MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Murfreesboro is one of the best spots in the country for first time buyers to get into that new home.

WMOT reporting partner ranked Murfreesboro 26th in its list of the 300 best cities to buy a first home. Murfreesboro scored even higher when compared to other small cities the same size, coming in at fifteenth in the nation.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Wallethub considered several criteria, including square footage, average price, living environment, and crime rates.

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is lending her voice to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood following the release of videos showing some of the organization’s top officials discussing the harvesting of fetal tissues.

In reaction to Republican efforts, Democrats have this week withdrawn a bill that would have expanded fertility services for wounded veterans. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, complained that Republicans were attaching amendments to her bill attacking women’s health programs.

Murf. man charged with First Degree Murder

Jul 23, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro man was shot and killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning and police believe they have the shooter in custody.

The MPD has arrested 59-year-old Northfield Blvd resident Dewey Abbott III, charging him with First Degree Murder.

Police say Abbott shot 40-year-old Jesse Sliepenbeek just after 1 a.m. at an apartment on Northfield. Officers arriving on the scene rendered first aid before Sliepenbeek was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital where he later died of a single gunshot wound.

MTSU campus briefly locked down Thursday morning

Jul 23, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Campus police report there was a shots fired incident on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University overnight.

The campus was locked down just after midnight Thursday morning. Students, faculty, and staff were wakened by an automated alert advising them to shelter in place.

A second message issuing an all-clear was sent to the campus community 90 minutes later.

MTSU Police report shots were fired near the Murphy Center. No other details have been made available.

Chattanooga Update: Unarmed troops scrambled to get away from Chattanooga gunman

Jul 23, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — It took only three to five minutes for a Chattanooga gunman to blast his way through a Navy-Marine reserve center on the banks of the Tennessee River, killing four Marines and mortally wounding a sailor.

In the most detailed account so far of last Thursday's shooting rampage, officials described how Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez crashed through the gate and entered the building shooting.