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Surge Planning in TN: Multiple Facilites to be Converted into Alternitive Hospital Sites for COVID-19 Positive Patients
Surge Planning in TN: Multiple Facilites to be Converted into Alternitive 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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UPDATE 4-4-20: COVID-19 Cases at 3,321 in Tennessee, 140 in Rutherford Co. and Three Deaths Locally
UPDATE 4-4-20: COVID-19 Cases at 3,321 in Tennessee, 140 in Rutherford Co. and Three Deaths Locally

Saturday, 4-4-20 Update: The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the positive cases for coronavirus to 3,321 across Tennessee. There are 140 cases reported in Rutherford County and three deaths. IMPORTANT: These numbers are updated daily but it takes approximately a week to get test results.

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Joint Pledge: ALL Law Enforcement Agencies
Joint Pledge: ALL Law Enforcement Agencies

A unique statement has been made by all law enforcement agencies serving Rutherford and Cannon counties, "Together, we are dedicated to the safety of our citizens. To learn what are essential businesses during COVID-19, CLICK HERE.

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Murfreesboro Rotary Supports Chow Bus
Murfreesboro Rotary Supports Chow Bus

The 100-plus year old Murfreesboro Rotary Club has presented a check for $2,500 to help support the Murfreesboro City School's Chow Bus.

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Ram's Spring Road Report
Ram's Spring Road Report

Spring is becoming moe prevelant, and construction workers continue to take advantage of the weather, while practicing social distancing. Deputy Director Ram Balachandran warns of areas for Murfreesboro motorists to avoid between today and April 11, 2020.

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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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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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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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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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City of La Vergne puts employees on modified schedules, closes drive thru to citizens
City of La Vergne puts employees on modified schedules, closes drive thru to citizens

Staff will operate on an as-needed basis to conduct necessary city business. Staff who are able to work from home will begin doing so on April 6.

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TN Supreme Court Puts Hold On Evictions and Orders Decrease in Local Jail Populations
TN Supreme Court Puts Hold On Evictions and Orders Decrease in Local Jail Populations

UPDATE: The Tennessee Supreme Court postpones evictions during the COVID-19 crisis. No evictions will be conducted until at least April 30, 2020 under a Tennessee Supreme Court order issued. The courts also said that local jail populations need to be reduced.

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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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Nourish Food Bank in Murfreesboro and Smyrna giving out free food
Nourish Food Bank in Murfreesboro and Smyrna giving out free food

Nourish Food Bank is operating and giving food to those experiencing food insecurity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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Rutherford County Solid Waste Limits Bulk Items and No Longer Accepts Building Materials Until Further Notice
Rutherford County Solid Waste Limits Bulk Items and No Longer Accepts Building Materials Until Further Notice

Rutherford County Solid Waste Department announced Thursday, April 2 that bulk items will be limited to one item per household.

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COVID-19: Smyrna Officials Update the Community
COVID-19: Smyrna Officials Update the Community

The Town of Smyrna has continually encouraged residents to follow the Executive Orders of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, as well as adherence to the recommendations and best practices communicated by the Centers for Disease Control. The mayor and town manager share a 10:00 message.

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COVID-19: MTSU & County High School Graduations Postponed
COVID-19: MTSU & County High School Graduations Postponed

Middle Tennessee State University and Rutherford County Schools jointly announced Friday that high school graduation ceremonies set for May in MTSU's Murphy Center will be rescheduled later this summer -- if public health guidelines permit -- due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Tennessee to CLOSE State Parks
Tennessee to CLOSE State Parks

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas...

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Enforcing Statewide Stay at Home Order Locally
Enforcing Statewide Stay at Home Order Locally

Governor Lee's stay at home order is in effect, which directs Tennesseans to stay home unless they're engaged in an essential activity.

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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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Tennesseans now REQUIRED to stay home, according to the Governor
Tennesseans now REQUIRED to stay home, according to the Governor

The Governor of Tennessee is pushing harder to ensure the spread of COVID-19 slows. Thursday, he said that citizens are required to stay at home...

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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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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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What is happening at non-profits in Murfreesboro like Barnabas Vision - A REAL Inside Look
What is happening at non-profits in Murfreesboro like Barnabas Vision - A REAL Inside Look

"Just today, we met with Sarah whose household income diminished from $7,000 per month to $1,500 overnight due to the layoff-s and closures of businesses. This client, her husband, and their 2 children had..." Listen to the interview with David and Marie Coggin, founders of Barnabas Vision in Murfreesboro.

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Rutherford County EMS Takes Extra Measures to Protect Employees and Patients from COVID-19
Rutherford County EMS Takes Extra Measures to Protect Employees and Patients from COVID-19

The department now has a decontamination machine that emits a fine mist of disinfectant capable of filling the entire interior of the ambulance unit. This machine is used every morning and after every call requiring transport of patients with either flu-like or COVID-19-like symptoms.

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