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Story by Kristi Jones / Contributing writer As COVID-19 continues to spread in the state of Tennessee as well as Rutherford County, Murfreesboro Mayor declared a local State of Emergency Saturday that will be effective starting Monday. Mayor Shane McFarland issued the order to gain access to special emergency power from the Tennessee state government. …

Story and photos by Christa Adams Adams is a travel writer and 2017 graduate of MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media. She is a native of  Morristown, Tennessee, and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Life right now feels like it’s been pulled from a dystopian novel. Police officers monitoring eerily empty streets, citizens …

This is a live updated list of all MTSU coronavirus responses, cancellations, and changes. This will be updated as the university puts out more memos. If this list is missing anything, please contact editor@mtsusidelines.com.  MTSU COVID-19 Responses The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported on MTSU’s campus on March 26. Read more here. Educational …

Amidst the state’s recently-declared state of emergency due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Rutherford County Mayor’s Office has confirmed the abrupt firing of the county’s Public Safety Director Kevin Lauer. “Kevin Lauer was released from employment with Rutherford County on Monday, March 9, 2020,” said Rutherford County Government’s Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald. …

An unknown number of Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a shooting Friday afternoon on Mt. Herman Road, according to Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh in an official statement. The situation is being handled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. This is a developing story. To contact Editor-in-Chief Angele Latham, email editor@mtsusidelines.com. For more news, visit …

MTSU has announced the extension of the university’s spring break until March 22 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more commonly referred to as coronavirus. In addition, classes will resume remotely beginning March 23 and will continue as such until further notice. “We continue to closely monitor developments and updates from federal and state public …