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Murfreesboro police are searching for a man wanted in connection with two robberies at the Family Dollar store located on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro. The suspect, who the MPD have identified as 26 year-old LaJonte Kizer, has warrants for his arrest in Rutherford County and is wanted in Shelby County. He previously made Memphis news …

Photo courtesy of rawpixel In a gesture of community goodwill, Rivers Dental Care of Murfreesboro will be providing residents of Murfreesboro and surrounding areas with free dental services on Friday, June 7. As part of Free Dentistry Day, a national effort “dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental …

The victims of two unrelated shootings in Murfreesboro early Monday morning have been identified, according to an official press release from the Murfreesboro Police Department. The victim of the first shooting, which occurred outside Sam’s Sports Bar in Murfreesboro, was identified as Daniel Lee McCracken, 34, of Battle Creek, Michigan. The victim of the second …

Photos courtesy of MTSU News The first weekend of May wrapped up the Spring 2019 semester for all Middle Tennessee State University students — but for many students, this weekend wrapped up their journeys spanning years of dedication. The annual spring graduations on May 3 and 4 saw the graduation of over 2,500 MTSU students …

Story by Andrew Wigdor, Editor-in-Chief Updated at 8:45 a.m. on May 3, 2019, for correction: The article originally stated that WMOT switched to Americana in December 2016. The switch was made in September 2016. With 100,000 watts of pure signal power and carrying the deep and expansive soul of Americana, WMOT Roots Radio, MTSU’s flagship …

Photo courtesy of Tony Webster / Flickr  In February, a bill was introduced in the Tennessee House by State Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Rutherford County, that would allow private adoption and foster care agencies to deny service to anyone who would “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions.” The bill doesn’t explicitly say so, but …