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Murfreesboro has seen a decade of boom times, with increasing population, brisk construction and commercial growth. While that trend shows no sign of slowing, officials are signaling that this is the year to pivot toward more prudent government spending.

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Monday was one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer Amazon. The company says on Cyber Monday, hundreds of people place orders every second. And in Tennessee, this massive production depends on thousands of seasonal workers the company has hired across the state.

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The city of Murfreesboro released Friday morning an exhaustive list with more than 50 types of items that will not be allowed on site of the white nationalist rally Saturday afternoon. The items include guns and pepper spray to eggs, laser pointers and even balloons.

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Murfreesboro is one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee, and like many in the South, it has a busy town square where locals often hang out, shop and dine.

But this weekend, it's probably going to look very different.

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Tennessee Baptists are the latest group to speak out against the white supremacist rallies planned for Murfreesboro and Shelbyville this weekend.

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The Tennessee Guard and state police say they'll be on standby this weekend, if planned protests and counter protests in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro erupt into violence.

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Many of the businesses in the area where two white nationalist rallies are expected to happen next Saturday will be closing their doors. Most of the establishments affected are small, private businesses, like hair salons and real estate offices.

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Rutherford County is going to have to stop its policy of arresting and detaining children accused of minor crimes, at least for the time being. A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction in favor of a lawsuit that claims the county has spent years unlawfully detaining juveniles.   

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Roadways, once paved, shape cities for decades. In Murfreesboro, an effort began this year to undo a landscape-altering decision from the 1950s.

As was common in many cities, a large road project cut through Murfreesboro. The Dixie Highway — or U.S. 41, or Broad Street, locally — cleared out “The Bottoms,” a flood-prone area home to one of Rutherford County’s earliest African-American residential areas.

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Originally, it was just supposed to be a few young Muslims, handing out flowers and notecards to passersby at the Rutherford County Courthouse.


The idea quickly snowballed to more than 100 people from all walks of life. They waved placards, shared doughnuts and scrawled messages of encouragement on the sidewalks.