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Graphic by Carlee Francis / MTSU Sidelines  With the midterm elections less than two months away, the question on the minds of many voting activists is this: How do we get Tennesseans to vote? What’s been done in the past just doesn’t seem to be cutting it. Tennessee ranked 49th in the nation in voter …

Photo courtesy of Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office A Rutherford County Schools teacher and five others have been charged with felony conspiracy to introduce drugs into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in September, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office press release confirmed Thursday. Shelley Gurda, 50, a kindergarten teacher at Stewartsboro Elementary School; Thomas Gurda Jr, 23, an …

Photo courtesy of myguysmoving / Flickr  Story by Ghaliah Almuyidi / Contributing Writer Home prices across the state of Tennessee continued to rise in the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest quarterly housing report from the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center. Tennessee home prices increased 8 percent year-over-year, BERC Director Murat Arik noted …

Photo by Caleb Revill / MTSU Sidelines  Story by Ghaliah Almuyidi / Contributing Writer Contributions by Ken Blake / MTSU Associate Professor of Journalism  Three wealthy Middle Tennessee zip codes have supplied nearly one-third of all the cash that individual donors have given to the two candidates vying for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat, an …

Photo courtesy of MTSU News MTSU College of Media and Entertainment Dean Ken Paulson testified in front of a Congressional committee in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to provide expertise on First Amendment rights and issues on college campuses. While the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx, has considered taking action to prevent censorship …

Photo by Caleb Revill / MTSU Sidelines U.S. Senate candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn engaged in a heated battle of diverging ideologies where they disputed policy and their positions on key national issues during their first debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, Tuesday night. Since the debate, many news organizations have noted the …