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Story by Matthew Giffin | News Editor In 2013, Rev. Jeannie Alexander, a lawyer turned prison chaplain and activist, had a conversation with Robert Payne, an inmate at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The topic was prisons run by private corporations, something that Alexander and Payne were against. “What they’re trading in is literally …

Story by Johari Hamilton | Contributing Writer and Kailee Shores | Assistant News Editor The path a proposed amendment takes to the Tennessee Constitution is a long and winding road. It’s a journey full of seemingly impossible hurdles, including multiple votes by the state Legislature, before it is put to the ultimate test, a “Yes” …

Story by Lifestyles Editor Ethan Pickering and Contributing Writer Georgia Smith At the heart of changing the Tennessee Constitution’s wording on the abolishment of slavery are the state’s approximately 25,000 inmates who live their lives, separated from society, as punishment for crimes committed. Under the current language of Article 1, Section 33, the constitution allows …

Story by Lillian Chapman | Contributing Writer Five Rutherford Country Democratic candidates gathered this week for a forum to discuss their policy positions and answer questions about their solutions for local issues. Here is what they said going into this year’s midterm elections. Kelly Northcut, Senate District 13 Kelly Northcut wants to represent the people …

Story by Jenene Grover | Contributing Writer State Rep. Mike Sparks, 55, represents Tennessee’s District 49 as a Republican, serving his district since 2010 and is up for reelection this November. However, he is also a part-time student at Middle Tennessee State University. While representing Smyrna, LaVergne and parts of Murfreesboro in the state legislature, …

Story by Luke Cameron | Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University students and staff making the trek to the third floor of James E. Walker Library and entering the Curriculum Collection area this fall semester will have the privilege of viewing a paper mural entitled “Tennessee Landscapes,” by MTSU senior William Breeding. The mural depicts …