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Michelle Willard


Michelle Willard. Award-winning newspaper reporter. Recovering archaeologist. Political nerd. True crime junkie. Local know-it-all.

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Oct 04, 2017

Michelle Willard

MONEY’s Best Places to Live

Is Murfreesboro one of the nation's best places to live?

Sep 19, 2018 at 02:58 pm by Michelle Willard

Murfreesboro is one of the Best Places to Live, according to MONEY. Our fair city ranked 19th out of more than 500 cities ranked by the national magazine. The magazine noted.... Read More

Is Reeves-Sain Drug Store closing?

Sep 19, 2018 at 11:24 am by Michelle Willard

The rumor mill is working overtime about the future of Reeves-Sain Drug Store. Local realtor Bill Wilson published a rumor Sept. 17 on his public Facebook page about the po.... Read More
US Bank Robber

Man in funny hat wanted for bank robbery

Sep 17, 2018 at 08:43 pm by Michelle Willard

A man, who apparently didn't care about getting identified, dressed as a hipster with a funny hat to rob a Murfreesboro bank on Monday afternoon. The man walk.... Read More
Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel

How did two teenagers disappear without a trace from Sparta?

Sep 17, 2018 at 11:00 am by Michelle Willard

White County teenagers Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel should have come home the night of April 3, 2000, but they disappeared, along with Erin's prized two-door 1998 Pontiac Gr.... Read More
MTSU Blue Raiders tied the UTSA Roadrunners

MTSU Women's soccer ties in conference opener

Sep 17, 2018 at 08:00 am by Michelle Willard

In their first Conference USA match-up of the season, Middle Tennessee tied the UTSA Roadrunners, 2-2. The first half was plagued with missed opportunities for both teams as.... Read More
Hurricane Florence makes landfall

Murfreesboro Electric, Tennessee Valley Authority send crews to Carolinas

Sep 14, 2018 at 03:31 pm by Michelle Willard

A group of first responders from Rutherford County have already made their way to the Carolinas to help in the recovery efforts of Hurricane Florence. But they aren.... Read More
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department Trucks

Hurricane Florence: Murfreesboro, Rutherford County first responders prepare to deploy

Sep 12, 2018 at 09:16 am by Michelle Willard 2

Teams from Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are joining other rescue personnel from Middle, East, and West Tennessee in South Carolina to provide rescue capabilities, and.... Read More
Jan Edens

Gold Star mom gives moving account at MTSU's 9/11 ceremony

Sep 11, 2018 at 02:30 pm by Michelle Willard

With MTSU and Murfreesboro Fire Department flags at half-mast, Jan Edens told an attentive audience how she became a Gold Star Mom, losing stepson as a casualty of war in Apri.... Read More
Stacy D. Gatley

Was Stacy Gatley shot in a case of mistaken identity?

Sep 10, 2018 at 11:45 am by Michelle Willard

  As of 2015, Jackson, Tenn., had recorded more than 50 unsolved murders in the 25 years since 1990. In response to the overwhelming number of victims without ju.... Read More
August 2018 Real Estate Transactions

Bank takes possession of old Logan's Roadhouse

Sep 05, 2018 at 01:17 pm by Michelle Willard

The Logan's Roadhouse on Broad Street in Murfreesboro has been foreclosed on by US Bank National Association. The bank, a subsidiary of Bank of America, took possession of th.... Read More