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MTSU has hired Patricia “Pat” Branam as its new director of development in order to strengthen its successful fundraising efforts. Branam, who assumed her new role on Jan. 5, served previously as Associate Vice Chancellor and Interim Vice Chancellor at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and as a Constituent Development Officer and Assistant Dean at the University …

Wednesday, Jan. 21 8 p.m. Gregory Alan Isakov @ 3rd & Lindsley Nathaniel Rateliff @ 3rd & Lindsley Ryan Coleman’s Writers Night @ Aura Lounge/Level III Thursday, Jan. 22 9 p.m. Palaver Records @ fooBAR Zulu Wave @ The Boro Friday, Jan. 23 7 p.m. Matthew Snare @ Hotel Preston 8 p.m. Laced With Aresnic …

Music journalist Barry Mazor will speak on his book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music on Monday. Mazor, who’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Nashville Scene, will discuss the impact of Victor Records A&R agent and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Ralph Peer. Peer brought genres …

Sophomore Linda Fry stood outside Keathley University Center on Tuesday to play for students on the first day of classes. “It’s such a nice day and I love to play outdoors when it’s warm,” she said. After a five year break from college, this is her fourth semester as a performing arts major.

More than 200 MTSU students and faculty gathered to celebrate the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday night in the Keathley University Center Theatre before holding a candlelight vigil in the yard outside the KUC. Vice President of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Jonell Hinsey led the celebration in the KUC Theatre. Hinsey welcomed the student vocal …

There are plans in place to erect a statue honoring MTSU football coaching legend James “Boots” Donnelly. The longtime football head coach took the Blue Raiders from a fledgling program to a Football Subdivision Championship contender. The 6-foot-6 bronze statue would be placed in front of the Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building on Middle …