Mayor McFarland's WGNS Broadcast Gets Answers

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Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland talks with listeners who phone his "live" radio show on WGNS. The broadcast is from Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant on the Murfreesboro square.

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland never knows what the public will ask him when they call into his radio broadcast on WGNS. With most questions, he has a solid answer. However, when he does not know--the mayor admits it and immediately reaches out to staff members for an accurate response. Sometimes the information is received before the broadcast is over, but it often takes research by city employees.

Here are some of the answers Mayor McFarland has received to questions asked on Wednesday (2/14/2018).

  1. Liberty Station water problems with county homes that are behind the development?
    Murfreesboro's Engineering Department is researching this issue and will follow-up at a later date.

  2. Why do we shut down our recreation facilities on holidays (Presidents Day is this coming Monday)?
    Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department manages the park system with a schedule that include a variety of considerations for holidays and special events. Our parks and greenways are open every day, weather and conditions permitting, including holidays, and staff scheduled 365 days/year to make that possible. Our facilities operate with a holiday schedule that is recommended by staff and approved by the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Commission. All our facilities are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, although you will find a number of our staff working the New Year's Day 5K. While most facilities are closed on Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day, we have big special events happening at Boro Beach on those days. The Adams Tennis Complex is open on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, Presidents' Day, and Veterans' Day, and all our facilities close early on Christmas Eve. For a complete schedule, questions or suggestions for park scheduling, please contact Angela Jackson, Director at or 615-890-5333.

  3. Northfield Blvd. @ Battleground Dr. intersection
    Listener is concerned with the number of traffic crashes occurring at this location. The mayor asks if there are any updates on this intersection?

Below is a summary of the recent crash data. In 2016 and 2017 there were 3 crashes each year. However, with the New Year--2018 has already had 3 crashes for the month of January.


City Engineer Chris Griffith will be evaluating the condition of the pavement and super elevation to determine if any treatments are warranted.


The police department conducted traffic enforcement between January 18 - 29, 2018. 36 police officer hours were invested and 55 speeding citations were issued and 49 other traffic citations were issued.

Traffic Engineer Ram Balachandran is working with MED to repair a damaged street light in the median across from Georgetown Entrance replaced as soon as possible.

WGNS broadcasts from Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant every Wednesday morning from 8:10-9:00AM. Guests on that day always interact with listeners about government services. Puckett's is located at 114 N. Church Street on the east side of the historic Murfreesboro square. The public is invited to join in on the conversation by phone or in person at the restaurant. There is a microphone set-up in Puckett's where the public can step up and ask a question. The call-in number is 615-893-1450.

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