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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 …

Photo and Story by Eric Goodwin / Contributing Writer Students at Northfield Elementary School had the opportunity Friday to harvest spinach they planted at one of the school’s raised garden beds as a part of the Murfreesboro City Schools “Farm to School” program, which began December 2014. Some students helped wash and prepare the food to …

Photo by Andrew Wigdor / Assistant News Editor The homeless issue in the rest of the country is just as prevalent in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and a local organization believes that community intervention and the willingness to build relationships can go a long way. The Murfreesboro Cold Patrol is a homeless outreach organization founded in November 2014. …