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Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines MTSU announced a significant increase in the value and scope of the university’s Presidential Scholarship Tuesday, according to a press release. The enhancement of scholarship funds will more than double the amount awarded to certain incoming freshmen next fall. MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced the scholarship boost on …

Photo courtesy of Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office A Rutherford County Adult Detention Center deputy was fired after being arrested for domestic assault Saturday night, according to a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office press release. The release states that Michael Dandre Brooks, 23, of Readyville, Tennessee, was charged with domestic assault of his former girlfriend. Brooks allegedly made …

Photos and story by Andrew Miles / MTSU Sidelines MTSU’s Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment Ken Paulson organized the 20th annual “Freedom Sings” music show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville Thursday night, connecting music with meaning to standing up for the freedoms of the First Amendment. Freedom Sings is an organization …

Graphic by Carlee Francis / MTSU Sidelines  With the midterm elections less than two months away, the question on the minds of many voting activists is this: How do we get Tennesseans to vote? What’s been done in the past just doesn’t seem to be cutting it. Tennessee ranked 49th in the nation in voter …

Photo courtesy of Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office A Rutherford County Schools teacher and five others have been charged with felony conspiracy to introduce drugs into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in September, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office press release confirmed Thursday. Shelley Gurda, 50, a kindergarten teacher at Stewartsboro Elementary School; Thomas Gurda Jr, 23, an …

Photo courtesy of myguysmoving / Flickr  Story by Ghaliah Almuyidi / Contributing Writer Home prices across the state of Tennessee continued to rise in the second quarter of 2018, according to the latest quarterly housing report from the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center. Tennessee home prices increased 8 percent year-over-year, BERC Director Murat Arik noted …