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In 2000, the headline on The Tennessean had the race between George Bush and former Vice President Al Gore as too close to call. A winner was not declared until December when the Supreme Court decided a recount in Florida was unnecessary. Story by Sam War and Kristi Jones / Contributing Writers Election fraud conspiracy …

Story by Ashley Norman / Contributing Writer Rutherford County recorded its highest seven-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases in six weeks on Tuesday, according to analyzed data from the Tennessee Department of Health. COVID-19 case counts in Rutherford County have continued to rise this past week, with its current seven-day moving average of 150 …

Story by Brendon Donoho / Contributing Writer According to a recent Facility Services report, 14 buildings, including EZEL and MGB, received a grade of “D” on the Middle Tennessee State University’s own grading system while another six buildings, including BDA, KOM and Peck Hall, received a “C.” “It’s really an issue of the allocations coming …

Story by Jamie Sontany / Contributing Writer The second and final presidential debate of this election season was held Thursday night at Belmont University in Nashville. Although this debate was markedly calmer than the first showdown between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, both candidates still spoke and responded fiercely as they debated …

Story by Brendon Donoho / Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University has introduced a new policy set to address “Consensual Relationships,” which has been approved by President Sidney McPhee and sent to the Business and Finance division of MTSU with an as-of-yet unannounced effective date. In outlining the policy’s purpose, it is stated that, “All …

Story by Ashley Norman / Contributing Writer Photo via Pexels Increasing coronavirus infection rates continue to impact Rutherford County and surrounding areas, according to analyzed data from the Tennessee Department of Health. Earlier this month, new COVID-19 case counts in Rutherford County began to climb after plateauing in September. Since Oct. 14, the county’s number …