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With election day just around the corner and early voting already underway across the state, many Tennesseans are fighting to understand the complicated wording of many amendments on this year’s November 4 ballot. Four amendments are up for a vote for Tennesseean citizens. Amendment 2 deals with the way in which judges across the state …

One MTSU student was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford on Saturday night after an argument with her roommate escalated into a stabbing in their Raiders Ridge apartment, according to Murfreesboro police. Tamara Banks, 20, pulled a knife on her roommate, Diamonique McClung, also 20, following an argument. Banks told police her roommate was “getting smart with her” …

Two men have been convicted of an armed robbery that occurred on campus September 2013, according to campus police. A Rutherford County Circuit Court jury trial last week found Cephus D. Spicer guilty of aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm on school property. Spicer is currently being held at the …

Amendment 1 is one of the potential laws up for vote during the November 4 elections in Tennessee. The amendment handles the way Tennessee legislation handles abortion from a legal standpoint. Voting “Yes on 1” would enter a text into the state’s constitution noting “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or …

Police responded to a report of a homeless man near South Church Street creating a disturbance under a bridge, according to a report filed with the Murfreesboro Police Department. Another homeless man called police to inform them that Kevin Wade, 45, was “yelling about white people and Satan,” the responding officer said. When police responded …

On Wednesday, a group of around 40 people gathered in Murfreesboro to spread awareness about the exceptionally high incidence of suicide among veterans. Matthew O’Dell, owner of Reveille Joe Coffee Co., started organizing monthly gatherings on the square in August. On the 22nd of each month, the group stands and holds handmade signs that memorialize …