Ban the cam? Murfreesboro Red Light Cameras

MURFREESBORO, TN – The red light cameras in Murfreesboro are facing new management as the city council will meet this week to discuss a new contract.

The current one under American Traffic Solutions is about to expire, but the contract isn’t the only thing that has residents concerned, it’s the state of the cameras themselves.

Murfreesboro C.A.P.E. (Citizens Against Photo Enforcement) along with many others including councilman Eddie Smotherman have been voicing their concerns over the issue for awhile now.

One of the main reasons is the consistency of the cameras keeping drivers safe on the road.

“If they had enforceability, and everybody had to pay them I’d be much more supportive of them,” said Smotherman.

Jacob Bogle of Murfreesboro C.A.P.E has found statistics that are not adding up right.

In a report given by the Murfreesboro Police Department, they said the total number of crashes at intersections had decreased by 11% per year.

Bogle found in that same report, the number of crashes at camera enforced intersections had only decreased by 1.1% per year.

“Statistically, you’re more likely to get in a crash at one of these photo enforced intersections than elsewhere,” said Bogle.

Bogle along with many others in support with removing the cameras believe the city council is doing nothing, but people like Smotherman are hard at work meeting in the middle.

“If the only monitoring were doing with intersections is with cameras, then I think we’ve let the public down with trying to make those intersections safe,” said Smotherman

Why Are Libraries Still Important?

MURFREESBORO, TN – The world is at our fingertips, is it still worth going through shelves?

People at Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro can tell you it’s more than just books. Libraries are evolving. Not only are they a source of free information to the public, it also is home to many web based free resources that most people don’t even know about.

Linebaugh offers services such as Flipster (a free magazine reading application), New Book Alerts (an application which tells when new books arrive to the library), and much more.

Branch Librarian Carol Ghattas said, “You get to know people at the library..you’re connecting with the whole world.” Where does connecting with the world start though? Parents say it’s the children.

Christy Hughes brings her kids to Linebaugh all the time to give them that connection. “They don’t get that at home or on their phone..and they need that.”

Many people write articles questioning the need for libraries, and whether it’s worth keeping them open. People like Ghattas work every day to keep libraries relevant in a technology based world by listening to their patrons.

“We listen to what our patrons want..and what you want..then we order those books and materials..then you can have them,” said Ghattas.

Libraries don’t seem to be going anywhere or any time soon, as long as people like the staff at Linebaugh keep moving forward with the world.

A Ballad in the Boro

MURFREESBORO, TN – If you’ve listened to songs by Lee Brice, Trace Adkins, or George Strait in the past couple years, you might be surprised to find out they’re written by a man from Murfreesboro.

Tim James has been writing and playing music for years, but it wasn’t until 2002 when he wrote the Toby Keith hit, “My List” which took his career off and never stopped.

“That was a five week number one song,” said James “So I went from having nothing to having credibility, and to having resources.”

This didn’t happen overnight though. James says he went through countless people rejecting his ideas until he finally got someone to say yes.

“You have to really want it,” said James.

Murfreesboro during that time was different compared to today. James says seeing a man from Murfreesboro being nominated for a Grammy was just something you never saw in a small town. Now, people from all over come to Murfreesboro for MTSU’s recording industry program to become musicians and songwriters.

James says the chances of people becoming successful at it are very slim now, but if you’re passionate there is still hope.

Musicians like MTSU student Isaiah Rodriguez know the struggle of it trying to become a reality.

“You have to have a day job,” said Rodriguez

So why continue if the chances are slim? Rodriguez says it’s for the thrill of seeing your ideas affect others.

“To know that you did something that reached someone else is an exhilarating feeling,” said Rodriguez

James says he would like to be a professor at MTSU in the future.

Homeless Stories Through Taking Pictures

MURFREESBORO, TN – By day, he is a radio talk show personality who brings us the news. When he is not doing the radio though, Scott Walker has a different kind of hobby.

He takes pictures, adding that photography is he passion, up until a couple of years ago when he noticed something different about the photos he took.

“In almost every photo, there was a homeless person in there,” said Walker.

He decided to go out and sit down with them to hear their stories. What he found out is scary.

“I quickly realized that mental illness was one of the biggest things out in the streets,” said Walker.Scott decided to make it a personal mission to help those who are homeless on the streets, and give them a better chance at life. What makes him different from other organizations is the fact that he delivers things like sleeping bags personally to the people who need it most on the streets.

“People sometimes get irritated with me like man we only handed out five blankets and I have to tell them ya know its not about the blankets its about sitting down and talking with them,” said Walker.

If you’d like to help Scott and the homeless, you can donate clothes and more to WGNS Radio at 306 South Church Street.

Greg Logan is More Than an Official

MURFREESBORO, TN – When the buzzer goes off at a sporting event, it’s time for Greg Logan to hit the court.

Greg tried out for the baseball team his senior year of high school. His coach told him he thought he wouldn’t be able to do the drills without causing interference, but he didn’t stop Greg. He offered him the position of being a manager. Ever since then, like Greg says, it’s all history.

He has been an official for almost any kind of sport you can think of, even being the manager for the MTSU baseball team when he attended college. Since birth, Greg has had a movement disorder known as Cerebral Palsy, but it never stopped him moving. If you go to a sporting event in Murfreesboro, you’d probably see Greg.

People call him an inspiration, including his wife Net Logan, but he just wants people similar to him to not sit down.

“Do whatever God gives you the ability to do.” said Logan.

He doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon, running up and down the court or being behind the plate for 14 hours.