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After a day of winter weather conditions consisting of sleet and snow statewide, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has officially declared a state of emergency due to traffic conditions. TEMA released a statement just before 10:30 p.m. Monday indicating that interstate conditions have deteriorated quickly, leading to traffic backups on widely used roadways, including Interstate 40 …

Ice has covered parking lots and trees across campus after a winter weather advisory left the university closed on Monday, Feb. 16. (RJ Estrella/MTSU Sidelines)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Weather forecasters are urging motorists across most of Tennessee to stay off roads unless it’s an absolute emergency. A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain on Monday is expected to create up to a half-inch of ice on roads in parts of Middle Tennessee, and three-quarters of an inch in …

Former MTSU quarterback Dwight Dasher turned himself into Rutherford County authorities Tuesday, according to a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman to the Daily News Journal. Dasher turned himself into RCSO officials for violating his probation. RCSO spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said to the Daily News Journal that Dasher, 26, was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention …

A Knoxville, Tennessee police officer was presented with the Public Safety Medal of Valor at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Wednesday morning. KPD Officer Michael Keith received the honor from Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder for saving a state trooper from a burning vehicle in 2012. Keith arrived on the scene after Sgt. Lowell …

Twitter and other social media played a significant role in news coverage of the often violent reactions in the aftermath of last August’s shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri man by a white policeman. “It really became a Twitter-based story,” said Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman and active user of social media, who …

New legislation could let underage college students interested in beer-making have a taste if Sen. Bill Ketron has his way in the state legislature this spring. An 18-year-old will be able to taste beer in a college beer manufacturing class Ketron’s bill becomes law in Tennessee. The new bill would allow it as long as …