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Photos courtesy of Mariana Cruzada Story by Ben Shaw / Contributing Writer When Orlando residents Mariana and Joel Cruzada saw Hurricane Irma barreling across the Atlantic heading straight for Florida, they knew evacuation was a necessity.  Their three children, Elijah, 16, Mahri, 13, and Sari, 10, have a rare genetic disorder called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, which causes abnormal pancreatic development and …

Story by Emma Benjamin and Jackson Goodman / Contributing Writers Photo by Jackson Goodman / Contributing Writer Ken Nwadike spoke to a crowded room Tuesday night in the KUC theater with a mission to spread his message about love, peace and communication to people across the country. Nwadike began by explaining events that shaped his …

Photo courtesy of MTSU News J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis” and 2017 MTSU convocation speaker, has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Middletown, Ohio. The 33-year-old venture capitalist has achieved success by not shying away from his impoverished past and …

Photo by Alexis Marshall / Assistant News Editor The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released its annual Out of Reach Report, which compares minimum wage to housing prices within each state. This year, Tennessee was ranked more affordable than most states and was listed as the 38th most expensive state out of 52, including …

Photo Courtesy of Nashville Pride As Middle Tennessee prepares for the Nashville Pride Festival this weekend, many are excitedly making their festival plans. The event is set to feature musical entertainment, drag shows and an equality march, all of which will celebrate the LGBTQ  community. But what does Pride look like in Tennessee, a state …

Photo and Video Courtesy of U.S. Army Golden Knights After I jumped or, more accurately, was nudged out of an airplane, I found that the phrase that I kept incessantly repeating to people when they asked was, “It was a crazy experience.” It was the first thing I could think to reply, but it was …