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Photos courtesy of MTSU President Sidney McPhee, of Middle Tennessee State University, has decided it is in MTSU’s staff and student body’s best interest to cancel the 2021 Spring Break. “As we continue to extend our efforts to mitigate COVID-19 risks on campus, our attention now must also turn to the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. …

Photo via Pexels Monday afternoon, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron announced that he will be lifting the mask mandate on Tuesday, eight days ahead of schedule. The face covering order went into effect on July 22 and was scheduled to end on Sept. 30. Instead, it will end on Tuesday at 5 p.m. In a …

Story by Darby McCarthy / Contributing Writer Photo via Pexels   The COVID pandemic has produced an era of security in testing, but tests aren’t foolproof. They can tell you the opposite of what is true. Consequently, a person with symptoms who is told they’re negative risks infecting family and friends because they didn’t consider …

Photo Courtesy of Murfreesboro Voice Story by Kenya Anderson/Contributing Writer It’s obvious that COVID has changed the way moviegoers will experience the cinema for the foreseeable future. Movie theaters were once an escape from reality or a time for bonding between family and friends, but that “escape” will now contain added precautions to make sure …

Toriana Williams / Contributing Writer Photo courtesy of MTSU Due to students and other community members not adhering to Middle Tennessee State University’s social distancing guidelines, President Sidney McPhee imposed a two week moratorium on all non-academically related campus events and activities on Aug. 21. On Sept. 4, McPhee informed the student body that the …

Featured in Sidelines’ COVID-19 print edition Third-year MTSU student Hanan Beyene landed in Japan in mid-January while COVID-19 was only in the back of the minds of most Americans. Nearly two months later she was on a plane heading back to America due to growing concerns about coronavirus. As a global and religious studies double …