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Lindsay Buchanan and Rhiannon Gilbert contributed to this report. Photos by Samantha Hearn.  On Sept. 2, just a week after classes began, a female resident of a mostly freshman dorm was outside her room after dark. She was aware of the danger of walking alone, but the young woman believed she was being careful. Suddenly, …

Wilson Bank & Trust’s Murfreesboro branch will be giving out $20 in gas to the first 200 customers at the Shell station on the corner of Greenland Avenue and Middle Tennessee Boulevard Friday, Sept. 19 starting at 11 a.m. Employees from the Lebanon-based bank will personally pump and pay for up to $20 of gas, …

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The brother of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 20-year-old nursing student has been charged with tampering with evidence in the case. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Thursday that on April 13, 2011, the day Holly Bobo disappeared in West Tennessee, 26-year-old John Dylan …

“I don’t really know how I got interested in leadership,” said Gabrielle Woodland as she delved into her story of rising roles. “I like people!” The latest role Woodland has taken is the position of Vice President of Campus Relations at MTSU’s Student Government Association. She first began to explore her passion for people through involvement …

Medical professionals and health officials gathered to discuss the special cultural considerations in treating ebola in West Africa at the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance on the Meharry Medical Center campus in Nashville. Most of the guests invited to the meeting Tuesday afternoon, hosted by the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination and …

Hundreds of firefighters gathered Sunday, Sept. 14 to climb the stairs of the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville as a memorial to the 343 firefighters lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Each firefighter climbed the building’s 28 flights of stairs four times to match the World Trade Center’s 110 flights. Many did so …