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Implementation of the Tom Cronan Elementary Physical Education Act to Begin in the Fall of 2020 8-7-20 • Read More

On Friday, July 24 the State Board of Education (SBOE) unanimously voted to revise the policies for elementary physical education to provide all children: at least two days per week of instructional physical education, not less than 60 minutes of physical education per week, and physical education taught by a licensed physical education professional. These are the components of the Tom Cronan Elementary Physical Education Act (The Cronan Act). Read More.


Mayor Ketron Extends Face Covering Order for Rutherford County Through August 29 at 11:59 p.m. 8/3/20 • Read More

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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. Read More


Rutherford County Solid Waste Warns Residents of the Dangers of Discarding Helium Tanks in Household Trash 8-3-20 • Read More

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.” Read More


Rutherford County Strongly Encourages Masks: Asks Businesses, Citizens, and Visitors to be #RutherfordResponsible 7/6/20 • Read More


Rutherford County, TN—Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced Monday that Rutherford County will not impose a mask mandate,--instead, businesses, citizens, and visitors are strongly encouraged to be #RutherfordResponsible.

Being “Rutherford Responsible” means wearing a mask in public when social distancing is impractical, along with other protective measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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POSITIVE NEWS ALERT: Rutherford County Employees Rescue Kitten from Employee's Vehicle Parked Near Courthouse
1 July 2020 • Read More

Usually a kitten rescue involves a firefighter or two—not today—a crew from Rutherford County’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) participated in the successful rescue of a small kitten from a vehicle parked just outside of the historic courthouse.

Photo of Tollison with Soul.

Rutherford County Mayors’ Caucus Shares Joint Message Concerning Face Coverings
25 June, 2020 • Read More



The Family Center Recognizes RCCWC Leaders as “Change Agents for Children”
25 June, 2020 • Read More

The Family Center (TFC) of Tennessee, whose mission is to “break multigenerational cycles of child abuse, neglect, and trauma”, recently recognized two of Rutherford County Correctional Work Center’s (RCCWC) employees as standout “Change Agents for Children.” A “change agent” is defined by TFC as someone who makes it possible for their organization to “changes lives, change families, and change futures”. RCCWC Superintendent Bill Cope and Corporal Kim Salyer were two of a few change agents featured in last week’s TFC newsletter. Read More

Over Twenty Years of Friendship Between RCEMS Director and Former Patient
18 June 2020 • Read More

The night of May 16, 1998 changed Jeremy Johnson’s life forever. Following his high school prom, Jeremy was driving down Halls Hill Pike and without being able to recall just exactly how it happened, he flipped his car, ended up ejecting from the vehicle and was at the bottom of a steep embankment.


What was left of Jeremy’s car after the accident—had he not been ejected, the windshield would have likely impaled his head.

Jeremy lifeless in his hospital bed at Vanderbilt Medical Center after the accident.

Carl Hudgens posing with the groom, Jeremy, on his wedding day.

A friend, who just happened to be passing by, saw the lights from Jeremy’s car but upon approaching the car could not find any sign of anyone. Just as he was leaving the scene, he heard rustling in the bushes where Jeremy landed, and immediately called for help. Read More


Rutherford County Mayors' Caucus Plans for Modified Operations Amid Governor Lee's Stay-At-Home Order Expiration
4/23/2020 • Read More

The Rutherford County Mayor’s Caucus (RCMC) met Wednesday to discuss jointly the plans to modify business operations in the county and each jurisdiction amid the April 30th expiration of Governor Lee’s Stay-At-Home Order.

Governor Lee said Monday that he will not renew the order. Thursday afternoon, Governor Lee announced that restaurants will open Monday, April 27, operating at 50 percent occupancy; retail will open Wednesday, April 29, operating at 50 percent occupancy in the 89 Tennessee counties that are not Metro Health Department jurisdictions. Rutherford County is one of the 89 counties. The Governor’s Office is expected to deliver a special press briefing Friday morning to share the first round of industry guidance being released.

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COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Event Scheduled for Rutherford County on April 18th
4/15/20

The Rutherford County Health Department is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing events for the community April 18, 2020. Nurses at the Rutherford County Health Department will collect nasal swabs from those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.

"Anyone with COVID-19 health concerns is invited to come to one of these locations this weekend to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Dana Garrett, County Director. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing will remain in their vehicles throughout the process.” Learn More


#RutherfordCountyStrong

“Rutherford County is strong and our citizens are even stronger.” You’ve heard that phrase many times over the last few months of this unprecedented health situation. You’ve heard it because it’s true. Read More.



Mayor Bill Ketron Extends Directive Closing County Offices to the Public Until April 30
4/16/20

Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced Thursday that he will extend his directive to keep County offices open with limited staff and no access to the general public through 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 30, 2020.

The original expiration was set for 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020. The decision to alter the date came after Governor Lee announced Monday that his “Stay-at-Home Order” will now run through the end of April. Read More


Ask Non-Medical COVID-19 Questions in New Online Form
4/15/2020


At rutherfordcountytn.gov.covid19, we try to provide as much information as possible for questions you have during this time. Information on changes to policies in individual County Departments, Updates from the Mayor's Office, and ways to get help or volunteer are updated regularly. For information you cannot find, please reach out using our Non-Medical Question Form. Questions you ask will help improve the website and provide information to others.

We are providing this form as a resource for COVID-19 related information that does not include medical related questions. For medical related questions, contact your local healthcare provider or the Rutherford County Health Department.


Full Commission Meeting Thursday, April 16th at 6:00 pm

Tune in on RCTV or YouTube. If you wish to make a public comment, provisions will be made. Just call the Mayor's Office, give your information, and an IT representative will contact you with the procedure.

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County Purchase of Used Refrigerated Trailers Includes Large Inventory of Gloves

4/14/2020

Last week, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron approved the purchase of three used refrigerated trailers at the recommendation of Emergency Medical Services Director/County Coroner Carl Hudgens.

The County purchased the trailers (no trucks) at $7,500 each. During negotiations with the supplier, Ketron was told the company would include a large amount of food service gloves in the purchase at no additional charge. Read More




The Rutherford County Mayors formed a task force that led to the activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to the COVID-19 virus.

4/3/2020

Solid Waste Limits Bulk Items and No Longer Accepts Building Materials Until Further Notice

4/3/20 • Read More

Rutherford County Solid Waste Department announced Thursday, April 2 that bulk items will be limited to one item per household. The department has also stopped accepting building materials until further notice.

These changes are the result of an increase in bulk items being taken to the centers since various “safer at home” orders have gone into effect. Read More


Joint Statement from Law Enforcement Agencies of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

4/3/20 • Read More

"Together, the law enforcement agencies of Rutherford and Cannon Counties are dedicated to the safety of our citizens. Our goal during this declared state of emergency is to ensure the welfare of everyone living in this jurisdiction..." Read More


The Rutherford County Mayors’ Caucus Stands United

3/31/20 • Read the Rest

The Rutherford County Mayors’ Caucus stands united in support of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 22 (Order 22) released Monday, March 30.

Order 22, along with its accompanying Order 21, an expansion of the previously released Executive Order 17 restricting food and drink establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and nursing and retirement home visits, are in full force and effective through 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 14, 2020.

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In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 22...

3/31/20

Mayor Ketron announced this afternoon that Rutherford County essential offices will be open with limited staffing, but closed to the general public beginning Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 am through 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 19. Business can still be conducted via phone, email, and online. Updates and special conditions will be listed on the consolidated COVID-19 site for Rutherford County: rutherfordcountytn.gov/COVID-19.

It should also be noted that the next full commission meeting (April 16th) and all sub-committee meetings during this time will be held virtually.

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Launch of Interactive Map for Restaurants Offering Takeout/Delivery

3/27/2020 • Read More

Rutherford County has launched an interactive map for the purpose of connecting citizens to restaurants offering takeout and/or delivery as they follow the restrictions set forth in Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 17 (Order).

While Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron strongly urges citizens to stay at home if at all possible, he also encourages supporting local businesses. “In these uncertain times, it is imperative that we help one another,” said Ketron. “This map will help our community members learn which establishments are open, closed, offering takeout, curbside, delivery or drive-thru, while keeping in mind that both restaurant employees and their patrons will have to continue social distancing practices.” Restaurants wishing to fill out the survey to be included or patrons wanting to access the map can find the links by visiting: rutherfordcountytn.gov/covid19.
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Mayor Bill Ketron Updates Citizens on COVID-19

3/23/2020

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Mayor Bill Ketron Addresses COVID-19 Concerns to Citizens in Signed Letter

3/22/20 • Read More

Mayor Bill Ketron Addresses COVID-19 Concerns to Citizens in Signed Letter • 3/22/20

State of Tennessee Executive Order by the Governor • 3/22/20



Situation Update: County Officials Urge Following Federal and State Guidance But Will Not Restrict Local Businesses

3/17/20 • Read More

Bill Ketron is urging all Rutherford County citizens to follow federal and state guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 and social distancing but is not currently placing restrictions on local businesses.

“We will continue to work with our state and local health departments to provide guidance based upon their recommendations,” said Ketron. “We want our citizens to be assured that we are constantly monitoring this health situation and exploring ways to conduct County business with minimal interruption to the public.”

Ketron made the decision to limit public meetings to standing committees and full commission meetings until further notice. For committees, only committee members will be allowed in the meeting room, but the meeting will be broadcasted live into the main courtroom for others wishing to attend. “While all meetings are open to the public, we want remind the community that they can watch from home on RCTV or our YouTube Channel,” said Mayor Ketron. “If you do plan to attend in person, please be prepared to practice social distancing measures with a possible health screening at the door.”


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Rutherford County Offices are
Open for Business with Some Exceptions

3/13/2020 • Read More

On the heels of the news breaking that Rutherford County received its first confirmed case of COVID-19, Mayor Bill Ketron called County officials together Friday afternoon to update the County’s “Plan of Action.”

“While we do not want to put our employees or the general public into panic mode, we do recognize the seriousness of the current health situation in our state and around the globe. We want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and certainly that the citizens we serve remain informed of any changes to our service,” said Ketron. “The main priorities are to decrease the potential spread of the virus while maintaining the level of service that our communities expect.”

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Rutherford County Mayor Calls
Leadership Meeting to Discuss Coronavirus

3/5/20 • Read More

Upon Governor Bill Lee delivering the news of the first COVID-19 case in Tennessee, Mayor Bill Ketron reached out to Rutherford County leaders, officials from other municipalities within the County, public safety agencies, local government communicators, Middle Tennessee State University, local hospital representatives, schools, and other county departments including the Department of Health to discuss how the County will handle the virus locally.

Rutherford County Health Department Director Dana Garrett is confident that the department is ready, as they already regularly train each year for outbreaks and other public health emergencies. “What we want the public to remember is that this is a MILD respiratory illness and the general level of risk for Tennesseans is very low,” said Garrett. LEARN MORE



Historic Courthouse Renovations


March 3rd Election


What: The Presidential Preference and County Primary Election

Where: At any of the 28 Voting Centers listed on our website. Use our map to find the nearest voting center to you.

When: Tuesday, March 3rd. Polls open at 7am and close at 7pm.

View Results at Ruco.vote

Follow the the Election Commission on Facebook or Twitter for up to date information.



Business Personal Property Tax Filing Videos

2/20/20 • Read More

The Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office has made online filing for business and personal property taxes even easier. The office released videos this week that will assist business owners with the online filing process. Online Filing for Business Personal Property Taxes gives a brief overview and Instructions for Online Filing gives more in-depth instructions, walking filers step-by-step through the process.



Over 50,000 Meals Packed for our Community

2/24/20 • Read More

Around 250 Rutherford County employees and their families packaged 51,250 meals on Saturday in an effort to tackle hunger issues in the community. The food packing event, organized by The Outreach Program, was the brainchild of Mayor Bill Ketron who had participated in events of its kind during his time as a State Senator.

“This was an excellent team-building exercise for our employees that had a tremendous immediate impact for our food-insecure citizens,” said Ketron.



Report Home Flood Damage

2/7/20 • Email Report

If you live in Rutherford County (including municipalities) and your home sustained flood damage from Feb. 5th - 6th of 2020 due to severe weather, please report the damage to the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency. You may only report the damage that impacted your home; this does NOT include driveways, fences, barns, sheds, mailboxes, or other outbuildings.

Information Needed:

• Name
• Address
• Description of damage
• Do you have Property Insurance (yes or no)
• Do you have Flood Insurance (yes or no)
• Any photos of the damage, if available.
Please contact with damage information to Bernard Pike at (615) 898-7764 (Ext. 1) or [email protected]


Water Rescues from Overnight

2/6/20 • Read More

RCFR Completes Six Vehicle Water Rescues and One Rescue from House on 2/6/20..Rutherford County Fire Rescue (RCFR) had a busy Wednesday night, completing six water rescues from vehicles and one from a house.


Heavy rainfall resulted in flash flooding all over the county, causing several road closures and high water areas. RCFR and mutual aid partner LaVergne Fire Rescue Department responded to six water rescues where people were assisted out of their vehicles.


Recycle Rutherford Right!

2/3/20 • Read More

Rutherford County Government and Rutherford County Solid Waste would like to introduce our community to the new Three Rs... RECYCLE RUTHERFORD RIGHT. Our citizens are taking more initiative to recycle and this program just seeks to educate the public on how to do it properly! Take a look...


Wear Red Day

2/1/20 • Read More

Mayor Bill Ketron proclaims Friday, February 7 as “Wear Red Day” in Rutherford County. The proclamation also recognizes the entire month of February as “American Heart Month.”


Free Community Baby Shower

2/1/20

Please join the Rutherford County Health Department as we host the 6th Annual “Community Baby Shower” with the support of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties.


Enhanced Communications Services

1/1/20 • Read More

United Communications, Local Internet Service Provider, Partners with the Rutherford County E911 Center to Provide Enhanced Communications Services.


2019 Three Star Certification from the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers • 2/1/20

12/19/19 • Read More

Rutherford County Assessor of Property, Rob Mitchell, was presented the 2019 Three Star Certification before the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers at the fall regional seminars. The certificate was presented on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers by the executive director, Will Denami.


RCCWC Partners with Local Church to Provide Inspirational Concert Event for Inmates

12/17/19 • Read More

Rutherford County Correctional Work Center (RCCWC) recently partnered with New Vision Baptist Church of Murfreesboro to provide inmates with an inspirational event featuring local and national speakers and Christian artists.












Rutherford County Fire & Rescue Officials Stress Christmas Tree Safety

12/10/19 • Read More

The days following Thanksgiving are a popular time for families to put up Christmas trees and other dazzling decorations. Rutherford County Fire & Rescue (RCFR) officials want the community to be “fire smart” this season; acknowledging that a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly!


2019 Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting

12/10/19 • Read More


It’s almost time for Rutherford County’s kick-off event to the holiday season…the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting!