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Story by Matthew Giffin | News Editor Middle Tennessee State University’s tuition and program services fees will not increase in the upcoming academic year, the school’s board of trustees unanimously determined last Tuesday. Both in-state and out-of-state tuition rates will remain flat. “A full-time, in-state undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours this fall will continue …

Story and photos by Kailee Shores / Assistant News Editor The Middle Tennessee State University Student Government Association passed a bill to take a stance against academic censorship in Tennessee higher education on Thursday. There are three bills in the Tennessee legislature and one bill already on Gov. Bill Lee’s desk that will hinder professors’ …

Story by Zoe Naylor / Contributing Writer Governor Bill Lee presented his proposed 2022-23 budget to the Tennessee General Assembly on Jan. 31. If approved by the General Assembly, the budget would prioritize “good jobs, great schools, and safe neighborhoods,” according to Lee’s website. Proposed in the budget are $1.1 billion in capital improvements funding for …

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. …

Governor Bill Lee announced his support for permitless gun carry legislation in Tennessee Thursday, while also announcing possible increases in penalties for illegal gun possession and thefts. Surrounded by Republican lawmakers inside the Old Supreme Court chamber at the state Capitol—a building the prohibits guns—Lee announced his support for the bill that takes a sharp turn …

Photo courtesy of the Washington Times A Tennessee legislator has introduced a bill to declare CNN and The Washington Post as “fake news.” Representative Micah Van Huss (R—Jonesborough) filed an amendment to his previous bill of the same subject, filed on January 29, stating that the two news outlets were “fake news and part of …