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Amidst the state’s recently-declared state of emergency due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Rutherford County Mayor’s Office has confirmed the abrupt firing of the county’s Public Safety Director Kevin Lauer. “Kevin Lauer was released from employment with Rutherford County on Monday, March 9, 2020,” said Rutherford County Government’s Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald. …

An unknown number of Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a shooting Friday afternoon on Mt. Herman Road, according to Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh in an official statement. The situation is being handled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. This is a developing story. To contact Editor-in-Chief Angele Latham, email editor@mtsusidelines.com. For more news, visit …

MTSU has announced the extension of the university’s spring break until March 22 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more commonly referred to as coronavirus. In addition, classes will resume remotely beginning March 23 and will continue as such until further notice. “We continue to closely monitor developments and updates from federal and state public …

Illustration by Savannah Meade The first case of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, has been confirmed in Tennessee by Governor Bill Lee at a press conference  Thursday morning. Officials stated that the patient is a 44 year-old male from Williamson County who recently returned from a trip to Boston. The man has been self-quarantined at his home. …

Photos by Makayla Boling | Assistant Lifestyles editor Story by Savannah Meade | News editor and Brandon Black | Lifestyles editor Across Tennessee, hundreds of residents went to their local voting locations Tuesday to vote in the presidential primary. Following the deadly storms, many locations in Nashville stayed open as late as 10 p.m., but …

Update: The first case of coronavirus has now been reported in Tennessee, as of March 5, 2020. It has no connection to this tweet. An unsubstantiated report of a coronavirus case was tweeted Monday morning by a student at Middle Tennessee State University, and has been confirmed as FALSE by officials at TriStar Stonecrest Medical …