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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 and photo by Kristi Jones / Contributing Writer The Trump Administrations announced that it will begin banning the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat after national-security concerns. WeChat will be prohibited indefinitely and users will not be allowed to download or update TikTok. TikTok is a social network for sharing user-generated videos, mostly of people …

Story by Toriana Williams / Contributing Writer A man was shot and killed in front of his pregnant wife during a carjacking on Sunday morning on Interstate 24. Jordan Stevens, who attended Middle Tennessee State University, and his wife Aileen were on their way to church when carjacked and held hostage by Dangelo Dorsey. In …

Story and photos by Ryann Kieu / Contributing Writer The Middle Tennessee State University hosted their first blood drive of the year. Each donor will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test with their donation. The blood drive was sponsored by The Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veteran and Military Family Center and the MTSU Red Cross …

Toriana Williams / Contributing Writer Photo courtesy of MTSU Due to students and other community members not adhering to Middle Tennessee State University‚Äôs 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 …