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2605, 2020

Seven inmates test positive for COVID-19

A contract kitchen worker at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for an unknown reason but tested positive for the COVID-19 test, said Dr. Dan Rudd, Detention Center medical director.

Because of the screen of contract tracing, about 50 inmates and staff underwent a mass screening at the Detention Center. 

One inmate, who works in the kitchen, tested positive on a screen test for COVID-19.

He was placed in isolation and underwent an antibody test that was negative. He took a separate lab test and another nasal swab with results pending. He remains in isolation until the medical staff is sure of his status.

“He remains in isolation until we can be sure of his status,” Dr. Rudd said. “Right now, we are using all precautions necessary in awaiting all results of the test. The inmate has no symptoms.

Addressing the kitchen status, Dr. Rudd said the vast majority of infections are transmitted person to person not contact exposure.

“The risk to anyone from food is very low,” Dr. Rudd said.

The medical staff will continue to monitor the situation carefully.

“We are doing everything I know to be safe,” Dr. Rudd said.

Deputy Chief Chris Fly said inmates in the kitchen wear gloves and hair nets. In addition, all kitchen workers are being issued single use masks daily.

The jail staff conducted additional sanitation above and beyond what they have done since the start of the pandemic.

“Even if the test comes back as conclusive negative, we will still quarantine the inmate for 14 days and release him upon the medical staff’s recommendation,” Fly said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Marchesoni

Public information officer

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

lmarchesoni@rcsotn.org

(615) 904-3089

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2105, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Events cancelled

Stones River National Battlefield and the National Park Service are taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state/local public health agencies. In order to meet that guidance, all Memorial Day events scheduled for May 23-24, 2020 are cancelled.

The guidance in the White House Opening Up America Again plan calls for limiting the size of public gatherings and maintenance of social distancing through its first two phases. Stones River National Battlefield’s Memorial Day events generally draw crowds in the hundreds which far exceeds the Phase 1 & 2 limits.

“We make this decision to cancel one of the most meaningful events on our calendar with great reluctance,” said Superintendent Brenda Pennington. “The Memorial Day tradition of honoring those who gave their lives in service to our nation rose out of the terrible cost of our Civil War, and we will miss the opportunity to share the experience with hundreds of volunteers and visitors who annually participate in our flag placement event and Memorial Day service. However, the safety of our dedicated staff and the public remain our top priority, and we believe cancellation is the best course of action.”

Park staff will participate in a virtual Memorial Day event, including several other national parks, on Monday May 25, 2020. More details on this event will be forthcoming via the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StonesRiverNPS/.

In addition to other park areas that may be open to the public during the adaptive recovery process, Stones River National Cemetery will be open for vehicle and pedestrian access from 8 AM to 8 PM May 23-25, 2020. We ask the public to refrain from using the national cemetery parking lot for any purpose other than to visit that special place.

 

2105, 2020

COVID update at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center

A contract kitchen worker at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for an unknown reason but tested positive for the COVID-19 test, said Dr. Dan Rudd, Detention Center medical director.

Because of the screen of contract tracing, about 50 inmates and staff underwent a mass screening at the Detention Center.

One inmate, who works in the kitchen, tested positive on a screen test for COVID-19.

He was placed in isolation and underwent an antibody test that was negative. He took a separate lab test and another nasal swab with results pending. He remains in isolation until the medical staff is sure of his status.

“He remains in isolation until we can be sure of his status,” Dr. Rudd said. “Right now, we are using all precautions necessary in awaiting all results of the test. The inmate has no symptoms.

Addressing the kitchen status, Dr. Rudd said the vast majority of infections are transmitted person to person not contact exposure.

“The risk to anyone from food is very low,” Dr. Rudd said.

The medical staff will continue to monitor the situation carefully.

“We are doing everything I know to be safe,” Dr. Rudd said.

Deputy Chief Chris Fly said inmates in the kitchen wear gloves and hair nets. In addition, all kitchen workers are being issued single use masks daily.

The jail staff conducted additional sanitation above and beyond what they have done since the start of the pandemic.

“Even if the test comes back as conclusive negative, we will still quarantine the inmate for 14 days and release him upon the medical staff’s recommendation,” Fly said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Marchesoni

Public information officer

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

lmarchesoni@rcsotn.org

(615) 904-3089

Facebook: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

Twitter: @RCTNSheriff

 

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1905, 2020

Rutherford County Offices to re-open to General Public Friday, May 22

Mayor Bill Ketron announced late last week to employees that Rutherford County Offices will re-open to the general public beginning Friday, May 22.

Ketron informed employees that social distancing protocols are to remain in place until further notice.

Special counter guards have been installed in high traffic offices including but not limited to Planning/Engineering, County Trustee, and Election Office and sanitization guidelines for workspace cleanliness will be followed.

Employees are urged to check their temperatures daily before reporting to work, staying home if it registers 100.4 or more.

Mayor Ketron encourages the continuation of conducting as much business as possible electronically and only scheduling in-person meetings when there is no other alternative. Standing and special meetings will continue to be conducted virtually until further notice.

“As we work toward our new normal, please understand these practices are subject to change,” Ketron told employees. “We are attempting to make informed decisions for everyone’s health and safety as we continue to deal with COVID-19.”

Any special variations to schedules will be listed at rutherfordcountytn.gov/covid19 and on the respective department’s official county website.

It should be noted that Rutherford County Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

 

1905, 2020

Rutherford County’s COVID-19 case count rises to more than 1,000 over Memorial Day Weekend

 

Rutherford County reached an unfortunate but inevitable milestone over Memorial Day weekend as its number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to more than 1,000.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported Monday that Rutherford County had to date 1,029 positive cases.

“We understand that when reviewing the raw data the tendency is to become alarmed that the number of positive tests keeps increasing,” said Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron, “but Emergency Physician Russ Galloway reminds us that there is more to it than that.”

Dr. Galloway, who serves as an emergency physician with Saint Thomas Rutherford and is also the Medical Director for Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services and Murfreesboro Fire Rescue, recently put the testing data into perspective in a public service announcement https://youtu.be/zzr6S4EFb5I released by Rutherford County Government and the jurisdictions within.

“Tennessee, including Rutherford County, has made COVID-19 testing more accessible and free to citizens,” said Galloway. “With the number of tests increasing, it is inevitable that the number of positives will increase as well.”

Galloway encourages the public to view the number of positives in relation to the actual number of tests being administered. “Those percentages are continuing to decrease,” he said.

The Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center and Rutherford County Health Department (RCHD) are consistently monitoring the numbers to make sure the percentages remain at or below 10 percent positive of the total number tested.

According to RCHD, between 200-300 people are being tested in Rutherford County daily. As more tests are administered, the number of positives will continue to increase as well. COVID-19 is available at RCHD Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and citizens are asked to call ahead at 615-898-7880.

“We’ve been encouraged by measures that our citizens and businesses have taken to continue to slow the spread of this virus in our communities,” said Ketron, “but we are still not back to a ‘business as usual’ state of mind.”

Ketron said it is important that residents continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings when appropriate, and wash hands frequently for 20 seconds or more. Ketron also urges those who are sick to stay home.

“This has been a truly unique health situation with no playbook or preparedness guide,” said Ketron. “We will continually monitor this situation at all levels, federal, state, and locally to make thoughtful considerations for our community members. Please continue to be patient with us as we navigate these uncertain times together. Maintain your space. Cover your face. Help us remain #RutherfordCountyStrong.”

1405, 2020

K-9 helps lead officers to robbery suspect

K-9 helps lead officers to a teenager who robbed woman at ATM, another suspect on the run

A Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) K-9 was able to lead a track to a teenager who is accused of robbing two women at gunpoint as one withdrew money from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) on Saturday, May 9.  Another suspect remains on the run.

The 21-year old female victim and a friend were withdrawing money from the ATM at Bank of America, 2424 S. Church Street around 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening, when they were approached by two individuals wearing ski masks.  Both robbers pointed firearms at the victims and demanded everything they had.  Before the suspects could get anything, another vehicle pulled up to the ATM, causing the robbers to leave the scene running.

MPD K-9 “Helo” and his handler, Officer Ryan Holobaugh, ran a track that ended at an apartment complex on Warrior Drive.

An individual fitting the description of one of the robbers was located walking, with a group of people, near a residence in the 500 block of Warrior Drive.

Officers detained a 17-year old male.  One of the handguns, believed to have been used in the robbery, was found in the teen’s front pocket.

The teenager has refused to name the other person involved in the robbery.

The 17-year old was charged with two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting a detention hearing.

The search for the other suspect involved in the attempted armed robbery is still on the run.

 

1405, 2020

Belated Mother’s Day parade for senior living community

When rainy weather this past Friday put a damper on the Mother’s Day parade planned for Traditions of Smyrna, leaders at the senior living community decided to extend the celebration with a parade for Friday, May 15 at 2 p.m.

Families and friends have been invited to decorate their vehicles with pink for moms, and residents have been making festive signs this week to greet those in the parade.

Residents will be outdoors and following social distancing protocols during the parade.

Part of Vitality Living, Traditions of Smyrna is making use of its beautiful outdoor spaces, abundant technology options and some good old-fashioned creativity to keep their residents engaged and connected during COVID-19. For example, they are doing daily updates via Facebook Live and helping loved ones connect with video chat.

While some COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in Tennessee, Traditions of Smyrna is maintaining its current protocols and asking families to be patient and understanding that they will continue to be closed to visitors for the near future. They are also asking team members to use caution and practice social distancing, handwashing and limiting personal exposure while not at work.  
1405, 2020

Rutherford County Solid Waste recovers lost wallet for citizen

Rutherford County Solid Waste (RCSW) “saved the day” Thursday for one of its convenience center visitors.

Ms. Reshonda Kelly dropped her trash off at the center located at Leanna Wednesday afternoon just 30 minutes before closing time. Upon leaving the center, she stopped to get gas and realized she did not have her wallet. She looked everywhere in her car, but no such luck.

Kelly returned home and looked everywhere for her wallet, which held her license, cards, and other important items including her economic impact check. Feeling hopeless, she tried to retrace her steps from earlier that day. She remembered getting the mail and putting it on top of the trash. She could not remember picking up her wallet at the same time, but said she was possibly on the phone and distracted. Her heart sank. She said, “Please, God, it can’t be,” but she knew the wallet and mail got placed in the trash bag and taken to the convenience center.

With the center closed on Thursdays, Kelly called RCSW and desperately begged to be allowed into the compactor to find her bag. “I spoke to a nice lady who told me they were short-staffed, but that she would see if a driver and supervisor could meet me out there.”

RCSW Director Mac Nolen met Kelly at the center a short while later and allowed her to get into the hopper to look for her bag of trash. Kelly located the bag, but it was wedged so tightly and would not budge. While in the hopper, her phone fell into the drip pan that collects any liquid that falls from the waste. Fearing she had lost two important items at the center, she became overwhelmed with emotion. “I just cried and cried,” said Kelly. Fortunately, her phone was unharmed, but still, she was unable to get to the bag that potentially held her wallet.

Nolen advised her it might be best to follow the truck to the landfill the next day because the trash would be spread out a little more and might be easier to look through then. She agreed and went home.

“Around 7:00 pm, Mac called me and said he just had it on his heart to keep searching and trying for me,” said Kelly. “I came back right away and got back in to help him.” She said it was getting dark and she was beginning to feel faint from the smell and her surroundings, and was on the way to the car to get her phone (she left it in there this time) to use the flashlight feature on it. “About halfway back to the car, Mac yelled to her and said he had found it. “I checked the bag and sure enough, there was my wallet. It was untarnished and everything was still inside. Only a small amount of trash on the outside.”

Kelly said, “That man saved my life. I asked him what I could do to repay him because he went out of his way for me. He said all he wanted was a hug.” She gladly obliged. “I know we are supposed to be social distancing, but that man dug through the trash for me and with me. I must’ve hugged him like three times.”

Mac is affectionately known as Rutherford County Government’s Santa Clause because of his white beard and glasses. In a conversation between him and Ms. Kelly before they parted, she told him, “You made me a believer again.”—(in Santa Clause, that is) As for the entire situation, she gives God the glory.

“Without Him, my situation would have been hopeless,” she said. “I hope that Mr. Nolen and his employees get the recognition they deserve as well,” she continued.

“We were happy to help Ms. Kelly find her wallet,” said Nolen. “We are grateful for the positive outcome and one incredible story!”

1405, 2020

MTSU Military Science commissions 13 graduating seniors

 

Several rows of military pins were on display in the Tom H. Jackson Building’s Cantrell Hall Friday, May 8, as the first of 13 ROTC commissioning ceremonies began. Graduating senior cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Lt. Kaitlin Rupe, center, of Milton, Tenn., is pinned by her father, Scott Wallace, left, and stepmother, Lisa Wallace, Monday, May 11, during the second of three days of ROTC commissioning ceremonies by the MTSU Department of Military Science. Rupe earned her degree in aerospace flight dispatch. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carrick McCarthy administered the final four oaths of office to his graduating MTSU senior cadets Tuesday, May 12, bringing a nonclassroom lesson for them.

“It is the most important message you will ever receive during your time in ROTC,” McCarthy said. “We trust you. We trust you to win our nation’s wars, to be a leader of character and competence and consequence. We trust you to leave our profession better than you find it.”

McCarthy, the Military Science chair, shared it 13 times across three days in special on-campus, individual commissioning ceremonies in the Tom H. Jackson Building’s Cantrell Hall. He also told them about the significance of the ceremony.

The commissioning ceremony is a tradition for the ROTC program, which has seen the student cadets prepare for service to their country.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Provost Mark Byrnes approved the ceremonies, emphasizing the need to stay within CDC guidelines on small groups and social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Military Science Department limited each of the 13 ceremonies to five people at each session and spread them out across four to five hours each of the three days to allow time for sanitizing in between. It is one of the first on-campus activities since mid-March when the university moved to online instruction to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Those commissioned Friday, May 8, Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12 as second lieutenants included:

  • Benjamin Gober of Murfreesboro. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration and will be reserve forces duty with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
  • Jose D. Peraza Miejas of La Vergne, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s in computer science and will be reserve forces duty with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
  • Juante J. Williams of Memphis, Tennessee. He earned a Master of Science in Professional Science biotechnology degree and will be reserve forces duty with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
  • Megan L. Anderson Miller of Morrison, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice and will be active duty with the military police branch.
  • Brittney E. Bauer of Murfreesboro. She earned a bachelor’s in professional studies and will be active duty in the transportation branch.
  • Kaitlin R. Rupe of Milton, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor’s in aerospace (flight dispatch concentration) and will be active duty in the ordnance branch.
  • Brandon A. Valentin of Orlando, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice and will be reserve forces duty with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
  • Nicholas B. King of Nolensville, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration and will be reserve forces duty with the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • Sean O. Sullivan of La Vergne, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice and will be active duty in the ordnance branch.
  • Curtis R. Rookard of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He earned his Master of Science in Professional Science biostatistics degree and will be reserve forces duty with the Tennessee Army National Guard.
  • Jonathan D. Nunley of Tracy City, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s in business administration in entrepreneurship.
  • Roland K. Stokesof Pleasant View, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s in environmental technology and will be active duty in the ordnance branch.
  • Russell A. Flade of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s in criminal justice and will be active duty in the infantry branch.

In addition to the oath of office, the ceremonies included a welcome from McCarthy, invocation, national anthem, pinning of rank by parents, first salute and remarks from McCarthy and the newly commissioned officers.

1405, 2020

Male arrested in connection to Dollar General dumpster fire

 

County Fire Rescue (RCFR)’s Fire/Arson Investigation Unit (FAIU) arrested a male subject Monday morning in connection with a dumpster fire at the Dollar General Store on John Bragg Highway.

Bryan Andrew Daley, 28, Bradyville, was charged with setting fire to personal property or land and vandalism. He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center Monday and remains held on $3,000 bond. A hearing is set for August 10, 2020 in General Sessions Court.

Dollar General Fire

Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department responded to the store just before 7:30 Monday morning. They arrived to discover a dumpster on fire and called investigators to the scene.

According to Lieutenant/Assistant Fire Marshal Joshua Sanders, the FAIU conducted an investigation and determined that Daley had attempted to enter the store, but learned the front doors were locked. He then went around to the side of the building and entered the dumpster enclosure.

“Shortly thereafter, the fire was discovered by a Dollar General employee,” said Sanders. “At that time, Mr. Daley was still inside the enclosure.”

Sanders said FAIU arrested and charged Daley with setting fire to personal property and vandalism and mentioned Daley had other outstanding warrants.

How you can help cut down on arson in Rutherford County (excerpt from Arson Awareness Week News Release 5/7/2020)

Sanders said the community can join RCFR to decrease the number of arson cases in the county. “Arson Awareness Week is a great time to let our citizens know how they can help.”

He urges citizens to start with their own homes or properties. “Look over the area outside your home and consider what could easily be ignited and grow into a larger fire. Remove any overgrown vegetation and abandoned cars or equipment.”

“Make sure to clean up around vacant homes or property too,” said Sanders, “and keep them secured. All of these things make it harder for people to find things to set on fire.”

“Always report suspicious activity,” said Sanders. “If you see something, say something.”