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Story by Makala Greene, Nick Surratt, Melanie Rodriguez and Terica Black / Contributing Writers Cover photo by Joshua Blake / Contributing Photographer Casting a ballot for the first time should be memorable. Luckily, the 2020 election cycle will be unforgettable. There’s great division in the country between political parties. This fall has followed a summer …

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 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 …

Story by Selah Blair / Contributing Writer KK’s Castle continues to provide haircuts to children with autism and sensory issues. Kayla Sprout opened the salon in January 2020. Before opening KK’s Castle, Sprout worked three full-time jobs and opened the salon with the help of the community and family members. Sprout operates the salon single-handedly. Sprout …