Tennessee Public Libraries Receive Thousands in Technology Grants

The La Vergne Public Library in Murfreesboro and E.G. Fisher Public Library in Athens both recently received grants administered by the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The Tennessee State Library & Archives is a division of the Department of State.

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Murfreesboro’s First Responders Warn Citizens to Stay off Train Track After Two People Are Hit Within Two Days

Murfreesboro’s first responders are urging citizens to stay off the train tracks after two people were hit by trains within two days of each other.

“Walking on train tracks is dangerous and illegal. Most don’t realize how quickly a train can approach you, and it takes quite a bit of time for it to stop,” said Murfreesboro Police Department Lieutenant Greg Walker.

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The Tennessee STEAM Festival Comes to the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport

The Murfreesboro Municipal Airport is participating in the Discovery Center’s sixth annual Tennessee STEAM Festival this month.

The Tennessee STEAM Festival “brings science, technology, engineering, art, and math to life at events across the state,” according to its website.

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Murfreesboro’s Annual Fall Leaf Pickup Service Underway

The City of Murfreesboro’s fall leaf collection season began on Saturday and will run through January 31, 2023. During this time, loose leaves can be piled curbside free of charge and will be picked up by the Murfreesboro Street and Solid Waste departments – collectively known as the city’s Public Works Department.

“As we have for years now, the goal is to cover the City twice as fast. As previously, the City will be divided in half by U.S. Highway 41 (Broad Street) with the Street Department serving residents on the north and east side of Broad and the Solid Waste Department servicing the south and west side,” Public Works Division Executive Director Raymond Hillis said in a statement.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days Returns to Murfreesboro October 7

Uncle Dave Macon Days returns to Murfreesboro for a root’s music celebration held October 7-8 at the Fountains in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Christian Hidalgo, producer of the Uncle Dave Macon Days documentary stated, “Everyone associated with this world-class festival is very excited to see it come back to Murfreesboro after being off for a couple of years. Old-time music lovers from all over the world have made this one of the most exciting events in the southeast.”

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‘9/11 Heroes Run’ and ‘Back to School Dash’ in Murfreesboro Set for September 10

The City of Murfreesboro recently announced in a press release that its annual 9/11 Heroes Run will be combined this year with The City Schools Foundation’s Back to School Dash on September 10th.

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Murfreesboro City Council Votes to Approve 4,500-Seat State-of-the-Art Amphitheater Partnership with Notes Live, Inc.

The Murfreesboro City Council voted recently to approve a finalized development agreement with Notes Live, Inc., to open a 4,500-seat, state-of-the-art open-air amphitheater in the Murfreesboro Gateway called The Sunset Music Colosseum on the Stones River.

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Truck Manufacturing Company Investing $50 Million in Tennessee Expansion

A major truck manufacturing company will spend millions to expand its operations in Murfreesboro, according to the state government. 

“Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter announced today that Minnesota-based McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, will be investing more than $50 million to expand its manufacturing presence in Tennessee,” according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development. 

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Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland Discusses City Government Structures and Colorado-Based Notes Live’s Planned New Amphitheater

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Mayor, Shane McFarland to the newsmaker line to learn about his background and discuss the new Notes Live amphitheater that will be built.

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Murfreesboro Mayor Announces $40 Million Amphitheater Partnership with Notes Live, Inc.

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland and JW Roth, Chairman of Notes Live, INC, recently unveiled plans to open a 4,500-seat state of the art open-air amphitheater in the Murfreesboro Gateway called The Sunset Music Colosseum on the River.

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Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin Region Surpasses Two Million Residents in Census Update

The metropolitan area that stretches between Nashville, Murfreesboro and Franklin added more than 17,000 residents to cross the threshold of 2 million residents, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau released this week.

The information included more detailed data from its annual population estimates, recording changes in headcount from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021.

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Tennessee Approves of New Vanderbilt Hospital in Rutherford County

Vanderbilt Health announced Thursday that Rutherford county officials have approved plans for new hospital. The medical center will hold 42 beds, and be located at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and state route 840 in Murfreesboro.

“We are pleased with the outcome and want to thank members of the Health Services and Development Agency for the approval to build this new hospital. Our goal continues to be to serve the needs of the many citizens of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County who choose Vanderbilt for their care, and we can now do that with Vanderbilt Rutherford Hospital,” C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center said in a statement.

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Tennessee Stand’s Gary Humble Explains Middle Tennessee State University Nursing Student Avery Garfield’s Removal from Class by Campus Police

Torso of a nurse with a white gown on and stethoscope

Friday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Tennessee Stands founder Gary Humble to the newsmakers line to detail the arrest of MTSU nursing student Avery Garfield Thursday morning.

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Over $50K Raised for Children’s Charities at Murfreesboro Boxing Event, Featuring Lineup of Fitness Celebrities

A Murfreesboro, Tennessee boxing event featuring nearly a dozen fitness celebrities, “Rumble in the Boro,” raised over $50,000 for children’s charities last weekend. 100 percent of the profits will be distributed to four charities that benefit children: Legacy of Valor Endowment, Shepherd, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and WithLove.

Marc Lobliner, MTS Nutrition CEO and famed fitness influencer, created and hosted the event. In an interview with The Tennessee Star, Lobliner shared that each of the charities featured would receive well over $10,000. He added that they were still collecting money from an auction and companies submitting checks.

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Cookeville Fire Chiefs Double-Dipped, Stole $30,000 from Taxpayers, Audit Reveals

Authorities have indicted a Cookeville fire captain as well as a current one for allegedly taking money to which they weren’t entitled. Tennessee Comptrollers released an investigative report this week identifying those two men as former Fire Captain Marvin Montgomery and current Cookeville Fire Captain Shawn Roberson. Both men worked at the Cookeville Fire Department and also instructed part-time at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle, according to the Comptroller’s report.

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Inaugural ‘Conservative Caucus’ Held in Murfreesboro Saturday

  MURFREESBORO, Tennessee — The inaugural Conservative Caucus, a free event attended by a few hundred people, was held across several ballrooms at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro Saturday. The event was organized for those who intend to honor the nation’s forefathers with the Constitutional rights they laid out…

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Joe Carr Endorses Dr. Manny Sethi for Senate, Hosts Candidate, Sen. Rand Paul at Cookout

Joe Carr, a conservative leader in Rutherford County, on Thursday endorsed Dr. Manny Sethi in his U.S. Senate race and said he will host the physician as well as U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at a cookout on July 18.

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Murfreesboro Man and South Carolina Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

Authorities have charged a Murfreesboro man and a South Carolina woman with TennCare fraud, according to two statements the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration released last week.

Authorities charged that Murfreesboro man, William Weed, 40 with TennCare fraud, a Class D felony, in connection with allegedly selling prescription drugs obtained using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.

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Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron’s Daughter Reportedly Under Investigation

  An elected member of the Tennessee Republican Party’s executive committee was reportedly accused of fraudulent practices at her Murfreesboro-based insurance company. This, according to the Nashville-based NewsChannel 5 and various other news outlets, which reported that Kelsey Ketron, daughter of Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron, is in potential legal…

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Rutherford County GOP Target of Apparent Bomb Scare

  The Rutherford County Republican Party headquarters received a package Friday morning that party officials said was apparently a bomb, according to a Tennessee Republican Party press release. Officials contacted authorities and then evacuated the building on East Main Street in Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro Police Spokesman Larry Flowers said in a…

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Murfreesboro Educational Advocate Warns of Left-Wing Bias in Tennessee Public School Textbooks

  A Murfreesboro resident says she’s found many examples of a left-wing ideological bias in the textbooks that school officials hand out to Tennessee’s public school students. This woman, Jackie Archer (pictured above), also said the textbooks she’s examined seem to glorify Islam at the expense of other religions. Archer…

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Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron Talks Trash at Community Forum

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee — Although it’s hypothetical at this point, Rutherford County residents could have to pay a new monthly fee to handle the county’s growing trash problem, County Mayor Bill Ketron said last week. This could start a trend that reverberates across all of Middle Tennessee, said county residents who…

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Murfreesboro to Spend $150,000 of Taxpayer Money to Fight Homelessness

Murfreesboro officials will use $150,000 of federal taxpayer money to address homelessness, although, when asked, city officials did not describe their specific goals or how they plan to use this money to get results. City Council members voted this month to use a federal HUD grant to tackle homelessness in…

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Taxes Reportedly Might Go Up in Rutherford County

Attention Rutherford County residents. The powers-that-be are out to raise your taxes, according to The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. State Rep. Charlie Baum, R-Murfreesboro, reportedly told the paper that the county’s 19-year-old development tax rate of $1,500 per home should increase for inflation to help fund school construction. “The County Powers Relief…

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Worship on the Square in Murfreesboro Draws Crowd of 5,000 Christians

Worship on the Square 2018, Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee–Five thousand Christians participated in a celebration of faith here on the square in Murfreesboro hosted by the Experience Church Friday night. It was the second consecutive  year that people from Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee, and around the country traveled to attend the local event. The Tennessee Star spoke with Corey…

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No Arrests at ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally in Murfreesboro as League of the South Leaders Fail to Show Up

A heavy law enforcement presence and a well planned security strategy kept a tiny group of League of the South members separated from an estimated 1,000 counter protesters in Murfreesboro on Saturday. The event ended peacefully with no arrests, the Murfreesboro Police Department confirmed at about 3:45 p.m. Leaders from…

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Murfreesboro Chick-fil-A Stores Provide Hundreds of Free Meals to First Responders in Advance of Controversial Rally

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee–The owner of the two Chick-fil-A franchise locations in Murfreesboro provided hundreds of first responders and their immediate family free meals on Friday, one day in advance of controversial “White Lives Matter” permitted rally that will be held in the square on Saturday. “We wanted to take the opportunity…

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Apologetics Conference Brings Global Evangelists to Murfreesboro

“I don’t have enough faith to be atheist.” That statement may make atheists scratch their heads or utter a mocking remark. However, it is the focal point of Christian apologist Frank Turek’s ministry. He will share his arguments for Christianity at the Defending Truth Apologetics Conference on Nov. 4 at…

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Volunteer Group Will Help Grow Refugee Resettlement in Murfreesboro

  The refugee assistance organization “Murfreesboro Roots for Refugees”(MR4R) is busy providing services to refugees being resettled in Rutherford County. MR4R has taken over refugees abandoned in Murfreesboro by the World Relief resettlement agency. It was announced during the March MR4R meeting that they were assisting 17 families that totaled over…

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Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander Silent on Federal Contractor Failing to Provide Services to Refugees Dumped in Murfreesboro

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The same day that The Tennessee Star discovered complaints publicized on YouTube by the refugee service volunteers in Murfreesboro made against refugee resettlement contractor World Relief for failing to provide basic and essential services, both Sens. Alexander and Corker’s offices were contacted for comment. Sen. Corker’s office never responded and while Sen. Alexander’s media…

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Letter to the Editor from Rob Mitchell, Rutherford County Assessor of Property

Tennessee Star

Editors Note: Rob Mitchell sent The Tennessee Star this “Open Letter to All 2018 Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidates and Citizens,” with the following note: “As I begin to explore the possibilities of a candidacy for Tennessee Governor I believe that ideas and experience should be considered. I would appreciate your consideration…

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