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Story by Andrew Wigdor, Editor-in-Chief Photo courtesy of Dana Smith Across the state of Tennessee, educators and activists are rallying behind increased compensation for some of higher education’s most unsung heroes: adjunct professors. Adjunct professors are not eligible for tenure, teach on limited-term contracts, generally receive no retirement or health benefits and, many say, far …

Story by Madeline Quinby / Studio M  History shows Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, Tennessee, are not strangers to hate crime. From when the Ku Klux Klan first came to Murfreesboro in 1868 to a planned White Lives Matter rally on the public square in 2017, themes of hate and prejudice plague the past. These biased …

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday evening that they are partnering with the Clarksville Police Department in the search for 16-year-old fugitive Tai Tyrone Harrell. Harrell escaped custody from the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center around 1:42 p.m. on April 11. Surveillance video shows Harrell stealing a dark grey 2019 Toyota Tundra from the …

An explosion rocked many residents awake Wednesday morning as police say an improvised explosive device may have gone off at the Vie Apartments at 1345 Wenlon Drive in Murfreesboro. No injuries were reported, and residents in the surrounding parts of the building were immediately evacuated. There was minor damage to the apartment unit. Murfreesboro Police …

Middle Tennessee State University released a statement late Tuesday afternooon, alerting students of a reported sexual assault that occured early Monday morning near the Rutherford Boulevard parking lot. The incident was reported at 6 p.m. Monday, according the preliminary police entry. The alleged victim stated that she had been assaulted on the sidewalk near the …

Murfreesboro detectives are looking for any information to identify a burglary suspect who took two weapons from a Murfreesboro home Monday night. The Murfreesboro Police Department released a tweet stating that the suspect broke into a home on Sherill Blvd at 11:30 p.m. The victims had a security camera and were able to provide images …