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Story by Destiny Mizell / Contributing Writer Earlier this month, Murfreesboro Police Department welcomed their first-ever mental health co-responder due to a partnership between Volunteer Behavioral Health Murfreesboro and the department. Feb. 9 was Heather Noulis’ first day. Noulis is an employee at Volunteer Behavior Health Murfreesboro but works with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) at …

Story by Britton Barnette / Contributing Writer Healthcare disparity continues to be a problem in the African American community. As a result, these issues were discussed by a panel of medical experts on Monday night as part of Middle Tennessee State University’s Black History Month celebration.   “If you look at life expectancy for race,” said …

Story by Maddy Williams / Contributing Writer Flooding in Tennessee continues to worsen because of climate change’s ever-present hold on the environment. As tornado season approaches, flooding will likely increase, so Tennessee residents must be mindful of potential flood damage and ways to stay safe. Humphrey County saw extensive flood damage last fall. The 17 …

Story by Aubrey Salm / Contributing Writer The McMinn County Board of Education voted to remove the graphic novel “Maus” from its eighth-grade language arts curriculum after concerns over profanity, nudity and its depiction of violence. On Jan. 10, the McMinn County Board of Education voted unanimously to withhold a book from classes on the …

Story by Cassie Clark / Contributing Writer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is like going to the gym, said Melanie Magliacano. Magliacano is one of Middle Tennessee State University’s staff counselors. She hosts a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) workshop every Thursday until Mar. 3. During the first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 3., Magliacano explained what CBT is and …

Story and photo by Matthew Giffin / Contributing Writer After 36 hours of almost no sleep and lots of coding, 60 computer science students sat with their respective teams in anticipation, waiting to see if their project earned a top-three spot from the judges. Some teams were content with their experience and the skills they …