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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Belmont University’s President Bob Fisher has announced that the school is still on track to host the third and final presidential debate later this month.

Fisher said in a statement Monday that the school is “fully committed” to working the Commission on Presidential Debates and will “follow their lead and guidance.”

The event is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville.

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. The next debate is scheduled Oct. 15.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on Monday officially took charge of the Metro Dentention Facility.

The Center was formerly operated by the for-profit prison company CoreCivic.

Just before sunrise Monday morning 118 former CoreCivic employees were sworn in as DCSO employees.

In a social media post the Sheriff’s Office says the Detention Center currently “houses 475 locally sentenced state felons serving one to six years.”


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Two teens were arrested oer the weekend in connection with the late September murder of a Murfreesboro man near the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

Police say 18-year-old Corey Lillard was found hiding in the closet of a home on Center Pointe Dr. Saturday. A 17-year-old juvenile was arrested as he walked along Old Lascassas Rd. the same day.

Both have been charged with First Degree murder for the shooting death of 32-year-old Javarius Malone. Malone was found shot in the chest one block north of MTSU the last Sunday in September.

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Alumni at Barrett's undergrad school sign letter of concern

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court hopeful Amy Coney Barrett graduated with honors in 1994 from a small liberal arts school — Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

But more than 1,500 alumni are not proud of their school's ties to the conservative lawyer and judge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  State officials have distributed $185 million in pandemic relief aid to Tennessee businesses, but Gov. Bill Lee’s Administration has declined to provide details.

Officials will say that some 25,000 companies received Tennessee Small Business Relief Program assistance. Seventy percent of the funding reportedly went to companies with annual gross sales of half-a-million dollars or less.