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Story by Kristi Jones/ Contributing Writer As COVID-19 cases rise in Tennessee, younger adults are surpassing all other age groups in the number of cases throughout the state. Tennessee has more than 4,000 confirmed cases according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Among 21 to 30 year-olds, 905 individuals have tested positive, over 20 percent …

Cover photo courtesy of WGNS  Photos and Story by Danielle Findley/Contributing Writer COVID-19 has proven itself to be a fast-spreading virus that has been deadly for many, and downright painful for many others. Aside from the effect it’s had on the health of individuals, it’s managed to take a toll on local businesses, education and …

Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer COVID-19 is continuing to evolve throughout the United States, and the education system is working to adapt for their students. Middle Tennessee State University has announced they would be refunding students for their on-campus housing. MTSU stated they would be refunding students up to 60 percent of the …

Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer Photo courtesy of Pexels Study abroad trips are being canceled nationwide as travel bans are being enforced all over the world. Middle Tennessee State University has decided to pull students from their current trips and cancel most abroad trips set in the summer. MTSU and Education Abroad Administration …

Over the next few weeks, Sidelines will be presenting the stories of MTSU seniors who have found their final classes, final weeks and final memories irreparably and unprecedentedly changed. This is a first-person account by Brandon Casteel, contributing writer, graduating senior and student, interrupted. If you are a graduating senior and would like to share …

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 on MTSU’S campus was reported Thursday afternoon, according to a statement made by MTSU President Sidney McPhee. The student, who is an on-campus resident, reported to Student Health Services on Tuesday and tested positive Wednesday evening. They are currently self-isolating, though it is unclear if they remain on campus …