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|MFRD: Cause of Sunday's jail desk fire ruled undetermined|
Cause of a desk fire at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center was ruled undetermined Tuesday by a Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department assistant fire marshal. FULL STORY
The fire ignited Sunday in an office in the medical department at the jail, said Sheriff Robert Arnold. The fire was doused by employees using extinguishers and the sprinkler system.
Damage was confined to the desk with smoke and water throughout the medical area, dispatch and administrative hallways.
Assistant Fire Marshal Tracy L. Summar of MFRD, who investigated with Sheriff’s Detective Randy Groce, said the fire was “most likely due to a malfunction” in the base of a communications radio.
MFRD and Rutherford County Fire and Rescue firefighters helped remove smoke with fans while employees and inmates cleared the water.
“We want to thank Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department and the Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department for their response,” Arnold said.
Since the fire, Information technology employees restored computers while maintenance employees and inmates repaired the damage.
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 1:55 pm
|Tracy, Ketron announce county art grants including Eaglevile School|
State Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced Friday that 13 arts grants have been awarded to 11 organizations in Rutherford County from the Tennessee Arts Commission with a combined total of $71,340. The grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates. FULL STORY
Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:45 am
|Sheriff's office responds to state report concerning problems at jail|
(Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015) Sheriff Robert Arnold said Tuesday in a news release that the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center’s staff will resolve nine deficiencies that were found during an annual inspection of the jail by the Tennessee Corrections Institute. The deficiencies covered such issues as non-working equipment, procedures, policies and logs. “We’ve worked very hard over the past five months to rewrite our policies and procedures to reflect the new standards that we have been given by the state of Tennessee,” Arnold said. “These deficiencies have been addressed and will be resolved by Aug. 1.” FULL STORY
| Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival returns to Cannonsburgh July 10-12|
(Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015) One of America's premier traditional music festivals, the Uncle Dave Macon Days old-time music and dance festival, will return to Murfreesboro July 10-12. The annual celebration takes place in Cannonsburgh, an authentic pioneer village that is home to more than 20 restored log structures. The village is located at 312 South Front St. (just off of Northwest Broad Street). The family-oriented event annually draws more than 25,000 people during the three-day run. The Southeast Tourism Society has named the festival as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July, 2015. FULL STORY
|Eagleville officials seek citizens' input on updating city charter|
(Posted Monday, June 29, 2015) City of Eagleville officials will begin discussions toward updating the current city charter with informal roundtable style discussions on July 7 and 9 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The intent of the meetings is to hear from Eagleville citizens on a number of the topics to be considered. "As time passes, some elements of the charter become outdated by other laws, by the growth needs of the city, by improvements in technology and because of changes in other areas," City Manager Andrew Ellard said. "We hope to address issues like this and 'freshen up' the charter to ensure that as a municipality we are as effective as possible." FULL STORY
|Five key bills Sen. Bill Ketron sponsored take effect July 1|
(Posted Friday, June 26, 2015) Five key bills sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) are among 171 new laws which will become effective in Tennessee on Wednesday. The bills include two new laws to curb human trafficking, legislation strengthening penalties against spectators at animal fights, a measure requiring the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to enroll all eligible people on the waiting list with a custodial parent or caregiver age 80 and over, and a statute to help first responders who contract Hepatitis C on the job. FULL STORY
|Oaklands to celebrate July 4 with picnic, games, music, mansion tours|
(Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015) On July 3 from 11-3 p.m. Oaklands will welcome the community and visiting guests to celebrate Independence Day and picnic at the historic house home. Organizers said those participating may pack a lunch and cozy up on one of the checkered picnic blankets, enjoy one of the many rocking chairs on the lawn of Oaklands plantation or bring their own lawn chair. They can enjoy live music featuring local band Bonnie and Bonnie while children play 19th century lawn games or take a tour of the mansion from one of the guides who bring history to life. “We will have something for everyone," said Special Events Coordinator Raina van Setter. FULL STORY