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Photos and Story by Tina Higgins / Contributing Writer The second annual Showtime at the Apollo took place at the MTSU Student Union Building on Monday, with much fanfare and excitement. This talent show-styled event debuted a year ago in honor of the legendary television show, “Showtime at the Apollo.” The original show stands as …

Photos and Story by Emily Blalock / Contributing Writer MTSU’s Center for Popular Music presented “An Evening of South Texas Conjunto Music” on Monday night at the Blue Note Café, featuring artists Felipe Perez y Sus Polkeros and Cactus Fire, the opening band of the evening. Gregory Reish, the director of the Center for Popular …

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 courtesy of Julie Bocchino / Flickr Story by Ashley Perham / MTSU Seigenthaler News Service Sen. Rosalind Kurita has introduced a bill in the Tennessee legislature to raise the legal smoking and vaping age in Tennessee from 18 to 21. SB280 would make it a Class C misdemeanor for 18 to 21-year-olds to purchase …

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 …