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Lori Kissinger Very Special Arts

Photo submitted by Lori Kissinger A young man with severe autism can barely speak in conversation, yet he takes the stage confidently to sing along with Josh Turner at the Grand Ole Opry. A dance group comprised of students with Down syndrome performs at an MTSU football game. Mentally disabled students teach their peers with …

Secret Santa is an anonymous gift exchange between members of a group or organization that’s popular among many different age groups. “The coolest thing about Secret Santa to me is just the surprise aspect and the fact that the giver knows who their giving to, but you don’t know who you’re going to receive from,” …

Story by Simone Collins // Contributor It’s that time of the year again as Murfreesboro gears up for its sixth annual Borodash set for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at 8 a.m. The four-mile fundraising run will take place through the historic streets of downtown Murfreesboro. Runners, walkers and their families will see real-time results on their cell phones and finish line video. …

Story by Eryka Hammonds // Contributor The holidays seem to come quicker and quicker each year. But while Thanksgiving is fast approaching, are people anticipating the day after it even more? For some, like Middle Tennessee State University student Porsha Greene, Black Friday takes away from a day meant to be with family. “I just …

Story by Holden Phillips // Contributor This Thanksgiving, families all across the nation will sit down to give thanks and to enjoy a meal with turkey as the centerpiece. During this time of the year stores stock up on turkeys, children make arts and crafts of the bird in school and the president even pardons …

Daniel Baumli // Contributing writer Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music is home to an enormous body of music and related materials that are accessible to students and authors for research and studying. An integral piece of the center’s work is the restoration of sound recordings in all forms of media. The man responsible …