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|Local judge nominated for Sandra Day O’Connor Award for civics education|
M. Keith Siskin, Presiding Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial District (Rutherford and Cannon Counties) has been nominated by the Director of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts for the prestigious national Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. FULL STORY
The Sandra Day O’Connor Award is presented annually by the National Center for State Courts to an organization, Court, or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved, or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education relating to the justice system. Candidates are nominated by members of the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and members of the Board of the National Center for State Courts.
Deborah Taylor Tate, Director of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, stated that she decided to nominate Judge Siskin for this award after a recent visit to the Rutherford County Judicial Building, when she noticed a large video screen hanging on the wall outside of Judge Siskin’s courtroom.
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:26 pm
|'Shop with Sheriff' fundraiser slated for Dec. 1 at Toot's restaurants|
Residents can spread the Christmas spirit for 30 Rutherford County Schools’ children by donating to the “Shop with the Sheriff” fund-raiser Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Toot’s restaurants in Murfreesboro. FULL STORY
Sheriff Robert Arnold, school resource officers (SROs) and other sheriff’s office employees will accept donations from 5 to 8 p.m. at the original Toot’s on Broad Street and Toot’s South on South Church Street. Arnold, the SROs and employees will use the donations to take the children to breakfast and Christmas shopping Dec. 12.
“Many of the children buy presents for their brothers and sisters and parents before selecting anything for themselves,” Arnold said. “You truly experience the spirit of Christmas by watching the joy in these children’s faces. We thank Toot’s owner Wade Hays and his enthusiastic staff for their support.”
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:16 pm
Friends to hold vigil for missing Riverdale High School junior
(Posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015) Friends of a Riverdale High School junior who disappeared 16 years ago will remember her Monday with a candlelight vigil on what would have been her 33rd birthday. China Videon, 16, disappeared Oct. 19, 1999. Her mother, Suzanne, last saw her daughter that evening at a beauty salon at Jackson Heights Plaza. She planned to get gas for her black 1999 Mazda Protégé and go home. Her mother never saw her again. Grade school friends Angela Mathews and Dixie Smotherman Ashworth are sponsoring the vigil at 4 p.m. Monday at a Barfield Crescent Park pavilion off Veterans Parkway. FULL STORY
|Eagleville Christmas parade to follow new route, signup still underway|
(Posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015) Signup is still underway for Eagleville's Christmas parade which is set for Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. Interim Police Chief David Breniser announced at Thursday's council meeting that the parade will follow a new route this year. Instead of starting at Eagleville School, it will begin at the Co-Op on Highway 41A at the north end of town. The parade will then head south, passing through downtown Eagleville then turning left on new Highway 99 and left again at the new entrance to Eagleville School. FULL STORY
|MTSU panel sets Dec. 1 for first of two sessions on Forrest Hall's name|
(Posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015) Members of the task force considering whether to change the name of MTSU’s Forrest Hall set Dec. 1 for the first of two open forums on the topic. Task force chairman Derek Frisby, who heads the 17-member panel of students, faculty, alumni and community members, said the forum will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Parliamentary Room (201) on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Frisby, a Civil War historian and faculty member in the Global Studies and Cultural Geography department, said in a press release the task force will hold a second public forum in late January. FULL STORY
|LaVergne Middle school free community Thanksgiving meal set for Tuesday evening |
(Posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015) For the fifth-consecutive year, LaVergne Middle School will host a free Thanksgiving meal open to the entire community. The meal will be served from 3:45-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the school, located at 382 Stones River Road in La Vergne. The school has offered the meal ever since Cary Holman became principal five years ago. He previously offered a similar meal for the three years he was principal at Central Middle School in Murfreesboro. The school typically serves more than 700 meals during the event each year, Holman said. It takes the entire school and its community partners to make the meal a reality, Holman said. FULL STORY
|Five Eagleville students among 120 from county chosen for Mid-State Choirs|
(Posted Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) More than 1,400 high school choral students from across Middle Tennessee auditioned for spots in the Mid-State Choirs last month. Of the 584 who were selected, 120 came from Rutherford County Schools, more than any other county in the state and more than all the Mid-State private schools combined. Eagleville students Luke Hicks, Isaac Hill, Mikaiah Martin, Leah Solomon and Jewell Trail were among those selected. The students attended the Mid-State Clinic on Nov. 17 and 18 at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, singing with students from across the Mid-State, working with talented college conductors and performing challenging music. FULL STORY
Sheriff Robert Arnold names Keith D. Lowery new deputy chief
Keith D. Lowery
(Posted Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015) Veteran law enforcement professional Keith D. Lowery was appointed deputy chief of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday by Sheriff Robert Arnold, according to a press release. Lowery started his law enforcement career in 1987 as a corrections deputy and patrol deputy at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. He joined Smyrna Police Department as a patrol officer in 1990, working his way up to captain of the Special Services Division. He previously served as the Information Services Division Director at the Sheriff’s Office and assistant chief of police at La Vergne Police Department. FULL STORY