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Murfreesboro, Rutherford County TN Circuit Criminal Court

Currently, the fifth-most populated county within Tennessee, the city of Murfreesboro sits within Rutherford County in the geographic center of the state on the outlining regions of Nashville.


Murfreesboro Civil War National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

County Functions


Local government consists of a collection of 21 county commissioners, each elected to serve a four-year term to represent single-member districts. That means any local government concerns can be addressed by citizens to the commissioner representing their respective district. This system offers some advantages over other commission seats that have at-large representatives; since each commission has its own district, they can provide better attention to the concerns within their district rather than the entire county.


The area also encourages citizen participation in the community and government. Currently, Rutherford County has planned several open houses to discuss and evaluate the County’s comprehensive plans for the county’s future.


Employment and Growth


As the population continues to grow, economic opportunities have been shown to grow as well. According to the 2010 census, the median household income within Rutherford County was $53,770, and the median family income stood at $63,483.


County and city government and school district workers make up the largest portion of the area’s employment, although Middle Tennessee State University and Amazon also rank among the top employers within the Murfreesboro and Rutherford County area.


The city of Murfreesboro’s website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page addressing common concerns such as:


· how to apply for a food truck license

· how to contact the Mayor

· where to send property tax payments

· how to obtain a permit for a controlled burn on your property

· how the Housing Rehabilitation Program works

· whether the fire department can be summoned to get your cat out of a tree (no, really)

· how to obtain a building permit, or how to find out if you can alter the use of a building on your property

· what days to set out your garbage for collection, and how much the annual garbage fees will be in a given year

· how public transportation works, including the annual cost for transportation passes and information about routes and time

· the correct way to reserve a picnic shelter


Regarding the Criminal Court


The Circuit Court-Circuit Criminal Court of Rutherford County handles every felony/misdemeanor case that occurs in the county by means of a grand jury. The office also serves as the record keeper for all criminal court records, including the maintaining of records and the collection of any costs associated with the court. The Court includes juvenile court, domestic court, probation, recovery services, and youth concerns.


One elected official, the Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk, assumes responsibility for every case filing, the processing of those filings, and the final disposition of each case including several phases of the Civil and Criminal law procedure in Juvenile, Civil & Criminal General Sessions, Circuit Civil, and Circuit Criminal Courts. The position of the clerk appears on the ballot every four years and does not currently have a term limit. The same individual can be elected to the officer for longer than eight years. Currently Melissa Harrell is the Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk.


If you need have been accused of a crime and need a good experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer or a DUI defense lawyer, consider attorney David Clarke and the Clarke Law Firm. He is committed to working with you to find the best outcome for your situation.


To discuss your case or if you require any other legal services in Murfreesboro, TN, please contact us today. We can help provide assistance to help you navigate your case.