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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 and story by Alexis Marshall / Reporter  The Tennessee House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed a controversial bill to the next level Wednesday that would strip community oversight boards of subpoena power. Among others, Nashville Mayor David Briley attended the meeting to voice his opposition. Sponsor Rep. Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) said Tennessee law currently has …

Photos by Emily Blalock / MTSU Sidelines College of Media and Entertainment Dean Ken Paulson hosted a combination of presentation and performance, titled “Shut Up and Dance,” for the attendees of the Southeast Journalism Conference in the Student Union Building on Saturday. The Southeast Journalism Conference is a yearly gathering of student journalists from about …

Photo and story by Emily Blalock / Contributing Writer Students filled room 103 of the Bragg Building on Tuesday night to hear Gloria Baker Feinstein’s lecture about her photographic work. The event began at 6:30 p.m. and was followed by a reception in the Baldwin Photographic Gallery, where her work is displayed. Feinstein’s lecture was …

Photo and story by Matthew Olson / Contributing writer MTSU’s Red Cross Club ran their bi-annual blood drive Monday night in honor of Valentine’s Day week on the third floor of the KUC. When asked about the goal of the campus blood drive, Metin Yasin, the president of the Red Cross Club said, ”There is …

Two men were taken into custody by the West Tennessee Drug Task Force for a murder-for-hire plot stretching from Humboldt to Murfreesboro. The plan, which was foiled just three hours before the murder was to occur on Feb. 7, according to the press release, was organized by Stephen Taylor of Murfreesboro and Gregory Barnes of …