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by Tristan Jones // Contributing Writer MTSU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership hosted its annual Blue Raider Leadership Summit in the Student Union Building on Saturday morning. The event theme, “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” was intended to educate students on how to be effective leaders. “I had never thought about attending [Blue Raider …

The latest MTSU Poll found Tennesseans favor some, though not all, of several proposed abortion rules pending in the state Legislature. Meanwhile, the Jan. 25-27 poll of 600 randomly selected Tennessee adults found majority opposition to permitting same-sex marriage and to increasing Tennessee’s tax on gasoline. Ken Blake, director of the poll at Middle Tennessee State …

MTSU formally welcomed Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber as senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives at a reception in the Tom H. Jackson Building on Thursday. President Sidney A. McPhee and Provost Brad Bartel led the reception for Huber, a recent retiree from the U.S. Army after almost 40 years of service. McPhee said Huber will examine …

Test results have confirmed another case of norovirus at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The hotel, which had a norovirus outbreak last month, reported an increase in guests suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, and Metro Public Health Department staff began interviewing guests Wednesday. Health department spokesman Brian Todd told The Tennessean that one stool sample tested …

MTSU will sponsor a Blue Raider Leadership Summit where students can learn how to help fill America’s leadership void. The summit, given the theme “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”, is slated for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Student Union ballroom, and will feature NFL player and MTSU alumnus Phillip Tanner. Organizers …

Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend healthcare coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans failed during a special legislative session on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate Health Committee defeated the Republican governor’s Insure Tennessee plan on a 7-4 vote. The Tennessee General Assembly met early Wednesday afternoon to decide whether or not to approve Insure Tennessee, the Obamacare alternative proposed …