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The Smyrna Police Department announced Monday that they are seeking the identity of this man in connection with a fraudulent check scheme that multiple MTSU students have been caught in. The suspect has allegedly been distributing fraudulent checks to students after offering them a grant with his fake business. So far, at least two MTSU …

Story by Samantha Avalos/ Contributing writer Dorris Walker-Taylor radiates a warm and inviting energy. Settling into a cushioned conference room chair, her hair in tight curly tendrils the color of ebony, frame her warm face. She wears a bright mustard-colored blouse featuring embroidered lace. The scent of lavender hangs in the air. Walker-Taylor, 63, is …

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that a human skull was found “in the southeastern area of Rutherford County” on Tuesday. The skull is unrelated to the human remains found earlier this week, thought to be that of missing Murfreesboro youth Devin Bond. According to the official statement, the skull was carried by a farm …

Photo and story by Brendon Donoho A long line divided the lobby of the Student Union on Thursday as students waited to participate in a presentation by One For All and, hopefully, earn a free lunch. The event was sponsored by 1 for All, MTSU’s First Amendment Center in partnership with Dr. Hanna Park’s public …

Photo and story Stephen Thomas Officers from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee State Troopers and Alaska State Troopers discussed what it takes to be an officer in the modern era in the Student Union on Tuesday. The triumvirate panel was moderated by MTSU Professor Lynda Williams.    The questions varied in content from personal, physical and …

Photos and story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer The Student Alumni Association celebrated the 2019 December graduates as they hosted the annual “Senior Day” on Tuesday in the Student Union Ballroom. The SAA works closely with students preparing to graduate and the alumni who have graduated years prior. At “Senior Day,” upcoming graduates were …