Murfreesboro mayor to address pandemic (but not anything else) in live briefing June 1

Jun 01, 2020 at 09:31 am by Michelle Willard

Mayor Shane McFarland COVID-19 Briefing

The city of Murfreesboro announced Mayor Shane McFarland will hold a live televised briefing at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1 to update citizens on Covid-19.

"This Facebook Live briefing on CityTV and WGNS Radio will update citizens on the health and economic impact of Covid-19," said Mayor Shane McFarland. "As mayor, I want to continue to be responsive to citizens and businesses by answering as many questions about Reopening Guidelines after Gov. Lee's 'Stay-at-Home' order expired April 30."  

This seems like a bold move after Murfreesboro police officers tear-gassed protestors for blocking traffic on Sunday evening near the MTSU President's House at the intersection of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and East Main Street.

If you have any questions about the city's use of force on the group, which is accused of break two windows in its rampage, I'd suggest sliding into the chat on Facebook.

I have two comments about the vandalism. The windows broken were at Whiskey Dix (isn't that a normal weekend event) and on a police armored vehicle (how good is the armor on the vehicle if a brick can break it?). 

While we're at it, why don't we ask about how MPD has changed since a couple officers handcuffed black elementary school students and arrested them at Hobgood. The students were misidentified and arrested for an incident that occurred off campus.

Another thing you can ask about, and is actually related to the topic of the briefing, is how Rutherford County has seen an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 tests since we were cleared for reopening.

Since May 18, RuCo has seen 375 positive tests out of 2,759 given. That's 13.5 percent positive. In contrast, the last week of April had 129 positive from 1,307 tests or 9 percent positive.

This means the virus is still actively circulating in the community. 

To challenge the mayor or just watch the briefing live on Facebook, go to

The televised briefing will be carried live on CityTV and WGNS Radio and can be viewed on Comcast Xfinity channel 3 & 1094, AT&T Uverse channel 99, Roku, Apple TV via Cablecast Screenweave,, and City website at


We are in a crisis with the virus and so many seem not to recognize it.
We are in a crisis with the virus and so many seem not to recognize it.
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