Murfreesboro, 750 Jessica Street, Off Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Open Sunday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
(Across from Kroger & Sonic on Middle Tennessee Blvd.
608, 2020


Rutherford County Solid Waste Warns Residents of the Dangers of Discarding Helium Tanks in Household Trash

Helium tanks cannot just be placed “as is” in your household trash and taken to a Rutherford County Convenience Center. Why? They pose a tremendous danger if not properly discarded, which happened Saturday, August 1, at the County’s Weakley Lane center…a tank made its way into the trash compactor and exploded upon impact.

According to Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen, the debris made it a clear 100’ feet away from the hopper. “As busy as our Weakley Lane location stays, it’s amazing that no one was injured,” he said. “The explosion gave the center attendant running the compactor quite a scare though, and his ears are still ringing from the bang.”

“The tank was hidden within a bag of regular household garbage,” said Nolen. “This could have turned out much worse.”

So how do you properly expose of a helium tank? Nolen says if you aren’t going to take the time to empty the tank, the only location that will accept it is the Recycling Center at Haley Road.

According to “Balloon Time,” the manufacturer of the tank that exploded, the following are the proper measures for emptying the tank:

  1. Ensure your tank is completely empty by pushing down on the black nozzle.
  2. Unscrew the black nozzle from the tank.
  3. Put on safety glasses and gloves.
  4. Using a hammer and screwdriver, knock out the round disk at the back of the tank.
  5. Draw a circle around the knocked out portion of the tank and mark it as “EMPTY” with a permanent black marker.
  6. Place the empty tank in the recycle bin or drop it off at a local recycling center.

Nolen says if these measures are taken, the empty tanks can be dropped off at any Rutherford County Convenience Center location and placed in the bins marked “Scrap Metal.”

For more information on what is/is not accepted at Rutherford County Recycling and Convenience Center locations, please visit: http://solidwaste.rutherfordcountytn.gov/.

608, 2020

Police quickly nab pair of suspects involved in Facebook Marketplace Armed Robbery

Suspects also charged with similar armed robberies

Murfreesboro, TN – What began as a plan for a woman to sell a vehicle through Facebook Marketplace ended in a dangerous carjacking Thursday, July 31.  Two suspects have been arrested.

18-year-old Jeremiah Cohill and 19-year-old Ja’Veon Brown were charged with carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking and theft.  Brown is also charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.  Both men have also been charged in connection with two other armed robberies that happened during meetings arranged through Facebook Marketplace.

In the latest robbery, the victim listed a vehicle, a 2009 maroon Nissan Altima, for sale on Facebook Marketplace and agreed to meet the potential buyer in the area of Gold Valley Drive and Owasa Trail around 5:06 p.m. last Thursday. The victim’s father rode with the men on a test drive. Once they returned, one man asked to sign the title before paying. Shortly after, one of the suspects took out an AR style pistol, grabbed the keys to the vehicle, and the two suspects took off.

The stolen vehicle was spotted by a Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) officer at The Grove Apartments, 1320 Journey Dr.  The suspects jumped out and took off running.  One of the suspects was quickly apprehended in a field on Woods Edge Dr.  Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) deputies and a RCSO K9 tracked the other suspect who was later taken into custody.

Cohill and Brown remain in jail at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.  Bond for Cohill has been set at $60,000 and $89,500 for Brown.  Both are scheduled to appear in Rutherford County General Sessions Court on Aug. 12.

The front parking lot of MPD headquarters building has been designated as a safe Meet-Up location for online purchases or child custody exchanges.  The parking lot is well-lit and is equipped with surveillance cameras.

608, 2020

Seeking info on August 1, 19787 Murder

Sketch: A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent prepared a sketch of the missing man.

Reconstruction: A reconstruction of the missing man was prepared to help identify him.

Many families still wonder what happened to missing relatives, even if they haven’t heard any news for 42 years.

One missing relative could be the man whose body was found shot and partially burned Aug. 1, 1978 at Poole Knob Campground near La Vergne, said Rutherford County Sheriff’s Detective Richard Brinkley.

“There’s a mother, father, sister, brother or child who still seeks closure,” said Brinkley, who was assigned the case in May.

Brinkley is still trying to identify the suspects who killed the unidentified man while focusing on the identity of the victim.

An autopsy report described the unidentified man as being in his late 30s who was 5-feet-10 tall. He had long, brown hair with a receding hairline and a reddish brown and gray beard.

Some unique features include:

  • Scars on his stomach, possibly from a surgery on his aorta using a Dacron graft, a material to replace or repair his blood vessels.
  • No natural teeth with upper dentures about five to 10 years old. The dentures were believed to be “bootlegged” with “Solila-Vac” teeth.
  • A quarter-sized mole 2 inches near his waistline.

Family members of missing men who believe the information matches a relative or information about suspects may contact Brinkley at 615-904-3045 or at rbrinkley@rcsotn.org.

The investigation began after a campground custodian found the burned body and notified the Sheriff’s Office in the morning of Aug. 1, 1978.

Sheriff’s detectives and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents launched the investigation with few clues.

They believe the man was killed somewhere else and his body dragged to the site where he was burned.

Through the years, detectives tried to identify the man through contact nationwide with other law enforcement agencies, his fingerprints with FBI and DNA from families who believed he could be a missing relative. Those tests have been negative.

Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin and former Detective Steve Kohler took over the investigation in 2014. They talked to possible witnesses.

Kohler talked with the original TBI agents who worked the case and enlisted a TBI agents to do a sketch on the missing man. The sketch was released during media interviews in 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office obtained a skull reconstruction.

Kohler worked with Dr. Lee Meadows Jantz from the state Forensic Anthropology Center who said the man’s DNA was submitted to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System to search for a match. No results have been found.

Dr. Jantz reported a profile of the unidentified man was added to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

NAMUS reported 600,000 people are reported missing every year. Of that number, 4,400 bodies are recovered each year and 1,000 remain unidentified after one year.

People may view the man’s profile at https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/1585?nav.

Also, Dr. Jantz guided Kohler to seek help from the University of North Texas’ DNA lab.

Brinkley is working with the University of North Texas and other DNA sources to help find the man’s identity.

“We haven’t given up,” Brinkley said. “Somebody knows who he is.”

608, 2020

Facebook removes pro-Trump ad

Claiming false information. The ads, titled “On Hold,” were placed in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

fox news photo

By Sally Persons, Brooke Singman | Fox News

A pro-Trump ad was removed from Facebook after claims that it contained false information, Fox News has learned.

America First Action PAC on Tuesday told Fox News that Facebook removed one of its ads, titled “On Hold,” which was placed in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on July 24. The ad was flagged by Politifact on July 29, according to the PAC.

“Facebook’s decision to take down this ad shows its anti-conservative bias,” America First Communications Director Kelly Sadler told Fox News. “America First Action has logged an appeal, but the threat of anti-conservative bias, targeting, and censorship remains ahead of Election Day in November and we must be vigilant in holding big tech, like Facebook accountable.”

Sadler, during an interview on Fox Business on Tuesday, added that this “is just more bias from these social media companies.”

“We’re going to file an appeal, but there’s really little we can do about it,” she told host Stuart Varney. “These social media giants are monopolies, and ultimately they make the decision of what runs on their platform.”

Facebook confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that the ad had, in fact, been fact-checked. A Facebook spokesperson told Fox News that ads that are fact-checked and found to contain false information are not eligible to run as a paid ad on the social media platform.

The spokesman added that the videos can, instead, run as original content on the group’s page.

America First Action, though, said certain versions of the ad were removed in particular states, but the Facebook spokesman said that once the ad was fact-checked as false, all versions would be removed from the platform.

The Facebook spokesperson said that if any version of the ad was still running on the platform, it would be due to a lag in Facebook’s fact-checking system.

The ad in question was titled “On Hold,” and shows a woman calling 9-1-1 and being put on hold. The ad moves to show Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden saying “yes,” with a “defund the police?” banner. The ad is currently marked on Facebook with a label saying: “False Information. Checked by independent fact-checkers.”

Facebook’s fact-checking comes as members of the Trump administration and prominent Republicans have claimed that social media platforms have censored right-leaning viewpoints.

Attorney General William Barr told Fox News in June that social media platforms are “engaged in censorship” and are acting more like “publishers.”

“They originally held themselves out as open forums where the third parties could come and express their views and they built up a tremendous network of eyeballs,” Barr said on “Special Report” in June.

“They had a lot of market power based on that presentation,” the attorney general added. “And now they are acting much more like publishers because they’re censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there to diminish the impact of various people’s views.”

Twitter, earlier this summer, slapped a warning label on one of President Trump’s tweets for the first time, cautioning readers that despite the president’s claims, “fact checkers” say there is “no evidence” that expanded, nationwide mail-in voting would increase fraud risks — and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”

Within minutes, Trump accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” that the platform “is completely stifling FREE SPEECH” and vowing: “I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”

Two days later, the president signed an executive order that interprets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 as not providing statutory liability protections for tech companies that engage in censorship and political conduct. It also cuts federal funding for social media platforms that censor users’ political views.

408, 2020

Mayor Ketron extends face covering order through Aug. 29

Rutherford County, TN—Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced Monday that the current face covering order for the County will be extended through Saturday, August 29 at 11:59 p.m.

The decision to continue the order came after Governor Bill Lee released Executive Order No. 55 on Friday, July 31, extending No. 54, which provides local government authority concerning face coverings.

“We are continuing to assess the daily data released from the Tennessee Department of Health to assist us with making the best possible decisions for the health of our community,” said Ketron. “By extending through the end of the month, we will be a few weeks into the school year and will be able to see how that impacts our numbers as well.”

Ketron notes that just one week after the local order went into effect (July 22), on July 29, the County experienced a first—the number of recovered persons was greater than the number of active cases; a trend that has remained stable since (see attached graphic).

Mayor Ketron hopes that trend will continue to improve over the next few weeks.

“Face coverings are not the only protective measure we should be taking at this time,” he said, “we must remain vigilant with other best practices including handwashing, not touching the T-zone of the face, staying at home if you are sick, and staying at least six feet apart from others in public places. Without a viable cure for this dynamic virus, it is up to us to slow the spread in Rutherford County…ALL OF US.”

Ketron expressed his appreciation for community members taking the face covering order seriously. “I am grateful to those doing their part. Your support is imperative to keeping our community as healthy as possible and setting us on a pathway to resiliency. Thank you for your commitment to being #RutherfordResponsible.”


3007, 2020

Honor A.P. Looks at Shared Belief


C R K Stable’s Honor A.P. and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I $400,000 RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.  ©Benoit Photo

The road that leads to Kentucky Derby 146 has been full of twists and turns in 2020. But then again…everything in life has been full of twists and turns in 2020. One runner in the fast lane towards the twin spires is looking for something we all need, success and some Shared Belief.

Now that the soap box has been put away, let’s talk about a brilliant three-year old colt named Honor A.P. This son of Honor Code is like all the other contenders for the world’s most famous race in that his bid for immortality has been altered. Winning the Kentucky Derby is perhaps the tallest task in the Thoroughbred game and the re scheduling has made it like virtually everything else…different.

Trainer John Shirreffs has long been a guy that can get his charge to perform with excellence. Perhaps his greatest training feat was guiding the fabulous Zenyatta to 19 consecutive wins. And there was also his boy Giacomo that won the 2005 Kentucky Derby at odds of 50-1 with a huge late move. Many other grade 1 wins on the West Coast and beyond speaks to his ability to condition at the highest level.

Most of the traditional major prep races for the Kentucky Derby have all been run and Honor A.P. put his talent on display. In winning the re scheduled Santa Anita Derby on June 6, the CRK Stable’s owned prize perpetuated Shirreffs’ patience with his pupil. Hoping to build stamina as a foundation for classic distance race success, the crafty conditioner saw his plan executed with a huge stretch move in the mile and an eighth Santa Anita Derby.

“We were very happy with his Santa Anita Derby run,” says Shirreffs. “After the San Felipe in March we had to kind of slow things back down because of the re scheduling of the Santa Anita Derby and the Kentucky Derby. We are very proud of how he responded.”

In providing Shirreffs with his third Santa Anita Derby win, all the integers added up for the veteran trainer as the sweeping move under jockey Mike Smith had “mile and a quarter no problem” written all over it. Running past the very talented and Bob Baffert trained Authentic, Honor A.P.  won by a widening 2 ¾ lengths. In picking up his second career win in four starts with two second place finishes, this Kentucky-bred did his momma (Hollywood Story) proud.

Understanding training up to the September 5 Kentucky Derby would be a tall task, the Kansas native will send out Honor A.P. in the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on August 1. Run at a mile and a sixteenth, Shirreffs will look to further sharpen Honor A.P. as they run for the roses.

“He’s doing great right now,” says Shirreffs, who began his training career in 1978. “His last work on Sunday was strong and he covered the final eighth nicely.”

Named for the 2014 Pacific Classic winner, the Shared Belief  Stakes will be contested at Del Mar on August 1. A strong  but compact field is expected as highly touted Bob Baffert trainees Thousand Words and Cezzane are schedulted to join Honor A.P. in the starting gates.

3007, 2020

BOLO fraud case and shoplifting case

Police need your help

Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying and locating the woman in the photos regarding a fraudulent use of a credit card case.  On July 11, the unidentified woman used a stolen debit card and made two purchases totaling hundreds of dollars at Target and Lowe’s.  If you have any information as to the identity of this individual and where she can be located, please contact Detective Chris Pitts at (629) 201-5508 or email 0447@murfreesborotn.gov.








Detectives need help identifying the man who stole a Kobalt Power Driver from the Old Fort Parkway Lowe’s on July 7. The man stood in the return line acting as if was returning the item before exiting the store. He left the business in a black Nissan Armada, possibly with an Alabama tag.  If you have any information as to the identity of this individual and where he can be located, please contact Detective Ed Gorham at 629-201-5507 or email 0300@murfreesborotn.gov.




2807, 2020

Remains found on Mt. Herman Road in Kittrell community

Investigators are recovering human skeletal remains found Monday evening in a field off Mount Herman Road in the Kittrell community, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s captain said.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene after people found the remains, said Capt. Britt Reed of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Dr. Hugh Berryman and Dr. Tiffany Saul

and students from MTSU’s Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery Team and investigators from the Tennessee Medical Examiner’s Office were gathering the remains.

“They are recovering the remains to help determine the identity of the person and the cause of death,” Reed said.

Detective Sgt. DJ Jackson said detectives were searching the area to locate any missing bones.

“We’re completing an unidentified missing person’s report,” Jackson said.

Information will be sent through the National Crime Information Center to help identify the person.


Mt. Herman road map at left




2707, 2020

Rescuers locate missing woman


The team that located missing Gracie Sullivan were, from left, Deputies Anthony Bragg, Brad Harwell and Richard Tidwell, Murfreesboro Police K9 Officer Angela Alexander and G-Man, and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services Paramedics Brandon Smith and Heather Tate.


Teams of Rutherford County rescuers and a Murfreesboro Police officer and her K-9 partner located a missing 83-year-old woman just in the nick of time Monday afternoon.

Gracie Sullivan of Burnt Knob Road was found by the rescuers in the heat with temperatures nearing the 100-heat index, said Rutherford County Sheriff’s Cpl. George Barrett.

“She was exhausted and dehydrated when the K-9 teams found her about 25 minutes after the team began searching,” Barrett said.

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics treated her at the scene.

Family members reported her missing about 2:15 p.m. after she walked into a wooded area near the Rogers Group Murfreesboro-Rutherford County rock quarry.

Murfreesboro Police Officer Angela Alexander and K-9 G-Man joined sheriff’s deputies and paramedics to tracked Sullivan while drones searched for her. They quickly located her.

“Our timely response and well-trained K-9 teams aided in a successful recovery,” Barrett said.

Other agencies responding included Rutherford County Fire and Rescue, Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

“We thank all the agencies who assisted,” Barrett said. “The teamwork and dedication of those involved saved a life today.”



2707, 2020

RCSO detectives investigate murder


Rutherford County Sheriff’s detectives speak with Tennessee Bureau of Investigations’ forensic scientists at the scene of a murder Monday.


Rutherford County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man found late Sunday at his residence, supervisors said Monday.

Erick Bixler, 45, of Asbury Lane was the apparent victim of a murder, said Lt. Todd Sparks of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Sparks said the preliminary investigation indicated Bixler was targeted.

“We don’t feel like this was a random situation,” Sparks said.

CID Capt. Britt Reed said the investigation remains active and detectives are pursuing leads.

“We don’t feel like this act has any connection with anyone in the neighborhood,” Reed said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about 11:30 p.m. Sunday where they found Bixler’s body.

Detectives requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s forensic scientists to process the crime scene.

TBI’s forensic scientists and detectives were on the scene all day Monday gathering information.

People who have information may contact Detective Ty Downing at 615-904-3022.