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After Tennessee’s law criminalizing abortion went into effect, Chloe Akers, a criminal defense attorney for the state of Tennessee, addressed MTSU students about the importance of voting and understanding the legislative process.  The new law makes it a criminal offense for anyone to perform an abortion, punishable up to 15 years in prison. Akers said …

Story by Serena Vasudeva | Contributing Writer The American Democracy Project is hosting a voter registration drive that will last until October 7.  On Tuesday, a blue canopy tent was pitched outside of the Keathley University Center. Underneath it, Luke Cameron helped students complete their voter registration forms. Luke Cameron, a member of the American …

Story by Alyssa Williams | Contributing Writer One lawmaker threatens the rights of LGBTQ students in Tennessee public colleges after a Republican state representative told schools to remove their protection from Title IX. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is most commonly known as a law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs …

Story by Kayla Walker Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is inviting Middle Tennessee State University students to participate in the 2022 College Voter Registration Competition during National Voter Registration Month. Middle Tennessee State University students Luke Cameron and Kayla Jenkins work the voters registration table located in front of the Honors College Building for …

Story by News Editor Matthew Giffin and Assistant News Editor Kailee Shores Tennessee’s abortion trigger law went into effect on Thursday, 30 days after the landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In the wake of the legal upheavals, abortion access for Tennesseeans has changed drastically. Under the Human Life Protection …

Jason Irvin, assistant police chief of the Chattanooga Police Department Story by Savannah Williams | Contributing Writer Finalists for the position of Middle Tennessee State University Chief of Police have been selected and interviewed.  The finalists for this position are: — Jason Irvin, assistant police chief of the Chattanooga Police Department — Terrence J. Graves, evidence storage …