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Photo courtesy of Phi Kappa Tau / Twitter Story by Andrew Wigdor / Editor-in-Chief and Angele Latham / News Editor MTSU’s Phi Kappa Tau fraternity chapter suffered a loss Thursday night as member Jackson Rumley, 21, was involved in a fatal car wreck. Rumley, a junior and mechatronics engineering major at MTSU, was in the …

Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines As the new year begins to pick up pace, the federal government remains in a partial shutdown as the standoff between Democrats and the president continues into its 22nd day. The shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, 2018, could last “months or even years,” according to a statement …

Photo courtesy of Murfreesboro Voice An ongoing lawsuit between Rutherford County business owners and multiple city officials regarding the February 2018 “Operation Candy Crush” sting is causing quite a stir – most recently because of an added accusation: The defendants say that authorities targeted the local businesses because of the owners’ Egyptian heritage. The sting, …

Photo courtesy of Rakicevic Nenad / Pexel Story by Alaina Staggs / Contributing writer As people prepare to ring in the new year, the desire to declare another year’s worth of resolutions in order to improve one’s life hangs in the air. Some might even be tempted to take the advice of 20th century American …

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking for any information regarding the identity of a driver who hit and killed a woman on Interstate 24 in Smyrna Saturday morning. THP received a tip around 10:30 a.m. Saturday of a deceased female lying in a ditch on the side of the interstate. The incident is being investigated …

Photo courtesy of MTSU News Story by Alaina Staggs / Contributing Writer  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation State Academy’s most recent graduating class was able to gather a clear shot of the evidence thanks to funding donated from Middle Tennessee State University. According to the official press release, MTSU spent approximately $11,000 supporting the law …