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A homeowner renovating his Jackson Street residence arrived to find his water heater and a circular saw had been stolen over the weekend, according to Murfreesboro police. Juan Morales-Rodriguez called police to advise that the dead-bolted and chained backdoor to the home and been broken into between the time he left the home at 6 …

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam selected Knoxville attorney Dwight E. Tarwater on Wednesday to be his new general counsel. The 59-year-old replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration last month to become the state’s attorney general. Tarwater currently practices law in Knoxville in the law firm he helped begin in 1987. He has vast courtroom experience, …

A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low. Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. …

A man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, possession of marijuana¬†and criminal impersonation after threatening to kill a man in his home Saturday night, according to Murfreesboro police. Police were called to the Benley Street residence of Portia Suttles, 24, in response to a complaint that Brandon Anderson, 28, of North Academy Street, had …

Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman said last Thursday that the scrutiny he received during his nearly four turbulent years at the helm of the state’s schools didn’t influence his decision to leave for the private sector. Huffman, whose departure was announced by Gov. Bill Haslam, has been a lightning rod whose policies and strong advocacy …

Another MTSU student reported a sexual assault in her University Ridge apartment building on Saturday morning, according to Murfreesboro police department. The 19-year-old freshman told police she was walking back to her apartment around 3 a.m. after leaving a party when a man she knew as “Scrib” approached her. She told police he escorted her …