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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state photographer has just returned from a five month assignment documenting the work of a medical charity in Africa.

Katie Keegan graduated from Murfreesboro’s Riverdale High in 2006 and has worked in non-profit media in the years since. In January she traveled to Africa to volunteer onboard the world’s largest charity hospital ship as it provided aid to the island nation of Madagascar.

Keegan’s mother was the child of missionaries and grew up in Nigeria.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County residents could see a 9 percent property tax increase in the fiscal year that begins in July.

The Daily News Journal reports the County Commission’s Budget Committee recommended the increase Wednesday.

If the full commission approves the increase, a homeowner with a property valued at $200,000 can expect the tax bill to grow by about $110.00

Commissioners say the need to spend more on county schools is driving the increase.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Franklin police say a 17-year-old who was wearing stereo earbuds has died after being hit by a train.

Police said the CSX Railroad reported around 9:45 a.m. CDT Thursday that a train had hit a pedestrian. The boy was found in a wooded area and died at the scene.

Police said the teen lived nearby and had left home shortly before the accident to walk to a nearby business.

A news release from police said the incident appeared to be an accident.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee National Guard recruiter convicted of wounding three people inside an armory has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Amos Patton was convicted in February of nine charges, including four counts of assault with a firearm with intent to commit murder.

Authorities said Patton was angry after learning he was being removed from his job because a female soldier had accused him of sexual assault. He pulled a gun from a fanny pack and began shooting inside the Millington armory on Oct. 24, 2013.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court will decide when, if ever, police investigative files are open to the public.

The Tennessean newspaper requested records in the case of former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a fellow student in a dormitory. Metro Nashville Police denied the request.

On Thursday, attorneys for Nashville and the state told the Supreme Court that was the right decision. They said court rules protect the evidence in police files until after a trial and all appeals are complete.