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Photo courtesy Rutherford County Schools Story by Shanna Love / Contributing Writer The Rutherford County Board of Education held a special meeting on the topic of school safety Monday night at Blackman High School. Local officials, parents, police officers and educators gathered in the auditorium of the school to discuss future safety plans for the …

Photos and story by Megan Cole / Contributing Writer Protesters gathered at the Tennessee State Capitol before the first General Assembly meetings of the new year to bring attention to the state of health care in Tennessee Tuesday morning. The “Bring It Home: Dollars. Jobs. Health care!” campaign, created by the Tennessee Justice Center, a …

Photo and Story by Timothy Carroll / Contributing Writer The Murfreesboro City Council and MTSU representatives convened to hold a workshop to discuss a plan to combat the issue of rising homeless rates across Rutherford County on Thursday at City Hall. MTSU Social Work Department Chair Michael Sherr and his graduate assistant Jackie Jones presented …

Photo courtesy of Orwell Today  It seems to be a controversial trend that sparks up once or twice a year: the threat of defunding Planned Parenthood. After the election of President Donald J. Trump, the fear of Planned Parenthood closing its doors filled many Americans. On April 13, Trump signed a piece of legislation that …

Photo Courtesy of Facebook / Mariah Phillips  Mariah Phillips, a Rutherford County Schools teacher and an MTSU alumna, announced her 2018 congressional run, which will challenge Congressman Scott DesJarlais, who currently serves as a representative for Tennessee’s fourth congressional district. Phillips earned her master’s degree from David Lipscomb University after earning her bachelor’s degree from MTSU. …