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Fatal Accidents were DOWN while Suicide Rate and Auto Burglaries were UP Druing COVID-19 Pandemic
Fatal Accidents were DOWN while Suicide Rate and Auto Burglaries were UP Druing COVID-19 Pandemic

Now that numbers are in for the previous months of shut-down during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Murfreesboro Police have confirmed what crimes increased and what problems went down...

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Murfreesboro Mayor talks about the use of tear gas and more during protesting Sunday
Murfreesboro Mayor talks about the use of tear gas and more during protesting Sunday

Elected officials across the country have made statements on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota in recent days and here in Murfreesboro, Mayor Shane McFarland commented...

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New Relief Program for Businesses in State
New Relief Program for Businesses in State

The Tennessee Business Relief Program will direct approximately $200 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds through the Department of Revenue directly to small businesses that qualify.

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Kayaking Accident on Duck River leaves teen dead
Kayaking Accident on Duck River leaves teen dead

A kayaking accident has left a 15 year old girl from Manchester dead. Evidently, the teen was with her family on the Duck River when the accident occurred near Courtner's Mill.

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Special Kids Thanks the Community
Special Kids Thanks the Community

Special Kids in Murfreesboro resumed therapy at their center on May 13th, after temporarily closing due to COVID-19. They are now working under the close guidance of their involved doctors, CDC Guidelines and more.

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Businesses on Murfreesboro Square board up for today's vigil / rally for George Floyd
Businesses on Murfreesboro Square board up for today's vigil / rally for George Floyd

Businesses on the downtown Murfreesboro Square are preparing for today's rally or vigil. The vigil is in honor of George Floyd, the man who died during a police traffic stop in Minneapolis this past week.

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Protestors at Sunday Vigil on Murfreesboro Square to Honor George Floyd (PHOTOS, VIDEOS and AUDIO)
Protestors at Sunday Vigil on Murfreesboro Square to Honor George Floyd (PHOTOS, VIDEOS and AUDIO)

Some on Sunday were there to release harbored feelings of anger while others, just wanted to voice their opinion...

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Statewide Curfew Sent In ERROR By County
Statewide Curfew Sent In ERROR By County

Rutherford County government announced that the STATEWIDE CURFEW was sent in error. There are only curfews in Murfreesboro and Nashville, not the entire state.

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UPDATE: Police investigating after body of man found in wooded area
UPDATE: Police investigating after body of man found in wooded area

The death of a man whose body was found in a wooded area on Robert Rose Drive Friday, May 15, has been ruled a homicide. An arrest has also been made in the case.

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Large tortoise taken in by police and transported to Barfield Park Wilderness Station
Large tortoise taken in by police and transported to Barfield Park Wilderness Station

WATCH VIDEO: A very large turtle was found in Murfreesboro and reports indicate the turtle weighed between 40 and 50 pounds.

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Murfreesboro Police and TBI Continue to Search for Murder Suspect
Murfreesboro Police and TBI Continue to Search for Murder Suspect

An investigation into a 2019 murder is still underway. Murfreesboro Police report that they continue to search 30-year-old Delarrious Dwayne Crawford.

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Murfreesboro man and Two Others Arrested by TBI - Cocaine Seized
Murfreesboro man and Two Others Arrested by TBI - Cocaine Seized

A joint undercover drug investigation by Special Agents with the Drug investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other federal and local law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of three individuals and the seizure of cocaine, cash, and a handgun.

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Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Awarded National Fellowship
Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Awarded National Fellowship

In collaboration with The Porch and Southern Word, Whittemore plans to conduct a series of writing workshops, open mics, and school visits culminating in a conference for LGBTQ+youth in Murfreesboro. She also supports Poetry in the 'Boro, a local reading series featuring local and regional readers and an open mic.

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U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING: COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely
U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING: COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will hold a hearing on how students can safely go to their college or university this fall.

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La Vergne Answers to the Trial Courts - Property Owners Denied Operation of Car Dealer - Courts Agree
La Vergne Answers to the Trial Courts - Property Owners Denied Operation of Car Dealer - Courts Agree

In La Vergne, property owners applied to the city for a building permit to install new doors on their car wash to convert the wash into a car dealer. La Vergne issued a building permit to the property owners, who performed the $14,000 conversion of the future car lot but, things failed to go smoothly.

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Rutherford County UNEMPLOYMENT Rate Stands at 16.7%
Rutherford County UNEMPLOYMENT Rate Stands at 16.7%

Usually, Rutherford County is ranked in the number two or three position for having the lowest unemployment rate in the Volunteer State between 2 and 3%.

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TSSAA recognizes student-athletes active in three or more sports
TSSAA recognizes student-athletes active in three or more sports

As this unusual academic year draws to a conclusion, the TSSAA is recognizing the more than 3,000 students who participated in three or more sports during the 2019-20 school year.

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Two Tractor Trailers Crash, One Driver Flown to Hospital
Two Tractor Trailers Crash, One Driver Flown to Hospital

One person was flown via life flight to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash on Bridgestone Parkway early Wednesday morning in La Vergne.

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Convicted Cocaine Felon Darryl Alderson Arrested for Violating Parole and Now in Trouble with the Federal Government
Convicted Cocaine Felon Darryl Alderson Arrested for Violating Parole and Now in Trouble with the Federal Government

Ten years ago, convicted cocaine felon Darryl Alderson was arrested for tossing a half pound brick of cocaine from his speeding car in South Nashville as police tried to stop him on Una Antioch Pike, about 5 miles from the Rutherford County line.

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13 Year old girl reported as missing or runaway in nearby Manchester, TN
13 Year old girl reported as missing or runaway in nearby Manchester, TN

The Manchester Police Department is seeking the public's help locating a runaway 13-year old juvenile.

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Supreme Court does "Live Streaming" - MTSU Professor Talks More About this Subject

The US Supreme Court began live streaming oral arguments about a week ago, which is historically significant as change is rare in the Supreme Courts. With more, here is MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burriss...

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New VA Contract to help with Access to Local Medical Providers
New VA Contract to help with Access to Local Medical Providers

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) began a new contract with Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc., this week that will give Veterans access to more health care providers in their community.

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Rutherford County Mayor talks openly about struggles local businesses faced during the COVID-19 Shutdown
Rutherford County Mayor talks openly about struggles local businesses faced during the COVID-19 Shutdown

As many businesses in Rutherford County struggle to build back what was lost during the COVID-19 shutdown, county mayor Bill Ketron told WGNS NEWS how hard it was for his office to basically PAUSE our local economy for weeks on end....

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Suspect in Destiny Drive vehicle break-ins caught on camera, according to police
Suspect in Destiny Drive vehicle break-ins caught on camera, according to police

A resident in the area of Destiny Drive located in Murfreesboro caught a subject on a home security camera that may lead police to identifying the individual who is accused of breaking into at least two vehicles.

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UPDATE: All Juveniles, Staff at Youth Treatment Facility Test Negative for COVID-19
UPDATE: All Juveniles, Staff at Youth Treatment Facility Test Negative for COVID-19

For the latest headlines across the Volunteer State about the coronavirus, we head to nearby Sumner County... The Tennessee Department of Children's Services announced Tuesday that all juveniles and staff at a Sumner County youth treatment facility tested negative for COVID-19. The department requested a mass testing event at the privately-operated congregate care facility after one staff member tested positive.

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Murfreesboro City Schools to host School Bus Parades this week
Murfreesboro City Schools to host School Bus Parades this week

Murfreesboro City Schools teachers and staff will hop on buses this week to form bus parades and shout accolades to students as our school year comes to an official end on Friday.

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Rutherford County Library System open for pickup services
Rutherford County Library System open for pickup services

The Rutherford County Library System has re-opened some aspects of their libraries in Rutherford County as the COVID-19 Pandemic slows. Executive Director Rita Shacklett told WGNS...

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BBB Warning: Puppy Scam Reports Skyrocket During COVID-19 Pandemic
BBB Warning: Puppy Scam Reports Skyrocket During COVID-19 Pandemic

A Murfreesboro, Tennessee, individual reported losing $800 to a puppy scam in May 2020. They came across a puppy on what appeared to be a legitimate website.

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COFFEE COUNTY: Driver Leaves Scene of Fatal Accident
COFFEE COUNTY: Driver Leaves Scene of Fatal Accident

Tennessee Highway Patrol has arrested a man after they say he struck a pedestrian while driving and left the scene of the accident.

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

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

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New Unemployment Claims in TENNESSEE reaching record numbers
New Unemployment Claims in TENNESSEE reaching record numbers

Since March 15th, which was when the COVID-19 Pandemic started hitting businesses and households, Tennessee has seen 503,888 new unemployment claims.

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Car crashes into Manchester,  Tennessee business
Car crashes into Manchester, Tennessee business

Recently, a car crashed into a local business earlier this month in Murfreesboro.

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

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

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MURFREESBORO POLICE: Missing woman safely located
MURFREESBORO POLICE: Missing woman safely located

Stacy Leadingham was reported missing after police say she contacted her mother in West Virginia crying.

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Woman Reported as Missing in Murfreesboro FOUND SAFE
Woman Reported as Missing in Murfreesboro FOUND SAFE

A 35-year-old woman WHO WAS reported missing in Murfreesboro has been safely located, according to Murfreesboro Police on Wednesday evening (5/13/2020).

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Fleet Feet Murfreesboro one of many stores to Re-Open after Pandemic
Fleet Feet Murfreesboro one of many stores to Re-Open after Pandemic

Fleet Feet Sports in Murfreesboro is one of many businesses that has re-opened their retail sales floor.

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Greenhouse Ministries - Helping Local Residents Post COVID-19 Shutdown
Greenhouse Ministries - Helping Local Residents Post COVID-19 Shutdown

Despite face masks, plastic sheeting in some areas and social distancing, Greenhouse Ministries Founder Cliff Sharp told WGNS he is glad to be sitting down with guests again...

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Reopening and Guidelines for Businesses in Murfreesboro, TN
Reopening and Guidelines for Businesses in Murfreesboro, TN

As businesses in both the retail and the restaurant industry re-open in Murfreesboro, not everyone will follow the recommended guidelines set by the state or the CDC. Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland told WGNS NEWS...

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Tennessee Tops for COVID-19 Testing
Tennessee Tops for COVID-19 Testing

Reports indicate that Tennessee is one of the states that is leading the nation with coronavirus testing. WGNS' Ron Jordan has the story...

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

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

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Major changes for child support in Tennessee
Major changes for child support in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is implementing revised child support guidelines this week that will help align all child support orders with changing family economics, improve the system for both custodial and noncustodial parents, and meet new federal requirements.

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Refusal to Work Could Jeopardize Unemployment Benefits
Refusal to Work Could Jeopardize Unemployment Benefits

Not returning to work when there is available employment may be considered a "refusal of work" and could potentially disqualify claimants from receiving TUC benefits.

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Vote by Mail-In Ballot in Tennessee August 6, 2020
Vote by Mail-In Ballot in Tennessee August 6, 2020

Beginning Friday, eligible Tennesseans can request a ballot to vote absentee by-mail for the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General election without ever leaving their home.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic announces Appointment Testing for COVID-19 Starting Monday
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic announces Appointment Testing for COVID-19 Starting Monday

As drive-thru COVID-19 testing came to a close Friday afternoon, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic readies for appointment testing of patients for COVID-19.

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Increases of Alcohol Sales and DUI Arrests can lead to Increase of Child Abuse
Increases of Alcohol Sales and DUI Arrests can lead to Increase of Child Abuse

Some of the things that have changed during the COVID-19 Pandemic have not been changes for the good. Tara Davis with the Child Advocacy Center's Drug Endangered Children program told WGNS...

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TBI Charges Man in Shooting at Deputies
TBI Charges Man in Shooting at Deputies

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a DeKalb County man accused of firing a gun at law enforcement officers during a pursuit on Wednesday morning.

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

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

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Nashville District extends campgrounds closure through end of May
Nashville District extends campgrounds closure through end of May

This affects all Corps-managed campgrounds locally at Percy Priest Lake.

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Couchville Pike fatality off of I-840
Couchville Pike fatality off of I-840

Just off of Interstate 840 between Murfreesboro and Lebanon, an accident claimed the life of a teenager on Couchville Pike.

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Congratulations to Murfreesboro City Schools
Congratulations to Murfreesboro City Schools

The Tennessee STEM School Designation denotes that a school meets the highest standards of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction and is a model...

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Local Food Bank Continues to Serve the Community
Local Food Bank Continues to Serve the Community

During the first 5 weeks of COVID-19, Nourish Food Bank served over 105,000 meals to local residents. In comparison to the first two and a half months of the year before the cornavirus hit, the food bank served about 85,000 meals.

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United Way Receives State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant
United Way Receives State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties was awarded a $10,000 grant from State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grant program to support United Way's new Launch Point program.

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Local Judge says that reporting child abuse is 100% Anonymous
Local Judge says that reporting child abuse is 100% Anonymous

Reports of child abuse have decreased over the COVID-19 Pandemic period as heard by law enforcement. Sadly, one of the reasons reports have decreased is due to schools being closed; because teachers are often the ones who notice changes in their student's behavior or appearance.

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Helping Those Released from Prison or Jail in Rutherford County
Helping Those Released from Prison or Jail in Rutherford County

When a friend or loved one is released from prison, after committing a crime in Rutherford County, it can be hard to find a job. Murfreesboro Police Lt. Clayton Williams told WGNS NEWS...

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Missing / Endangered Man Reported in Murfreesboro
Missing / Endangered Man Reported in Murfreesboro

A 28 year old man has been listed as a missing person, according to Murfreesboro Police. Police informed WGNS that Christopher Blake Daniel has not been seen or heard from since April 8, 2020.

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New fire station opens in one of Murfreesboro's fastest growing areas
New fire station opens in one of Murfreesboro's fastest growing areas

Murfreesboro residents in the Blackman and Gateway areas should receive quicker response times after Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) opened Fire Station 11 Sunday, May 3, on Blaze Drive adjacent to Blackman High School.

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This Past Sunday Night Severe Storms Keep R'ford County Fire & Rescue and Volunteer Departments Busy
This Past Sunday Night Severe Storms Keep R'ford County Fire & Rescue and Volunteer Departments Busy

Rutherford County Fire Rescue (RCFR) and several volunteer fire departments from throughout the County responded to multiple storm related calls Sunday night.

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

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

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Five youth removed Sunday from Michigan youth treatment facility, returned to Tennessee
Five youth removed Sunday from Michigan youth treatment facility, returned to Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services took immediate action over the weekend to remove five youth in state custody from a Michigan facility under investigation following a child death.

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COVID-19: Update specifically addresses Parks and Recreation and the La Vergne Senior Center
COVID-19: Update specifically addresses Parks and Recreation and the La Vergne Senior Center

The barricades at Veterans Memorial Park will be removed on May 4, 2020 to give access to the green spaces in the park as well as the walking trail. The tennis courts and skate park will also be opened but social distancing guidelines are strongly encouraged

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Judge Rules School Vouchers in Davidson and Shelby Counties Unconstitutional
Judge Rules School Vouchers in Davidson and Shelby Counties Unconstitutional

If a city adopts home rule, the legislature may not pass private acts that apply to that city. General laws that apply to all cities also are applicable to cities with home rule charters.

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A visit to Marina's on the Square
A visit to Marina's on the Square

A touch of Italy is on the Murfreesboro square... Sarah Callender visited Marina's on the Square to dive into their history along with learning about the changes they made during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jobless claims top 30 million nationwide; over 400,000 in Tennessee since mid March
Jobless claims top 30 million nationwide; over 400,000 in Tennessee since mid March

An additional 43,792 Tennesseans filed new unemployment claims for the week ending April 25, bringing the total of new claims filed since the week ending March 21 to 437,261 in Tennessee alone.

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Gas Prices Continue to go Down
Gas Prices Continue to go Down

The Tennessee gas price average continues to decline and has dropped two cents since this time last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.54 which is nearly 17 cents less than one month ago and nearly $1.07 less than one year ago.

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COVID-19:  Reopening Faith-Based Community
COVID-19: Reopening Faith-Based Community

The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has released guideline for reopening Tennessee's congregations while controlling COVID-19. It was suggested that a phased-in approach might be considered.

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Legal Aid Society:
Legal Aid Society: "Renter's Rights" during COVID-19

The Legal Aid Society has information about "renter's rights" during this COID-19 pandemic period.

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The elderly and those who are obese are at higher risk for contracting the coronavirus
The elderly and those who are obese are at higher risk for contracting the coronavirus

As businesses reopen, it is good to know the top ways that coronavirus spreads. Doctor Dan Rudd who oversees medical care at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center told WGNS NEWS...

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

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

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Greenhouse Ministries: Open to Take Donations Friday and Next Week
Greenhouse Ministries: Open to Take Donations Friday and Next Week

Greenhouse Ministries is opening back up to take donations of clothing and common household items. During the stay at home orders, the non-profit was unable to accept donations...

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MTSU Greek orgs go virtual to raise $3K-plus for Student Food Pantry
MTSU Greek orgs go virtual to raise $3K-plus for Student Food Pantry

Coronavirus distancing restrictions couldn't keep fraternities and sororities at MTSU from using online tools to continue their annual support of a popular student resource.

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Special Kids asks Volunteers to Pray
Special Kids asks Volunteers to Pray

Special Kids is asking for you as an individual or an organization to "volunteer" for a prayer you would like to take part in, as listed below.

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Child Abuse Reporting is Down 30.4% in Tennessee
Child Abuse Reporting is Down 30.4% in Tennessee

"Across the state of Tennessee calls handled by the child abuse hotline staff are down 30.4% from March 1 to April 18, 2020 compared to this same time period last year," announced Tennessee Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols.

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Who can Re-Open and Who Cannot in Murfreesboro?
Who can Re-Open and Who Cannot in Murfreesboro?

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland addressed citizens on Tuesday and spoke about the reopening of the city.

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Downtown Murfreesboro Businesses are Amazing and Unique
Downtown Murfreesboro Businesses are Amazing and Unique

Sarah Callender recently visited the boutique businesses on the South Church Street side of the local square owned by Judy Goldie. Callender is the Executive Director of Main Street Murfreesboro, a non-profit organization focused on keeping the local square vibrant, yet historic. Callender tells WGNS about Trendy Pieces and more...

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Crime on College Campuses in TENNESSEE
Crime on College Campuses in TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual 'Crime on Campus' publication, detailing the volume and nature of crime on Tennessee's college and university campuses.

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HEARING on Government Response to COVID-19
HEARING on Government Response to COVID-19

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Senate health committee will hold a hearing on the federal government's response to COVID-19.

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MTSU Grad Studies temporarily offers $1 application fee,   waives admission test for approved programs
MTSU Grad Studies temporarily offers $1 application fee, waives admission test for approved programs

"There is no better opportunity than now to apply, as it is only $1 until the discounted rate runs out," said Dawn McCormack, College of Graduate Studies associate dean.

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State Begins Paying Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to Self-Employed workers
State Begins Paying Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to Self-Employed workers

The state of Tennessee began providing economic relief to thousands of self-employed individuals by paying Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits made available to them through the federal government's CARES Act.

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Reward of $2,500 for the Recovery of a Stolen KTM Dirt Bike
Reward of $2,500 for the Recovery of a Stolen KTM Dirt Bike

Murfreesboro Police need assistance in their investigation into a stolen dirt bike. The motorcycle was a KTM with traditional KTM racing colors in burnt orange, white and black.

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Radio 1212 and the Military History behind it
Radio 1212 and the Military History behind it

Have you heard of the historic "Radio 1212" and the conspiracy that went along with it during the World War II. With details, here is MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burriss....

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MTSU BERC director Arik presented multiple awards  from the Institute for Global Business Research
MTSU BERC director Arik presented multiple awards from the Institute for Global Business Research

MTSU faculty member Murat Arik, director of the Business and Economic Research Center, was recently recognized for exemplary service and research with multiple honors from the Institute for Global Business Research.

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TBI: 57 Year old man WANTED on 22 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charges
TBI: 57 Year old man WANTED on 22 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charges

Jack Leroy Garcia is wanted by the Cannon County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for five counts of Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and and 22 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

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Governor Re-Starting Economy
Governor Re-Starting Economy

Governor Bill Lee continues meeting with the Economic Recovery Group to create plans for re-starting the economy in keeping with the TENNESSEE PLEDGE. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail businesses. Remember, COVID-19 is still with us.

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Child Abuse Reporting Down 30.4% In TN
Child Abuse Reporting Down 30.4% In TN

How should experts interpret COVID-19 "child abuse" figures? Are abuses dropping, or are the main reporters--who are teachers--out of the equation?

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Woman shot while driving on Veterans Parkway
Woman shot while driving on Veterans Parkway

A 42-year-old Murfreesboro woman suffered gunshot wounds when she was shot...

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The US Census Helps our Community
The US Census Helps our Community

Those funds pay for local healthcare, education, disaster response such as tornadoes that we have all been impacted by multiple years.

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Rutherford County Mayor's Caucus discussed reopening plans
Rutherford County Mayor's Caucus discussed reopening plans

The Rutherford County Mayors' Caucus (RCMC) met Friday after the release of Governor Bill Lee's guidelines for "reopening Tennessee responsibility..."

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Communities Re-Opening for Business
Communities Re-Opening for Business

30-Minutes down Interstate 840, Lebanon, Tennessee was one of the first communities to communicate to their residents about reopening for business...

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MTCS Conducted a Drive-Thru Senior Graduation
MTCS Conducted a Drive-Thru Senior Graduation

Clapping, cheering, streamers and confetti filled the parking lot at Middle Tennessee Christian School Tuesday as the school hosted a cap and gown drive thru for their 59 seniors.

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REMINDER: Expiration Date of Auto Tags EXTENDED in COVID-19 Pandemic
REMINDER: Expiration Date of Auto Tags EXTENDED in COVID-19 Pandemic

UPDATE: Auto Emission Testing Service announces expiration of Auto Emission Testing. Evidently, May 18, 2020 is the last day that auto emission testing will be suspended in Tennessee.

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MTSU alumni receive prestigious NSF Graduate  Research Fellowship Program awards
MTSU alumni receive prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards

Recent Middle Tennessee State University graduates Jessica Shotwell and Samuel "Sam" Remedios have received notification they are among 2,000 U.S. students named as winners of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award.

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The Loss of a parent at age 8
The Loss of a parent at age 8

In this interview, WGNS' Scott Walker talks to Chip Douglas who lost his mother in a car accident at age 8.

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

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

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Extended School Care to Re-open July 20
Extended School Care to Re-open July 20

Due to COVID-19, the Murfreesboro City Schools will not reopen their Extended School Program (ESP) until July. Schools spokesperson Lisa Trail stated...

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New Interactive Map Gives More Details About COVID-19 Positive Counties
New Interactive Map Gives More Details About COVID-19 Positive Counties

Health Departments in Rutherford County and across the nation have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic and have since released a new map showing more details about each state...

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Local Doctor says that Tennessee is Seeing Decline in COVID-19 Cases and is Leading Nation in Medical Studies
Local Doctor says that Tennessee is Seeing Decline in COVID-19 Cases and is Leading Nation in Medical Studies

Murfreesboro and Rutherford County have done well at this point in the fight against COVID-19. Other areas of the country have seen spikes that Tennessee hasn't.

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Rutherford County Mayors' Caucus Plans for Modified Operations Amid Governor Lee's Stay-At-Home Order Expiration
Rutherford County Mayors' Caucus Plans for Modified Operations Amid Governor Lee's Stay-At-Home Order Expiration

The Rutherford County Mayor's Caucus (RCMC) met Wednesday to discuss...

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UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS IN NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF TENNESSEE'S COUNTIES, RATES DO NOT REFLECT FULL IMPACT OF COVID-19
UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS IN NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF TENNESSEE'S COUNTIES, RATES DO NOT REFLECT FULL IMPACT OF COVID-19

Although the numbers seem hard to believe because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rutherford County is now at number 2 on the list for unemployment at only 2.7% who are currently jobless.

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Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro is TOP in Tennessee
Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro is TOP in Tennessee

Central Magnet High School is doing well - with more, here is WGNS' Ron Jordan...

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Local Libraries will soon re-open
Local Libraries will soon re-open

Rutherford County Public Library Director Rita Shacklett shares plans of re-opening the local libraries in a post COVID-19 period...

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State Reps. Terry & Baum, Tennessee House Works to Make Telemedicine Permanent in State's Health Practices
State Reps. Terry & Baum, Tennessee House Works to Make Telemedicine Permanent in State's Health Practices

As the Covid-19 pathogen spreads across Tennessee, State Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro), State Rep. Charlie Baum (R-Murfreesboro) and the House of Representatives continue to put our patients first...

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Fresh Tennessee Strawberries Are Ripe and Ready
Fresh Tennessee Strawberries Are Ripe and Ready

Farmers across Tennessee say sweet and juicy strawberries are ready for harvest despite the COVID-19 effect on consumers. While picking your own berries from...

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Retail businesses downtown rise to the challenge of COVID-19
Retail businesses downtown rise to the challenge of COVID-19

by Sarah Callender, Executive Director of Main Street Murfreesboro
After his parents married, they opened Holden Hardware on January 30, 1948, in a building Rollie's grandmother owned on the square...

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38% of TN filling stations have gas prices below $1.50
38% of TN filling stations have gas prices below $1.50

"One in four U.S. gas stations are selling gas for $1.49 or less," said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Even with regional refinery rates dropping, we will continue to see gas prices decrease though potentially at a slower rate than the past few weeks."

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EDITORIAL: Finish Strong -  Professional Educators of Tennessee
EDITORIAL: Finish Strong - Professional Educators of Tennessee

EDITORIAL: It was a little over a year ago when I lost a good friend to suicide. As I heard the news, I felt powerless and numb. Then I wondered, what if I had talked with him, would that had made a difference?

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UPDATE: Governor will not extend stay-at-home order past April 30
UPDATE: Governor will not extend stay-at-home order past April 30

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Monday that his stay at home order will not extend past April 30, and he also announced most businesses in the state will begin reopening next week.

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Tennessee Department of Children's Services Takes Action After Youth Tests Positive for COVID-19
Tennessee Department of Children's Services Takes Action After Youth Tests Positive for COVID-19

WEST TENNESSEE: The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is working with the Tennessee Department of Health...

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The Journey Home Day Shelter Continues to Serve Area Homeless
The Journey Home Day Shelter Continues to Serve Area Homeless

Non-profit The Journey Home continues to serve meals to the homeless and those who cannot afford food Monday thru Saturday. Director Scott Forster told WGNS news that they had to make several changes that include less seating in their dining area...

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Worried about Germs, Hoarding and Your General Well-Being?
Worried about Germs, Hoarding and Your General Well-Being?

Work furloughs, empty grocery shelves and constant handwashing have led many to deal with extra worries and fears during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have reported higher levels of stress and anxiety as they worry about becoming infected with COVID-19 and face employment uncertainty.

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Have you OR Will you receive a Stimulus Check
Have you OR Will you receive a Stimulus Check

Stimulus checks or incentive checks are being paid to Americans right now, but how much will you receive?

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Free Child Care Now Available to Tennessee's Essential Workers
Free Child Care Now Available to Tennessee's Essential Workers

The COVID-19 Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance program and partnership with the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee follows other important moves TDHS has made to support child care needs during the pandemic emergency.

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

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

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State Office on Aging implements Care through Conversations a new program to help Older Tennesseans in Isolation.
State Office on Aging implements Care through Conversations a new program to help Older Tennesseans in Isolation.

Monday, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability announced a new support program to help the state's older adults who are facing social isolation...

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TN to Reopen MOST State Parks This Friday (4/24/2020)
TN to Reopen MOST State Parks This Friday (4/24/2020)

Tennessee State Parks will reopen most of its 56 state parks on Friday, April 24, for day-use only. Specific details on which parks will reopen will be available on tnstateparks.com this week.

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State To Pay Childcare For
State To Pay Childcare For "Essential Workers"

he Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is announcing new child care assistance to support families that are serving the state in essential workforce positions.

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Massive Unemployment Numbers
Massive Unemployment Numbers

More than 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, putting the total at more than 22 million Americans out of work in the past month...

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UPDATE: Another warning of new Coronavirus SCAMS in Middle Tennessee
UPDATE: Another warning of new Coronavirus SCAMS in Middle Tennessee

Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle TN has released a warning about a new way con artists...

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School Closures and the CARES Act
School Closures and the CARES Act

RELEASE From the Professional Educators of Tennessee: Professional Educators of Tennessee whole-heartedly supports the call of Governor Bill Lee to keep our public schools closed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We share his concern for at-risk and vulnerable student populations.

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TN Unemployment Rate: March 2020
TN Unemployment Rate: March 2020

Despite the current spike in unemployment across Tennessee, March's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains relatively unchanged, only increasing 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%.

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

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

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Rutherford County Company Sanitizing Essential Businesses
Rutherford County Company Sanitizing Essential Businesses

Americare, which is a company in Rutherford County, is known for pest control. But, during the coronavirus pandemic, they have become known as the COVID-19 exterminators.

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Online Faith and Justice Summit Will Connect Faith Communities with Legal Resources
Online Faith and Justice Summit Will Connect Faith Communities with Legal Resources

Faith leaders, judicial branch members, and community partners from across Tennessee will gather online on April 21 for the 2020 Tennessee Faith and Justice Summit.

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Tennessee State Parks Extend Closure
Tennessee State Parks Extend Closure

Tennessee State Parks today announced it will extend the closure of all 56 state parks as officials at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation continue to monitor health and safety guidance related to COVID-19.

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Rutherford County Government Creates Online Form to Submit COVID-19 Concerns/Questions
Rutherford County Government Creates Online Form to Submit COVID-19 Concerns/Questions

Rutherford County Government announced Wednesday the addition of an online form created specifically for citizens in the community to ask questions or share concerns about COVID-19.

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Child Abuse during COVID-19 in Rutherford County
Child Abuse during COVID-19 in Rutherford County

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, but times are quite different as everyone is out of school due to the coronavirus. That said, teachers, coaches and other school faculty or staff have typically been the first line of defense for children who are abused in their homes.

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 COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Locations Open this Weekend Statewide
COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Locations Open this Weekend Statewide


On Saturday, April 18, 22 COVID-19 drive-through testing sites will be open in the Rutherford County community at the Rutherford County Health Department (100 West Burton St., Murfreesboro). Testing will be from 9AM to 12 noon, Saturday only.

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MTSU Honors ecology class tackles  real-world 'flattening the curve'
MTSU Honors ecology class tackles real-world 'flattening the curve'

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought experiential learning on multiple levels...

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Murfreesboro Schools Pre-K Registration Packets Now Available
Murfreesboro Schools Pre-K Registration Packets Now Available

Pre-K registration packets are now available as of Monday for Murfreesboro City Schools. Lisa Trail, spokesperson for the schools, told WGNS news...

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Rutherford County man asks for Post Conviction Relief - Eligible for Release in Year 2075
Rutherford County man asks for Post Conviction Relief - Eligible for Release in Year 2075

It is a laundry list of charges that a man is asking for post conviction relief on in Rutherford County, according to a Court of Criminal Appeals filing on Monday, April 13, 2020.

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MTSU online master's in Supply Chain Management ranked nationally for affordability
MTSU online master's in Supply Chain Management ranked nationally for affordability

OnlineU, a Washington-based company that provides rankings for a variety of online educational programs, placed the university's program at No. 15 in its 2020 list of top 25 online master's degrees in supply chain management.

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Model Shows Tennessee to Reach COVID-19 Peak on Wednesday
Model Shows Tennessee to Reach COVID-19 Peak on Wednesday

A University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) model shows that Tennessee looks to be in the forecast of having fewer cases of COVID-19 in the near future as opposed to seeing a huge increase.

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STAY AT HOME Extended for Tennesseans - APRIL 30, 2020
STAY AT HOME Extended for Tennesseans - APRIL 30, 2020

As heard on Monday, the Stay at Home Order in Tennessee has been continued until April 30, 2020. Governor Bill Lee stated...

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Nashville, Murfreesboro VA hospitals hiring health care professionals
Nashville, Murfreesboro VA hospitals hiring health care professionals

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is hiring health care workers to serve America's heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic for their Murfreesboro and Nashville campuses.

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Saturday fire displaced two families in Murfreesboro
Saturday fire displaced two families in Murfreesboro

Ladder 8 was the first on the scene and report that both mobile homes sustained major damage making them non-habitable.

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The Politicalzation of crisis situations and history - by MTSU Professor of Journalism
The Politicalzation of crisis situations and history - by MTSU Professor of Journalism

How much of the coronavirus has become politicized and how does this relate to news stories in history or news situations in history? With more, here is MTSU Professor of Journalism, Larry Burriss...

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TN Gov. Bill Lee releases message on Easter Sunday after a special video release
TN Gov. Bill Lee releases message on Easter Sunday after a special video release

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and his wife First Lady Maria Lee paused to share their thoughts about the current COVID-19 Pandemic and Easter Sunday morning...

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MTSU recreates stay-at-home version of 'I Am True Blue' video amid COVID-19
MTSU recreates stay-at-home version of 'I Am True Blue' video amid COVID-19

Middle Tennessee State University has embraced technology and stay-at-home restrictions to recreate its most recent "I Am True Blue" video where members of the campus community reaffirms the institution's values. Watch the videos...

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REMINDER: COVID-19 Scams Continue
REMINDER: COVID-19 Scams Continue

Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee warns about scams: Older adults are being targeted by scammers using the COVID-19 health situation, the IRS and the Better Business Bureau warned.

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Refrigerated trucks ready for use if more morgue space needed in TN due to Pandemic
Refrigerated trucks ready for use if more morgue space needed in TN due to Pandemic

Refrigerated trucks will be used in Tennessee and are now on standby should there be a surge in COVID-19 deaths. The trucks will be used across the state if the pandemic creates the need for more morgue space than hospitals actually have in Tennessee.

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City of La Vergne Extends Modified Schedules for Employee's, due to COVID-19
City of La Vergne Extends Modified Schedules for Employee's, due to COVID-19

In compliance with Governor Lee's extension of the Stay at Home mandate, the City of La Vergne is extending its modified schedule for employees. The extension will be reevaluated on a weekly basis.

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TN Governor Confirmed Tennessee is preparing for the federal
TN Governor Confirmed Tennessee is preparing for the federal "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" program

Once Tennessee finalizes their side of the new program, the federal benefits of an additional $600 weekly can last up to four months and will be combined with the states' unemployment package.

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

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

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Unemployment Level Continues to Rise
Unemployment Level Continues to Rise

New unemployment claims in Tennessee and across the nation continue to climb at an alarming rate amid this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Murfreesboro Housing Authority remains Closed during COVID-19 Pandemic
Murfreesboro Housing Authority remains Closed during COVID-19 Pandemic

As a precaution to avoid the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Murfreesboro Housing Authority office remains closed to the public until further notice.

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UPDATED: TDOE Announces Partnership with PBS to Deliver Daily Instructional Content for Tennessee Students
UPDATED: TDOE Announces Partnership with PBS to Deliver Daily Instructional Content for Tennessee Students

The Tennessee Department of Education is partnering with PBS stations across the state to offer 1st-8th grade students up to 30 hours of standards-aligned instructional lessons per week during times of COVID-19 school closures.

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Local Guitar Maker focuses on Moving Forward with a Different Point of View
Local Guitar Maker focuses on Moving Forward with a Different Point of View

Local companies in Rutherford County like Gallagher Guitar Co. on N. Walnut Street in Murfreesboro, continue to move forward in these tough times. While their storefront is closed to walk-in business, they are focusing on alternative plans that include craftsmen building handmade guitars in their private shops.

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Changes in Courts due to COVID-19 Could Lead to More Changes in the Future
Changes in Courts due to COVID-19 Could Lead to More Changes in the Future

Under current rules and practice, you cannot have a teleconference or "LIVE" video jury in Tennessee. However, the pandemic could give rise to future changes within the courts.

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COVID-19 SCAMS in Tennessee and Beyond
COVID-19 SCAMS in Tennessee and Beyond

James Price, Regional Manager of the BBB of Middle Tennessee, told WGNS that multiple scammers are using the COVID-19 Pandemic to their favor. The biggest scams target the idea of phony cures to the coronavirus...

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United Way and New Site for Helping Local Residents
United Way and New Site for Helping Local Residents

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has launched a new website aimed at helping local residents contend with the financial effects of COVID-19.

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NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS FILED IN TENNESSEE
NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS FILED IN TENNESSEE

Statewide Data in Tennessee shows an increase in unemployment claims.

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Fraud Case Involving Over $1,500 in Food During COVID-19 Pandemic
Fraud Case Involving Over $1,500 in Food During COVID-19 Pandemic

Murfreesboro Police Detectives are continuing to investigate a fraud case that took place at Jonathan's Bar and Grill on Medical Center Parkway.

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Council on Developmental Disabilities Accepting Grant Applications to Support People with Disabilities during COVID-19
Council on Developmental Disabilities Accepting Grant Applications to Support People with Disabilities during COVID-19

The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is encouraging people with disabilities, families of people with disabilities, and disability non-profit organizations to apply for new, one-time grants through its scholarship fund.

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Carhartt and Nissan in TN making Face Masks and Gowns
Carhartt and Nissan in TN making Face Masks and Gowns

Carhartt is preparing for the production of personal protective equipment for our health care workers and critical personnel on the front lines of COVID-19.

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Public - Private Partnership AND Quicker COVID-19 Test Results in TENNESSEE
Public - Private Partnership AND Quicker COVID-19 Test Results in TENNESSEE

The state of Tennessee has teamed up with a company called HealthStream through a public - private partnership, as explained by Governor Bill Lee....

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TDH COVID-19 Assessment Sites Open on Abbreviated Schedule for Good Friday and Saturday
TDH COVID-19 Assessment Sites Open on Abbreviated Schedule for Good Friday and Saturday

Nurses at each site will conduct nasal swab collection for testing. Test results may be available within 72 hours of arrival at the lab, depending on the volume of tests the testing lab receives.

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Ways You and Your Pooch Can Beat the Stay-at-Home Blues
Ways You and Your Pooch Can Beat the Stay-at-Home Blues

Hanging out at home is always better with your furkid by your side. From lounging on the couch, binge watching movies to doing yard work -- having your pet with you makes day-to-day activities more enjoyable.

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Greenhouse Ministries Helps in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis
Greenhouse Ministries Helps in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis

Greenhouse Ministries launches its new initiative, Greenhouse Ministries RESPONDS to help in the midst of the local, national and worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

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Murfreesboro Drama Sensation to hold virtual fundraiser to raise money for Nashville for tornado relief fund
Murfreesboro Drama Sensation to hold virtual fundraiser to raise money for Nashville for tornado relief fund

For "Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright", a Murfreesboro based horror comedy podcast, the pandemic has forced the group to improvise and adjust to the new normal. "We had three live shows booked a week apart from each other", says Taylor Gentry, show creator and director.

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Key Health Committee Senators Urge Making COVID-19 Antibodies Test Free for Everyone
Key Health Committee Senators Urge Making COVID-19 Antibodies Test Free for Everyone

"We are dealing not just with a medical issue here. We are dealing with an issue of confidence. For weeks, Americans have watched 24/7 news coverage of the dangers of COVID-19. Even if the government says you can go back to work and back to school, many Americans may be reluctant to leave their homes. The availability of two types of free tests--one, a diagnostic test to determine if you have COVID-19, and two, an antibodies test to determine whether you have had it and are likely immune, at least for the short term--will give Americans confidence that it is safe to go back to work and to school and restart the economy." -- Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Roy Blunt

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

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

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Essential businesses remain open to make our lives easier, but operate with caution
Essential businesses remain open to make our lives easier, but operate with caution

As the stay at home measures continue in Rutherford County and throughout the state, grocery and hardware stores remain open as they are considered essential to our day to day lives. They provide not only food, but the tools and equipment to keep our homes and cars in working order.

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

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

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Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend
Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend

The Tennessee gas price average continues to decline and has dropped nearly 8 cents since this time last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.69 which is 49 cents less than one month ago and nearly 83 cents less than one year ago.

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Feeling Anxious with the COVID-19 Pandemic? Private Help is Available Locally.
Feeling Anxious with the COVID-19 Pandemic? Private Help is Available Locally.

After you reach out to the local counseling office, you will be connected to a healthcare professional via a private video or phone chat while you are in the comfort and safety of your own home. The counselor will aim to help calm your anxious heart allowing you to feel peaceful again...

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REMINDER: Assistance Available for Tennessee Residents in need of Help due to Pandemic
REMINDER: Assistance Available for Tennessee Residents in need of Help due to Pandemic
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MMC Now Offering Telehealth Visits During COVID-19 Crisis
MMC Now Offering Telehealth Visits During COVID-19 Crisis

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) is now offering telehealth visits to patients during this time of crisis.

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Governor Lee announces grants for counties, cities
Governor Lee announces grants for counties, cities

Governor Bill Lee announced that $200 million in grants will be allocated to every county and city government in Tennessee - this will go toward one-time local expenses for the 2021 fiscal year.

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UPDATE: Rutherford County Schools launches expanded free meal program at 26 sites
UPDATE: Rutherford County Schools launches expanded free meal program at 26 sites

Director of Rutherford County Schools Bill Spurlock arrived at 7 a.m. Monday morning at LaVergne Lake Elementary School to assist with the district's free meal program.

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Tennessee Public Libraries Continue to Serve Despite Building Closures
Tennessee Public Libraries Continue to Serve Despite Building Closures

By visiting the Rutherford County Libraries online, you can find E-Books, Audio Books, Digital Magazines and even TV and Video Services through...

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Looking Back: The old Eldorado Motel in Nashville, TN
Looking Back: The old Eldorado Motel in Nashville, TN

Here's a little something to get your mind off the COVID-19 situation, the old Eldorado Motel in Nashville.

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Murfreesboro Parks - Trails Open, Excercise Classes Online
Murfreesboro Parks - Trails Open, Excercise Classes Online

REMINDER: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Murfreesboro Parks and Rec trails, Greenway and parks remain open. As heard in previous newscast, parks director Nate Williams reiterated...

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COVID-19 Surge Planning Continues in Tennessee
COVID-19 Surge Planning Continues in Tennessee

PPD's or Personal Protection Devices such as face-mask, gloves and even shoe covers for surgical settings are hard to come by if not impossible for the general public, but Governor Bill Lee said that the medical community is ahead of the game...

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MTSU Applied Leadership course 'Zooms' into remote learning setup for students
MTSU Applied Leadership course 'Zooms' into remote learning setup for students

When Middle Tennessee State University leadership decided to finish the Spring semester with remote learning, many faculty members worked long hours to ensure their students could stay on course despite unique circumstances.

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Manchester, TN now has an Alternate Hospital Bed Site for COVID-19 Patients in need of Medical Care
Manchester, TN now has an Alternate Hospital Bed Site for COVID-19 Patients in need of Medical Care

In nearby Manchester, TN, Unity Medical Center announced that it is preparing additional space off-site for patient care. The off-site unit is located across the street from the hospital campus in the Pavilion at 482 Interstate Drive.

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

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

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Possible Increase in Child Abuse during COVID-19 Pandemic
Possible Increase in Child Abuse during COVID-19 Pandemic

Experts fear that due to the "Stay at Home" order mixed with a lack of work, we could see more domestic violence and child abuse cases throughout Rutherford County. Child Advocacy Center's Brittnie Noble told WGNS NEWS...

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Murfreesboro City Schools to Showcase Artwork of Students this Wednesday Evening - Virtual Art Show
Murfreesboro City Schools to Showcase Artwork of Students this Wednesday Evening - Virtual Art Show

This Wednesday (April 8, 2020), the Murfreesboro City Schools will be hosting an art show featuring their students. Due to the current pandemic, the art show is a "Virtual Art Show" that is online.

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

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

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

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

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Surge Planning in TN: Multiple Facilites to be Converted into Alternative Hospital Sites for COVID-19 Positive Patients
Surge Planning in TN: Multiple Facilites to be Converted into Alternative Hospital Sites for COVID-19 Positive Patients

The Music City Center in downtown Nashville will be transformed into a COVID Positive Non-Acute Alternate Healthcare Facility. It will serve COVID patients who need hospital care, but do not require critical care. The current plan for the Music City Center is to provide more than 1600 Patient Care Spaces.

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Cooper Requests Guidance on Small Business Administration Loans
Cooper Requests Guidance on Small Business Administration Loans

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration asking for more guidance from the Administration.

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  MTSU loans laptops, hotspots to help students with remote classes
MTSU loans laptops, hotspots to help students with remote classes

MTSU's Information Technology Division came to the rescue by reaching out to T-Mobile to secure 1,000 Chromebooks, which they are loaning to students while supplies last. That's in addition to 300 laptops that came from MTSU's existing inventory.

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Congressman DesJarlais Supports CARES Act
Congressman DesJarlais Supports CARES Act

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, MD, who also voted this to provide emergency federal aid to nationwide health services, has now voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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WGNS Interactive Map of Businesses OPEN during the COVID-19 Pandemic
WGNS Interactive Map of Businesses OPEN during the COVID-19 Pandemic

See our interactive map to find out who is open for business during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

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COVID-19
COVID-19 "Q and A" with Dr. Allison Bollinger who oversees 150 emergency departments in Middle Tennessee and beyond

"I have a unique role because I oversee 150 emergency departments across Ascension and I also work clinically in the ER as an ED physician. Preparing all of our Emergency Department's for the surge of patients that we predict to see is very overwhelming The Emergency Department's in Tennessee have not experienced that surge yet, so there is an uncomfortable anticipation as we await the surge to happen to us."

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How to find free internet services or low cost Internet access during the COVID-19 Pandemic
How to find free internet services or low cost Internet access during the COVID-19 Pandemic

With schools and libraries closed and the COVID-19 pandemic across America, many are left relying on the internet more than ever to stay connected during this period of social distancing and isolation.

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Rutherford County Activates the Emergency Operations Center
Rutherford County Activates the Emergency Operations Center

The Rutherford County Mayors formed a task force that led to the activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to the COVID-19 virus. To learn more about the benefits of the EOC, here is a video from Public Safety Director Chris Clark.

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Axe Throwing Continues during COVID-19 Pandemic
Axe Throwing Continues during COVID-19 Pandemic

Over 400 axe throwers around the world - from Murfreesboro, to California to New Zealand - are facing off through the Quarantine Axe Throwing League, a virtual tournament which allows axe throwers to stay connected...

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

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

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How Local / Small Business Owners are Moving Forward
How Local / Small Business Owners are Moving Forward

WGNS' Scott Walker spoke to Krista Dugosh, the owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet about how she continues to work with clients one on one, but not in traditional ways. She said she works by phone, text, email, face-time and texting.

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Gov. Bill Lee Urges Citizens to Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 Crisis
Gov. Bill Lee Urges Citizens to Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 Crisis

Gov. Bill Lee joined Department of Children's Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols to call on all Tennesseans to pay extra attention to the children in their lives and in their communities as the response to stop the spread of COVID-19 could lead to an increase in child abuse and neglect and a decrease in reported allegations.

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Nearly 33,000 COVID-19 Tests and Suicide is a Growing Concern for Health Care Providers
Nearly 33,000 COVID-19 Tests and Suicide is a Growing Concern for Health Care Providers

Suicide is a growing concern among health care providers in the Volunteer State...

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

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

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List of Downtown
List of Downtown "Square" Business Changes, Hours and Closings

There are multiple business changes in downtown Murfreesboro. All of the latest information is in this WGNS post. Please share.

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In amidst of COVID-19, ASC remains faithful to the families of our fallen
In amidst of COVID-19, ASC remains faithful to the families of our fallen

Founder/Executive Director Daryl Mackin will be dropping off pots of stew on the doorstep of local Middle...

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

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

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RURAL AREAS: Cannon County has COVID-19 Task Force
RURAL AREAS: Cannon County has COVID-19 Task Force

So far as many already know, Cannon County has (3) confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 50 who have tested for it (47 tested negative as of 3/31/2020). Statewide reports of at least 2,2389 cases and 23 deaths, 121 people have recovered and 175 are currently hospitalized - as of March 31, 2020.

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

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

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TN Governor Updates and Reminds Residents to Stay Home (w/ Audio)
TN Governor Updates and Reminds Residents to Stay Home (w/ Audio)

Governor Bill Lee told the state that nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted...

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CMA fest 2020 has been cancelled
CMA fest 2020 has been cancelled

The annual CMA fest held in Nashville has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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City of Murfreesboro on Alternative Work Schedule During COVID-19 Pandemic
City of Murfreesboro on Alternative Work Schedule During COVID-19 Pandemic

As WGNS continues to follow the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials remind residents to call a doctor if you start to have symptoms...

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Executive Order 22: Stay Home
Executive Order 22: Stay Home

With the start of a new week yesterday (Monday), new suggestions came from the governor's office.

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Doctor in Rutherford County talks about COVID-19 and explains SARS-CoV-2
Doctor in Rutherford County talks about COVID-19 and explains SARS-CoV-2

With inaccurate numbers from places like China, it is hard to build an accurate model in countries like America on what to expect with SARS-CoV-2.

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High wind damage in Shelbyville Area Early Sunday Morning
High wind damage in Shelbyville Area Early Sunday Morning

High winds swept across Highway 231 South next to the Shelbyville Municipal Airport destroying barns, fence rows, utility poles and trees.

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

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

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Delivering Reliable Power 24/7 During COVID-19 Crisis
Delivering Reliable Power 24/7 During COVID-19 Crisis

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.

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Traffic flow changes at VA Campus in Murfreesboro and also in Nashville
Traffic flow changes at VA Campus in Murfreesboro and also in Nashville

As part of its response to COVID-19, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) has restricted incoming traffic to one entrance at its Nashville and Alvin C. York campuses.

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Talking to Children about the COVID -19 Coronavirus
Talking to Children about the COVID -19 Coronavirus

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."

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POSITIVE: Army Veteran in Memphis Remembers Elvis and More
POSITIVE: Army Veteran in Memphis Remembers Elvis and More

Taking a short break from COVID-19 news, WGNS' Scott Walker highlights the joy of one mans' life who grew up during the times of race wars. While Ed is African American, he ignored the black and white issues during his time and focused on the positive.

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Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Murfreesboro
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Murfreesboro

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.

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Suspension of Statutes to Allow for More Medical Workers in TN during COVID-19 Crisis
Suspension of Statutes to Allow for More Medical Workers in TN during COVID-19 Crisis

Changes approved by the Governor will equal more help in the Volunteer State to fight the COVID-19 pandemic...

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COVID-19: Who Knows if you Test Positive?
COVID-19: Who Knows if you Test Positive?

Rutherford County Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald told WGNS NEWS that if you test positive, your information is not given to the public...

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UT Extension Identifies Resources for Direct Farm Marketers During COVID-19 Outbreak
UT Extension Identifies Resources for Direct Farm Marketers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Like other businesses and families, Tennessee's direct farm marketers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and agritourism operators are facing new and imposing challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and by local...

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Alexander:
Alexander: "Sweeping Relief" On Its Way to Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers and Relieve Financial Burdens For Americans Hurt By COVID-19

United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said legislation he voted for and the Senate passed Thursday (3/26/2020) by a vote of 96-0 will send "sweeping relief to keep paychecks coming for workers and relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by COVID-19."

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Open Records in Tennessee - What is Open to ther public and media?
Open Records in Tennessee - What is Open to ther public and media?

Open records in Tennessee: Public records were once on paper only. Public information once was interpreted as - only information documented on paper. All of those things have changed over time and will continue to change.

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Rural Areas now seeing COVID-19 - CANNON COUNTY, TN
Rural Areas now seeing COVID-19 - CANNON COUNTY, TN

"We have been notified by the TN Department of Health that a resident of Cannon County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Meals for those in need locally due to COVID-19
Meals for those in need locally due to COVID-19

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Meals 4 Hearts began with sending thousands of meals to Nashville and Cookeville for 12 days following the tornado. Now, Murfreesboro Muslim Youth, Jennifer Vannoy, and First Cumberland Presbyterian Church...

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State Departments Appeal to Retirees and Masters Program Students to Meet Potential Workforce Needs
State Departments Appeal to Retirees and Masters Program Students to Meet Potential Workforce Needs

The commissioners of Tennessee's Departments of Children's Services (DCS) and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) are asking for individuals who are students who have earned or are pursuing a master's degree or are retired from counseling, clinical therapy, social work, and related fields to consider joining the workforce in the event there are workforce needs caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

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

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More Childcare Facilities Needed for workers in the Medical Field or Grocery Stores
More Childcare Facilities Needed for workers in the Medical Field or Grocery Stores

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...

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Few Stores are Open at Stones River Town Center
Few Stores are Open at Stones River Town Center

Few stores are open at both The Avenue and the Stones River Town Centre, previously known as Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro.

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Local Girl Scout Thank's Murfreesboro Police
Local Girl Scout Thank's Murfreesboro Police

The Little Things are Big Things: A local Girl Scout decided that she was going to thank the Murfreesboro Police Officers for keeping our citizens safe.

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UPDATE: Murfreesboro Parks OPEN - List of Programs Cancelled
UPDATE: Murfreesboro Parks OPEN - List of Programs Cancelled

WGNS has more news on our local parks in Murfreesboro, highlighting closures and highlighting what is currently open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Unemployment in TENNESSEE
COVID-19 UPDATE: Unemployment in TENNESSEE

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.

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Planning / Attending Funerals during COVID-19 Pandemic in Tennessee
Planning / Attending Funerals during COVID-19 Pandemic in Tennessee

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.

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SMYRNA: National Guard WILL NOT Focus on Law Enforcement, but instead Humanitarian Aid Only
SMYRNA: National Guard WILL NOT Focus on Law Enforcement, but instead Humanitarian Aid Only

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.

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

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

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TN National Guard Mobilized to Help in Rural Areas
TN National Guard Mobilized to Help in Rural Areas

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.

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Restaurant Business has Changed with COVID-19... Completely
Restaurant Business has Changed with COVID-19... Completely

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...

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Contact the Rutherford County Health Department if you THINK you have Coronavirus
Contact the Rutherford County Health Department if you THINK you have Coronavirus

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...

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Tennessee State Parks Announces Temporary Operational Changes
Tennessee State Parks Announces Temporary Operational Changes

Tennessee State Parks, in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to serve Tennesseans, is joining the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health by encouraging residents not to travel, but to visit only their nearby parks. The park system is also announcing a series of operational changes effective March 26.

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Cash assistance available to families who lost employment due to COVID-19
Cash assistance available to families who lost employment due to COVID-19

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

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REMINDER: The Census Count is being conducted
REMINDER: The Census Count is being conducted

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

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State Farm Employees in Murfreesboro and Beyond Continue Working from Home
State Farm Employees in Murfreesboro and Beyond Continue Working from Home

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.

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Coronavirus Rumor Control by FEMA
Coronavirus Rumor Control by FEMA

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..."

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Expiring License Plate Tags and Driver's Licenses now have EXTENSION in Expiration
Expiring License Plate Tags and Driver's Licenses now have EXTENSION in Expiration

The Rutherford County Clerk's office has announced that those who have expired tags will have an extension to purchase the wheel tax sticker and to update their vehicle registration.

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Governor Signs Executive Order 17: Alternative Business Models
Governor Signs Executive Order 17: Alternative Business Models

On Sunday (3/22/2020) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize...

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Murfreesboro State Farm Operations Center Employees gained tools to work from home
Murfreesboro State Farm Operations Center Employees gained tools to work from home

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.

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Non-profit Main Street Murfreesboro looking forward to the Future
Non-profit Main Street Murfreesboro looking forward to the Future

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.

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Congressman Aims to Help Businesses and Families - Paychecks
Congressman Aims to Help Businesses and Families - Paychecks

"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...

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Gas Prices in Tennessee are Down 14 Cents
Gas Prices in Tennessee are Down 14 Cents

The Tennessee gas price average continues to decrease amid growing concerns...

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DAY ONE: First Full Day of restaurants doing take out or delivery only
DAY ONE: First Full Day of restaurants doing take out or delivery only

Shoppers are scarce in Rutherford County as citizens attempt to battle an unseen enemy known as COVID-19. Shopping Centers like The Avenue are ghost towns. But, some retailers continue to push forward, perhaps saving at least a small percentage of hourly employees from being unemployed.

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City of La Vergne closes city building lobbies amid COVID-19 pandemic
City of La Vergne closes city building lobbies amid COVID-19 pandemic

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...

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Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center to Close for 2 Weeks
Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center to Close for 2 Weeks

Recent events, including the COVID-19 health crisis, have created a great strain across all aspects of our society.

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TN Congressman: Politics and COVID-19 Financial Aid Package
TN Congressman: Politics and COVID-19 Financial Aid Package

"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..."

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COVID-19: Nearby Nashville is usually bustling with tourist, not today
COVID-19: Nearby Nashville is usually bustling with tourist, not today

PHOTOS: See what downtown Nashville looks like as a near empty ghost town due to COVID-19.

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

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

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closed...Webb School in Bell Buckle,  TN cancels High School Graduation Ceremony
closed...Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN cancels High School Graduation Ceremony

Webb School, a private school in Bell Buckle, told parents that the school is closed...

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UPDATE: Governor announced state funding for needed services
UPDATE: Governor announced state funding for needed services

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 CHANGES: Do Not Visit Murfreesboro Police Headquarters for Non-Emergency Reports
COVID-19 CHANGES: Do Not Visit Murfreesboro Police Headquarters for Non-Emergency Reports

Authorities made changes to lower the number of persons in the police station as a result of the COVID-19 crisis currently underway.

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Buying a Gun in TN - Expect longer Delay in TBI Background Check
Buying a Gun in TN - Expect longer Delay in TBI Background Check

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...

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Changes at Percy Priest Lake and other Recreational Areas
Changes at Percy Priest Lake and other Recreational Areas

In the interest of public safety, and in accordance with Center for Disease Control recommendations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is taking the following precautionary measures to assist public health efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Rutherford County forced to make Changes with COVID-19
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Rutherford County forced to make Changes with COVID-19

The local center will be implementing a temporary remote (work from home) strategy and adjusting their direct services support model, so that they may continue to provide vital healing and protective services to the Rutherford County community. However, in-person services will continue to be available with social distancing guidelines of a minimum of 6 feet between office personnel and clients.

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Drinking Supply in Rutherford County Area - UPDATE
Drinking Supply in Rutherford County Area - UPDATE

"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..."

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Small Glimpse of Multiple Changes in Rutherford County due to Coronavirus
Small Glimpse of Multiple Changes in Rutherford County due to Coronavirus

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...

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STATE OF TN: COVID-19 Unemployment Resources
STATE OF TN: COVID-19 Unemployment Resources

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has new resources available for employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

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La Vergne named 19th safest city in Tennessee
La Vergne named 19th safest city in Tennessee

The study, conducted by Alarms.org, calculated the crime rate in La Vergne per 1,000 to be 977 using 2018 statistics. La Vergne reported 157 violent crimes, 820 non-violent crimes, and 75 law enforcement employees (sworn and non-sworn).

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Nearby Military Base Changing Work Habits due to COVID-19
Nearby Military Base Changing Work Habits due to COVID-19

Out of a workforce of over 2,000 people at Arnold Air Force Base, several hundred Rutherford County residents make the daily commute to the base in Tullahoma every single day. But due to the Coronavirus, that could change.

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Comorbidity and COVID-19 in Rutherford County and Far Beyond
Comorbidity and COVID-19 in Rutherford County and Far Beyond

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.

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BUSINESS: Several Local Bank's closing lobbies during COVID-19 Situation
BUSINESS: Several Local Bank's closing lobbies during COVID-19 Situation

"Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 we will be temporarily suspending our branch lobby hours and remain open as drive thru only until further notice."

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M'boro Electric Holding Off on Meter Shut Down, Cruise Ships Disembarking and a Vaccine for COVID-19
M'boro Electric Holding Off on Meter Shut Down, Cruise Ships Disembarking and a Vaccine for COVID-19

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)...

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UPDATE: Parks and Rec Department in Murfreesboro
UPDATE: Parks and Rec Department in Murfreesboro

The following Murfreesboro Parks and Rec facilities are closed March 16 - April 3, 2020...

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Problems that impact the male anatomy
Problems that impact the male anatomy

Dr. Kevin Billups with The Billups Center talks with WGNS' Penny Ray about the idea of men leading a better life outside of depression, high blood pressure, heart issues and problems that impact the male anatomy...

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Movie Theater in Smyrna Temporairly Closing due to COVID-19
Movie Theater in Smyrna Temporairly Closing due to COVID-19

In compliance with local, state and federal directives concerning Covid-19, Malco Theatres is TEMPORARILY closing...

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Tennessee Valley Invites Women to Continue Making History with VA
Tennessee Valley Invites Women to Continue Making History with VA

The TN Valley Healthcare System is an integrated tertiary health care system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro and the Nashville Campus, as well as more than a dozen community-based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Kentucky.

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BUSINESS: Award Winning Dermatology Group Opening New Location in Thompson Station
BUSINESS: Award Winning Dermatology Group Opening New Location in Thompson Station

They currently have two offices in Murfreesboro, one in Smyrna and now in Thompson Station, TN.

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See some of the numbers Americans are really looking at
See some of the numbers Americans are really looking at

COVID-19: Above graphic, by the numbers. In the world, only 0.0019755115171793% of the Global Population actually has the Coronavirus.

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State Parks in Tennessee Remain OPEN
State Parks in Tennessee Remain OPEN

Tennessee State Parks remain open and free of charge for outdoor recreation as officials continue to monitor the impact of coronavirus in Tennessee.

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Rutherford County Schools to remain CLOSED until Friday, April 3, 2020
Rutherford County Schools to remain CLOSED until Friday, April 3, 2020

Rutherford County Schools will remain closed until Friday, April 3, 2020. County Schools Spokesperson James Evans stated...

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Gas Prices Dropping in TN
Gas Prices Dropping in TN

The Tennessee gas price average continues to decrease amid growing concerns about COVID-19 and has dropped 12 cents since this time last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $2.04 which is nearly 17 cents less than one month ago and 31 cents less than one year ago.

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Grocery Stores, Court System, Graphs by Age Groups with Coronavirus in TN - PHOTOS
Grocery Stores, Court System, Graphs by Age Groups with Coronavirus in TN - PHOTOS

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.

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Governor's Guidance On MASS GATHERINGS
Governor's Guidance On MASS GATHERINGS

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued further guidance regarding mass gatherings, schools, state employees and the State Capitol Building as more confirmed cases of COVID-19 surface in Tennessee.

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

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

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UPDATE: Fatal Accident in Nearby Coffee County
UPDATE: Fatal Accident in Nearby Coffee County

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials have released the names of those involved in a deadly accident Wednesday afternoon in Coffee County.

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CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: An Emerging Disease Threat: How the U.S. Is Responding to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus
CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: An Emerging Disease Threat: How the U.S. Is Responding to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Senate Health Committee will hold its second committee hearing on the federal government's response to the coronavirus.

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Tennessee Firearms Association Release: Legislature closes doors and access to the public!
Tennessee Firearms Association Release: Legislature closes doors and access to the public!

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!

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education
The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education

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.

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

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

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TENNESSEE: State of Emergency
TENNESSEE: State of Emergency

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

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Sobriety Checkpoint announced for Murfreesboro
Sobriety Checkpoint announced for Murfreesboro

The checkpoint will be near the intersection of Broad Street and South Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Performance artist brings trombone truth of 'Aletheia' to MTSU March 16-17
Performance artist brings trombone truth of 'Aletheia' to MTSU March 16-17

Internationally recognized trombonist and performance artist Abbie Conant will visit MTSU March 16-17...

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UPDATE On Middle Tennessee Tornado Destruction
UPDATE On Middle Tennessee Tornado Destruction

UPDATE: As of Sunday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Health says that deaths caused by the tornado specifically have remained at 24.

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In Your Mailbox: CENSUS 2020 Information This Week
In Your Mailbox: CENSUS 2020 Information This Week

Rutherford County residents should receive an invitation to complete the U.S. Census on or about March 12th this week.

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Pushback for TN House Opposition to Refugee Resettlement
Pushback for TN House Opposition to Refugee Resettlement

Tennessee residents who also are refugees are gathering outside the State Capitol today to protest House lawmakers' passage of a resolution that they contend says they aren't welcome here.

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

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

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UPDATE: Rutherford's Ready For Tip-Off
UPDATE: Rutherford's Ready For Tip-Off

The 2020 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) State Basketball Championships is this week at Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University. The TSSAA High School Basketball Championships have been held in Murfreesboro since 1973.

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American Heart Association Cheers Rutherford County AND TN Legislature's Unanimous Support for T-CPR
American Heart Association Cheers Rutherford County AND TN Legislature's Unanimous Support for T-CPR

UPDATE: Tennessee's Rutherford County is leading the country by the recent signing of an Executive Order by Mayor Bill Ketron requiring T-CPR training for 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers, to help them deliver CPR instructions...

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CAP Surveys Tennessee's Tornado Damage
CAP Surveys Tennessee's Tornado Damage

The Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) flew missions and deployed ground teams to survey damage caused by the deadly tornado that struck Nashville and surrounding mid-state communities.

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UPDATE from TEMA on the devastating Tornadoes
UPDATE from TEMA on the devastating Tornadoes

The latest information released from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency...

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Suspect accused of Stabbing Roommate - Wanted by Police
Suspect accused of Stabbing Roommate - Wanted by Police

61-Year-old Antonio Saenz Aguilar is accused of aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed a male roommate on February 24, 2020.

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TN Dept. of Health Announces First Case of COVID-19 in Tennessee
TN Dept. of Health Announces First Case of COVID-19 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.

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You can soon go Fishing at the Farmers Market
You can soon go Fishing at the Farmers Market

Fishing at the Farmer's Market will take place each Friday in the large pond next to the Lane Agri Park - starting the first Friday in May and continuing until the last Friday in October.

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

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

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Rutherford County Residents - CENSUS Forms to Arrive at Homes Next Week
Rutherford County Residents - CENSUS Forms to Arrive at Homes Next Week

Door to door census workers may prove to be more effective in Rutherford County than the initial mail-out survey. June Iljana (ILL-jan-ah), Tennessee Media Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Greenhouse Ministries Closer to Goal of Building a New Office, Storefront and Residence
Greenhouse Ministries Closer to Goal of Building a New Office, Storefront and Residence

Greenhouse Ministries is working to move closer towards their goal of building a new structure that includes studio sized apartments for segments of our homeless community above their office.

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Governor Forms Coronavirus Task Force
Governor Forms Coronavirus Task Force

Governor Bill Lee announced the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force to enhance Tennessee's coordinated efforts to prevent, identify, and treat potential cases of COVID-19.

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Senator Alexander: Bipartisan Energy Legislation Gives Big Boost to Advanced Nuclear Reactors
Senator Alexander: Bipartisan Energy Legislation Gives Big Boost to Advanced Nuclear Reactors

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Monday released the following statement after the Senate voted 84-3 to begin consideration of a comprehensive bipartisan energy bill that would help lower energy costs and unleash an abundance of clean, cheap, reliable energy.

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TORNADO Hits Nashville, Wilson, Benton, and Putnam Counties
TORNADO Hits Nashville, Wilson, Benton, and Putnam Counties

UPDATE with AUDIO - Death Count now said to be at 24 and over 70 injured.

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

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

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Murfreesboro Emergency Workers Helping Neighbors in Nearby Counties hit by Tornadoes
Murfreesboro Emergency Workers Helping Neighbors in Nearby Counties hit by Tornadoes

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) responded for mutual aid in the aftermath...

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MTSU, Predators 'The General's Fund' partnership  will support Daniels Veterans Center
MTSU, Predators 'The General's Fund' partnership will support Daniels Veterans Center

The Nashville Predators stepped forward Monday to raise money and awareness for Middle Tennessee State University student veterans in distress and whose educational benefits have either expired or have been exhausted.

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New Approach to Combat Opioid Crisis in Rural Tennessee
New Approach to Combat Opioid Crisis in Rural Tennessee

The opioid epidemic that is ravaging the nation is carving a particularly destructive path in rural communities in Tennessee, which has the third-highest per capita rate of opioid painkiller prescriptions in the country.

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Colorectal Cancer Survivor Models Life with Ostomy Bag
Colorectal Cancer Survivor Models Life with Ostomy Bag

Kim was just 50 when she was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer in 2018. Her treatment team consisted of Dr. Brian Lee of Saint Thomas Cancer Care and Dr. Victor Gian of Tennessee Oncology.

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Most Women wearing the Wrong Bra
Most Women wearing the Wrong Bra

Reports indicate 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra: Rutherford County is made up of active individuals who enjoy running, walking, working and exercising in general. But, did you realize that the majority of active women are not wearing the correct bra to properly support them?

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Local Bowling Alley on NW Broad Street Making a Big Move to Old Sears Building
Local Bowling Alley on NW Broad Street Making a Big Move to Old Sears Building

The bowling alley on Broad Street first opened in 1957, so the move to the mall is somewhat historical for Murfreesboro - especially for residents who grew up in the community.

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640,958 hours of Pro Bono Attorney Work to those Unable to Afford it in Tennessee
640,958 hours of Pro Bono Attorney Work to those Unable to Afford it in Tennessee

The Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission has released its annual report detailing the pro bono legal service reported by attorneys, bar associations, law firms, law schools, legal service providers, mediators, and other organizations.

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March 2020 Plant of the Month: Whale's Tongue Agave
March 2020 Plant of the Month: Whale's Tongue Agave

Up until about 15 years ago, only a handful of agaves were available that were hardy to zero degrees. On top of that, they were miniscule at only 3 to 10 inches tall and were not overly showy. They were nothing to get excited about.

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Trade report: Tennessee exporters lose $1.6B for 2019 after 'another poor quarter' in Q4
Trade report: Tennessee exporters lose $1.6B for 2019 after 'another poor quarter' in Q4

The fourth quarter of 2019 saw the state's exports drop by $500 million from the same period in 2018, mirroring losses for the third quarter. Tennessee exports suffered a $1.6 billion loss over the entire the year.

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Man Convicted of Kidnapping in Rutherford County to Remain in Prison
Man Convicted of Kidnapping in Rutherford County to Remain in Prison

A man who plead guilty to especially aggravated kidnapping, arson, especially aggravated robbery, and attempted first degree murder based on offenses committed against his stepmother in Rutherford County, has petitioned the courts for post conviction relief.

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Suspect allegedly broke into Murfreesboro home, ate a PopTart and took a shower
Suspect allegedly broke into Murfreesboro home, ate a PopTart and took a shower

A man who made himself at home after breaking into a residence in Murfreesboro six-months ago, has...

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

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

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Tennessee Joins Investigation into JUUL's Electronic Cigarettes Marketing Campaigns
Tennessee Joins Investigation into JUUL's Electronic Cigarettes Marketing Campaigns

"Youth e-cigarette usage is a serious public health concern for Tennessee," said General Slatery. "Public health research shows that nicotine dependence and e-cigarette usage among youth are associated with increased likelihood of youth smoking...

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Helping to treat Depression and Anxiety Issues in Men
Helping to treat Depression and Anxiety Issues in Men

Dr. Kevin Billups tells WGNS' Penny Ray that he can help correct male problems and give men their sexual function back. When you correct the sexual health problem, you often fix depression and anxiety issues...

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Alleged Threat being Investigated at Eagleville High School
Alleged Threat being Investigated at Eagleville High School

MORE INFORMATION: Evidently, the threat suggesting something would happen on Thursday was found on a bathroom stall Wednesday (2/26/2020). However, parents were not notified about the threat until the following school day after class was well underway.

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Living Legacy at MTCS
Living Legacy at MTCS

On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis departed from San Francisco for the American B-29 base on Tinian island with a top-secret cargo that would ultimately put an end to World War II...

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Upcoming concert at MTSU Features Local Student Talent
Upcoming concert at MTSU Features Local Student Talent

MTSU student William Duke talks about the music program at the university that helps him excel...

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Arrest made in Ramming of a Murfreesboro Police Car occured and more
Arrest made in Ramming of a Murfreesboro Police Car occured and more

32 Year old Christopher Nathan Thomas of Morgan Road in Eagleville, was charged with aggravated robbery, robbery, felony evading arrest, evading arrest, vandalism and driving on a suspended license.

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Tennessee State Parks Seek Volunteers for Annual Weed Wrangle March 7th
Tennessee State Parks Seek Volunteers for Annual Weed Wrangle March 7th

Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species with the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7.

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760 out of 860 Communities have a Public Protection Classification of 4 or Higher - Murfreesboro has an ISO of 2
760 out of 860 Communities have a Public Protection Classification of 4 or Higher - Murfreesboro has an ISO of 2

ISO Ratings are number classifications assigned to fire departments across the state that rate the public's protection in the case of fires. The lower the rating, the better equipped and the faster a department can respond.

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Rutherford County Employees Package Over 50,000 Meals Saturday to Tackle Hunger Issues Locally
Rutherford County Employees Package Over 50,000 Meals Saturday to Tackle Hunger Issues Locally

Around 250 Rutherford County employees and their families packaged 51,250 meals on Saturday in an effort to tackle hunger issues in the community.

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Rutherford Heart Ball Celebrates Largest Community Event to Date - Raising $315,000 for Heart Disease and Stroke
Rutherford Heart Ball Celebrates Largest Community Event to Date - Raising $315,000 for Heart Disease and Stroke

A record-breaking 750 local supporters and volunteers were in attendance at the annual Rutherford Heart Ball this past Saturday at Murfreesboro's Embassy Suites raising a record-breaking $315,000 to fight heart disease and stroke.

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Sen. Pody Files Legislation for Special Census to Include Unborn
Sen. Pody Files Legislation for Special Census to Include Unborn

State Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) has filed legislation (SB-2069) to allow local governments in Tennessee to conduct their own special census to include unborn children in their population.

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Sexual Battery and Rape Case now Closed
Sexual Battery and Rape Case now Closed

The case was heard over a two-and-a-half-day trial in Rutherford County Circuit Court and the outcome of the trial equaled a guilty plea filed by a Stone Mountain, Georgia man who victimized a female in Murfreesboro.

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Shelbyville, TN will host Parks and Rec Grant Workshop
Shelbyville, TN will host Parks and Rec Grant Workshop

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will host three workshops across the state in the coming weeks to assist communities interested in parks and recreation grant applications with the department. The one closest to Murfreesboro will be held in Shelbyville, TN.

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BUSINESS: Murfreesboro Company Continues Growth Throughout State and Country
BUSINESS: Murfreesboro Company Continues Growth Throughout State and Country

TDK is a privately-held development and construction company with headquarters in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Founded in Kentucky in 1959 by Dorris Keach, TDK is a three-generation company that builds and develops projects throughout the Southeast and Southwest. Having completed more than 10,000 units valued at more than $1.2 billion, TDK properties are setting a new standard in the multi-family housing industry.

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STATEWIDE AMBER ALERT for 15 Month Old Child
STATEWIDE AMBER ALERT for 15 Month Old Child

A Statewide AMBER Alert has been issued on behalf of the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office for Evelyn Mae Boswell.

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

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

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MTSU Honors College courts top  prospects during open house
MTSU Honors College courts top prospects during open house

Luke Marlin, of Christiana, Tennessee, who attends Middle Tennessee Christian School, turned in the best exam...

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Tennessee Moving Forward with Execution of Murderer on Thursday
Tennessee Moving Forward with Execution of Murderer on Thursday

Nicholas Sutton was convicted of killing an inmate. Prior to the murder of in inmate in 1986, he killed a total of 3 people in the early 1980's. One of those 3 included his own grandmother.

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F100 now on display at nearby Arnold AFB Engine Test Facility
F100 now on display at nearby Arnold AFB Engine Test Facility

A monument to the longstanding relationship between Arnold Engineering Development Complex and the F100 engine now stands outside of the Engine Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base.

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New Hunting and Fishing License Now Available
New Hunting and Fishing License Now Available

It's time to purchase your new hunting and fishing license. The new 2020-21 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale, with over one million licenses expected to be purchased in the coming year.

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Trouble for Nearby Monteagle if Fire Breaks Out
Trouble for Nearby Monteagle if Fire Breaks Out

According to the Grundy County Herald, during a city workshop Monday (Feb. 17), the entire volunteer fire department for Monteagle resigned in support of former fire chief Mike Holmes, who was fired by the vice mayor.

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$50 million in grant money now available to organizations that help families break cycles of poverty.
$50 million in grant money now available to organizations that help families break cycles of poverty.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is opening its Two- Generation (2Gen) grant process today to award up to $50 million in funding to non-profit organizations with experience helping move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security.

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Controversial bill involving professional licensing in TN - DEAD ISSUE NOW
Controversial bill involving professional licensing in TN - DEAD ISSUE NOW

The newly proposed bill in Tennessee regarding occupational licenses is now a dead issue. State senator Janice Bowling has announced that she moved the bill into a subcommittee, a move that effectively "kills the legislation."

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The Internet and the things you search or the pictures your post - Who owns them?
The Internet and the things you search or the pictures your post - Who owns them?

Did you know that one company is even selling their photographs to police departments around the country to enter into their facial recognition database?

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Mother Fighting to Survive LIFE after her Husband Passes Away and a Fire Destroyed her Home One Year After the Death of her Son
Mother Fighting to Survive LIFE after her Husband Passes Away and a Fire Destroyed her Home One Year After the Death of her Son

The fire occurred just two days after Melissa Ashford lost her husband Herbert who was known by friends and family as Roho.

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Murfreesboro Police Swarm the Area of Walmart on Joe B. Jackson Pkwy
Murfreesboro Police Swarm the Area of Walmart on Joe B. Jackson Pkwy

UPDATE:A large amount of police activity in the area of South Church Street (231 South) and Joe B. Jackson Parkway had passing motorist concerned on Thursday night.

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Rep. Terry Applauds Gov. Lee's Move To Fix DMV
Rep. Terry Applauds Gov. Lee's Move To Fix DMV

Tennessee's Driver Service Centers may soon be able to provide shorter wait times and more efficient customer service. State Representative Bryan Terry applauds this move.

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Murfreesboro City Schools Announce Teachers of the Year
Murfreesboro City Schools Announce Teachers of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the 2020 Teachers of the Year. Teachers from each school were nominated for the prestigious education award given by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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To Vote In
To Vote In "SUPER TUESDAY", You Must Be Registered To Vote By Monday

Tennesseans who want to vote in the Super Tuesday, Presidential Preference Primary, must register to vote by this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

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Tennessee Airbnb Hosts Earned $43.3 Million During Biggest Weekends of 2019
Tennessee Airbnb Hosts Earned $43.3 Million During Biggest Weekends of 2019

Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that its Tennessee host community earned a combined $43.3 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 217,000 guest arrivals

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July 2019 Investigation into I-24 Fatality ends with Arrest this month
July 2019 Investigation into I-24 Fatality ends with Arrest this month

UPDATE: State Troopers say that 24 year old Josie Walden ran her vehicle into the T-DOT truck when her vehicle "Failed to maintain its lane." Upon impact the passenger in the Walden's vehicle died at the scene.The name of the passenger has been released as being Austin Tice.

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Three Riverdale students selected to perform at prestigious music hall in New York City
Three Riverdale students selected to perform at prestigious music hall in New York City

Sydney Callahan, Colby Davis, and Mara Watson, students at Riverdale High School, have been selected for the 202 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

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Bell Buckle to see improvements to Water System
Bell Buckle to see improvements to Water System

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner David Salyers today announced a loan for $886,000 for the Town of Bell Buckle to improve water infrastructure.

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The Art of Finding the Perfect Shoe for Running or Walking in Murfreesboro and Beyond
The Art of Finding the Perfect Shoe for Running or Walking in Murfreesboro and Beyond

When it comes to shoes for running, walking or even sports like tennis, it is important to have a shoe that is not only comfortable, but also supportive and flexible when needed.

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Gay State House Candidate in Murfreesboro Condemns Discriminatory Adoption Bill
Gay State House Candidate in Murfreesboro Condemns Discriminatory Adoption Bill

Days after the Tennessee General Assembly passed an anti-LGBT adoption bill, State House District 49 candidate Brandon Thomas (D-Murfreesboro) called on Governor Bill Lee to veto the bill.

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MPD Chief Michael Bowen Receives Patriotic Award
MPD Chief Michael Bowen Receives Patriotic Award

Congratulations to Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen on receiving the Tennessee National Guard's PATRIOTIC EMPLOYER AWARD.

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Executions in Tennessee - 2 Scheduled
Executions in Tennessee - 2 Scheduled

The Tennessee Supreme Court is scheduling two more executions.

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Senate passes bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples
Senate passes bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples

The bill says that no licensed adoption agency would have to place a child if doing...

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Top Girls and Boys Names in Tennessee for 2019
Top Girls and Boys Names in Tennessee for 2019

Ava has ascended to the top spot on the list of most popular names for baby girls born in Tennessee in 2019. William holds on...

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Potential Explosive Device Investigated at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - ALL CLEAR
Potential Explosive Device Investigated at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - ALL CLEAR

In nearby Nashville, the police investigated a possible bomb threat at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

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Early Registration Closing Soon for 9th Annual Special Kids Race
Early Registration Closing Soon for 9th Annual Special Kids Race

Only a few days remain with "early bird pricing" still available for participants that register for the 9th Annual Special Kids Race, presented by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter (MMC) on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at MMC in Murfreesboro, TN.

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Two Influenza Deaths In Tennessee
Two Influenza Deaths In Tennessee

Have you had your flu vaccination yet?

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Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Expands
Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Expands

Another Tennessee county has been quarantined for Emerald Ash Borer after detection of the forest-devastating insect. Lewis County has been added to 62 other counties, which includes Rutherford and all contiguous counties.

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Do You Feel Convicted Felons Should Have Voting Rights?
Do You Feel Convicted Felons Should Have Voting Rights?

Do you feel that convicted felons should have the right to vote? CLICK HERE to e-mail WGNS your thoughts.

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Could A
Could A "State Property Tax" Be In Our Future?

Rutherford County Assessor of Property Rob Mitchell warned, "Tennessee should remain ever vigilant in her finances. As there is an ever increasing push to expand government services there will be an attempt to find ways to fund them."

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TN Exports Down 6.6% From 2018
TN Exports Down 6.6% From 2018

Tennessee's exports fell by more than $500 million for the third quarter compared to the same period last year, a 6.6% loss, according to the latest "Global Commerce" trade report from MTSU's Business and Economic Research Center.

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SUNDAY is last day to sign-up for Affordable Care Act
SUNDAY is last day to sign-up for Affordable Care Act

Sunday, December 15 is the last day for Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act! Tennesseans have to enroll on-line by Sunday or wait almost a year to get covered. Sign-up for coverage at HealthCare.gov

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Tennessee Gun Laws Allow for Residents to go Armed and Loaded in their Personal Vehicle
Tennessee Gun Laws Allow for Residents to go Armed and Loaded in their Personal Vehicle

Laws in the Volunteer State allow Tennesseans to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm in their vehicle, regardless of if they have or don't have a carry permit. The law allows for both handguns and long guns. Murfreesboro Police Lt. Clayton Williams highlighted...

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Exit 111 Fest will not return next year
Exit 111 Fest will not return next year

After hosting the inaugural Exit 111 Festival in Manchester in October of 2019, organizers have announced that the festival will not return in 2020.

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HIV and AIDS in Tennessee - TN Joins
HIV and AIDS in Tennessee - TN Joins "U=U" in Effort to End the HIV Epidemic

In Tennessee, approximately 18,000 people are living with HIV, and 760 of them were newly diagnosed in 2018...

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63 Year old man Indicted for sexual crimes against a minor pleads guilty
63 Year old man Indicted for sexual crimes against a minor pleads guilty

The original indictment charged James with three counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, exploitation of a minor by electronic means, soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, casual exchange (adult to minor) and attempted aggravated sexual battery.

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Children Affected by Parental Drug Use
Children Affected by Parental Drug Use

The Department is currently piloting a program called Single Team Single Plan which is voluntary but the goal is to connect the families with the resources they need in order to be successful and live a happier and healthier life.

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More Tennesseans Died of Opioid Crisis Than Crashes
More Tennesseans Died of Opioid Crisis Than Crashes

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced that last year more Tennesseans died from opioid overdoses than were killed in car crashes. That is why he cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would designate all types of fentanyl as Schedule 1 narcotics.

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UPDATE: New report shows gains in business filings for Tennessee in third quarter of 2019
UPDATE: New report shows gains in business filings for Tennessee in third quarter of 2019

New business filings increased 8.2 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the previous year, according to a new report released Friday by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. An increase in new entity filings suggest continued economic growth for Tennessee.

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19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Abuse and Violence Against Children and Youth
19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of Abuse and Violence Against Children and Youth

Nurses for Newborns (NFN) is dedicated to reducing infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by sending registered nurses into the home to provide physical assessment, education, and positive parenting skills to at risk families.

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Budget Closer To Helping Parks, Farmers, Opioid Regs
Budget Closer To Helping Parks, Farmers, Opioid Regs

On Thursday (10/31/2019) United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the spending package passed by the Senate is a step in the right direction toward funding important priorities for Tennessee ncluding funds for Great Smoky Mountains, farmers, and opioid crisis.

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UPDATE: The Minister's Treehouse
UPDATE: The Minister's Treehouse

The world's largest tree house in Crossville, TN is now only ashes - Jim Krasula with CBS News reports...

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Only two arrests from the first Exit 111 weekend concert
Only two arrests from the first Exit 111 weekend concert

One death was reported at the concert. Patrick Smith of Kentucky died during the Saturday concerts after suffering from a heart attack.

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Federal ID Begins in One Year, REAL ID Already being issued
Federal ID Begins in One Year, REAL ID Already being issued

The REAL ID Act goes into effect on October 1, 2020. By then, all persons must have a REAL ID license for boarding commercial flights...

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Suicides Are Increasing
Suicides Are Increasing

MTSU's Department of Social Work is working to raise awareness of the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the ninth leading cause of death in Tennessee.

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Elvis Presley WANTED for Alleged Theft of Mixer
Elvis Presley WANTED for Alleged Theft of Mixer

Elvis Presley is wanted by the long arm of the law in Crossville, Tennessee.

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MTSU--TN 2nd Qtr.Housing Report PROMISING!
MTSU--TN 2nd Qtr.Housing Report PROMISING!

Tennessee's housing report for the second quarter of 2019 shows "promising" mixed signals, with construction permits down a bit year over year amid the lowest foreclosure rates in two decades and a strong job market.

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TVHS earns
TVHS earns "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader" Designation At VA

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.

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Ending Youth Crime in Murfreesboro
Ending Youth Crime in Murfreesboro

Ending youth violence within Murfreesboro starts in the home. Murfreesboro Police Lt. Clayton Williams stated...

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Former Tennessee House Speaker Casada facing campaign finance probe
Former Tennessee House Speaker Casada facing campaign finance probe

Embattled former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is now facing a probe into his campaign finances.

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Watson Arrested--Still In Henning After 5 Days
Watson Arrested--Still In Henning After 5 Days

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.

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Governor's Rural Initiatives Receive Support from State Workforce Development Board
Governor's Rural Initiatives Receive Support from State Workforce Development Board

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.

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Sen. Alexander:
Sen. Alexander: "We Can't Ignore The Mass Shootings"

On Monday, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (TN, R) said, "Our nation cannot ignore these mass shootings."

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Leasing Now Underway for Vintage Gateway
Leasing Now Underway for Vintage Gateway

Leasing is currently underway on Vintage Gateway, an upscale apartment community, Tim Keach, CEO of TDK, announced this past week.

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

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

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

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

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Russian aircraft flies over AEDC for observation flight
Russian aircraft flies over AEDC for observation flight

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?

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Increasing Minimum Wage from $7.25/hour to $15/hour
Increasing Minimum Wage from $7.25/hour to $15/hour

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.

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Selling Baked Goods? At What Point Should You Use A Commercial Kitchen?
Selling Baked Goods? At What Point Should You Use A Commercial Kitchen?

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.

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

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

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UPDATE: Murder of 18 year old woman - Case Headed to Court in Murfreesboro
UPDATE: Murder of 18 year old woman - Case Headed to Court in Murfreesboro

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...

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TBI Studies on
TBI Studies on "Crimes In School" and "Domestic Violence"

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.

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BAD GUYS BEWARE--New
BAD GUYS BEWARE--New "Anti-Crime" Laws Begin 7/1/2019

Bad guys beware--several new ANTI-CRIME laws take effect July 1, 2019 here in Tennessee as the state's new fiscal year begins.

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AAA Says 4th of July Travel Will Brake Records!
AAA Says 4th of July Travel Will Brake Records!

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.

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Possible Drug Overdose, Two Found Unconscious at Murfreesboro Gas Station
Possible Drug Overdose, Two Found Unconscious at Murfreesboro Gas Station

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service paramedics responded to the Mapco gas station at 3392 Memorial Boulevard earlier this month for a possible overdose.

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Public Invited To Saturday's STONES RIVER WATERSHED Meeting
Public Invited To Saturday's STONES RIVER WATERSHED Meeting

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.

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Veteran Says
Veteran Says "Quilting" Helps Reduce PTSD Issues

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.

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UPDATE: No Statuate of Limitations for Certain Felony Child Sex Abuse Cases
UPDATE: No Statuate of Limitations for Certain Felony Child Sex Abuse Cases

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).

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REPORT: TBI Releases
REPORT: TBI Releases "Crime in Tennessee" Statistics

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.

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Michael Cummins Arrested in Murder of 7 People
Michael Cummins Arrested in Murder of 7 People

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.

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The Role of the DA - District Attorney's Fall Conference to be held in Murfreesboro
The Role of the DA - District Attorney's Fall Conference to be held in Murfreesboro

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.

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Annual Crime on Campus Report Released by the TBI
Annual Crime on Campus Report Released by the TBI

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual 'Crime on Campus' publication, detailing the volume...

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Journalist Dan Whittle Passes Away
Journalist Dan Whittle Passes Away

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.

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UPDATE: Daylight Saving Time Bill Moves Forward
UPDATE: Daylight Saving Time Bill Moves Forward

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

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Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Refocus Efforts
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Refocus Efforts

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.

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Tennessee has Downward Trend in Reduction of Fire Deaths
Tennessee has Downward Trend in Reduction of Fire Deaths

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.

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Abortion Related Bill in Tennessee Moved to a Summer Study Session
Abortion Related Bill in Tennessee Moved to a Summer Study Session

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.

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Education Savings Plan Could Pass in TN, Allowing Money for Private Schools
Education Savings Plan Could Pass in TN, Allowing Money for Private Schools

School vouchers maybe out in Tennessee, but what may pass the state legislation this year is the Education Savings Account (ESA).

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More Support for Medical Marijuana in Tennessee
More Support for Medical Marijuana in Tennessee

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.

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New Hotel Breaks Ground in Smyrna, TN
New Hotel Breaks Ground in Smyrna, TN

Avid Hotels is a franchise based hotel brand originally launched in 2017 by InterContinental Hotels Group.

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Nashville/ Murfreesboro/ Franklin #1 in Nation
Nashville/ Murfreesboro/ Franklin #1 in Nation

The Nashville/ Murfreesboro/ Franklin area is ranked number 1 in the nation for metro locations. Metropolitan areas have 50,000 or more residents.

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Understanding What Makes Tennessee Whiskey Unique
Understanding What Makes Tennessee Whiskey Unique

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.

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Foster Care in Tennessee
Foster Care in Tennessee

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.

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Apartment Resident Accidentally Fires Gun Into Ceiling
Apartment Resident Accidentally Fires Gun Into Ceiling

A 40 Caliber round was lodged into the flooring. The bullet evidently came from the apartment below.

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Air Ambulance Prices Not To Be Limited By State Law
Air Ambulance Prices Not To Be Limited By State Law

There are changes in the billing for air ambulance service.

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

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

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US Senator Alexander on
US Senator Alexander on "Green New Deal"

On Tuesday United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released a statement after voting against the Democrats' Green New Deal.

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"Consumer Outlook" UP Modestly

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.

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Farmers Adapting to Consumer Meat Demand
Farmers Adapting to Consumer Meat Demand

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.

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

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

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Chairman Alexander Statement on White House Higher Education Reform Proposal
Chairman Alexander Statement on White House Higher Education Reform Proposal

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's Higher Education Reform Proposal:

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Secretary of State Appoints Members to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Standards Board
Secretary of State Appoints Members to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Standards Board

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.

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'MTSU Day on the Hill' carries message to state Capitol
'MTSU Day on the Hill' carries message to state Capitol

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.

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Town of Smyrna Receives $3 Million Loan for Green Infrastructure and Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion
Town of Smyrna Receives $3 Million Loan for Green Infrastructure and Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion

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.

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New steakhouse coming to Fountains at Gateway
New steakhouse coming to Fountains at Gateway

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.

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TN Cotton Producers to Vote in Boll Weevil Referendum
TN Cotton Producers to Vote in Boll Weevil Referendum

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.

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Governor Lee's
Governor Lee's "State of the State" Address

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.

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RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Heartbeat Abortion Ban Legislation
RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Heartbeat Abortion Ban Legislation

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.

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Concealed Only Gun Permit Bill in Tennessee
Concealed Only Gun Permit Bill in Tennessee

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.

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Nearly $1 Billion in Unclaimed Property in Tennessee
Nearly $1 Billion in Unclaimed Property in Tennessee

The Division returned a record-breaking 48,425 claims last year, returning $32.9 million to those with missing money in Tennessee.

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Murfreesboro Schools Summer Camps Announced
Murfreesboro Schools Summer Camps Announced

Murfreesboro City Schools' Extended School Program (ESP) has planned a summer filled with fun and learning including science, art and technology camps.

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Heartbeat Abortion Bill Moves Forward
Heartbeat Abortion Bill Moves Forward

A bill banning most abortions once a heartbeat is detected has cleared a key hurdle in the Tennessee Legislature.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Want Minimum Age Raised to 21 to Buy Tobacco or Vaping Products
Tennessee Lawmakers Want Minimum Age Raised to 21 to Buy Tobacco or Vaping Products

Several Tennessee lawmakers are pushing to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21.

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Safe at Home Program Launches in TN on Friday, helping victims of Domestic Violence and More
Safe at Home Program Launches in TN on Friday, helping victims of Domestic Violence and More

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.

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Farms Provide Dream Weddings With Rustic Charm
Farms Provide Dream Weddings With Rustic Charm

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,...

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House Majority Whip Rick Tillis Names State Representative Charlie Baum Deputy Whip
House Majority Whip Rick Tillis Names State Representative Charlie Baum Deputy Whip

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.

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TN Governor Aims to Lessen the number of Suicides
TN Governor Aims to Lessen the number of Suicides

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.

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ACLU Readying To Sue If
ACLU Readying To Sue If "Fetal Cardiac Bill" Passes

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee announced that it will file a lawsuit if the "Fetal Cardiac Activity Bill" becomes law.

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SUNSHINE--After Floods, Mudslides and Destruction
SUNSHINE--After Floods, Mudslides and Destruction

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.

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Governor Lee Wants Safer Schools
Governor Lee Wants Safer Schools

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a new investment in school safety to better protect teachers and students and prepare against the threat of violence.

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

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

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Senator Alexander Statement on National Emergency Announcement
Senator Alexander Statement on National Emergency Announcement

Alexander voted on February 14th for legislation that Congress passed and the president will sign that made a "significant down payment on border security."

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New Bill could affect Abortion Access in Tennessee
New Bill could affect Abortion Access in Tennessee

The "Human Life Protection Act" is going to get a lot of attention in the halls of the state legislature

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Pro-Life Women Introduce Human Life Protection Act
Pro-Life Women Introduce Human Life Protection Act

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.

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PROPOSED: Daylight Savings Time Year Round in Tennessee
PROPOSED: Daylight Savings Time Year Round in Tennessee

A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill to observe daylight saving time year-round in the Volunteer State.

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Women giving Birth to Babies Born Addicted to Drugs could face Tough Charges if New Bill Passes
Women giving Birth to Babies Born Addicted to Drugs could face Tough Charges if New Bill Passes

Pregnant women whose babies are born addicted to drugs could face charges if a bill filed by two Tennessee lawmakers is passed.

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Gas Prices Inching Lower Again
Gas Prices Inching Lower Again

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.

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Second Fire, Same Home
Second Fire, Same Home

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.

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Medical Marijuana in Tennessee? Maybe
Medical Marijuana in Tennessee? Maybe

Medical marijuana talk is growing in Tennessee and now it will be up for legislative debate.

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Gov. Lee Supports Banning Abortion Once Fetal Heartbeat is Detected
Gov. Lee Supports Banning Abortion Once Fetal Heartbeat is Detected

Gov. Bill Lee says he supports banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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Gas Prices Drop Slightly
Gas Prices Drop Slightly

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.

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Congressman Scott DesJarlais Responds to Decision to Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty Advantageous to Russia
Congressman Scott DesJarlais Responds to Decision to Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty Advantageous to Russia

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):

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One night
One night "Defibrillator" show offers storytelling, music and more

Local creatives are collaborating on a one-night multigenre show celebrating the "heart breakers, breath takers, and fate makers" of our lives.

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Report Reveals More Suicides Among Tennessee Children
Report Reveals More Suicides Among Tennessee Children

"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.

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New Program in State May Save TN Business Owner Money
New Program in State May Save TN Business Owner Money

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) encourages Tennessee employers to take part in the Payment Audit Independent Determination program or PAID.

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State Unemployment Remains LOW At 3.6%
State Unemployment Remains LOW At 3.6%

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.

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Bill Lee Now 50th Governor of Tennessee
Bill Lee Now 50th Governor of Tennessee

At the stroke of noon Saturday, Bill Lee became Tennessee's 50th governor during a ceremony inside the War Memorial Auditorium.

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Tennessee Leaders want certain Adults to Work to Keep TennCare
Tennessee Leaders want certain Adults to Work to Keep TennCare

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.

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Four Horses Sickened by EIA in Tennessee
Four Horses Sickened by EIA in Tennessee

The state veterinarian is advising horse owners of four cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Middle Tennessee.

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Sen. White appointed to leadership of Senate Judiciary Committee
Sen. White appointed to leadership of Senate Judiciary Committee

Lt. Governor Randy McNally has announced that State Senator Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) will serve in a leadership role in a key Senate Committee.

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Medical Cannabis Bill being Introduced in Tennessee
Medical Cannabis Bill being Introduced in Tennessee

State Senator Janice Bowling of Tullahoma and Rep. Ron Travis say they will introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate access to medical cannabis.

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Immediate Action Required By TN SNAP Recipients
Immediate Action Required By TN SNAP Recipients

The federal government's shutdown requires SNAP recipients to file paperwork by the end of the business day this coming Monday.

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Congressman Representing Rutherford County Wants More Physical Barriers at Border
Congressman Representing Rutherford County Wants More Physical Barriers at Border

"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..."

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UPDATE: Former Manchester Teacher Charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery against 12-year-old
UPDATE: Former Manchester Teacher Charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery against 12-year-old

UPDATE: The court date for a man accused of aggravated sexual battery against a 12-year-old was delayed last week.

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Most Popular Baby Names in Tennessee for 2018 Year
Most Popular Baby Names in Tennessee for 2018 Year

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.

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Uncommon Skunk Spotted in Tennessee
Uncommon Skunk Spotted in Tennessee

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.

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Sports Gambling Proposed for Tennessee
Sports Gambling Proposed for Tennessee

The "Tennessee Sports Gaming Act" would allow local governments to decide whether or not to allow sports betting.

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Resolve To Test Home During Radon Action Month
Resolve To Test Home During Radon Action Month

Rutherford County is one of several counties in the Volunteer State known to have higher Radon levels.

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CWD Confirmed In Tennessee Wild Deer
CWD Confirmed In Tennessee Wild Deer

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has confirmed that chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in ten wild deer, abnd have implemented emergency rules.

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AAA Ready To Help YOU During Holiday Parties
AAA Ready To Help YOU During Holiday Parties

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

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Georgia Meshotto retires after 36 years of Service
Georgia Meshotto retires after 36 years of Service

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.

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Tennessee Department of Health Statement on Immunizations
Tennessee Department of Health Statement on Immunizations

On Thursday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a statement on immunizations. The statement read as follows:

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Special Resolution on Thursday Night Honoring the late MTSU Professor Angie Walker
Special Resolution on Thursday Night Honoring the late MTSU Professor Angie Walker

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).

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I Feel The East Tennessee Earth Move--4.4 Quake!
I Feel The East Tennessee Earth Move--4.4 Quake!

Two earthquakes shook parts of East Tennessee Wednesday morning. They occurred a half-hour apart and were 30-miles distance from each other.

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Do You Feel OK? Flu Hits Tennessee Hard!
Do You Feel OK? Flu Hits Tennessee Hard!

How do you feel? Many Tennessee residents are suffering from flu symptoms!

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Tennessee Valley Healthcare System open for business Wednesday, 5 Dec.
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System open for business Wednesday, 5 Dec.

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) will remain open December 5, 2018, the national day of mourning for former President George H. W. Bush.

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Murfreesboro Again Pumps Cheapest Gas In TN--$2.01
Murfreesboro Again Pumps Cheapest Gas In TN--$2.01

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.

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Bill Ketron Honored for Work with
Bill Ketron Honored for Work with "Sex Trafficking"

On Friday former State Senator and new Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron was honored for his work dealing with the Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Record Number of Rutherford Countians Vote Early
Record Number of Rutherford Countians Vote Early

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.

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School Students Across the State Voted for State Races - Who Won the Mock Election?
School Students Across the State Voted for State Races - Who Won the Mock 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.

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Tennessee Students Break Records with Highest-Ever ACT Score and Participation Rate
Tennessee Students Break Records with Highest-Ever ACT Score and Participation Rate

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...

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Man Allegedly Admits to Selling Meth and Heroin at local Motel
Man Allegedly Admits to Selling Meth and Heroin at local Motel

When questioned, the suspect allegedly told officers that he sells meth and heroin for $20 per every "Point" one gram.

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Statewide Checkoff for Corn Producers Next Month
Statewide Checkoff for Corn Producers Next Month

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.

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TENNESSEE: Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
TENNESSEE: Prevent Intimate Partner Violence

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...

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TN Right to Life Endorses Smyrna Incumbent in State House Race
TN Right to Life Endorses Smyrna Incumbent in State House Race

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.

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UPDATE: TBI Spokesperson Resigned
UPDATE: TBI Spokesperson Resigned

UPDATE: The TBI spokesperson who recently took over the West Tennessee wing for public relations has resigned.

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Lethal Injection Execution for man in Tennessee on Nov. 1
Lethal Injection Execution for man in Tennessee on Nov. 1

A man who asked to be executed in Tennessee by electrocution instead of lethal injection has been denied his request.

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Fatal accident Claims Life of Teen
Fatal accident Claims Life of Teen

Reportedly, a Cascade High School student from Shelbyville has died and another is hurt after a rollover crash in Bedford County on Sunday afternoon.

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MTSU
MTSU "Business Barometer" Rebounds!

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.

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TN Health News: October is Let's Talk Month
TN Health News: October is Let's Talk Month

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.

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Fighting Addiction in Rutherford County, TN
Fighting Addiction in Rutherford County, TN

Derek Faulkner has a facility in Christiana with 9 beds. Renewed Life serves the men enrolled in their one-year, residential discipleship training center.

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UPDATE: Small Monday Earthquake
UPDATE: Small Monday Earthquake

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.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Notice Requirements for Enhanced Sentencing
Tennessee Supreme Court Clarifies Notice Requirements for Enhanced Sentencing

The end result of the case that changed the pre-trial notice was eventually determined by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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OPERATION CANDY CRUSH Lawsuit Against Government
OPERATION CANDY CRUSH Lawsuit Against Government

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.

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The Gathering At Milton THIS Saturday
The Gathering At Milton THIS Saturday

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.

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Child Rape Cases Headed to Local Courts Friday
Child Rape Cases Headed to Local Courts Friday

This Friday (10/12/18), a child rape suspect will appear in the Rutherford County Circuit Courtroom of Judge Royce Taylor.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Current Lethal Injection Protocol As Constitutional
Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Current Lethal Injection Protocol As Constitutional

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.

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MTSU media professor, students earn acclaim for short film featuring Tennessee transgender couple
MTSU media professor, students earn acclaim for short film featuring Tennessee transgender couple

"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.

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

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

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U.S. Supreme Court leaves Constitutional Amendment Intact on Abortion in Tennessee
U.S. Supreme Court leaves Constitutional Amendment Intact on Abortion in Tennessee

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.

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Oct. 14-20 Earth Science Week in Tennessee
Oct. 14-20 Earth Science Week in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 14-20 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, to promote awareness of the importance of geoscience...

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Report: TN Missing Chance to Support Young Parents and Kids
Report: TN Missing Chance to Support Young Parents and Kids

Tennessee has the potential to do a better job helping young parents. And failing to do so could leave an impact on multiple generations.

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ESP Partners with Murfreesboro Soccer Club to create Strikers City Academy
ESP Partners with Murfreesboro Soccer Club to create Strikers City Academy

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.

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State of Tennessee Issues Advisory on Marijuana and Hemp
State of Tennessee Issues Advisory on Marijuana and Hemp

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...

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Fleet Feet Project Zero
Fleet Feet Project Zero

"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.

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Seatbelt Use in Rutherford County Comes In at 90%
Seatbelt Use in Rutherford County Comes In at 90%

Seatbelt use in Rutherford County is high, compared to others areas across the country...

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Attempting to Curb Fatal Accidents in Rutherford County and throughout Tennessee
Attempting to Curb Fatal Accidents in Rutherford County and throughout Tennessee

Across the state of Tennessee, the TN Department of Safety reports that 70 people have died in traffic fatalities this month alone (September 2018)...

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Annual VA report shows Nashville, Murfreesboro facilities improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans
Annual VA report shows Nashville, Murfreesboro facilities improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans

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.

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Employee of TJ Maxx Accused of Stealing Over $1300 in Merchandise
Employee of TJ Maxx Accused of Stealing Over $1300 in Merchandise

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.

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State Representative Mike Sparks Fights To Strengthen Protections For Child Abuse Victims
State Representative Mike Sparks Fights To Strengthen Protections For Child Abuse Victims

UPDATE WITH AUDIO: Tennessee should consider fully eliminating statutes for most felony child abuse crimes like the majority of other states.

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$30.8 Million Heads to Tennessee Communities on Front Lines of Opioid Crisis
$30.8 Million Heads to Tennessee Communities on Front Lines of Opioid Crisis

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Tennessee is set to receive $30.8 million to combat the opioid crisis.

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Home prices, sales on the rise across state; foreclosures at 18-year low
Home prices, sales on the rise across state; foreclosures at 18-year low

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.

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Agritourism Farms in Tennessee
Agritourism Farms in Tennessee

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.

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2 Out of 3 People in Tennessee will be impacted by Drunk Driving
2 Out of 3 People in Tennessee will be impacted by Drunk Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 7,919 crashes last year (2017) in Tennessee involved alcohol impaired drivers or drivers who used drugs.

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A Murfreesboro man has been convicted again... for another sex related offense.
A Murfreesboro man has been convicted again... for another sex related offense.

The 41-year-old man, who was indicted by the courts in 2017, was convicted after a case involving his step-daughter.

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Hurricane Creek Greenway Now Open In La Vergne
Hurricane Creek Greenway Now Open In La Vergne

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.

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The white of the water stirs and swarms as those kayaking power the rapids
The white of the water stirs and swarms as those kayaking power the rapids

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.

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Rutherford County to see Grand Opening of New Greenway Section Saturday
Rutherford County to see Grand Opening of New Greenway Section Saturday

The City of La Vergne is excited to officially open the new Hurricane Creek Greenway on Saturday, August 25th.

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Tennessee Announces Approval of New Rates for 2019 Individual Marketplace
Tennessee Announces Approval of New Rates for 2019 Individual Marketplace

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.

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Blackburn, Bredesen, Dean and Lee to speak to stakeholders and leaders from across Tennessee about the OPIOID CRISIS
Blackburn, Bredesen, Dean and Lee to speak to stakeholders and leaders from across Tennessee about the OPIOID CRISIS

In a statement announcing the summit, Dr. Manny Sethi, founder of Healthy Tennessee said "I have traveled to every corner of Tennessee, and the opioid crisis has touched every community in our state

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Third Generation of Walls Firefighters Begins Career at Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue
Third Generation of Walls Firefighters Begins Career at Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue

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.

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Arrest Made in a Recent Construction Theft
Arrest Made in a Recent Construction Theft

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.

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Teen Makes Juvenile Court Appearance on Child Rape Charges
Teen Makes Juvenile Court Appearance on Child Rape Charges

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.

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Are Apartment Complexes to Close to One Another in Murfreesboro?
Are Apartment Complexes to Close to One Another in Murfreesboro?

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...

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Fake $15,000 Check Lands Woman in Rutherford County Jail
Fake $15,000 Check Lands Woman in Rutherford County Jail

A Huntsville, Alabama woman has been taken to jail in Murfreesboro after allegedly trying to cash a fraudulent check.

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CAPTURED: Two men suspected of pistol whipping / kidnapping Green Hills man
CAPTURED: Two men suspected of pistol whipping / kidnapping Green Hills man

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.

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New State Museum to Open in October
New State Museum to Open in October

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.

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Additional School Safety Features and More in Tennessee
Additional School Safety Features and More in Tennessee

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.

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Tennessee Democrats to meet for press conference in Murfreesboro Wednesday
Tennessee Democrats to meet for press conference in Murfreesboro Wednesday

With under 90 days to go until the general election, Tennessee Democrats are excited to come together as a united party and win more seats up and down the ballot.

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DEAD: 1st Execution In Almost Decade in Tennessee
DEAD: 1st Execution In Almost Decade in Tennessee

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.

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Rapist to be executed in Tennessee on Thursday
Rapist to be executed in Tennessee on Thursday

Mr. Irick was sentenced to death following his 1986 convictions for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old child.

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Large cat spotted behind Coconut Bay Cafe in Murfreesboro  - VIDEO
Large cat spotted behind Coconut Bay Cafe in Murfreesboro - VIDEO

Spotted by Molly Peco in Murfreesboro TN at Coconut Bay Cafe...

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Search warrant served at Murfreesboro Home - Drugs Seized
Search warrant served at Murfreesboro Home - Drugs Seized

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.

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Missing Beechgrove Teenager FOUND
Missing Beechgrove Teenager FOUND

We have good news to report. The missing teenager we reported about on Tuesday afternoon has been found safe...

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Reducing Crashes on Highway 70 through Rutherford County and Beyond
Reducing Crashes on Highway 70 through Rutherford County and Beyond

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.

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Second Harvest Food Bank Celebrates Grand Opening
Second Harvest Food Bank Celebrates Grand Opening

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee celebrated the grand opening of a new distribution center in Smyrna.

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Gas and Diesel Taxes Went UP July 1, 2018
Gas and Diesel Taxes Went UP July 1, 2018

The start of July marked another increase in the gas and diesel tax for Tennessee.

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Tennessee Educator Survey Highlights Teacher Empowerment, Understanding of Standards
Tennessee Educator Survey Highlights Teacher Empowerment, Understanding of Standards

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...

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Record Lottery Sales in Tennessee, Again
Record Lottery Sales in Tennessee, Again

The statement says it will return nearly $422 million to education programs, which is 9 percent more than the previous fiscal year.

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Murfreesboro GAS, Again--Lowest In State!
Murfreesboro GAS, Again--Lowest In State!

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).

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Trustpoint Hospital Interview - WGNS
Trustpoint Hospital Interview - WGNS

WGNS' Scott Walker spoke to Jamie Alexander at the TrustPoint Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN...

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Lewisburg, TN Man Charged with
Lewisburg, TN Man Charged with "Enhancement of Hate Crime" in Murfreesboro after alleged Attack

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."

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Personal HIV Medical Records Compromised
Personal HIV Medical Records Compromised

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.

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Governor Candidates Spending Large Amounts of Money
Governor Candidates Spending Large Amounts of Money

Four Republicans have spent $33 million-plus in Tennessee's primary for governor, unleashing about $33 million of personal wealth.

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MEMPHIS: The Play in Murfreesboro
MEMPHIS: The Play in Murfreesboro

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.

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TDOT Removing Dangerous Guardrails
TDOT Removing Dangerous Guardrails

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is currently working on removing the last of the X-Lite guardrails in Tennessee.

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Death on Center Hill Lake
Death on Center Hill Lake

A man died at a popular lake destination in the nearby DeKalb County area.

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Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement Endorses Mariah Phillips
Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement Endorses Mariah Phillips

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.

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Man Charged with Second DUI and Leaving the Scene in Murfreesboro
Man Charged with Second DUI and Leaving the Scene in Murfreesboro

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.

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Murfreesboro man accused of hitting and kicking Cool Springs Target employee
Murfreesboro man accused of hitting and kicking Cool Springs Target employee

A Murfreesboro man has been accused of attacking a security employee at a Target store in Williamson County, TN.

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It Takes a Village: TN Group Looks to End Youth Violence
It Takes a Village: TN Group Looks to End Youth Violence

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.

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Attorney who plead guilty to child pornography charges won't practice law again
Attorney who plead guilty to child pornography charges won't practice law again

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.

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LaVergne Police Chase ends with Neighborhood Crash - TEEN Arrested
LaVergne Police Chase ends with Neighborhood Crash - TEEN Arrested

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.

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Job opportunities for Rutherford County inmates
Job opportunities for Rutherford County inmates

Job opportunities for inmates arrived in the form of a Hyundai forklift Friday at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

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55,276 DUI Arrests in Tennessee over 11 year period
55,276 DUI Arrests in Tennessee over 11 year period

Research between the years of 2003 and 2014 shows that 2,631 drivers have been charged with DUI in Rutherford County alone.

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UPDATE: Auto Emission Testing May or May Not End
UPDATE: Auto Emission Testing May or May Not End

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...

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$43.8 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
$43.8 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

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..."

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Potomac horse fever has been confirmed in Tennessee
Potomac horse fever has been confirmed in Tennessee

Freshwater snails are the source of the bacteria that causes Potomac horse fever. Horses may be exposed when drinking from creeks or rivers...

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Alexander Statement on the Passing of John Ward
Alexander Statement on the Passing of John Ward

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.

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Three Star Dinner Sees Surge in Fundraising and Attendance Ahead of 2018 Midterms
Three Star Dinner Sees Surge in Fundraising and Attendance Ahead of 2018 Midterms

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.

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Wading in Lytle Creek Every Wednesday in Murfreesboro and MORE
Wading in Lytle Creek Every Wednesday in Murfreesboro and MORE

WET and WILD Wednesdays will be conducted at Old Fort Park at the Overall Street entrance each Wednesday during the month of June.

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New Laws in TN will Help Domestic Violence Victims
New Laws in TN will Help Domestic Violence Victims

New laws in Tennessee will give judges more tools to help domestic violence victims. WGNS' Scott Walker has the story...

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TBI CAPTURED: Another Most Wanted Man Caught
TBI CAPTURED: Another Most Wanted Man Caught

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.

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Free Fishing Day in June
Free Fishing Day in June

The 2018 Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee's public waters.

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Drug Investigation Leads to Seizure of More than 35,600 Pills
Drug Investigation Leads to Seizure of More than 35,600 Pills

A drug seizure made in Nashville will likely have an impact on neighboring communities as well.

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$1.4 Million U.S. Dept. of Energy Award goes to Research in Tennessee about Biofuels
$1.4 Million U.S. Dept. of Energy Award goes to Research in Tennessee about Biofuels

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.

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TDOT Suspending All Construction-Related Lane Closures for Memorial Day Weekend
TDOT Suspending All Construction-Related Lane Closures for Memorial Day Weekend

Motorists will not be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee's highways this Memorial Day weekend.

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Fleet Feet to Host Largest Global Running Day Event for Second Year
Fleet Feet to Host Largest Global Running Day Event for Second Year

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.

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Beautiful Mural in Manchester by Murfreesboro Artist meets Controversy
Beautiful Mural in Manchester by Murfreesboro Artist meets Controversy

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.

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Special Session Possible After Proton Therapy Bill is Vetoed by Gov Haslam
Special Session Possible After Proton Therapy Bill is Vetoed by Gov Haslam

There's one last hope for Tennesseans who might benefit from a state-of-the-art cancer treatment.

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E. Coli Romaine Lettuce In Tennessee
E. Coli Romaine Lettuce In Tennessee

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.

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Consumer Demand May Drive Expanded Beef Market in Tennessee
Consumer Demand May Drive Expanded Beef Market in Tennessee

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.

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Mary Mancini, TN Democratic Party: Solace is Not Enough
Mary Mancini, TN Democratic Party: Solace is Not Enough

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...

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TN Democratic Party Releases Statement: Antioch tragedy underscores the need for better protections from gun violence
TN Democratic Party Releases Statement: Antioch tragedy underscores the need for better protections from gun violence

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:

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Tennessee's
Tennessee's "Opiod Crisis" with Motorists & More

It's pretty sobering to think that Tennessee has one of the highest rates of drug related traffic fatalities in the nation.

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Tennessee Adopts Uniform Bar Exam
Tennessee Adopts Uniform Bar Exam

"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..."

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WW II Veteran in Tennessee once worked at Area 51 - Now Gives Teddy Bears to Kids
WW II Veteran in Tennessee once worked at Area 51 - Now Gives Teddy Bears to Kids

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.

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Pastor to pray over Murfreesboro due to 7 Day Alcohol Sales Passing in TN
Pastor to pray over Murfreesboro due to 7 Day Alcohol Sales Passing in TN

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.

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Girl Dies in Lawn Mower Accident
Girl Dies in Lawn Mower Accident

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.

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US Senator Alexander on Friday's Missile Strikes
US Senator Alexander on Friday's Missile Strikes

Tennessee's two United States Senators share their thoughts on Friday night's U.S. missile strike against Syria.

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MTSU SURVEY SAYS: Gun Laws
MTSU SURVEY SAYS: Gun Laws

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?"

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Diane Black raises more than $6 million since the start of gubernatorial campaign
Diane Black raises more than $6 million since the start of gubernatorial campaign

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.

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LEGISLATION APPROVED TO HELP TREAT OPIOID MISUSE
LEGISLATION APPROVED TO HELP TREAT OPIOID MISUSE

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.

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Omnibus Bill Releases Additional $7.5 Million to Protect Elections in Tennessee
Omnibus Bill Releases Additional $7.5 Million to Protect Elections in Tennessee

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.

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Tennessee Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Next Step
Tennessee Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Next Step

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.

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"LIVE" Elk Cam in Tennessee

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.

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Representative Terry's Initiative To Attract & Retain High Quality Educators Passes In House Chamber
Representative Terry's Initiative To Attract & Retain High Quality Educators Passes In House Chamber

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.

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Suicide numbers higher than traffic fatalities in Tennessee
Suicide numbers higher than traffic fatalities in Tennessee

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.

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Speaker Harwell and Chairman Terry Sign On To The Medical Cannabis Only Act
Speaker Harwell and Chairman Terry Sign On To The Medical Cannabis Only Act

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.

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Tennessee Gun Bill Shot Down
Tennessee Gun Bill Shot Down

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.

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INSPIRE: Murfreesboro man diagnosed at 32 with Parkinson's Disease
INSPIRE: Murfreesboro man diagnosed at 32 with Parkinson's Disease

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.

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UPDATE: Additional charge filed against mother of Autistic child found covered in feces
UPDATE: Additional charge filed against mother of Autistic child found covered in feces

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.

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TNDP Chair Statement on Gov. Haslam's Final State of the State
TNDP Chair Statement on Gov. Haslam's Final State of the State

Following Governor Haslam's final State of the State address, Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement:

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"Seven Day Sales" for Liquor and Wine could be passed this year in TN

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.

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Should liquor and wine purchases be allowed on Sundays?
Should liquor and wine purchases be allowed on Sundays?

A Tennessee lawmaker is still fighting to allow liquor and wine purchases on Sundays.

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Some TN lawmakers FOR Marijuana while others still against
Some TN lawmakers FOR Marijuana while others still against

One Representative said that the death of his father changed his world and how he feels about cannabis.

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Driver Services Division Offers Tennesseans Opportunity to Reissue Driver License
Driver Services Division Offers Tennesseans Opportunity to Reissue Driver License

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.

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Bonnaroo tickets available this Friday
Bonnaroo tickets available this Friday

This year at the concert Eminem, Sheryl Crow, Paramore, Muse and even the Grand Ole Opry.

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Suicide UP in Tennessee
Suicide UP in Tennessee

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.

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Tennessee Dept of Health Finds Some Overdose Deaths Associated with Buprenorphine
Tennessee Dept of Health Finds Some Overdose Deaths Associated with Buprenorphine

The TN Dept of Health found a total of 67 deaths associated with buprenorphine in 2016.

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Domestic Violence Hands Project: Hands of the Violent Man
Domestic Violence Hands Project: Hands of the Violent Man

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.

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LOCATED: 3 Missing Teens from Coffee and Cannon Counties
LOCATED: 3 Missing Teens from Coffee and Cannon Counties

We have an update on three missing teens from our area...We can now report that all three have been found.

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TBI Firearm-Related Crime Study
TBI Firearm-Related Crime Study


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:

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Born blind in one eye / Addicted to cocaine and more - Now clean and determined
Born blind in one eye / Addicted to cocaine and more - Now clean and determined

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.

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Honoring Victims and the Surviving Families of Homicides in Tennessee
Honoring Victims and the Surviving Families of Homicides in Tennessee

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.

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Tennessee revenues are UP compared to this time last year
Tennessee revenues are UP compared to this time last year

Gasoline and motor fuel revenues increased by 36.82% and they were $7.9 million more than the budgeted estimate of $90.3 million....

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Rutherford County's unemployment rate stays at 2.3 %
Rutherford County's unemployment rate stays at 2.3 %

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.

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Drones and Farming in Tennessee
Drones and Farming in Tennessee

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.

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#1 Teacher Concern is Workload - 2017 State of Education Report
#1 Teacher Concern is Workload - 2017 State of Education Report

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...

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Gun Season for Deer Opens Saturday
Gun Season for Deer Opens Saturday

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.

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Heather Dawbarn Named President of Statewide  Register of Deeds Association
Heather Dawbarn Named President of Statewide Register of Deeds Association

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.

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Butch Jones Out at Tennessee
Butch Jones Out at Tennessee

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.

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Reports from the
Reports from the "White Lives Matter" Rally

NewsRadio WGNS will have continuous reporting from the rally events in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Continue to check this article for updates.

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LIVE Stream of Murfreesboro Square
LIVE Stream of Murfreesboro Square

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.

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PHOTO GALLERY: As Courthouse Clock Chimed
PHOTO GALLERY: As Courthouse Clock Chimed "One", Rally Groups Entered

As the courthouse clock chimed one, police began to search everyone who entered the Murfreesboro public square.

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Love Trumps Hate as White Nationalist Rally in 'Boro Cancelled
Love Trumps Hate as White Nationalist Rally in 'Boro Cancelled

The organizers of the White Lives Matter rally announced shortly after 3pm they were cancelling the event in Murfreesboro.

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No Injuries and No Damages at Rally Saturday
No Injuries and No Damages at Rally Saturday

No injuries were reported, and no damages occurred during a rally Saturday in downtown Murfreesboro.

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City of Murfreesboro releases extensive list of items not allowed at Saturday rally
City of Murfreesboro releases extensive list of items not allowed at Saturday rally

"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...

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Rutherford County still has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state
Rutherford County still has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state

Tennessee unemployment rates for September have been released and reports indicate the rates have decreased when compared to August in Rutherford County.

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Joint Statement of City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Regarding Saturday Rally
Joint Statement of City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Regarding Saturday Rally

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.

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White Lives Matter Rally could cause major disruption on Murfreesboro Square Saturday
White Lives Matter Rally could cause major disruption on Murfreesboro Square Saturday

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.

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State of LGBTQ Equality in Eight Tennessee Cities Detailed
State of LGBTQ Equality in Eight Tennessee Cities Detailed

According to their rating system, Murfreesboro received a score of 12, which is extremely low on their list. Nashville had the highest score...

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SHARE: Missing 16 year old could be in Rutherford County
SHARE: Missing 16 year old could be in Rutherford County

A missing 16 year old could be in Rutherford County... Reports indicate Serenity Burk was last seen in Woodlawn, Tennessee.

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TN NAACP Releases Statement about Pro-White group visiting Murfreesboro later this month
TN NAACP Releases Statement about Pro-White group visiting Murfreesboro later this month

The Tennessee NAACP has released a statement about the "Pro-White National Socialist Movement" visiting Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, TN on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

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In search of life UNDER Lebanon, TN
In search of life UNDER Lebanon, TN

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.

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Hurricane Irma Evacuees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits
Hurricane Irma Evacuees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

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.

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Rescued dogs from the hurricane aftermath in Lebanon, TN
Rescued dogs from the hurricane aftermath in Lebanon, TN

ARC is currently sheltering the animals at their Rescue Operation Center in nearby Lebanon TN where teams of volunteers are caring for them.

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Gov. Bill Haslam wants New Toyota and Mazda Plant built in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam wants New Toyota and Mazda Plant built in Tennessee

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.

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Physician Legislators Bryan Terry & Steve Dickerson Take Aim at Tennessee's Opioid Crisis
Physician Legislators Bryan Terry & Steve Dickerson Take Aim at Tennessee's Opioid Crisis

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...

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Pancreatitis, heart attack and coma = New outlook on life
Pancreatitis, heart attack and coma = New outlook on life

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.

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TN Health News: Tennessee State Parks Offer Rewards through Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program
TN Health News: Tennessee State Parks Offer Rewards through Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program

Numerous public health organizations and studies have proven the benefits of outdoor exercise on mental and physical health.

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Murfreesboro native helping to better the TN Juvenile Justice System
Murfreesboro native helping to better the TN Juvenile Justice System

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...

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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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First-Ever National Hire a Veteran Day Recognized in Tennessee
First-Ever National Hire a Veteran Day Recognized in Tennessee

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.

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Teleportation of things or matter as discussed by an MTSU professor
Teleportation of things or matter as discussed by an MTSU professor

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...

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TN Department of Environment and Conservation Offering $4.5 Million in Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants
TN Department of Environment and Conservation Offering $4.5 Million in Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now accepting applications for recycling and waste reduction grants totaling $4,500,000.

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High School Students volunteering in TN parks for their TN Promise Volunteer Hours
High School Students volunteering in TN parks for their TN Promise Volunteer Hours

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.

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Speaker Harwell Appoints Representative Bryan Terry To Tennessee Maintenance Of Certification Task Force
Speaker Harwell Appoints Representative Bryan Terry To Tennessee Maintenance Of Certification Task Force

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) Tuesday appointed State Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) to the Tennessee Maintenance of Certification Task Force.

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Tennessee trying to clean up roadways and fight litter
Tennessee trying to clean up roadways and fight litter

Research indicates 30 percent of the state's litter is "deliberate" - meaning trash is tossed right out of vehicle windows.

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Rutherford County Rescue Workers help in search of child in the Duck River
Rutherford County Rescue Workers help in search of child in the Duck River

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.

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Baum to Run for State House of Representatives
Baum to Run for State House of Representatives

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.

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UPDATE: Man charged with Criminal Homicide in Death of 4-Year-Old Boy in Tullahoma
UPDATE: Man charged with Criminal Homicide in Death of 4-Year-Old Boy in Tullahoma

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.

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BlueCross Reports 23.9 Percent of Members Fill an Opioid Prescription Annually in Tennessee
BlueCross Reports 23.9 Percent of Members Fill an Opioid Prescription Annually in Tennessee

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...

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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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State Representatives Terry & White To Host Fourth Annual Empowering Women Event On July 10
State Representatives Terry & White To Host Fourth Annual Empowering Women Event On July 10

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.

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Rutherford County Property Assessor considering a run for Governor
Rutherford County Property Assessor considering a run for Governor

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.

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MTSU Reports Strong 1st Quarter Housing Market
MTSU Reports Strong 1st Quarter Housing Market

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.

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Bonnaroo - A success this year with U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bonnaroo - A success this year with U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

While attendance has been on the decline with a sharp drop in 2016, the crowds seemed to be up this year.

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Apply NOW For TDEC
Apply NOW For TDEC "Food Waste" Grants

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that it will be accepting grant applications for "food waste diversion" through June 30, 2017.

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Silencers to be Legal
Silencers to be Legal

The Tennessee House has cleared a bill that would let people use silencers on their guns.

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#10 of Top 10 Most Expensive TN Homes For Sale is in Murfreesboro
#10 of Top 10 Most Expensive TN Homes For Sale is in Murfreesboro

A property on Mooreland Lane in Murfreesboro ranks 10th most expensive...

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New Open Container Bill for Alcohol FAILS in TN
New Open Container Bill for Alcohol FAILS in TN

Tennessee currently bans drivers from drinking alcohol while at the wheel, but does not extend that prohibition to passengers.

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Call La Vergne Police if you recognize him
Call La Vergne Police if you recognize him

La Vergne Police need your help in identifying this suspect.

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Commission Urges Passage of Broadband Accessibility Act
Commission Urges Passage of Broadband Accessibility Act

The Rutherford County Commission is seeking approval for a broadband legislation which would provide internet access for students in rural areas.

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OPPOSITION To School Vouchers
OPPOSITION To School Vouchers

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.

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TFA Tracks Bills Before The General Assembly
TFA Tracks Bills Before The General Assembly

The Tennessee Firearms Association is tracking these bills that are before the state's general assembly.

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Transportation Coalition of Tennessee Forms Advisory Council
Transportation Coalition of Tennessee Forms Advisory Council

"We have more than $10.5 billion in much-needed projects across this state," said Susie Alcorn, executive director of the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance.

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Adoption in Tennessee is not in the hands of the Juvenile Courts
Adoption in Tennessee is not in the hands of the Juvenile Courts

In the Rutherford County Juvenile Courts, the courts have jurisdiction over almost everything... Almost.

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It's
It's "School Board Appreciation" Week

Governor Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 22-28, 2017 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee.

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LIFETIME Gun Carry Permits Now Available
LIFETIME Gun Carry Permits Now Available

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.

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Cliff Ricketts era of alternative fuels research at MTSU ended in 2016
Cliff Ricketts era of alternative fuels research at MTSU ended in 2016

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.

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Putting Lid, Literally, on TN Opioid Abuse
Putting Lid, Literally, on TN Opioid Abuse

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.

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Local Tennessee Elector Votes Trump for President
Local Tennessee Elector Votes Trump for President

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.

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Medical Marijuana in Tennessee?
Medical Marijuana in Tennessee?

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.

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 Personalized Learning Task Force Outlines Next Steps to Help Tailor Teaching for Each Student
Personalized Learning Task Force Outlines Next Steps to Help Tailor Teaching for Each Student

"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.

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SCHOOL BUSES: How Safe Are Your Children?
SCHOOL BUSES: How Safe Are Your Children?

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?

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Major Hospitals like Vanderbilt to be Cut from Affordable Care Act, according to one congressman in Tennessee
Major Hospitals like Vanderbilt to be Cut from Affordable Care Act, according to one congressman in Tennessee

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.

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Local School Districts to Decide on Teacher Raises in Tennessee
Local School Districts to Decide on Teacher Raises in Tennessee

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.

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GM Reopening in Spring Hill will help Rutherford County and More
GM Reopening in Spring Hill will help Rutherford County and More

GM reopening in Spring Hill will likely equal a few jobs for Rutherford County residents as the plant aims to fill 650 jobs.

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New law helps to fight opioid overdose in Tennessee
New law helps to fight opioid overdose in Tennessee

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.

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More Tennessee Kids' Pearly Whites are Shining
More Tennessee Kids' Pearly Whites are Shining

The number of children receiving dental care through the state's TennCare program is on the rise.

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Tennessee Unemployment Numbers are In
Tennessee Unemployment Numbers are In

Rutherford County continues to hold a ranking at number three on the list for having the lowest unemployment in the state.

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Small Business Endorses Representative Bryan Terry in District 48 Race
Small Business Endorses Representative Bryan Terry in District 48 Race

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.

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August is Child Support Awareness Month
August is Child Support Awareness Month

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.

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Gov. Haslam announces $1.12 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects
Gov. Haslam announces $1.12 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects

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.

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Haslam Names new Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security
Haslam Names new Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment of David Purkey as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security beginning September 1.

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13% of Tennesseans Don't Have Broadband Internet Access
13% of Tennesseans Don't Have Broadband Internet Access

A survey of state residents and businesses has found that about 13 percent of Tennesseans do not have broadband internet access.

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Tennessee Historical Commission Awards Grants to Preserve Historic Sites
Tennessee Historical Commission Awards Grants to Preserve Historic Sites

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.

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Murfreesboro wants your input on the future of the city
Murfreesboro wants your input on the future of the city

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.

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Opioid Abuse Kills More Tennesseans Than Car Accidents or Gunshots
Opioid Abuse Kills More Tennesseans Than Car Accidents or Gunshots

"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..."

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U.S. Senator Corker Makes Independence Day Statement
U.S. Senator Corker Makes Independence Day Statement

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released an Independence Day statement.

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Stolen Motorcycle in Murfreesboro
Stolen Motorcycle in Murfreesboro

A motorcycle was reported as stolen at Redwood Park Apartments on South Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

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TN Tax Free Weekend End of July
TN Tax Free Weekend End of July

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.

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Great Tennessee Air Show GOES ON!
Great Tennessee Air Show GOES ON!

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.

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MTSU shares 'Farm2School' life with 1,200 City Schools' children
MTSU shares 'Farm2School' life with 1,200 City Schools' children

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).

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MTSU aerospace dedicates new Flight Simulator Building
MTSU aerospace dedicates new Flight Simulator Building

MTSU students are the beneficiaries of a new $700,000 Department of Aerospace Flight Simulator Building dedicated Thursday (May 5) at Murfreesboro Airport.

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Recovery Courts Transforming Lives in Tennessee
Recovery Courts Transforming Lives in Tennessee

"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..."

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Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP has been appointed deputy commissioner for TN population health
Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP has been appointed deputy commissioner for TN population health

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.

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Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson Counties have the Lowest Unemployment Rates
Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson Counties have the Lowest Unemployment Rates

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.

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National Work Zone Awareness Week Is This Week
National Work Zone Awareness Week Is This Week

Last year in Tennessee, 18 people died in work zone crashes, including workers, drivers and passengers

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Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau receives 2015 Constant Contact All Star Award
Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau receives 2015 Constant Contact All Star Award

The Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named a 2015 All Star Award winner...

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Nearby: DeKalb County High School Student Charged with Sexual Battery
Nearby: DeKalb County High School Student Charged with Sexual Battery

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.

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TN Senate Passes Anti-Refugee Resolution
TN Senate Passes Anti-Refugee Resolution

The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution that directs the state attorney general to sue the federal government over policies surrounding refugee resettlement.

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Read To Succeed Announces One Book Choice that Focuses on Tennessee Nuclear History
Read To Succeed Announces One Book Choice that Focuses on Tennessee Nuclear History

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...

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Man suffers a major head injury after assault in Murfreesboro
Man suffers a major head injury after assault in Murfreesboro

A 42 year old Murfreesboro man suffered a major head injury after a recent assault.

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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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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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It's a Marshmallow World in the Boro!
It's a Marshmallow World in the Boro!

Here are some photos from today's snow showers provided by NewsRadio WGNS Reporter Jackson Jones!

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State of Emergency Declared in Tennessee in Anticipation of Snow
State of Emergency Declared in Tennessee in Anticipation of Snow

With the threat of significant winter weather, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a Level III State of Emergency.

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Shelbyville woman arrested 17 times for drunken driving
Shelbyville woman arrested 17 times for drunken driving

Police say Friday marked Hanson's 17th DUI arrest, when she hit another car head-on.

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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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Man allegedly kills woman, son and family dog and then drives to Murfreesboro area
Man allegedly kills woman, son and family dog and then drives to Murfreesboro area

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.

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Future plans for the Jordan Farm Property to be discussed in open house
Future plans for the Jordan Farm Property to be discussed in open house

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.

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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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Man accused of cutting his step father with a knife to be sentenced this Friday in Murfreesboro
Man accused of cutting his step father with a knife to be sentenced this Friday in Murfreesboro

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.

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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 Murder Convict Sentenced in Court
Murfreesboro Murder Convict Sentenced in Court

One of Murfreesboro's most wanted who was captured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was recently sentenced in a Rutherford County Courtroom.

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Turkey Tee Off in Rutherford County benefits the Child Advocacy Center
Turkey Tee Off in Rutherford County benefits the Child Advocacy Center

"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...

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Tennessee Department of Health warns of Sleep-related infant deaths
Tennessee Department of Health warns of Sleep-related infant deaths

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.

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Tennessee is ranked 29th in country for deer collisions
Tennessee is ranked 29th in country for deer collisions

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.

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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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Tennessee Democratic Party Chair comments on Planned Parenthood Meeting
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair comments on Planned Parenthood Meeting

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement on today's planned meeting on Planned Parenthood:

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College Savings Plans for Tennessee Parents
College Savings Plans for Tennessee Parents

TNStars® 529 College Savings Program is pleased to announce the success of the first qualifying period for Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars Program (TIPS).

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TNDP: Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Calls for Republican Leadership to Do Something...Anything to Rein in Rick Womick
TNDP: Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Calls for Republican Leadership to Do Something...Anything to Rein in Rick Womick

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.

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Tennessee's waiver request from certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind
Tennessee's waiver request from certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind

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...

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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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Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold confirms local jails are now the home to mental illness
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold confirms local jails are now the home to mental illness

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold confirmed that in this day and age, local jails are becoming the mental institutions for those without help...

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It now cost more to get a copy of your birth certificate
It now cost more to get a copy of your birth certificate

The Tennessee Department of Health's Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates.

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Local Reaction to SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling
Local Reaction to SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

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.

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Help and awareness for Post Traumatic Stress in Tennessee
Help and awareness for Post Traumatic Stress in Tennessee

"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.

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Eagleville, the safest city in Tennessee
Eagleville, the safest city in Tennessee

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).

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Pilot project goal is to improve treatment and recovery for Tennesseans with mental illness
Pilot project goal is to improve treatment and recovery for Tennesseans with mental illness

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.

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Registration for Middle Half is Monday
Registration for Middle Half is Monday

Registration for the ninth annual Murfreesboro Half Marathon ("The Middle Half") will open Monday, June 1st.

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24 Year old Murfreesboro man to Face 1st Degree Murder Charge from 2011 Case
24 Year old Murfreesboro man to Face 1st Degree Murder Charge from 2011 Case

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).

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LaVergne woman pleads GUILTY to felony charge in Federal Court
LaVergne woman pleads GUILTY to felony charge in Federal Court

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.

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TN Dept. of Health warns of heat strokes among children
TN Dept. of Health warns of heat strokes among children

"Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars."

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Alexander to EPA: Obama Plan that Favors Wind, Solar Over Nuclear Hurts Tennessee
Alexander to EPA: Obama Plan that Favors Wind, Solar Over Nuclear Hurts Tennessee

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...

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Special Message from Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Special Message from Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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.

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Tennessee to screen more newborns for rare conditions or illnesses
Tennessee to screen more newborns for rare conditions or illnesses

In 2014, the State Public Health Laboratory conducted screenings for 80,542 newborns in Tennessee. Of these, 151 were identified with diseases or disorders.

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Linda and Mike Stuart Stop In 'Boro After 5,064 Miles On Bicycle
Linda and Mike Stuart Stop In 'Boro After 5,064 Miles On Bicycle

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.

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Tennessee Democratic Party Names New Director of Finance
Tennessee Democratic Party Names New Director of Finance

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.

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Eagleville Safest City in Tennessee
Eagleville Safest City in Tennessee

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.

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TN Gov. Haslam says he wants to raise teacher pay

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.

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Covering the uninsured and low income in Tennessee
Covering the uninsured and low income in Tennessee

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.

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Voting for the TDOT Dynamic Message Sign Contest
Voting for the TDOT Dynamic Message Sign Contest

The entries were narrowed down to 15 messages that cover safety issues such as distracted driving, seatbelt usage, impaired driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

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Report card on the state education system ranks TN 37th in math

State Collaborative Reforming Education, or SCORE has released its annual State of Education in Tennessee report.

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Wine in Grocery Stores Could Come Sooner
Wine in Grocery Stores Could Come Sooner

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.

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Vehicle Vs. AT&T Store in Murfreesboro
Vehicle Vs. AT&T Store in Murfreesboro

A vehicle ran into the front of the AT&T Wireless store on South Church Street.

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Chapter 1 of Murfreesboro 2035, 'Planning Context,' unveiled
Chapter 1 of Murfreesboro 2035, 'Planning Context,' unveiled

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.

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Lawmakers to get a small bump in pay
Lawmakers to get a small bump in pay

Tennessee lawmakers can look forward to a nearly $700 increase in their annual salaries and $10 bump in their daily allowance for expenses.

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Businesses, beware of new SCAM
Businesses, beware of new SCAM

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee corporations about a potentially misleading solicitation sent from an organization called the "Tennessee Council for Corporations."

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As heroin grows in popularity, authorities have found heroin laced with fentanyl
As heroin grows in popularity, authorities have found heroin laced with fentanyl

TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin.

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Local elected officials to address drug epidemic across the state from hospital in Murfreesboro
Local elected officials to address drug epidemic across the state from hospital in Murfreesboro

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.

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Curiosity Reigned At MTSU's
Curiosity Reigned At MTSU's "Math and Science" Conference

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.

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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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Visiting beautiful Cannon County, TN
Visiting beautiful Cannon County, TN

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.

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Senator Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro will be awarded the National Security Eagle Award
Senator Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro will be awarded the National Security Eagle Award

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...

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American Heart Association issued new policy recommendations on E-cigarettes
American Heart Association issued new policy recommendations on E-cigarettes

"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.

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MTSU President McPhee helps new students move into dorms
MTSU President McPhee helps new students move into dorms

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.

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Smyrna man accused of sex with minor
Smyrna man accused of sex with minor

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.

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Scott Walker taks to Dr. Christopher Dunlap and Jillian Polkow at the St. Louise Clinic about the Affordable Care Act and Insurance
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United Way has huge impact on Rutherford and Cannon Counties
United Way has huge impact on Rutherford and Cannon Counties

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...

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United Way has huge impact on Rutherford and Cannon Counties
United Way has huge impact on Rutherford and Cannon Counties

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...

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Tennessee pays off over $190-million in general obligation bonds
Tennessee pays off over $190-million in general obligation bonds

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.

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Two of three robbery suspects in Rutherford County headed to court
Two of three robbery suspects in Rutherford County headed to court

Earlier this year in January, the Smyrna Police Department asked for the public's help in apprehending three individuals...

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Homeless women in Rutherford County are on the move everyday with The Way of Hope
Homeless women in Rutherford County are on the move everyday with The Way of Hope

It's hard to imagine moving from church to church, building to building every night.

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Commissioner for the  Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services releases special statement
Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services releases special statement

"Through the untimely death of entertainer Robin Williams, a bright light is shining once again on the often-avoided conversation about suicide..."

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August 7th: Election Day - Make sure you vote
August 7th: Election Day - Make sure you vote

The polls in Rutherford County will be open from 7AM to 7PM, Thursday August 7th. Do you know where your polling precinct is located?

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Sales Tax Holiday is This Weekend!
Sales Tax Holiday is This Weekend!

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. 

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New Election Administrator Alan Farley Shares Views (Audio Incl.)
New Election Administrator Alan Farley Shares Views (Audio Incl.)

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. 

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Alan Farley Next Election Administrator
Alan Farley Next Election Administrator

On Monday evening (7/28/2014) Alan Farley was selected by a 4 to 1 vote to be the next Rutherford County Election Administrator. 

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Final Vintage Baseball Game of Season This Sunday!

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.

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Have you had a Polio vaccination? You may need it.

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...

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Rutherford, Bedford and Marshall County Road Projects total more than $50,000,000
Rutherford, Bedford and Marshall County Road Projects total more than $50,000,000

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. 

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UPDATE: ARREST MADE in Cold case involving the rape of a young mother in front of her daughter
UPDATE: ARREST MADE in Cold case involving the rape of a young mother in front of her daughter

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.

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SURF-ing through body fluids at MTSU?
SURF-ing through body fluids at MTSU?

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.

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Smart phone microscopes and worm farming - Two interesting topics in Murfreesboro
Smart phone microscopes and worm farming - Two interesting topics in Murfreesboro

"Worm Farming at Home" is the topic on Tuesday, July 1. It will be presented by Mimi Kiesling, from Rutherford County Environmental Education. 

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Recent quarter theft from Mapco Gas Station on S. Church may be SOLVED
Recent quarter theft from Mapco Gas Station on S. Church may be SOLVED

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...

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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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PETA suggests the man who allegedly ate a portion of his victim in Manchester should be given vegetarian diet in jail
PETA suggests the man who allegedly ate a portion of his victim in Manchester should be given vegetarian diet in jail

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.

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Constitutional Amendments in Tennessee to be on November Ballot

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.

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Tennessee Dept. of Health CONFIRMS They are Investigating Cases of
Tennessee Dept. of Health CONFIRMS They are Investigating Cases of "Chikungunya"

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. 

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Tennessee residents will be hit hard with new carbon dioxide emission laws
Tennessee residents will be hit hard with new carbon dioxide emission laws "$$$"

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.

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Beware: Tennessee apparently a dangerous state for walkers
Beware: Tennessee apparently a dangerous state for walkers

Overall, Tennessee ranked as the 11th most dangerous state for pedestrians, with 800 deaths in the decade from 2003 to 2012.

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Memorial Day Traffic Crashes Claim 5 Lives

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.

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Part II: Why do some people live in a dirty, dark, dangerous Motel in Rutherford County?
Part II: Why do some people live in a dirty, dark, dangerous Motel 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...

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Part II: Why do some people live in a dirty, dark, dangerous Motel in Rutherford County?
Part II: Why do some people live in a dirty, dark, dangerous Motel 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...

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Smyrna to celebrate a revitalization project and a NEW farmer's market
Smyrna to celebrate a revitalization project and a NEW farmer's market

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

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Suspect in Smyrna Attempted Criminal Homicide Arrested, Released on Bond
Suspect in Smyrna Attempted Criminal Homicide Arrested, Released on Bond

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.

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Measles are BACK in Tennessee
Measles are BACK in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health is now investigating five cases of measles in...

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Another Jewelry Theft in Murfreesboro

One of the sentimental rings that was stolen was a wedding ring, valued at over $6,500.

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Rutherford Cable to honor 14 Women on Thursday

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

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TN Department of Health says get a vaccination against measles

“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..."

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POLITICS:  Republican Liberty Caucus endorses Murfreesboro man for Congress
POLITICS: Republican Liberty Caucus endorses Murfreesboro man for Congress

The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) has announced that they endorse Murfreesboro resident Steve Lane for the United States House - Tennessee’s Fourth District. 

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Woman charged with 8th "Driving on Suspended" Charge, Other woman charged with 4th DUI

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.

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Smyrna Town Court to Celebrate
Smyrna Town Court to Celebrate "Law Day and Citizens Rights

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. 

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Man accused of
Man accused of "Aggravated Robbery" in Johnson City, TN arrested in Murfreesboro

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...

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Politics: Heather Dawbarn anounces run for re-election of Rutherford County Register of Deeds position
Politics: Heather Dawbarn anounces run for re-election of Rutherford County Register of Deeds position

Heather Dawbarn has officially declared her intention to run for re-election for Rutherford County Register of Deeds on May 6th, 2014.

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Will a new sewer and water system equal explosive growth for Eagleville? Some say YES!
Will a new sewer and water system equal explosive growth for Eagleville? Some say YES!

Huge news for Eagleville may equal massive growth in the near future...

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Blaze QB Jennings Picks Vols
Blaze QB Jennings Picks Vols

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.

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Blaze QB Jennings Picks Vols
Blaze QB Jennings Picks Vols

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.

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New from MTSU: Musician George Dennehy shares infectious message of joy at MTSU

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.

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LaVergne ranked as one of the TOP places in the nation for home ownership
LaVergne ranked as one of the TOP places in the nation for home ownership

La Vergne has been named one of the top places for home ownership in Tennessee by NerdWallet, a consumer-advocacy website.

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Correction: Congressman DesJarlais will be in Murfreesboro this Saturday, Gov. Haslam will not...
Correction: Congressman DesJarlais will be in Murfreesboro this Saturday, Gov. Haslam will not...

This is the 85th annual “General Conference of the National Guard Association of Tennessee.” The event will be at the Embassy Suites. 

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Another
Another "Drivers License Checkpoint" has been planned for Rutherford County

Another drivers license checkpoint is being planned by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Rutherford County for this Friday.

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Great article in The Post about our very own Scott Walker at WGNS
Great article in The Post about our very own Scott Walker at WGNS

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...

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Got old shoes? Recycle them for those in need!

“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...” 

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander comments on increasing minimum wage for federal employees and Joe Carr for Senate comments on Common Core Standards

“The president’s directive—combined with his support for a minimum wage hike, his executive order increasing minimum wage for federal employees..."

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State to fight decision forcing Tennessee to recognize same sex marriage of 3 couples
State to fight decision forcing Tennessee to recognize same sex marriage of 3 couples

The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office claims they are appealing a federal decision forcing Tennessee to recognize same sex marriages of three couples.

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Same Sex Marriage in Tennessee Cleared for 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...

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 MTSU opens $16M Student Services and Admissions Center, MT One Stop
MTSU opens $16M Student Services and Admissions Center, MT One Stop

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.

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Man who stole from Jim's Coin Service in Murfreesboro must pay back $833.33 per month for 72-months when released from prison
Man who stole from Jim's Coin Service in Murfreesboro must pay back $833.33 per month for 72-months when released from prison

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.

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Troops in Smyrna, TN Preparing for Year Long Deployment to Afghanistan
Troops in Smyrna, TN Preparing for Year Long Deployment to Afghanistan

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...

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Legislation on Common Core Data Collection of Student Information in Tennessee

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.

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FREE Early childhood screenings in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro City Schools are offering a “FREE” early childhood screenings for children ages 2 and a half years old to 4-years of age.

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Oops: Plumber accidently started fire at Motel 6 in Murfreesboro... It happens
Oops: Plumber accidently started fire at Motel 6 in Murfreesboro... It happens

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.

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More shingles stolen in Murfreesboro

Close to $3,000 worth of shingles were stolen from a construction site on Janell Trail in Murfreesboro.

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So where does Tennessee rank on the fat state list?

Tennessee remains among the top ten most obese states in America, according to a Gallup poll. The group compiles the list every year. 

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Alleged Road Rage incident reported in Murfreesboro

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...

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Proposed bill in Tennessee would limit over the counter sales of certain cold medications and / or allegedly medications

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.

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Sex offenders in Tennessee may soon see special driver's licenses marked by their offense

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.

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Local guest included State Senator Bill Ketron, State Representatives Joe Carr, Rick Womick and Mike Sparks
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Senator Mae Beavers who once represented Rutherford County commented on Common Core Standards - Highlighting Murfreesboro City Schools
Senator Mae Beavers who once represented Rutherford County commented on Common Core Standards - Highlighting Murfreesboro City Schools

"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..."

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Say What?
Say What? "Fines for Texting While Driving" could jump from $50 to $1,000 in TN

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.

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State of Tennessee Trying to be MORE OPEN

The State of Tennessee has re-launched its transparency website in an effort to offer more user-friendly information to taxpayers.

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Not Good News: Poll Claims Tennessee Is 7th Most Miserable State
Not Good News: Poll Claims Tennessee Is 7th Most Miserable State

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. 

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Interesting Campaign Idea: Joe Carr for Senate Campaign to Raffle Off Handgun
Interesting Campaign Idea: Joe Carr for Senate Campaign to Raffle Off Handgun

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. 

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Do you recognize the man in this Smyrna area security video? What about his truck?
Do you recognize the man in this Smyrna area security video? What about his truck?

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.

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FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Focus on Health Protection?

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.

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What's the Rating at Your Favorite Restaurant? How Does the State Handle Food Inspections?
What's the Rating at Your Favorite Restaurant? How Does the State Handle Food Inspections?

“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.

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UPDATE: Local State Representative Chimes in on UAW Vote in Chattanooga and What That Could Represent for Nissan in Smyrna, TN
UPDATE: Local State Representative Chimes in on UAW Vote in Chattanooga and What That Could Represent for Nissan in Smyrna, TN

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...

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Jogger Suffers Non-Life Threatening, but Serious Injuries After Being Hit by Car in Murfreesboro

The victim received non-life threatening, but serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

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Trees in Downtown Murfreesboro Area to be Replaced
Trees in Downtown Murfreesboro Area to be Replaced

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.

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Jamesha
Jamesha "MeMe" Jackson Commits to Tennessee

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.

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Jamesha
Jamesha "MeMe" Jackson Commits to Tennessee

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.

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State Rep Rick Womick Appointed to Rank of Lt. Colonel in the TN State Guard

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.

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The Joe Carr for U.S. Senate Campaign Raising Lots of Cash!

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.

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Farm Credit Helps Hobgood Elementary with Greenhouse
Farm Credit Helps Hobgood Elementary with Greenhouse

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.

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Another New School is Needed in Rutherford County, Already - Student Population GROWING
Another New School is Needed in Rutherford County, Already - Student Population GROWING

Mayor Burgess confirmed a new school is needed as our student population has grown to about 40,000 students.

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New for the Volunteer State: The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline

Tennessee families now have a new resource to support their efforts to breastfeed babies. 

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Murfreesboro Man Accused of Stealing Over $12,000 of Jewelry in DeKalb County
Murfreesboro Man Accused of Stealing Over $12,000 of Jewelry in DeKalb County

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...

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More Progress in Murfreesboro? Homes Officially Torn Down to Make Way for Construction of Two New Walmart Stores in Murfreesboro.
More Progress in Murfreesboro? Homes Officially Torn Down to Make Way for Construction of Two New Walmart Stores in Murfreesboro.

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

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State Rep. Joe Carr Speaks Out About Abortion and His Pro-Life Stance
State Rep. Joe Carr Speaks Out About Abortion and His Pro-Life Stance

“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.

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Oakland A's Pitcher Sonny Gray to Head to the Smyrna Boys and Girls Club on Saturday

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.

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COURT DATE: Smyrna Police Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Exposed Himself to Young Women in the Area
COURT DATE: Smyrna Police Nab Suspect Who Allegedly Exposed Himself to Young Women in the Area

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…

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GOAL OF THE NEW YEAR: Help Someone Out, Make a Difference
GOAL OF THE NEW YEAR: Help Someone Out, Make a Difference

Was one of your new year’s resolutions to make a difference in someone’s life? 

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Tennessee is
Tennessee is "2013 State of the Year"

The coolest thing about this story is that Rutherford County played a major role in attaining this status.

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BAD NUMBERS: 1 Person Between the Ages of 10 and 24 Dies by Suicide in Tennessee Every Four Days

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. 

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Proposed State Bill in Tennessee Could Punish Law Officers Who Enforce Federal Gun Laws
Proposed State Bill in Tennessee Could Punish Law Officers Who Enforce Federal Gun Laws

"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..."

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Duo in Shoplifting Allegedly Steal $1,400+ in Merchandise from Wally-World in Murfreesboro
Duo in Shoplifting Allegedly Steal $1,400+ in Merchandise from Wally-World in Murfreesboro

According to a Loss Prevention employee of Walmart, two women stole over $1,400 worth of merchandise and simply walked out of the store.

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A New Homeless Shelter Expected in Murfreesboro
A New Homeless Shelter Expected in Murfreesboro

The homeless population appears to be increasing in Rutherford County, but what are individuals doing to make a difference?

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WHAT? Justin Timberlake on the Cover of the
WHAT? Justin Timberlake on the Cover of the "Official" 2014 Tennessee Vacation Guide
“We’re thrilled to showcase Justin Timberlake on the cover of our 2014 Official Tennessee Vacation Guide as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of rock n’ roll and all that Tennessee offers as the global..."
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Former State Rep. John Hood Named 2013 Business Legend of the Year - Hear Interview... (See Pictures)
Former State Rep. John Hood Named 2013 Business Legend of the Year - Hear Interview... (See Pictures)
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named John Hood as the 2013 Business Legend of the Year, and will honor him at the Chamber’s annual Business at its Best celebration on Friday, Feb. 7...
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Armed Robbery in Murfreesboro at Apartment Complex - No Arrests Made
UPDATE: An armed robbery was reported late Monday night on North Tennessee Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
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Slight Decrease of 2.7% in Tennessee Traffic Fatalities for 2013
Slight Decrease of 2.7% in Tennessee Traffic Fatalities for 2013
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced preliminary figures indicating the state has recorded 988 traffic fatalities in 2013. 
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The Detective Who Helped Solve the Smyrna Captain D's Triple Murder Case from Year 2000 Talks About the Details of that Past Case
The Detective Who Helped Solve the Smyrna Captain D's Triple Murder Case from Year 2000 Talks About the Details of that Past Case
Looking Back: A man and a woman were arrested, charged and convicted for the murders. Hear what the Detective says about that past case and how he interacted with the community and the families of the victims... 
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Amazon.Com is Now Collecting Taxes in Tennessee
Amazon.Com is Now Collecting Taxes in Tennessee
In a past deal struck with the administration of former Gov. Phil Bredesen, Amazon was absolved from collecting the state sales tax. Customers were responsible for paying them on their own to the state Department of Revenue. That is no longer the case.
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Tennessee Lottery Head has been Recognized by Leading Lottery Trade Organization
Tennessee Lottery Head has been Recognized by Leading Lottery Trade Organization
The president and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. is being recognized by a leading lottery trade organization with an award named after her.
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UPDATE: Death of Homeless Man Days Before Christmas - Mother Says She Needs Help with Memorial Service
Pijan told us her son will be cremated. She will then place the urn containing his ashes next to the urns containing her other two children who died at age 8 after being hit by a car and at age 37 while swimming in the Cumberland River. 
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Teachers who Live in Rutherford County, but Teach in Nashville May Have had Identity Stolen
Teachers who Live in Rutherford County, but Teach in Nashville May Have had Identity Stolen
Perhaps you live in Rutherford County, but work in Davidson County as a teacher. If that is the case, your private and personal information could have been stolen by a Nashville man. 
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Ex Titan's Cheerleader Re-Arrested in Murfreesboro on Thursday
Ex Titan's Cheerleader Re-Arrested in Murfreesboro on Thursday
Her charge was “Violation of Probation,” according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. She will have to appear before the courts in Rutherford County on January 16, 2014.
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Projections in Tennessee Showing that State Tax Collections will Likely Increase in 2014
Projections in Tennessee Showing that State Tax Collections will Likely Increase in 2014
The State Funding Board has made its revenue projections for the upcoming budget year. Last week, the board heard from economists who estimated growth of the state’s total general fund collections should range from 2.2 percent to 3.5 percent. 
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Tennessee to Receive $3 Million to Commercialize Cost-Effective Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
“By partnering with private industry and universities, the Energy Department is helping to build a strong 21st century transportation sector that cuts harmful pollution, reduces costs for U.S. businesses and leads to a more sustainable energy future..."
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Ever Asked the Question: How does the City of Murfreesboro Operate? Here's Your Answer Folks...
Ever Asked the Question: How does the City of Murfreesboro Operate? Here's Your Answer Folks...
Curious about how your city government works? Want a behind the scenes look at everything from the Police Department to land use planning to the wastewater treatment plant?  
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Sheriff's Department on the Search for a Man Who Allegedly Stole Checks - Have You Seen Him?
Sheriff's Department on the Search for a Man Who Allegedly Stole Checks - Have You Seen Him?
Suspect Matthew Smith, 59, of Charlotte, allegedly stole the checks from mailboxes in the county, said Detective Steve Brown. Smith is about 5-feet-5-inches tall and wears a goatee.
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Hmmm... Ollie Otter is on a Mission to Get High Fives?
Hmmm... Ollie Otter is on a Mission to Get High Fives?
Ollie Otter is continuing his quest for high fives from students across the state of Tennessee with a visit to several elementary schools in La Vergne next week. 
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New Cheese Plant to Locate Off I-24 in Nearby Manchester, TN
New Cheese Plant to Locate Off I-24 in Nearby Manchester, TN
This of course could represent new jobs for not only Coffee County residents, but perhaps those living in Rutherford County as well. 
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Volunteers and Toys Needed for Toys for Tots Toy Drive - Call Today to Help
Volunteers and Toys Needed for Toys for Tots Toy Drive - Call Today to Help
The Toys for Tots drive is underway now in Murfreesboro and Smyrna. The toys that are collected will be distributed on December 14th to children in need. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED...
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More News on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
More News on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
WGNS paid a visit to the Islamic mosque off of Bradyville Pike a week and a half ago to speak to the Imam and to do a follow up story on how the community has accepted their religion, but he did not want to go on the air.
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Amazing Exhibit from the State of Tennessee on Slavery in the Volunteer State
Amazing Exhibit from the State of Tennessee on Slavery in the Volunteer State
Through first and third person accounts, the exhibit will reconstruct the lives of several enslaved people, giving them names, faces, and the details of what happened to them before, during, and after the Civil War.
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MORE: Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Murfreesboro Able to Buy Needed Educational Equiptment
MORE: Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Murfreesboro Able to Buy Needed Educational Equiptment
Candidate for County Commission Phil Griffin told WGNS that he was excited to see TN Governor Bill Haslam announce a $625,000 grant to help fund needed equipment in the field of education in Rutherford County...
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Have You Ridden the Bus to Nashville?
Have You Ridden the Bus to Nashville?
It was 5:50 a.m. on a cold and blustery day when around 20 riders gathered at North Boulevard Church of Christ to board one of the region’s most convenient bus services to Nashville’s downtown Metropolitan Transit Authority hub known as the Music City Central.
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MTSU Raiders to Wear Special BLACKOUT Uniforms on Tuesday Night
MTSU Raiders to Wear Special BLACKOUT Uniforms on Tuesday Night
Tipoff for Tuesday’s game is set for 7 p.m. Ticket information can be found on GoBlueRaiders.com, the official website of MTSU Athletics.
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Blood Drive in Murfreesboro on Dec. 12th
Georgia Career Institute will host a Red Cross blood drive at the school on Dec 12th from 10 AM – 2:30 PM.
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Those Driving on a Revoked License Apparently Keep Driving in Tennessee
Those Driving on a Revoked License Apparently Keep Driving in Tennessee
For the 4th time a Readyville man has been arrested and charged with Driving on a Revoked License.
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Murfreesboro Police Give Out Information That May Help You Avoid Being a VICTIM This Christmas Season!
Murfreesboro Police Give Out Information That May Help You Avoid Being a VICTIM This Christmas Season!
The holiday season is a time when people can become vulnerable to theft and other crimes. The Murfreesboro Police Department will have officers conducting bicycle patrol, foot patrol, undercover operations, and traffic enforcement throughout the city throughout the holiday season.
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WGNS Spoke to Two Homeless Persons who Told us they were THANKFUL this Thanksgiving... (Audio and Pictures)
WGNS Spoke to Two Homeless Persons who Told us they were THANKFUL this Thanksgiving... (Audio and Pictures)
Thanksgiving is here and many Rutherford County residents are counting their blessings. 58-Year old Debbie Nichols and her 32-year old son Lance told us what they are thankful for…
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Rutherford County Residents are Blessed with Employment - WGNS Toured Parthenon Metal Works in LaVergne - See Pictures
Rutherford County Residents are Blessed with Employment - WGNS Toured Parthenon Metal Works in LaVergne - See Pictures
Many people have driven past Parthenon Metal Works since the early 1970’s, but have never been inside. 
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$50,000 Mini Excavator Stolen from Murfreesboro Construction Site
$50,000 Mini Excavator Stolen from Murfreesboro Construction Site
According to an M-P-D incident report the thieves behind the theft may not be so lucky. 
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Suspect Charged for 6th Time With
Suspect Charged for 6th Time With "Driving on Revoked," The Car That Was Not Registered Was Released to a Friend
We have reported on past arrests involving motorist who have received six DUI’s or more. We have also reported on residents who have had ten or more “Driving on a Revoked” License charges.
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Two Murfreesboro Fire Trainees Graduate 10-Week Recruit Class
Two Murfreesboro Fire Trainees Graduate 10-Week Recruit Class
“We are proud of these two gentlemen and what they accomplished over the last 10 weeks,” said Assistant Chief Swader. “We look forward to seeing how they apply the knowledge and skills they obtained in class.”
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New Laws Help Tennessee Earn High Marks in Protecting Children from Sex Trafficking
New law helped Tennessee earn better marks in protecting minors: New law removes as a defense ignorance or mistake of fact concerning the age of a minor to the offenses of patronizing prostitution and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor...
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INTERESTING: Swap and Shop has been On the Airwaves Since 1947 (With Audio and Pictures)
INTERESTING: Swap and Shop has been On the Airwaves Since 1947 (With Audio and Pictures)
It gives listeners a chance to experiance what radio was like int the 1940's and 1950's. You could almost say, it was the CraigsList of the era during that time frame. It gave folks a chance to instantly sell their car, their house, their bike, etc. Today, the form of communication still works great for some. 
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Tennessee Catching Developmental Problems in Low Income Children Faster When Compared to Other States
A recent report shows Tennessee is leading most states when it comes to screening low-income children for developmental issues. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released the report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday.
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Murfreesboro, Smyrna and LaVergne Named Some of the BEST Cities for Job Seekers in Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Smyrna and LaVergne Named Some of the BEST Cities for Job Seekers in Tennessee
A website called “NerdWallet.com” has named Smyrna, Murfreesboro and LaVergne as some of the best cities for job seekers. 
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New Tennessee Highway Patrolman Over 12-County Nashville District
New Tennessee Highway Patrolman Over 12-County Nashville District
Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today named Brian Lawson the new captain of the 12-county Nashville District which includes Rutherford County...
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MPD Find Blood Throughout the Home, Spinal Cord Injuries at Murfreesboro Address
MPD Find Blood Throughout the Home, Spinal Cord Injuries at Murfreesboro Address
The 55-year old female who was unconscious and badly injured, was said to have fallen down a flight of stairs in the house, according to police on Wednesday. 
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Man Sweating Profusely in the Nude Arrested for Alleged Vandalism in Murfreesboro
Man Sweating Profusely in the Nude Arrested for Alleged Vandalism in Murfreesboro
Police went to a home on Woods Edge Drive to investigate a disturbance where the guest of a home allegedly vandalized a home. 
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The Filipino Community is Several Thousand Strong in Tennessee and They Have a Goal of Helping Others in Murfreesboro and Beyond
The Filipino Community is Several Thousand Strong in Tennessee and They Have a Goal of Helping Others in Murfreesboro and Beyond
The Filipino Community is striving in Tennessee and few people realize their place of origin is well represented in Rutherford County. 
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Photographers Dream Camera Snatched from the Front Porch in Picturesque Murfreesboro
Photographers Dream Camera Snatched from the Front Porch in Picturesque Murfreesboro
A pricey Cannon camera was stolen from the front porch of a local resident’s home in Murfreesboro. This is not your average camera though
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Local School Evacuated After Gas Line Ruptures in Murfreesboro
Local School Evacuated After Gas Line Ruptures in Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s District 2 and Engine 1 responded to a gas leak at 2320 Southgate Boulevard (Rutherford Academy) just after 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
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