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Story by Caroline Culver/ Contributing Writer The sun shines down brightly, and the wind whips through a parking lot filled with only four cars. Soon, there will be more. It’s April 21, a Tuesday, and four pre-K teachers and assistants gather in the front parking lot of their Ashland City, Tennessee elementary school. East Cheatham …

Story by Jasmine Crawford/ Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University students have a new tool to contact employers and apply for internships, jobs and career-related events. Handshake, a career networking site made for emerging professionals, is a new service and is now available for log-on to all students here, free. “Students can log onto Handshake …

Over the next few weeks, Sidelines will be presenting the stories of MTSU seniors who have found their final classes, final weeks and final memories irreparably and unprecedentedly changed. This is a first-person account by Brandon Casteel, contributing writer, graduating senior and student, interrupted. If you are a graduating senior and would like to share …

Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing writer As COVID-19 continues to spread in the state of Tennessee as well as Rutherford County, Murfreesboro Mayor declared a local State of Emergency Saturday that will be effective starting Monday. Mayor Shane McFarland issued the order to gain access to special emergency power from the Tennessee state government. …

MTSU has announced the extension of the university’s spring break until March 22 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more commonly referred to as coronavirus. In addition, classes will resume remotely beginning March 23 and will continue as such until further notice. “We continue to closely monitor developments and updates from federal and state public …

Illustration by Savannah Meade The first case of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, has been confirmed in Tennessee by Governor Bill Lee at a press conference  Thursday morning. Officials stated that the patient is a 44 year-old male from Williamson County who recently returned from a trip to Boston. The man has been self-quarantined at his home. …