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Girls discover science, math at MTSU camp

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MTSU hosted a summer STEM camp for young girls to inspire them to take on the world of science and engineering.

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Suspect arrested in deadly shooting outside Smyrna sports bar Video included

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The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Friday in the parking lot for Sullivan's Sports Bar in Smyrna.

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MTSU, Valparaiso discuss transfer of law school to Tennessee

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Middle Tennessee State University and Valparaiso University announced Friday that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to transfer Valparaiso’s law school from Indiana to the Murfreesboro campus, according to an MTSU news release.

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Six-foot snake sneaks into woman's van Video included

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A Midstate woman lived through what many would call your worst nightmare after a six-foot snake snuck into her van. 

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Murfreesboro hospital to add beds, jobs Video included

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital announced it would be expanding by adding more beds and jobs to help provide for a growing community.

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Recent graduates open Thai-style ice cream truck Video included

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Two Midstate graduates are bringing a new kind of ice cream to the area.

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Hemp dispensary opens in Murfreesboro Video included

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Business has been brisk for a dispensary selling hemp grown in Tennessee.

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Smyrna memorial to Blue Angels pilot vandalized

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A flower planter at the Captain Jeff Kuss Memorial was vandalized overnight just days after its dedication.

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Smyrna High ‘rescues’ new school mascot Video included

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From being in a cage at an animal shelter to being the face of a local high school.

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Kentucky man receives Quilt of Valor Video included

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A Kentucky man received a gift on Monday stitched with love and prayers.

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Murfreesboro police show off new headquarters Video included

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If you’re driving down North Highland Avenue, you might notice a change in scenery.

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MTSU police officer arrested on theft charge

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A Middle Tennessee State University police officer is on administrative leave without pay after being arrested early Monday morning by Murfreesboro police officers.

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Construction to begin soon on busy Murfreesboro road Video included

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A major road is getting a makeover with more lanes and easier access to Interstate 24.

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Police: Elderly woman sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Murfreesboro home

Neighbors are on edge after the reported assault. (WSMV) Neighbors are on edge after the reported assault. (WSMV)
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Murfreesboro police are urging residents to be on alert after an elderly woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in her garage.

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Community rallies around Murfreesboro mosque after vandalism

Hundreds gathered to show their support for the Muslim community in Murfreesboro. (WSMV) Hundreds gathered to show their support for the Muslim community in Murfreesboro. (WSMV)
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Hundreds of people came out to show their support for the Muslim community at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Tuesday night.

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Vandalism reported at Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

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Police are investigating a vandalism incident at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

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Officers disciplined after arrest of elementary students

The children were arrested at Hobgood Elementary School in April 2016. (WSMV) The children were arrested at Hobgood Elementary School in April 2016. (WSMV)
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The officers involved in the investigation that led to the arrests of 10 students at Hobgood Elementary School have been disciplined.

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Graphic video shows assault of Murfreesboro teen

The attack was captured on video. (WSMV) The attack was captured on video. (WSMV)
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Disturbing new video has been released showing a violent assault on a Murfreesboro teen. It happened just a few doors down from his home as he got off the school bus.

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Police identify suspect in La Vergne shooting

Joshua Simmons (Source: La Vergne Police Department) Joshua Simmons (Source: La Vergne Police Department)
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The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Nir Shreibman Boulevard and Murfreesboro Road.

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Comptroller: Rutherford sheriff broke state laws with JailCigs business

Robert Arnold (WSMV file photo) Robert Arnold (WSMV file photo)
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A newly-released investigative report by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office details problems discovered in the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.

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Judge: Rutherford sheriff Arnold suspended without pay Video included

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A Nashville judge ruled on Monday that Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold would be suspended without pay.

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Sheriff’s status is topic of committee meeting Video included

The Rutherford County Safety Committee met on Monday night. (9/26/16) The Rutherford County Safety Committee met on Monday night. (9/26/16)
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Sheriff Robert Arnold continued to be a hot topic at Monday night’s Rutherford County Commission Safety Committee meeting.

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GPS records show deputies responded to Arnold’s home, no official report filed Video included

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Channel 4 News has obtained new records that show exactly how long two Rutherford County deputies spent at the home of Sheriff Robert Arnold, even though no officials reports were filed.

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More commissioners to call for indicted sheriff to resign

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold (Source: WSMV) Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold (Source: WSMV)
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A news conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the county courthouse. Eight to 10 commissioners are expected to attend, including commissioners who have not previously spoken out.

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Rutherford County mayor, residents react to Sheriff Arnold's charges

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News of Sheriff Robert Arnold's indictments was the talk of some residents in downtown Murfreesboro Friday.

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Rutherford sheriff, 2 others indicted on federal charges

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Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and his former administrative chief deputy surrendered to federal authorities on Friday morning.

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Community members discuss plan for Middle Point Landfill

The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room. The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room.
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It's a giant earthen mound that continues to grow with each truckload of debris and garbage brought there. The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room. More>>

Walter Hill residents say landfill is trashing their property values

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People in the Walter Hill community call it "Mount Trashmore" or "Trash Mountain." They say the smell, sight and pollution of the landfill is making their properties worthless.

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Citizens skeptical about plan to stop landfill smell

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A Rutherford County landfill nicknamed “Mount Trashmore” was the center of a heated meeting Thursday night.

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Judge orders prisoners released from Rutherford jail

Updated: Jan 04, 2016 11:34 AM

Several prisoners at the Rutherford County Jail got an early Christmas present on Friday.

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Probation company accused of extortion scheme

Updated: Oct 19, 2015 06:51 PM

A lawsuit accuses a Rutherford County company of extorting people on probation in a profitable debt collection scheme.

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Families want charges in fatal crash before Bonnaroo

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Family and friends of a southeast Indiana couple who was killed in a fiery crash in Tennessee earlier this year want the driver who hit them charged criminally. More>>

La Vergne water supply running low after recent cold snap

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The city of La Vergne is urging people to watch their water use as the city recovers from this week's bitterly cold temperatures. More>>

Lawyer who stole from dementia patient sentenced

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Former attorney John E. Clemmons is sentenced to 8 years for stealing from a dementia patient who was his ward. More>>

Missing person case in Manchester gone cold

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Things have taken a frustrating turn in the case of a missing man in Coffee County. More>>

Murfreesboro facility expanding, adding 94 jobs

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State officials say that automotive seat manufacturer NHK Seating of America Inc. plans to expand its facility in Murfreesboro, adding 94 jobs in the process. More>>

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  • One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    Sunday, June 24 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-06-25 00:10:42 GMT
    De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)

    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly cloudy and warm start to the work week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly cloudy and warm start to the work week

    Sunday, June 24 2018 3:37 PM EDT2018-06-24 19:37:26 GMT
    Wind speeds and gusts across Southwest Louisiana (Source: KPLC)Wind speeds and gusts across Southwest Louisiana (Source: KPLC)
    Wind speeds and gusts across Southwest Louisiana (Source: KPLC)Wind speeds and gusts across Southwest Louisiana (Source: KPLC)

    Through the rest of today expect skies to remain partly cloudy.  Some of those clouds have gained enough energy from day time heating to produce a quick shower.  Any more that form through the rest of the afternoon will likely rain out quickly.  Unfortunately, this does not help our temperatures much as highs will get into the 90s and feels-like temperatures will be in the triple digits.  We do have a breeze between 10-15 mph helping to keep air flowing.  

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    Through the rest of today expect skies to remain partly cloudy.  Some of those clouds have gained enough energy from day time heating to produce a quick shower.  Any more that form through the rest of the afternoon will likely rain out quickly.  Unfortunately, this does not help our temperatures much as highs will get into the 90s and feels-like temperatures will be in the triple digits.  We do have a breeze between 10-15 mph helping to keep air flowing.  

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  • LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    Sunday, June 24 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-06-24 16:51:49 GMT

    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

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    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

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