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BORO DASH on Thanksgiving Morning

Thu (Nov. 26, 2015) 8AM 6th Annual Borodash 2015 on Thanksgiving morning is a 4-mile run through the historic district of Murfreesboro. The race begins at MTSU's Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium (1848 Blue Raider Dr., off Greenland Ave.). Register on-line at RACEDAY REGISTRATION IS 6:30-7:30AM. The Thanksgiving morning event provides runners, walkers and their families with real-time results on their cell phones and finish line video. This upgrade in the race-day experience is part of a new partnership with Rabbit Road Racing and part of several planned race enhancements.

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Boy Scout Troop 197 Sells Christmas Trees

Mon-Fri 5:30-9:00PM, Sat. 9AM-9PM, Sun. 1-9PM (now-Christmas season) Boy Scout Troop 197 is selling Christmas trees at FELLOWSHIP UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2511 Highway 99/New Salem Highway). These are premium quality Fraser Fir trees that were fresh cut and grown in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The Boy Scouts are accepting cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa or Discover cards. For more information, visit their website at or e-mail them at

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Candlelight Tour of Homes

Sat. (Dec. 5, 2015) 4-8PM 32nd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes to benefit Oaklands Historic House Museum (900 N. Maney Ave.). For information (615) 893-0022 or email: Click "Read More" for locations and more information.

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Christmas LOCK-IN At SportsCom

Fri. (Dec. 11, 2015) 7PM-7AM Sat Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a holiday lock-in at Sports*Com (2310 Memorial Blvd.). Come spend the night and swim, play all kinds of sports, and give the parents a night to shop. This is for ages 8-15. The cost for this event is $20.00 and registration starts December 1. Space is limited, sign-up early. To register call 615-895-5040.

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City Schools Foundation 2016 Gala

Fri. (Feb. 5, 2016) 7PM 9th Annual Excellence in Education Gala at the Stones River Country Club (1830 NW Broad St.). This event is co-hosted by Ben and Maggie Parsley. Individual tickets are $250 and sponsorship begins at $1,500. The 2016 theme highlights the many cultures represented by MCS students and staff a well as the 25th anniversary at Black Fox Elementary. The City Schools Foundation is a group of civic and business leaders banding together to benefit Murfreesboro City Schools' pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade students. For additional information, please call 615-893-2313 or any member of the City Schools Foundation Trustees.

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Earn Your MASTER GARDENER Designation

(Starting February, 2016 for 8-weeks) Tuesday mornings/some Saturdays: Earn your MASTER GARDENER'S certificate with this 8-week class at the Lane Agri-Park (314 John R. Rice Blvd.). Space is limited, and the program fills quickly. A word to the wise, call 615-898-7710 quickly and sign-up now.

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Free Smoke Detectors...Installed Free

FREE SMOKE DETECTORS: Smoke detectors SAVE LIVES, but many area homes do not have these units. Some have units that no longer work. If you live within the Murfreesboro city limits, phone Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department. They will be happy to install a new, working smoke alarm for FREE! Residents in the city of Murfreesboro should phone 615-893-1422. Residents in Rutherford County can contact the Rutherford County Fire Department at 615-867-4626 to get a free smoke detector installed.

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H.O.M.E. Helps Homeless

H.O.M.E. Bound Helps Homeless: This is a rapid re-housing program designed to aid the homeless men in Rutherford County in acquiring a permanent resident, regain stability and develop life-long skills and confidence in order to become a positive, productive individual in today's society. All funding comes from donations and community support. For more information, contact Barbara A. Wilson (502-767-0347 or visit their website:

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Historical Society Opens Ransom School On Saturday Mornings: Volunteers Needed

Historical Society Opens Ransom School On Saturday Mornings: Volunteers Needed

Saturdays, 9AM-Noon: The Rutherford County Historical Society has opened the Ransom School (717 N. Academy St.) to the public on Saturdays from 9:00AM to Noon. Volunteer teams are needed to cover these hours. Preferably a man and women team. If you are interested in participating in this historical project, please contact Gwen Boyd

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Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a monthly "science program" for home-school children. On the LAST THURSDAY (9AM-noon) it is for ages 8-10. The LAST FRIDAY (9AM-noon) the class is for 11-13 year olds. The fee is $50 per year. For details, contact Rachel Singer at the Wilderness Station in Barfield Park. Phone 615-217-3017.

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Junior League of Murfreesboro's HOLLYDAY MARKETPLACE

Junior League of Murfreesboro's HOLLYDAY MARKETPLACE

Junior League of Murfreesboro's HOLLYDAY MARKETPLACE at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum (304 W. Thompson Ln.).

Fri. (Dec. 4, 2015) 6-9PM MISTLETOE & MARTINI'S PREVIEW PARTY at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Tickets are $35.

Sat. (Dec 5, 2015) 8-10AM BREAKFAST WITH SANTA in the North Pole section of the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. Tickets are $15.

Sat. (Dec. 5, 2015) 10AM-4PM SANTA'S WORKSHOP with creative fun for the younger set. Tickets are $10.

Sat. (Dec. 5, 2015) 9AM-4PM HOLLYDAY MARKETPLACE shop the massive Tennessee Miller Coliseum for unique gifts. Admission is $7.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

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Leaf Pick-Up In Murfreesboro

(Now - Holiday Season) LEAF PICK-UP by the Murfreesboro Streets and Solid Waste departments. As previously, the City will be divided in half by U.S. Highway 41 (Broad Street) with the Street Department serving residents on the north and east side of Broad and the Solid Waste Department servicing the south and west side. Residents are asked to place loose leaves within five to 10 feet of the street so leaf vacuums can reach them. Only biodegradable paper bags are accepted for those residents who choose to bag their leaves. Residents are also asked to keep loose leaves separate form yard waste like brush, debris and limbs, because mixing them causes damage to the vacuum units and slows vacuum collection. Collected leaves are trucked to Murfreesboro's mulch site at 4765 Florence Rd. where the leaves are mulched.

  • Place the tree limbs and brush parallel to the street.
  • Make sure the debris is in one pile only instead of several piles.
  • Don't place brush longer than 10 feet in length.
  • Don't place brush under low-lying power lines and cable lines to allow room for the boom to work.
  • Don't park a vehicle near the brush pile during daylight hours.

The heaviest part of the leaf collection season typically ends before the Christmas holiday. Crews will continue picking up bags of leaves through the first or second week of January 2016.

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LEGACY DAY: 1st Baptist on E. Main and E. Castle Unite In Worship At Embassy Suites

Sun. (Nov. 29, 2015) 10AM LEGACY DAY as First Baptist East Main and First Baptist East Castle combine worship services. This event is so large that it is being held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center (1200 Conference Center Blvd.). The public is encouraged to be a part of this spiritually motivating event. The East Main congregation founded the East Castle church many years ago.

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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

(Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2015) OPEN ENROLLMENT for Medicare Part D. If you are unsure about which plan is best for you, contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 or go on-line to and go to "Plan Finder".

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Sun. (Dec. 13, 2015) 2:30PM The Annual Murfreesboro Christmas Parade starts at the intersection of East Main at Middle Tennessee Boulevard; it does down East Main to the historic square; around the square and onto West Main; and ends on North Walnut. With over 60 languages spoken in local schools, this year's theme deals with the diversity of "Christmas Traditions" in the Heart of Tennessee. DEADLINE TO ENTER the 2015 Christmas Parade is 3PM (Central) on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Parade entry fee: $12 using PayPal or $10 cash/check

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Murfreesboro Night Lions Club's Pecans Sale

Now time to get pecans from Murfreesboro Night Lions club. Same Mascot brand with all different varieties as last year and same prices.

Plain pound bags of pecans - halves and pieces
Plain pound bags of black walnuts
Roasted and salted pecans
Chocolate covered pecans
Chocolate caramel clusters
Cinnamon glazed pecans
Plain glazed pecans
Pound bags of pralines
Roasted and salted cashews

The pecans should arrive about middle of November in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Purchase Lions Club Pecans at the Palace Barber Shop, Wilson Bank and Franklin Synergy Bank and at the office of Lions President Jeff Edge (1602 W Northfield Blvd., Suite 503) or call Jeff Edge at 615-895-8282.

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Murfreesboro Symphony's "Sounds of Christmas"

Thu. (Dec. 17, 2015) 7:30PM MURFREESBORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S "Sounds of Christmas" at First United Methodist Church (265 W. Thompson Ln.). Katherine Sandoval Taylor and the MSO Chorus surround your evening with holiday favorites. Tickets are $40, $25 and $10. Phone the Murfreesboro Symphony at 615-898-1862 for more information.

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Pre-K through 6th Grade Winter Basketball

(Now-Oct. 26, 2015) Sign your Pre-K through 6th grade child up for YMCA WINTER BASKETBALL LEAGUE. Practices start November 30th at St. Mark's United Methodist, MTSU and one additional site. The games begin December 12th and will be at the MTSU rec center. If you have questions, e-mail

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Riverdale Baptist's CHRISTMAS TOY STORE

Sat. (Dec. 5, 2015) 8AM-3PM CHRISTMAS TOY STORE at the Riverdale Baptist Church (307 Warrior Dr.). Parents or guardians are allowed to select FREE toys for their children. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (on-line registration end Nov. 30). Adults must have photo ID and proof that you reside in Rutherford County (water, electric or other bill with your name on it). Also, names and ID for each children is required (birth certificate, report card, etc.). For more information, the church office is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM; phone 615-895-3295.

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Salvation Army's Angel Tree: "Adopt A Child" and "Adopt A Family"

(Oct. 21 - Pre-Christmas 2015) The Salvation Army's ANGEL TREE has expanded to include Adopt-A-Family as well as Adopt-A-Child. Rutherford and Cannon County families are matched with one sponsor who will purchase gifts for each family member including adults. The family profile lists each family member's first name, age, gender, and gift ideas. If you or a group are interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Family program please contact The Salvation Army directly. The iconic angels from The Salvation Army Angel Trees will still be all around town at your favorite retailers this Christmas. For more information phone Captain Monica Seiler at (615) 895-7071or e-mail her at

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