of Health announced the state's first case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. That case was confirmed to be in nearby Williamson County. TDH has released additional information regarding the case as well as the availability of tests in Tennessee.
Case located in Williamson County, TN: "We are working closely with local health care partners to identify contacts and contain spread of this disease in our communities," said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.
Upon Governor Bill Lee delivering the news of the first COVID-19 case in Tennessee, Mayor Bill Ketron reached out to Rutherford County leaders, officials from other municipalities within the County, public safety...
Says 10 days ago there were 14 infections and today there are 14 infections, plus the 39 Americans that were brought back from China and Japan...
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the Senate Health Committee will hold a committee hearing on the novel Coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China.
Here's an update on the two Tennessee families in quarantine for the coronavirus. The Tri-Cities physician and his wife remain in Tokyo, and the Grainger County couple are quarantined at a military base in Texas.
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