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Graphic by DeAnna Black / MTSU Sidelines As the city of Murfreesboro continues to expand and evolve, officials say that unintended consequences come with the changing landscape. Namely, as the population of ‘boro dwellers grows, as does the homeless issue in the city. Bill Kraus, the executive director of the Housing, Health and Human Services …

Photos and Story by Seth Whitehead/ Contributing Writer Two virtual displays in the MTSU Walker Library’s Makerspace are celebrating Black History Month by educating users about the civil rights movement and telling of the accomplishments of MTSU track and field coach Dean Hayes. The Makerspace is an area on the second floor of the library …

Photo and story by Amber Cetinel / Contributing Writer Friday saw the much-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony of Murfreesboro’s newest location of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center at 1423 Kensington Square Court. In the #MeToo era, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have become empowered to free themselves from the agonizing prison of fear …

Photo and Story by Matthew Olson / Contributing Writer Rutherford County Schools’ ATLAS program hosted the AMP Professional Development Poverty Simulation Thursday in an effort to show participants just how easy it is to become homeless. Kim Snell, the director of the “Academic Time Leads to Achieving Students” ATLAS program, coordinated the simulation in the …

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 by Emily Blalock / MTSU Sidelines  Story by Enrique Geronimo / Contributing Writer This year’s first Boro Art Crawl arrived with an added cultural flare. The Art Crawl was founded in 2015 by some local artists who wanted to showcase the artistic community in Murfreesboro. There are almost 15 participating locations as of now …