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Photo and story by Kristi Jone / Contributing Writer The Social Work Department, Counseling Services and Middle Tennessee Police Department came together Tuesday to set up the first annual Wellness Fair to raise awareness about staying safe on campus, as well as student’s actions and the consequences that can follow. The event was set up …

Three people were rushed to the hospital late Sunday night after a shooting at a Murfreesboro apartment complex, according to a press release from the Murfreesboro Police Department. The gunman is still on the run. According to the statement, police were called to The Pointe at Raiders Campus Apartments, 2315 N. Tennessee Blvd., around 11:30 …

Photos and story by Kate Craighead The MTSU Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Field was filled with a sea of purple with the Rutherford County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday. This event is held annually in more than 600 communities worldwide and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s …

Photo and story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer Constitution Day, a nationally recognized day, celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution over 200 years ago.  The American Democracy Project hosted readings of the Constitution all over Middle Tennessee State University campus on Tuesday, Constitution Day. Readings were held throughout the entire day in front …

Update as of 5:17 p.m.: University spokesperson Andrew Oppmann released a statement regarding the arrest, stating that “We appreciate the vigilant work by the MTSU Police Department in investigating this matter and responding promptly. Our police determined that the students did not make or pose any threats to anyone on our campus. The Office of …

Story by Ashley Perham / Contributing Writer Photo by Naffie Njie / MTSU Sidelines Al Gore Jr., former U.S. Vice President and Middle Tennessee State University professor, spoke alongside Anthony J. Badger, historian and author of the book “Albert Gore, Sr.: A Political Life,” Tuesday at an MTSU panel on the life of Albert Gore, …