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By Savanna Hazlewood // Staff Writer Local elementary students recreated famous works of art to be displayed in Murfreesboro’s Center for the Arts starting Feb. 26. The exhibit features large collages put together by students that recreate famous works of art when pieced together. The gallery includes renditions of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night …

Authorities are investigating a shooting inside a restaurant in midtown Nashville that led to the death of a Memphis man, and the critical injury of another. The Tennessean reports that 19-year-old Ryan Weaver of Cordova and 25-year-old Murray Gross of Memphis were inside the restaurant Cook Out around 3 a.m. Sunday when a gunman opened …

A 45-year-old man was found dead after a fire at his home, according to Nashville authorities. The Tennessean reports the man was found in bed Saturday morning in the room where the fire is believed to have started. Officials say the ceiling collapsed on top of him, and Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas says …

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Authorities have charged a Murfreesboro man with murdering his 86-year-old neighbor. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 60-year-old William Russell Brace was arrested Sunday morning and charged with first-degree murder for the death of Lois Jean Espy, whose body was discovered last week on a local road in Bedford County. …

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is reporting two deaths due to hypothermia, bringing the total number of confirmed weather-related deaths across the state to six. The agency said the cold weather was a factor in the deaths of a 48-year-old man in Shelby County and a 63-year-old man in Hamilton County, both hypothermia victims. Since …

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports more than 60,000 customers are still without power. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the outages span 17 counties, with the highest numbers in Bedford, Knox and Monroe counties. TEMA issued a state of emergency declaration for the state Monday night because of inclement weather caused by …