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MTSU announced Friday morning that Ben Gonzales, a psychology student at MTSU, passed away on October 26, 2019. Gonzales, a fitness enthusiast from Saudi Arabia, was set to graduate in December. A statement on MTSU’s facebook page sannounced that flags will be flown at half-staff all day Friday in memory of him. No further details …

Story by Tayla Courage, Zoe Haggard, Savannah Meade, Amanda Smith and Sabrina Washington/ Seigenthaler News Service   Editor’s note: a group of six MTSU journalism students are in Iowa through Sunday to report on the campaigns of Democratic and Republican candidates for president. Look to Sidelines for more stories from their reporting, and continuing coverage of …

Photo by By Chris Isidore and Vanessa Yurkevich, courtesy of CNN Story by Toriana Williams / Contributing Writer Around 50,000 General Motor employees with the United Auto Workers union went on strike on Sunday, September 15 until October 26. This strike, which lasted one month and 11 days, was the longest auto worker strike in …

16 men have been arrested for seeking sex with minors in a Rutherford County human trafficking sting, according to a TBI official release. The two-day undercover operation, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the Smyrna Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigators, and the office of 16th District …

Story by Enrique A. Geronimo, Gracie Martin and Hayden Schimborski/ Contributing Writers   Oct. 29, 1929. Black Tuesday. Ninety years ago today the nation’s stock market dissolved into a frenzy of panic selling, causing a drastic decline in stock values. Men went to bed on the 28th as millionaires and before the next day was …

Photos of Dirhat Mohammed are courtesy of Dirhat Mohammed and photographer Keely Ginder   There’s a saying about writing the horrors of war. You don’t write the big picture: the fires, the screams, the unstoppable force of decimation. No—you write about the small details. The ash coating a child’s cold cheek. The silent tears of …