Tennessee bills target gay marriage, bathroom usage for LGBT individuals

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Limits on community oversight boards pass in TN House subcommittee despite pleas from Nashville mayor, Knoxville police chief

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June Anderson Center hosts film to help students identify, prevent unhealthy relationships

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Buff City Soap Co. opens location in Murfreesboro, offers natural, organic body care alternatives

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Photo courtesy of Tony Webster / Flickr  Two bills have been proposed in the Tennessee legislature that Tennesseans are calling out as targeting the LGBTQ community, particularly homosexual and transgender people. The first, an anti-gay marriage bill titled the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act,” was introduced by Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) and Sen. Mark …

Photos and story by Alexis Marshall / Reporter  The Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed a controversial bill to the next level Wednesday that would strip community oversight boards of subpoena power. Among others, Nashville Mayor David Briley attended the meeting to voice his opposition. Sponsor Rep. Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) said Tennessee law currently has …

Photo and story by Tina Higgins / Contributing Writer  The June Anderson Center hosted an event, titled First Date: Soulmate or Nah, at the MTSU Student Union on Tuesday, which taught students what a healthy relationship should look and feel like. The intimate event started with a film called “Escalation,” produced by the One Love …

Photos by Emily Blalock / MTSU Sidelines College of Media and Entertainment Dean Ken Paulson hosted a combination of presentation and performance, titled “Shut Up and Dance,” for the attendees of the Southeast Journalism Conference in the Student Union Building on Saturday. The Southeast Journalism Conference is a yearly gathering of student journalists from about …

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Photos and story by Allison Borrell / Contributing Writer The demand for more natural and organic body and skin care products has been on the rise in recent years, and the Nashville area is no stranger to that. Now, with the opening of a location of Memphis-based company Buff City Soap Co. in Murfreesboro, that …

Photo courtesy of unsplash.com Story by Allison Borrell / Contributing Writer The tattoo industry has long been a male-dominated field, but women across the country and in Nashville have been reshaping it over the past decade. To fully understand the role of women in the tattoo industry, we have to go back to the early …

Photo courtesy of Tennessee State Museum’s Facebook page Story by Maria de Guzman / Contributing Writer Tennessee State Museum hosted a free screening of the sports documentary, “Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles,” Saturday afternoon. The museum’s theater was a bustling, diverse room of all ages, races and genders. Both former and current Tennessee State University …