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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. …

Photo by Eric Goodwin / Assistant News Editor  Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess gave a statement Friday in the Rutherford County courthouse to proclaim May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in Rutherford County. The mayor gave the proclamation alongside Insight Counseling Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling and therapy services to people with mental health …

Photo Courtesy of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office A jailer with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was arrested and indicted for the rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery on Thursday. Mark Garza, a 23-year-old detention deputy, was accused of waiting outside of a bathroom that a child was using and forcing her onto a …

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, who pled guilty to wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion in January, received on Thursday a 50-month prison sentence for three felony counts. U.S. Judge Marvin Aspen handed down the charges based on Arnold’s illegal involvement with JailCigs, which distributed electronic cigarettes to prison inmates. Arnold has already served …