SMYRNA, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It's a common scene in detective movies and westerns - the bounty hunter kneels down and carefully examines the ground, then looks up and says something like, "They were here, moving fast, toward town."

It's not all Hollywood make-believe. Mantracking is the art of following another person through wild terrain by correctly interpreting clues left by their passing. Mid-state master tracker and forensic anthropologist Hugh Berryman says tracking is the first investigative tool man ever used.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOLLETT)  --  The “Is It a Fiddle or a Violin” school tour is a joint collaboration between the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The program describes the four-stringed instrument as “In Texas it's a fiddle. In Boston it's a violin. In Nashville it depends.”  In a fun-filled and educational two hours, students learned how the sound of one instrument connects country and classical music.  


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Fire Department is sending a second special operations team to South Carolina to assist with flood rescue operations.

MFRD sent a team to the rain-soaked capital, Columbia, this past week. The department says the five man swift water rescue team has conducted a number of rescues and welfare checks.

A South Carolina resident took to the department’s Facebook page to thank the city for sending the crew to help out. The woman noted that the team had just knocked on her door to see if she was OK.

Vote: Councilman to become Memphis' 1st white mayor since 91

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three-term incumbent A C Wharton Jr. has conceded Memphis' mayoral election to a city council member, who is to become the beleaguered city's first white mayor in almost a quarter-century.

Wharton's concession to councilman Jim Strickland came late Thursday before complete results from the nonpartisan election were posted. Unofficial, incomplete totals reported Thursday night showed Strickland well ahead.

Vanderbilt band director leaves amid investigation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The director of the marching band at Vanderbilt University has left his job in the wake of a newspaper's investigation into an inappropriate relationship he had with a high school student while serving as a band director in Kentucky over 10 years ago.

Vanderbilt spokeswoman Elizabeth Latt told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1jeRAlS ) late Thursday that 36-year-old Joseph Corey Francis was no longer the director of university bands, a position that oversees Vanderbilt's Spirit of Gold marching band.

Sheriff Arnold suspends Chief Admin. Deputy Russell

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has announced a disciplinary action against his Chief Deputy, Joe Russell.

In an Action Report emailed to the media yesterday, Arnold says Russell has been suspended for 10 days without pay.

The report says Russell violated two policies included in the Sheriff’s Office employee handbook. It says Russell used his official county email address to conduct private business. It also says Russell failed to report his employment by an “outside” company.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Anti-muslim protests have been announced for Saturday at the Murfreesboro Mosque and 19 other locations around the nation.

The group Global Rally for Humanity is sponsoring the rally. On the Huntsville, Alabama chapters Facebook page the group says it “will not allow Islamic agitators to tear our country apart from within.”

According to Alabama.com the events are planned to coincide with a rally in Washington D.C. featuring the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Loudon County woman is suing the city of Knoxville over its decision to ban guns at Chilhowee Park during last month's Tennessee Valley Fair.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Pandora Vreeland claims she could not safely attend the fair because of the gun ban. The 60-year-old says she is a target of would-be assailants because of her age. The suit also claims that "general interest events at 'gun-free' zones are uniquely susceptible to violent crime."


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second time in three months the Victoria’s Secret store on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro has been targeted by a gang of grab and run shoplifters.

Murfreesboro Police say four black females entered the store Monday and milled around the front of the store. They then grabbed up several items and bolted for the door.

The store manager tells police that about $4500 worth of clothing was stolen. She reports the women left in Chrylser Pacifica with a temporary tag. The incident was caught on video.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The suicide death of a 14-year-old LaVergne girl in September after her family says she was bullied is adding poignancy to the mid-state release of a new documentary film on the subject.

Much of the film “Hear Me Now” was shot here in Middle Tennessee and will debut at the Belcourt Theatre November 3, 2015.   Nashville resident and documentarian Bill Cornelius says he was bullied as a child and has always wanted to find a constructive way to address the problem. He says today’s children face an even bigger challenge.