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Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing writer As COVID-19 continues to spread in the state of Tennessee as well as Rutherford County, Murfreesboro Mayor declared a local State of Emergency Saturday that will be effective starting Monday. Mayor Shane McFarland issued the order to gain access to special emergency power from the Tennessee state government. …

Photo by Connor Burnard / MTSU Sidelines The Murfreesboro City Council, the members of which can be found here, held a meeting on Wednesday at the council chambers in City Hall in which 10 public hearings were held. Nine of the hearings involved annexations and proposed zonings or rezonings of specific lots around the city, …

Photo courtesy of the City of Murfreesboro The Murfreesboro City Council officially named City Attorney Craig Tindall to serve as the new city manager on Tuesday, according to a press release from the council. The news comes after former City Manager Rob Lyons’ resignation with severance pay in December 2017. The city council has since actively …

Photo by John Conner Coulston / MTSU Sidelines Archive Data shows that Murfreesboro has the lowest violent crime rate of all the largest Tennessee cities, according to the 2017 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics released by the FBI. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program explains that “violent crime is made up of four offenses: murder and …

Photo and story by KeWana McCallum / Contributing Writer The Murfreesboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast celebration on Saturday in the Tennessee Room of the James Union building. Guest speakers included Fox 17 news reporter Justin McFarland, Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, MTSU …

Photo and story by Sabrina Tyson / Contributing Writer Experience Community Church held a forum on racial issues Thursday as part of their monthly Evident series, which is mainly geared toward college students. The forum’s speakers included Believers Faith Fellowship Church Pastor Jason Scales; First Baptist Church Murfreesboro Pastor James McCarroll; Tonya Godsey-Gilmore, a Hispanic …