MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  Controversial comments made by a Murfreesboro firefighter are causing local officials to ask their own questions about the recent rise in panhandling on city streets.

The Daily News Journal ran a story this week on posts by firefighter Gregory Burt. Burt reportedly complained about a street-corner beggar that he claims really is not in need.

Now some Murfreesboro city commissioners and Mayor Tommy Bragg are also voicing concerns about beggars at the city’s busiest intersections.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Rutherford County Planning Commission members are considering whether to schedule a new vote on construction of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The county's appeal of the court ruling that prohibits occupancy of the nearly finished worship center would still go forward.

Rutherford County Regional Planning Commissioner Mike Kusch sought a lawyer's advice on the issue during a meeting Monday. Kusch says the lawyer told members the board is free to revisit the matter any time as long as public notice is adequate.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police reported a near-drowning early Thursday morning at the Country Inn and Suites on Armory Drive.

Police said a patrolman responding to a 911 call found Matthew Tigner performing CPR on an unresponsive 23 year-old Scott Chance at the side of the hotel’s pool at about 1:30 Thursday morning.

EMS was called and Chance was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson said Thursday afternoon that Chance is in critical condition in the ICU.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a suspect wanted in connection with a bomb threat.

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for 51 year-old William T. Moon of Tracy City for making a false report. Investigators allege that Moon called in the threat to the Rutherford County Judicial Building May 31.

The threat closed the Judicial building for several hours while bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to search the facility.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  About 250 high-school juniors and seniors from across Tennessee are attending the Governor’s School for the Arts. The school is being held again this year at Middle Tennessee State University.

Schools from all over Tennessee have students enrolled in the Governor’s School for the Arts.

The school is a month long, intensive program that allows students to focus on their areas of interest, dance, music, visual arts, filmmaking, and theater.

Murfreesboro eleventh graders Max Farley and Gaven Marlow are representing Siegel High.