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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the number of reported murders across the state increased by nearly 10 percent last year.

The TBI's "Crime in Tennessee" report, which was released Monday, shows crime overall decline by about 1.5 percent. The report compiles data from law enforcement agencies across the state.

The TBI says there were 375 murders reported in Tennessee in 2014, an increase of 9.9 percent from the previous year.

Shots fired at the Ru-Co Juvenile Detention Center

Apr 24, 2015

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department released the following statement at 1:06 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015:

RCSO detectives and crime scene investigators spent four hours this morning recovering evidence at the county’s juvenile courts and detention facility, after several rounds were fired into it overnight.

The front entry area of the building, which houses courtrooms and clerk’s offices, was targeted. Several windows were broken.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The controversy surrounding financial dealings at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office continues to swell.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the RCSO announced that Chief Deputy Joe Russell had been placed on administrative leave with pay as a result of an investigation into financial improprieties in the Office.

The statement says that Detective Maj. Bill Sharp has also been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the “outcome of investigations currently underway.”

Visiting a Murf. Habitat homeowner 20 years later

Apr 24, 2015
WMOT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Earlier this week the charity dedicated its 125th home on Lynch Drive in Murfreesboro.

WMOT News recently had a chance to visit with Ruby Akridge. The Murfreesboro native moved into her Habitat built home in 1992.

Like every Habitat home owner, Ackridge wasn’t simply handed a set of house keys. She was required to work alongside the volunteers building her home...labor Habitat calls “sweat equity.”

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