MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Organizers say some of the biggest names in bluegrass will take stage at this year's Uncle Dave Macon Days Old-Time Music and Dance Festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro reports (http://on.dnj.com/1IZaHpO) the event is set for July 10-12 at the historic Cannonsburgh Village.

The legendary Ralph Stanley will be honored Friday evening as the Heritage Award winner, which spotlights individuals who have dedicated careers to preserving old-time music and dance.

A puppy story we just couldn't resist

Jul 3, 2015
Hanlon for WMOT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reporter Erin Hanlon recently came across a story we couldn't resist. She says a mid-state vet has gone the extra mile - several extra miles, in fact - to help an injured puppy.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Decatur County officials say three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage.

County Commissioner David Boroughs told The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/1JD8WS0) that county clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler have resigned.

County Mayor Mike Creasy says the resignations will not be effective until July 14.

Clerks are legally allowed to refuse to perform the marriages, but must issue the licenses.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say preparations have begun to allow thousands of eastern Tennessee residents to return to their homes after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire.

About 5,000 people within a mile-and-a-half radius of the crash site were evacuated, along with several businesses, Thursday morning in Maryville.

City Manager Greg McClain said Friday morning that officials are working on a plan to lift the evacuation. More details are expected at a news conference at noon Friday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a request by death row inmates to challenge electrocution as an alternative execution method.

The court Thursday ruled that the challenge is premature since none of the inmates is currently a candidate for death in the electric chair and won't be unless lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or drugs become unavailable.

The court said future execution orders will require the state to give notice of the method of execution, and a challenge to electrocution may occur then.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  About 5,000 people were evacuated early Thursday morning in response to a train derailment and dangerous chemical fire in East Tennessee.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says a CSX train hauling toxic chemicals derailed near the Old Mt. Tabor Road crossing in Maryville at around midnight. One of the train’s nine cars reportedly left the track and caught fire.

The train is said to be carrying a clear, colorless, toxic, highly flammable liquid called Acrylonitrile.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd like to see a bipartisan effort by Tennessee lawmakers in finding a solution to extend health care coverage.

Obama visited an elementary school in a northeast Nashville neighborhood on Wednesday where he spoke to about 70 people and reporters about his Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court a week earlier.

The White House had said Obama wasn't going to focus on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police have charged a Jackson man with two counts of aggravated assault after they say he nearly struck an officer with his car.

The MPD says officers were called to the Walmart on Old Ft. Parkway yesterday evening at around 5:30 p.m. regarding possible shoplifting. An incident report says that when officers confronted the suspect, 45-year-old Paul J. Register, he appeared to try to run down one of the officers with his car.

Murfreesboro man says he was carjacked, briefly

Jul 1, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro man says he was carjacked at gunpoint yesterday afternoon while his wife stepped into a local bank.

Searcy Street resident Kenneth M. Hughes has a disability that prevents him from speaking clearly, so police say he wrote down his description of the incident.

Can you help Murf. Police identify this suspect?

Jul 1, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Murfreesboro Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe stole a 72-year-old woman’s purse.

Police say they were called to the Walmart on South Rutherford Blvd. in early June. Arrow Court resident Robbie Ferguson told police that a black male had snatched her purse out of her shopping cart.

Mrs. Ferguson says there were 11 credit cards, cash and a checkbook in the purse at the time.


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