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9:44am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Tenn. Reports Double-Digit Increases in Hate Crimes Two Years Running

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There’s been a significant rise in the number of hate crimes again this year according to a report out this week from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The TBI says hate crimes of all types were up more than 17 percent between 2012 and 2013. There were 291 incidents reported statewide last year involving 348 victims. Arrests were made in only 83 of those cases.

Hate crimes can involve racial, ethnic, religious, sexual or disability bias.

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6:24am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Million Dollar Mid-State Fugitive Found in North Carolina

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A man who skipped out on a million dollar bond on charges of Rape and Rape of a Child has been found living under an assumed name in North Carolina.

Stephen Eugene Beck was on Tennessee’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. Beck was arrested in 2011 on 14 counts of Rape, and 6 counts of Child Rape in Wilson County, along with 3 counts of Child Rape in Rutherford County.

He was free on more than a million dollars in bonds out of Wilson and Rutherford Counties when he failed to make a court appearance in July, 2011.

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5:48am

Wed May 21, 2014
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La Vergne Car Dealer Charge with Sexual Battery

David M. Driggers
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LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A La Vergne auto dealer has been arrested on charges of sexual battery.

La Vergne police say they arrested 45 year-old David M. Driggers Tuesday after a 24 year-old female employee accused him of touching her inappropriately.

After detectives interviewed the employee, police charged Driggers with a second count of sexual battery in connection with a similar incident that allegedly occurred earlier in the week.

Driggers was arrested at his place of business, Driggers Auto Sales, located on Old Nashville Highway in La Vergne.

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5:26am

Wed May 21, 2014
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MTSU Goes Out of State for Latest Transfer Agreement

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has agreed to allow students who graduate with an associate's degree from Georgia's Albany Technical College to pursue a bachelor's degree in electromechanical engineering technology in Murfreesboro.

According to MTSU, the agreement marks the first time the university has formed such a partnership with an out-of-state school.

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10:56am

Tue May 20, 2014
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Rutherford Cnty. Farmer's Market Gets Educational

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  In a sure sign that summer is close at hand, farmer’s markets are opening across the mid-state.

The market at the Rutherford County Ag Center in Murfreesboro got underway this past week and is open Tuesdays and Friday from 7 a.m. till noon through October.

Debbie drove in from Bell Buckle to pick up some items for the table and a few things for the garden.

“Onions, kale, lettuce, strawberries, plants…I got some things to add to my garden.”

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