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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 …

Story by Selah Blair / Contributing Writer Author and journalist Robert Giles joined Free Speech Director Ken Paulson to discuss the Kent State Shootings. Giles was the managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal at State at the time of the shootings. College protests broke out in May 1970 after President Richard Nixon announced that …

Story and photos by Baylee Vannoy / Contributing Writer On Friday, Oct 9, Middle Tennessee State University’s Young Democratic Socialists of America took matters to the square in support of Senator Raumesh Akbari’s bill proposal. After all that came to light from the Breonna Taylor case, Memphis Sen. Akbari recently announced that she plans on …

Story by Ryann Kieu / Contributing Writer Middle Tennessee State University is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Health and the MTSU School of Nursing to offer free flu shots to students in the month of October.  MTSU Health Services announced that they were given a grant from the health department through emails and social …