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by Jamie Cooley // Staff Writer Tucked away on Lytle Street just off the square, there’s a quaint business that houses and makes some of the finest local guitar parts and custom “made just for you” electric guitars. A welcoming scent of fresh wood shavings and newly polished guitars permeates the room. This is an …

Middle Tennessee State University kicked off it’s celebration of National Women’s Month with a ceremony honoring poet Maya Angelou on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the James E. Walker Library. The ceremony included students reciting Angelou’s poetry, a musical tribute by jazz vocalist Connye Florance, a performance by the MTSU Generation of Praise Choir and …

Two young girls with pink matching backpacks walk out of Build-A-Bear Workshop and catch a glimpse of a familiar character roaming Opry Mills shopping center. The woman, wearing a teal sequined dress with a long, sheer train, flashes a welcoming grin in their direction. Their eyes widen, two smiles follow. “Elsa,” they say, in perfect unison. It’s a bustling day …

Members of Alpha Omicron Pi competing in Phi Beta Sigma's "Stepping for a Cure" step show Friday, February 14, 2015. All proceeds from the event went to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. (Greg French / MTSU Sidelines)

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A Knoxville, Tennessee police officer was presented with the Public Safety Medal of Valor at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on Wednesday morning. KPD Officer Michael Keith received the honor from Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder for saving a state trooper from a burning vehicle in 2012. Keith arrived on the scene after Sgt. Lowell …

Although she sat perched in a plush armchair inside the Student Union Building on a sprawling university campus, she was not a student, at least, not anymore. Dissatisfied with her classes and scheduling, she ceased her academic studies to pursue an education in something a little less orthodox. She decided to swap her textbooks for …