Gun deaths exceed traffic deaths in Tennessee

Apr 13, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study reports that more Tennesseans died as a result of gun violence in a recent year than as a result of traffic accidents.

The Violence Policy Center says it analyzed data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and discovered that gun deaths exceeded traffic deaths in 17 states in 2013.

In that year there were 1030 gun related deaths in Tennessee, and 1027 motor vehicle deaths.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — The Rutherford County sheriff's aunt, uncle and chief deputy own companies selling electronic cigarettes and snacks to inmates at the county jail.

WSMV-TV reports ( the state comptroller is investigating the connection between Sheriff Robert Arnold, Chief Deputy Joe Russell and the companies JailCigs and JailSnacks.

Arnold also disclosed on a state ethics form that his wife works part-time for JailCigs.

American Rivers

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Tennessee is the only state in the country to have two rivers listed as "endangered" by the environmental group American Rivers.

The Holston River in East Tennessee ranks number three on the list. The Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee is listed at number nine. Erin McCombs with American Rivers says the Harpeth made the list because of the City of Franklin's sewer plant.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Nashville Ballet is jumping ahead a season by staging a spring production built around Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The Ballet debuted this dance piece back in 2010. The family friendly show uses slapstick and lots of energy to tell a complicated tale about love and relationships.

The Nashville Symphony will perform the score, using music written by Felix Mendelssohn for Shakespeare’s play.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the third time in a month a Murfreesboro resident has been assaulted and robbed by a gang of assailants.

Thirty-three-year-old Murfreesboro resident Jonathan J. Carlisle tells police he was attacked Wednesday night while walking near the corner of Vine St. and University near the Middle Tennessee State University campus.

Carlisle says he was approached by a group of 15 to 20 black males who asked to use his phone.